Stop Letting Apathy Divide Us

Stop Letting Apathy Divide Us

It's time for predictable hearts during unpredictable times.

I know that we are all trying to spread a little bit of positivity in a time of absurd violence, but I just have to be completely candid about how we are having a bit of a hard time practicing what we are preaching.

The world is filled with things that will make your heart hard, but it’s important to find a balance between a tender heart of compassion, and a heart hardened with strength. One of my favorite Bible verse quotes: Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16NIV).

What we need right now is something that brings together our differences --regardless of what they may be.

After spending a night listening to Brene Brown in person, she made a comment about how the first responders during the hurricane devastation in Texas did not ask about the beliefs of the person they were helping or saving; they didn’t ask who they voted for and leave them for dead if they disagreed. They helped regardless of the contrasts staring them in the eyes.

What we need are predictable hearts in unpredictable times.

And on top of that, it should be worth noting that apathy is becoming the death of us. As individuals, as communities, and as a nation. Our public and social cynicism is what separates us as people, as social creatures, and it is what keeps us from taking action or making changes, or worse both.

So why do we side with apathy? And why do we give it so much power?

It is unnecessary to side with apathy when it is very obvious that it is crucial for us to side with empathy. In a time where violence is high and we are becoming more segregated from one another, and it totally blows.

For the sake of the society we have built, we are continuing to build, and for one which we are responsible for, it is essential for us to build a mutual sense of belonging to everyone who so clearly has a deliberate path in this remarkable world.

I know that I say a lot of the best things that have happened to me have happened by accident --but maybe it is an accident which is a deliberate accident. A beautifully deliberate one at that.

However, apathy is not an accident. It is a conscious choice that many of us have so clearly cultivated from a world once created by careful hands and an empathetic heart.

We may not always have a ton of choices in this life, but we can be responsible for this one. So which side are you on?

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10 Times Barack Obama Was Daddy AF

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It's been a long known fact that Barack Obama was one of the sexiest presidents of all time. I mean who couldn't fall in love with those dreamy eyes, that gorgeous smile and his killer personality with a height to match? Let's just say 44 is still making me feel some type of way.

Here are 10 times President Obama was Daddy AF.

1. When he appeared on the Ellen show.

2. When he "Slow Jammed the News" on the Tonight Show.

3. Whenever he said "south side of Chicago".

4. Every time he danced.

5. When he listened to music.

6. When he wore Ray Bans.

7. When he made bromances great again.

8. When he was cool with making fun of himself.

9. Literally every time he smiled.

10. When he showed us he is actually a pro at windsurfing.

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Just the other day I glanced down at my phone and my eyes fixated on an alert that read: "School shooting takes place at high school in Florida." My head began to spin, yet I wasn't surprised. The lack of gun control laws in America manifested into the form of another mass shooting. No matter where you lie on the political spectrum, and whether you're a pacifist or not, it shouldn't matter, because kids died. The fact that kids are no longer safe at school should be blatantly alarming.

February 14th, a day of giving love and receiving love was sans love this year for many students in Florida. At the moment, a recorded seventeen lives were taken on this solemn day in Parkland, FL. To be honest, it's quite ironic that an event so horrific could take place on a holiday created for one sole purpose: to love. Schools are a safe place for kids, a learning environment where students can converse about the joys and struggles of growing up in today's world. Schools were created to comfortably nurture kids into functional human beings; however, constant mass shootings prevent learning and promote fear.

America should not be in a perpetual state of mourning, and we can not let mass shootings become a normalized reoccurrence. Not only are stricter gun control laws a good idea, but they fall under the category of a desperate necessity. The saddest and most preposterous statistic is the fact that there has been a total of 18 mass shootings in 2018 thus far. There is absolutely no justification for mass shootings, and the perception that mental illness is the exclusive cause of mass shootings needs to be discarded. Is mental illness a problem in America? Yes. Is it a main cause for mass shootings? No. Easy access to guns and a lack of gun control laws are equal contributing factors to the outrageous statistic America has produced in regard to the obscene number of mass shootings. Additionally, shame on all the politicians who are accepting donations from the NRA, and shame on congress for not making any policy changes in respect to the accessibility of guns. As a nation, we are failing and people are dying. I don't know about you, but I'm sick of hearing about a new shooting every time I turn on the news.

This satirical cartoon depicts the sad reality of America today:

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