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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We need both mothers and fathers.

young girl swings from her parents' arms, but the father character has been painted over in white so that only the mother and daughter are visible while the father figure is vacant in the photo

(photo compliments of dailymail.co.uk)

Of the people I know, I can tell you who has been raised without a father, or a mother, or in a home victim to divorce, without having ever asked the person.

The people in the above categories exhibit similar behaviors and conduct their lives similarly.

We frequently hear about women with “daddy problems” who grow up without father figures. These women seek male attention in all of the wrong ways and participate in risky behavior. People say, Oh haha! Her daddy didn’t hug her enough as a child! But any person missing either a mother figure or father figure is starved of essential information in life, and have problems maintaining healthy relationships forever.

I recently read, “Like Father, Like Son, and, Yes, Like Daughter” by Molly B. Koch in Baltimore’s Child. It’s a good read about the importance of father figures.

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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.

Two more…

Goal: Stop being a big ball of flab and get healthy

a list: health goals: vitamins, 8 glasses water, whole grains, nuts, dairy, fruits & veggies, green tea, etc. 1 sweet daily, get. off. butt., wholesome food shopping, tv=evil, anti-screen movement, search for budget-friendly, anti-screen entertainment, ideas, body products: chemicals v. budgets, health apps

This list serves as a reminder and inspiration. It was created during a late-night brainstorming session.

What have I been up to?

Very recently, the answer would be: feeling like a lazy lump of blubber.

I usually focus on how society and other people should change, but let’s be honest: I need to start with myself. (No, this does not mean that you are off the hook.)

What does this list mean to you?

I’ll be posting about healthy eating habits, roundabout methods of getting my butt out of bed/the couch/the chair, ways to shop efficiently for all of the above, and sources where I find supporting information.

How is this pertinent to the blog’s theme of social responsibility?

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Leave Sandra Bullock alone. Is it irresponsible of the people to reinforce the gossip industry and invade celebrity lives?

Sandra Bullock Jesse James actress blindside movies films marriage

(Image courtesy of http://www.harpersbazaar.com)

If you’ve walked through a checkout line in the last few weeks, you’ll see pictures of a distraught Sandra Bullock splattered on the front pages of fluff gossip magazines. The big news in America: her husband Jesse James has been cheating. (Yes, this is the news we should be reading.)

I’m sure that after discovering that her husband of five years has been unfaithful, her utmost desire is to be photographed liberally and smeared across pages of substance-less magazine covers. Isn’t that what you want after a break-up or negative, dramatic life event?

Well, the truth is, it’s our fault that she has to put up with that kind of harassment.

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You’re sleep walking through life. Wake up. A case of the Mondays will not excuse you.

(Image courtesy of http://www.donmacnaughton.org)

Productivity, motivation, and responsible living must be at an all-time low in the United States. As a society, we’re lazy, unhealthy, unproductive wastes of life. Yes, wastes of life. We spend our free time numbly shopping, watching TV, surfing the internet, watching movies, etc. Donald MacNaughton, a consultant on leadership development and performance psychology, wrote a compelling post, Wide Awake, about just this.

What else could we be doing with our time?

There actually are good, thoughtful, responsible people in our society.

Deirdre Lynds (Image courtesy of her blog, Such a Pretty Face)

I was convinced that there were about 40 people in America that have considered the thought below. Now I know there are 41.

“I think there are too many people today that feel they are entitled to certain aspects of life when they have not done a single thing to earn it. A lot of people will blame those outside forces, but instead of dealing with the problem, they will whine until something is given to them to make them shut up. American society today is a lot like that. If we complain enough society will give us a pacifier to shut up. Instead of encouraging people to take responsibility for their lives, we encourage them to be beggars, to become complacent and apathetic in trying to succeed” wrote Deirdre Lynds.

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