i take my eyes off the fandom for two seconds..
This was the year of …infectious pop, shall we say? If I gave any band other than fun. the bookends to this playlist, you’d think I’d been living under a rock for the past year. OK, I kind of was, but it was a small rock. In any case, this list is not meant to be taken seriously or as a “Best of” list. It’s just 40 songs that were perhaps significant to the year or I just thought were damn good.
I’ve been debating posting something like this, and normally I like to keep my blog here fun. Still, here’s how I feel about the current situation:
I’m well aware how polarizing this movement is. I’m also aware of the criticisms that Invisible Children is facing. That having been said, I’ve drawn my own conclusions based on what I know as should everyone else. Look at as much information as you can, and then decide how you want to act.
That also having been said, my purpose in sharing the video has been so that people will at least know what is going on. If people know, then we can continue to contact government representatives to stop this or find ways to stop it other than what Invisible Children seems to propose in the video if we believe this is not in anyone’s best interests.
I have very strong feelings for children in danger. No child should live in fear of abduction and being forced into a war where they are made to kill their own family members. I don’t care where they live or who they are.
I leave the link to the website for those who want to click and watch the 30 minute video. Watch it, continue your research, do something if you’re motivated and you believe in the cause. It’s true that this isn’t as simple as some people are making it out to be. Is anyone naive enough to believe it is? Taking out one man, even if the abductions cease, will not rehabilitate the regions where these crimes are taking place. However, if no one knows about it then no one will do anything. And some of the other criticism (I’m not going to cover it all, of course, but this one bothers me) is that the time for making people aware and appealing to their emotions has passed. What? When did we stop being human? We should never stop making people aware. Why do we still study the Holocaust? To quote a particularly cheesy phrase, but one I believe, knowledge is power. Educate yourself, and then decide where you stand. I’m not here to beg anyone to do anything they are not comfortable in doing. If you don’t like where Invisible Children stands, there are other places where you can look to donate. visiblechildren.tumblr.com seems to be the central link for information concerning Invisible Children’s criticisms. I only ask people to look into what is happening.
Action will, of course, be what removes the problems, but that action cannot take place unless people know. So once you know, and you feel moved, you can do something about it. For all its criticisms, there is a reason the Invisible Children website offers ways to contact people in power: because contacting these people are the ways to make something happen.
I could go on for a while, so I’ll stop here. But if we can spread the word on what is happening so easily, why shouldn’t we?
Jon Bon Jovi and Gerard Way complimenting each other’s music.
(Source: areyouafraidofthedark, via bonfuckingjovi)