Your health is a social responsibility

This blog is about social responsibility and I post a lot about health.

Maybe you think I’ve slipped off track, but I want to set the record straight.

I recently started following Blindfold on Facebook. I do not, (repeat) do not endorse all of their messages or sources, but the following three (specific) concepts really appealed to me.

photograph of a dinner table place setting: knife, fork, plate and one large half-yellow, half-white medicinal capsule in the middle of the plate. a quote frames the picture: "People are fed by the Food Industry which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the Health Industry, which pays no attention to food." said Wendell Berry

(photo compliments of facebook.com/b1indfold)

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Social awareness: people you should follow on Twitter

The “Be Good.” Twitter list has been difficult to build, but I have added new members that deserve to be noted here. If you’re interested in beefing up your timeline with some informative tweets, check out these profiles.

Twitter icon for Adam Jackson or @SmartBlackMan. black background, light bulb, "smart black man" on red,black,green stripes

Adam Jackson @SmartBlackMan Founder of SmartBlackMan.com. VP of @LBSBaltimore. Dedicated to justice, freedom and peace. Black Nationalist. Born/Raised/Live in BMore.

Twitter icon for Real Time LA Riots or @RealTimeLARiots.

Real Time LA Riots @RealTimeLARiots 20 years later: Livetweeting the Los Angeles Riots as they happened on this date and time in 1992. Account powered by@NBCLA.

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Twitter icon for Anti Consumerism or @ANTIconsumerism

Anti Consumerism @ANTIconsumerism Consumerism destroys human beings psychologically, emotionally and spiritually; it creates a self-destructive society bent on consuming everything in its path.

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Make 8 of your own natural cleaning products to save money and get green

three generic, plain household cleaner bottles, arm & hammer baking soda box, bunch of lemons with one sliced open, Heinz vinegar bottle

(photo compliments of inhabitat.com)

The following advice will help me:

  • save money?
  • use natural products in my home?
  • eliminate toxins from my life?
  • be green and environmentally conscious?
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I wanted to share them with you:
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Press ‘1’ for English? Ugh, how inconvenient.

uncle sam pointing with text reading "this finger wasn't made to 'press one for English!'"

(photo courtesy of sanctuarycities.info)

This post is about to be straight rant. You’ve been warned.

You’ve seen the t-shirts, the bumper stickers, the chain-Facebook photos: Boo hoo, the world is ending because I have to press the number ‘one’ for an English phone menu.

First, how dare you cry over having the privilege of a phone, a budget for a phone, a home with a phone line, a country with rampant access to cell phone coverage, time to make phone calls, the luxury of over-the-phone customer service access, and privilege and access to the services for which you’d call customer service in the first place.

Second, this is America. That’s the reason stated with these slogans, right? Let’s talk about America. America is a land where Continue reading

Health, parenting, and social responsibility: Read “10 Bad Eating Habits Parents Often Teach their Kids” by Suzanne Cullen

(photo courtesy of AuPair.org)

I found a must-read article about the bad eating habits that parents pass on to their children. It addresses the responsibility of adults to be good influences on children, issues of health, and good daily habits.

Suzanne Cullen’s blog at AuPair.org features helpful articles about parenting and being responsible when influencing children.

After all, children are our most powerful legacy. We want to raise a wonderful generation of children who will be conservation-conscious, healthy, intelligent, responsible, and beneficial human beings. Right?

I highly recommend the blog at AuPair.org.

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If you don’t stand against oppression, you stand for it.

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you see prejudice or discrimination happening and you make a decision to benefit from it anyway, you become the problem. If you assist the problem, you condone the injustice.

That’s how oppression happens in deep cycles. People cannot just feel neutral about an issue. They must stand firmly against it and be anti-prejudiced.

White privilege feeds on neutrality. White people shrug their shoulders, say “I’m not racist,” and continue benefiting from their privilege. So the cycle continues. The same applies to male privilege or any form of oppression and discrimination.

When you participate in your privilege, you become the problem.

Just an issue that’s been bothering me.

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Did everyone ignore the words in John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change?”

Granted, “Waiting on the World to Change” isn’t a revolutionary song, but John Mayer is commenting on negative aspects of our society. This song is still playing in department stores and convenience stores across America even though it was released in 2006. You’d be hard pressed to find a person that has never heard this song before.

And yet no one seems to notice that his lyrics include comments like “Now we see everything that’s going wrong/ With the world and those who lead it,” “Cause when they own the information, oh/ They can bend it all they want,” “It’s hard to beat the system,” “We just know that the fight ain’t fair,” “One day our generation/ Is gonna rule the population/ So we keep on waiting/ Waiting on the world to change.”

Again, it’s a mild commentary. But how many people know all of the words to this song? And how many people realize what they’re singing?

A great case of hearing v. listening.

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