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Avatar and the Genocides We Will Not See - By George Monbiot


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Simon
- 1775 days ago - commondreams.org
Avatar is an allegory: Europe was enriched by the genocides in the Americas; the American nations were founded on them. Columbus ordered that all the native people who didn't deliver a certain amount of gold had their hands cut off. Washington was similar



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Beth M. (46)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 2:52 am
..interesting*..*Thanks*..
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 2:55 am
You're welcome, Beth : ) Good on you for reading, noting and commenting on this article : )
 

Marty H. (119)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 3:59 am
Very interesting article Simon! Thank you!
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 4:08 am
: ) Thankyou for your kind words, Marty : ) I am glad you found the article interesting : )
 

Naoko I. (259)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 4:41 am
I haven't seen the film, nor will I, but this is a very interesting article.
Genocide and exploitation of native American people are the issues far much less talked about than Holocaust or inhuman treatments of Australian Aboriginal people. And there isn't a film that sincerely tells and faces the facts. I felt uncomfortable with "Pocahontas" and "Dance with Wolves".

BTW those kind of films irritate me with a different reason. "White man from a modern country meets a native girl in a village where people live traditionaly" Would someone make a film in which a woman in Prada... ;-)
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 6:11 am
Hi Naoko. I don't understand what you are saying about a woman in Prada. Prada is an expensive waste-of-money capitalist fashion brand isn't it?

In capitalism, first world countries, such as the USA, Japan and Australia use violence and economic bullying to destroy nature and plunder U.S.$500 billion net wealth from the people of the Third World each year, causing poverty and suffering to billions of people, and causing 11 million children to die each year from that poverty.

Why do you prefer a film that advertises capitalist products such as "Prada", instead of a film (e.g. Avatar) that challenges capitalism and imperialism???

You wrote: "there isn't a film that sincerely tells and faces the facts". How can you know that unless you have seen every film ever made??? Have you seen "Libertarias" (Juegos de Guerra)? "Land and Freedom"? "Salvador"? "The Burning Season"? "Mexico in Flames"? "Ocean Warrior"? "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"? "South of the Border"? "Comandante"? "Platoon"? "The Falcon and the Snowman"? "The Panama Deception"? "The Argentine"? "Guerrilla"? "Fast Food Nation"? "Bread and Roses"? "Reds"? "Geronimo"? "Fahrenheit 911"? "Sicko"? "Bowling for Columbine"? Etc.??? If you don't see those films, then you won't know if they "sincerely tells and faces the facts" or not, will you???

If you don't see the film, Avatar, then you won't know if it "sincerely tells and faces the facts" or not, will you???

Why do you feel irritated about films about people of different cultures meeting each other and making romantic/sexual relationships?
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 6:17 am
Anyway, Naoko, good on you for reading the article - I am glad you found it interesting : )

And good on you for noting this article and writing a comment here : )

I really am interested to see your answers to the questions I asked you above : )
 

Tinkie K. (71)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 6:20 am
Thanks for this great article.
 

AniTa H. (142)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 7:00 am
Best movie i have seen in a long time. It was anti-military and therefore 'unpatriotic..It portrayed the military as mindless, ignorant hired murderers...thence some bad reviews. James Cameron is a 3rd dgree mason, supposedly of 'the law of one'. Anyone know about this?
Loved the movie and the'happy ending' It inspires me to think that there is still hope and that people NEED to defend their land...NOT let ignorant invaders come in and just stomp them out.
 

AniTa H. (142)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 7:03 am
I also found it to be very spiritual...showing the way things really should be, and how ignorant the human species really is. Shall see it again and again....
Thanks Simon
 

Naoko I. (259)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 7:21 am
Oh, Simon, it was wrong for me to use Prada. Beside that I don't like romantic film so much (LOL), what irritates me is that often it is a MAN who're from "first world country" with "capitalist mind" eventually changes after he meets a WOMAN from "third world country" with "socialistic mind". I just wanted a gender roll shift for a break.
And "sincerely tells and faces the facts" was meant to refer only about what White people did to Native Americans.
Well, this again, as I'm not a very enthusiastic movie goer, I'd be very wrong. (I confess that I watched only "Platoon","Sicko" and "Bowling for Columbine. But I'm in Japan and not all the films you've mentioned were released here. Or might have been released but at a limited number of theaters)

Does this make sense this time?
 

