one of the worst things a parent can do in my view, is putting their children down. Unfortunately parents are quite good at doing that, often having experienced the same from their parents, we have to break that chain. We have to start differentiating between the actions of a person and the person themselves, not just in our parent-child relationship but across the board.
With Donald J. Trump having been inaugurated this week, this post is going to be quite heavy on it and its reactions. The first video is on something that absolutely had me in stitches. The Trump Administration’s reaction to the media on the attendees of the inauguration by providing #alternativefacts.
In all of the quite righteous hysteria around Trump’s election, with both peaceful and violent protests, with marches and banner drops. We cannot forget the fact that while we organise, we have to try to get the best deal out of what we have. Dr. King’s non-violence and meetings with the president were as important as the actions of Malcolm X and the Black Panthers for example.
Our voices definitely need to be louder. One such great voice in our past was Muhammad Ali (rah.). That inspired us, and drove us further.
Our voices have power. Power to uplift and bind us together. No matter who you are your voice is important and can make a difference and if you don’t believe me listen to this.
We need to wake up from our dreams. We all live in our social bubbles, with our individual privileges but now is the time to burst our bubble, to engage others. Once we’ve listened, once we have become aware of the issues around us, we need to organise and act collectively. Divided we are one, united we are many.
So, Good Morning, wake up!
Empathy has often been lost in our interactions and that is why I find films, like this one, so important. At the same time, reality will always be different to what will be displayed in a scripted film. I can not without going through the same experience even begin to understand, what a friend of mine is going through at the moment with the loss of his baby. I cannot really do more than offer an ear and maybe that is enough.
It’s always difficult to segue back into something more light-hearted after going through something so difficult. That however is life, life is difficult like that, we have episodes of utter happiness and moments of deepest sadness and that is life.
Travelling I feel is also part of life, and while I haven’t traveled as much as I want to the times when I have been able to have been special indeed. Malaysia is definitely on my list of places to visit.
I’ll finish of this week’s list with another fresh Parkour video!