Justice – Not Just a Myth

(Originally posted July 20th, 2012)

What a sad heart I have this morning. Last night, after the last previews of one of the best movies I have ever seen ended, I was so excited to write my next blog post. I planned on giving little hints on the developments within the movie, talk about how incredible Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s acting was, and how powerful the last few scenes were to me. But, instead, this morning I sit here thinking all of that might be inappropriate, since I don’t feel the least bit lighthearted.
If you haven’t heard, there was a tragedy last night in Aurora, Colorado – a suburb of Denver. A man walked into Century 16 during the midnight showing of Batman: Dark Knight Rises, and set of smoke bombs. After his dramatic entrance, he then proceeded to open fire on the theater. The death toll right now is between 12 and 14, but I won’t report an exact number because I don’t want to give false details.
People ask: Why? Why would someone do something so horrific? Why would anyone want to take a life?
There’s never an answer. There’s never a reason. But today my heart goes out to those who have been affected by this, because I can not imagine the pain they’re going through.
What we need right now is the idea that Batman represents. As cheesy and dorky and lame as that sounds, I don’t think that this tragedy could have happened in a more ironic setting. We, all over the world, need the feeling that we can be protected. That there is someone out there who will fight for our well being, to make sure justice prevails.
It has to be us.
I live my life by the motto that if I want something done, I have to do it myself. If YOU want the world you live in to be safer, happier, YOU must be where it starts. Violence and hurt is a vicious cycle, to that I think we can all agree. If we treat people with decency from the very beginning, what reason would they ever have to feel like they must retaliate and hurt others? If we put down our guns and our hatred and stop promoting messages that we approve violence, we are being the starting point of justice. We are showing that we will not stand for what happened in Aurora, Colorado early this morning. We are showing that we are rising up out of the smoke and fire, and that we will come together to stop the violence from spreading.
To clear up what you’ve just read, I understand that mental illness plays into a lot of the violence we see. I know that it can’t always be controlled, helped, stopped. But if we just , for a second, helped someone, acted as a hero to them… Could we prevent something? Could we be that hidden help that they needed?
Go see the movie this weekend. It was extremely good. It especially showed that even we, the plain citizens of the world, can become something huge. We can make such a difference.
My heart is with those in Colorado. My friends who reside in Aurora are safe, and for that I thank God. Tell everyone today that you care about how much they mean to you. Let’s stop being afraid of our feelings and let others know that we are truly, truly there.
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College, Work, Equal Pay?

(Originally posted June 5th, 2012)

Today, I sit through a few hours of work at my new job. Training, the usual, you know. Kinda dreading the fact that I have to go to another job the same evening, but getting over it because it just has to happen. Anyway, I officially have three jobs for this summer. I am incredibly blessed to have been employed by all these places when I know many are looking for even ONE job. But, I get home today, and I’m browsing Twitter, clicking around my Tumblr, when I see an article posted about something very monumental that happened today – Republicans filibustered a bill devoted to making pay equal for men and women. To those of you who aren’t familiar with filibustering, it’s when they keep talking and arguing so that the bill can’t come to a vote.
I’ve provided an article that I liked quite a lot – if you click on the picture of the Indian woman, it’ll take you there. Now, before I go on with this post, I want to make it clear that before I make outrageous arguments, I really try hard to look at both sides – in other words, I do my research. Now, I’m not perfect, I do pick sides from time to time, but I’m what you’d consider a “moderate”. I lean liberally on some issues, and then conservatively on others. It’s nature. But, I cannot see the other side to this extremely detrimental action performed today by politicians who are supposed to be protecting the well being for ALL.
I’m not a feminist, but I do believe strongly in the fair treatment of women. I believe we have a say in what we do with our bodies, how we have sex, and if we’re going to work for less pay than a man doing the same job as us. Ladies, if you’re not a little riled up over this, I’m slightly concerned… In the article I’ve provided, Senator Collins, a female republican representative, voices her concern that the fact of the matter is that if women were paid the same as men, well hell’s bells, that’d be a damn burden on small business!
Well, you know what, Sen. Collins? I don’t work three jobs for the fun of it, you got that? I work THREE JOBS because I’m a dedicated, hard working, young woman. I was taught by a dedicated, hard working, mother that life does not just show up at your doorstep. You will NOT be handed the world. And you are not here for men – you will always respect yourself before degrading yourself. I live by that.
Well, on that tangent, I want to draw this post back in. Equal pay is something I have fought for myself. Equal opportunity is something that has been taken from me since I began working at the age of 16. I stayed quiet for a long time about how unfair it is to work just as hard, to be just as smart, to be just as good, and not receive the same benefits.
I propose, to those around me who are as heated about this as I am, that we write. Why not? I’m not saying be mean, i’m not saying be mad. I’m saying to lay it out there and know your facts.
My father is an amazing man, who has taught me the most valuable arguing tool I have ever known – never let them know how much they get under your skin. Sure, let them be aware you disagree. Show them why they’re wrong with research and statements. But never, for one second, let them think that you’re a “hot headed woman”. Because apparently, according to many, those women can’t get anywhere. We don’t deserve it.
Do you agree? 

Didn’t think so.
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