Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Life is not long, and too much of it should not be spent in idle deliberation how it shall be spent

Hearing the stories of others can help open one's mind to issues surrounding the world without overwhelming the person, while providing insight on how the issues affect individuals rather than looking at an overview or faceless statistics. Simply hearing a person's story wouldn't necessarily have an impact on anyone, but it may at least provide information and possibly spur others to action. If only those who were victims of injustices took a stand against them, then fewer things in the world would have been changed for the better.

There isn't really much to tell about my own life, nothing that actually stands out. The closest thing I've probably done is just joining SLICE but since there is still training there isn't much to tell. Any ideas I have about community aren't too positive, in my opinion. Growing up the neighborhood all had those "Neighborhood Block Watch" signs in their windows that would say they'd look out for one another, but would still have petty disputes with each other. Even worse they wouldn't even try to dispute with each other and would call the cops on each other for such things as someone being too loud, even after an agreement had been reached upon not being loud once evening neared.

"...to act from pure benevolence is not possible for finite beings. Human benevolence is mingled with vanity, interest, or some other motive" (Samuel Johnson).


Lewis Jr. said...

I agree that if those who were victims of injustices would stand up against the bad guys then things would be better. However, when you have been completely beaten down there comes a point were you find it hard to even stand. The problem starts when people isolate themselves. Thinking that it's one against all or no one will understand or denial of the problem. Fear is also a possible cause to why victims do not stand up to those that hurt them. Your block watch sound like there needs to be a one leader to settle the disputes. Good post and I will look forward to your future posts.

Enrique Cardon said...

You are right, if only those who were victims of injustice stood against it, then things would never change in this world. We need to all stand together and listen to one another if we hope to make this world a better place for our children.