IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS!

Humanity is at a cross roads regarding the state of our planet – if there is anything we can do about it, WE MUST DO IT NOW.  The debates must stop and we must act.  So, what is the problem?  Modernization, Consumerism and the demand that we put on our planet’s resources for wanting and needing more.  Most of us do not think about the consequences of our actions on a global scale – when we want something, we go out and buy it.  No questions asked and no regard of the outcome of the decision we make in buying that said product.  How many of us ask ourselves:

  • “Do I really need (insert whatever it is you are buying)?”
  • “What am I supporting when I purchase this?” (Deforestation, human rights issues, low wages, poverty, public safety).
  • “Do I really need to buy new, or is there a ‘used’ alternative?” (less packaging, less waste, less impact on the planet’s resources).
  • “Do I really need another car, boat, etc…?”
  • “What am I supporting when I purchase from this company?” (Do they have great environmental policies, are they working to sustain the planet, do they test on animals, are they part of the environmental problem and not the solution?)

In our desire to want and need, we continue to deplete what little natural resources we have.  An automobile can cost $35,000 but what is the cost to the planet when we need to use steel for the skeleton of the car, leather for the seats, plastic for the body, etc…How much more can our planet take?  Well, according to the majority of climate scientists, we are on the brink of a catastrophe of great proportions – it is not a matter of ‘what if’ anymore but of ‘when’.

In Stephen Emmott’s book, “Ten Billion” – Stephen asks an aspiring and brilliant scientist on the impeding climate crisis what he would advise his child – the scientists reply was shocking to say the least…He indicated that he would ensure his child knew how to use a gun to prepare for the civil unrest due to climate change based on their facts.  I come from a more optimistic view and hope that we can come together and solve this potential crisis.  Here are simple solutions that can decrease your carbon footprint: 

  1. Educate yourself – rely on facts not what you hear from our politicians, religious institutes and corporations.  Politicians will tell you anything to get your vote, rely on their actions to make a difference for the planet and for humanity.  Corporations rely on your money and will tell you anything to get it – demand better product for your health, the environment and the ethical treatment of animals.
  2. Stop buying products the promote deforestation on a mass scale (paper, palm oil, cotton).  Find alternative products.  For example, hemp can be used for many things and has much less impact on our planet.  Again – demand this from corporations and your politicians.  Hemp is not what they want you to believe it is – educate yourself and stop listening to what ‘they’ want you to believe on hemp.
  3. Support politicians that make a real commitment and effort to fight the impacts of climate change.  Ensure they support new technologies that are sustainable and don’t contribute to challenges the children of the future will have to face.
  4. Drastically minimize your need to purchase anything new.  Buy used.  More importantly – if you don’t need it, don’t buy it.
  5. Bring your breakfast/lunch/dinner in reusable containers/bags – there is no need to contribute to landfills.  Don’t buy anything in plastic or styrofoam containers.  If you do eat out – support a local business and “BIG CHAINS”.  When you eat at a local restaurant, you are supporting local farming and most serve their meals on plates and cutlery that is reusable.
  6. Think about fostering/adopting – there are many children in the world that would love the opportunity to receive love.  Having more children contributes to the challenge of over-population.  More people requires more natural resources (food, water, land).  If we are maximizing these resources now having more children will only contribute to the problem.  Educate yourself on this matter and really ask yourself “Do I want to contribute more to this problem, or do I want to help find a solution?”
  7. Limit travel to places that are fragile – Borneo forest, Amazon, Madagascar, Great Barrier Reef, etc.  The more you travel to these places – the more they will become endangered due to over development.

The most important thing you can do:

  1. Use your common sense:  The more we consume – the more garbage there is.  The more we use pesticides – the more we pollute our soil and water.  The more we fly and drive – the more we pollute the air we breathe.  The more we eat meat – the more forests we destroy.
  2. Listen to the experts:  Climate scientists don’t have anything to gain by informing us of the truth.  They are not being paid by politicians or big corporations.  They are providing factual information based on years of study and environmental events that are taking place right now because of our actions (drought, fires, extreme weather, landslides, flooding, rise in temperatures). 
  3. See the evidence that is right in front of you:  Look around – developers are cutting forests down to replace them with homes we don’t need, companies are destroying our waters and forests for oil that won’t last.  Governments are spending more money on policing the people and subsidizing wars rather than investing in sustainable energy and saving the planet.

