G.D Anderson (via agentsofsheild)
I’m not a feminist…not really an anything ‘ist.’ I broadly identify with this statement though and the same applies men. If a man is sensitive or expressive, it doesn’t make him feminine or ‘metrosexual.’ It’s not about what is, nor about changing the way the world views something, it’s about taking responsibility for our own views, and maybe, changing them.
Dear Prime Minister, M Rogge, Lord Coe and Members of the International Olympic Committee,
I write in the earnest hope that all those with a love of sport and the Olympic spirit will consider the stain on the Five Rings that occurred when the 1936 Berlin Olympics proceeded under the exultant…
Passionate, eloquent and absolutely right.
One of a series of photographs that exemplifies the goodness of mankind. Nothing to do with beautiful Scotland for a change and normal service will resume, but in the meantime, pause to appreciate global beauty…
A villager carrying stranded kittens to dry land during flooding in Cuttack City, India.
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"We need to understand the inadequacy of an educational system so slanted towards material values. The solution is not to give an occasional lecture, but to integrate ethics into the educational curriculum. To do this effectively requires a secular ethics, free of religious influence, based on common sense, a realistic view and scientific findings." (For photo source, click here.)
With only just over thirty members and an extravagant Grade II listed Moorish building, the tiny Jewish community of Bradford have for many years been in despair about their finances - until the local Muslim community stepped in to help.
The grand-looking Reform synagogue, is on an unassuming street, between the Yorkshire Tandoori, Al-Hijaab Islamic Clothing and the Jamia Shan-E-Islam Educational Centre.
Built in 1880, it has long been under threat of closure, but several Muslim organisations in the city have pledged to stop it falling into ruin, with donors giving £2,000 to save the synagogue’s roof.
"However capable and skillful an individual may be, left alone, he or she will not survive. When we are sick or very young or very old, we must depend on the support of others. There is no significant division between us and other people, because our basic natures are the same. If we wish to ensure everyone’s peace and happiness we need to cultivate a healthy respect for the diversity of our peoples and cultures, founded on an understanding of this fundamental sameness of all human beings."
~ Dalai Lama
It’s the smallest effort, hardly an effort at all to say these words, or to say that you live by them. You might even say that you ‘believe’ in diversity, or celebrate it. Diversity isn’t a belief, nor is it a cause for celebration - diversity is. We are diverse and yet, we are the same - it’s a fact. It’s much harder to give up the security we derive from a them and us outlook and to accept there is no ‘them,’ no ‘us’ - there is simply ‘we.’
Is anyone going to pay any attention to this statement beyond a passing thought? I doubt it. It’s absolutely true though and we are right on the edge of that now. A generation of, if not idiots, then socially dysfunctional people. A dubious kind of progress.
I really feel that some people neglect and overlook compassion because they associate it with religion. Of course, everyone is free to choose whether they pay religion any regard, but to neglect compassion is a mistake because it is the source of our own well-being.
~ Dalai Lama
This Francy and her husband of 30 years George and this is part of their love story. Please read this link. Re-blog please. I wish it was a happy ending can we make it one?
I wish I could do more to help than this - please read it everyone and do what you can.