Thursday, December 20, 2012

Influence

There is a widespread quote that has been attributed to the classic actor Morgan Freeman in regard to the Sandy Hook Tragedy; unfortunately Mr. Freeman did not pen it. With that being said it  is amazing what some will do to get something noticed. Seems Facebook isn't always the most credible sours for actual fact.

I am going to include the quote that is actually attributed to someone named Mark from Vancouver  simply because it is right on the money. I have never been one to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why.

It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news


I have been so proud of all of the ways that the world is reaching out to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy. The focus on shows like The Voice and other Television shows.. It is horrible to see tragedy of this kind happen at all, but it's beautiful to see people come together and love one another.


Below I am going to leave some lonks that you might be able to use if you have interest in doing something special.

I know of the 26 acts of kindness movement that has been a really good showing of people who want to find ways to help others. Twitter users can find out more regarding that by using the #26acts hashtags. There are many interesting developments that have come specifically from these. This information is also being hosted on Facebook as well Some other links are.


Unfortunately it takes tragedy to influence a rush to a better world and peace among all, and it's a shame that human nature is that way. I just want to thank the people who have taken the time to make a difference as opposed to being a detriment in these times. May God bless us as we move into this Christmas season.



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