with eyes open wide
I’m taking this month off of Facebook. I have a love/hate relationship with it, anyone else? I love to keep up with people and see what’s going on, especially because I live far from basically all of my family and friends. I also like having articles pop up on the websites that I follow and find interesting. BUT there is a limit to those articles, right? Some are just a waste of time, waste of brain space. It becomes addicting to stay up-to-date, even though I end up scrolling through things that make no difference in my life whether I see them or not.
So, I stopped. For a month. To see how it goes and to hopefully curb my bad habit of opening it up just to pass the time. There are lots of other things I could be reading or doing!
Here are some older articles that I am just now getting around to sharing. See? I finally have time to focus on more intelligent things than the latest celebrity gossip. 🙂
The Friend (Esquire) – This is a very real and powerful piece by a man whose wife died of cancer. He tells the raw story, and how a true friend came to his family’s rescue.
Alessandra Orofino: It’s our city. Let’s fix it. (TED Talk) – Wow, this woman is a powerful speaker! She definitely had me inspired and energized to care more about my community. This is seriously a topic that we all need to embrace, especially Americans as we move into a presidential election year.
The Assault Weapon Myth (NY Times) – Interesting statistics in this article about how the majority of gun deaths in American happen with handguns. America doesn’t have a chance to ban handguns in the next century, it seems, so we really need to get to the root of the matter which Mayor Mitchell Landrieu of New Orleans points to, “This is not just a gun issue, this is an unemployment issue, it’s a poverty issue, it’s a family issue, it’s a culture of violence issue.”
What Will Doom the Death Penalty (NY Times) – Excellent article about the reason why the public is ever-increasingly against the death penalty. It’s not because “it’s not working,” in a sense of not feeling morally satisfied. It’s because we are now taking an average of 16 years to give inmates an execution date. “A sense of moral solidarity is hard to generate when the devil appears in the execution chamber 20 years later, a middle-aged or elderly man whose crimes have long faded from popular memory.”
Photojournalists We’ve Lost in Conflict Zones and Their Work (Buzzfeed) – The work that conflict journalists do is incredibly under-appreciated. I really enjoyed reading about these fallen journalists who lost their lives in order to tell the true story of a conflict to anyone willing to listen and look at their evidence in photos. May they rest in peace.
How Nebraska Repealed the Death Penalty (The Marshall Project) – “At the core of this growing momentum is the decision by philosophically pro-death- penalty lawmakers and citizens to give up on a policy they believe had failed. These failures were acknowledged by the broad coalition of Nebraskans directly affected by the issue – families of murder victims, law enforcement, and the wrongfully convicted – who spoke out for repeal over the course of this year’s legislative session. Over two dozen victims’ families joined the effort to say that the death penalty did not heal their pain, and in fact, exacerbated it by dragging them through a lengthy, traumatizing process that rarely ends in the promised result. A retired Lincoln Police Captain said the death penalty did not contribute to public safety. A Nebraska woman described how the threat of the death penalty motivated her to plead guilty to murder to save her own life. She spent years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit, along with five others, until the truth came out and they were set free.”