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Mind / Soul / World / August 15, 2014

Perspective … we all have it. But how many of us utilize our ability to expand that perspective outside of our own personal interests. Perspective is what makes you determine who is right or wrong in a given situation. Without things like facts, history, or even empathy, your perception of that situation can give you a distorted perspective.

Many in our society choose to ignore things about our country’s immigration history like the most basic of these being that every group in America was an immigrant at some point, Europeans, Irish, Chinese, etc … and yes, the original patriots themselves left British rule and invaded native lands to escape “persecution”.

The current situation at the Mexican border involving so many displaced children and the response it is eliciting is even more disturbing. The same religious patriots that are so angry about these children coming here under dangerous conditions, seem to have forgotten the story in the bible of Moses being sent down the river in a basket to escape certain death.

we live in a country where religious affiliation has mistakenly spilled onto the doctrine of freedom we claim to live under.

 

Perspective… And if you talk to people about their opinions of situations in the middle east you will hear even more curious reasoning, “we have to stop the terrorists from taking over”. I find this confusing for a couple basic reasons.

First, we live in a country where religious affiliation has mistakenly spilled onto the doctrine of freedom we claim to live under. The Christian fear of Sharia law is constantly expressed whenever Islamic fears are spoken about in public forums as they relate to the expanding ethnic and religious demographic of the country. Why is religious law ok to rule with, discriminate, and persecute others when it pertains to a Jewish state like Israel who the US continually supports.

The second aspect I find puzzling is how we determine and label who is a terrorist and who is not. It seems that lately we are calling anyone who does not have an American or UN recognized government and military, but fights for their right to establish them… a terrorist. Unless however, America decides a particular rebel group could support their interests in setting up this new government. In which case we will train and fund these rebels/terrorists. Because lets not forget the US history with the Taliban, Bin laden, and Saddam Hussein.

Perspective is what makes you determine who is right or wrong in a given situation.

 

We continue to fund and support different groups in war torn nations for our own self interests and at the same time pretend we don’t know why we are making enemies in these regions. We lack a proper perspective and by extension adopt an apathetic stance.

 

While these events may seem unrelated, they have one very important thing in common; a selective narrative. One that you are allowing the media to shape for you. We as a species seem to be increasingly out of touch with the qualities that set us apart from animals. We now lack empathy.

 

“ First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

 

Perspective… Place yourselves in the shoes of others, look at the situation from all angles and reach your own logical conclusions. Stop letting the media steer your thought patterns.

 

Written by Adrian Rivers

Adrian Rivers

Born in Germany but raised in Texas. A son of a psychologist, inspired me to pursue a degree in social psychology. I am very cynical in nature, which has led to a very sarcastic and satirical sense of humor often highlighting the most ridiculous aspects of our pop culture and political affiliations.


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Adrian Rivers

Born in Germany but raised in Texas. A son of a psychologist, inspired me to pursue a degree in social psychology. I am very cynical in nature, which has led to a very sarcastic and satirical sense of humor often highlighting the most ridiculous aspects of our pop culture and political affiliations.





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