I'm Mad as Hell

"Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values and obligations, neither the law, nor democratic government, nor even the market economy will function properly."

(Václav Havel)


Where Are We Going?

I look around myself and wonder, where are we going. The world seems to have changed so much since I was a child. Was it really simpler then or was it me? Has the world changed, or my perception? I have so many questions. Searching my soul I come to the conclusion that it is both the world and my perception. It seems a loss of innocence has been occurring over time. A loss of trust, friendship, community. Increased isolation in a world brought smaller every day. Divide and conquer seems to be the message of power. Isolate and overtake is the whisper on the wind.

We need to come back to oneness. We need to maintain our communities, our friendship, our trust. We cannot let these things be taken from us by the media, the politicians, the corporations. They seek to overcome us through fear. Through fear we will continue on our path. With fear we willingly bend our backs for a pittance, we allow our children to fall into despair, we allow greed to overcome the world.

I do not and will not condone revolution. Each of us has a responsibility to our world. We need to come together to eliminate the hate, the bigotry, the malignancy of fear that is growing in our world. Acceptance, acknowledgment and affirmation are the skills to learn now. These skills will allow us to move forward, out of the stagnation that life has become. Move from limbo into action. We are here, now, together. Look around and see each other.


Turn Them Off Now!

Open Your Eyes & Wake Up

We need to stop listening and start seeing. Is there really no good news to be had? Has no-one done a loving act of kindness today? You will soon believe this to be true if you listen to the news. Why is it that the reality of the reporter focuses on the bad, the hate, the killing. Is this really our reality, is there nothing more? I do not believe this reality. I believe this reality is made by some, not by most. Made to keep us in fear…to keep us divided…to keep us where we are today. Believe me, someone is making money off the hate, the fear, the war…is it you? Community is dying to buy society. Is this the legacy we pass on to our children?

Wake up people! We all need the same things. Clean air, clean water, shelter, food, love…these are our basic needs, the things we cannot do without. Each and every single human being on this earth needs these same things. These are the things of life, all else is want. I want a bigger house, I want brand name clothing, I want a new car…we are taught that we want since infancy. We are taught that achievement of our wants will bring happiness. It is fallacy. Love, friendship, community…these are the makers of happiness. The wants and the greed are the killers of happiness.

We Can Change Our Lives

The Killer is Greed

We no longer have time for simple human relationships. We leave our spouses, our children, lose track of our friends in the search of want. We must climb that ladder, top the Tower of Babel, be the best. And in the end, alone and broken, we die unhappy and realize how we let our happiness slip through our fingers to find a lie at the top of the tower. And my heart bleeds that it is so.

Step outside the lies, look with open eyes at our world, and wonder, why? Why are we killing each other? Why are we killing our oceans? Why are we killing our world? Do you have an answer? Have you seen the truth? I will tell you my truth. Greed is killing us. Greed is killing our oceans. Greed is killing our world. Can you move beyond the greed. Can you remember the happiness of a child, before you were sucked into the vacuum of avarice we call our world?

Will you really sacrifice all the good in your life for a false dream? Don’t let the sandman rule you, wake up, wake up sleepy heads! See the real dream. The dream of fear gone, hate ended…the dream of acceptance, acknowledgment and affirmation. We can have it. It lives in our hearts and we can make it our world…but only if we each take responsibility for it. Refuse to let another take over your choices. Only you can make your reality. Through your thoughts, your actions, your works your reality can come to exist. Slough off the old skin of indifference, apathy, hopelessness and take your reins in your own hand. We each have the power to make reality. It takes some work to overcome the teachings of today, but the outcome is well worth it. Lose your anxiety, I did. Lose your fear, I have. Live YOUR life, I do.

"Taxes Are Stealing"

The American Dream-Revised

"To Each According To His Greed"

Joe Stack wrote, "I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed."

He then proceeded to crash his plane into his local IRS building. Read his whole note here.

My Life Has Value and I'm Mad as Hell

Time to Take Our World Back

I want to know we can make a new world and so I ask a favor. On December 31, 2009 beginning at midnight until January 1st, 2010 and every New Year's Eve after this, I want everyone to go to their windows with their families, open them and yell out, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore”. Go to your porch, stand in the street with your neighbor and yell “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore”. Gather in the town halls and town squares and yell, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not gonna take this anymore”.

