Category Archives: Social Commentary

We are taught to be good,
but don’t necessarily
learn to be healthy.
We all breathe
but don’t always live.
We are taught to sit
but don’t necessarily
learn to stand.
We may look
but don’t always see.
We are taught to do what’s right
but don’t necessarily
learn to be kind.
We might talk
but don’t always listen.
We are taught to recite
but don’t necessarily
learn to think.

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Just Because…..

​Just because someone is rich
Doesn’t mean they have everything
&
Just because someone is poor
Doesn’t mean they have nothing
(to offer)

Oh, My God

Just because someone professes to have all the answers
Doesn’t mean they have any solutions
&
Just because someone asks questions
Doesn’t mean they don’t know the problem
(or the resolution)

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Just because someone is gorgeous
Doesn’t mean they are everything
&
Just because someone is not
Doesn’t mean they are nothing
(and are not beautiful)

 Lies of the Beautiful People

Just because someone is different
Doesn’t mean they are wrong
&
Just because everyone is doing the same
Doesn’t mean they, or it, is right
(or healthy)

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Just because someone is glorified
Doesn’t mean they are good
&
Just because someone is vilified
Doesn’t mean they are bad
(or evil, even)

The Thin Line Between Love and Hate

Just because someone stands alone
Doesn’t mean they are weak
&
Just because everyone stands together
Doesn’t mean they are strong
(or united)

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Just because someone is talking
Doesn’t mean they are an expert
&
Just because someone is silent
Doesn’t mean they are stupid
(or wise)

The Sound of Silence

SHAME! SHAME!

In a world where public shame is the name of the game and where no holds are barred in the perceived justified online lynching of those who are deemed “deserving” of such, and using the most recent rally as an example and specifically the subsequent posting of the faces of those in attendance, did anyone ever stop and think of the ramifications and/or how easy it would be to ruin someone’s life?

Ever heard of Photoshop?

All someone needs to do is take the photo of  someone in attendance and Photoshop the face of someone they want to seek revenge upon, or they simply do not like, and insert the face over the person who was actually there.

Then, it falls upon the innocent victim to prove that they were not even remotely in attendance, but that is not enough.  It may be too late.  Once a picture goes viral, the damage may already be done.

It only takes a matter of hours, but beyond that scenario, where is the line drawn?

Does anyone stop and think:

  • What is it that you (we/I) did that would have been most embarrassing if someone were watching?
    • Nothing? Ever??? Really?
  • How has your (our/my) viewpoints changed since you (we/I) were young and stupid?
  • Have you (we/I) ever done something incriminating in your life?
    • Has your parents?
    • Have your children?
    • Have your significant other?
  • Have you gone someplace or done something that is not within societal norms?
  • Have you done something you regret?
    • Has your parents?
    • Has your children?
    • Has your significant other?
  • Have you done something stupid, or childish that could have done harm to another whether you(we/I) meant it?
  • Have you done something you regret?
    • Has your parents?
    • Has your children?
    • Has your significant other?

What is deemed as appropriate public shaming, and what basis is the justification?

Is public shaming a positive response to a negative act?

More aptly, is it an effective response?

If so, when?  And, how?

And, most importantly, what are the consequences?

 

 

 

Too Blind To See

Love
Is Color Blind

There are
Individuals
Of all colors
From all walks of life
From all faiths
From all backgrounds
From all corners
Of the world
Rich and poor

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Spreading
Love

Evoking
Decency

Showing
Compassion

Practicing
Kindness

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Hate
Is Color Blind

There are
Individuals
Of all colors
From all walks of life
From all faiths
From all backgrounds
From all corners
Of the world
Rich and poor

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Spreading
Hatred

Evoking
Fear

Showing
Indifference

Practicing
Intolerance

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