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Manifesto.

Fukushima. The Philippines. Oil Spills. GMOs. Needless wars. I feel like there isn’t a single thing out there that’s not screaming out to me:

“WE NEED CHANGE, AND WE NEED IT NOW.”

People are being arrested all over the world for a myriad of silly, non-harmful actions as our police are increasingly focused on and being bought out by big money.

On that note, cops are overstepping their authority in just about every twisted way you can imagine (“protect and serve?” Not so much.).

There are people thinking that “if we could just pass a few more laws!” everything would be perfect. But it won’t – laws don’t change people, people change people.

Then, there are the people who think we have too many laws (and I’d be inclined to agree with them, to a degree) and that getting rid of them will make everything perfect. But it won’t, the entire system needs a major revamping.

Our legal system is a joke, where the winner in any case pretty much comes down to the person with enough money to pay for a lawyer who knows all the loopholes in our giant mess of laws – the number of which is only increasing every day.

Our food system would be more properly named our “food-like” system, as more and more of it is being concocted in labs as opposed to grown on farms (and sometimes even what’s growing on the farm was made in a lab!).

Our general lack of real nutrition is causing people to need MULTIPLE prescriptions per person, and the TV acts like this is just totally normal, while the drug companies happily soak up all that extra money they get from the terribly jacked up situation.

Speaking of which, our for-profit healthcare system is focused on prescribing patent-able drugs, rather than preventing and curing ailments and diseases, because, of course, doing that would make them a lot less money (and when the almighty dollar has nearly-god-status, we can’t have that, now, can we?!).

Our mass media system has death on replay and manages to keep any semblance of good news far from any now-hopeless American ears, ensuring that people keep believing change is impossible and that everybody everywhere is out to get them (and their children).

Millions of people are just scrounging to get by while the fat rich kids continue to nickel-and-dime us all in order to buy bigger houses, shinier cars, and more advertising space – ensuring that you continue to believe that this is the way everything is supposed to work.

And that, my friends, is the saddest part of it all. Most people believe that everything in the world is just dandy, civilization has reached its peak, and to do ANYTHING even remotely differently is like making a deal with the devil. You want to revamp the entire government? You’re a terrorist! You want a new economic system that distributes wealth more equally? Then you’re a communist, libtarded, idealistic, evil-hippy who knows nothing about how this stuff works. You want to legalize marijuana?! You must be the devil incarnate – God, save us all now!

But – truth is – I’m not a terrorist. I’m not a communist, and I’m not the devil-incarnate. I’m a human being. A human being who cares an awful lot about the one and only planet we inhabit, the delicate balance of life that must be maintained in order for our species to survive, and, of course, the billions of other thinking, feeling, loving human beings that inhabit this tiny little earth with me. I see, more clearly than you could ever imagine, how easily we could turn our dire situation around if we could only admit that we have a problem, and commit to working together to fix it.

Sure, we could just do nothing, all die in a hellish apocalypse together, and the universe would probably go on as if nothing had happened. That is an obvious possibility. But wouldn’t that be an awfully anti-climactic ending to the wonderful human story we’ve written together thus far? I mean, we’ve worked our way through the Dark Ages, fought our way through slavery, and protested our way to human rights for everybody – young, old, male, female, black, white, and otherwise. We’ve come so far, but we still have a long ways to go. To give up now would be to throw away 10,000+ years of human history – all of that effort for nothing!

I simply will not give up that easily. I was not born on this planet to witness all of this injustice and then just sit back and do nothing about it. I’m going to keep fighting – regardless of the names I’ll be called, the looks I’ll be given, or the rumors that will spring up around me and what I’m doing. There is LIFE out there that needs my help, and I’m not going to ignore its cry.

All I hope for in this is that you – yes, YOU – might join me in my fight for Justice, in my fight for PEACE, in my fight for truth, and in my fight for love.

Together, we CAN make this world a better place.

