"Be the Change you wish to see in the world" -Gandhi "I will be a Hummingbird, I will do the best that I can." -Wangari Maathai "Where stereotypes begin with a grain of truth, cliches begin with a boulder" - George Watsky "And she's gonna learn, that this life will hit you - hard - in the face - wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach, but getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs, how much they like the taste of air." - Sarah Kay "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded." -Suheir Hammad

the grand scheme of things

I hate that as human beings, we mess up. Perfection of course isn't an option, so messing up will become apart of everyday life. But if perfection wasn't set so high, when we messed up the fall would not hurt as much. But how would learning occur? We could take in what we are taught, but that requires trust. And as human beings we have shot trust in the foot with selfishness. Therefore we are too selfish to be perfect. Selflessness may be the trick, but are we willing to try? If we were willing to try, then why haven't we? We're too busy thinking of ourselves. You see in the grand scheme of things, a better world starts within yourself. You can't rely on others to get the job done for you, because they just might be relying on you.

If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world.
--Chinese Proverb

Dead, like the tree in my front yard.

So definitely the title of this was for my friend Chris (sorry it's not an emo poem), but today I realized something. They're comes a moment of realization where the person you though you knew from when you were a kid has changed. They once loved talking to you. They once loved being next to you. They cared for you. They loved the simple things that involved you.
But now you are growing more mature, and this person is growing as well. And differences in opinions clash. The bonds begin to tear and awkward silences begin to seep in.
The realization is a painful moment. One where you realize that someone you deeply care for, and yourself, have grown apart and it's too late to change it. You've made new friends, and they've made new friends. It's as if the relationship died. And whoever it was that was once always there for you, has now been replaced by a zombie of the total opposite.
It's a sad day no doubt. But, one thing you must remember, is the memories.

How do you know?

Is anything real?
How do you know?
How do you know you're not dreaming?
How do you know, that everything has happened, instead of everything being a lie?
Is life a dream or a nightmare?
How do you know?

"If someone told you the sun wouldn't come up tomorrow, you would probably think of that person as crazy. Of course the sun will come up -- but do you really know that? Or is it just your opinion?

the French philosopher René Descartes suggested that for all we know, we are always dreaming. An evil demon might be controlling your mind so that while you think you are awake, reading these words right now, you are actually asleep. The world you think is out there could be part of your dream.

He did come up with one certainty. No matter what the demon does, it cannot fool you about the fact that you are a thinking being. In other words, the fact that you think means that you exist. As Descartes famously put it, Cogito ergo sum (I think, therefore I am). And since your own existence is a certainty, your awareness of it counts as knowledge."

Do you believe?

MY source

Rich vs. Poor

The song Dear Mr. President by P!ink inspired this blog:
I want to know why athletes/actors/musicians/politicians get paid more than average Joe who grows the very food you need to live. I want to know why it's not just a difference of thousands, but of MILLIONS. Even if we don't like said "famous person"by going to see their movies, or listening to their songs, or going to their games, just to say you've seen it is adding to their excessive amount of money.
Why do they deserve it? What have they done to better mankind on a day to day scale? Do they donate more than 75% of their paycheck to charity, or do they buy 3 cars and a hot tub to match the curtains? Do they donate their spare time to the local boys and girls club of america to help teach the youth their skills, EVERYDAY?
There are people who do that. But why don't they get the millions? Why don't they get the recognition? Why don't they get the paparazzi? Why don't they get the spots on The Tonight Show? Why can't the next People magazine headline be titled, top 10 most helpful men of 2010?
Why do we let celebrities run our lives? Why do they come up in conversation? Why are they plastered onto the TV for our kids to see? Do we want our kids to say one day
"I want to be like Kim Kardashian! She's so pretty and has a big butt! Plus look at Reggie and all the nice things she has!"
Or do you want your kid to say
"I wish I could be Donna Goodjob, she volunteered for 3 hours at our school today serving food because we're running low on money and can't afford to hire more lunch ladies. They day before she went down to the homeless shelter and donated all of her good clothes and kept her old ones. She's so nice, and look at the peace she has in her eyes. It's like she could die happy knowing she did something good."
I honestly want to be like Donna Goodjob. She sounds like a happy, taken care of, not needy, person. She doesn't need a lot to be happy, just the smile and thanks she gets from the people she helps, if that. She just feels good knowing she did something.
But instead we have corrupt politicians, drunk actors, high musicians, and abusive athletes. And they make the big bucks? It doesn't make sense to me...