Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,"
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.-
Invictus, William Ernest Henley
The poem I first fell in love with when learning about Nelson Mandela.
RIP Mandela. For all the strength, integrity and humility you possessed, for your innumerable contributions to the world, as The Onion satirizes, you will be the first politician to be missed.
"It ought to concern every person, because it’s a debasement of our common humanity.
It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric.
It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets.
It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime.
I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name – modern slavery."- President Barack Obama
September 25, 2012
"Prison walls still standing tall.
Some things never change at all.
Keep on building prisons, gonna fill them all.
Keep on building bombs, gonna drop them all.
The air on my skin and the world under my toes
Slavery stitched into the fabric of my clothes
Chaos and commotion wherever I go,
Love I try to follow."-
Ain’t No Reason, Brett Dennen
Some days, the world feels heavier. Even if my classmates and I one day manage to achieve the beautiful visions of the world we carry inside, we would only have made a small dent. Longing for His return, because only that can save this place.
"Whether terrorism occurs in Manhattan, Madrid, London, Riyadh, or La Paz, it is essential that we understand that in the long-term these horrible acts will not be stopped by the military or by security guards in airports and along our borders. They will only be stopped when enough of us demand that our corporations, banks, and governments cease to exploit the majority of the world’s population and resources and when we insist on dealing with the world from a place of compassion…"
"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation."
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