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Flow

My paranoid aura is beginning to fade beyond my calming yet manic eyes- as I divulge into worlds unknown, tearing apart my world from above, analyzing my flaws and faults upon a melancholy backdrop of sky and ocean. The stars shine and glimmer about, flashing through unknown waters- below the vast seas I travel, wanting to feel the radiance of the sun, wanting to hear more than silence, wanting to forget my ghostly past, just wanting- just flowing in a monsoon of thoughts and worries- going with the flow.

No one tells you that the flow isn’t actually a flow at all. It’s a blowing, ferocious storm, and it is a part of you. Once you decide to let it control you, it will certainly do so. The earth is beautiful, but society is not. Take people off of the earth, and you have a living, growing – thriving world – a world that shines, smiles, and rebounds from its own storms. You put people on those shores, and let them fight against the wind and rain, against storms and hurricanes, and you are eventually left with chaos.

However, it’s not the people’s fault that they live where they do when these horrid things happen. It’s just life. It’s unforgiving, it’s cruel; it’s life – just life. We make life choices that change how we live, where we live, what we have- usually not what others have, and that is one of our greatest flaws. It’s all about us, not about anyone else. We close our eyes and turn away from the truth that some unfortunate people have to face. We refuse to volunteer our time and money to help something or someone that is in a less-than-fortunate situation. Why? It doesn’t benefit our income, our way of life, or our possessions.

Luckily, some people do see the truth- the truth that it’s not about what we have, it’s about what all of us have, and until we agree to come together- to fight, breath, and live as one, then we fail to improve our morality and our purity, and continue to dive into the realm of poverty and economic and global stress. Since we choose to live on this earth, shouldn’t we do something to help, just one little thing- just something?

My eyes close as I end writing that thought, still thinking, still flowing. Although hard, I’m trying to make as much sense of this world as I can. The world is so beautiful in a lot of ways, but so horrible in others. It’s just life, but hopefully the beauty will have its day to shine above the darkness that lies within. Perhaps the good will defeat the evil completely. Until then, I live on in a motionless torment, below the sky and sea, yet above everything. One day I’ll walk on a beach of pure white and sun- when the fight is fought and when the fight is won, or lost- depending on which side you’re on.

Regardless, it’s always darkest before the dawn, and the dawn sprouts life and warmth, which will heal us all, and perhaps bring us together for good. But, who knows, everything is chance, and in a world of chance, it’s hard to find motivation to live. That’s just my opinion, but I am optimistic that things will change for the good, and I’ll find my place somewhere in the world one day, once I’m out of this unforgiving flow. Time is the only thing that can heal us, yet it’s also the only thing that can kill us.

Time is almost as unforgiving as the flow of life, but it’s the only thing that you can count on to be there, when everything else stops, when your heart skips a beat, time still moves on, and it’ll bring you where you’re supposed to be. So just live for yourself, live for others, live for improvement, just live. Everything will figure itself out in the end. When the storm is over, you’ll land where you belong.

A Shameful Seed

Harmony of the Worlds- Pt2


Respecting Nature and Fighting Corruption

By Jacob Vinson

These flowers are dying every day, just as the morals of society.

These flowers are dying every day, just as the morals of society.

On the exact second that we were born, the planets were aligned in such a way that they can never, in our lifetime, be aligned exactly that way again. With this alignment, on your exact moment of birth, there was a sort of “harmony of planets-” A “song” made just for you. It is almost like the song that defines your soul- an imprint that truly separates you from anyone else. Unfortunately, Kepler never went as far as to look beyond the rotation and orbits of a planet too see what tones a specific time period would create, but rationally it would take several lifetimes to do so. Still, his research has brought forth an amazing mixture of planets and sounds. It is beautiful to think that everyone on the Earth is bound to the planets and stars harmoniously. Maybe one day we’ll be able to listen to our own “Harmony of the Worlds.”

The shore is a beautiful precursor to the flowing ocean that basks in the hues of the day’s end- the same ocean on which the day is just beginning in faraway lands. Faint piano notes and jazz riffs waft in the air even though there is no real music around. Nature tells a story of its own; it sings its own songs and encourages you to ponder upon their meaning. How we interpret this is entirely up to us. I choose to symbolize nature with a song- one that flows into your ears, one that compels you, and one that challenges one’s inhibitions.

The earth itself portrays a sort of harmony– and essence– that some fail to see. Darkening clouds are being moved by the wind, shaking trees and vines. The mere sight or feeling of wind heightens everyone’s attentions. “What’s about to happen?” They may say- “Is is going to rain? I hope it doesn’t. Ugh!”

Why complain about something beautiful as the wind and rain? They are both parts of our lives that harmoniously keep us alive. They are strong components, and can’t be controlled by humans. This is not our world, this is nature’s world, and we have to respect that.

I hear all of the time about people dangerously riding out hurricanes and other wild storms. This is completely ridiculous. Our lives are more fragile than some of us would like to believe. It takes days for a hurricane to die down. It takes a millisecond for a human to die.

This reminds us that we have to learn to work together and try to make this world a better place, instead of ignoring the increasing dangers. A corrupt seed is growing- evil, hatred, and disrespect are all growing rampant, and frankly, it’s almost impossible to stop it. But, my friends- there is still hope, and that hope is you. Respect nature, don’t be afraid to snitch on the wicked and corrupt and money-hungry officials and thieves, but most importantly keep an optimistic yet aware mindset. I’m sure all of us agree that it couldn’t hurt to try to positively increase the health of society and nature. It may be a losing battle, but it is truly a noble one, and if I died fighting for these rights, I would die I happy man.

Please take what I’ve said into consideration. I’m only 18, but when I’m grown and married, I want my children to live in a world that’s even better than the one I live in now. It’s up to us…. It’s up to us.

Let’s do this. Let’s do it together… We can uproot this shameful seed we’ve sown. Here are some websites that can help lead us to the path of justice:

Thank you so very much for your time- please comments with your advice and/or other links that I can add to the blog. This is no game, this is war- a war that we must win- for the sake of humanity.

We have to uproot the shameful seed our past generations have sown.

Good luck and God Bless!



© 2008, Jacob Vinson — All Rights Reserved

Support Incentives for Clean Energy Jobs

Support incentives for clean energy jobs

Join the 73,506 people who have signed the petition!

The Petition Reads:

Dear Members of Congress:

“I urge you to support tax incentives for renewable energy. These incentives help create jobs and lower greenhouse gases. They are the kind of policies that will help solve the climate crisis.”

By raising your voice on the issue of clean energy, you’re in some very good company. A great many Unlikely Alliances have formed to make the call for clean power:

  • The United Steelworkers, as part of the Blue-Green Alliance, have joined the We Campaign. They see the great jobs potential in the renewable energy sector, and they want safe and affordable energy sources for our manufacturing sector.
  • Green For All brings renewable energy jobs right to the heart of America’s inner cities. They are unifying diverse urban communities around a clean energy future.
  • The 25 x ’25 Alliance, based largely in America’s Farm Belt, is pushing the U.S. to derive 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. It’s an ambitious, but attainable, goal – so long as Congress acts.
  • Read more about clean energy tax incentives.

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    No Vacation for School Lunches

    No Vacation for School Lunches

    When children clean out their lockers and say farewell to school for the summer, there are some things they won’t miss. Tests. Homework. Alarm clocks. But for the 16 million children who are eligible for the free or reduced-price lunches over the summer, there’s one thing they could miss—lunch. When the school year ends, 80% of participants—more than 12.2 million children—lose access to federal meal programs.

    For more than a decade, the Sodexo Foundation has helped cities across the country bridge that gap with Feeding Our Future, a summer lunch program serving more than 7,000 children nationwide.

    Read More

    Students Fit Volunteering into Summer Plans

    The fight against hunger is waged with enthusiasm and commitment by students of all ages across the country. They volunteer at shelters and food banks and organize hunger awareness programs. Many college students participate in The Campus Kitchens Project, for which the Sodexo Foundation provided the seed money and continues to support at colleges nationwide.

    During the school year it’s easy to find a “home” on campus for volunteer activities—every bulletin board and school web site is full of opportunities. During the summer, it takes a bit more work, but organizations with national reach are just waiting for young people to sign up for a day, a week, or more of volunteering, wherever their travels take them.

    To keep your fight against hunger going all year long, click on any of the links below for location information.

    Leaders Step up for Cyclone Victims

    The people of Myanmar are still waiting to receive humanitarian aid.

    Another week has passed. More opportunities are lost in providing immediate assistance to the people of Myanmar. While innocent people try to piece their lives back together after the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis, Myanmar authorities continue to obstruct aid. The lives and health of thousands are at risk.

    Put pressure on Myanmar authorities to distribute humanitarian aid to victims of Cyclone Nargis.

    Myanmar may believe that it does not need to be responsive to its own people; however it does have to answer to the fellow member states of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Under the ASEAN Charter, member states, including Myanmar, are committed to:

    • Respecting fundamental freedoms
    • Promoting and protecting human rights and social justice
    • Upholding the United Nations Charter and international law

    Myanmar’s actions to obstruct aid from reaching people desperately in need are in violation of the spirit of ASEAN’s work. It is time for the ASEAN member states to step up and show leadership in assisting the people of Myanmar. Call on ASEAN to urge the government of Myanmar to provide humanitarian aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis.

