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The Bad Luck We Accept and the Bad Luck We Don'tImagine a society where certain people, due to factors which are out of their control, are obligated to help solve certain problems in society that they didn't create. And to these people, some of whom are undoubtedly disgruntled to be saddled with this burden, society says "we know it sucks, but that's just the luck of the draw." How unfair such an arrangement would be! And yet, we currently live in a society where certain people, due to factors which are out of their control, are born into disadvantage. And to these people, some of whom are disgruntled at having to start far behind the rest, society says "we know it sucks, but that's just the luck of the draw." How unfair indeed.
There has been a debate in America for many years over whether or not we ought to pay African-American descendants of slaves reparations from the government (which is often reinterpreted as "white people"), in the form of cash or other monetary benefits. The arguments for
Strategies to Reduce HomelessnessThe homeless are an ever-present but largely overlooked segment of society. They occasionally appear in the news, though not noticeably more — and probably less — than many other groups. Their presence depresses property values and business traffic, but nowhere near enough to incentivize serious action from owners. The homeless do not constitute a voting bloc, and therefore seldom factor into the core platforms of politicians. The homeless are viewed as a minor inconvenience, a cosmetic stain on society that doesn't really affect us, isn't visible enough, and isn't worth addressing. Indeed, we even tend to ignore the homeless in person, looking past them as though they weren't there, like browser extensions blocking sidebar-ads.
More than all of this, however, is the crushing sense of futility that bears down on the issue of homelessness. A dollar given to a panhandler, fifty dollars given to a soup kitchen, an afternoon spent volunteerin
I lost myself among empty streets...
What used to be quite usual and common for me has become somewhat distant...
As time became more and more scarce, drawing - which used to be my main form of expression - started to dwindle.
Walking through fear and loneliness, the only light I had started to fade.
Having little to no time to spare for my drawings and writings, I felt an overwhelming anxiety starting to settle upon me.
So I started to use photography as a new means to deal with memories and fellings of mine.
Amidst the mists of my mind
I wander through lost memories,
sorrow by my side.
I lost myself among empty streets...
Deep in the fog, lost and cast away
A ruin, wandering among ruins
Hopelessly chasing ghosts through the fog
Deep into the dark corners of my mind,
Modele pour un Portrait ,, Model for a Portrait "
The way i choose it, to be exact.
(If you find any typing / grammar mistakes from here further on, please correct me, i would appreciate that. )
The idea itself, of the drawing / portrait that i have in my mind, most of the time, comes / is inspired by a song.The more i listen to it, the more clear it becomes. Like a fog, after the night, is taken away by a hot sun, so is the image , becoming more bright & chained in my mind, with every single note of music, passing by.
That leads me to a question, -
,, If i was deaf - would i be creating at all ? "
The process can take from one hour to few days. Through hundreds of faces, via google , my own references, or video game platforms, until i find someone,who fits that vision.
I love that process. The imagination is reaching it's top peak in here & no physi
Ask for the SaleOne of the most useful precepts that nearly nine years in business/sales has taught me which also happens to apply to life in general is ask for the sale.
It's so painfully simple it seems hardly worth mentioning, doesn't it? But how frequently do we forget the basics? You'd be surprised how often the answer is yes when you just ask the question. But how often to do we make our case without actually coming out and asking for what we really want?
So much of life involves sales of some kind, whether it's asking someone on a date, making a business deal, convincing your friends to go in on something with you, negotiating with someone, or asking a favor. Until you ask, you are not confronting people with the need to make a decision. People really are more likely to agree when you proactively ask rather than just making your case, or pitch, or display, and then waiting for them to agree on their own. In many circumstances, your case is not complete