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General Statement

 

General statements can be detrimental to both sides. It can decimate like a double-edged sword. Unfortunately we got accustomed to sharp statements with unsupported allegations. We are pleased with ourselves when we leave someone with no route to defend themselves. We feel like we are entitled to our opinions and we can express them in a way, shape or form regardless of the consequences.  Isn’t that what the Freedom stands for?

What if I’d stopped you in your tracks and said you need to slow down and digest every word before you utter it. Take your time. There are so many words that cannot be taken back, once you say it, it’s done and it cannot be undone and that’s the tragic path that you don’t want to find yourself on.

Freedom doesn’t allow you to say and do whatever is on your mind. John Paul the II once stated that your freedom ends where other’s Freedom begins. There are boundaries that cannot be shattered, rules that cannot be broken.

When you make general statements you take a risk of insulting, shaming or diminishing at least one person that belongs to the group that you’re making statement about. If you think you can justify your declaration despite the fact that the group in question had at least one innocent person that didn’t deserve the harsh critique, you’ve already become desensitized to the cruelty that occurs and surrounds us every day.

So why do we make general statements? Does it empower us, or does it expose our fears and weakness?

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First Amendment-Protection for Bloggers

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According to Reuters, on January 17th the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that bloggers are protected by the First Amendment in the same manner as traditional journalists. It is a supreme victory for the growing community of bloggers, who are many times undermined and undervalued.

The free speech allows to express opinions and share knowledge without a fear of retaliation from others who might not agree or approve of certain outlook.

The court’s ruling carries significant importance in times where online blogging has become a common practice. Bloggers undertake the spectrum of many crucial issues, they let others to share their opinions and enable comprehensive dialogue.

For some people blogging is the way of expressing their own opinions, for others it is the only outlet. Here they can share their knowledge and passion for what they care for in life. For many others it is a window of opportunity to become visible to millions, specially in this world where individuality is being squished by mass media.

Internet gives everyone an equal chance to become noticed, validated, recognized. Nowadays recognition comes with the hard work, so why not ease this difficult process by protecting bloggers’ efforts. The online world enables everyone a chance of recognition; something that every human being craves for.

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Affirmation versus Empathy

I strongly believe, there is lack of empathy nowadays. It just evaporated from the air we all breath in, I guess that is my sense of it. How can we justify horrible events that happen on a daily basis?

People are so involved in the social media world, where they feed their ego. It got to the point that they created this artificial world, where the need of affirmation is constantly fed either by acknowledging their new pictures by others,  or new achievements. If they lack in any specific areas they will find other ways to find a praise from others. I don’t understand this constant self-attention.

So what does it happen next? Where do we go from now? Do we get entangled in our business so bad, that all we care is “hit the like button”.

Is there anyone who wants to be invisible? I believe there are many of them, who are invisible but not by choice. They need your empathy, not your pity. They don’t come forward, they stay behind those loud ones. They don’t feel that they need affirmation, because at some point in their life someone shattered their self-esteem.

Let’s look in the mirror and ask ourselves, what do we have more of in our hearts. Is  it self-affirmation or empathy?

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The Holiday Season

snowmanWhile approaching a threshold of a Brand New Year I wonder which one of the world’s expectations will fail first.

I don’t want to be a skeptic here, but history tells me that people in general don’t like a change they’d rather be a part of a vicious cycle, at least it brings them routine. Christmas will bring all kinds of presents, most of which will be later exchanged or returned to stores. Some will share laughter and joy, but unfortunately many will be left unnoticed in their own anguish.

Wars and conflicts, where millions of people die in this world, it is something so hard to grasp. It is beyond reasonable comprehension. Many of the tribulations will never cease, because only few will stand up for the innocents and that’s just not enough to stop the atrocities.

What can we do, so this world will have a chance to become a place of joy for everyone?

Respect and validation have to become an emblem of our human race.  We are surrounded with an overwhelming amount of information and disinformation as well. In order to embrace true values such as human dignity we have to be honest about what is crucial in our believe system. We need to have a moral core, regardless of our religion or set of opinions. We cannot let our opinions dishevel someone else point of view just because it will makes us feel better, because it might make us feel like a winners.

Let’s indulge in Fiodor Dostoyevsky’s words of wisdom from one of his masterpieces, Brother’s Karamazov.

“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices. And it all comes from lying–to others and to yourself.”

So what have we learnt in preparation for This Special Holiday season? Are we going to indulge in our pleasures or are we willing to look around and find those who are less fortunate and reach out to them with our talents, kind words and whatever else that will enable them to feel human again. I wonder when empathy will finally be embraced as a sign of strength not a pity.

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History repeats itself

uncertainty After so many atrocities that happened over and over, I always wonder why history repeats itself.  Is it lack of knowledge about historic facts? Is it simple ignorance? Or is it indifference? The last one gives me some shivers. People thought that events of genocide that occurred during World War II will never happen again. Unfortunately genocide is still present all around the world. Does it mean we didn’t learn anything from the past horrific events and millions of innocent people died in vain?

Hitler built concentration camps where people died not for what they done, but for who they were. They were minorities: Jews, Gypsies, Armenians, Polish, homosexuals, basically those who where voiceless. Essentially they were the easy prey, because once you make them as a vigilante it is easier to ridicule, hate and what follows it… kill. While Hitler use gas chambers, Stalin chose famine and exhausting work, where people in order not to participate in horrific job tasks  would rather chop off their own hands.

I wonder, If people remember those crimes. How is it possible that ethnic cleansing is still happening around the world? I can’t comprehend that. It is so overwhelming. Will it ever stop? When comes the time where someone’s opinion, religious point of view or ambition would mean less than someones well being.

When we pull away a layer of religion, opinions or political views we can finally find pure humanity.

If anyone is interested in the topic of genocide, I would recommend them two books, both winners of Pulitzer prize: Samantha Power: A problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, Anna Applebaum: Gulag.

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