    Irene Khan, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, recently wrote an open letter to ASEAN(PDF). In it, she warns that “without immediate action by ASEAN leaders, the humanitarian disaster created by Cyclone Nargis and the deliberate obstruction to aid by the Myanmar authorities will result in further massive human rights violations, putting at risk the lives and health of hundreds of thousands of people.”

    A natural disaster destroyed the lives of many innocent people. A humanitarian disaster shouldn’t be the reason they continue to suffer. Call on ASEAN to urge Myanmar authorities to ensure that cyclone victims receive aid.

    Thank you for your time!

    Fight for Human Rights – Tear Down Guantánamo Bay

     

    Fight for Human Rights!

    Fight for Human Rights – Tear Down Guantánamo Bay

    Today, May 15th, is Bloggers Unite for Human Rights, in which thousands of bloggers will write thousands of blogs dedicated to preserving human rights. The issue I want to focus on today is the unjust activities happening at Guantánamo Bay.

    Guantanamo Bay Information

    The Guantanamo Bay detention camp is a United States operated by Joint Task Force Guantanamo since 2002 in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, which is on the shore of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.[1] The detainment areas consist of three camps in the base: Camp Delta (which includes Camp Echo), Camp Iguana, and Camp X-Ray (which has been closed). The facility is often referred to as Guantanamo, or Gitmo (derived from the abbreviation “GTMO”). The detainees held have been classified by the United States as “enemy combatants

    Since the beginning of the War in Afghanistan, 775 detainees have been brought to Guantanamo, approximately 420 of which have been released. As of August 9, 2007, approximately 355 detainees remain. More than a fifth are cleared for release but may have to wait months or years because U.S. officials are finding it increasingly difficult to allocate places to send them, according to officials and defense lawyers.

    Prisoners are held in small mesh-sided cells, and lights are kept on day and night. Detainees have rations similar to those of U.S. forces, with consideration for Muslim dietary needs. However on occasion many of the detainees have been denied access to the Quran for daily prayer, due to claimed “high security measures” and as a form of preparation for interrogation. Detainees are kept in isolation most of the day, are blindfolded when moving within the camp and are forbidden to talk in groups of more than three. United States doctrine in dealing with prisoners of war states that isolation and silence are effective means in breaking down the will to resist interrogation. Red Cross inspectors and released detainees have alleged acts of torture, including sleep deprivation, the use of so-called truth drugs, beatings and locking in confined and cold cells. Human rights groups argue that indefinite detention constitutes torture.

    The use of Guantánamo Bay as a military prison has drawn criticism from human rights organizations and others, who cite reports that detainees have been tortured or otherwise poorly treated. Supporters of the detention argue that trial review of detentions has never been afforded to prisoners of war, and that it is reasonable for enemy combatants to be detained until the cessation of hostilities.

    The Bush administration has declared that the Third Geneva Convention does not apply to al-Qaeda or Taliban fighters, since the Geneva convention only applies to uniformed soldiers of a recognized government. Jim Phillips of the Heritage Foundation claimed that “some of these terrorists who are not recognized as soldiers don’t deserve to be treated as soldiers.” Critics of U.S. policy say the government has violated the Conventions in attempting to create a distinction between “prisoners of war” and “illegal combatants.” A U.S. district court partially agreed with the Bush administration, finding that the Geneva Conventions apply to Taliban fighters but not to al-Qaeda terrorists. Amnesty International has called the situation “a human rights scandal” in a series of reports.

    One of the allegations of abuse at the camp is the abuse of the religion of the detainees. The US government has claimed that they respect all religious and cultural sensitivities. However, prisoners released from the camp have alleged that abuse of religion including flushing the Qur’an down the toilet, defacing the Qur’an, writing comments and remarks on the Qur’an, tearing pages out of the Qur’an and denying detainees a copy of the Qur’an.

    Suicides

    By 2008 there had been at least 4 completed suicides and hundreds of suicide attempts in Guantanamo that are public knowledge. No information is available on the number of suicides of prisoners that are classified secret, or their suicide attempts. On June 10, 2006, three detainees were found dead, who, according to the Pentagon, “killed themselves in an apparent suicide pact”.

    Facts:

    1.) Lasting security and real justice for the victims of terrorism cannot be achieved without real justice and respect for human rights.

    2.) Illegally detained in US custody at Guantánamo and elsewhere are not being released.

    3.) Those held at Guantánamo and elsewhere, including in secret detention centres, are human beings who haven’t seen their homes or families for years and have faced torture and other ill-treatment.

    4.) Indefinite and secret detentions are contrary to just human rights and are against international law.

    5.) Each day that illegal detention at Guantánamo and elsewhere continues is a day too long.

    Take Action

    Tearitdown.org is Amnesty International’s global initiative to end illegal US detentions and a major online action under Amnesty International’s campaign to Counter Terror With Justice.

     

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