Friday, March 5, 2010

"Feelings That Change the World" Part 1

"Feelings That Change The World" by Marshall Douglas.


Today it’s okay to stand for just about anything on the positive side of the common moral code our world abides by. For the most part, in North America especially, we get to choose what we want to believe in, who we want to be as individuals, and how we want to live and the really enabling part is that no one will stand in your way because of the societal development of equality among people. Today everyone has a right to be right. “You do what you want and I get to do what I want.” “You believe what you believe and that’s cool, that’s your thing, thats what works for you and this works for me.” The obvious unchangeable thing throughout our entire history of the human race is that we have always had the freedom of choice. The other obvious yet fascinating thing is how we all come to understand and obey a common code of conduct all across the world. The not so obvious truth is that this widely shared code is in a constant state of change and adaptation to a culture that is also constantly changing. Those who don’t obey it we call rebels. Those who do we call an upright citizen of planet earth.  So due to this constant change and adaptation, we have this ongoing transformation of things controversial to things acceptable. Ex. coarse language on TV, homosexuality, abortion. So how do things like these that were at one point so set in stone completely gain a turn around? How does what’s common get replaced with what’s uncommon only to have the uncommon become the new common? Could it be the fight for equality? Perhaps freedom of choice and any specific grouping of influentials. Or maybe it’s Medias understanding of what people naturally desire but would never admit without enough support. You’re probably thinking well they all have their role. They all seem to be adding to and feeding this constant cultural change. I mean you look at McDonald’s and you know they understand our desire for cost and time efficient gorging. Or even the internet and how it’s made a way to “connect with friends” through MSN, MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Blogger. That’s why immediately after signing up we all begin to create the page the way it best represents ME. We have a slight anticipation for who’s gonna leave a comment on MY page about MY latest photo ME. Let’s face it, the biggest reason for the success of these sites is a little more to do with ourselves then good marketing by the media. It’s nothing that was  forced on to us by some influentials who we were too afraid to displease. And it’s definitely not an attempt at equality when there is endless competition for who has the most friends, most comments, most watched video, most individualism. More than anything they all seem like opportunities to make ourselves feel better about ourselves. In fact current statistics are showing us there is a massive increase self esteem levels among anyone 30 years and younger. It’s working. There is a massive influx of higher self esteem among people born anywhere from the 70s to the 90s as things like the internet, credit cards and big bank loans have paved a way for conjuring more and more attention to oneself. In our own little but “BIG” worlds we’ve managed to really start admiring ourselves for the life we “have”.  We’ve rapidly started making more choices based on what makes us feel good versus what might be best for us. All in all we make it obvious everyday that our ME trend is derived from our own feelings. The things we want. How we want to be perceived. Known. Identified.

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Alex was abandoned in a banana plantation when she was approximately 6 hours old. She is just one of the many vulnerable babies in Uganda who are abandoned and orphaned due to poverty, lack of education and the HIV/AIDS  crisis.

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We Are The Fix Generation

I think I have a love/hate relationship with the world today. I see selfishness taking hold of so many. I mean it’s really getting bad.  You know it’s bad when even churches are missing out on why they even exist. 
My hate is for the decay that is so evident everyday all around us. Injustice has quickly become the number one thing that angers me. On the other hand my love is for the man who left his wife and for another pedophile who’s raped a little girl. It is for the wife and for the little girl, for an entire village in Africa that will be wiped out by aids or starvation by the time you read this. It extends to those people who will to do something and for the small few who actually do. It reaches out to hold all; the immoral, imperfect, misguided, misrepresented, misjudged, mistreated and there is not one of us, including myself,  whose excluded from those categories. 
Media molds our youth into a generation that thinks only of personal consumption  in material, physical and visual form. This becomes a very pleasurable but very temporary emotional fix. Because it’s so temporary, we find ourselves going back for more. Somewhere in the midst of all of this our world has lost touch of a very real undying fix. It’s more than material possession, physical fixations or visual vacations away from reality. And it’s far more than status. This is a permanent fix. For all others are unable to forgive nor can they empower a human to do what one could only once dream of. There are no conditions for this fix. It is for all who wish to embrace it and it has wanted nothing more than to embrace you. This fix is your love. Your love has the power to forgive you as well as your neighbor. It can empower you by believing in yourself and is more than capable of empowering others by believing in them. And if you let it... if you let it, it will grow strong enough to change the things you hate about yourself and about this world. Because this kind of love knows no limits, it breaks through all fears and overlooks all failures. It’s not afraid to stand alone and therefore stands with many. This is a fix that can only be realized by experiencing it. This is my hope. This is your hope. 
You may not believe as I believe, in the love of Christ, of a God, of a father, poured out on us all. Still no one can deny there is power in the kind of love the stories of Christ represent. I believe if we have experienced His love or merely understand it’s strength we now become the only tool for those who haven’t experienced it. Readers and friends, I know it’s been preached and sung over and over but it’s more true today than it ever has been. We are His hands and we are His feet. And I for one refuse to stand with my hands in my pockets any longer. I can’t go back on yesterday and I’ll miss today if I just keep talking about tomorrow. Our upcoming generation will be our tomorrow and right now that scares me. They have more ambition than they know what to do with. 
If we approach this by using the best example of love and selfless living they can see, I believe we could give them a cause. We could give them a purpose and a mission for their ambition. That’s how we change the future face of this world. Here is where the cynics say “Give it up Marshall.. It’s such a lost cause!”. Well I won’t you dumb shit for brains cynic! I’m not gonna let whatever power i have in these two hands go to waste! There’s really no room for cynicism here. If we ignore this world cry for justice, for selfless living, we will deprave the world today of what could potentially fix tomorrow. I live to see this happen and I know I am in way over my head but it’s really fun in the most dangerous, risky and adventurous kind of way. So join me if you wish.. I could use some company.