Victims of Choice

You are gay?

How comes?

How do you know?

Are you sure?

Actor Neil Patrick Harris came out publicly and it created a stir in the media and Hollywood. Neil and his partner are happy with their twins. I’m seeing children as young as 12 y/o professing that they are gay. These children are victimized by children of heterosexual couples. Some even take their life because they feel that they would be safer in death. How sad.

Life is a gift. How you live it is your prerogative. What makes you happy? The things that makes me happy are not the same things that make you happy. Deviation from societal norm is extremely frowned upon.

Human rights are extremely important, but sometimes we can be a bit biased when assessing certain situation that questions human rights. If we spend more time embracing the things that connect us instead of the things that separates us, wouldn’t society be a better place?

I sound like an idealist :)

Let me leave you with two quotes:

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
Maya Angelou

Internal peace is an essential first step to achieving peace in the world. How do you cultivate it? It’s very simple. In the first place by realizing clearly that all mankind is one, that human beings in every country are members of one and the same family.
The Dalai Lama

 

As usual, feel free to share your thoughts.

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Until next week,

Peace!

Cultural Divide

In Ethiopia, children are killed if they are considered to be cursed for fear that the cursed child will bring bad luck to the village. These cursed children are known as “mingi“. How can a child be considered cursed? A few reasons include, but are not limited to:

  • A child is born to a single mother
  • The parents did not get permission from the village elders
  • A child’s upper teeth comes out before the lower one

In the west, we deem this action as infanticide. I am personally against the taking of a life. I hold this belief because of my moral fiber and because I was brought up in a society and culture that dictates that it is wrong.

However, morality is subjective. Culture varies from nation to nation. Are the actions of Ethiopian elders wrong?

What are your thoughts?

Misogyny lives: just look at the tweets Louise Mensch receives – Telegraph Blogs

Misogyny lives: just look at the tweets Louise Mensch receives – Telegraph Blogs.

This is a quite interesting article. It speaks to the sexual insults Louise Mensch is receiving on twitter because of her disagreement with the report made that Rupert Murdoch was not a fit person to run a company. What are your thoughts?

RC.

 

Dedicated to all good men

Most of my post have been about equal rights to all especially towards women and others who are different from us. Someone made a comment on one of my post accusing me of being a “feministic moron”. I deleted it. Although I believe  everyone is entitled to their own opinion and not everyone will agree with what I have to say and I have no control over that. I accept that. But what I do have control over is my blog, and what gets accepted :). I will not entertain any negativity on my blog space.

Everyone loves their mother, but what about the fathers? There are some really GOOD men out there and then some. I often hear women complain about not finding the right man, or that they’re giving up on relationships because the last one they were in was shitty. I think sometimes our expectations are too high – he’s not handsome enough, or tall enough or muscular enough. Look past the surface. Is he kind to others? Does he treat and respect women? How does he treat his mother (very telling)? Does he cook? etc.

Image via Glenmuir.com

My father is awesome. He taught me the value of hard work. He was strict (when needs be). He always showed interest in my school work, whether he understood it or not. That man would beat me silly to take school word seriously. In retrospect, that’s kind of why I’m where I am in my life now. He understood the value of education (even though his stopped at junior high). He was always around and he took good care of me as a child. The things he taught me I will pass on to my son (or daughter). I will be the best husband and father I can be because of him.

Without a father in the house, it’s easy for a child to turn towards violence. Granted it’s possible to bring up a good child as a single parent, but it’s much harder. So this post is for all the good men out there. Those that stick to it through thick and thin. Those that make time for their child/children and wife. Those that don’t abuse their woman or any other woman.

PS: Ladies, if you’re complaining about not finding the right man or that there are no good man out there, get off you high horse. YOUR right man might be closer than you think.

Respect and love to all the GOOD men out there.

Peace!

Joseph Kony’s Child Soldiers

A colleague sent this short documentary to me highlighting the atrocities that are happening in Uganda under the watch of warlord Joseph Kony. He’s number 1 on the International Criminal Courts’ list of warlords that should be prosecuted for his crimes against humanity.

I thought I’d share this video to bring some awareness to one of the many crimes that are taken place in Uganda. Crimes against women are appalling, but even more so are crimes against our children – the future!

Enjoy and Share!

 

 

Is Taxation Slavery?

 

Is taxation slavery?

What is taxation? Taxation in essence is the state taking the earnings of its citizens. If you are apart of a society, you are required by law to pay taxes. If a honest man works hard to make a living, is it right for the state to take part of his earnings? The taking of something from someone without consent is by definition theft.

Taxation = Taking of Earnings

So, if taxation is the taking of earnings, is the state in essence sugar coating forced labor with the term “taxation” ? Forced labor is the taking of one’s time and leisure.

Taxation = Forced Labor

If the state has a right to MY earnings (my labor), that means the state has a right to ME, or at least some ownership in me. And by definition, the ownership of any individual is slavery.

