Emanuel Church has a donate button on their website, if you'd like to help.

See also the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund

 

 

 

Welcome to the AbsoluteWrite Water Cooler! Please read The Newbie Guide To Absolute Write

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 46

Thread: 26 images that remind you why it's worth getting up in the morning

  1. #1
    Vengeful Crystaline Hawk 45C AW Moderator Zoombie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    The Sunder
    Posts
    38,986

    26 images that remind you why it's worth getting up in the morning

    2068 Series: On Hiatus!
    Shard Series: On Hiatus

    Untitled Furry Thing: 65k/XXXk

    The Bracewell Parable: Done!

    Read my blog: Quantum Spin Plates

    BUY MY BOOK HERE!

  2. #2
    Independence Day AW Moderator regdog's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Liberty For All
    Posts
    44,332
    Thanks, Zoombie it was nice to shed happy tears
    My Blog-Updated on 10/9/14 An Open Letter To Hasbro

    Help find Tracey Cooeedownunder's sister is missing

  3. #3
    The One Ring? Teinz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came!
    Posts
    1,859
    Crying my eyes out right now.


    But thanks Zoombie, I'm gonna bookmark that one.

  4. #4
    Vengeful Crystaline Hawk 45C AW Moderator Zoombie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    The Sunder
    Posts
    38,986
    They are but a tiny fraction of the billion good deeds done every day.

    And people ask what is wrong with our species...
    2068 Series: On Hiatus!
    Shard Series: On Hiatus

    Untitled Furry Thing: 65k/XXXk

    The Bracewell Parable: Done!

    Read my blog: Quantum Spin Plates

    BUY MY BOOK HERE!

  5. #5
    On a wing and a prayer aruna's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    A Small Town in Germany
    Posts
    12,228
    Really moving. Thanks.

    The World's First Epic Fantasy -- written 3000 years ago!

    Out Now:
    The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q

    Website
    Facebook
    Amazon US
    Amazon UK

    Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that ...
    ~ Rumi

  6. #6
    The One Ring? Teinz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came!
    Posts
    1,859
    Quote Originally Posted by Zoombie View Post
    They are but a tiny fraction of the billion good deeds done every day.

    And people ask what is wrong with our species...
    Our capacity for darkness is eternal. But greater still is our yearn for unity and love.

  7. #7
    That cheeky buggerer Maxinquaye's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    In your mind
    Posts
    9,879
    I have to ask. Did people cheer the killer? Did people rally in his defence? Did people go down to that school and yell "right on!"? Did most of your friends and acquaintances nod and compare which bullet, full metal jackets or dumdums would have been more efficient in ripping up those kids?

    Of course not. Everyone reacted with revulsion. Rightly so. So, why is that evil man representative of humanity? Is he not just the aberration, the exception to the rule that shows that overall humanity is decent and kind and compassionate?

    Look at the outpouring of sympathy. Go and watch the opening minutes of "Love actually". Humanity is defined by love, kindness, and compassion. The ones that say it is not has just put up a guard to shield from those momentary episodes when most of us behave like arse-holes to one another.

    We flare, behave badly, but those flares are not indicative of whole lives. We are not defined by our low moments. We may choose to focus on the low moments and declare someone an arse and never deal with them again.

    But nobody is an arse 100 per cent of the time. My bet is that most aren't that even 10 per cent of the time. Most people are pretty decent, at most times.

    Just look at what happened yesterday, and tell me that the people reacting celebrate the violence - which they would if the violence, meanness and wickedness was what defined them. My bet is that you can find nobody that wasn't revolted by what happened yesterday.
    Last edited by Maxinquaye; 12-15-2012 at 08:57 PM.
    ----
    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground
    Quote Originally Posted by Julian Barnes
    "Yes, of course we were pretentious — what else is youth for?"
    ----
    My blog and site:
    Max on Everything

  8. #8
    All Living is Local Don's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Agorism FTW!
    Posts
    22,783
    Damn, Max, another home run. Great statement.
    I wrote a blog.
    Between a good and a bad economist this constitutes the whole difference - the one takes account of the visible effect;
    the other takes account both of the effects which are seen, and also of those which it is necessary to foresee. ~Frederic Bastiat
    Economics puts parameters on people’s utopias. ~Peter Boettke
    The 'social contract' is to the politician what 'original sin' is to the priest. ~Don
    The vision of the helpful and protective state is the most pervasive and counter-productive ideology in the world today. ~Don

