Who and What is the Happy Warrior
This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.
(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)
Friday, March 30, 2012
Consider the current media-created situation centering around Trayvon Martin. Does anyone really think the media (speaking of the major news media outlets in aggregate) has 90% of the relevant, accurate and complete information regarding the "facts"? Does anyone really think they have 50% of the story? 25%? I doubt (by virtue of some significant prior research on exactly this type of circumstance) they have a 10% understanding of what transpired... and yet their reporters and pundits are making claims of certainty. Their reporting is drawing the attention of interest groups with preexisting agendas. Their recklessness is dangerously stirring up supposition, misunderstanding and powerful emotions of hate.
Keeping the Martin case in mind, do you not think there have been fifty events just as tragic and even more gruesome within the past week. Other teens have been slain in manners more viscious. Other innocent children have been brutally killed... Why have we not heard of these? Why have they been filtered out of existence? They are no less horrific, no less insightful to the social ills of our day. We know about Trayvon because the media has made a decision for us. They have decided that we should focus on it and have cast it in the ugly light or racism. To be sure, this is a joint effort since we are a willing public and consumers of the media's product.
To the question: does the Trayvon Martin death mean that the US is steeped in racism? No. We don't know enough of the facts to make a determination in this one case. Beyond this it is not prudent or logical to generalize from one instance to society as a whole. I GUARANTEE that in the same time that this case has been broadcast across America, there have been thousands of good deeds, small and large, by Whites to Blacks, by Blacks to Whites, by Hispanics to Whites, by Blacks to Hispanics, by Hispanics to Asians... shall I continue? Why is the media not reporting this tremendous level of friendship and dencency? Where are the headlines and ranting talk show hosts exploring this phenomenon? The truth is friendship and racial harmony does not bleed and as such will never be on the news or motivate Al Sharpton to lead a demonstration. The media has made the choice to create a reality that is built on the dramatic, on the exception. It portrays this as the norm. It is a false representation and a lie. Do not beleive it. God grant that we do not lose ourselves to the hysteria manufactured by the media and perpetrated by narrowminded and self-serving interest groups.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Well he and his Uncle Ben took up the film making trade once again this past weekend. With the help of the Apple iPhone nad a very cool app, here is the result: