Hope delivered in 10 Posts
In my mind today, I’m thinking and searching for Hope. As I swim through the world of social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, I’m desperately seeking inspiration. I’m finding despair and dissension. I’m amazed at how many people choose to hate. The ratio of rabble-rousers to peaceful posts are about 10:1. It makes me wonder if most people choose to be “drama llamas” instead of promoting peace. Students, I may be headed toward a political science lesson. Take your fingers out of your ears back row!
This world has much bigger problems that we can focus upon. Let’s list a few: hurricane victims and areas that need rebuilt, earthquake tragedies, the suffering poor in our home towns, the children without proper adults in their lives, drug dependence, pollution, and the lack of support for each other. We can be civil. I know we can. I fear Rules of Civility are being lost in the static of social media. Being civil is a choice and it takes patience.
I hear my back row grumbling, “Should we just keep our mouths shut?” When you speak out of ignorance, yes. The freedom to share our voices is vital. We all need this, but we also need to know that when we infringe on others rights we lose ours rights. When hate enters the picture and others’ rights are neglected or trod upon, our voices nullify themselves.
Americans are blessed with inalienable rights. We believe that everyone has the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Can we learn from our mistakes and promote goodwill towards all regardless of our station in life? Why yes we can! Remember, “Live and Let Live?” In order to be truly free, freedom has to be given in all things. That is tough. Everyone has his or her own social agenda and platform. I just pray it is for Hope and the prosperity for all. Our platforms need to be for cohesion. Do we really want a Disunited States of America? Some rabble-rousers do because their agendas can be passed. Yes, front row I hear you. Just what is right? The only answer I can come up with is “The Golden Rule” or to Love others as you Love yourself.
Today’s assignment students, if you use social media post something about love, hope, or unity for 10 days straight. Why 10? We have 10 Bill of Rights. I’m still teaching here! Back row I’m sure you don’t have social media (in my sarcastic voice) but you still get an assignment even if you don’t. If you really don’t use social media, kudos to you for not being distracted and being irl (in real life!). You still need to join in by giving positive words of love and encouragement. It’s truly exhilarating to help others. Try it. Don’t be judgmental; be charitable. Let’s all be positive and create some Hope! Can you be absolutely positive for 10 days? I sincerely HOPE you can.
Sarah Anderson Alley
Dedicated to John Locke for penning such idealistic views on social justice.
Quotes of the Day:
“Why can’t we all just get along?”
Martin Lawerence as Martin on the show Martin
“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.”
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
“I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
“From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.”
110th Labour to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience.