Wow. When was the last time a male said "I'm hurt by what you said/did...." or "I cried last night..."
We live in such a repressive, macho society. Males are i-solated and a-lone. And lone-ly [but who would admit that? - a big boy would! - and somebody who was in touch with him-self and honest]
How many males never, in their entire lives connect with their vulnerable/feminine? [why categorize this as feminine?] side and has the courage to share it?
It's "okay" for a male to yell, hit another male, swear...[at least amongst other "equal" males].
But when is it okay for a man to show an emotion of sadness, pain,...in a way that makes him appear "weak".
In real-it-y it takes a lot more "balls" to say something gently and to be vulnerable - than it does to say to oneself or another: "just get over it"..."what the big deal"..."don't be such a pussy/girl"...etc., ad nauseum.
Violence to one-self [and to others as a result]
Isn't it time that the glorification/idolatry of violence in sports/hollywood crap movies/video games/war/police be replaced with genuine vulnerability, honesty [in an "I message" form] and care?
Shame how very little change we see/feel/hear today.
Big boys DO cry and have the courage to admit it!
Cold-ness like this pic needs to be re-placed with warm ex-changes. But doesn't the ice look amazing! See here for more.
There is much silence during Black History Month. Most white middle class Canadians have no idea nor concern - for the past nor present. "Life goes on"...
It is hard to believe that at least 50,000,000 Blacks were uprooted from Africa, with about 15,000,000 making it to the New World, according to "Let The Niggers Burn". The state and church fully supported, enable and justified doing this. Even during Apartheid, the same players did the same thing. Not only were you breaking the law if you disobeyed the White Man, but you were breaking God's law. For more see authority is to be obeyed.
But the plight of the African American is still dire. Ex-felons still cannot vote in many states like Florida, Kentucky and Virginia. Considering African Americans make up 80% of the prison population - due to racism and poverty - they have lost many rights of citizens. And that is just one of the issues still facing them.
A poem by Ted Joans from an out of print book "Let The Niggers Burn" - Black Rose Books.:
For more see here and to read more on the role of the church.
Last December  Syrian nun Agnes Mariam of the Cross spoke in Hamilton, Ontario. Surprisingly she kept the message very simple: love one another. She took her inspiration from a fab section of Isaiah  in the Jewish Scriptures. Here are some highlights [NIV]:
Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers....
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice...
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter-
when you see the naked, to clothe him...
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your hea ling will quickly appear...
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer...
Don't we all need to "heed this call"! To see videos from the tour and more about ongoing issues in Syria click here