R.I.P. – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013) - Despite the threat of violence and death – Nelson Mandela faced the greatest odds fighting apartheid in South Africa and became a beacon of hope, justice, peace, love, compassion, human rights and equality around the world. May his legacy live on! Here is his inspiring speech after his release from prison after 27 years:
There is so much I love about Morrissey – here are just a few things:
- Lead singer of the alternative/rock band the Smiths.
- One of my favourite all-time rock tracks is by the Smiths, called: “How Soon Is Now”.
- First solo album is entitled ‘Viva Hate’ (had a number 1 debut on the UK charts).
- Describes himself as an animal protectionist.
- Is a vegetarian (since the age of 11).
- Animal activist.
- Modern rock/alternative music ICON.
- 2004 – announced death of Ronald and then said he would have preferred if then President, George W. Bush, had died instead.
- December 2010 – Publicly supported Johnny Marr, who had stated that he forbade British Prime Minister, David Cameron, from liking the Smiths. Morrissey added criticism of Cameron from his hobby of stag hunting.
- A person that acts positively on his convictions.
- “Suedehead”, “Everyday Is Like Sunday”, “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get”, “Why Don’t You Find Out For Yourself”, “Hairdresser On Fire”, “This Charming Man”, “Bigmouth Strikes Again”, “We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful”, “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”, “Sing Your Life”, “You’re The One For Me, Fatty”, “Tomorrow”, “Now My Heart Is Full”, “Hold On To Your Friends”, “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side”, “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”, “Girlfriend In A Coma” – some of the greatest music in my lifetime.
- Quoted this about his sexuality - ”Unfortunately, I am not homosexual. In technical fact, I am humasexual. I am attracted to humans. But, of course … not many”.
Here are some short interviews with Morrissey:
Every time I think of religion, my thoughts and visions are filled with violence, fear, anxiety, exclusiveness, and mythology. I was raised Catholic, studied to become Jehovah’s Witnesses (my parents decided to try a new religious view), and went to a High School that had a mostly non-practicing Jewish student body. I haven’t really had a big interest in religious studies – I only knew what my parents knew of religion and what I studied as a Jehovah’s Witness. If I didn’t practice religion enough and don’t identify with any organized religion, is it fair of me to criticize those that do? Before I answer that, let me tell you what I do know about religion and my personal accounts in dealing with those that have attempted to convert me into their following.
I was taught to have a fear for God and to ensure you follow God’s rules otherwise, I would end up in Hell. Think about that for a moment – ‘Instill the fear of God’ into people. Shouldn’t a God encompass values that He would like to see in His flock like love, compassion, empathy and patience? Shouldn’t God be proud of His people’s desire to seek out the truth and to ask questions if they don’t understand or believe something to be true? Well I had many questions – questions that never have been answered. I have dealt with religious people who condemn me because of my homosexuality – as God made me. I have been involved in endless debate about my sin being a much bigger sin than all others (again referring to my homosexuality). I see so much hypocrisy in what I call the ‘celebrities of religion’ pandering to a congregation that funds their lavish lifestyle’s all in the name of religion and God (Jim Baker, Joel Olsteen, Pat Robertson, Rick Warren, Billy Graham, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, David Barton, Benny Hinn). I have read and seen movies based on the wars brought on in the name of religion. I have been outraged at how many religious institutions protect criminals who are known sexual offenders, rapists and pedophiles and allow this behaviour to continue.
Religion is mythology to me – I can’t distinguish the difference between the stories I have read relating to Greek mythology versus the stories that are noted in The Bible. Is it no wonder that Costco was recently in the news for placing The Bible in their ‘fiction’ section of books? The stories I read in the bible were great – they seemed to fill people with hope and to allow people to come together for the greater good of humanity. There were also those stories that ensured people were obedient and followed God’s laws, scary stories such as; the story of Abraham and his devotion to God (God asked Abraham to show his devotion by asking him to call his son), the story of Noah’s Ark and Moses and the ten commandments. All great stories, but very hard to treat them as non-fiction.
Here are some things I have questioned:
- If Adam and Eve were the first, and they had two sons (Cain and Abel), how was it possible for the world to become populated? The only sense I could make of this is that Cain and Abel were not Adam and Eve’s only children.
- How was it possible for Noah to retrieve a male and female of every living animal on the planet to save them from extinction during the great flood. Was he able to get sea creatures, insects, amphibians etc.?
- If all was perfect in the Garden of Eden and as God wanted, why would God allow Satan to entice Eve? Why Eve? Where was Adam when Satan lured Eve with the forbidden fruit?
- Why did God create a garden that included ‘forbidden fruit’?
Here are some Bible passages and versus that further convince me that the Bible was written by man as a means to control what they did not understand and feared:
Leviticus 11: 7 -8
***In reference to eating pork***
And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be cloven footed, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.
Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you.
As an animal activist and practicing vegan, this is great for the pig but, somewhere during history - Christians love for bacon, ham and pork sausages became less important than what was written in the bible. Will pork-eating Christians not be allowed in the kingdom to come?
Leviticus 19: 28
***In reference to getting inked or tattoos***
Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.
So all those who have pictures of the ‘virgin Mary’ or of Jesus himself - if you are serious in your quest to enter the Kingdom of God, have your tatts removed! Even if it’s an hommage to your religious heroes/heroines.
Leviticus 19: 27
***In reference to “rounded haircuts”***
Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
Does hair really matter in the afterlife?
Deuteronomy 23: 1
***In reference to injured men/men with their sexual organs removed***
He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD.
This is discriminatory and not very supportive of those who have a handicap.
Leviticus 19: 31
***In reference to psychics/wizards/witches***
Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your GOD.
In the name of Christianity – pagans were put to death for worshiping the land and anyone who had a different religious belief other than Christianity – were tortured and put to death for their beliefs. Not very Christian is it?
Leviticus 19: 16
***In reference to gossiping***
Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale bearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of they neighbour; I am the LORD.
Was this verse created so that people would not question religious doctrine? Or did the men that wrote the bible not like those back-stabbing gossips?
Deuteronomy 25: 11 – 12
***In reference to a man’s wife assisting in a physical altercation***
When man strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets.
To me – this sounds like the men that are in conflict are showing weakness when accepting help from their wives. How is that a weakness? The statement is also very strange near the end “taketh him by the secrets” – sounds like that would hurt.
Exodus 21: 17
***In reference to children who curse at their parents***
And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.
Now, imagine a world where parents can kill their children for cursing at them. If Christians took this verse literally – our jails would be overcrowded with those who deserved to be in there.
Mark 10: 11 – 12
***In reference to getting married after divorce***
Whosever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.
Are the huge spikes in divorce in the last 50 years solely instigated by those who are not Christian? Or are Christians happily married to their life partners even if they are not in love with them so that they ensure a place in the kingdom to come?
Exodus 31: 14 – 15
***In reference to working on the ‘holy’ day***
Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosever doeth and work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.
Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
Having one day a week off is great – but you can only enjoy this day by worshiping the LORD – no ands, ifs, or buts!
Corinthians 14: 34 – 35
***In reference to women preaching the word of God***
Let you women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.
And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.
I know many women who have a problem with the misogynistic verse. Women are not allowed to speak in churches and must obey their husbands – it’s shameful for women to speak in churches???? How archaic. They should all be removed at once.
Leviticus 10 – 11
***In reference to shellfish***
And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters , and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:
They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcase in abomination.
Again – I support this passage/verse because it saves many fish from death. Christian seafood lovers everywhere – be mindful and follow the rules or else you will not enter the Kingdom of God.
Deuteronomy 22: 20 – 21
***In reference to a women losing her virginity prior to marriage***
But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:
Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.
WOW – this is harsh. Still don’t think the Bible was written by men. Again, another misogynistic verse…God forbid that a women loses her virginity prior to marriage. That should be rightfully taken away by a man in marriage. Does this verse apply to men as well? Shouldn’t the women have the right to stone their husbands to death if they are not virgins at marriage?
Leviticus 18: 22
***In reference to homosexuality***
You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female, it is an abomination.
Funny how the misogynistic men that wrote this verse don’t say anything about women that lie with other women…….
All kidding and sarcasm aside….I don’t see how these passages are inclusive, compassionate and promote a positive community. For me, these Bible quotes clearly support my notion that the Bible was written by men to control the population(s). To ensure that people conformed to what would benefit those men in power.
I wrote this post today in hopes that people empower themselves to ask questions of those in authority. Just because it is written doesn’t mean that it is TRUE! Especially when the words that were written – were written in the blood of those who didn’t want to conform and live their lives in chains.
Together, we can make the world a more positive one!
Throughout history – leaders, activists, politicians, celebrities, CEO’s, and ordinary people have given some very motivating and inspirational speeches, people like; Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Louise L. Hay, John F. Kennedy, Harvey Milk, Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama, Barack Obama – I could go on. No other speech has touched my heart and stirred so much emotion in me than the one I am about to share. This speech comes from the movie ‘The Great Dictator’ starring Charlie Chaplin. I always thought that Charlie Chaplin was a silent film actor and was never aware that he actually had a speaking role. I am glad I came across this and that I am able to share it with you. Let you imagination go as you listen to his words – visualize and think about what he is saying. His words are profound and have never meant as much as they do today. I hope this inspires you to act with compassion, without judgement, and only with love. I also hope that this creates an awareness in you to act for the greater good of humanity so that we can all live in peace and with kindness towards one another. The REVOLUTION of LOVE has begun and we will win!!!!!
Together, we can make the world a more positive one!
Original painting by Robert Pavao (please contact me if you are interested in a copy).
How many times have you heard the following statements about television personalities, athletes, celebrities, pop stars and even people you know:
“He/She is told old to be wearing that.”
“He/She should not be behaving like that – it isn’t age appropriate.”
“Why do old people think they can do that?”
“Eww, old people shouldn’t be having sex.”
“If you reach the age of retirement, you should stop working to let the younger generation become employed.”
“Old people are too fragile to engage in that kind of physical activity.”
I hope that I am never faced with any of the above. I have been guilty of saying “what you are wearing is too young for you” to my husband Jason and I cringe when I think about it. If you feel great about wearing something and it makes you feel good, what does it matter what others think? Should you not be empowered to wear clothing that makes you feel comfortable, sexy, confident and make you feel good? Whenever we judge others in what they wear, say or do – says much about yourself. You are saying these things because they make YOU feel uncomfortable. You may also be saying these things because society frowns against what isn’t considered to be ‘normal’. But what is normal? I would rather be thought of as original and eccentric than conform to what everyone else deems ‘normal’.
Many people feel that once you reach a certain age that you should act a certain way. True ageism (as well as sexism) rears its ugly head in Hollywood and the music industry, especially as it relates to sexuality/gender. Money (and sex) is what motivates Hollywood and the music business. Who wants to hire an actress over 50 in a leading role (unless you are master of your craft such as; Meryl Streep) when you can hire sexy actresses that will sell movie tickets? Today – it’s Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Stewart, Emma Watson, Amy Adams and Jennifer Anniston. Actor’s don’t have this issue – Robert DeNiro, Robin Williams, George Clooney, Anthony Hopkins, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, and Morgan Freeman are all still headlining movies.
Ageism/Sexism seems to be much worse in music – especially if you are a women. Case in point – Madonna. She looks radiant and is in great shape but because she is over 50, many people believe that she shouldn’t be doing what she is doing or wear the clothing that she wears. Do you hear people saying this about Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop, Jon Bon Jovi, Bono, Paul McCartney or Prince? There is a double standard when it comes to being sexual for a female and a male. When Madonna (or any other female pop star) grinds on stage with a younger male – she is a slut, a whore and a tramp but when a guy does the same thing, he’s a stud and cool.
I am glad that my thoughts on this issue have grown to be more opened to peoples individuality. I am glad that there are people out there that don’t care what others think about in terms of their fashion sense and being young at heart. Ultimately – if we are happy and enjoying doing what we are doing, the judgements of others should never deter us from staying happy.
Here is a great documentary on the subject of ageism – it is profound, inspiring, touching and motivating! ENJOY!
Can humanity ever come to a consensus to live in a world where everyone works together for the greater good of the planet, environment, and humanity’s survival? Do we really have to rely on the methods of those who only want to benefit themselves? Is Utopia a reality? Absolutely. Here are 2 videos that will explain how this pre-conceived notion can be reality.
THE VENUS PROJECT
Jacque Fresco thought of this project as a way to look at the future with a different approach as to how we live life today. Jacque believes that we can live in a future where war, poverty, hunger and debt would be things of the past as indicated on The Venus Project’s official website. Their directive states, in the section ‘What is The Venus Project’ “The Venus Project proposes an alternative vision of what the future can be if we apply what we already know in order to achieve a sustainable new world civilization”
To learn more about this great initiative – please visit the official website and get involved!
BASIC INCOME EUROPE
Basic Income Europe has a great concept in removing financial inequality – Here is their idea as per their website:
WHAT IS BASIC INCOME?
The emancipatory Unconditional Basic Income is defined by the following four criteria:
universal, individual, unconditional, high enough to ensure an existence in dignity and participation in society.
An Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) or Citizen’s Income is a guaranteed income, given to all in addition to any other income they might receive. By advancing equality and economic participation while enabling simpler welfare systems, UBI leads to a fairer and more efficient society.
Could these two very progressive ideas become reality – YES, if more people become involved. If we don’t try innovative ideas such as these could never happen. People around the world are tired, they hunger for positive change but governments and those who have power and money don’t want this positive change to come because it will tip the balance of power. So many of us are tired of the old ideas that continue to create financial inequality, environmental catastrophe’s, war, starvation, poverty and crime. It’s time for new ideas – ideas that will benefit the poor, the hungry, the disenfranchised, the planet and humanity. It’s time for a PEACEFUL REVOLUTION. It’s time for Utopia.
Together, we can make the world a more positive one!
Great video that speaks of basic and universal human rights……Please share it with positivity and love.
Together, we can make the world a more positive one!
Speaking of the aftermath of one of the most powerful Typhoon’s in the area’s history - Typhoon Haiyan. The Philippines delegate, Naderev Sano speaks at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw on November 11, 2013. Naderev has indicated that he will fast for the duration of the conference (12 days) so that the developing nations reach a resolution and commit to action on climate change. During his emotional speech, Naderev indicated his hunger strike will continue “until a meaningful outcome is in sight” and that it will continue “until we see real ambition on climate change action in accordance with the principles of the convention.”
Here are excerpts from Naderev’s emotional speech that received a standing ovation during the COP19 Climate Change Summit in Warsaw, Poland on November 11, 2013:
Is this what the debate on climate change has come to? Do those who are committed to change have to resort to hunger strikes to make people around the world listen and act? I am shocked that world governments haven’t committed to real action and change - definitely a sign that they are more concerned about pandering to BIG OIL and BIG CORPORATION. When is enough really enough? We MUST demand better and we must demand it NOW!
I stand with Naderev and am inspired by his conviction, desire and passion to create positive change in the world.
Together, we can make the world a more positive one!
How do you define love? What does love mean to you? Here is one definition of love according to the The Concise Oxford Dictionary, Ninth Edition: The foremost authority on current English:
love (n) - an intense feeling of deep affection of fondness for a person or thing
We all have felt intense feelings of deep affection for many people or things but there are varying degrees of love. You can love a family member as affectionately and with the same fondness as a good friend. You can have a deep intense love for the planet, a hobby, an animal or even an object. But no love is the same as the love you share with that ‘special someone’. What makes this type of love different is the emotional, physical and sexual intimacy you share which heightens the intense of deep affection to a whole different level. This is the kind of love I share with my husband – Jason. We have been together for 19 years and have legally been married for 6. We had mixed emotions about getting married – were we doing it because it was legal in Ontario, Canada, were we doing it for the sake of being married, or were we doing it for no reason at all. Jason and I got married for all of those reasons and so that we could be viewed equally under the law as our heterosexual counterparts. That brings me to the story of Shane Bitney Coney and Thomas Lee Bridegroom.
The first time I heard of these two young men was when I came across a YouTube video entitled: It Could Happen To You. There are no words to describe the video – the only thing I can say about it was that Shane allowed me to feel his pain, his anguish, his suffering and his hurt. I want to reach out and hug him, comfort him, do anything to help with the pain he was feeling. Watch for yourself:
I watched this several times and imagined how I would feel if I was told that I would not be able to see my husband if he was ever hospitalized – I would be devastated. Again, my thoughts went to Shane and I cried thinking about the despair he felt. But, that despair was only the beginning. Imagine not being able to properly say goodbye to the person you loved more than anything in the world – How would that make you feel? My feelings of sadness for Shane turned to anger towards Tom’s family for not allowing Shane to attend his partner’s funeral. How could Tom’s family turn their backs on a loving partnership of 6 years? How could they cut 6 years out of a young man’s life and misrepresent their son in a different light? I kept Shane’s video images in my head for a long time – especially since Shane and Tom’s story could have been mine and Jason’s story or the stories of so many other same-sex couples who are in loving, committed relationships. I would say ‘prayers’ for Shane and lovingly send them out into the universe in hopes that they would reach him and give him the strength to carry on.
I was happy to know that a full-length feature documentary was being made about Tom and Shane’s relationship and the love they shared for one-another. The documentary ‘BRIDEGROOM’ became a reality after much support from the likes of Brad and George Takei and Neil Patrick Harris and so many other influential people. Over 6,500 people funded the film on Kickstarter.com and it became the most funded documentary in the history of crowd funding. The film was written, directed and produced by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason creator of the critically acclaimed television series Designing Women. The film was released in the fall of 2013. For more about the movie, bios about the people behind the documentary, the official trailer – please visit the movies official website: http://bridegroommovie.com
I hope that the hurt and pain that was left in Shane’s heart has decreased and I hope that Shane’s current devotion to removing the barriers of marriage inequality has somewhat filled that emptiness. I know that nothing Shane does will ever bring Tom back – but, I do know that wherever Tom is he is smiling, knowing that Shane is standing strong and fighting for something they already had – A deep sense of love. I tap 3 times on the desk my computer sits on in the memory of the love these 2 young men shared and for all the work Shane has/is doing for marriage equality.
Together, we can make the world a more positive one!
Many of us look to the past with regret and say: “If I had a chance to go into the past, I would do (insert subject/situation) over.” When I hear this, the only question I have is – Why? What would change today if you were able to change the past? Why look at the past with regret and sadness. Instead of looking in the past with regret, think about your past and all the lessons you have learned. Would you have learned these things if you were able to change the past?
When we hang onto our past and reminisce about the ‘what if’s’ and ‘why’s’ we are unable to move forward in the current moment. How many of us think about someone that has wronged us in the past and think about what they are doing now? How will this thought benefit you today when that moment is gone forever? And, who cares what that person is doing today – what matters is what YOU are doing today. If your past is dictating how you feel today or getting in the way of your happiness in this moment and in the now, maybe seeking some counselling would be a great source to move towards happiness and resolvement.
When people ask me the following question: “If you can go to the past and do one thing differently what would that be?” – My answer would be as follows:
“Nothing – everything I have done in my life came with lessons and without those lessons, I would not be the man I am today. I look to the past without any regret.”
I embrace the life lessons I learned, I am embrace the changes that those lessons allowed to happen and I embrace the resolutions that all the things I have done in the past have created for me today. I love to be completely present in the moment – I try not to look to much into the future because, like in the past, I have no control of the outcome. You can plan and schedule things in the future – but we all know that they are ‘tentative’ and may change at any moment, so why give to much time to what is unknown?
The most important moments in our lives ARE RIGHT NOW. The words I am typing on this blog are ‘realtime’ – they are allowing me to live in this moment. To share with you my personal views of why we should not regret anything in our past and not be too quick to look into the future – when we do this, you are missing all the amazing things that are happening RIGHT NOW, in the present moment. FEEL THE PRESENT MOMENT and LOVE IT – allow it to make you feel alive, happy, healthy and know that being present in the NOW is how we should feel everyday.
When we live in the NOW – we are present in whatever it is we are doing. That could be advocating for the environment, animals, women’s rights, equality or loving your job, your spouse, you home, the dinner with a friend, the beauty of the modern world or just people gazing. Live in the moement, live in the NOW and don’t let anything pass you by.
(Original are by Robert Pavao – contact me if you are interested in any prints/posters)