Love,
KT ❤

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The World’s Changing, and Your Role in It

“I will do the best I can.” – Wangari Maathai, Story of the Hummingbird

The topic of the Power of One has been popping up everywhere in my life lately.  I’ve seen it in documentaries, discussed it in social psychology class, witnessed it in my own and my friends’ lives, and learned about it in the books I’m reading.  I think people often forget – or are never even told – about the power and effect that each individual person has on the world; however, society – this thing we often see ourselves as having no control over – is simply made up of people, their beliefs, and their individual actions, much like the ocean is made up of tiny drops of water.

In the documentary I Am, Desmond Tutu puts it this way: “[You may think] you can’t do anything about global poverty, but yes, you can! You can do something about this guy.”  And that guy.  And the woman over there.  Small actions such as these can combine to manifest huge changes in the world, which brings me to my next point:  the world is changing, and for the better.  I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it quite so plainly as I’m seeing it recently. 

Towards the beginning of the summer, there were a good three months where I was experiencing pretty intense episodes – for lack of a better term – of depression over the seemingly overwhelming ‘thing’ that is society and the direction it so often seemed to be headed.  I’ve realized, though, that there is a counter-movement.  There’s now a steady stream of people that are walking the opposite way, away from the cliff that is society’s doom, and the numbers are growing every day.  I know this.  And I want you to know it, too, so I decided to share with you some examples I’ve seen of how the world is changing for the good of all of us (I realize all people might not agree with all of these, they are simply my opinion). (;

– I see higher degrees of socio-political awareness in everybody.  Younger people are following world events; traditionally “conservative” people are opening up on issues like marriage equality, medical marijuana, and environmental destruction; “traditional” businesses are trying to appeal to people like you and me, and more and more people are in favor of peace over war, which prefaces the next point:

– The people of the world essentially halted what could have been a huge mess in Syria. President Obama was more than ready for a military strike, but between other countries and American citizens opposing the action, he decided that it “might not be a good idea.”

– Through my social media accounts, I’m seeing more and more of my friends “awakening” to idea that the world needs to change, and that we have to do it ourselves.  They are using their own accounts to spread the message.

–  There are a growing number of – in my opinion – high-profile “world-changing organizations.”  A few examples: Non-GMO Project, TED, NORML, and Food Not Bombs.

– There’s increasing access to free, online, college education on sites like Coursera, OnlineCourses, and MIT OpenCourseWare.

– We’ve witnessed the first ever legalization of cannabis/hemp in two American states, and half of the United States have legalized medical marijuana (and many are working to follow suit).

– Europe is taking large strides in terms of Energy and is doing so successfully – i.e. German Solar Power, Biking in Amsterdam, Affordable Travel via Eurail, Waste-to-Energy programs, etc.

– There’s an ever-growing amount of social and psychological research in: consciousness, empathy, violence and crime, groupthink, sociological interactions, etc.

– A rising number of people have a decent understanding of human environmental impacts, and there’s an increasing public will to change things (slowly, but surely.)

– And of course, there are many, many more which I cannot list for the sake of brevity (and this list is already quite long!).

I hope this helps you see, even a little, how things seriously are getting better.  Whenever our society’s obstacles seem insurmountable, think about all the similar problems we have overcame as species in the past: slavery, apartheid, equal rights, monarchies and dictatorships, corruption… sure, some of these problems still linger, but we humans are certainly better off than we have been in years before. Not to mention, we now have the internet to enhance our efforts! I’m confident that we’ll continue on this track of progress if we do not give up hope on the many projects and policies we are collectively pursuing.  (:

If you’re already doing your part, stick with it.  Remember the Power of One.
If you’ve yet to come aboard, join us!  Learn about the Power of One. (;

Much love going out to you all, ❤
KT

Animals Matter, Too!

I liked my last photography post so much that I decided to do another one. (: I talk a lot about humans and their rights on this blog, but I believe that animals* and the environment have certain “rights,” too. Without them, we wouldn’t be here! ❤

Note: I may have a particular affinity for cats..

