Community, Community Building, Community Development, Consumerism, Empowerement

More People, More Power: How Small Acts Can Contribute to a New World Order

The concept of progressive revelation (that God sends us Revelation in increasingly big doses through the different Manifestations of God) is based on the reality that humanity is maturing.  It is going through stages that are akin to one human’s development from infancy to childhood, onto adolescence and, finally, into adulthood. As a human being… Read More More People, More Power: How Small Acts Can Contribute to a New World Order

Community, Community Building, Community Development, Consumerism, Empowerement

Petitions and Boycotts: Why I Am Boycotting Nestlé Products

The transformation of the world from its current state to a place where every individual can participate actively in their personal material and spiritual development as well as contribute to the progress of humankind as a whole is going to need the upending of a lot of things—and I mean, a lot.  This means that… Read More Petitions and Boycotts: Why I Am Boycotting Nestlé Products

Empowerement

Luckier Than Fox Mulder: From Wanting to Believe to Believing

The now iconic poster that graced Fox Mulder’s basement office for all ten seasons has meant a lot of things to a lot of people in an array of different circumstances.  Back in August 2008, I shared some thoughts of what it meant within the narrow context of alien life.  As I reread that post,… Read More Luckier Than Fox Mulder: From Wanting to Believe to Believing

Community Building, Community Development, Empowerement

Not Breeding Passivity, or Who Would Have Thought that a Simple Dinner Could Turn into an Empowerment Festival?

Hospitality is probably as old as humanity itself. I can easily imagine cave people inviting each other over to share fresh mammoth meat around the warmth of a fire. Since those (very) simple times, hospitality has evolved into a complex concept that varies from culture to culture, but also from one socioeconomic background to another.… Read More Not Breeding Passivity, or Who Would Have Thought that a Simple Dinner Could Turn into an Empowerment Festival?

Empowerement, Gender Identity, Gender Studies

Missing the Point: What a Girl’s Anthem Should Not Sound Like

The title seems harsh, doesn’t it?  I know that this the post might get my inbox filled with emails from irate Beyoncé fans, but her song “Run the World (Girls)” still is, in my opinion, part of a series of popular girl’s anthems gone wrong. It doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate the song.  Quite… Read More Missing the Point: What a Girl’s Anthem Should Not Sound Like

Community Building, Community Development, Empowerement, Personal Development

Positive, Powerful, and Empowering: Standing Up for Compassionate Justice in the Face of Sexual Abuse

Sahar’s Blog’s editorial calendar is pretty clear: Wednesdays are dedicated to product reviews.  But once in awhile, things happen and plans change. One of these things is an amazingly powerful post Martha uploaded a little under a month ago.  In it, she discusses how she was affected after being sexually abused by a family friend… Read More Positive, Powerful, and Empowering: Standing Up for Compassionate Justice in the Face of Sexual Abuse

Celebrity Culture, Community, Community Building, Empowerement, Personal Development

Respecting Human Dignity While Working to Eliminate Rape

“Till It Happens To You” is Lady Gaga’s powerful new song which she co-wrote for use in the documentary on campus rape in the United States called “The Hunting Ground.” The numbers make it clear that drastic action is needed to raise the kind of men who would never degrade themselves to subjecting someone to… Read More Respecting Human Dignity While Working to Eliminate Rape

Empowerement, Media

O, Are You Really About Empowerment? Some Thoughts Post Magazine Ad Dissection

I found an old copy of O, The Oprah Magazine in my stuff earlier this week. I used to read those regularly, part of a chain of friends who would read them, be amazed by the wisdom it contained, and pass them along, sometimes with little notes tucked into it. I smiled and decided to… Read More O, Are You Really About Empowerment? Some Thoughts Post Magazine Ad Dissection

Empowerement, Media

Knowledge as a Source of Empowerment versus a Cause for Despair

I have a confession to make: I’m a little bit of a documentary junkie. I just finished watching Food. Inc for the third time, and I intend to watch it another time… If not more. Because time is limited, I have to select the documentaries I watch (and re-watch) very carefully; usually they have to… Read More Knowledge as a Source of Empowerment versus a Cause for Despair

Celebrity Culture, Empowerement, Gender Studies

What Empowerment Means and How Kim Kardashian Has It Wrong

Kim Kardashians’ nude selfies has been a trending topic for a few weeks now.  While the pictures themselves are nothing spectacular to warrant the trend, the surrounding conversations about the implications of her posts have been fascinating to me, to say the least.  I am particularly intrigued by the concept of Kim demonstrating a sense… Read More What Empowerment Means and How Kim Kardashian Has It Wrong