In the age of social media and so many websites, blogs and opinions, many of which are fake or unabashedly biased, it is hard to stay both objective and aware. It's overwhelming with the vast amount of information out there. We need to decide which information is accurate, what we think about it and how much we want to know. In the age where terrorism is the focus of movies and TV shows, when violence is the staple of both as well as video games, we have become desensitized to the reality. Even if we are saddned by images, we don't truly feel what we maybe should at times. I had a few people who I know say the beginning of the Marathon Documentary 'wasn't that bad" in terms of how graphic and difficult it was to watch. UMMMM, even having seen some of those scenes in person and being subjected to them all this time, I still find them horrifying. There are literally people's limbs blown off. But, I guess in the age of Game of Thrones and other such "entertainment", it seems minor. We're so used to seeing realistic looking horror in an entertaining way that we are becoming numb to the REAL horror suffered by people. I believe more than ever, we need to find our humanity. We need to do what we can as individuals and as small communities and let that spread.
We have all seen what has been happening in Aleppo. If you don’t think it’s a huge problem and don’t think we have any role to play, then you must be allowing yourself to be blissfully ignorant. If you can look at the images of dead babies, children standing in rubble from bomb blasts and basically any other of the horrific ones shown from there and not feel the need to do something, the frustration for the world to help, the sadness for every single one of those innocent people, maybe you need to reconnect with your humanity. If you think there is nothing you can do to help, rethink that.
“The world will not be destroyed
by those who do evil,
but by those who watch them
without doing anything"
STAY AWARE AND INFORMED
Read actual reliable sources, learn what the war is, who is involved and what’s at stake.
Donate to organizations providing aid including Doctors without Borders and the White Helmets.
Donate to Together Rising.
“With the funds raised this week, Together Rising will use 100% of what we receive to:
• purchase and fully equip two ambulances with medicine and medical supplies for 6 months, and enable The White Helmets to rescue children and vulnerable people trapped in the rubble;
• equip the mobile hospital with medicine and supplies and allow Independent Doctors Association to serve the injured and help fund the planning of the only pediatric hospital in the region; and
• continue to fund the work of Help Refugees volunteer network devoted to delivering people to safety.”
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Remember that the vast majority of refugees are simply looking to survivor and escape terrorism, not commit it. There will always be people mentally ill or with crazy beliefs but that can be a college student from the US or a person who feels neglected and looks on the internet for a place to belong. Remember refugees are first and foremost, people.
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I watched a great piece the other night on Colombia on 60 mintues. Check it out if you have a few minutes. It seemed timely. An over 50 year war was ended recently. While the circumstances are very imilar, Syria does face a worse situation. The Islamic State is even more dangerous and brutal than the rebel forces in Colombia. The civilian casualties and other casualties are much higher and in MUCH a shorter amount of time. However, I tend to wonder about the concept adopted by Colombia and how that can translate to the rest of the World’s conflicts and issues. Some particular words struck me. I believe it’s something to be considered in many areas including in our own country and political unrest.
"Hope can be built and things can be changed. What's the power of violent people? Fear. And when you feel fear, you are diminished as a human you are divided.
There is no sense of a community. So we have to put the pieces together of our society.
We have to connect physically and mentally."