I understand that not everyone feels comfortable yelling, "I'm mad as hell". Yelling the words "mad as hell" is not a requirement. You can yell, "I love this world", you can yell, "I am tired", you can yell, "Wake up". Or you can just gather, hug your neighbor, shake some hands, make some friends. This is all about reconnecting the human race. This is all about letting others know they have value. This is all about ending the fear and spreading love. This is a wake up call to our leaders that the greed is not acceptable, we want a world in which peace and health are viable options.

Everyone who is on FaceBook should join the “Mad as Hell” Group, put together by my good friend and fellow hubbing alien, lxxy. Share it with your friends, spread the word, share this hub on your blogs, hang it in the office, get the word out. Translate it into all languages, let all people know. Together we can do this!

Let us show the world that we do not want to live this false dream any more. We want our dreams back. Dreams of love and happiness. Dreams of safety for ourselves and our children. Dreams of peace on earth. Dreams of a healthy world. Show the ones who do not understand, we will deny this reality they have thrust on us. Show the world that we can stand together to make a better tomorrow. Tomorrow maybe we will figure out the answers, but today we need to stand together as friends, as families, as communities, as the world. January 1, 2010 we take our world back from greed.

Jacques Fresco Has Dedicated His Life to Improving Ours

Jacques Fresco, Social Engineering and Hopes for the Future



"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

(Edmund Burke)



82 comments

lxxy profile image

lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

I'll be waiting to yell it out. ;)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

lxxy, I will be yelling also, hopefully with quite a few others :D


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!! I'm mad as hell too, K@ri. Although I don't want to jump into politics, I just don't see how we can't not have a revolution if things really are to improve...One hubber asked if we could have a "bloodless revolution?" Is that what you are suggesting? Let me know. I'm all in if anything else! And yell, my vocal chords should be working well that day!!!


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Kari: I needed to read this today! Thank you, thank you, and thank you again.


keith s 7 years ago

Kari, The following quote is attributed to Mahatma Gandhi.

"The things that will destroy us are: politics without principle; pleasure without conscience; wealth without work; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice."

If Gandhi was right, then we are well on our way to destruction.

It makes me mad as hell.

Keith


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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Keith...Amen...you have said it all in a small but powerful way...I am mad as Hell too..

Kari...this is a wonderful hub, you never cease to amaze me woman...Thanks and I will pass this one on for sure...:O) Hugs and Hugs


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

dohn, I'm not talking revolution, but maybe making ourselves heard world wide. We, the people, the ones who make the world go round. Not the ones in the ivory towers. We need to show we can stand together and make our voices heard. We need to show unity.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Violet, does that mean that you will be joining our rebel yell? Thanks for commenting and being here! :D

Keith, Nice quote and very appropriate. We need to find a new way of doing business in this world, one that may be love and not greed. I am mad as hell also, we need to make our voices heard. We need to stand together!

G-Ma, I don't think the powers that be really understand how mad we all are. Thanks for standing with me on this. Spread the word. We need to be one!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I am already a member of "Mad as Hell." I am, too!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Thanks Christoph, I'm Mad as Hell also! And I am also a member of "Mad as Hell". We need to be heard!


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

I am mad also which is why I don't watch the news on TV. Everytime I do I get angry because, like you said, they only portray the negative things about our society or what some celebrity is doing. I know the American people are more interesting than that so I will write my own hub about it. Seein' how I won't be around for about a month as I am going on leave you should be able to see it around the middle of September. This is a great hub.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

wesley, Thank you! I also don't watch the news on TV. On TV the saying stands, "no news is GOOD news". We should be molding our reality into what we want. Not allowing others to do it for us. Please make sure you come back and post your link when you write your hub! Enjoy your leave, I'm sure your wife will love the poem! And it makes me Mad as Hell that you only have a month!


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Love and light K@ri. You go gurl! :)


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

You sure sound mad, k@ri...but is getting mad the answer?


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Misha, Love and light back to you! Does this mean you will join us in our shout?

