Is there anybody listening?

Not too long ago I started to think of the many trends and the overly excessive behavior that pervades our society; it causes me to contemplate with a deep sense of inner responsiveness towards the things that set in motion the things that are going on. I am confronted with the question; that unbearable voice filled with the emotions I heard so many times in the form of a song by a famous singer song writer; “What’s going on?” Are there any answers? Is there anybody listening? Though solemn, it is the cry for notability; a cry for justice, peace and satisfaction that often goes unnoticed until it is too late! This is a cry for help!

In my quest for answers I happened upon a song with the same theme. This draws me to look more closely at the lyrics, investigating the heartbeat of the ones who was so intense with passion; they too were left with the question seeking to find an answer.

Here are the words of the song which is a collaborative effort of Tate, Geoffrey W / Degarmo, Christopher.

“Long ago there was a dream, had to make a choice or two. Leaving all I loved behind, for what nobody knew, Stepped out on the stage, alive under lights and judging eyes. Now the applause has died and I can dream again.

Is there anybody listening? Is there anyone who smiles without a mask? What’s behind the words? Images, they know will please us I’ll take what’s real, bring up the lights. Is there anybody listening? Is there anyone that sees what’s going on? Read between the lines; criticize the words they’re selling.

Think for yourself and feel the walls become sand beneath your feet. You and I long to live like the wind upon the water. If we close our eyes, we’ll maybe realize there’s more to life than what we have known and I can’t believe, I’ve spent so long Living lies, I knew were wrong inside I’ve just begun to see the light.”

This is the twenty-first century yet just like the last and centuries before we are all asking the same questions hoping to get an answer. We have reached the moon and conquered space. We have made many advances in history but still we are at the same place! Laws are legislated and privileges have been taken away trying to make the society better through whatever means but the cry has not lessened, it is just the same. Is there anybody listening?

If you turn on the light does this sound familiar? Every day and everywhere questions have been asked but no one ever answer. Kids are succumbing to the act of bullying with cries for help but nobody is listening until it’s too late. Society is in a fix with trouble looming on every side. Gun violence is everywhere yet those who can do something to make a change  have been bought by wealthy capitalist. The poor and disenfranchised who give them their jobs have been the objects of rejection. The wealthy and famous; the rich and the poor all meet at the same place of despair with the same longing yearning and empty hearts. The question they all ask; is anybody listening?

Behind the many smiles and laughter lies the pain. It is too unbearable to stay; for some the solution though rear is the only way out of despair. No one wants to hurt any because the consequences are too hard to bear but the fact that remains; we all go along daily not noticing the scare the folks are facing. The question I am sure that prevails on their mind is one that is most prominent to most; is there anybody listening?

What is happening around us? What in the world is going on? It seems that there is no more need to be concern because it is happening so often. Have we returned to the dark ages where barbarians rule? You don’t have to answer the question but just take a deep breath and look at our society and listen to the news! Men and women boys and girls are crying out for attention but there is no one there to help. We may express our feeling through the lyrics of a song and we all can patronize but the question remains.

Why the violence; why the dysfunction? The cell is not the answer! In a civil society let us all lend a hand and put our heads together and listen then we will understand. Don’t look on with a scorn do something now! Let us save our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters. Let them know that we are listening! Volunteer in your areas of expertise and be an example. Let them know that you are listening and that you care!


Violence in our society

Here we go again! Another brother has fallen and the system has turned its back in the name of justice. How long will this perpetuate? Are we still living in the slavery generation when we as a people does not matter we are treated as animals taken to the stall to be slaughtered? The question is out but the answer seems to be far and the solution is nowhere to be found!

Let’s examine the facts and see if there can be a solution to this mess that is engulfing our society and turning men into animals. We can all agree that violence has overwhelming us. Every day in the media the report is out and it is consuming us like a terminal cancer of the baser sort. We are calling out for help and common justice. It is funny that no one is concern until it reaches our door and then we put all efforts into solving rather than preventing the problem.

I might be bias but the news of the pass weeks has left me thinking that life does not matter especially when you belong to one group or culture! It is OK to take a life because you will be exonerated by a lawyer who is able to manipulate the law to their benefit. It does not matter the truth! The truth is irrelevant. What matter is the twist of the system to win a case while disregarding the truth!

