SevenWonders of the World
For this world. In a way that I have never felt before.
In Thailand, there is a woman given 4 baht (less than 4 cents) for a $9.99 headband she handmade for Claire’s. In India, there is a 13-year-old girl living with HIV. In Nigeria, a Liberian man passed away due to Ebola. In the Philippines, a family of almost 10 lives in a make-shift shanty made of cardboard boxes. In Gaza, a boy lost his father due to bombing.
Times like this challenge me to my core. Goodness, I am incredibly privileged to be having a computer with wifi in this airconditioned room. My biggest concerns are doing research and “how to make the most out of this experience”. But all around me, people have no life left to have any form of experience. The struggle is to find the next meal, the next roof, the next breath.
My heart is heavy. But not with guilt, as it has no place in effecting progress. I am not here to feel bad for what I have and what others do not. Because this is not about my feelings. This is not about me.
I am blessed with a certain degree of agency. And it is one that I must utilize in order to make a change. A real change. Not one of those one-week service trips to a third world country I can put into my resume, not a futile mission trip somewhere that will make me feel good and “transform” me. I refuse this self-aggrandizing giving of aid or service that ultimately leaves more harm than benefit. I refuse to leave my experiences on my journal. I refuse to talk about the pains of this world and its mishaps and leave it there.
It will be up to me and the thinkers of this generation to facilitate rehabilitation, restoration, renewal. I have so much to learn and such a long way to go, but man, everyone’s gotta start some place.
Goodness I am so blessed. And you are, too, whoever you are who is able to read this. What a waste of time and life not to try to change something, even one seemingly minute and insignificant thing, in this world.
I saw Tassja talking about POC Persephone and I kinda..ran away with the idea?
Greek God casts:
Zeus - Oded Fehr
Hera - Angela Bassett
Hades - Idris Elba
Persephone - Lupita Nyong’o
Poseidon - Jason Momoa
Amphitrite - Janina Gavankar
Athena - Rinko Kikuchi
Ares - Michael Trevino
Dionysus - Godfrey Gao
Aphrodite - Gabourey Sidibe
Artemis - Kat Graham
Apollo - Sinqua Walls
Demeter - Gina Torres
Hephaestus - Sendhil Ramamurthy
Hermes - Keahu Kahuanui
Hestia - Q’orianka Kilcher
Helen of Troy - Deepika Padukone
Hercules - Roman Reigns