“This I Believe” Faith In Humanity Final Draft

Is Humanity worth believing in?

It is a question that has left me without rest, and it is a question that has evolved my perceptive of the world and our species.  I have asked myself this so frequently that there is no way of counting the pain  or awe it brings me.  Sometimes I can see it in others, this question of faith in something that history has proven again and again that we are not.

Yet to me the answer had manifested long ago, in the form of tears and words I could not understand, on a screen in a distant memory, in black and white I heard the speech that would forever change me.

I found out his name later in life was Charlie Chaplin, and his speech in The Great Dictator ignited something within me which has continued burn to this day.

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We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others’ happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another.  

 We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind.

We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery ,we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

To those who can hear me, I say “Do not despair.”

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

 You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power.

Let us all unite.*

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We have as many good quality’s to our nature as we do bad, we are complicated complex organisms that struggle to understand ourselves and as much as others.

However, I believe with unshakable conviction that that it is through our deeply flawed selves that we can become more.  That the pain we inflict on each other and our world will teach us, will mend us, will give us hope in ourselves.  It is evident in history, that the times when the world was most against itself that our greatest accomplishments were achieved.

I have Faith in us, I have Faith in Humanity.

It is something I can confess without doubt, to others it seems like a burden, a blind belief to criticize and antagonize.

Yet….if it is a burden then I bear it Gladly.

A single person, a small act, can kindle change in us all.

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“What The Best Interviewers Get Right”

When I began to read this article I was not interested in the slightest, I had never been the most particularly drawn to this blogs or shows before, not to say they have never interested me in the past or current time.

The subject of this article can appear dull or something that just isn’t considered to be great importance.

Yet I found that it is not true.

It reflects on our daily lives more then we may realize, when we speak to someone for the first time we may subconsciously use a few of these tactics determined who the person we are speaking to really is, in order to diagnose if they are trust worthy or not.

This article gives a basic understanding of the different methods of approaching an interview (or interrogation), and when you read you can pick up on your own method in the fold.

Personally I love to watch Bill Maher, he is simply Amazing, his style and class and humour always keep me entertained and if I could copy a style for which I could basis myself on it would be his.

Hammer

The article is intimate, with betrayal, family, community and law all converging in a case so shaking.  Climbing is not an easy sport, it takes a physical dedication, mental concentration and a relentless will to succeed.

Neither of the men, DiPaolo or Farrar are particularly outstanding individuals but they shared a passion and a connect like, along with the possible life or death situations, the trust they had was something that is no joke.

The article is relatable to many, not in the death but the slow loss of trust, of family and of yourself.  It hurts that the person you expected to be there for you gives up, makes you feel like you have nothing left to lose, and that makes people dangerous.

 

The Last Stop

The beginning is a intimate subject, or rather the whole article is intimate.  The subject matter is in fact one many would prefer to avoid, no one likes a funeral home or the significance behind them.

As I progress through it I became morbidly absorbed in the art of the industry.  Such as the price, the coffin designs and the emotional closure of the service.

Tim, although confronting death on weekly basis was, perhaps not optimistic but gentle in the manner in which he spoke, and that is in a way comforting.  I mind it important that the next generation be educated that this profession is not something to belittle or be disgusted by, it should be respected by the closure.

This article is in my opinion clear in the regard that Death isn’t have to be considered ugly but a part of moving on.

Show Dog

The article has an interesting beginning, in the way that you do not entirely know for a moment if it is an animal or a human that is being discussed.

I like it.

The article gives a very emphatic and detailed life of Biff the boxer show dog, and the complicated industry that he and his owners are invested in.  Although personally I know I would never become directly involved myself in the Show Dog industry I found it enlightening of the struggles of maintaining a dominant place in the competition and the simple joys the dogs can find within it.

The lightheartedness makes the article capable of being read by anyone with a decent attention span.  Such as children (although because of the mating parts I am not advising it) or people who have had no exposure to it before.

“This I Believe” Draft #2 Faith In Humanity

Is Humanity worth believing in?

It is a question that has left me without rest, and it is a question that has evolved my perceptive of the world and our species.  I have asked myself this so frequently that there is no way of counting the pain  or awe it brings me.  Sometimes I can see it in others, this question of faith in something that history has proven again and again that we are not.

Yet to me the answer had manifested long ago, in the form of tears and words I could not understand.  I found out his name later in life was Charlie Chaplin, and his speech in the Great Dictator ignited something within me which has continued burn to this day.

 

 

We have as many good quality’s to our nature as we do bad, we are complicated complex organisms that struggle to understand ourselves and as much as others, yet when I observe the world so many only seek to see the flaws and not the values.

However, I believe with unshakable conviction that that it is through our deeply flawed selves that we can become more.  That the pain we inflict on each other and our world will teach us, will mend us, will give us hope in ourselves.  It is evident in history, that the times when the world was most dark that our greatest accomplishments were achieved.

I have Faith in us, I have Faith in Humanity.

It is something I can confess without doubt, to others it seems like a burden, a blind belief to criticize and antagonize.

Yet….if it is a burden then I bear it Gladly.

A single person, a small act can kindle change in us all.

Wikipedians Do It For Love

Sue Gardner is a Mary Sue.

She is intelligent, warm, passionate, Canadian(so proud of my nation and its citizens) and driven.  I just wanted to include that.

None of these quality’s are bad, but I feel that she is being too absolute, too idealistic with her general consensus of information on her fellow “wikipedians”.  They may enjoy the spread of knowledge but that does not mean they enjoy social interaction, or that they are a social butterfly.  It could even be that all they want is recognition for their research ability’s to obtain a source of employment,  after all Wikipedia would be the perfect site to be validated for your skill.

I do like her explanation of how Wiki is this “radical openness, radical freedom and radical convergence”.  There it is common to put down the strange and almost unknown, people can put the facts for the whole of the world to see and read, something I feel is desperately necessary with our increasingly shadowed political atmosphere.

I believe Wikipedia is going to play a larger role then now in the future and I will watch with the rest of the world, witnessing what role it shall play.

Shitty First Draft

I think the article puts a quirky humour into the stress of writing.  Not that I follow the same path when I write but I can see how it is a comfortable pattern to fall back on to.  That the fact what you write the first time can be horrible and you can laugh,because of that light heartlessness the stress isn’t so unbearable.

 

15 Reasons I Think You Should Blog

I believe that the article gives a good explanation of why blogging should be an invested past time with accurate details.  However I also think that though the article gives plenty of good reasons why, the cons should also be included.

Otherwise if this is the only article a person read on the matter then they would not be prepared for the worse situation. Such as, and not excluding, triggering from negative comments, obsessive compulsion to continue posting as often as possible, and slowly withdrawing from social interaction outside of the blog or internet.

Yet at the same time I really enjoyed the ideas it brought to mind.  It depends on the individual.