Monthly Archives: September 2015

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Day 345 – Is Empathy a Bad Thing?

Is Empathy a Bad ThingDoesn’t it amaze you how your heart can actually hurt when you feel empathy for someone.

Sometimes it would be so much easier if didn’t feel things for others. Think how much easier our lives would be if we had no empathy. If nothing that happened to others made us feel anything.

But unfortunately we are not built that way.

We watch movies (that we know perfectly well are not real) and bawl like babies when something sad happens. I mean big, huge sobs when you watch shows like Steel Magnolias. We all know Julia Roberts didn’t really die. But the heartbreak of mom Sally Field in that movie makes us all cry like it was real.

A bunch of us parents were standing at the park last night watching our teenage boys at rugby practice. A dad was there with his two small children, one of whom was having the biggest screaming meltdown. Every one of us moms were feeling so bad for him (the dads, not so much). It was like it was our own children screaming. And there was nothing we could do but feel bad for him.

The worst of course is when our kids are going through things. The joy they go through makes our hearts sing. Their sadness make us heartbroken.

Now of course, if we didn’t have empathy, then our world would be a disgusting place to live. Just a place full of people with no hearts.

So we will keep our empathy.

But it would be nice to be able to limit how much we have to give out in a day. Because some days it is just way too much.

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One Republic “I Lived”

One Republic I LivedThe lyrics from this song are so great, along with the catchy tune. The message is to make sure you live your life. Watch the video and you will have an even better love and appreciation for the song and One Republic. Awesome. Released 2015

Watch the official video

Watch the live performance

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“Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Christopher Hitchens

InfidelI think Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a very interesting woman. She has lived a lot of life.

One of today’s most admired and controversial political figures, Ayaan Hirsi Ali burst into international headlines following the murder of Theo van Gogh by an Islamist who threatened that she would be next. She made headlines again when she was stripped of her citizenship and resigned from the Dutch Parliament.

Infidel shows the coming of age of this distinguished political superstar and champion of free speech as well as the development of her beliefs, iron will, and extraordinary determination to fight injustice. Raised in a strict Muslim family, Hirsi Ali survived civil war, female mutilation, brutal beatings, adolescence as a devout believer during the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and life in four troubled, unstable countries ruled largely by despots. She escaped from a forced marriage and sought asylum in the Netherlands, where she earned a college degree in political science, tried to help her tragically depressed sister adjust to the West, and fought for the rights of Muslim women and the reform of Islam as a member of Parliament. Under constant threat, demonized by reactionary Islamists and politicians, disowned by her father, and expelled from family and clan, she refuses to be silenced.

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Flash Mob “One Day More”

One More DayIf you are a fan of teachers and/or a fan of Les Miserables, you will absolutely love this performance. It is absolutely brilliant and brought a huge smile to my face!

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