FreeSpirit Running (324)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 8:04 am
Hello Simon :) & all here,

I have not seen the movie Avatar, YET ~ but would like to out of curiousity.

I read this article so carefully, that all I could think of was:
Then, why do our American History books teach the children in our schools here that Columbus "discovered" America?

Seems to me that is an outright lie to our children, he is nothing more than a "scamp & murderer", amoungst other things.

This is my opinion only, however, I must say this: I homeschool my son & I teach him his background {part Cree native} & I teach him the "TRUTH" about our nation and it's "founding fathers". The REAL TRUTH, I hide nothing from him.

I couldn't believe when I read about how some Presidents back then actually thought these killings of the Native Americans were okay, it sickened me to think that this is how our country came to be...so very sad for all of Native's that were here first, and were so giving & kind towards the "new people" {explorers}.

It disgusts me to think that Columbus was actually behind the slaughtering & being so greedy, wanting money from the Indians and if they didn't pay, they get their hands cut off? WTH? GREED is all I can say! I'm sick to my stomach thinking that the books here in the schools teach LIES!

I want to thank you ever so kindly for bringing this to our attention dearest Simon, your caring is endless my beautiful friend ~

Sending out good vibes to all,
FreeSpirit
 

June Rice (125)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 8:25 am
Even in 2154, we don't have single-payer.
;P
Embrace it. Visually, it's stunning...the most vivid creation of a fantasy world I've ever seen.
 

FreeSpirit Running (324)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 8:28 am
Sorry, I cannot send a star to you Simon, but I can send many kisses & hugs...lol.

You Rock my friend!
Peace,
FreeSpirit
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 8:32 am
Ah, I understand more what you mean now, Naoko.

However, in case you forgot, in Dances with Wolves, the Indigenous people are shown as human beings - which was quite new in the USA at that time - and the U.S. soldiers attack the Lakota people at the end of the film, if I remember correctly.

And there are other films which show more of the reality of white people (U.S. soldiers) attacking Indigenous people. E.g. "Little Big Man", "Crazy Horse", "Geronimo" (at least the 2 most recent "Geronimo" films did), and "Hidalgo", if I remmeber correctly. Plus the film "Lakota Woman", which shows the FBI's persecution of Indigenous people in the USA in recent decades.

In the movies that I mentioned, there are many varied plots, all of them true stories or based on true stories.

Che and Fidel and some other guerrillas, and Hugo Chavez are men who brought socialism to the poor people, and also learnt things from the poor people. You can see them in some of the films I mentioned above:

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", "South of the Border", "Comandante", "The Argentine" and "Guerrilla".

Maybe the reason that so many films are made about men going to other cultures to make revolution, to fight for freedom, and not women doing that, is because usually men have done that and women have not done that. But if I am incorrect about that, then please show me the evidence, Naoko.

If you can tell a film-maker real life stories of women who have done what those men have done, then maybe they will make a movie of that. Or you could make up fiction about that, and give it to film-makers to make.

"Libertarias" ("Juegos de Guerra") focusses on women revolutionaries in the Spanish Civil War. It is my favourite film. I recommend that you see it.

Most of the films that I saw were on video, DVD or TV - not at cinemas. And I searched alot to find some of them - if you want to find progressive films, you usually have to search carefully, through many capitalist films. That is one of the reasons why "Avatar" is so great! It is a BLOCKBUSTER progressive film! And, unlike those other 2 films you mentioned "Dances With Wolves" and "Pocahontas"), "Avatar" challenges capitalism and imperialism, such as the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which JAPAN is involved in. Please tell us you are against Japan's military being in Afghanistan, Naoko??? If you only criticise a film that challenges imperialism, and you don't say anything against your own elected government's imperialism, then that sounds like you are supporting imperialism.... : (

By the way, in "Dances With Wolves" the main woman is not Indigenous - she is an adopted white woman - which was a disappointment, and if I remember correctly, it is NOT so much her who teaches the white man about Indigenous ways. It is the entire Lakota people, especially 2 men.