    I tend to blame the Feds for Don, actually.
    If they'd get it right, we wouldn't need Don pointing out that they'd gotten it wrong.
    ~ Medievalist

  9. #9
    Joker Groupie Celia Cyanide's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    probably watching DARK KNIGHT
    Posts
    14,143
    Quote Originally Posted by Maxinquaye View Post
    I have to ask. Did people cheer the killer? Did people rally in his defence? Did people go down to that school and yell "right on!"? Did most of your friends and acquaintances node and compare which bullet, full metal jackets or dumdums would have been more efficient in ripping up those kids?

    Of course not. Everyone reacted with revulsion. Rightly so. So, why is that evil man representative of humanity? Is he not just the aberration, the exception to the rule that shows that overall humanity is decent and kind and compassionate?

    Look at the outpouring of sympathy. Go and watch the opening minutes of "Love actually". Humanity is defined by love, kindness, and compassion. The ones that say it is not has just put up a guard to shield from those momentary episodes when most of us behave like arse-holes to one another.

    We flare, behave badly, but those flares are not indicative of whole lives. We are not defined by our low moments. We may choose to focus on the low moments and declare someone an arse and never deal with them again.

    But nobody is an arse 100 per cent of the time. My bet is that most aren't that even 10 per cent of the time. Most people are pretty decent, at most times.

    Just look at what happened yesterday, and tell me that the people reacting celebrate the violence - which they would if the violence, meanness and wickedness was what defined them. My bet is that you can find nobody that wasn't revolted by what happened yesterday.
    It isn't people like that killer, or everyone's reaction to it, that destroy our faith in humanity. People being revolted by what happened does nothing to restore my faith in humanity. Sorry.
    My feature film WHY AM I IN A BOX? is now online! I wrote, directed, and acted in it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzglH...ature=youtu.be

    my IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2097751/

    My decoupage shoes, now on Etsy:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/CeliaCyani...shop-info-name

  10. #10
    slow and steady Satsya's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Somewhere over there.
    Posts
    409
    Quote Originally Posted by Celia Cyanide View Post
    It isn't people like that killer, or everyone's reaction to it, that destroy our faith in humanity. People being revolted by what happened does nothing to restore my faith in humanity. Sorry.
    Then if you don't mind my asking, what does destroy faith? In your case?

  11. #11
    Grand Duchess Ambrosia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    In the Castle, of course.
    Posts
    20,986
    Very well said, Max.
    ..


    "Hmmm .... Duchess after much thought you are clearly the Tribal Sage." Neporsche, Tribal Scribe

    “Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.” –Khalil Gibran
    .


  12. #12
    Clever title pending. MarkEsq's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    In the wilds of Texas. Actually, the liberal oasis of Austin.
    Posts
    3,422
    Quote Originally Posted by Satsya View Post
    Then if you don't mind my asking, what does destroy faith? In your case?

    For me, it would be working together to ban assault rifles while simultaneously campaigning for, and achieving, better access to mental health care.

    ETA: Obviously, I read "destroy" as "restore."
    Last edited by MarkEsq; 12-15-2012 at 08:04 PM.

  13. #13
    The Surreal Thing AW Moderator Maryn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Beneath Gloomy Skies
    Posts
    34,833
    Amen, Mark. May it be so.

  14. #14
    Like Burt Reynolds in Gator JayMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Neither here nor there
    Posts
    394
    Thank you for this Zoombie.

    I also agree with both Max and Mark.

  15. #15
    The colors! THE COLORS! leahzero's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    2,193
    Great thread, Zoombie. And Max, well freaking said.
    UNTEACHABLE
    BLACK IRIS
    CAMGIRL - 2015
    Untitled Book #4 - 2016-ish

    My self-publishing saga, in all its gory detail, is here.

  16. #16
    Baby plot bunneh sniffs out a clue Snowstorm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Lost in the Wyoming mountains. Don't try to rescue me.
    Posts
    12,649
    *wipes away tears* Thank you, Zoombie!

    Quote Originally Posted by Maxinquaye View Post
    I have to ask. Did people cheer the killer? ... Of course not. Everyone reacted with revulsion. Rightly so. So, why is that evil man representative of humanity? ... Look at the outpouring of sympathy. Go and watch the opening minutes of "Love actually". Humanity is defined by love, kindness, and compassion. ...

