Life is undeniably the most complicated and complex thing we will ever endure. We never know when the next person will snap, what the next news headline holds, when our loved ones will be gone, or when our very last breath will be taken.
We mistake terrorist acts as confusion when the act doesn't match the stereotype. We pray and send love, but things never change in this God forsaken place.
We lack an understanding for another persons views, simply seeing "wrong" versus "right". When we miss the point that people are dying just because we don't take the time to understand simple human nature - just to cling to spite.
Humanity has declined, hate is prominent, and heartache is real.
I become short of breath thinking about bringing my future kids into a world where hate is ideal.
You would think that life shouldn't seem this scary, but yet we use weapons to try to change the minds of those that disagree.
Girls can't walk alone because they're scared of being raped and boys can't cry because they're scared of looking small, but why are we so hesitant to live our full lives in the land that is suppose to be for the free?
And while most were hoping for the "American dream", we created an American nightmare.
As I sadly watched the news this morning, victims of the 59 that were killed the night of the Las Vegas massacre, now noted as the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, were being honored. One by one they showed photos of each victim along with a brief description. One hero, Sonny Melton, died shielding his wife from gunfire. A few others were Michelle Vo, who donated blood every two weeks, Lisa Romero-Muniz, an advocate for students from New Mexico, and Christopher Roybal who was described as always being able to put a smile on someone’s face. One thing I noticed the newscasters always pointed out were all of the positive things these people have done for the world before they died.
It reminded me that a life worth living is not about yourself.
It’s not about the amount of sneakers in your collection, the amount of money you earn, how popular you are, your beauty, and the amount of Instagram followers you have. All of those things will not make history books.
Those things are not worth noting.
When you die, you will be remembered for the things you’ve done for other people. You will be remembered for your generosity. You will be remembered for giving to those who needed you the most. You will be remembered for the kind words you say to people when they’re having the worst of days. And that kindness may not be broadcasted for the world to see, but I promise the positive impact you make on a person’s life will be remembered forever.
It’s hard minimizing our own problems because they are our problems and they seem so big to us. However, it’s important to remember that there are so many other people out here with bigger issues than our own. Especially in a time like now where disaster seems to be continuously striking.
Now more than ever, people need help. From those who lost friends, family, belongings and homes due to earth’s natural disasters, to those who lost their loved ones during the massacre and other hate crimes this year.
Your kindness and generosity will not go unnoticed.
In a time of disaster and destruction, I challenge you to give back. To be a support system to those who need it. Whether you have the money to give, clothes to donate or just a shoulder to lean on. That is what you will be remembered for when you die.
From the beginning, to our end, we will never cease growing.
We will see how our prejudices become obsolete, and our minds succumb to the reality that we replaced with our wants. Those ‘wants’ allow us to see what we want to see, and not the painful side of things.
Or it can get someone to only see the pain, and not the amazingness that the world is made up of. Regardless, I would say that it still falls into the side of what we want to see. We only want to see the painful side of things, because we can’t possibly imagine that life is just this unfair to us, or we only see the amazing side of things, since we wouldn’t be able to handle the grim world, and its totality.
We just want to over-exaggerate it, for it can seem changeable at our own will. To have control over something that we are afraid we have no control over.
This fear that we have is one of the many things that withhold us from getting to know ourselves. Even though this control that we long for has more to do with the world; the world has everything to do with us. We are born here; we learn, we love, we hate, fear, cry, and die here, but yet because we don’t have this control that we long for, over the world, we assume that it has nothing to do with us.
Even though the human body goes through millions of molecular processes to keep us physically alive apart from our actual control; we don’t assume the same about it.
However, there needs to be a basis on the discussion of growth, since the path of growth for anyone is handled by our own subjective views. We might be guided by someone else’s views, but they aren’t as impactful, as to when we get generate our own ideas, and perspectives about life.
This leads us to see that the only way we can start coming up with concepts, is through a deeper understanding of ourselves. This is the basis that any person starts with when it comes to growing. We can attain multiple sources of power, such as money, marital status, and knowledge at a young age, but all of that does not impact our personal growth, until we come to the point that we start getting to know ourselves.
This ‘getting to know ourselves’ process is a confusing one.
It won’t be as easy as having control over the concept of what the world is, or as linear as having dominion over life’s challengeable trials, but it will show the person what the world truly is; not what they want it to be.
Led me to be victimless,
Every night it would grip him less,
Causing him to forget the address.
Now I am here staring out the circular windows,
Experiencing your words of hurtful innuendos,
Panic on the floor from my tiptoes,
Seeing you stare at what once were meadows.
At what once was love, and adoration,
Your constant devotion was your donation,
To the undeserving, and I who were stricken with fascination,
Currently beneath, and cast onto your portion of isolation.
You won’t be remembered,
As well as dismembered,
Or ever feel encumbered.
You’ll be the tragedy that once wondered.
Isolation. Walking through a crowded street, while still feeling distant from everyone that is there. This is shown in the cover of the Cyberpunk album by Dizzy Rambunctious, and this feeling of isolation is explored through this work.
He takes a different approach to this album, that he hadn’t gone in before, and the final product is an impressive compilation of music that fits synonymously together. He incorporates the cyberpunk moniker sound, while using hip-hop drum loops that has some of the songs give off this eerie feeling, that is quickened by the drum sounds, which is fantastically done; such as in the song, One Piece.
This album carries around this eerie feeling through multiple songs, that is there to support the isolation that the creator wanted the listener to feel in this album.
In most cyberpunk stories, the central focus is how their society has relied too heavily on technology to push them forward, and this focus gets them detached from themselves. They end up seeing one another as things, instead of human beings, which ends up leading to people revolting from the established norms, and reflecting on the past instead to move forward.
A bit of generalization there, but the main takeaways are that the themes in those stories are established here in this album. Through the song direction expressing remoteness, the drum loops conveying the quick pace of the society; the samples hinting at some of the messages that Dizzy wanted to highlight (Comfort Zone), and piano keys that presented a contrast against the quickened drum beat (inner conflict, or societal conflict).
This is a personal opinionated look into the work that was put into by Dizzy Rambunctious, and I would suggest to listen to this thirty-three-minute album, and lose yourself to the world that the artist presents to you.
Personal Favorites: Main St., Ride, and One Piece.
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“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King.
A wonderful quote from the perfect person to speak on the matter,
since she had been a grand leader for the civil rights movement during her time,
and was married to the great Martin Luther King Jr.
However, this post won’t focus on that movement, or any specific movement,
but rather on what motivates people to be a part of something.
Hate, and Love are the two leading factors in which a person goes by in choosing when they want to do anything.
Such as being a vegan, which the person would ask themselves, ‘Am I doing it for the love of the animal? or the hate that I have for the oppressors that put the animals through that?’, or a person that wants to lose weight, and asks themselves, ‘Do I love myself,
and want to better myself through this process? or hate my appearance, because of how disgusting I look?’.
Now, these aren’t the only questions that a person would ask in these fields,
but these kind of questions provide the direction that a person takes with each choice.
Hate is an amazing motivation, but it comes at the cost of the soul. People can create so much with hate,
but that hate will not be able to hold the foundation together. It will crumble; just as a person that uses hate as a motivation
to work out to lose weight, then realizes after, that the hate that they had for the overweight person that they saw in
the mirror before, is still there.
Hate can clearly show results, but Love provides never-ending progress.
Love is unifying; in the sense of not only reconnecting the person with themselves, but bringing people together,
and having them spread a message, without having to make the outsiders feel like they are the opposed, if they disagree.
Just as Martin Luther King Jr. said on Love, “Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into friend.”
As a society, there is never an end to whatever we stand for, and if all that we want are results,
then the next generation won’t be able to withhold those results, because they won’t be motivated by Hate.
Conversely, Love has shown that a message can grow generationally, since the future generations aren’t forced to oppose the message, as they would with Hate; but rather to build on more to the message, and give the message a solid foundation that more, and more generations will continue to build on.
This article is inspired by a video that has been gaining traction on Facebook recently.
This video focused on how a man had a crowd’s attention, which he was spouting out his view on the United States, and how they needed to change it in order for it to be whole again. The man sounds in the video, as many other white supremacists do today with their views on the African American community, and of other groups outside of the United States.
The point is made clear that most of the people back then did not care for his opinions, since they had already seen what is wrong with it to begin with, and is further explored by a man that questions the man’s opinions, and compares it to the Nazi vision that he had already seen from his people in the past.
The video explores much more than there is explained in this article, but it had spawned in an important message that is,
This was a late night thought that I had after watching the video, and had been a consistent thought to me, over what is trending, or viral on social media for a long time. What is to be emphasized in this article, is to help not only yourselves, but the younger generation understand the importance of this type of information. That it is not only important, because other people say that it is, but that it is important, because they
believe it to be important.
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