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Never Again

So my supervisor and I were having a casual conversation today, when I mentioned that both my brother and my friend had considered getting me a politically-themed birthday card. (My brother did, actually, get me a card with a photo of Obama with the Justin Bieber hairdo.) She mentioned to me that I’m probably the most outspoken person she knows about political beliefs, which was at once surprising and not. I do often talk about my views on the issues, but for some reason, hearing someone say that I’m very open about what I believe made me feel a little vulnerable and insecure for a second.

It is often heard that you don’t discuss religion or politics, for there is never an end and the arguments are nothing if not circular. Perhaps that’s true, but I continue to do so nonetheless.

I started to think about what might be the reason that I find it important to express myself, other than the obvious desire to be heard (and the First Amendment, no doubt).

This is how I said it to my supervisor:

I spent most of my childhood and teen years studying about the persecution of Jews and others throughout history — from the Biblical times to Ancient Rome, to the Hellenistic period, the Ottoman Empire, The Crusades, The Inquisition, Stalin’s reign, and most recently but not least significantly, The Holocaust.

What I took away from these teachings was the resilience and perseverance of the human race. I learned about the power of standing up against intolerance and hatred, and the gravity of the consequence if it goes unchecked.

I can’t tell you how many Holocaust survivors I have met over the years. Many of them have remained silent about what they endured, and who can blame them for all of the trauma and horror they witnessed. Many have also become outspoken for the plight of innocent groups of people. They told us stories in such graphic detail that I couldn’t imagine how they were still standing. Stories of their parents being gassed, their siblings being murdered, and their unimaginable escape from lock-down concentration camps.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dachkammer/314063674/The mantra of “Never Again” has echoed through these eras and stories, and it plays through my head on loop. Never again should we sit idly by while others are being mistreated, persecuted, or denied rights. We know what happens, and old patterns die hard.

(Side note: Check out the famous poem “First they came…”  attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller on this very theme.)

(Another Side note: this theme is portrayed very nicely throughout the X-Men movies, as mutants fight for the right to exist. The most recent movie also does a great job highlighting the “Never Again” mantra. I’m not sure where I  fall between Professor X and Magneto — probably somewhere in between.)

That is why I stand up, and voice up against what I perceive to be injustice.

In the modern day political situation, I believe we’ve seen the extremes of both Capitalism and Communism, and a balance must be sought after — one where social causes and rights of citizens are just as secure as our borders and our wallets.

I may not always be right, and yes, some may call me a dreamer, but my intentions are pure, and no, I’m not the only one.

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Picturing Tornadoes

It’s hard for me to comprehend the massive scale of the wreckage and devastation of the tornadoes in the past week. Living in Arizona, tragedies like this one, and the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti seem so surreal, and I feel nothing but disconnected. I’m glad there’s ample coverage, though, and I hope people who can spare some money will donate to help rebuild.  My thoughts are with the victims and survivors.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Angela Lewis

When I saw these pictures, they really touched my heart. As you may have noticed from my previous post, I’ve been quite preoccupied with a bunch of adorable kittens for the past few weeks. Yesterday, my brother and I had to take one of the mamas and her babies and surrender them to the Humane Society because some of our neighbors were getting real angry. We still have a bunch of the kittens, though, and I just saw one eating dry food today – hooray, a good home is on the horizon! In the above photo, a man named Andy Page got some happy news too when he found his feline friend safe and sound amid his demolished home in Georgia.

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Angela Lewis

Click here for more shocking, inspiring, and touching photos. 

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Kitties, Galore!

Our outdoor cats had kitties in the past couple of weeks, and I got a chance to play with them & take some pictures! Aren’t they adorable? We’re looking for good homes for them right now — hopefully some will turn up, because once they start running around, they’ll probably get into everyone’s way in the complex! I was thinking of keeping one as an indoor kitty for myself, but I’m so allergic — hope to get on those allergy shots soon and get me a fur-ball to cuddle with 🙂

New Layout: Uncorked!

Hey there, reader(s)!

I’ve been working on a new design layout, and I’ve finally got most of the components the way they looked in my mind! So, without further ado — I present you with the new and improved Lena’s Beat!

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Photos: Stay tuned for posts featuring some of the photos I’ve taken! As a full-time student and part-time employee, this growing hobby often takes a backseat right now, but when I do get to use my lovely D-SLR, it’s a happy day for me, and I look forward to sharing it with you!

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