    We flare, behave badly, but those flares are not indicative of whole lives. ... But nobody is an arse 100 per cent of the time. My bet is that most aren't that even 10 per cent of the time. Most people are pretty decent, at most times.

    Just look at what happened yesterday, and tell me that the people reacting celebrate the violence - which they would if the violence, meanness and wickedness was what defined them. My bet is that you can find nobody that wasn't revolted by what happened yesterday.
    So beautifully stated, Maxinquaye! And so true.


    Blood Atonement, a historical mystery, and Clear and Convincing Evidence, a contemporary mystery

    WIP: Tarnished Gold, a historical mystery

    Blog Twitter Facebook



  17. #17
    Self-Banned
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    1,533
    Yes, thank you Zoombie, for posting this. I have no trouble understanding why one can lose faith in humanity. Just look around, every day there is another atrocity. But I cannot live like that. I would not want to get up in the morning if it were to just face another day of hopelessness. Our story is one of faith vs. fear, this is the story of man. Easy to give in to fear and hopelessness. Not so easy to fight to retain your faith in life, in the better instincts of man. I will not give up my faith without a fight. I fight every day for my faith in what is good in this world. That said, we all have a breaking point. Here's hoping that none of us find ours.
    Last edited by Bebop; 12-16-2012 at 01:51 AM.

  18. #18
    Petulantly Penitent Magdalen's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Beyond the Fetters of Oblivion
    Posts
    5,969
    Love it!! Thanks Zoom.
    [My Best Work Is Done Offline

  19. #19
    Old revolutionary muravyets's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Massachusetts, USA
    Posts
    7,215
    Thank you, Zoombie, I really needed that.
    Hell is other people. -- Jean Paul Sartre

    Rule of thumb: Mura is not subtle.

    The Grand Navigators, collaborative fantasy adventure party.
    Cafe Muravyets, hang out of lazy writers.
    Art: Portfolio and Studio Blog.
    Me on Facebook.

  20. #20
    Is me. Monkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Texas, usually
    Posts
    8,831
    Is it misty in here, or is it just me?
    ---------------------

    Website where you can get sculptures made of your (or your child's) drawings.

    My favorite indie musician could use some support.

  21. #21
    Vengeful Crystaline Hawk 45C AW Moderator Zoombie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    The Sunder
    Posts
    38,986
    Well, we've got a pretty terrible system set up. We're programmed to look for the worst (because the worst is what you should be afraid of) and we culturally propagate the worst as fast as possible. So, the world seems bloodier than it is.

    It's important, I think, to remember that that's the exception, not the rule. As other people have said: We're living in the least violent era in human history.

    I mean...which isn't saying as much as I'd like, but it still shows that we are (in general) heading in a good direction.
    2068 Series: On Hiatus!
    Shard Series: On Hiatus

    Untitled Furry Thing: 65k/XXXk

    The Bracewell Parable: Done!

    Read my blog: Quantum Spin Plates

    BUY MY BOOK HERE!

  22. #22
    looking beyond intentions Lyv's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Outside Boston
    Posts
    2,838
    Aw, thank you.

    I've said this before and it's going to sound cheesy, but I am fortunate enough, since becoming visibly disabled a few years back, to have constant daily reminders of how compassionate and caring and just plain awesome the vast majority of people are.

  23. #23
    the Juggernaut of Imperfection crunchyblanket's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    London's grey and pleasant land
    Posts
    4,866
    great thread. Thanks for posting this.

  24. #24
    It's too hot Mclesh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Southern California
    Posts
    3,875
    Thank you, Zoombie! This is being shared on Facebook, but I hadn't clicked the link until now. Tears in my eyes.

  25. #25
    slow and steady Satsya's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Somewhere over there.
    Posts
    409
    Quote Originally Posted by MarkEsq View Post
    For me, it would be working together to ban assault rifles while simultaneously campaigning for, and achieving, better access to mental health care.

    ETA: Obviously, I read "destroy" as "restore."
    S'okay. I realized later I should've asked both. I'd prefer to read a happy answer right now anyway, and I like yours a lot.

    It was a good thread idea, Zoombie.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Custom Search