Feline Prophet, I am fed up. We need to stand together and be heard. And we need to know that as humanity we can stand together, peacefully to change our world.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

Sorry K@ri, I don't think so. I have at least three reasons for this:

1. New Year Eve is a very special Russian Holiday, probably the main holiday of the year. And it is all about family. The very moment you guys want me to shout out I will be making my wishes to my family members for the coming year and drinking champagne to wishes becoming true. Sorry, just a bad timing for me. :)

2. I gave up long ago on changing the World, and nowadays I concentrate on changing myself to fit the World better. Works way better for me. :)

3. I am not mad, so shouting that I am mad would be a lie. And I strongly believe ends do not justify means. If fact I believe means are all what matters. :)

That said, I commend your effort, and you have my full support. Love and light. :)


ralwus 7 years ago

Well I ain't mad, but lately I have been voicing my displeasures of this greed among other things. Good luck to you all in your efforts dear and I too support you. I will link this hub to one of my World Peace hubs.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

You are right. Hatred is the keyword here. Besides, some other elements like bigotry and racism should be eliminated so people can co-exist. You got a wonderful theory.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Misha, Thank you for your support and I fully understand. More than anything this is a call to people to do just what you say..."nowadays I concentrate on changing myself to fit the World better."

Yes, I want a show of community, but without taking the steps to change ourselves it would be useless. I want people to know in changing themselves and staying true to themselves we can change things. The power to do so is in each individual, although many seem not to believe it.

You seem to be doing exactly what is needed. You never blindly accept, but always seek the truth. And you are not scared to voice your opinion. You will always have my love and respect.

I agree means do not justify the end, and I am not looking for violence. I think many people feel alone and do not realize that their neighbor may feel the same. I only mean to bring people together.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

ralwus, Thank you for you support and linking. I think greed is killing this world and we are blindly buying into it, because this is what society has taught us. There is too much pressure on people to have the big house, the new car. We need to focus on the true riches in life, family, friends, community. I have found so many good people in life who feel alone and unloved. I want us to come together, no more, no less.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

shamel, The elimination of these things starts in each of our hearts. Each of us needs to examine our ways and find out what is truly important. Only through individual growth can we change the world.

I want people to come together to overcome fear. Fear is often caused by lack of understanding. This fear is the main motivator behind hatred, bigotry and racism. Only through understanding, acceptance and acknowledgment of each other can we cure this world.

I'm not looking for a quick fix and I'm not looking for revolution, unless it be a personal revolution to start seeing what really matters in our individual lives.

As you know, only through our own hearts can the world change. Another war, a revolution would help nothing. We need to make a stand for peace.


Hxprof 7 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

You're right, the problem is in our hearts. Fact is, we don't have the ability to change our hearts on our own. God has made the arrangements for that to happen-what He wants is for us to repent and submit ourselves to Him so He can begin the process of changing our hearts to rid us of all the foulness and replace it with the character of Jesus Christ.


mamakaren 7 years ago

k@ri--I totally agree with your premise---up until the point when you start shouting! Then I line up with Hxprof and take his suggestion one step further. Explore the life of Jesus as revealed in the Bible's Book of John. Think about how this countercultural Man walked among us, showing us how to live in peace, kindness, and with absolute truth. And then He died a horrible death to give each of us the possibility of eternal life in heaven with God, where there will be no more wars or hate or discrimination, but joy and peace and perfect community. Actually, that joy and community begins as soon as a person turns to God and trust what Jesus has already done for us. Then we have something to offer the world around us that is good, true, encouraging and uplifting. If enough of us take this route, we can TRULY change the world!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Hxprof, The problem is in our hearts, but I am not here to tell you what the solution is. I am just asking people to wake up and look around. Take a good hard look at what we are doing and the legacy we are leaving our children. The first step in solving a problem is admitting there is one. Thanks for your comment. :D

Mom, This hub is not about how to change the world, I meant it as a wake up call. We all need to wake up to what is important in life. I am not here to fix the world, I just want it to wake up. Each of us has something to offer the world that is good, true, encouraging and uplifting. I agree with this. I want people to wake up to this fact.

