there is so much pain & evil in this world, than we realize. most of us that have internet connection & are blessed to be able to have a facebook can't even comprehend it. as human beings we are selfish creatures. we spend most of our time thinking about ourselves. what are we going to eat? what are we going to do today? what movie are we going to see? etc.
i know i spend a lot of time thinking of myself & not enough thinking of other people. society conditions us to think "it's all about me." but it's not.
i've been sitting at my computer for an hour, eating Cheetos, & looking at "Fauxtos" on Snopes.com. i didn't give it a second thought. i didn't realize what a priviledge it was just to do that. & i came across a photograph by Kevin Carter. [http://www.snopes.com/photos/people/kev
it took a few seconds for the intensity of the situation to process in my mind. i can't even begin to explain how this makes me feel. it makes me feel selfish, ungrateful, physically ill, undeserving, just horrible.
i have always had WAY MORE in life than i knew what to do with. i eat 3 meals a day & a snack in between. i have choices upon choices upon choices upon choices. i buy so many useless things. i waste money. i live in luxury, without realizing it, when there are TOO many people starving out there. in other countries as well as America. i don't know anything of poverty.
don't get me wrong, i know i have been blessed so wonderfully by God. and i do appreciate it. but sometimes i gotta wonder, why me? and why not that child? why not other people?
it's not fair. and i know this world is not perfect, nor will it even be. but oh how i long for it to be.
and as horrible as processing all of this is, as horrible as it makes me feel, i never want to forget. it's so easy to just forget about other people, because it's not directly affecting me. i never want to take anything for granted again.
i never want to forget.
all i'm sayin is you gotta be a friend to have friends.
UMM. YES PLEASE!
do you have twitter? add me: robynsinksships.
i remember reading a few of my friends on here that have twitter. i didn't think i'd get one - then i learned you could text stuff in. this could get addicting fast. so yeah, add me on there if you have one :)
i could never live in Forks.
no vampire loving for me i'm afraid.
also, i'm making a journal for my travels. to tell about my days, with pictures. i've been meaning to do this for a while, just now got a chance.
if you're interested in reading it, (i will be doing all the days eventually - it takes time to sort through the pictures) here's the link:
Late yesterday, four New York City men, apparently recent converts to Islam, were arrested by the FBI and charged with plotting to blow up a synagogue, which also held a school, and use surface-to-air missiles to down U.S. aircraft. The men had been under investigation since last June. They purchased explosives and missiles, but the material had been altered by the FBI to render them harmless.
Details are coming out slowly, but already we have information that raises serious concerns. First, the men met while in prison together and became “radicalized.” We have been warning for years that radical Islamists have a growing presence in our prison system. A full investigation is needed. What prison were they in? Who is the prison imam? One suspect said he wanted to hurt America because Muslims were being killed in Afghanistan. So why does he want to blow up Jews at worship and Jewish kids at school?
I can think of many targets that make much more sense if you want to “hurt America.” Of course, we all know the answer – virulent anti-Semitism is a central tenet of Islamofascism. This is why President Obama’s effort to force the creation of a Palestinian state is so ill-conceived. They could not care less about a Palestinian state. These people won’t be satisfied until every Jew is dead and every other “infidel” is in chains.
here are some facts from the government’s indictment:
James Cromitie, also known as “Abdul Rahman,” explained that his parents lived in Afghanistan prior to his birth and that, because of his connection to Afghanistan, he was upset about the war there. He also expressed interest in returning to Afghanistan and said, “if he were to die a martyr, he would go to paradise.”
Cromitie said he “would be interested in joining Jaish-e-Mohammed (a terrorist group) to do jihad.”
Referring to his goals, Cromitie said, “I hate those motherf-----s, those f---ing Jewish bastards. I would like to get a synagogue.”
While conducting surveillance outside a possible target, Cromitie pointed to people walking on the street in the vicinity of a Jewish community center and said that if he had a gun, “he would shoot each one in the head.”
Finally, I can’t help but notice the timeliness of these arrests. It is a reminder that we must still track down terrorists here, just as Obama is making the case today for releasing terrorists we already have at GITMO. His “catch and release” policy is good with trout, but not with murderous thugs.