Why are you so focused on what you hate? Why is it that your greatest pleasure comes from mocking and belittling others? Anybody who kids themselves into believing you a good person is a fool. Good people don’t come in packages shaped like you.
I’ve noticed that if someone’s depressed every once in a while, not clinically depressed or anything, just really sad, people take the time to worry. If someone’s depressed most of the time, as in has depression and takes medication and all of that, people don’t seem as concerned because it’s such an ongoing thing.
I’m not sure why that is, but after having depression for the last few years, it’s something I’ve noticed (and I’m aware I probably come across as selfish - I don’t mean to demand attention with this).
Sometimes I find that I don’t have the strength to worry about someone that has been depressed for a long time because it sort of … sucks me back in? I can concentrate for short periods of time on people that have issues because the end result of them being happy reminds me that things end well. It’s a really selfish reason to not be able to try to help people who really need the help, and I know it’s not fair, but that’s at least my reason for not appearing to outwardly care. And sometimes it gets really hard when you try to be there for someone and you’re not helping at all. When there’s nothing more you can say because you’ve said it all and it hasn’t helped.
This sounds so insensitive and horrible, I’m so sorry. I do try to worry about and care for everyone that’s not well or unhappy but sometimes it’s really hard and very emotionally draining (for me, at least). That’s just my reasoning.
I had this friend and she had/has depression. She would constantly put herself down and said more than a few times that she was going to kill herself, even set dates. I tried so hard to help her through her particularly bad days, to give her advice, etc.
But none of it helped at all, she really did bring me down, she made me cry and feel totally down because nothing I did would help.
It’s not that people don’t care, it’s really just that it’s easier to get through the day happily and stress free than to try deal with someone elses problems and begin to feel self destructive and helpless yourself.
I’m like, really sorry that your friend who wanted to kill herself made you feel sad. How shit must she be to have not taken your feelings into account when she was overcome by her own feelings of self-hatred and immeasurable sadness?
Sorry to sound heartless, but really, you feeling sad does not equal what is felt by someone who deals with depression every day. If you care so much about your friend, why are you only talking about your own feelings here? I’m so glad that some people can get through life stress-free. I wish I had that luxury.
My post didn’t even mention people caring every single day. A genuine ‘how are you going?’ every once in a while would fucking suffice.
Do you know what one of the most depressing things in the world is? Lost pet signs. Do you know how you can make those even more depressing? Getting your 5 year old to write them. I almost burst into tears on the street. I HOPE YOU FIND YOUR BUNNY LITTLE GIRL
I feel really weird about Tumblr sometimes. I keep being told things about my own identity and it’s causing me far too much confusion than I am capable of dealing with at this early in the morning (just before 11am is early for me on days without school, okay).
I’ve been told by Tumblr that Greeks count as PoC. I guess, historically as immigrants at least, Greeks weren’t viewed as white by everyone right away, but I think we can all agree that the attitudes people had towards immigrants were pretty racist. So I don’t place much stock in that idea - after talking to Dad, I worry that it’s more than a little insulting to actual PoC who have to deal with institutionalised and casual racism every single day. Greeks once had that problem, but not any longer.
Now I’ve been told by Tumblr that Greece is part of the Middle East. Having never heard this before, I googled it, only to find that according to Wikipedia, the term ‘greater Middle East’ was coined by the second Bush administration? Which, if true, automatically puts me off. That article doesn’t include Greece in the list of countries.
Yes, Greece has historical and cultural similarities with certain Middle Eastern countries - namely Turkey - but most of those aspects were introduced to Greece during a long period of occupation. It’s not like it was a natural adaptation of certain cultural aspects, it was forced. The Turks committed genocide against the Greeks and Armenians. Every Greek I’ve met, in Greece or in Australia, despises Turkey. They would love nothing more than to be distanced from the Ottomans. They don’t want to be labelled as anything that puts them in the same group as Turkey, ideally. I worry that putting Greece into this group of ‘greater Middle East’ ignores the desires of the actual Greek people. Obviously I can’t speak for all Greeks, and obviously some do have mixed Turkish-Greek heritage, so this wouldn’t necessarily apply to them, but speaking for my extended family at least, this grouping isn’t so desirable.
You ended a post that followed this one with “Also: Cyprus”. What about Cyprus exactly? Northern Cyprus as a country that is recognised by nobody except for Turkey? Northern Cyprus that exists because of Turkey’s continued illegal occupation of the area? Or were you referring to something else?
"First, the facts. Following a successful campaign by the Ugandan military and failed peace talks in 2006, the LRA was pushed out of Uganda and has been operating in extremely remote areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic - where Kony himself is believed to be. In October last year, US President Barack Obama authorised the deployment of 100 US army advisers to help the Ugandan military track down Kony, with no results disclosed to date.
Additionally, the LRA (thankfully) does not have 30,000 mindless child soldiers. This grim figure, cited by Invisible Children in the film, refers to the total number of kids abducted by the LRA over nearly 30 years. The small remaining LRA forces are still wreaking havoc and are very hard to catch, but Northern Uganda has had tremendous recovery in the six years of peace since the LRA left.”
"Award-winning Ugandan journalist Angelo Izama is among those not thrilled: "To call the campaign a misrepresentation is an understatement. While it draws attention to the fact that Kony, indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in 2005, is still on the loose, its portrayal of his alleged crimes in Northern Uganda are from a bygone era. At the height of the war between especially 1999 and 2004, large hordes of children took refuge on the streets of Gulu town to escape the horrors of abduction and brutal conscription to the ranks of the LRA. Today, most of these children are semi-adults. Many are still on the streets unemployed. Gulu has the highest numbers of child prostitutes in Uganda. It also has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis."
If six years ago children in Uganda would have feared the hell of being part of the LRA, a well-documented reality already, today the real invisible children are those suffering from Nodding Disease. More than 4000 children are victims of this incurable debilitating condition. It’s a neurological disease that has baffled scientists and attacks mainly children from the most war-affected districts of Kitgum, Pader and Gulu.”
"Coming back to the Kony 2012 video and its celebrity endorsements, what are the consequences of unleashing so many exuberant activists armed with so few facts?
In addition to the problems of poverty and nodding disease Izama highlights, Uganda is barely (if at all) democratic.
President Yoweri Museveni ushered himself to a fourth term last year, taking him to more than 25 years in power. Corruption is rampant, social services are minimal and human rights abuses well documented.
Stopping Kony won’t change any of these things, and if more hardware and money flow to Museveni’s military, Invisible Children’s campaign may even worsen some problems.”
Those are just a few excerpts from this piece by Michael Wilkerson of Foreign Policy.
Basically, if that is tl;dr:
Uganda has bigger problems right now than Kony’s army - considering Kony and his hundreds (not thousands) of soldiers have moved into more vulnerable areas like the DRC - problems including child prostitution, high rates of HIV/AIDS, homelessness, and the baffling Nodding Disease. Invisible Children are proposing a solution that is long overdue - so overdue, in fact, that implementing it would be of little benefit to the people of Uganda. They’re trying to cure the wrong disease.
Invisible Children support increasing violence in the region. They are okay with taking an unstable region, that has been suffering for decades because of violence, and subjecting it to more violence. Supplying the Ugandan government with money and arms to combat Kony and his forces is one method, but it would be more efficient if the Ugandan government was not also corrupt as hell.
I know I said I was done talking about this but honestly, the thought of increasing violence and further causing the people of the region to suffer upsets me far too much. It is just so far from the right way to be dealing with this problem, and if Kony is caught, capital punishment is never the answer.
Those are just some of the problems. Here’s a great video by a REAL UGANDAN PERSON (as opposed to another white person with opinions, like me) (although why I’m expecting angry white teenage ‘activists’ to listen to actual people from the region is beyond me, because that video is so great and the toddler is so cute!):
This covers some problems faced by Uganda in more modern times, as well as the financial aspect of Invisible Children - in that, they’re shady as hell, and just 31% of the money they raise goes to their ‘causes’. A lot of it goes to making pretty videos to attract white teenagers though, so it’s okay!
