I don't do New Year's resolutions. I'm a big believer in personal change, I just don't put any stock in arbitrary time markers. We don't change because the calendar turns; we change because we make a choice to do so.
Fear is a natural reaction to the unknown. Terror is the most basic response to what is going on the world, but compassion should be as well. Empathy and a desire to understand, these should be just as powerful emotions within all of us or our world will continue to deteriorate. We can't keep pretending that just because something happens on the other side of an imaginary line that we won't be impacted.
I'm not going to waste a lot of exposition here. You've heard about Joseph Kony now. You've seen the video (or, you know, the first ten minutes, then skipped to the end) and posted it to your Facebook wall. And then, a day after you mustered up the courage and integrity to do what everyone … Continue reading Joseph Kony and “Entitled Salvation” (Again)
So, here's the scene: I'm leaving my job at [Downtown Seattle clothing store] and walking home. Normally I put my headphones on before I'm even out the door, but I was distracted reading an email on my phone (that's right, I'm a baller like that) and I just didn't think. If this were a zombie … Continue reading I’ll give you all I got to give if you say you’ll love me too
For most of my young life well through college, I considered myself apathetic to politics because I didn't know enough about the issues to care (as a good little Christian Youth, I was Republican by association, but it wasn't something I got heated up about). As I have little to no belief in the ability … Continue reading The Importance of Being Apathetic: or, The Birth of a Liberal
I'm used to going to the New York Times website every morning and reading about another bombing in Iraq or Afghanistan, a mass murder in Africa or a national disaster in some part of the world. When I first heard of the earthquake in Haiti, my natural reaction was, "That sucks." To be honest, I … Continue reading Haiti