But at least in all of those films that I have mentioned, it is not foreign people (white, Japanese, etc.) going to Third World nations and "helping" the Indigenous people. It is the Indigenous people teaching them, helping the foreigners who come! That is much more honest than the usual capitalist, imperialist ideas.

And in "Avatar", the Indigenous alien people don't want anything that the humans bring to offer. That is progressive thinking: showing how worthless our capitalist culture is for people!!!
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 8:41 am
Heheh, Juniper, you are sharp ; ) I didn't think of that - yeah the main character can't get leg surgery unless he does that military mission.... I I like your sense of humour : )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 8:46 am
Yeah, I agree with what you are saying, AniTa and Free Spirit Running : ) Thankyou for what you wrote! : ) Good on you for being against imperialism, and for our environment and human peace and wellbeing. : )

Hi again Naoko : ) I don't mean to be unfriendly. I feel a bit annoyed about what you said, because I think "Avatar" and those other films are educational and inspirational, especially compared with the usual things that people learn in capitalism (in movies, from the news media, from friends and family, at work, etc.), and I want to defend those films, for what they give to the world.... But I still consider myself your friend : ) Friends can be annoyed at each other sometimes, yes? ; )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 8:47 am
You're welcome Tinkie : ) Thanks for reading the article and commenting here : )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 10:07 am
Ah, Naoko, I have thought more about it, and I agree, I mean I want a "gender roll shift" more often too. I mean more women as main characters in movies, breaking out of traditional gender roles, etc..

By the way, here are some movies that come to mind when I think about gender role shifts:

"Aliens", "Terminator 2" - both of them were made by the director who made "Avatar", by the way ; )

"Gorillas in the Mist", "the White Masai", "Moolaade", "The Long Kiss Goodnight", "Electra", "Supergirl", "Set It Off", plus a couple of Japanese movies: "A Taxing Woman" (マルサの女) and "The Weather Woman" (お天気お姉さん).

And, yeah, my favourite film: "Libertarias" ("Juegos de Guerra") : )

And some of the films I would love to see made would be films about women revolutionaries and military leaders, such as Boudicca, Emma Goldman, Alexandra Kollontai, Rosa Luxemburg, Celia Sanchez of the Cuban Revolution, and Tete Puebla and the Mariana Grajales Women's Platoon of the Cuban Rebel Army.
 

Pastor Tim Redfern (581)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 11:58 am
Was Columbus an illegal alien or a terrorist?
(Think on that one for awhile)

Simon, I've not seen the movie either, but to all my friends
here in the U.S., let's face it, folks, we got lied to, ALOT,
when we were in school. And yet, we can't blame our teachers,
because they got lied to, as did the teachers before them.

It's no great surprise that "The Right" hates this film, if it's an allegory
of accurate history. If one wishes to know genuine history, you need to go find
it yourselves, because it certainly is NOT in the schools.
And, never, ever forget this:
The winners ALWAYS write the history.

Thanks, Simon!
GREAT post, matey!
noted.
 

Joycey B. (750)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 2:01 pm
Great article. Noted with thanks Simon.
 

MsR S. (189)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 3:28 pm
So true, so true... A good example of how men's religions fostered and abetted the destruction of native cultures in exchange for maintaining control of the status quo. Europe was dying in the 14/1500s when their marauding
sailors happened upon the Americas and the mostly welcoming (much to their demise) natives. Unfortunately, education and information was the province of the same class invested only in self-preservation. When values clashed, those who had horses and weapons prevailed. They wrote the text books that taught us all the lies...
 

Naoko I. (259)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 3:53 pm
Dear Simon, you didn't sound "unfriendly" at all, and it is ok for friends to be annoyed at each other now and then. (Not too often, though) I understand that you like "Avatar" and I shoud have waited to comment before I had a chance to see it for myself.

I don't support Japan's military cooperation to the US in Afghanistan. It was almost 20 years ago, when Japan first sent its "Self Defence Force" overseas, to Afghanistan and there were a lot of discussions going on. I joined the oppsision activities, by donating money (a little) for posting a message on newspapers, signing petition and sending letters to my friends asking them to do the same.

