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15 Videos That Will Make You Rethink Everything

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On Suicide

13. Jared Singer – “A Letter to Sarah”

Youth suicide has been a topic of particular urgency over the past few years. Jared Singer tells us what it is like to be the one who is left behind:


On Education

14. Taylor Mali – “What Teachers Make”

I could not create this list without recognizing that spoken verse poetry started decades ago, and that slam and performance poetry is not by any means a new thing. As such, I encourage you to to look back at the records on YouTube of so many poets (especially those of color) who deliver poems of both historical worth and of timeless value.

However, when thinking of one poem I could choose from past generations I opted for the following albeit relatively recent performance for its masterful deconstructing of the infuriatingly asinine quip “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach,”  because, with political attacks on teachers seemingly in fashion, this still strongly resonates:


15. Sam Cook – “God in Code”

On the poets Rumi, Tupac, the religious figure Jesus Christ and the subject of whitewashing, this final performance in our list really needs no other introduction:


I am certain this list leaves out a great many who should have their work recognized, who deserve to have their videos watched and their messages heard, so please contribute your own favorites in the comments below, and I sincerely hope you enjoyed these performances as much as I have.

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5:17PM PDT on Mar 28, 2015

Interesting videos, here's a link to a video of some of my poetry...tell me what you think...thanks. John

12:01AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

I am getting expertise all the time by reading such pleasurable posts.

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9:25PM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Thank you.

8:15PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Wonderful to see thesevideos

9:26AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

I'm sorry to say that I watched one of these videos and it only made me rethink was the usage of my time so I watched no others.

It is perfectly okay to be behind one particular cause or many causes that you feel are worthwhile and endeavour to change humankind. However, to be really be behind a cause you must be actively doing something about it. It requires more than lending a voice at a cocktail party. One must look at what is occurring in our society and find out what the true information is by those who are not handing out press releases. One has to really dig for the data. Political and economic factors go back over a hundred years for the beginning of the sharp turn towards a slave state.

The only problem with activism is not fully knowing the existing situation and how it came to be. When one battles the enemy of truth with truth and nothing but the truth then one can always win. When you introduce any arbitrary or lie into the process then you have merely exposed the chink in the armour so the enemy may strike.

While these videos may give relevant opinions they do not necessarily give you truth. One can only decide what is real for them and to do this one has to look and know with certainty that one has found truth.

8:29AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

3. Lauren Zuniga – “Personhood” Powerful. TRUE.

5:28AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thanks for sharing

3:50AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Excellent. Thank you.

2:35AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thx for this! Hope others get a chance to be reached as well!

11:53PM PDT on Sep 1, 2013


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