Blue

Kitties

GirafFe

Cat

Mr Snake

Lilo

Monki

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*If you believe in evolution like I do, humans really just are another kind of animal. (;

“The World Becomes What You Teach.”

I recently came across this TEDtalk by Zoe Weil discussing a very important institution that has, in my opinion, grown rather outdated in a modernized society – education.  Zoe Weil advocates an education system where “the basics” – math, language, history, etc – are only there to support the bigger goal of giving our kids the skills and knowledge necessary to solve – yes, solve – the myriad of problems that we face in the world today.

Our current education system was thought up roughly around the time of the industrial revolution.  It was designed during a time when factory work was the norm and people needed to be educated to perform well in those types of jobs.  Fast-forward to now, and our country has next to no manufacturing jobs left.  With the information and technology revolution, things like the internet and 3-D printers are already rendering once-considered “staple” jobs obsolete.  We can only expect to see this trend continue in the years to come.

The main point of the presentation by Weil is this: our current education system is far too focused on simply “getting kids jobs,” and not nearly focused enough on preparing kids to operate in our inter-connected and ever-changing 21st century world – a world where simple employment is not likely to be the biggest obstacle society faces.  Put more simply: our schools aren’t preparing kids for life, they are preparing them to be “good workers,” code for good order-takers.  The general mentality seems to be that you should always just do as you’re told, and without asking questions – especially about why things are the way they are.

What Weil recommends as an alternative to all the madness is devoting entire courses – starting at a young age – to systems and institutions like transportation, health, education, and food.  Then, within said courses, analyzing the systems we currently have in place and identifying any and all harm, as well as good, that is done by that system – socially, environmentally, economically, etc.  Lastly – and this is the awesome part – come up with realistic but non-traditional alternatives to the current systems that might produce a higher number of “desirable” results while working to eliminate un-desirable results like child labor, destruction of environments, extreme poverty, and harm done to animals.

I wholeheartedly agree with this entire premise of education that Weil presents.  As is mentioned in the talk, we could have 100% employment in this country and yet still be perpetuating many of the harmful systems that have given rise to the problems we see in the world today.  Our main focus in education can not just be on getting people jobs – we need to have a bigger vision than that.  Because of my passionate support for this idea, I wanted to publicly add my name to the ever-growing list of people who believe that serious educational reform is needed both in this country, and abroad – and of course, I just had to share this video with you!  (;

Love & Light

Moar Nudity.

This topic really gets me riled up for some reason.  I think it’s because from growing up, I personally know the general “conservative” stance on the subject and I know how much energy they give to it and how they look at it.  Nowadays, I’ll see people freaking out about nudity and pornography like “HOLY mother of Jesusssss! Naked bodies and reproducing: that’s the most sinful, immoral, shameful, disgusting thing our kids could ever SEEEEEE! This is why the world is going down the drainnnnn!”

And I’m just like… It is.  A body.  A. BODY.  Teach your kids what they look like from a young age and it will be no surprise to them to see them (research confirms this).  Teach your kids respect for other people and you don’t have to worry about them looking at people in dirty or perverted ways.  Teach your kids why sex is for adults and what it involves and its consequences, etcetera, etcetera, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll make the right choices. If not, guess what?  They’ll learn their lesson!  It’s not your job to literally keep them from making any and all bad choices they might make in life.  It’s your job to inform them and be there for them, guiding them the entire way.

I know – again, personally – from having parents who didn’t really talk to me about sexuality and the like, that if they had encouraged me to just be open with them, instead of making the topic of sex more or less taboo in our household, I probably wouldn’t have gone behind their backs when it came to stuff like that.  I would have just told them up front, or at least would have told them when they asked (if it were done so lovingly, and not accusingly).  But, of course, that’s not what happened.  So instead, I hid it.  So that I wouldn’t get in trouble.  I was more worried about getting in trouble than I was concerned about being honest with my parents.

