Terrified

With the recent attacks and potential threats all around the world, the issue on terrorism has yet to be quelled (and may not be for quite sometime). People are forced from their homes to save their lives and the lives of their children, taking the utmost costly chances of riding rafts across the roaring seas and/or living in tents in the middle of dry lands.

The next few years, or even the next few days, could determine the outcome of civilization. The steps that we take as individuals or as a great nation are significant.

But, I feel that we are missing one important part if we are going to succeed in finding world peace.

We’re forgetting that terrorists are people too.

Even though they may seem utterly inhumane and evil to us, what if in retrospect they think the same of us. This conflict is not a war to destroy an enemy but a conflict in matching perspectives.

The reason why America has such a difficult time gaining respect and support by other people, even though the nation has such strong patriotism, is because we fall susceptible into thinking that “our ways” are always right and are the “only solution.” While we ignore the cultures, values, and beliefs of others, we force our own ideals on them, expecting them to revere our help.

We also easily focus on the present rather than the future when instead we need to realize that every choice that we make will have consequences, no matter the degree of “success” or “help” that we provide.

There have been a number of different tactics that have been proposed as seen by some candidates wanting to use mass nuclear warfare and deportation, possible worldwide military unity, drones… but they won’t work! Before we can truly grasp the perceptions of others and put aside our own prejudices and stereotypes can we fix this problem.

If not, violence will always be present in our world.

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Let us take a moment to mourn the loses of innumerable innocent lives.

May they rest in peace.

People We Should Know…

Empress Myeongseong (19 October 1851 – 8 October 1895), a Korean queen, played an important role in Korean history. During a time when women roles were looked down upon, this empress stood up for what she believed, a courage that later ended in her death.

At the young age of 16, Empress Myeongseong married King Gojong. Instead of embracing the riches and duties as a queen, the empress instead did the unthinkable at the time and immersed herself in studying philosophy, history, science, politics and religion. A few years later, she started playing an active role in politics, trying to emphasize ideals of Westernization (such as freedom of religion), pushing towards modernization and gaining the favor and support of high officials with her knowledge and action.

Her decisions of playing a role in politics costed her greatly. For example, when her son died prematurely many citizens accused her of being unable to give birth to a healthy son. Sadly, she was later assassinated by the Japanese, who were becoming more cognizant of her power, by getting stabbed many times. The king, who mourned her lost, continued to sign Japanese treaty after treaty, which later ended in Japan’s colonization of the nation. Although her life may have been short, Empress Myeongseong definitely played an important role in Korean history, paving the way for the strong role of women and the advancement of a nation.

Websites:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Myeongseong

http://listverse.com/2011/04/12/10-great-people-you-should-know-but-dont/

Blogs With COMICal Meaning!

I usually don’t do this but… I chose all posts that were related to the zenpencil assignment that we had a few weeks ago. So, if you need some inspiration (no one can say no to that;D), a good read, or just like comics click here! Don’t be fooled by this post’s title though:) There’s so much to learn from these great quotes/comic strips!

158: a ripple of hope

http://taylornoelle28.wordpress.com/

  • When everything seems to be hopeless and disaster seems to loom close by, remember to have hope. Keep dreaming and don’t become overwhelmed!

The Fault in our Failure

http://thesonderingmind.wordpress.com/

  • We will always make mistakes. What can we say, we’re all human. The way that we utilize these mistakes, however, is what really matters.

Don’t Discourage People

https://boots1998dotcom.wordpress.com/

  • Our support can bring to life wonderful achievements and our discouragement can destroy the aspirations of others. In our world today, so many are disheartened. Instead, we should strive to lift people up:)

Lyrics to Remember

When stress is overwhelming and nothing seems to go right, it’s really easy to fall into depression and self-pity. Thankfully though I found this song about one or two years ago during probably one of the hardest stages in my life, staying up too late and losing the joy of happiness. The song is called Waterfall by Chris Tomlin and it helped me to get through those times.

I love the hope that this song provides, emphasizing that there’s always love and happiness if we just follow. Also in a world where it seems as though we’re all struggling alone, we can remember to stay positive and optimistic. Even when times get bad, we can keep pushing forward. Sentimentally, this is a song that I cherish. Although it does sometimes bring back those memories, it’s a wonderful song that you should listen to:)

“Waterfall”

Oh God, my God I seek You
I wanna move when You move
You’re more than I could long for
I thirst for You

You’re an ocean to my soul
To my soul

Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me

Waterfall, waterfall

Oh God, my God I seek You
In this dry and desert land
You lead me to streams of mercy
Once again

You’re an ocean to my soul
To my soul

Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me

Waterfall, waterfall

It’s coming like a flood
I’m dancing in the rain
Everything I’ve done
Is covered in rivers of grace, amazing

It’s coming like a flood
I’m dancing in the rain
I lift up my hands
Your love never changes, amazing

Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me

Waterfall, waterfall