in honor of gandhi & for independence around the world

see the first recorded video [with sound] of gandhi, my hero.

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couple of nice quotes..

“Yesterday we obeyed kings and bent our necks before emperors. But today we kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, and obey only love.” -Khalil Gibran, mystic, poet, and artist (1883-1931) [thanks word a day!]

“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world.”  -Anne Frank
[thanks overdue library book – “paths to peace,” a small one which turned out to be written for teens, haha, but seemed to be nicely, quickly digestable to me! :]

psychology of heroism project by philip zimbardo

article in the guardian by aditya chakrabortty discussing philip zimbardo’s new research studying the psychology of heroism and what makes ordinary people do great things. also, discovering how to encourage this socio-conscious [instead of ego-conscious] behavior in society. link to heroism project here and nice quote from matt langdon who works with zimbardo on the project referring to what he tells the teenagers involved in the project “I always tell them that the opposite of a hero isn’t a villain – it’s a bystander,”

also ted talk by zimbardo on how people in the same situations can act towards evil, nothing or apathetically, or heroistically.  most of heroism project discussed at end & beware- earlier on in video there are images of abu graib which are sad and disturbing.

on a lighter note..article in the times by peter gutuirrez w/ a preview of the panel discussion tomorrow about why superheroes are atracted to new york, ach, if i were in town this week i would go!! deets: “New York, the Super-City”: panel discussion with Danny Fingeroth, Gene Kanenberg Jr., Frank Tieri, Billy Tucci and Peter Gutiérrez. Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., New York Center for Independent Publishing, 20 West 44th Street.

hmm heroes..

beautiful flickr group: hi! or hello india!

to quote liz lemon, “i want to go to there,” flickr events in bangalore, mumbai, and delhi in april, link here, submit your best photo of india! image below, hari dasu c. 1900, creative commons license

a wonderful resistance

today a…., i’m looking for the words to appropriately describe this group of people, the WBC or westboro baptist church, i don’t know what happened to these people, but it is heartbreaking and vastly disturbing to see so much effort being put into hatred of other people, mostly anti-semitic and towards homosexuals.  anyhow, today a wonderful thing happened when hundreds of richmonders came out to the various locations that the WBC members set-up to flaunt their hatred. these awesome peeps showed their disapproval of WBC and their love towards those that the WBC came to town to be ‘against’.

makes my heart soar and brings a tear to my eye to imagine the strength of the crowd, sadly i am working towards a deadline and so couldn’t skip the work to be done.  oh i how i would have loved to participated, but i am so proud and feel so happy about the honourable resistance that happened today!!   link to an article in the times dispatch, lovely quote from jay ipson “I feel like I’m 25 feet tall, because this community is standing behind one another in love, not in hate,”

thank you and grandest, gung-ho, gargantuan kudos to pennies in protest, put together by Sarah Allen-Short, Sara Heifetz, Jessica Lucia, and Patience Salgado who collected $10,000 from the Richmond area over the past few days to donate to the very sites which WBC intended to harm today via their brilliant website!! donation site is open til friday if you want to give an anti-wbc penny or two!!  so inspiring and beautifully done!! jahoooo!!

pics on flickr, photo below by jessica lucia, jay ipson in cowboy hat at center of photo

a heart lightening story for a windy day

in the huffington post by jacqueline novogratz about finding kindness and the spirit of generosity in each day, happy friday folks!

tigerlove!

‘where there is love there is life’ – mohatmas gandhi

happy valentine’s & happy chinese new year, the year of the metal tiger!

Truly Good

There is nothing more powerful than acting on the impulse of human kindness and putting that action on display. It is the essence of the example of the life of the Mahatma. It is the essence of the example of the life of Martin Luther King or Jesus Christ. When we all act up and do something small but pure the world will absolutely run over with warmth and love and good feeling. Be sure. You can knit hope. You can wrap the cold, bronze effigy of a man dead half a century and warm the living beating hearts of dozens of souls today. I might sit here and feel shame at my own inaction, but I might do something. Thanks for reminding me that I had that choice, Tippy.

Christopher McBrayer