Why We Can't Ignore It

Why We Can't Ignore It

Ignoring social injustices tells others that their pain is not worth my compassion, emotions and energy
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There are so many things that are not as they should be, so many sorrows and so much pain. Sometimes the world makes me want to close my eyes and hide pretending that all the horrors will simply go away if I just pretend like they're not there. As much as I wish I had the magical power to simply wish all the bad things away and make everything better that's just not how life works.

Actually, it's quite the opposite.

So yes there may not be a simple solution to a problem but when we ignore it and pretend like it's not there we're being selfish. We are thinking about ourselves and protecting our own eyes from seeing the pain and our hearts from feeling the sorrow of this world. We are telling all of those who are hurting, vulnerable and in need that our own safety and comfort are more important that theirs. That we would rather ignore the voiceless so that we can have a more blissful life one that doesn't include all the real hard parts.

We are saying that their heartache and pain are not worth my compassion, energy and emotions. Is that the message that I want to send? Without realizing it when we ignore the social injustices in our world and the pain and exploitations of our neighbors we are only perpetuating the problem, shoving it under the rug and turning off the light.

We are giving more power to those injustices, because brokenness and sin breed in darkness. They need light to shine on them so they can be opened up to what is good and right. Yes it may be hard like watching a prostitute be grabbed and taken away by a man, or see a little boy crying because he's cold, hungry and lost without any family in a refugee camp it's hard to process, sad to watch and difficult to understand or share but it's in acknowledging the problem and being bold and brave enough to allow our hearts to feel their pain and break for them that we begin to be able to advocate for them.

To be a voice for the voiceless to let these people know that they aren't invisible, that we see them and the horrors that they are going through and that we are courageous enough to take a stand against the evil to talk about the things that are uncomfortable, hard and broken in our world in order to take another step towards ending it. To shine a little more light and bring a little more hope to the world, to these people and to these faces. That's all I can ask anyone to do.

Yes, you may not be able to change everything in the world but you can change someone's world by showing them that there is hope and there are people who care and a God who loves them!

" If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?" -James 2:15-16

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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As A Member Of Democracy, It's My Duty To Be An Election Judge

Conducting a fair and fast election is critical to a healthy democracy, and that's why I volunteer.

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As you may or may not have known, Chicago had a historic election on April 2, 2019.

As a result, we have elected our first black woman and first LGBTQ person as Mayor of Chicago. Moreover, we managed to potentially turn City Council one-tenth democratic socialist.

Regardless of how you feel about Tuesday's outcome, it was most certainly historic. But a lot of people don't really know who makes sure that elections like these run smoothly and free from outside influences: election judges.

The April 2 election was my fourth election judging. What an election judge essentially does is help check in voters, make sure everyone has a smooth experience voting and making sure that everyone and everything is in order at the polls.

It sounds easy, right? Yeah, you could argue that it is. After you survive the 4-hour training and the 15-hour work day beginning at 4 a.m., it's actually a pretty easy job that gets you an easy $220.

The task sounds daunting and might even trivial, as you're essentially a customer representative for your local government.

But for me, being an election judge was never about the money or waking up at the butt crack of dawn: it was about facilitating local democracy.

I'm not going to lie: it really does feel like hell on earth waking up at 4 a.m. to work an election that typically has paltry turnout. Moreover, on April 2 I started a whole new set of classes at DePaul (we use a quarter system), so it was also hard getting acclimated to that alone.

But without election judges, there would be no one there to stop shady things from going on as you exercise your right to vote. No one shoving mailers in your face both inside and outside. No one to stop anyone from tampering with ballots for your favorite candidate. No one to make sure no one harasses you for exercising your constitutional right to vote your conscience.

Democracy is a very problematic system, but only because not a lot of people partake in it. As an election judge, though it's a daunting, day-long obligation, it's my duty to make sure that democracy retains its importance, credibility, and that everyone participates in a safe and cordial way.

So, the next time you go out and vote, thank an election judge for their service. It may seem silly, but judges are seldom mentioned when it comes to guardians of democracy.

In fact, maybe even consider being one yourself. Because after all, we're all in this thing together.

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