I don't really care if people yell "I'm Mad as Hell...", that was inspired by the movie and I am currently writing another hub to explain this. They can yell "I love the world!" or "My life has value" or just go out and hug their neighbors. I don't care what we do, I am just asking people to make a show of community. To let others know they care.

To stand up and know in their hearts "I can do something to help". Good to see you here! My love always


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This is a lovely dream, dear. There will never be any Utopia on Earth. But we can do something and you said it. We need to reconnect in a real way with all the people we love and make new friends to love and regain a sense of community. No more "Bowling Alone." Thanks for a fine Hub. :-)


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

K@ri I try to stay away from the news now because It can be so sad .Im not mad as hell I am sad as hell ! And I agree that greed Is the major catalyst of all things In decline .

All I can do Is my part . If I want to see change I have to be the first one to do so , It Is about responsibility . And that for me starts with how I treat people , and I can always use Improvement . I have always maintained that people will not change until the pain of staying the same Is greater then the pain of the change .I feel that everybody not just stateside but globally Is starting to hit that point .

Because what you speak of has nothing to do with liberals or conservatives or Governments or Ideologies . It Is about a spiritual sickness that needs to be addressed .

What might be the good news here Is that pain Is usually a great catalyst for change . Good read and I luv ya my friend !


mamakaren 7 years ago

Now I understand, k@ri---and agree absolutely!

Love and Hugs, Mom


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lxxy 7 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

"It Is about a spiritual sickness that needs to be addressed."

Just wanted to point that out....


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Thx Ixxy


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

James, LOL, you should never, ever, ever go bowling alone! I know we can't have Utopia here, I just want people to think before they act. To connect, to remember the basics. We need to remember we are all in this together! Thanks for the comment. :D

tony, luv ya back, man. That's what I'm asking for. For each person in this world to wake up, take their head out of the sand and see things are not working. I agree the pain of staying the same is getting much, much worse than the pain of change!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Thanks Mom! Love and Hugs back! :D

lxxy, Yes, just as I said my heart bleeds, my spirit bleeds also. Believing the lies, we kill our spirits. And as our spirits blacken and die so does the world. This isn't about governments or ideologies. It is about us, each of us, today, here, now...and where we want to take our world. Thanks for pointing that out! :D


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VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

I will do my part on Dec 31; I have participated in worlwide meditations in the past for peace. Guess we need different/creative approaches to bring awareness to others. Since I am generally not aggresive by nature, I can't hear myself screaming "I am mad as hell", but I can hear myself saying "wake up, folks!" LOL!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Violet, Thanks! That is all I am asking, that we all take a stand to tell each other, "I'm here with you". I think "Wake up folks" is perfect! :D


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Mr. Happy 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

You are so right it almost hurts ... "I am" through You - thank you.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Mr. Happy, Thank you for being here. I am tired of the greed that rules our world. We need to let others know that we are with them. We all need to wake up. Thanks for being awake at the wheel in this journey we call life! :D


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Kathryn Plasencia 7 years ago from USA

Agreed!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

This is an amazingly great hub. You excel yourself Kari, truly. xox


sneakorocksolid 7 years ago

K@ri, nice Hub and it speaks to what the Bible teaches. If more people got past their feelings about Christians and read what has been written, we might realize your dream.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Kathryn, Good to see you with us! :D

Hi blondepoet! Thank you so much! I'm glad you think so! :D

sneakorocksolid, I'm glad you liked it. We need to get past our differences and come together. We are more alike than many may realize. :D


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EdG. 7 years ago

Read your hub again and ask yourself how any sane and rational being could not agree with you. By all rights, this simple piece of literature should "wake up" anybody who reads it. But it's all been said before, hundreds of times. "This world is full of hate and greed! Can't you see it?" You may as well be shouting at a brick wall because if humanity wanted to "wake up" it would have done so a long time ago. And who's to say they're even sleeping, for some, the deepest desires are exactly the shallow and petty wants that society perpetrates. It wouldn't have gotten this bad if that wasn't the case, even if it doesn't apply to all of us.


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Amanda Severn 7 years ago from UK

I seldom get mad, k@ri, but I do get puzzled, and it puzzles me very much that people, everyday, ordinary, nice folks, stand by and let civilisation slide further and further into the abyss. Why is greed applauded and encouraged? Why is violence tolerated? Why do we still go to war instead of resolving issues through diplomacy. I'm not in the blame game. The whole world is in a mess. But it's just a big puzzle. We're so clever and we've come so far, so why aren't we getting it right?

My thoughts will be joining yours on New Year's Eve!


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Observingthefall 7 years ago from somewhere in Florida

This is the first hub of yours that I've read and your passion is evident in your writing. I'll definitely be joining your fan club. I mad too and I agree and disagree. I think the media has been used to keep the people in a constant state of fear. The powers that be do not want the people to believe that we can change anything and we've become slaves to that fear due to our own lack of knowledge. When love is not taught, it certainly won't be learned and what's being taught in our world is "every man for himself". Communities simply can't survive that way. Great job!


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jesusmyjoy 7 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

God will change things..its his timing that matters. if my people will call on my name and turn from their wicked ways i will heal their land..thats what we all need to do and then watch Him work.


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shibashake 7 years ago

Hi Kari,

Some awesome words.

People shout at me over small things like dog pee so I am not surprised at what they will do for larger than pee issues - lol. Maybe it is just the general dark cloud of the economy, but that does seem to be improving in little bits.

I am with Misha on this. Nowadays I just focus on changing myself. If everyone did this, perhaps we will take a step closer to that better World :)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

EdG, I know many seemingly rational and sane people who would disagree with this message. In their eyes, I am crazy and stupid. They do not understand why one should not sell their soul to gain what they want in this life.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." This quote by Edmond Burke helps to explain why I write this, but doesn't explain all of the reasons. I have a condition I call terminal optimism, because I plan to be optimistic until the day I die. There is hate and greed in the world, but I feel the good people far outnumber the bad.

I am not trying to change the world with this hub, I am trying to dispel some of the apathy I see in this world. Sometimes we need to have our lessons repeated to us multiple times before we learn. I feel apathy and looking the other way is what got us here. I believe in changing the world one person at a time. If this hub was to inspire even one person to change, I will have accomplished my goal.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Amanda, Thank you for your thoughts. I am puzzled also, very puzzled. I cannot answer your questions as these are questions I ponder daily. I think part of it is society teaches us that our value, our worth, is based on what we have. In these beliefs greed thrives. We need to break the pattern of our beliefs and find truth again. And personally, I feel the wars are caused by greed. :D


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Observingthefall, Thank you, you also seem passionate on this issue. I agree we need to live love in order to teach it. And this is much easier said than done, but we can try every day to improve. Life is a learning experience and I think love is the greatest lesson we can learn. :D


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

jesusmyjoy, Thank you for your comment. This hub is not about religion, changing the world, or sitting back and waiting. This is all about asking people to rid themselves of fear and reconnect with each other. I do not advocate waiting. We all need to show acceptance and understanding. We need to acknowledge that we are all equally valued as people. We need to affirm that despite our differences we are alike in many ways.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Hi shibashake, As always, it's great to see you! I would guess you read my answer to Misha, and it includes you. We each need to start with ourselves. We may not have the power to change the world, but we do have the power to change ourselves. As I said above, I believe in changing the world one person at a time. And you are definitely doing your part! Thank you for this. :D


pgrundy 7 years ago

I can feel how frustrated and angry you are in this essay, but I think the problem is expressed well in the Havel quote you open with. I don't think we have commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values, and trying to get consensus on what the 'right' values are is part of the reason there is so much hate and strife in the country right now. I wish we could all just live and let live, that would be a good start but it doesn't look likely anytime soon.

A couple of weeks ago a woman who lives in one of the minimansions in the plat next to our house shouted out her window at me. They don't know us but they hate us because our house is small and old and they offered the former owners a low-ball offer to tear it down, which they refused and sold to us instead. I would be happy if they just quit judging us and let us be, but for some reason it's really important to them to be better than someone.

Anyway, I won't be shouting out my window because I can tell you for sure that it feels like crap to be the target of unfocused rage shouted out a window. But I do like your suggestion of everyone going their own way and doing what feels right. That's what I'm doing. Hope you feel better having vented this. :)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

pgrundy, I so wish people could live and let live! I am sorry to hear about your neighbor. I hope one day she can wake up and understand we are all in this together.

