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When we bleed, We bleed the same

I know most people judge each other based on culture, language, and race, but why are we prejudice about careers, family life, and daily decisions? This is a common trap among society today and I even find myself caught occasionally. I blame the way we think, the disrespect, the ignorance.

Today I was riding the bus and I was so disturbed by the lack of respect by a menopausal woman to the bus driver. It actually made me angry to the point where I wanted to confront her. She was complaining about how the bus wasn’t leaving and it was supposed to leave at 8:30. She claimed it was 8:35 (based on her wristwatch), when in fact the satellite clocks on the bus said 8:28. Now, I don’t know if she was having a bad day or maybe there were other factors in her life making her so unpleasant, but she was making the driver feel like sh**. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, because I don’t know what is going on in their lives. Maybe something truly terrible has happened to them. However, this driver did not deserve her snide comments and angry retorts.

Is driving a bus less dignified or respectable than being a CEO of a business? Does selling fruit on the street make you a beggar? No! Stop acting like you are better! Without people who provide a service, we would have to make our own coffee or change the brakes on our cars! We would have to go pick the food off of a farm and even grow it ourselves! I hate the phrase ‘shut up’, but I believe it is time to use it. Shut up with the complaining and the prejudice! Why must we think this way? When did nobility and modesty become old-fashioned?

We are all here on the planet together, and it is only together that we will thrive. It is true, we do all bleed the same. Calling someone names or telling someone they are not ‘worth it’, that their life and their job is not important, pierces the heart. Enough stab wounds and it will bleed out. The heart will dry out and die, and if the body has no heart, no soul, then it is nothing more than a walking corpse. It does not beat with life. It is not alive.

By causing harm, by disrespecting other people, you are killing them. It is like a poison that slowly spreads throughout the body…

I don’t want to live in a dead world anymore. Nor do I want my children to grow up in a soulless status.

So my question is to you: Are you alive?


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Imaginary Make-Believe

I often find myself caught up in a good book or movie and, when finished, desperately wish I could be a part of that world. I am sure most of us have felt that way at one moment, especially after a damn good book or movie, but I find myself drawn in, not just by the graphics or words (although words are my cocaine), but by the music sometimes. I have just watched the newest trailer for the movie The Hobbit, and find myself wanting to be on an adventure much like the dwarves, instead of stuck behind a desk everyday, taking public transportation to go home.

Why do we crave everything adventurous and whimsical? Because we do. Why else would circuses and Sci-Fi, comic books and video games be so popular? Just book and movie sales are astronomical. So, I ask again: why do we crave the fantastic? Why are our mundane lives not enough?

I often ponder this, because I feel that ‘pull’ so often after a great story, but then I ask myself: would I really enjoy being put into a situation of life or death? Most of these stories contain that aspect. Almost all good stories have the main character(s) struggling or presented with a great challenge that can and will change who they are. Do I want that?

Perhaps it is not the adventure we crave, but the opportunity to prove that we have ‘it’, whatever ‘it’ is. We have what it takes to walk through a dark cave with only a torch. We have what it takes to pursue a land far away on foot. We have what it takes to be tested and triumph over evil. But do we? Do we have the strength to not know when our next meal will be or how to get it? Do we have the knowledge to guide us in the right direction? Do we have the natural ability to ‘go with your gut’ in order to survive? Do we have the courage to face the unknown? Or would we just be happier living our predictable lives…

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Posted by on September 20, 2012 in Imagination, Stream of Consciousness


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