​To the Americans that are saying we are gonna move to Canada. Our country isn’t your back up plan or consolation  prize. To leave is cowardice and unbecoming of the fine people we share a border with. We are no strangers to your struggles. Ten years under a leader not unlike yours, who thought it was ok to divide us on the basis of our ancestors, on the basis on with which name we address a supreme being. We didn’t leave, we endured and we overcame. We still deal with racism, we still deal with division, but we do not allow it to rule us nor define us. For the many the people with conscience and common love for mankind that I still believe do exist in America, do not despair, hope is not lost  your work is not over rather, it has just begun.

people take so much care to keep their temples clean, not let them stained by dirt or dust, yet they don’t  apply same care to keep their hearts and mind clean, not letting it be stained with hatred or pride, is it not true God resides in those places as well?

They too were children once.

of course its easy to hate on the homeless, the poor and drug addicted and the prostitutes, basically the people society mostly doesn’t give a shit about, its easy to chalk up their present conditions as shitty or bad life decisions. But what I also find is its a lot harder to hold on to that hate, when one reminds themselves that those people weren’t always like that, that they too were children once.

So some people on FB have been a tad upset about the Cincinnati zoo incident where a gorilla was shot. I honestly think the zoo did the right thing in shooting the animal. Yeah it is unfortunate the animal concerned is an endangered species and had to die, in general animals should handled in a manner that provides the least amount of mistreatment. But this action was undertaken by experts, and they did so to preserve a human life. What I don’t agree is with statements by certain people who in their knee jerk reaction saying that shooting was unjustified, that maybe they could have waited despite the risk to the child. A human life was in mortal danger it had to be preserved simple as that even above the life of animal if necessary. While animal rights activists would argue that statement in of itself expresses “anthropocentric” view, it is. However coming from a human rights background I cannot hold another viewpoint. The fact is when we go down the path of evaluating another humans right to existence that perhaps any other human life is worth less as another human let alone an animal, we begin to go down a very dark and dangerous path, a path walked by man many times in his time on this earth, and many times man has brought great suffering upon himself for it. It is a path we cannot tread down again, for every journey begins with one step. It is rather in my opinion is simply a step not worth taking.