I'm glad to hear you will be doing what you feel is right. When I first wrote this I didn't have the paragraph about doing what you feel comfortable, but I realized that many people did not feel comfortable yelling my suggestion out of the window. That's when I added in to do what feels right in each life...and yes, I did feel better after writing it. :D


Cam Anju 7 years ago

Hey K@ri, great hub dear... still enjoy reading them.


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Hi Cam! How ya been? I'm glad you like this. Will you be spending time with your neighbors on New Years? :D


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ixwa 7 years ago

We might end up like the Iranians shouting on top of our roofs, because the atmosphere and living conditions are such that we are being swamped by dangerous rhetoric, vicious racism and bigotry, appalling greed, serious corruption, devastating bankruptcy, unsettling joblessness; crippling house losses, and deadly loss of health and health coverage are now the norm. The news brew and cook our attitudes, and exploit our vulnerable gullibility with guile. We watch the news, we Tweet, we, we bury our heads and soul with i-pods, we hub and blog, but in the process we are all aware that Rome is burning and no one seems to think that will affect one, even if one and all is affected. We have let multi-corps dictate our life-styles and cripple our country; we are letting a motley crew of racists and bigots, manipulated by different corporate interests dominate our distressed selves, economy and nation. As a nation, we have allowed racism and unjust laws and views and projection of other people within our mosaic to be unjustly prosecuted, called names, harassed, and we kept quite all time. Most blogs and hubs are filled with vitriolic and harsh utterances that it somewhat scares most good willing people to silence. We may be the silence of the lambs, or looked askance as the Germans did when the jews were prosecuted in the ovens of death. Yes, we have a lot to introspect about and we have a lot to push back against. This country seems to have lost its vibrancy and moral radar. We have become accustomed into being baby-sat by the media, multi-corps and corrupt government. We have been given many types of pacifiers and we are sucking them with intensity whilst the young civilization is crumbling all around us. As you say, we need to see and there are many ways of seeing. At present we see the world as TV, Internet, Radio, Magazines, e-mail, tweeters and the whole bit. We still have to see and make the world livable as human beings, and in our case, as Americans


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

ixwa, I so agree, we need to wake up. Our reality should not be dictated by others. We must find a way to make the world livable, and I think the first step is to get over being fearful of each other. We also need to take a strong, hard look at our individual values and where they are taking us. Thanks for your comment!


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Things Considered 7 years ago from North Georgia Foothills

Nice hub, good thoughts..


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Things Considered, Thanks and I'm glad you liked it. :D


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BretC 7 years ago from Stafford,Texas

I know its just a hub and you really arent mad atleast you dont sound mad,sounds to me like you have more to be glad about than to be mad about.I find that it is much easier being happy than it is being angry,both for me and everyone arond me,(Keep On Smilin)


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Bret, I am truly a happy person...it is just the greed in this world that makes me mad. I see it destroying lives and dreams and find that unpardonable. So, yes, greed makes me angry...or sad...it is hard to determine which feeling I feel more. All I know is that as unpardonable as I find it, I would love to forgive anyone who would change from it. Anyone who would be willing to look upon people and see that we are all really the same.

This hub may be just a hub, but it is also a cry out to people to understand that there is soooo much more to life. A cry out to people to know that what society is teaching us is not the truth. A wail to wake up. Thanks for understanding. :D


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

That's something I didn't expect to hear outta you?! LOL I couldn't agree more with you! It would be great to get everyone together and yell together on New Year!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

May, When I look at the state of the world today I am "mad as hell". I'm glad you will add your voice to this wake up call! I know you know how I feel! Luv ya! Kari


opinion duck 6 years ago

Instead of shouting, just boycott the news. Don't watch it on TV and cancel your newspapers. News on TV today is served like and Entree while the weather is served as the dessert.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

