Saturday, March 10, 2012

Kony 2012 - One Voice

Believe it or not. Listen to it or not. Take part or don't. However, Kony 2012 represents much more than taking down a dictator. Or getting publicity. Perhaps, just maybe, it means a new way of thinking.

Children taken away from their parents and forced into prostitution or into guerilla gangs killing  parents, mutilating others. Children turned to the dark side by one insane individual. Hm. Heard that story before. I think there was a war based on one such dictator.

I like to believe that a creative man took his skills in PR and Marketing and turned them into a powerful voice against violence. A voice for a people who are not being heard. Many criticize the group for the money it is taking in. Well, there is a cost involved in peace just as there is in war.

I watched the little video on YouTube. I know there were people kidnapped and killed just as I know there are other atrocities going on in the world, but I am just one person. What the heck can I do???

Last night on our news here in Portland, a young man from Kenya told about his escape from a guerilla camp. He considered himself one of the few lucky ones to get away from his captors. He applauds this effort to free his people. To protect the children. To erase one more tyrant.

Each person must choose their stand against crimes in the world. I cannot preach to you. I can only be responsible for myself. I do have a voice through those who represent me in our government. We are, by the way, a government of the people, by the people, for the people. It seems that perhaps we are also a little responsible for ALL people.

I'd like to think that we can change the world by working together for common goal. Perhaps there will be a generation who will work through peace and unity to create a new world without war. Perhaps the end of one angry world will bring the beginning of one made in peace and love through the very voices we raise.

There is an energy in this world. That energy is each one of us. Feel it? Dig deep. Feel that power that wells within you? That compassion that cares about others' pain? The feeling of anger you feel when a child is ripped from the home and made to kill and whore? Can you feel it? That, my friends, is your power. A power when combined with the power in all of us can change a world for the better.

Kony 2012. Believe in it or not. But, please, believe in yourself as a power in the world, a voice for those who have none, a voice when raised with others makes a difference. "Bless the beast and the children for in this world they have no voice....they have no choice."  

You do.

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