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Monday, April 27, 2009

856. tough times for bleeding hearts

man this is just brutal.
being a bleeding heart that is.
i need uplifting and i need it quick.

just saw the soloist and what a pathetic, sorry state of affairs our cities' homeless are in.
a thousand points of dark.
this morning i caught a short documentary on a woman in africa trying to save baby elephants, orphaned after their mothers are killed by poachers for ivory.
they'll be gone in my lifetime for sure—some baby boomer legacy that will be.
young lost souls shooting up in the streets of portland, oregon.
child sex trafficking in thailand.
genocide in sudan.
the slums of india.
the plight of refugees throughout the warring world.
shrinking polar bear populations and rising oceans.
octomom for chrissakes!
even susan boyle—bless her timid little heart.

why it's enough to make a progressive pushover like me forget to refill the wine cooler, or worse, take the prius in for its scheduled oil change.


lightly said...

wow you came to the wrong place for uplifting.
we here just to crush the bleeding hearts.

the human race as a species we fail.

history will record that the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st as the end of mankind as we know it.

yes and the only shining thing is this whole mess is susan boyle, what a voice, but somehow we will find a way to totally screw her.

itsmecissy said...

I saw the movie yesterday afternoon.

Over dinner, my husband mused that what if all it took was for each and every one of us to befriend one homeless person -friendship/contact/connecting changes brain chemistry- how far would that go in eliminating homelessness and possibly mental illness? Simplistic I know, but 90,000 on the streets in LA alone is pretty scary.

I guess the uplifting thing about the movie for me bob, was that Mr. Ayers was portrayed as a PERSON, not a condition. This gives me hope that those who see the movie (or read the book) will come away with a different perspective next time they pass a homeless person on the street.

I came away asking myself "What inspires me the way that music inspires Nathaniel?"

Pam said...

We all need to ask ourselves, "What inspires me the way music inspires Nathaniel?" If we can answer that question, we can finally move on toward bigger and better things. Nathaniel is truly an inspiration.