Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Why are we here?

Photo from Washington, Illinois, and posted on Donna's site
Welcome to all who know how I write and my style!

Welcome to all whom I have just met!

Normally, this blog plays with words and characters.  But today?  Today I find myself humbled by some posts I have read, and want to share with you.

Donna O’Shaughnessy of Midlife Farmer shared a post about an E4 tornado that ripped through and all but destroyed Washington, Illinois.  Please visit her post at http://midlifefarmwife.blogspot.com/

Where she writes about the panic, the absolute terror she experienced trying to reach her sister who lives in that area is palatable.  There can be nothing like the gripping of the heart she felt being unable to find out IF she is okay, IF she and her family survived such a tornado.


Then there is this Friko in Friko’s Word.  It is difficult to put into words.  Please go to her site at http://frikosmusings.blogspot.com/  and read her post, “Let’s stop minding our own business”.  Child abuse, children abused and tortured to death---not for the faint of heart.

What happened?
Child abuse is a world-wide problem, involving the most surprising pedophiles.  If you have a strong stomach, this site is valuable.


But it needs to be part of each individual’s awareness and, more importantly, action.  Whether is it a child next door or an elderly person living alone, we need to be aware and be proactive.


This is a topic people of “my” age generally avoid.  But after witnessing Mylie Cyrus on some award show and feeling outrage, I started being aware.  Then I read John’s World at John's World .




The video may be shocking, but it speaks volumes about the world of young women (and men) who want to be famous or at the very least, noticed.  The artist is Lily Allen, and read her words at the beginning of her song, Fear.
  
I don't know what's right and what's real anymore
And I don't know how I'm meant to feel anymore
And when do you think it will all become clear?
'Cause I'm being taking over by The Fear


 If this is the only video or site you have time to see, this one is very appropriate to today's lack of morals and values.



Please note that there is a precaution before the video.  But the words used are part of the times.


In this world and this time of political ping-pong, and harangues from news agencies, we need to ask ourselves, “Why and what are we put on earth to be doing?”

What do you think?


38 comments:

  1. I think we can all make a big difference even if it is in a small way. We just need to look around and say, "If not me, then who?"

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  2. I think that times like these really bring out the best in humanity. I truly believe that. It's a beautiful thing watching everyone pull together in times of need.

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    1. so true. Hurricane Sandy and other natural disasters have proved the good in people.

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  3. Sick stuff out there indeed. Things are just going to pot

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    1. Things will disintegrate if all the horrors involving the vulnerable are ignored.

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  4. There is a lot of confusion in our young people...They seem to have lost their compass.

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    1. It seems that the young are being seduced into the thinking that will bring the most money to the entertainment industry. Put that with not-involved parents--

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  5. Great post. I think we're all becoming a bit more aware that things need to change; we need to change. Heading over to those blogs now, thanks!

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    1. The media is both a great thing and a horrible thing. It informs instantly of disasters in the Philippines and the need for aid.
      It also glorifies the lifestyles that seem appealing.

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  6. Things have to change, young people have to wake up and work on making changes, there's more to life than fame, fortune, and electronic gadgets. We all need to work on faith, hope, and love.

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    1. Yes, we are all in need of faith, hope, and love.

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  7. Yes, there is a lot of sadness and badness. And it is sometimes overwhelming. There is also a lot of kindness, which attracts much less publicity.
    I do my best to work on the sadness and promote the positivity. I am only one person but I hope I can make a least a small difference.

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  8. I believe every child deserves a childhood; it's up to the parents to provide. It needn't feature expensive clothes or cars or houses; but it must have compassion, food on the table and expectation. I don't know how to make this happen except practice it in my own corner of life.

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    1. So true. Every child deserves a childhood. It shouldn't be taken from them.

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  9. Many are aware but few ever do anything

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    1. I don't agree completely. Awareness often leads to outrage to changes.

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  10. A very moving post, Susan. Daughter has lived in Illinois for some years so I have followed weather there, lately with some trepidation. I have a measureless pride and faith in this new generation, despite the publicity antics some of its celebrities are driven to. Your post touches upon so many important points that I can only restate what society has needed for centuries --that we treat each other decently.

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    1. Treat each other with the respect and love that each deserve, need.

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  11. Beautiful, beautiful post. Very thought-provoking. And fabulous pictures.

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, with Joy)

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    1. Jon Benet Ramsey--so many photos of her as a child beauty princess. A child without a childhood.

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  12. It's absolutely horrifying the things people do to children and they somehow think they have the right to do these things.
    Equally bad is the similar abuse to elderly people in nursing homes.

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    1. Elder abuse is a 'raging out of control' problem, as people live well into the 80s and 90s, and their children are in the 60s and 70s. Not enough care facilities, qualified care givers.

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  13. WOW! Very powerful stuff. You're right, it's so easy for us to stay in our own cubby holes, and avoid these issues, or worse yet, become desensitized to them. Thanks for the reminder to step out and look around.

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    1. Wearing blinders is the danger. It leads to apathy.

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  14. It's nice that you've referenced these on your blog to help share the message(s).

    And as for the storm, no I cannot imagine. It must be gut wrenching to not know if your family/friend(s) made it through a vile storm and I hope I never have to experience it.

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    1. I grew up in Illinois, but we were surrounded by bluffs and hills. Those 15 miles to the north and 15 miles to the south were the ones who were hit. Awful.

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  15. wow susan--so many important issues and thoughts--thank you for your caring

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    1. Sometimes my heart breaks, the 'wrong' of it all rears up.

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  16. The tornado in Washington, IL caused devastating destruction; yet it's amazing how the community has really pulled together. I hope that her sister and her family are okay. I will try to check out some of these informative links.

    Julie

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    1. It is amazing how such a disaster shows the heart of the community.

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  17. We have an awful lot of people in our time with vastly misplaced values. The scary thing is a lot of them are in government and in positions where they set the standard for the rest of the populace. No wonder kids are getting so screwed up.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Politics, fraud, deception,....it all has a consequence.

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  18. As a parent and a teacher, I've tried to live by and instruct my children in good values. Some kids have no example to live by. My sister lived in the path of hurricane Katrina and we didn't hear from her for days. It was frightening.

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    1. Katrina? Oh. No words could describe what you and she experienced.

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  19. Thanks for reminding us of all the things we must think about. It does seem like people are waking up more because more people are talking about it.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!