It is fear that reinforces the walls we build, people are afraid to be swayed from their convictions, afraid to question their moral instincts and expose themselves to ideas that may challenge the fabric of their entire existence, but what are we if we are not seeking to better ourselves? - Aysha Taryam
Sunset in Yosemite. ...“I was born HEREand you were born THEREjust inches aparton a map on a wall.The lines on the mapdecide if you matter at all.I was born HEREand you were born THERESo I belong HEREand you belong THERE.And if that’s a bad placeI don’t have to care. I was born HEREand you were born THEREbut you tried to come HERE to be free. You forgot that the lineson the map on the wallsay that to be freeyou would have to be ME.” - L.R.Knost
"A high school student wrote to ask, 'What was the greatest event in American history?' I can't say. However, I suspect that like so many 'great' events, it was something very simple and very quiet with little or no fanfare (such as someone forgiving someone else for a deep hurt that eventually changed the course of history). The really important 'great' things are never center stage of life's dramas; they're always 'in the wings.' That's why it's so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and the deep rather than the flashy and the superficial." - Mr. Fred Rogers
If you were alive during slavery, would you have done everything in your power to help those that were enslaved?.If you were alive during the holocaust, would you turn your cheek or stand up for those being persecuted?.Immigrant children from Central and South America, some as young as one or two years old, have been ripped from their parents by the United States government and are being held in concentration camps near our southern border..Most of the country is either 1) Unaware that this is happening, or 2) Using their political standing to justify what the government is doing. If you ever wondered how the Germans simply went about their business when the Nazis were in power, now you know, because it's happening in America. This is how Auschwitz became Auschwitz..Several lawyers and physicians visited the detention centers recently and discovered the children are being housed in filthy conditions. They are sleeping on concrete and peeing on the floor. Their clothes are soiled with mucus, feces and breast milk. They have not been given soap or toothbrushes, and they haven't bathed for weeks. The frozen food that has been provided doesn't get cooked. The guards at the facilities are wearing masks, the children are not..The reality is that immigrant children are being used as bargaining chips to push for a border wall and immigration reform. The Geneva Convention of 1949 states: "Prisoners of war shall have for their use…conveniences which conform to the rules of hygiene…Apart from the baths and showers with which the camps shall be furnished prisoners of war shall be provided with sufficient water and soap." If these children were prisoners of war, our treatment towards them would violate several standards of International Humanitarian Law..I don't care what your political affiliation is, the U.S. government is committing crimes against humanity. And people are turning a blind eye to it..If this is what "America First" means, I want no part of it.
I was able to check Joshua Tree National Park off of my bucket list this past week..The park preserves a portion of both the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. Because of differences in elevation, there is a pretty stark contrast in the wildlife present in each desert region. Despite the hot and dry temperatures, I was blown away by the colorful flowers and the vast diversity within the park. Have you ever visited Joshua Tree before?
@jonathanzoeteman is a guy I deeply admire. Not only is he an incredible photographer, but his captions are often thought-provoking and inspirational..A few months back, I took a screenshot of one of his captions. I'm certain more people would benefit from reading it, so I'm sharing it today: ."I came across a Bill Murray tweet I'd saved from a while back that said "Social media is training us to compare our lives, instead of appreciating everything we are. No wonder everyone is always depressed." It's okay to celebrate, respect, and even appreciate or look up to the lives of those we see through the lens of these mediums, but the minute they start to have you questioning your worth, your value, your identity, or any of the other things that can turn toxic in the midst of comparison, it's there a line has to be drawn. Our world doesn't need a bunch of clones, it needs real, genuine people bringing their unique skills, gifts, and passions to the world, and that will look very different for each of us. So keep doing you, because you do it better than anyone else can."
We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more. - Pico Iyer.What do you like most about traveling?
“We are so inundated with stories and images of the ugliness of inhumanity that it can begin to feel like this world is a lost cause. But it isn't, my friends. Behind every story of the horrors of inhumanity are a thousand stories of the beauty of humanity — small, ordinary kindnesses; little, unseen acts of generosity; moments of unexpected goodness that remind us that humanity still exists. And while humanity is still alive, so is hope.”- L.R.Knost.#lookforthegood#bethegood
“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. Today, our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.