I will be right there along with you. . Makes me think of the song BETTER DAYS

"And you asked me what I want this year

and I try to make this kind and clear

just a chance that maybe we'll find better days

'cause I don't need boxes wrapped in strings

and designer love and empty things

just a chance that maybe we'll find better days

So take these words and sing out loud

'cause everyone is forgiven now

'cause tonight's the night the world begins again

I need some place simple where we could live

and something only you can give

and that's faith and trust and peace while we're alive

and the one poor child who saved this world

and there's ten million more who probably could

if we all just stopped and said a prayer for them

So take these words and sing out loud

'cause everyone is forgiven now

'cause tonight's the night the world begins again

I wish everyone was loved tonight

and somehow stop this endless fight

just a chance that maybe we'll find better days"

~Goo Goo Dolls~


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

opinion duck, I already refuse to watch the news on TV...their truths are all relative. :D

wavegirl 22, I love that song also! Thanks for reminding me of it. :D


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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

No need to be mad ,the way things are going the social economic system will destroy itself and people will realize that the only way to survive will be to share what we have with eachother.


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

someonewhoknows, It's a pity it may have to go that far, but it may be the best for all of us in the long run. Life is not about the collection of possessions. There is so much more to it than that. :D


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joer4x4 6 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Nice hub.

Stop listening? I think we need to listen more carefully to catch the true meaning.

While I may be a bit out of context for myself...people fail to recognize the greatest gift of all. Love.

I also believe only action - our action can save us. If a man made it then a man can fix it. But it is going to take a lot of effort. The price we pay for our complacency.

Again - nice job.


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

joer4x4, Thanks! I agree our greatest gift is love. And we need to show our love for each other. Change will take much effort, but it will be worth it! :D


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rebekahELLE 6 years ago from Tampa Bay

I think we need to eliminate 24/7 news. it has sickened our world even for those who choose to turn it off. the poison that it puts into peoples minds is an abhorrence to our civilization. it permeates the air, those who refuse to live this way must focus on bettering ourselves, I think this is how it's done. what we focus on is what we see.

share the love, light~~ :D


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Laura Thykeson 6 years ago from Central Texas

"I think we need to eliminate 24/7 news. it has sickened our world even for those who choose to turn it off. the poison that it puts into peoples minds is an abhorrence to our civilization. it permeates the air, those who refuse to live this way must focus on bettering ourselves, I think this is how it's done. what we focus on is what we see.

share the love, light~~ :D"

Funny that I ended up here while just looking around. I will be joining your fan club...The comment that rebekahELLE left goes along perfectly with a hub I just wrote about "Can Hardcore Political Beliefs Lead to a Breakdown in Society" which actually ended up being more about how the American people are being controlled by fear since 9-11. I know you didn't intend to get political with your hub, but the news channels (especially the 24/7 political ones), mass media, etc. all want to scare you to death and make you unsure of yourself so you will buy what they are selling and they can "help" you figure out how to live...I agree with you AND rebekahELLE-it does come down to greed. The almighty dollar made from high ratings and sales of newspapers and magazines...thanx for a great hub, Laura


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

rebekahELLE, You are so right, the news today poisons us against what is good and right in this world. It is in our focus that we can control our reality. I do not believe in the world of the news...I believe in a different place.

Laura, They do so want to "help" us figure out what is best for us...why leave this figuring out to us mindless sheep when we can be so easily controlled. I don't even know for sure if there is a "political" party anymore...it seems that the people who have monetary gain from our ignorance now run things for their good only.


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Great Hub! Next time I log on to facebook I'm joining! Thanks for sharing! :)


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

theherivorehippi, Thanks! I'll look for you. LOL, Lxxy and I did go out on the porch and yell "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" on New Year's.


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Amez 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Great Job, I 'm so glad someone got this out in such a fashion that they are responding, I hope one day my writing might do the same. I will fow your works and klearn. ED


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SEM Pro 6 years ago from North America

Well written k@ri - whatever it takes to raise awareness. Like Misha, I too choose to focus on the positive, acceptance, love and, believing a difference can be made if we all synergistically relinquish our hatred and anger. The greedy soul is never satisfied, the angry never free of blame - hatred of anything exacerbates the negative energy threatening to extinguish our very existence with its ugly manifestations. Perhaps it is time to unite with determination to focus on what is good... what is positive. S Covey says that for every negative act, there are a million that are positive. We all must begin within to focus on those before a truly positive change can transform our world for the better. May I suggest we all reach out to someone every New Year's eve to say and convey from the depths of our being, "I love you"


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Amez, I'm glad you liked this! :D

SEM Pro, I focus on love in my world. What I can do to help another...whether they know or not...is all life is about to me. But I do get angry when I see people used for other's gain. It pains my heart and soul!