If that sounds like a recipe for disaster, it’s because it is.  Being able to trust your parents is an important thing.  There has to be a better method of disciplining.

But more on topic.. why sexuality?  Why is it that out of the nearly infinite number of things you could choose to represent immorality, you choose sex?  Something completely natural.  What is it that’s just so disgustingly immoral about it?  Please tell me. 

People are murdered cold-blood every day.  Why don’t you feel so strongly about that?  Most people won’t think twice about letting their kids watch a movie whose entire plot revolves around two people trying to kill each other, or play a game with the same goal — killing.  “Have at it!  The bloodier the better!” they’ll say.  Now take a movie and make it revolve around two people falling in love, then put a sex scene in it.  Oh, now you want to freak out.  Now you want to moan and groan about how immoral our society is becoming.  You people make me sick sometimes.

Teach your kids LOVE.  Teach them peace, and patience.  Teach critical thinking and COMPASSION.  Honesty.  Sharing.  Respect.  And being Real.  Stop worrying so much about if they might accidentally see a breast somewhere, or – God forbid – people procreating. 

People seriously believe that that is what is corrupting the youth of today.  And that’s what the hell is wrong with this world.

Still love you guys though,

Related Posts: Nudity and the Female Form., Nature is Calling., Oh, it Affects You..

#thankful4 Wednesday: Art

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Today, I am very grateful for art – something they say makes us human. I don’t just mean painting.  I mean sculpting, singing, making music, dancing, taking pictures, writing, beat boxing, drawing, landscaping, designing clothes, rapping and any other way of creatively expressing yourself that exists – I’m sure there are many more.

I used to think that creativity was a gift that certain people were blessed with and that I wasn’t one of them.  I thought I “had no creativity.”  I couldn’t have been more wrong! I have plenty of creativity, and so does every human being on earth.  You just have to find your own brand of it.  (:

I hope you can take some time to appreciate the many different forms of art that exist in the world after reading this post.  It’s as diverse and beautiful as We are. 

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Previous Post: #thankful4 Wednesday: Rain

* Every Wednesday, I post a picture and a couple paragraphs about something – usually something out of the ordinary – that I’m thankful for. Anybody who wants to is welcome to join me on this endeavor. (;

Change is Coming.

So, tonight I’ve decided to share with you just a little bit about me, personally – why I think the way I do, what I’d like to see in the world and what I am seeing.

When I first began “waking up,” as I call it – my enlightening moment while watching The Union: The business behind getting High, where I realized that if I had been lied to about this one thing (marijuana) my entire life, I was lied to about other things.  By the government.  By my school.  By my religion which extended to almost everyone I knew.  By TV and by non-profit organizations. 

Anyway, when I first started looking into all of these things, I pretty much had nobody around to talk to about it other than my boyfriend.  The general consensus around me seemed to be that anybody who thought the government or media would ever lie to us was crazy.  Since then, I’ve seen almost a complete one-eighty in the American population.  Almost.  There are still a good number of people who have complete faith that the government and the mass news-media have honorable intentions, but I see them as a shrinking minority.  There are people everywhere that I can talk to about these things.

I say that to say that things are changing.  Right now.  More and more people are starting to notice the systems of control that are in place to keep us complacent – and all of their flaws.  The next ten years is going to prove a very eventful time for humanity.  Not only are we evolving mentally, with more people embracing logic as the backbone of their beliefs, but we’re also growing exponentially in the technological area – the internet is going to gain some billions of voices over the next few years as access to it expands!  We’re also growing in our capacity to empathize with and love others.  Sometimes, people disappoint me and I fail to see this as true for a time, but looking over longer time spans, it is clear to me that people are becoming more accepting of others, in general.  It’s a wonderful thing.

The world’s going to be a completely different place soon.  As I said in this post, I am extremely excited to be living in the time that I am.  I really hope that we all get to watch the world become a better place, and not worse.  Seeing all the revolutions occurring around the world has made me much more hopeful about that idea.  People are changing. 