Is ignorance bliss?  NO!

We need a REVOLUTION OF LOVE to save humanity.  We need more people to stand up to corporate bullying and we need politicians that are acting out of love for their countries, the people and the greater good of humanity and not for the kick-backs they can receive.

Please watch Years of Living Dangerously on Showtime.  Here is a link to the premier episode:

 

Support the following organizations:

www.peta.org

www.worldwildlife.org

www.greenpeace.org

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

YOU GOTTA HAVE FAITH….

Faith - What does it mean to you?  What do you have faith in?  For me, faith is having complete trust and confidence in my beliefs and convictions and that a positive resolution will be the outcome of any situation. 

  • I have faith that animals will be protected from inhumane treatment.
  • I believe that most people act out of love.
  • I believe that tolerance always trumps ignorance.
  • I believe that people will find love in midst of darkness.
  • I believe that if you want positive change, all you have to do is work towards the positive change you want to see.
  • I have faith that if you believe that something is possible, it will come to fruition.
  • I believe that debate is great and listening to other people’s views will help achieve positive outcomes.

No matter what happens – having convinctions in your belief or having FAITH…the light will always remove the darkness.

FAITH – by V. V. Brown featuring Kele Okereke

I shake it off as I fall down to the ground
Belly-flop into a swimming pool of sound
‘Cause when we´re gone there´ll be no-one else around
So you got to have faith (oh yeah)I shake it off as I fall down to the ground
Belly-flop into a swimming pool of sound
‘Cause when we´re gone there´ll be no-one else around
So you got to have faith (oh yeah)
Or we´re gonna fade away (oh yeah)

I don´t really care what´s going on
Forget about the righting all the wrongs
Do whatever you feel, do what you like
We´re underwater, free and sanctified

I shake it off as I fall down to the ground
Belly-flop into a swimming pool of sound
‘Cause when we´re gone there´ll be no-one else around
So you got to have faith (oh yeah)
Or we´re gonna fade away (oh yeah)

You got to have faith (Got to have faith)
You got to have faith (Got to have faith)
You got to have faith (oh yeah)
So, you got to have faith (Got to have faith)
You got to have faith (Got to have faith)
You got to have faith (oh yeah)

I shake it off as I fall down to the ground
Belly-flop into a swimming pool of sound
‘Cause when we´re gone there´ll be no-one else around
So you got to have faith (oh yeah)
Or we´re gonna fade away (oh yeah)

You got to have faith (Got to have faith)
You got to have faith (Got to have faith)
You got to have faith (oh yeah)
So, you got to have faith (Got to have faith)
You got to have faith (Got to have faith)
You got to have faith (oh yeah)

 
 
 

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

INSPIRATION CAN BE FOUND ANYWHERE

We can’t blame others for being obstacles in whatever path we choose to walk in life.  No-one is responsible for making what you want to happen or fulfill come to fruition except you!  All you need is determination, support and inspiration.  Inspiration can be or come from anywhere – you have to just allow yourself to accept it.  I hope this film inspires you to act on whatever passions you my have…..

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

 

 

KARMA

What do you think about when you think of karma?  I instantly think of the following:

  • The attitudes and behaviours you show to others is what comes back to you.

The definition of karma in the Concise Oxford Dictionary – 9th Edition defines karma as follows:

karma - n. Buddhism & Hinduism 1. the sum of a person’s actions in previous states of existence, viewed as deciding his or her fate in future existences. 2. destiny.

Here is what I think of karma and what it means to me:

KKindnessBe kind and show kindness to everyone.  We can change someone’s attitude by showing them kindness instead of being reactive and defensive.

A - AcceptanceAccept the differences in everyone.  We all can’t have the same dispositions in life, our differences is what makes us all unique.

R - RespectfulWe need to respect the differences, traditions and beliefs that others hold.  By respecting one another, we become more tolerant of one another.

M - MindfulDon’t do something for the sake of doing it or because you feel you have to, do it because you want to and because you care.  

 A - AttitudeMaintain a positive attitude in life and you will attract the same.

If we are kind, accepting, respectful, mindful and have a great and positive attitude in life, we are bound to receive the same.  Most of us put up so many barriers and may have been hurt or unloved in our pasts that we forgot how to show love and kindness.  If you take notice – FORGET THE PAST and live in the moment, we can begin to live a life that comes from love.  Put no pressure on yourself or don’t expect anything in return – just live from love and that is all that you will attract.

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

COMING OUT OF MY CLOSET

Words That Describe How I Felt In ‘My Closet’

Alone, Scared, Different, Alienated, Suicidal, Disgraced, Anxious, Depressed, Unloved, Hopeless, Withdrawn, Lie, Worthless, Angry, Sad, Confused, Hurt, Hate

Words That Describe How I Felt After ‘Coming Out of My Closet’

Free, Unchained, Scared, Authentic, Loved, Happy, Truth, Worthy, Sane, Hopeful, Rejuvenated, Alive, Joyful, Exstatic, Proud, Sense of Community, Cared For, Relevant, Right, Inspired, Independent, Courageous, Strong, Able, Respected

Once you remove the words and judgements of others – you can begin to remove the negative emotions that are associated with those negative words.

 There is nothing wrong with or when you become comfortable with your authentic self.  We must not allow the judgement of those who are not accepting of the differences in people to dictate our lives.  If we allow these judgemental people to dictate what is right or wrong based on their religious beliefs with other people, then we better start lining everyone up to receive judgment.

This video is perfect in explaining how we are all the same and that whatever hurts we feel are all the same.

May you all free your true and authentic selves from your closets and live the life that you were meant to be.  Love, light, happiness and joy to all of you!

 

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

CANADA’S SHAME?

Creating awareness of a negative issue that is happening is a must in order to reach a positive outcome but what if that ‘negative’ issue is shrouded in lies for political gains?  Canada’s government is currently involved in two issues that stir controversy and have no benefit to most Canadians but much benefit for members of parliament or the lobbyists acting on behalf of big corporation:  The Alberta tar sands and the annual seal hunt.

Today, I would like to write about the annual seal hunt and ask the question – Is it really a necessity?  Many argue (especially Canada’s indigenous people) that the seal hunt is essential for the survival of some native communities as they depend on the seals for food and their pelts to protect them from the elements.  I mean no disrespect to these communities but is there no other means for food and clothing in these remote locations?  Our government isn’t too inclined to assist these communities to ensure they have access to proper food, clothing and shelter but rather allow the seal hunt to continue in order to secure votes in these communities.

Here is a timeline since the seal hunt began – please note, this information was supplied via IFAW (International Fund For Animal Welfare) in a ‘mock’ campaign to create awareness about the seal hunt.

Seal Hunt Stats 

***for more about this ‘mock’ campaign, please visit the following link*** 

http://hypenotic.com/work/international-fund-for-animal-welfare/

Recently – Ellen Degeneres spoke out against the seal hunt and called it an inhumane practice.  This caused a small backlash against Ellen as many supporters (mostly by the Inuit) started a ‘selfies’ campaign urging others in the Inuit community to take ‘selfies’ with their seal pelts to send to Ellen.  An Inuk seamstress Sandi Vincent challenged Ellen’s claim regarding that the seal hunt is “inhumane”.  (Clubbing seals to a bloody death doesn’t seem to be an inhumane practice).  I understand that people can be appreciative, grateful and respectful in giving thanks to how they have obtained their food but, in my opinion, there is nothing humane in the slaughter of thousands of helpless seals.

Most countries have banned seal pelts/products – this annual slaughter is a dying tradition.  If these seals are a ‘staple’ food for the Inuit community, is it not possible to find an alternative method of obtaining the seals rather than bludgeoning them to their deaths? 

We have achieved so much with modern technology – man has invented the car, boat and airplane, we have had men, women and animals in space.  How is it so difficult to find a solution that will appease those in Canada who rely on the seals for food without such a violent end for those seals?

Together, we can make the world a more positive one! 

LOVE & JOY ANIMALS BRING

If you think that animals don’t have feelings and don’t have emotions – think again.  Anything that is sentient should be treated with respect.  Animals are not ours for fashion, entertainment or experimentation.  These videos will show you how much joy, happiness and love animals are capable of:

GOATS PLAYING

 

BELLA and BUBBLES

BEST FRIENDS

 

RABBIT ISLAND in JAPAN

***this island was where they used to experiment on animals, they have since stopped and allowed the rabbits to live in relative safety***

 

DOG REUNITED with HER DOG AFTER RETURNING HOME FROM DEPLOYMENT – QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW

GIRAFFE SAYS GOODBYE TO TERMINALLY ILL ZOO EMPLOYEE WHO HELPED CARED FOR IT

 

ESTHER THE WONDER PIG

 

Animals are amazing – please help spread the word and don’t support the fur industry, beef industry, hunting, animals being held without care, Sea World, or any outlet that expoits, tortures or kills animals inhumanely.  Animals have emotions just like you and I – please be respectful and loving.

Pleae help your local animal shelter by donating items they may need or with monetary donations, if you don’t have a local animal shelter – here are some websites you can visit to make your donations:

www.estherthewonderpig.com

www.peta.org

www.ifaw.org

www.wwf.ca

www.rrheartranch.com

www.gentlebarn.org

www.cppa4pigs.org

www.majesticwaterfoul.org

www.dreamtimesanctuary.org

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

TIME FOR ACTION

Can we be spiritual and speak out against the things we believe to bring pain and misery to people and animals?  Are people who strive to remove negativity from their lives able to engage in discussions or debates about the injustices around them?  I have and continue to struggle with the idea that I try to inspire others to remove negativity from their lives yet share stories that are sometimes not so positive.  Is this a contradiction of sorts?

Simply put – we have to address the issues that are not so happy or positive to talk about in order to help resolve whatever negative issue it is.  I have received messages/comments on various social media indicating “Why do you post such cruel or negative stories?” or “Some of pictures you post are really offensive and violent.”  I believe, that I have an obligation to be as truthful as I can about the issues that I am passionate about.  I would rather be blatant about these issues in order for people to understand the importance of a certain message.  We can’t be passionate about fighting climate change without understanding the devastation or impact that climate change will have on our planet.  You can’t speak of animal rights without seeing or hearing the abuse animals endure in our for us to eat or wear them.  We can’t act on human rights issues if we don’t have empathy for those who are facing those issues with threat of imprisonment, violence or even death.

I am shocked in knowing how many people were more enraged about Miley Cyrus’s MTV performance than the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case.  We have become so desensitized to the issues that we should be enraged about and enraged about the issues that shouldn’t matter at all.  If we managed to turn off our televisions long enough - how many of us would realize that television is just a means of distraction, a means to keep people pre-occupied from thinking – instead, they are told what to buy, eat, drink, smoke, visit, do, say, etc…and they really believe it.  Imagine if we kept our televisions turned off long enough to engage in conversation and to listen to one another and come up with solutions to the issues we should be concerned about.  Forget about Miley Cyrus and her MTV performance – you would not know of it if you were volunteering at the local animal shelter or soup kitchen.

Don’t get me wrong – sometimes, it’s okay not to care, it’s okay to have a day where we can be silly and not have to worry about a thing.  So what is a happy medium?  I believe that we have an obligation to act and to become involved in the issues that are causing so many grief and misery.  Ignorance is not bliss.  Our ignorance has allowed financial institutions to reap the rewards of their greed.  It has allowed our corrupt governments to create legislation that benefit corporations and not the constituents that have elected them.  Our ignorance has allowed us to be indifferent to the abuse animals endure for fashion and food.  Our ignorance (and lack of involvement) has given our governments free rein to control us with fear and a false sense of security and we need to WAKE UP.

It is time for action now because:

  • We are running out of fresh water and clean air.
  • The food we are consuming is killing us and keeping us sick.
  • Government is not working on our behalf.
  • Corporations are influencing legislation.
  • Media/Government/Corporations are dictating what we do, say, eat, drink, etc.
  • We don’t need another Wal-Mart/McDonald’s/Burger King/KFC/Kelsey’s/Home Depot/housing development/etc.
  • Prescription drugs shouldn’t be an answer to health care.
  • We only have THIS planet.

So – is it better to go through life as a zombie and to be told what YOU should be doing, saying, or buying?  Or is it time to WAKE UP, turn off the televisions (and whatever else is a means of distraction) and take action.  It is time to fight for clean air, healthy food, policies for the greater good of humanity and for LOVE.  What is more spiritual than having the need and desire to create positive change in the world?

It is time for action and for a REVOLUTION OF LOVE!

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!

 

DISTRACTION = IGNORANCE!

The wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West is completely irrelevant to me.  As a matter of fact, the lifestyle’s of celebrities do not interest me at all unless they support a cause that matters to me or for the greater good of humanity.  Don’t get me wrong, I do buy music and go to the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies – but doing that is just a temporary escape from the distractions that BIG CORPORATION and governments want us to lose ourselves in. 

I do my best to remove the brainwashing that has occurred all of my life;  I have had to remove the notions that eating, drinking or wearing animal products was a necessity, I have had to tell myself that I don’t need a big car or house in order to be satisfied, I have had to understand that more consumption will not fulfill my life, I have come to the realization  that  governments or corporations are not acting for my best interests but their own.  All this has allowed me to ‘wake-up’ and to focus on issues that really matter.  What is a more important priority:  Discussing the name of the next royal baby or ending the mass genocide of seals that the government of Canada allows annually?  Forget about Lindsay Lohan’s next stint at rehab when the Alberta tar sands is causing sickness, destroying the environment and polluting Canada’s waters. 

DISTRACTION = IGNORANCE

Imagine if people gave their focus to the issues that really mattered – would there be as many people facing starvation, would there be less environmental devastation, would animals be protected from inhumane treatment, would there be less war, better health care and education?  Yes, there would be, but we are too busy being distracted by media to help us think, do or say.  Eat at McDonald’s, shop at Wal-Mart, drink Coca Cola, buy a gas-guzzling SUV, live and work in the concrete jungle, work nine to five and have children, a big house and a mortgage you can’t afford.  By doing all this, you are guaranteed to become sick, rely on pharmaceuticals to help you do something you hate to do all over again – until you die.  THIS IS NOT REALITY!

Here is MY reality:

  • I work to live and don’t live to work.
  • I advocate for things/people who fulfill my life (animals, environment and the LGBT community).
  • I eat foods that make my body and mind feel good (I do have some cheat days – which are great for the soul).
  • I try not to support companies that do not have good environmental or animal rights policies.
  • I am always working hard to change my behaviour to become more enlightened and positive.
  • I prefer to treat ailments in a natural way.
  • I try to be outdoors as much as I can.
  • I will not support political parties that will not commit to renewable/sustainable energy.
  • I have learned to pace myself and not become stressed regarding ‘lifestyle deadlines’ (life-style deadlines is a term I use to describe the traditional goals that were pushed on society and that we must reach at a certain age such as; finishing school, having a career, getting married, having children, buying a house, etc…).
  • Accepting and loving the aging process.
  • Learning to let go of my past and living for THIS moment.

I love not being distracted and I love that I have to think about the things that I do or say without having to conform to what everyone else is doing or saying.  I love being the ‘eccentric uncle’ or ‘that weird guy’ – I love being me.

 Are you ready to remove your distractions?

Together, we can make the world a more positive one!