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Be a witness? Confused Suspicious :biggrin:

http://www.beawitness.org/

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09-21-2006 07:06 AM
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People complain about violence in the media, I think there needs to be more. Show what violence and fear actually look like. Make people realize the real horrors of war. I can recognize intellectually the horrors of war, statistics and written accounts. But I haven't come close to recognizing it emotionally.

The media doesn't care about news, it's really only entertainment. I was reading an article on GNN.tv that pointed out the difference in the world if we paid more attention to international arms dealing rather than what celebrities are doing. The same goes here, to put real news on TV you would need to deal with the topics nobody touches. But the media is about making money, not making news.
09-21-2006 07:12 AM
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That's what I fucking hate about the goddamn media, when there's war, havoc, and genocide in the world, they're wondering if Oprah's husband is cheated on her!!! Ranting

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BigWolf Wrote:Here I am, bitching and complaining about how I'm overloaded with homework and my rights are being violated, while well over 400,000 people are dying in Darfur from violence, malnutrition, and disease. Sure, my problems suck and I should do something about it, but it's so miniscule compared to Darfur that I can't believe I was even thinking about myself while these people are going through this.

We cannot help others before we help ourselves. It would be wrong to do so. Most people will not be personally responsible for changing the world and so we have to think smaller. Think of the ripple effect, if I change my situtation and some other teens, they can help others. A few of them may those special one-in-a-million people that have a gift. People like Gandhi or Martin Luther King. If their gifts are suddenly freed from the oppression of school think of what they can do. Even if that doesn't happen you would have created a ripple of good spreading into the world. If you do not try to do something then nothing will ever change.

Quote:When I was young and free and my
imagination had no limits, I dreamed of
changing the world;

As I grew older and wiser I realized the
world would not change.

And I decided to shorten my sights
somewhat and change only my country.
But it too seemed immovable.

As I entered my twilight years, in one last
desperate attempt, I sought to change
only my family, those closest to me, but
alas they would have none of it.

And now here I lie on my death bed and
realize (perhaps for the first time) that if
only I’d changed myself first, then by
example I may have influenced my
family and with their encouragement
and support I may have bettered my
country, and who knows I may have
changed the world.
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Yes. It's as they say, "Think Global, Act Local".
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You guys are too smart for this world...

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Terrible. Words cant do that kind of horror justice.

I'm trying to get in with a group that's taking a trip to somewhere in Uganda this fall. We might venture into Sudan but we're having a bit of trouble getting the permits and stuff together. I think the orphanage we're actually going to is near the border.

Scary stuff...

Let's do the time warp again!
09-21-2006 01:20 PM
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