Well, but I'm not doing such things now. Uhmmm. Not good.

Thanks for all those information and recommendations about the films you think worth watching. And including 「マルサの女」 (Are the other readers be able to read this? ) Oh, I like "Moolaade" !!

Sorry I can't answer all your questions now.

And I agree with Pastor Tim that the history is written by the winners so as for them to be comfortable with.
 

Casey Broughton (27)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 4:46 pm
I saw the film and loved it. It is an excellent testimonial to the imperialistic nature that still exists in the western world today. I have to admit that if I lived anywhere else in the world I'd probably be terryfied of america, god, I'm scared enough of it already as it is! We need to stay out of places that we aren't wanted and especially places we legally aren't allowed to go. Someone needs to teach us that we can't just take whatever we want. Avatar was good for other notable reasons as well including its messages about the environment and global warming. If you haven't seen it you should.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 9:39 pm
There was a fabulous made-for-TV movie about Boudicca, I'm sure it was originally from the BBC. GREAT portrayal of the title character. [Ends with a modern-day London woman -- fashionably dressed, by the way! -- who looks JUST like her, who we are supposed to imagine is her red-haired direct lineal descendant! Just so that the movie doesn't end tragically with Boudicca dying in battle against the Romans! Boudicca had two daughters.]
[Come to think of it, the Imperialist invading Roman general is the villain here, he rapes the daughters; and tho historically winning in the battle portrayed, the Romans DID have to leave Britain, in the end....Interesting possible reconstruction of guerilla tactics used against Romans.... Celts just wildly, insanely HAPPY fighting, even dying, their kind of "spiritual high", perhaps that's the way the Romans saw them! Anyway, there's maybe your gender reversal, a female war leader, not an acculturating "love object".]

ANYway -- go and read that article on Avatar; and then, DO take the time to read all the LENGTHY comments following, you will find it worth the time it takes!

I saw the movie and it IS stunning and you all have to see it. Look at the comment after the article, about the "memes" and the "virus". At the effect this film will likely have on Young People. There is far too much in the Comments part after the article, for me to go into here; it would be as long as the Comments are! Other films are discussed there too; and the various points-of-view the film can be seen from! Pretty high-toned and informative discussion. Took me an hour to go thru all that! Worth it!

One of the comments was, that there is a movement asking the Shareholders of this film, to SHARE some of the profits this film has made -- over a billion dollars, SO FAR! -- with some of the indigenous tribes that are FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES, HOMES, RAINFORESTS AND RESOURCES RIGHT NOW.
There is a site on Facebook; and it was suggested a website be established that is independent of Facebook.
The Facebook site is
 

greenplanet e. (157)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 9:48 pm
" what irritates me is that often it is a MAN who're from "first world country" with "capitalist mind" eventually changes after he meets a WOMAN from "third world country" with "socialistic mind".

I agree, and what also irritates me is that "lantern-jawed white male" from imperialist culture (although in blue body) saves indigenous peoples. Same old imperialism, kind of, in another form. Yes, yes, I get the ecological message, please don't yell at me.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (467)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 11:04 pm
Hah, my computer crashed b4 I could get the Facebook site written out!
Ennyhoo, the Facebook site is:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=265905035119&ref=mf

'Come join over 1,000 people calling for Avatar and their $1 billion+ to "Save Planet Earth, Share The Money!"'
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The Right just HATES this movie! The Vatican worries about it! They are RIGHT to be upset! This could DEFEAT their nefarious plans! to take MIND CONTROL! and to control all of our futures.....

I don't see it as "white male saves the day" myself. For one thing, there is no absolute guarantee those guys won't be BACK. But, it is GREAT, to see "us" defeated, and called "the Aliens"! which "our" people ARE! in that context. The main thing is, it's structured so that we, and our KIDS, watching the movie, are CHEERING THE "TERRORISTS"; which is what the "Blue Creatures" are called.

The movie dialog is quite explicit. Earth, OUR Earth, is "a dying Planet" quote unquote; with "Nothing green left on it". This is in the dialog. The people defending their home trees with bows & arrows, are called "Terrorists". The invaders' tactics are called "Shock and Awe".
This explicit dialog is seeping into your consciousness while you are mesmerized by the terrific special effects.