Imagine if it was everyone’s goal to leave the world in a better state than when we arrived.  The idea of what that would look like has convinced me to make it my goal.  Feel free to make it yours, too.  It’s how real change starts.

Much Love,

#thankful4 Wednesday: Living in the 21st Century

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I am Thankful to be living in the time period that I do.*  (:

Though I do often think of time-traveling and how cool it would be to live a thousand years ago or a thousand years from now, I am happy to have been born when I was.  My generation got to grow up during a time of major transition for humanity: that from a (relatively) unconnected society to one where internet and cell phone use pervades our entire culture.

The world has never before seen this kind of ability for people to connect instantaneously with strangers who live thousands of miles away, and to exchange opinions the way people do here on WordPress and other social media sites like Facebook, Reddit and Twitter.  The fact that we carry devices that fit in our pockets and allow us to do such things is truly amazing – like something people a hundred years ago probably couldn’t have even dreamed about.  Though I know all kinds of interesting things have happened since the human species came into existence, I’m very happy that I get to experience the crazy things that I do living in the 21st century.

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* From now on, every Wednesday, I’m going to post a picture and a couple paragraphs about something – usually something out of the ordinary – that I’m thankful for.  Anyone who wants to is welcome to join me on this endeavor.  (;

Pt. 2: Love Others

This is the follow-up post to this post, so feel free to check that one out, too. (;

In my opinion, Love – true love – is equating another person’s well-being, mental and physical, with your own. To me, it is somewhat interchangeable with empathy, which is the ability to understand, deeply, what another person is feeling. Love, though, seems to have a more spiritual, soul-connection kind of feel to it. I think that it’s why people will give their lives for their loved ones, though it doesn’t often make any evolutionary sense.

As I started to discuss in the previous post, in order to truly love others you need to first truly love yourself. I mean, how can you possibly fully understand how much another person values their own life and decisions unless you value yours the same? If you’ve never felt grateful for the life you have the privilege of living, how can you comprehend that others might feel that way about theirs? It’s really hard to empathize if you aren’t capable of at least understanding where someone is coming from, and to me, empathy is like the root of love… so we’re back to needing to love yourself to love others.

I don’t want “loving others” to be seen as any kind of magical feel-good phrase that accomplishes anything just by talking about it. Love is action, and love is a lifestyle. It is a lifestyle that I sincerely believe that – were it cultivated by the majority of people, towards all of nature and humanity – would directly and indirectly solve the majority of our world’s problems.

Since the beginning of our existence, humans have been expanding their “empathy circles” from families, to tribes, to villages, to nations. Now – for some people – their ability to empathize is growing even further encompass the entire world. I, and many others, have come to the point of view that all of nature – human, animal, insect, plant and otherwise – is part of one giant family, deserving of love, and having Natural Rights and (in our case) responsibilities. A big part of why I started this blog is so I could lay out my thoughts for people and hopefully help them come to some of the same conclusions. (;

So, think about your family, or the closest thing you have to a loving family if you aren’t so close with your own – and how you feel about them. You would certainly never kill your family. You wouldn’t let them starve to death, or just go homeless. You definitely shouldn’t feel threatened or unsafe in any way around your family. If we as the human race can come to see each other as family, these same facts can and should still apply. We shouldn’t sit by and watch our fellow humans starve while we throw away literal tons of food. We shouldn’t let buildings just sit there abandoned while there are people who need shelter all over the world. We certainly shouldn’t be bombing people and their children because of the anger we feel over losing our own.

Love doesn’t do these things. Family doesn’t do these things.

What family does do is look out for each other. They take care of each other when someone has a need. They’re slow to judge, and quick to forgive. They stand up against the people who dare to mess with any of them… and of course, they have an Unconditional Love for each other. That is an attitude that I want to cultivate towards the Entire world – while encouraging others to do the same.

So, first.. Love Yourself.
Then, Love Others.

& remember that others are Your Family. ❤

Much Love!
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