This is a diffrent kind of post, but lately I have been feeling very sensitive to all the injustice in the world in a way that cannot be cured by simply writing a check to some charity or relief fund. I sit uncomfortably in my own privileged skin as I read about Syrians, child brides, refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean in leaky tubs. In this frame of mind I came across a Ted Talk by photographer Aaron Huey about poverty among the Lakota people at the Pine Ridge Reservation (also known as Prisoner of War Camp #344). Even if you are not a citizen of the United States (I am not), you cannot help but feel an incredible sadness as this tale is exemplary for the treatment and position of many worldwide.
If you have some extra time today please watch and allow yourself to feel; awareness and empathy are the first step in recognizing we are all equal and connected. I have no answers, but lets us think about how we can make the world a better place, to not be cynical and apathetic.
“We’ve got to be as clear-headed about human beings as possible, because we are still each other’s only hope.”
– James Baldwin (1924 – 87, novelist, essayist, playwright, poet and social critic)
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