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{Please see the last post for the background on this story} 

Each day I seem to become more and more disappointed with the world, more pessimistic, shall I say? And it is always wonderful, a completely warm feeling, when I realize that I’ve been wrong again….atleast today, humanity still exists, and while the evil aspect of human nature cannot be denied, I cannot forget the good side.

Thank to the good people of the world, the child will get more help. The scars might never leave him, but I hope that when he grows up he realizes that while bad was done to him, good still exists, and good reached out to support him. And that, I hope, will help him and console him.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/08/23/iraq.boyfolo/index.html

“The Children’s Burn Foundation — a non-profit organization based out of Sherman Oaks, California, that provides support for burn victims locally, nationally and internationally — has agreed to pay for the transportation for Youssif and his family to come to the United States and to set up a fund so you can donate.”

“The story — published and broadcast on Wednesday — has been one of the most-read, non-breaking news stories in CNN.com’s 13-year history.”

{A more uplifting song today: There’s Hope, by India Arie from her latest album, Testimonial.
There is always hope, after all is said and done}

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 “Boy, 5, set on fire by masked men.”

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/08/22/iraq.boy/index.html#cnnSTCText

I have no words to describe my disgust, sadness, and anger. What can you say about such a cruel, inhumane, horrible act? Except that it is shameful and absolutely terrifying that the bastards who did this are part of the human race. Is my blood really the same color as theirs? Were they really born to mothers on this Earth? How can they not be an evil force in the form of a human? Where is humanity, when an innocent child is deformed so heartlessly?

What does one say to this child, what can his own mother say, to explain why? Why it happened to him? Why his beautiful smile was snatched away? Why this world is cold, cruel, brutal, incomprehensible?

What makes it worse is that I know this is happening in Darfur too, everyday, every minute. And yet, the world stands still.

No Bravery (James Blunt) 

There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
Tears drying on their face.
He has been here.
Brothers lie in shallow graves.
Fathers lost without a trace.
A nation blind to their disgrace,
Since he’s been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

Houses burnt beyond repair.
The smell of death is in the air.
A woman weeping in despair says,
He has been here.
Tracer lighting up the sky.
It’s another families’ turn to die.
A child afraid to even cry out says,
He has been here.
And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.
There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
But no one asks the question why,
He has been here.
Old men kneel and accept their fate.
Wives and daughters cut and raped.
A generation drenched in hate.
Yes, he has been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

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perfect world.

     [Arco]

sorry I didn’t like your point of view
didn’t mean to upset you or hurt you
find it hard to tell those sweet little lies
always finding fault when i could compromise

i just want a perfect world

sorry i don’t see life the way you do
if i could i’d be just the same as you
every day parade the things i feel inside
not be frightened by the doubt that i can’t hide

i just want a perfect world
something beautiful preserved
and to take what we’ve been given’s
a trick i’ve never learned

so the world falls off around you
you’re standing on the edge
know you’ll fall it just hasn’t happened yet
and there’s no-one left to catch you
and even if there were
you’re not sure you could repay such a debt

but i just can’t seem to shake
the old pursuits of youth
simple need to be
the seeker after truth

i just want a perfect world
dumbest thing you ever heard
but to take what we’ve been given’s
a trick i’ve never learned

http://www.arco.ndirect.co.uk/

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For some reason I have the wrong idea that my blog entries need to be pages and pages long (and often painfully long winded for no reason except I have a fit of creativity and need to get it out). Thus my recent sporadic blogging….since I don’t have time for a long entry, I just stick with no entry.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/personal/07/11/always.apologize/index.html 

Anyway, here’s my bit for today. I’ll make it short. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Its a great article from Oprah.com that CNN brought out. I think it makes a lot of sense, especially to me. I completely understand that apology is an important part of communication. Apologies are not burdens, they shouldn’t carry weight or complicated emotions, feelings of anger/bitterness mixed with guilt….thats a common misconception. An apology will, actually, free you. It’ll actually take the weight off and release you from the burdens you’re shouldering, no matter how hard it felt when you were just contempating it. Once you realize you’re in the wrong…you messed up…there’s going to be no other way out of the situation, no matter how you look it. You can try to slip away (I’ve done it)…but the guilt won’t leave you. You can try to fight, scream, weasel your way out (I’ve done it), but you’ll still be there in that fetal, shamed position in your heart.

And regardless of how much people insist and profess “our relationship doesn’t require us to be sorry” “there’s no sorry among friends/family/etc”….you know when you’re really pissed off, when you’ve been wronged and you’re so angry you’d just like to go bang X person’s car up with a bat…you know you’d feel a lot better if you just heard: an apology. Its that simple. People who haven’t talked in years, who’ve turned their backs in anger and pain and hurt can turn it all around with just the two words. Its surprising, its amazing and its very, very simple.

Take a read.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/LIVING/personal/07/11/always.apologize/index.html

[I don’t really have a thematic song, but what the hell, this is a great song…its fun, summery, and kind of sweet. And its a little about fighting and making up ;). Not to mention it played in one of the scenes of my current obsession, Coffee Prince (WATCH IT!)]

You and Me (The Wannadies) {I think thats an awesome name for a band}

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