Yes, decent medical care under the Corporate Capitalist Rule, is a SPECIAL PRIVILEGE for a special few; not universal. The "hero" very nearly sells his very soul, just to get a chance at it.

He at first BETRAYS his kindly hosts; this is a Moral Issue that HE NEVER REALLY DEALS WITH. He does NOT tell the Na'vi ALL the truth!!! He passes on all their defenses, such as they are, to the Military..... so they can blow things up better. {The line between "U.S. Military" and "Contractors" and "Mercenaries" is very indistinct and porous, it seems to me.....}

Then he realizes he doesn't NEED the "medical care" he is offered -- the Na'vi have something far better to offer.
At that point, ONLY HE, the "hero", knows enough about BOTH SIDES, to think up a possible defense.... and it IS his Moral Responsibility, after all.... the Na'vi don't know enough about their enemies' destructive power..... and that he switches sides, from miserable disgusting Moral Reprobate selling out, to Morally-acting upright Hero, is entirely RIGHT, story-wise.

So, I don't see this as "stereotyped". Nor as "simplistic", either. But, again, there are VARIOUS points-of-view possible; and that is the fun of reading the COMMENTS AFTER the article; which I bet none of you really did, up till now!
There are references to many other movies, there in that discussion; to MANY historical incidents in MANY parts of the world; to Rachel Corrie, and others, standing in front of Caterpillar bulldozers in Gaza; just SO MANY LAYERS AND LAYERS OF REFERENCES....!

There is also, in the movie, a REBELLIOUS FEMALE SOLDIER WHO REFUSES TO FIGHT FOR THE CORPORATIONS {"I didn't sign up for this shit!"}, and her help is CRUCIAL to the main characters and to winning the battle. She ALSO switches sides, becoming a "traitor" to Earth's, to "our", forces; a female fighting hero who shouldn't be overlooked!
[Referencing the Resistance within the Army during the Viet Nam War; MUTINIES of "common soldiers" thruout History that have changed outcomes of power struggles.....stuff "regular" Historians OF COURSE want to DE-EMPHASIZE.....]

Wow and wow again, wotta BAD INFLUENCE on our kids thinking about joining the Military now as their only source of employment..... this could REALLY make some kid stop and think twice b4 signing up...!


 

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 11:26 pm
I thought I would fall asleep with this movie but I keep up all through. Good idea showing discrimination going on in the world today.
 

Jessie Cross (295)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 11:35 pm
I am sure I won't see the movie but I would like to take up something SImaon said here:
I don't understand what you are saying about a woman in Prada. Prada is an expensive waste-of-money capitalist fashion brand isn't it?
Yes, Simon, indeed it is and being Italian I would like to tell you more about it. I watched a tv programme where they showed how a bag sold in Milano and around the world for €400 -600!!!! was made in a basement in Naples where the price imposed on the craftsmen is such that no-one can afford to have 'regular' workers - they get paid per piece, no holidays, no pension fund ertc etc Now if that isn't modern day slavery, I don't know what is.
Oh the price paid to the ěproducers' for that mostly PLASTIC bag that so many people are prepared to pay so much for - how intelligent can we be - was about €28 for the completed object - quite a merketing triumph in stupidity, isn't it???
 

Jane C. (0)
Monday January 18, 2010, 12:15 am
Some movies are produced solely for the purpose of entertainment and profit. Some bring in the $$$$$$$ and also project a moral value or lesson to be learnt. Haven't seen Avatar yet but from all the hu-ha, Avatar is just another money making project.
Maybe we can take some example from the animal species who do not kill/prey on their own species. so why do we ...............................................
So who are we to say we are the more intelligent, advanced and civilized species are we really all that we are or just blinded by our own so call sense of knowing what is right/wrong......................................
 

patricia lasek (317)
Monday January 18, 2010, 4:01 am
Very good article. I have not yet seen the movie but will when it comes out on DVD. As always ,Simon, thanks for an insightful post.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday January 18, 2010, 4:59 am
Good on you everyone for commenting here : )

Please read the article if you haven't read it yet : )

And please find out more about the movie before you decide that you "won't learn from it or be inspired by it" ; )

