Extremism – a refugee’s curse of stereotypes

  Syrian children march in the refugee camp in Jordan.  The number of Children in this camp exceeds 60% of the total number of refugees hence the name "Children's camp". Some of them lost their relatives, but others lost their parents.

Syrian children march in the refugee camp in Jordan. The number of Children in this camp exceeds 60% of the total number of refugees hence the name “Children’s camp”. Some of them lost their relatives, but others lost their parents.

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Well, I am once again editing this site and building another with a couple of team members. In the interest of creating some inbound links, I will post a link to the newest site here. It is a site aimed at helping new arrivals to the US find the information they need in one convenient spot. Have a look and let me know what you think.



Where is this line to be drawn??


This story ran on Yahoo! a few days ago… I think it’s a great example of the type of story that prompts emotional knee-jerk reactions. While there are many options in between… the two extremes are: 1) Ignore the extremists entirely and go on about our business (the Olympics in this case) and 2) Shut down the Olympics (or boycott them) to keep people safe – and thus in some people’s opinion, let the bad guys win.

So I pose this question to you… after reading the above article… which option would you choose?

Now imagine you are posed the same question and you are:

1) An Olympian

2) The mother of an Olympian

3) A family who has saved for years to make this trip

4) A government official charged with the safety of the participants / attendees

Does your answer change? Do you have a new perspective?

A recent example of a “Facebook rant”

This is a recent example of one of the “I can’t stay silent” moments I mentioned in my welcome post…
I’m home feeling crappy, so I’ll exercise my freedom of speech… which seems to be a big topic in light of Phil’s disagreement with A&E.
1. With your freedoms, or rights as people are fond of calling them, comes a responsibility. In particular, to consider your actions and how they might effect others.   – Why is littering illegal? Because we are worried about how one person’s actions might impact… another person’s enjoyment of the environment.
2. There is no right that you have, that another person doesn’t. – Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.
3. You may have the right to express yourself however you choose, but you do not have the right of “exemption from the consequences of your actions / words” – you have the right to walk up to my wife and I and say mean nasty things about her; common sense dictates, you DO NOT have the right to expect not to get punched in the face for doing so. – Similarly you have the right to walk into a biker bar and run your mouth, but not the right to expect not to get thumped for it.
4. Finally, when you take a paycheck from someone, you have agreed to be an ambassador for that company, to represent them on and off the job. If you don’t agree with their views on things, then feel free not to take the paycheck – A&E, having Phil as an employee, has every right to suspend or fire him for not accurately portraying the image of their company that they want portrayed.
Bottom Line is this… feel free to exercise your freedoms, but take responsibility for the consequences of your actions.
Side note, I love Phil (or at least the character he portrays on the show) and in his defense, I haven’t heard him whining about his suspension, or claiming anyone has trampled his rights.

Welcome to my blog

This adventure begins as I pursue my Masters from Boston University. It is part of my E-commerce class.

Though I often have opinions, for the most part, I keep them to myself. In this day and age it has become much easier to simply click “like” on the post of someone with a similar opinion, than it is to voice my own. By doing so, you get to maintain your anonymity for the most part, you don’t risk negative feedback, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out what your opinion really is on a given matter.

But on a rare occasion, even on my face book, a comment comes along that I can’t ignore. Most often it is when a member of a group that I identify with goes way off base, and I feel the need to temper their opinion a bit, lest they reflect poorly upon me.

Odd isn’t it? That I would fear being lumped into the same category as another, because we have different opinions on a matter? Doesn’t each individual have their own opinion on EVERY matter? Just because my opinions are in alignment a majority of the time with these people I identify with, does that mean that I subscribe to every opinion they have? Why do I feel the need to raise my hand and say “Don’t put me in the same box as this person or these people”?