Just as a man think in his heart so is he; that’s what the good book says. This nation thinks violence so it has become violent. The laws give aid to the trauma of it all. Today we are exposed to more violence than ever; the media encourage it! It seems that the greatest exposure to violence comes from television. This violence was unimaginable just a few years ago. Now we are labeled and treated like we do not belong to this planet; do what you will because you are protected by those who pledge their resources to make sure it alright!

My question is, are we vigilantes who use the law to our own advantage? Can I wear a hoody without being a target? Can we go shopping without being followed or can we go shopping without being ignored because of someone’s presumption of who we are or what we can afford! I know that this might not make much sense but the facts are there and the jury is out! It’s time to see things for what they are. We have all been targets everywhere; in the workplace, in public and private places. The time has come to end the cycle!

It might be time to heal but healing can’t take place without forgiveness. It is not an easy process but we have to follow in the steps of our master and ask ourselves; what would Jesus do? How would you face the issue and what would you do? This is a question that can ignite a million answers. Think it over and post your answers!

Decisions; is it yours to make?

When I was a child I thought as a child but when I became a man I put away childish things! This is what we were thought or expect to happen but it might not be always the case. I know that this is already a bit controversial. However I would like to play with your minds for a while and cause you to think seriously about this.

As a child you are controlled by your parents or guardians. We depend almost entirely on them for help in making the right decisions. When we go wrong they are there to correct us and help us to overcome difficulties. “But when we become men we put away childish things!”

As a man or let’s say, as a person we have to rely on ourselves to make the right choices. Sometimes this is not easy because we live in a turbulent society and are faced with so many challenges that distracts us; it is hard to do the right thing at times and stay focus.

We have a society that seem to have lost its morals and are determined to be its own judge and jury.  To be a part of a civil society we must come to grip with the law and ethics and other things that is around us. For instance, how do we as men stand up for ourselves in the midst of a society that seeks to control even the morals essence of human dignity? We have to become strong men in tough times!

Time is slipping away; we are being controlled by those who control the media and are setting the standard that seems to govern our society. Do you ever wonder why we have so much senseless crimes in our society? It is because of our moral decay! When those who are trusted with the responsibility to make a change decide to be silent, then the wheels of degradation and distress will continue to turn and it is anyone’s guess where the motor will stop next.

The question is: Decisions; is it yours to make?

When making a decision it is the choice between possible actions. With that decision is a choice; the selection between two or more objects. Decision making can be regarded as the mental processes resulting in the selection of a course of action among several alternative scenarios. Every decision-making process produces a final choice. The output can be an action or an opinion of choice. Some people will tell you I did not take part so I did not make any decision. To that I would say you are mistaken because even your silence produces result and often it is one that you will not like.

We often complain about the ills of our society; too many gun violence and murders and we say why someone doesn’t do something about it! Do you remember the last time you had the opportunity to make a difference? What did you do? Stand on the sideline and hope for the best? If we are going to help change our society we have to do so block by block one neighborhood at a time but we will have to make that decision to take part.

I often wonder why gang violence is so prevalent. What are the cause and the cure for such behavior! First what is a gang?

A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends with identifiable leadership and internal organization, identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or other forms of illegal behavior. The fact as I have stated, these are decisions that have been made those decisions have produced evil consequences; we all have to live with them. The decision is ours to make and the time is now. Don’t be on the side-line and wait until it’s too late. The decision is your to make!

Just recently we heard of another innocent victim that killed. What is the reason you may ask! The thing is, Gang members typically have to prove their loyalty by committing acts such as theft or violence; this might be the cause for such innocent killings. Again I must state that the decisions are ours to make. We cannot be on the sideline and hope for the best. One day it might be too late and the effect might be staring you in the face with grief and pain leaving you with the question; why me?

Decision making regardless to whether you like to or not, it’s yours to make! It is critical that we make good decision. Gang leaders have to make critical decision. However wrong,  those who follow are subjected to his decision. Decision making is an essential leadership skill. Therefore learning how to make timely, well-considered decisions can lead your team to well-deserved success. If, however, you make poor decisions, your time as a leader will be brutally short.

As a leader you must have the leadership skills necessary to guide your team to success. How good is your leadership skill? First, are you willing to be led? If you are, then it will be easy to lead. This is critical in determining your style of leadership. Remember we are talking about decision-making! Therefore you have to understand how to handle power effectively.

I know that I can continue to state more facts of interest but I just want to stir your mind to stop and think. Yes! Decisions are your to make so stand up and be counted before it is too late!