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Cranky Old Man

In A Look Into Our World on August 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM

What do you see nurses? What do you see?
What are you thinking when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice, ‘I do wish you’d try!’
Who seems not to notice the things that you do.
And forever is losing a sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse. You’re not looking at me.
I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will.
I’m a small child of ten, with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters who love one another
A young boy of sixteen with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now a lover he’ll meet.
A groom soon at twenty my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows that I promised to keep.
At twenty-five, now I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide and a secure happy home.
A man of thirty, my young now grown fast,
Bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me to see I don’t mourn.
At fifty, once more, babies play ‘round my knee,
Again, we know children, my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me. My wife is now dead.
I look at the future. I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing young of their own.
And I think of the years, and the love that I’ve known.
I’m now an old man and nature is cruel.
It’s jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles. Grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass, A young man still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain.
And I’m loving and living life over again.
I think of the years, all too few, gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people. Open and see.
Not a cranky old man.
Look closer .. See.. Me.

The man who wrote this poem lived in a nursing home in Australia. When he passed away the nurses went through his possessions and found this beautiful poem. This poem teaches us not to judge someone by how they look but by who they are. It teaches us to live each day to the fullest so that when we look back at our lives we do not regret and wonder what could have been. So live each day like its your last. Make the right decisions and treat everyone with respect and love. For when we become older, we do not want to look back in shame but in happiness that we lived and loved.

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Pay It Forward

In A Look Into Our World, Inspiring on August 16, 2012 at 9:58 AM

A teacher once showed us a movie during class. The reason I remember this movie was because it really touched my heart and showed me that people can change if given a chance. The movie was called Pay It Forward.

In this film a boy named Trevor McKinney receives an assignment from his teacher that results in a revolution. The assignment was to ‘think of something to change the world and put it into action‘. After reviewing his assignment, Trevor conjures up the notion of paying it forward instead of back. In simpler terms, he is asking that a good deed be repaid by having it done for others instead, specifically three people. The film continues to show how a little boy was able to change the world by simply paying attention and showing a little kindness to those who needed it. It proved that a little kindness can change a person’s perspective and attitude.

The world we live in today constantly tells us that ‘you can only count on yourself’ and ‘to get to the top you have to step on a few toes to get there’. But what happens when you reach the top? You have everything you ever wanted but when you look back are you proud of yourself? Was hurting other people worth your new position?

I believe that humanity still exists in this world. For example, in the Olympics, Meghan Vogel, a 17-year-old Olympian, was participating in the 3,200 meter run. During the race she caught up to her competitor, Arden McMath, whose body was giving out on her. Instead of racing past her to avoid last place, Vogel, made the decision to put McMath’s arm around her shoulder and helped her across the finish line. This is true sportsmanship. Humanity does exist.

So my question to you is will you be like Trevor McKinney from Pay It Forward? Will you show kindness to those around you without expecting anything in return?

I challenge you to show a little kindness to someone today. Show others that humanity does exist in our world. pay it forward.

Is Rapex the Only Solution?

In A Look Into Our World on August 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

OUCH!! Rape has become endemic in South Africa, so a medical technician named Sonette Ehlers developed a product that immediately gathered national attention there. Ehlers had never forgotten a rape victim telling her forlornly, “If only I had teeth down there.” Some time afterward, a man came into the hospital where Ehlers works in excruciating pain because his penis was stuck in his pants zipper.

Ehlers merged those images and came up with a product she called Rapex. It resembles a tube, with barbs inside. The woman inserts it like a tampon, with an applicator, and any man who tries to rape the woman impales himself on the barbs and must go to an emergency room to have the Rapex removed. When critics complained that it was a medieval punishment, Ehlers replied tersely, “A medieval device for a medieval deed.”
– Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof

Though this invention is a bit medieval, it seems to be the only solution to helping the women in South Africa. Back in 2006, there was an estimated 55,000 rape cases that were reported and approximately 450,000 unreported rape cases. These numbers are outrageous! The terror these women have to endure everyday must be mind boggling. When the men were questioned about rape, nearly 1 in 4 admitted to raping someone and others confessed to attacking multiple victims.

A study done by Rape.co.za showed that women born in South Africa have a higher chance of being raped than learning how to read and write. It goes on to state that a South Africa woman is raped every 17 seconds. South Africa has the highest rape percentage in the world! These women are not given a chance to live their lives. Instead they are living in terror and wondering if they are next. What hope do these women have? Is Rapex the only solution to the rape problem in South Africa?

The Chick-fil-A National Debate

In A Look Into Our World on August 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

The Chick-fil-A debate has come to the attention of many across the nation. Chick-fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy made a comment last week that he defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. In other words he is not a supporter of gay marriage. As a result of his comment, Chicago is denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to build/open another establishment in their trendy, hipster ward. They believe that he is discriminating against a segment of their community by not supporting gay marriage and that ‘Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values’.

Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, made a statement stating, “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”

Proco “Joe” Moreno, a city council member, angrily stated, “Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1stWard.”

In response to these crude comments, Chick-fil-A stated that they would “leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena” and that the company has always aimed at “treat[ing] every person with honor, dignity and respect — regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.”

Former presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee, voiced his support of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A by dubbing August 1st as Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

His statement can be found on Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day facebook page. It states:

“I ask you to join me in speaking out on Wednesday, August 1 “Chick Fil-A Appreciation Day.” No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick Fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.”

Yesterday hundreds, if not thousands, of Chick-fil-A supporters of Dan Cathy’s stand against gay marriage crowded the fast-food chains nationwide.  Many locations had to have attendants direct cars and lines to ease traffic. Though not all the Chick-fil-A supporters agree with Dan Cathy’s stand against gay marriage, they stated that “they were backing the company’s right to free speech”.

Another interesting incident that happened involved Facebook. Apparently, everything related to Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day disappeared from Facebook on July 24th and magically reappeared twelve hours later like nothing had happened. Huckabee commented, “Well it seems we caught a 12 hour bug, apparently it hits when large numbers of Christians support something and post about it on Facebook! Have you heard about this bug?”

In my opinion, I believe that Dan Cathy has a right to his own beliefs. Just because he is not a supporter of gay marriage does not mean every single employee that works for Chick-fil-A is against gay marriage as well. Everybody has their own opinion whether it be about school, government, or movies. It is our right to have an opinion and we should not be punished for it. This debate has gotten way out of control and the government needs to take a stand and make a decision.