I have stewed over this topic for a few days now, and I think I’ve finally calmed down enough to blog about my thoughts.
First, I’d like to emphasize that I support the idea that the children of Uganda need international aid to overcome Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). It is difficult for me, as a young American citizen who has never traveled outside of the country, to fully comprehend the full horror that is taking place in Africa.If young children were being abducted and forced into a militia in America, it would be making international headlines. Sadly, this is the FIRST time that I am hearing about the situation with Kony and the children of Uganda (as well as the surrounding countries), despite the fact that it has been happening for more than 20 years.
However, I’m not 100% sure how I feel about Invisible Children, the organization behind the Kony 2012 campaign. I am interested in learning about their long-term goals and how they intend to fulfill them. As of right now, I am under the impression that the organization is trying to raise public awareness about the situation in Uganda by targeting the LRA’s leader, Kony. In a sense, they are putting a face on an unimaginable horror.
I tend to view things from a logical perspective rather than reacting immediately with my emotions. A bunch of my classmates are “jumping on the bandwagon” and joining the cause without doing any research. The documentary that was just released on Youtube is enough to earn their support.
I don’t want people to think that I am a selfish person just because I am not buying a red “Stop Kony” T-shirt or planning on plastering posters all over the community. I just want to learn more about the situation and the organization’s objectives before pouring my heart and soul into a moral cause.
What happens if/when Kony is caught? What are we, as Americans, willing to do to stop the LRA as a whole? Are we willing to enter a war to stop the LRA? Does America have an obligation to help every single country that is experiencing internal conflict? Sometimes I feel like the only person who is thinking these thoughts.
In my opinion, the people should be taking action, not the government. Why do we have to drag the government into the conflict? Instead, we should make the campaign to stop Kony an international humanitarian effort. By involving the government, we run the risk of offending countries and receiving even more international criticism.
What are your thoughts on the Kony 2012 campaign? Is this the first time you are hearing about it?
First, I’d like to apologize for my lack of new posts. