Americans do not need to cut "entitlement" spending when there are so many of us that are homeless and hungry. The most recent census puts 1 in 3 Americans in poverty or near poverty. Which ones would you be willing to look in the eye and say, "No help for you, or you, or you. You can starve and sleep on the street for all I care, because it's more important to me to pass a balanced budget than make certain my fellow humans are treated with compassion and given a helping hand."
If we took all of the money we spend on the military-industrial complex and spent it, instead, on our own people, we would live in a more just society. The extraordinary income inequality, lack of education, health care, housing, and a proper diet are inexcusable in these times. Many of us live in relative abundance, and can provide help for others who are down. We are our brother's and sister's keeper. When our brother or sister is down, we don't stomp on them and tell them, "Go get a job!" when there is only 1 job for every 4 unemployed people. We certainly don't turn our back on them and ignore their pain and suffering.
My mother used to say, "There but for the grace of God go I." Many people work hard, not just the rich and middle class. Why is it so easy for people to dehumanize and castigate others who are less fortunate? Why is it so easy to dismiss them by saying they are lazy good-for-nothings? Are we really so superior and entitled to our own position in life? All it takes is one bad medical illness to bankrupt someone and send them and their family onto the street. One illness!
As for the possibility of giving someone a hand, who one may believe does not deserve it, I say don't judge. One doesn't know another's soul. One doesn't know the pain and suffering of another. Would Jesus have turned anyone away? Doesn't the Church preach compassion and tell its people not to cast stones?
Perhaps the great minds of our time can come up with a more humane form of American capitalism, rather than the current one that breeds greed and spreads inequality and poverty. Rather than judge others, perhaps we might give each other a helping hand, out of love and respect for our common humanity.
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Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works."
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to get my books published (one, a children's book, the other, a book of poetry and essays)
to travel, shoot (both photos and videos) and write.
to have my photographs and artwork in the permanent collections of some museums, and published in National Geographic.
to record an album and make a movie.
most importantly, to help people find safety, comfort and peace in this world.
"Humans, in all our arrogance and pride, consider the earth, with its vast lands, oceans and living beings, to be under our dominion. Under this circumstance the earth becomes, at best, a well-treated hostage; at worst, a place to tyranically plunder and destroy. We are only one small part of the incredibly rich and diverse planet we call home, and should therefore responsibly share, not rule over, that which gives us and all other living beings life." - Patrice Palmer
One in Three Women and Girls
Are you, or do you know, the 1 in 3?
That's the ratio of women and girls who will be raped or experience violence or sexual abuse during their lifetime. Women's rights are also human rights. I'm calling on everyone to please go to the UN sitehttp://saynotoviolence.org/and add your voice to the global action to Stop Violence Against Women.
The United Nations website on Violence Against Women (VAW), under the auspices of UNIFEM has more information:
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always." - Mahatma Gandhi
Please Help a Writer and Photographer Follow Her Dreams
My Beautiful Pets
"The crazy part of my mind is like a mischievous pet I have to keep watch over, or it might behave badly while I'm not paying attention."— Margaret Sartor (Miss American Pie: A Diary of Love, Secrets and Growing Up in the 1970s)
"Life can be difficult, yet when you meet resistance with resilience, you turn challenge into opportunity." - Patrice Palmer
"The view in the rear-view mirror can cause a driver to get in a wreck. Keep your eyes on the road ahead to see the curves and forks that challenge your drive through life. Your timing on the brakes and accelerator determines your finesse in negotiating those challenges, and is improved by your knowledge, experience, confidence, and integrity. The challenges encourage growth, creation, and finesse in driving your life." – Patrice Palmer
"Words witness, honor, and preserve the lives of those who have touched our lives in some way. They also have the immense power to bind us together, creating community and a positive future where none had existed before." – Patrice Palmer
"If you get hit by life or walk into a wall, be flexible, embrace the change, and keep hugging yourself as you roll downhill. When you get to the bottom, you'll be able to get up and walk back to the top." - Patrice Palmer
The Gypsy in Me - Travels Through Life
Some places I've been, so far...
United States - 27 out of 50 states
Indonesia - Java, Bali and Lombok
People I'd Like to Meet...
if politics, time, geography, and language were not issues: the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Sergio Vieira Mello, June Jordan, Richard Feynman, Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, Carl Jung, Gandhi, Karen Blixen, Beatrix Potter, Einstein, Tesla, Marie Curie, Tschaikowski, Monet, Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Da Vinci, Mohammed, Gautama Buddha, Jesus, Mary, and Mary Magdalen for starters.