Caged no more

Deconstructing Myths

(Photo credit: Burns Library, Boston College) (Photo credit: Burns Library, Boston College)

On the Pulse of Morning

by Maya Angelou

A Rock, A River, A Tree
Hosts to species long since departed,
Marked the mastodon.
The dinosaur, who left dry tokens
Of their sojourn here
On our planet floor,
Any broad alarm of their hastening doom
Is lost in the gloom of dust and ages.

But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,
Come, you may stand upon my
Back and face your distant destiny,
But seek no haven in my shadow.

I will give you no more hiding place down here.

You, created only a little lower than
The angels, have crouched too long in
The bruising darkness,
Have lain too long
Face down in ignorance.

Your mouths spilling words
Armed for slaughter.

The Rock cries out today, you may stand on me,
But do not hide your face.

Across the wall…

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Overview Effect Offers Awesome Perspective Of Oasis Earth

UNIQUE PICTURE: Earth as seen from the outer S...

UNIQUE PICTURE: Earth as seen from the outer Solar System (Photo credit: Icarus Kuwait)

This documentary film, “The Overview Effect“, offers the viewer a profoundly spiritual experience where he/she will perhaps acquire a totally new way of thinking about this planet called Earth.

As there is probably no chance that men and women will have the opportunity to actually travel into space as the astronauts in the film, this production offers spectacular video imagery which is the closest any of us will ever come.

Viewers of this superb short film cannot but be moved in very significant ways from the images of Earth from space as well as the words used by both astronauts and philosophers during the film. The documentary is one of those rare ones that, after viewing it, people have no choice but to recommend and share with others.

I think you will agree that “The Overview Effect” is one of the most powerful and profound films ever produced.

For more information from those who collaborated to produce “The Overview Effect” please visit the following:

overviewinstitute.org

fragileoasis.org

planetarycollective.com

 

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Deconstructing Myths

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Homeless Man Returns $42,000 Found In Backpack

Photo courtesy of gofundme.com

Photo courtesy of gofundme.com

A homeless man who lives in the streets and homeless shelters of Boston found a backpack at a shopping mall full of money- a lot of money. $42,000 in cash and traveler’s checks, to be exact. But despite the fact that he needed that money more than almost anyone, he flagged down a police car and handed it over to the officer. On Sept. 16th, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis publicly honored and thanked the man, named Glen James, for his honesty during a ceremony.

What shocks me is that James knew that there was money in the bag and gave it to police anyway. How many people would do that? How many people wouldn’t take at least some of it before handing it over, especially if they desperately needed that money? He explained his reasons for returning the money during the ceremony (according to NewsOne.com):

“Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a…penny of the money I found. I am extremely religious — God has always very well looked after me.”

I think most people would call being homeless desperate! Yet something in him still made him think of the person who would be missing that money.

An altruistic act is one in which a person does something good for another person without expecting anything in return, and doesn’t expect to gain anything personally from the act. It is not hard to understand why you may be hard-pressed to remember the last time you’ve seen a person be altruistic. And that’s exactly why these stories are important and should be shared when they happen. This story not only shows us that homeless men and women deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, but that kindness is important and means something.

Altruism is difficult to practice, but stories like this can hopefully inspire us to be more kind and compassionate, and less selfish. It also doesn’t hurt that sometimes people remember the good things you do for them and say thanks. Fortunately for James, someone said thanks by starting an online charity for him! To check it out, go to gofundme.com.