I'm watching part of the U2 ZOO TV DVD and during "The Fly" they had all sorts of random words and phrases flashing by. I jotted down a few of my favorites that really have meaning to me. Here they are:
* It Could Never Happen Here
reminds me a bit of our attitude prior to 9/11
* Religion Is A Club
one I belonged to for waaaay too long and burned my membership card!
* Art Is Manipulation
especially paintings. I love Jackson Pollock and he really manipulates the paint!
* Guilt Is Not Of God
explains why I don't go to church anymore!
* Silence = Death
our voices MUST be heard to make changes
* It's Your World You Can Change
Now that last one was a bit eerie for me to see. Mom raised Trina and I to believe that we could become whatever we wanted, which I believed until I was 20 or so. Hey, lets face it, I knew I was never going to become President or win a Nobel Peace Prize, or hell, go to Harvard (as I was so sure of when I was 13!). However, about 5 years ago I was having a serious heart to heart with mom and telling what a failure I felt like because I never did join the Peace Corps or save a life. I wanted to save the world and I was coming to realize that I never would. Mom told me something that sticks with me EVERY single day. She said "Cam, you can't save the world, but you CAN change the small world that you live in. The world that you have direct contact with." In fact I told that to my case worker when we had our homestudy and she thought mom was pretty smart (so do I) and thought that had put it in a great context. Then she had to go one further and ask what I did to change the world I live in. The point is, we CAN change the world; our own world. Don't ever give up. Sign up for the One organization, check out oxfam, wear a (RED) shirt and tell people WHY you are wearing it, go green for a day or two, wash your clothes in cold water rather than hot as 75% of the energy that it takes to do a load of laundry comes from heating the water, the point is, each one of us has the ability to change not just our own world, but the ENTIRE world!!! Isn't that empowering??? YOU can change the world!!! And tell other people what you are doing to encourage them! Remember, silence = death. Until later.....