31 March 2017

Bias of the media

Let's start with a quote,
"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do read it, you're misinformed."
I believe many people are familiar with this sentence by Denzel Washington.

If you think about it, it's true.
Let's take a short excursion to the hot topic of fake news. Fake news is anything BUT news. It's a story, that you might entertain yourself with, but that's just it, a fictional story. That's about all I have to say about them.
Now, the news, is supposed to inform us of facts. However, even the fact reporting media does not tell you all you need to know. There are many things left out. Ratings are important, funding is important, political sponsorship is important. That leads to biased media.
Reporting based on emotion is what one see most nowadays. It doesn't matter how important it is or how not relevant it is, it doesn't matter if it gives a most complete account of the events or the most impartial analysis of the facts. As long as it elicits some kind of emotional response, it's what's you are going to see. The stories are presented in a certain way to shock you, make you pity the subjects, make you revolted or angry. They don't inform you anymore, they feed you what you want. Or... actually what they want.
Have you tried to read the same a piece of news about the same event in different newspapers or magazines? They tell different stories. If you jusr sit around and just eat up the information from one source, how can you be anything other than biased? Because whatever you do or feel and form an opinion on, comes from a biased source.

We can only do as best as we can to not be swayed by those coloured glasses. We should try as best as we can to call attention to and shatter those coloured glasses. It doesn't help people, not you not me not anyone, it polarizes people. We are already too far down that road, shouldn't it be time to turn back? Shouldn't it be time for understanding, shouldn't it be time for unity, shouldn't it be time for peace?

30 March 2017

How did we come to think like that?

Global inequality is a current issue that we cannot deny. Recently I've just read that income levels in Africa have been dropping relative to the rest of the world, meaning that Africa as a whole is getting relatively poorer. How is this happening?
Many of Africa's natural resources were long ago taken by colonial forces, leaving little agricultural and mineral wealth. This is true for most of the colonized land. So, lucky are the ones that have not suffered colonization. But how did it happen? How did we come to think that we can exploit other people? How did we come to think that we can usurp all the resources leaving little to nothing behind?
I once read about a study where the found out that our default was not being selfish, but rather help other people out. So how did this default turn into greed? and selfishness beyond measure?
I refuse to believe that this inequality we are seeing is natural, it can't be. How did we come to this?

13 March 2017

Changing the world

Are we crazy to think that we can change the world?
Are we crazy to think that we can make it better?
Are we crazy to think that we can make it better in a way that matters?

Are we crazy to think that one day equality can be achieved?
Are we crazy to think that one day there will be no prejudice?
Are we crazy to think that one day mankind will actually learn from its mistakes?

We CAN change the world, for better or for worse, we have to believe that.
We ARE changing the world, bit by bit, we have to believe that.

We, the new generation,
we have a different way to see the world,
we have a different way to live the life,
Maybe we can have a different way of changing the world.
Maybe we can have a better chance of making our world better.

For Communicating
For Understanding
For Tolerance
For Inclusion
For Me, For You, For Us

5 March 2017

We are who we are

I once heard someone say that we are lucky, because there is nothing else to describe it. We are lucky simply because we happened to be born in the right side of the world. To those like me, who were born, raised and live in the first world, as they call it, and to myself sometime in the future. Stop, and be grateful of your luck, even for just a second. We don't get to choose when we are going to come to this world, or where, or to whom. So, if you believe in a higher power, thank that, if not, thank the complete randomness of the world that put you where you are.
There is this motivational thing I used to hear. That you can be whoever you want to be. I used to think how we can reach our goals if we worked hard enough towards them. I used to think that people who were mediocre just weren't working hard enough. But, I realized now that I was wrong. True, you can try your best to achieve a goal or not. True, you are bound to do better if you work harder, but the world is not equal to all. The same amount of effort won't bring about the same opportunities and chances to everyone. There are people that have to work that much harder to get lesser opportunities. And there are people who have to give up some of those opportunities because of certain circumstances in life.
Our achievements are not only our own. Let's not deny all our efforts, but we should not ignore other factors that were at play for our success. Maybe, we were born with better genetics, with a predisposition for whatever we were trying to achieve. Maybe, we had an excellent upbringing, better than some or even better than most. Maybe, we had a better environment to live in. Maybe we didn't have to worry about our survival while doing our best to reach our goals. We are all the sum of ourselves and the people and circumstances around us. We are never the sole responsible for our successes.

Our mundane life is just like that, mundane. And in our mundane worries we abstract from everything that is not immediately close to us. But, the thing is, pure luck makes it not immediately close to us. Pure luck could have made us be born in a war zone, where our worries would be not what to do for the essay tomorrow or what to wear, but whether I'll survive until tomorrow. Yes, we can't help it. We are far away from that, thank heavens, thank god, thank whoever you want for that.
No, we actually can help.
We can't help everyone, but we can help those we can. If only more people can think and act like that. It's one thing to talk about it (yes, I'm writing about it.) another to actually do something about it. We need more action.
I did hear people say that history repeats itself. I didn't believe it really back then, now that I know a bit more, see a bit more, I get it. It does repeat itself. That just means we keep making the same mistakes, over and over again. The details change, but the underlying problem is still there. Is it human nature to keep perpetuating this cycle?

We stand at a turning point of our history, where exactly do we want to be headed?