Thrive: What on Earth Will It Take

“STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING, sit down and watch this film! No REALLY, I mean it. This is one of the most IMPORTANT films I’ve seen… Thrive brings together the New Energy and Occupy movements in a coherent, well constructed synergy that EVERYONE should see NOW!” – Mark Heley, Blogger.

 

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Im with Lincoln

“Lincoln is a hero because he moved Congress to act on slavery. There are more slaves today than at any other time in history. Will history repeat itself? http://ImWithLincoln.com”
Lets fight against this outrageous crime!

Good News Roundup III

In an uplifting Care2.com article from Women’s Day back on 8th of March, chains are lifted out of women’s rights. All around the world change is possible and change is happening as humanity takes another step towards peace, justice, freedom and equality.

“Today, on International Women’s Day, I join every individual who believes that change is possible. We are guided by a founding principle of the United Nations: the equal rights of men and women.

All around the world, our voices are rising, and silence and indifference are declining. Change is possible, and it’s happening.

Change is happening when every country, for the first time in history, has women on their Olympic teams, as they did this past summer in London.

Change is happening when people worldwide declare solidarity with a Pakistani girl who was shot for championing education for all, a girl named Malala.

Change is happening when protests erupt across the globe with women and men, young and old, rising up and saying no to violence against women.”

(read the original article here by Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN women)

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.” – Kahlil Gibran

This is the citation that makes way to an Intent.com article about Good Deeds Day. Good Deeds Day started back in 2007 by American-Israeli businesswoman, philanthropist and author Shari Arison. Not only successful, she is proof that you can maintain a thriving business without sacrificing values. Shari has also written about the importance of kindness both to ourselves and others on how to Activate Your Goodness where she inspires readers to “give without expecting to receive. It will likely be the most fulfilling thing you’ll ever do.”

“Good Deeds Day 2013 takes place on March 10, 2013, and it’s an invitation to give of ourselves and to support our own humankind, which we are all a part of. When we act in love, kindness, and for the good of others and our earth, we are directly impacting our own inner happiness and peace.

In the words of the 14th Dalai Lama:

‘When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.’ ”

(read the full article here)

It is known that past mistakes can haunt us for a long time, sometimes actually as long as 40 years. A few weeks back, wildlife officials received a letter from a Montana man, which identified himself only has Roy. In remorse, Roy confessed to have illegally hunt and killed three whitetail deer between 1967 and 1970. Even though the officials made known that statute of limitations had passed and he was no longer subject to a fine, he insisted that the check he had sent of $6000 dollars was put to use to prevent situations like the one he had done so many years ago.

From The Spokesman-Review:

“The officer suggested he could sign up with the agency for volunteer jobs at a wildlife area or habitat project to soothe his conscience, but Roy said he lived in Montana.

Last week, Mann got a message from the department’s Olympia headquarters that a $6,000 check had been delivered as a donation to the enforcement division.

“I was amazed,” Mann said. “It’s not uncommon for me to hear from people who are sorry for a wildlife infraction, but usually it’s because the judge stuck them with a big fine.”

Other environmental victories from Save BioGems are also worth of note such as the proposal for the protection of Polar Bears from Obama Administration;  the unprecedented level of protection to a Whale Nursery in San Ignacio Lagoon and the protection of Cabo Pulmo’s Coral Reef from a massive tourist scheme, both in Mexico; and the protection of millions of Acres in the Western Arctic Reserve from oil and gas drilling, ecosystem to countless wildlife species.

The Great Dictator, by Charles Chaplin

There have been a few truly great speeches recorded throughout human history. Here is one by Charles Chaplin in his 1940 movie “The Great Dictator”. The message remains apropos.

 

I’m sorry. I don’t want to be an emperor, that’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I would like to help everyone if possible. Jew, gentile, black man or white. We all want to help one another, human being are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the good Earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind, we think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity, more than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without this qualities life will be violent and all will be lost. The airplane and the radio have brought us closer together, the very nature of this inventions cries out to the goodness in Men, cries out for the universal brotherhood and the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world. Millions of despairing men, women and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me I say, do not despair. The misery that is now upon us in but the passing of greed. The bitterness of men will fear the way of human progress. The hate of Men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people and so long as men die, liberty will never perish. Soldiers, don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and slave you, who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel, who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to this unnatural men, machine men with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are MEN. You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate. Only the unloved hate. The unloved and the unnatural. Soldiers, don’t fight for slavery, fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Lucas it is written “The Kingdom of God is within Men”, not in one men or a group of men, but in all men, in you, you the People have the power! The power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the People have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power, let us all unite! Lets us fight for a new world. A decent world that will give men the chance to work, that will give you the future and old age a security. By the promess of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie, they do not fulfill their promess, they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfill that promess, let us fight to free the world. To do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world were science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

 

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(from “The Great Dictactor” by Charles Chaplin)