(Side note: people need to stop referring to Kony as a dictator, or referring to his crimes as genocide. For one to be a dictator, one must be in control of the government - Kony’s some religious nut with a band of crazy men, not a leader with absolute authority. And as bad as his crimes are, genocide is the systematic destruction of a religious, national, ethnic or racial group - Kony has been charged with war crimes, and there is a difference. Don’t throw these words with such powerful connotations around when it’s completely inappropriate to do so.)
I’ve just been speaking with Arthur Larok, Action Aid’s director in Uganda. He was previously the director of programmes at the Uganda National NGO Forum for nine years.
"From what I know about Invisible Children, it’s an international NGO, and it documents the lives of children living in conflict for international campaigning to draw attention to the lives of children in the north.
Six or 10 years ago, this would have been a really effective campaign strategy to get international campaigning. But today, years after Kony has moved away from Uganda, I think campaigning that appeals to these emotions … I’m not sure that’s effective for now. The circumstances in the north have changed.”
This article is being updated regularly, and also links to some other very interesting articles!
(A fascinating read, and a perspective on Kony 2012 that I have yet to see amongst all of the white people shouting at each other and insisting they know what’s best for a continent they have minimal knowledge of.)
I have had roughly 24 hours to gather my thoughts about the latest fund-raising stunt undertaken by the long-in-the-tooth Invisible Children (IC) organization. In that time, I have had an opportunity to think and ruminate over exactly what to say, what the right order of the words should be coming out of my soul to address yet another travesty in shepherd’s clothing befalling my country and my continent.
Addressing the complexity that is Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)’s reign of terror in northern Uganda; what with the sheer volume of victims, the survivors, the horrific examples of humanity at its worst, and the lingering ghosts of family members behind the survivors’ eyes begs a momentary pause, if but to respect the gravity of it all. I do that. I pause. I reflect and I toil with the thought that something is not right in the world that IC is still grasping at relevancy all these years after their “night walkers” campaign.
There is no easy way of saying what I feel right now, except a deep hurt and gnawing urgency to bang my head against my desk as a prescriptive to make the dumb-assery stop. Sure, Joseph Kony and his counterpart of yesteryear, Idi Amin, have largely been responsible for the single story of Uganda. I have a hard time shaking it from the lips of strangers I meet. That’s all they know or seem to want to listen to. They dismissively glaze over my breathless exultations of the great promise in our youth, our technology, our agriculture, and our women.
Americans wanting to help people facing a humanitarian crisis in Uganda should send contributions to only those charities with an established track record of helping people in this region. During a highly publicized crisis, it is common for disreputable, fly-by-night “charities” to take advantage of the public’s generosity.”
Charity Navigator is another place where you can go and check to see if an organization is reputable or not.
What a lot of people have been asking for: here are some organisations that provide you with an alternative to Invisible Children! Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross are two that have bases/operations in many countries, so if you want to get involved, you could try those larger (and well regarded, not to mention secular, if you’re uncomfortable with supporting organisations with religious agendas) organisations first.
I need people to understand that my concerns about the KONY 2012 campaign don’t mean I think it’s a complete waste. I think teenagers caring about this shit is important - I was always ecstatic when people I know showed an interest in my latest cause/campaign. I just think that for awareness to be truly effective, education needs to have a large role, and I don’t think you can be educated on the issue by simply watching a thirty minute video and reacting emotionally - emotions are good, and passion is good, as they can drive us to do things we wouldn’t normally do - but a problem can’t be solved by throwing emotions at it.
My posts criticising Invisible Children were simply to encourage people to think critically about this organisation, and their history, as well as think about Joseph Kony and his history. Don’t take my words to mean I want nobody to care about anything.
Africa is not one blob of sameness - the problems faced by certain countries there (ie Kony’s Army) are not problems faced by all of the others. Don’t go on about ‘saving Africa’ or reblogging photos about KONY 2012 that feature the entire continent of Africa, because that just adds to the idea that Africa is all the same, and all countries there face the same problems and that is just so insulting.
Which putting aside the orientalism and blatant racism aside, the problem with that is they have NO CLUE what they are doing. The end up using American sympathy to pressure the Ugandan government to try and meet with Kony to work out a truce, he agrees, and they celebrate as saviors of Africa. The Ugandan government would not have done that had a bunch of white kids caused such a ruckuses, Kony ended up using the cease fire as a way to build up more troops, and shift his military, resulting in the rape, killing, and kidnapping of thousands of people. Their second move was to pressure the OBama admin to send troops there… which derailed a second peace process and resulted once again in the killing and raping of hundreds of people in retaliation.
If you have anything to add to this, or would like to correct me on anything please feel free to hit me up.
Because it’s important to hear both sides. When I mentioned this to my mum last night, she suggested I read up on the financial statements of Invisible Children before giving them my money, so I did, and you should too. It is important to know where your money goes.
It’s also important to acknowledge the flaws in any campaign like this - white people swooping in and trying to save the day. Well-intentioned white people, yes, but most of us don’t know the first thing about what led to the LRA having power in the region in the first place.
Taken from brosephstalin, these are methods we should be advocating:
No military solutions
Begin reconstructing the peace talks that largely failed because of renewed military intervention by Obama
Actually have all the money go directly to the Ugandan people instead of to clothes, bureaucrats, and movies.
UN international peace keeping force from the AU
Because at the end of the day, painting the town red can only do so much. Awareness is important, but proper and balanced education is even more so. Educate yourselves so that there’s an entire generation that will know better than to stand by and watch as large numbers of people suffer. Please don’t just put up KONY 2012 posters, pat yourselves on the back, and move on.
Also see: this post by Grant Oyston/visiblechildren.
hatefulatheist asked: Show me one single instance of Christopher Hitchens saying "All Muslims are extremists" those are certainly not the words he has ever used. How is it that you can be so smart and so well spoken at times by your love of Islam clouds your reasoning? It makes you make an idiotic statement classifying criticism as degrading, he spoke openly and frankly, something many people are afraid to do when it comes to Islam. Then people like you twist it to an extreme to degrade him. That is entirely fucked.
“Islamophobia is vague and linguistically clumsy. A phobia is an irrational fear. My fear of Islamic terrorism is not irrational. It’s quite well-founded I don’t want to be sitting on a plane in Detroit and wondering if some craphound is going to blow me up…. If you’re going to be killed by a religious fanatic, at least for the rest of our lives, it will be by a Muslim. I asked for it with the Orthodox. I went out of my way to upset them. You don’t have to do that with the Muslims. You can do it without knowing it with the Muslims.” [source]
“I still think—or should I say hope?—that the sheer operatic insanity of September 11 set back the Islamist project of a “soft” conquest of host countries, Muslim countries included. Up until 9/11, the Talibanization of Pakistan—including the placement of al-Qaida sympathizers within its nuclear program—proceeded fairly smoothly. Official Pakistani support for Muslim gangsters operating in Afghanistan, Kashmir, and India went relatively unpunished. Saudi funds discreetly advanced the Wahhabist program, through madrassa-building and a network of Islamic banking, across the globe. In the West, Muslim demands for greater recognition and special treatment had become an accepted part of the politically correct agenda. Some denounced me as cynical for saying at the time that Osama bin Laden had done us a favor by disclosing the nature and urgency of the Islamist threat, but I still think I was right.” [source]
“But where are the denunciations from centers of Sunni and Shiite authority of the daily murder and torture of Islamic co-religionists? Of the regular desecration of holy sites and holy books? Of the paranoid insults thrown so carelessly and callously by one Muslim group at another? This mounting ghastliness is a bit more worthy of condemnation, surely, than a few Danish cartoons or a false rumor about a profaned copy of the Quran in Guantanamo. The civilized world—yes I do mean to say that—should find its own voice and state firmly to Muslim leaders and citizens that respect is something to be earned and not demanded with menace. A short way of phrasing this would be to say, ‘See how the Muslims respect each other!’” [source]
“Now to Islam. It is, first, a religion that makes very large claims for itself, purporting to be the last and final word of God and expressing an ambition to become the world’s only religion. Some of its adherents follow or advocate the practice of plural marriage, forced marriage, female circumcision, compulsory veiling of women and censorship of non-Muslim magazines and media. Islam’s teachings generally exhibit suspicion of the very idea of church-state separation. Other teachings, depending on context, can be held to exhibit a very strong dislike of other religions, as well as of heretical forms of Islam. Muslims in America, including members of the armed forces, have already been found willing to respond to orders issued by foreign terrorist organizations. Most disturbingly, no authority within the faith appears to have the power to rule decisively that such practices, or such teachings, or such actions, are definitely and utterly in conflict with the precepts of the religion itself.” [source]
“Later Muslim conquests, impressive in their speed and scope and decisiveness, have lent point to the idea that these Arabic incantations must have had something to them. But if you allow this cheap earthly victory as a proof, you allow the same to Joshua’s blood-soaked tribesmen or to the Christian crusaders and conquistadores. There is a further objection. All religions take care to silence or to execute those who question them (and I choose to regard this recurrent tendency as a sign of their weakness rather than their strength). It has, however, been some time since Judaism and Christianity resorted openly to torture and censorship. Not only did Islam begin by condemning all doubters to eternal fire, but it still claims the right to do so in almost all of its dominions, and still preaches that these same dominions can and must be extended by war. There has never been an attempt in any age to challenge or even investigate the claims of Islam that has not been met with extremely harsh and swift repression. Provisionally, then, one is entitled to conclude that the apparent unity and confidence of the faith is a mask for a very deep and probably justifiable insecurity. That there are and always have been sanguinary feuds between different schools of Islam, resulting in strictly inter-Muslim accusations of heresy and profanity and in terrible acts of violence, naturally goes without saying.” - God Is Not Great, pg. 57-58
“I have only once, in twenty-five years of often heated arguments in Washington, D.C., been threatened with actual violence. This was when I was at dinner with some staffers and supporters of the Clinton White House. One of those present, a then well-known Democratic pollster and fund-raiser, questioned me about my most recent trip to the Middle East. He wanted my opinion as to why the Muslims were so “all-fired, goddamn fundamentalist.” I ran through my repertoire of explanations….” - God Is Not Great, pg. 58
“In my own recent life in Washington, I have been bombarded with obscene and menacing phone calls from Muslims, promising to punish my family because I do not support a campaign of lies and hatred and violence against democratic Denmark. But when my wife accidentally left a large amount of cash on the backseat of a taxi, the Sudanese cab driver went to a good deal of trouble and expense to work out whose property this was, and to drive all the way to my home to return it untouched. When I made the vulgar mistake of offering him 10 percent of the money, he made it quietly but firmly plain that he expected no recompense for performing his Islamic duty. Which of these two versions of faith is the one to rely upon? The question is in some ways ultimately undecidable. I would prefer to have Evelyn Waugh’s shelf of writing just as it is, and to appreciate that one cannot have the novels without the torments and evils of its author. And if all Muslims conducted themselves like the man who gave up more than a week’s salary in order to do the right thing, I could be quite indifferent to the weird exhortations of the Koran.” - God Is Not Great, pg. 84
For example, paragraph five [of the Declaration and Program of Action adopted by the Ministerial Meeting on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries] “expresses its deep concern that Islam is frequently and wrongly associated with human rights violations and terrorism”, while paragraph six “notes with deep concern the intensification of the campaign of defamation of religions and the ethnic and religious profiling of Muslim minorities in the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001”.
You see how the trick is pulled? In the same weeks this resolution comes up for its annual renewal at the UN, its chief sponsor-government (Pakistan) makes an agreement with the local Taliban forces to close girls’ schools in the Swat Valley region (a mere 150km or so from the capital in Islamabad) and subject the inhabitants to sharia law.
And this capitulation comes in direct response to a campaign of horrific violence and intimidation, including public beheadings.
Yet the religion of those who carry out the campaign is not to be mentioned, lest it “associate” that faith with human rights violations or terrorism. In paragraph six, an obvious attempt is being made to confuse ethnicity with religious allegiance. Indeed this insinuation (incidentally dismissing the faith-based criminality of September 11 as merely tragic) is in fact essential to the entire scheme. If religion and race can be run together, then the condemnations that racism axiomatically attracts can be surreptitiously extended to religion, too.
This is clumsy, but it works: the useless and meaningless term Islamophobia, now widely used as a bludgeon of moral blackmail, is testimony to its success.” [source]
“We say no, rather than offend Muslims we will allow zealotry in our army. There are those who say people can be made to wear garments that in some Muslim countries are illegal to wear—such as the burkha—because they represent subjection. Some of us think that surely all Muslims do this, but no. What some call our racism or cultural ignorance is, in fact, present in the Western attempt to embrace them.” [source]
“So who will now say that a lone novelist “brought it all on himself” by “insulting Islam”? The insult to Islam, as Rushdie and his supporters argued all along, was the assumption that the Muslim culture itself demanded blood sacrifice.” [source]
I’m getting a little nauseous compiling all over this, because it’s honestly all over the place. I suppose I’ll leave you with one last gem, an excerpt from Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota PZ Meyers’ recount of the Freedom from Religion Convention in Madison, WI:
It was simplistic us-vs.-them thinking at its worst, and the only solution he had to offer was death and destruction of the enemy.
This was made even more clear in the Q&A. He was asked to consider the possibility that bombing and killing was only going to accomplish an increase in the number of people opposing us. Hitchens accused the questioner of being incredibly stupid (the question was not well-phrased, I’ll agree, but it was clear what he meant), and said that it was obvious that every Moslem you kill means there is one less Moslem to fight you … which is only true if you assume that every Moslem already wants to kill Americans and is armed and willing to do so. I think that what is obvious is that most Moslems are primarily interested in living a life of contentment with their families and their work, and that an America committed to slaughter is a tactic that will only convince more of them to join in opposition to us.
Basically, what Hitchens was proposing is genocide. Or, at least, wholesale execution of the population of the Moslem world until they are sufficiently cowed and frightened and depleted that they are unable to resist us in any way, ever again.
Because fuck Christopher Hitchens, I’m sick of brogressives singing his praises and expecting I do the same because I don’t believe in God.
"Where’s White History Month" - Every fucking day of every month, most history taught in schools is focused on the actions of white people (including negative actions that are taught with a positive spin on them)
"Why do gay people need their own day? Where’s my day?" - Every day, you’re allowed to marry your partner and have kids together and you aren’t beaten or bullied for liking who you do
There is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea that does not appear on any map. It cannot be seen from any other island, nor can any other land be seen from it. On this island is a lighthouse, rotting from age and sea water, which is never lit. There is nothing inside it, save for a spiraling staircase that leads to the top, and an ancient, dusty bookcase.
The case is filled with unmarked books; bound in ancient leather, save for a single space. If you remove a book from the shelf, it will fling itself open in your hands, and the words inscribed in it shall start screaming to the air. You must wrestle the book closed and shove it back on the shelf, or the immortal evil contained within its pages shall break free, and you will be forced to take its place, with pages, ink and binding crafted from your own flesh and blood.
However, if you bring the correct book to the island, and place it in the empty space, the lighthouse will light. As long as it is lit, the world shall enjoy an unending paradise, for all the evil in the world will be contained in the lighthouse. And while it is lit, nothing can go in or out.
The only problem; you will be trapped for eternity with all the evil ever known or conceived, by man or God. And the only way to escape is to douse the light.