Like many progressive people in the world have said, including BMutiny above, this movie "Avatar" is a subversive blockbuster film, a capitalist Hollywood film that challenges the ideology of imperialism (e.g. Bush and Obama's "war on terror"), and even challenges capitalism itself (with a simple living and environmentalist message for huge numbers of viewers). And that is a very rare occurance in the history of film, and something to celebrate! : D

And, although "Avatar" is no Naomi Klein documentary or Noam Chomsky book, it is an opportunity for us progressive activists to get people into a conversation about imperialism and capitalism, and about humanity's alternatives, and the actions we can take to save our world, and to put people before profits. ; )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday January 18, 2010, 8:42 am
Dear Naoko,
thankyou for saying that you don't support Japan's cooperation with the USA's war of occupation in Afghanistan. : ) I am extra happy to hear that you did some activism to stop Japan's involvement in that. : )

You're very welcome about the information and recommendations. : )

I don't know if anyone else who has read these comments understands the Japanese language or not... but I wrote those 2 movie names in Japanese to make it easier for you to find them, Naoko. : )

Yeah, I like "Moolaade", too. : )
 

Simon Wood (207)
Monday January 18, 2010, 8:44 am
PS, but I wrote the English names of those 2 Japanese movie names for everyone who doesn't know the Japanese language, but who might be interested in those films. : )
 

Meenakshi Sharma (124)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 9:42 am
Vey nice article Simon...thank you.
peace
 

Simon Wood (207)
Tuesday January 19, 2010, 10:50 am
You're welcome, Meena : ) Good on you for reading the article : ) And thankyou for your kind words : )
 

Brigitte T. (69)
Thursday January 21, 2010, 12:30 am
Very interesting article, thank you. It makes me want to see the film.

"In the movies that I mentioned, there are many varied plots, all of them true stories or based on true stories."

Yes!! and there's also "Blue Soldier", and "Thunderheart". Also "Incident at Oglala" narrated by Robert Redford, related to Leonard Peltier who is still in prison for the murder of two FBI agents - even though a judge even admitted that no one knew who killed them. Free Leonard!!!

"Dance With The Wolves" was certainly a huge step against the Hollywood stereotypes. However, sadly, after the movie, Kevin Costner tried to take advantage of the same People he claimed to support. With his brother he tried to take over the Black Hills, the sacred land of the Lakota, to build a huge hotel complex and golf resort. It took a huge international campaign to raise awareness and stop them.

 

Simon Wood (207)
Thursday January 21, 2010, 5:37 am
You're welcome, Brigitte : )

Thankyou for the names of those movies that you mentioned : )

And thankyou for educating us about what Kevin Costner and his brother did. : (

Unhappy news... but I am happy because now I know more : )
 

Jonn Norman (92)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 10:37 am
I am simply amazed and appalled to have read such documentation. It is hard for me to believe the atrocities which plagued those people of long ago. It makes me wonder, what the world is coming to. My heart cries out to all those individuals who gave of their lives so that I could be able to call America - a land of the free! How can we come to an understanding to think that their is so much hatred and greed in the world as to cause people to eliminate people less fortunate then them - due to greed. The read makes me realize that our world is not a perfect place in which we live and that we should being anew as was done in the 60's, sprad LOVE.
 

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday February 3, 2010, 1:05 pm
Well, it is great to see you reading and commenting here, John Norman Dela Cruz : ) When we become more aware and knowledgeable about these issues, and educate other people about them, then we are having a pro-human-rights, pro-love effect on humanity and the world! : )
 

Elaine B. (21)
Saturday March 13, 2010, 2:07 pm
Simon! You always enlighten me with your words. You say it all so well. I really must make it to Care2 more often!! I always find your posts so very full of information and viewpoints. And it's wonderful to see how you interact in a way that most people don't. I think if even half of this world would go deep inside and just FEEL "LOVE" all strong, and all at the same time, it would boost this planet into a new level of awareness. It is scientifically shown to make a "real physical effect". Check out the HeartMath institute. Fascinating work they are doing. With your level of awareness and understanding, you could REALLY add to their work! Of that, I have no doubt! Thankyou for posting!!
 
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