Taxation = Slavery

Double Standards

Isn’t it amazing how quick we are to bash people for doing something and then turn around and do the same exact thing we just bashed the person for, and when we are called out, we try to give some lame justification for what we did.

The most recent and popular example of this hypocrisy was when presidential hopeful Herman Cain said “I don’t believe racism in this country (USA) today holds anybody back in a big way”. When sexual harassment charges were placed against him, Mr Cain said that the allegations were a form of “high-tech lynching”.

I am not exempt from this double standard way of life. It is a flaw of humanity. We are unable to pass judgment on our-self because we have a perfect model of our-self in our mind and what that self should or would do. When we do these things that are contrary to our perfect self that is when we provide justification. I am blessed to have a Mrs that is as vocal as I am, and will put me in line when I become out of sync with reality. She’s my moral compass :)

Is there a cure for this kind of behavior?

Will everyone need to have a “moral compass”?

What are your thoughts?

The Primal Nature of Humans

How come they only fix the bridge
After somebody has fallen

How come you turned the deafest ear
When it is your own brother calling

How come you teach your kids to love
When it is killing they are memorizing

How come they go to war with terror
When it is war that is terrorizing

A snippet from the African song Hoobaale by K’naan.

When I first heard this song I thought it was very thought provoking. What is the primal nature of humans – SELF. The Us or them and the What’s in it for me mentality. We do things to satisfy our own desires.

Example 1

A guy sees some beautiful women and an old lady trying to cross the road. So in order to impress the women, he would assist the old lady across the road. How chivalrous.

Example 2

A female decides to date a guy because of the type of car he’s driving or because he has some social status.

We don’t naturally do things that will benefit others and ONLY others. Whatever we do has to benefit US first then others. “How come they only fix the bridge After somebody has fallen”? Why are we so reactive?

“How come they go to war with terror, When it is war that is terrorizing”? Wars are a way to show which country is more powerful. Why can’t we live in congruity. Share resources – food, medicine, education etc. We preach to love thy brother and yet there is evidence everyday in the news of the contrary. It’s just sad.

Man’s greatest enemy is himself!

Are Women REALLY the Weaker Sex?

I did some research on the topic of whether or not women are really the weaker sex. I found some analysis on the biological and molecular level. however, there is NO need to go that deep to arrive at a conclusion. If we really look at the activities and responsibilities of both sexes, a toddler could come to an obvious conclusion.

Let’s start with some definitions. Note though, that these definitions may be overly simplified.

Women:  The sex that is capable of giving birth, nurturing, and master multitask-er.

Men: The catalyst of women’s problems

 

 

I watched a video recently about The Tale of the Two Brains by Mark Gundor that really summed up why women are so skilled at managing competing activities and remembering EVERYTHING. Mark says that women’s brain is like an information superhighway – EVERYTHING is connected to EVERYTHING. A woman would be able to tell you what time the kids school is over, when the kids have a field trip, what she’s cooking for dinner, and what’s she going to wear to work the next day.

 

A man however, being very simple creatures with simple desires, our brain is setup to reflect that. Our brain is VERY compartmentalized with “boxes”. If we’re going to talk about a particular topic, we only go into that box and that box only. If you’re talking about the kids, we will go into the box labeled kids. If you are talking about the car, we go into the box labeled car etc. It is because of this compartmentalization why we suck at multitasking and always end up in problems with our women.

 

Without women, MEN would not exist. So in essence we are living in a woman’s world, NOT the other way around. How did man become “superior”? Women are superheroes and should be treated as a MAN’s equal. I can’t think of any job (maybe you can) that a man can do that a woman can’t. In Saudi Arabia, for the first time in history, they are allowing women to vote in 2015. What took you guys so long!? Were you afraid that women would hold all the senior positions in parliament?At least it’s a step forward in the right direction, because in that same country, it’s against the law for a woman to drive. HELLO!!!

 

So are men really the weaker sex…did I change the question ;)…

You tell me :)

 

 

Taboo No more – Same Sex Marriage & Relationships

Once considered taboo. The issue of same-sex marriage was a trying one. Homosexuals were persecuted by Christians and heterosexuals.

Discrimination was abound.  Same-sex relationships were frowned upon. This forced homosexuals to do the only thing they could to survive – pretend. Thus the birth of the term “down-low”. People on the down-low, would go about living a normal heterosexual life, hoping that no one would see, or worse, break into the closet they so desperately try to protect. The closet that is home to their true self. The self that must remain in the shadows until it is safe.

The Christians and Muslims consider marriage to be a “sacred” act between a man and a woman. It is so sacred that very little opposition has been met by the American reality show – America’s most eligible Bachelor. Very few states and countries allowed homosexual couples to be legally wed. The veil of discrimination has been lifted in New York. On Sunday, New York will become the largest state to allow same-sex couples to wed.

The homo-hetero war is far from over, but this is certainly a step…a leap rather in the right direction.