I understand that this too is part of life, just as I understand that I can never accept it. I do not ask people to be unjustly angry, I do ask that they be pained by injustice and speak up.

I think you offer a great suggestion! Love is the greatest motivator. We should never lose a chance to tell another they are loved. Thank you for this!


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SEM Pro 6 years ago from North America

Yes k@ri - you have touched my heart more than once with kindness and love. Inspiring proactivity is a worthy cause and goal. Sometimes it's tough to remember compassion, like honey, can motivate or catch more to make a positive difference.

apathy is not part of the serenity prayer...

I believe energy is shifting globally. It feels as though we've already given the greedy enough rope to hang themselves but, perhaps our feet were still bound by the manipulative rope of their manifestations. Cutting ourselves lose may be a quicker answer than dangling in anger.

You are a a leader, and respond naturally with love. Thank you for your natural response of love with my comment too. It was shared to throw a lifevest to someone I thought may have fallen off the boat for a moment, when I was sure she was right there with us... Thank you too for assuring me you are still here.

- and speaking out against injustice will always be a message I too shout from the rooftops as often as possible. Hugs dear lady - pls keep up the great work!


dawn 6 years ago

This all sounds good, but I don't know...My neighbors came to the U.S.,after living in a refugee camp for 18 years. They came with nothing. It was winter of last year. I gave them boots, coats, hats,gloves,etc, I've spent money on needs of theirs, both for family and relatives. I spoke with service men when needed, drove them to where ever they needed to go. Didn't ask for anything in return. Didn't want anything. Was just happy to help.This has gone on since they have arrived less than a year ago. The list goes on and on. I even tried to help one of them to learn how to drive...well he crashed my truck and almost killed us. He gave me 100 dollars and told me that's all his family had. My truck is still partially damaged because I didn't have the deductible.I've had it repaired as much as I could. con't


dawn 6 years ago

..well months later this fellow has a car paid in full, I addressed to him, why couldn't he have paid for the damages that he caused. Most of his family ,including,sisters,brothers,father in law, father,mother,brothers,ect..told me "you have no witnesses,you damaged your own truck,this is our house,leave". I was stunned. this is all I ask,what was rightly mine. They smerked and laughed. I felt like a fool.I felt so hurt. they live across the street from me. They used me and didn't care. what was rightly mine to ask for they didn't care. So how am I to go on and help change the community, if no one else cares to0 ,and don't care if anyone is hurt. Am I to go on helping and being friendly, while I'm made a fool of and discarded? This really hurts me. Please don't judge me for helping as they did. They blamed me for helping. I dont trust any more,yet I do care for people ,what am I to do?


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k@ri 22 months ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Thanks SEM Pro.


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k@ri 22 months ago from Sunny Southern California Author

Thank you for being here. That could have been my grandfather and grandmother. Thank you!


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k@ri 22 months ago from Sunny Southern California Author

I understand how much it hurts. I'm sorry you had to learn this. When we help and we care, others make fun of us. I am often told I am stupid or naive...dumb...but I live for eternity. How they live is not how I live, how could I...so callous, so uncaring. Remember, what we do is not for ourselves, but for others. What they do with our help is their problem. Some will not come around, but some WILL. And the children notice.

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    Look into my eyes, do not fear

    See my light, hope and cheer

    Strangers we are, friends we become

    Smiles shared make us one

    Look into their eyes, do not fear

    Share a smile, lend an ear

    We are alike, not really so strange

    see the unknown, a smile exchange

    Share a little light in a dark world

    Hope and love become entwirled


    The plan it is to end it all

    No-one cares, heed death’s call

    No hope exists, it has all gone

    A death will happen before the dawn


    Acknowledge another, do not fear

    Smiling may save them from a tear

    We never know what we may save

    When we smile we share, be brave

    Share a little light in a dark world

    Hope and love become entwirled


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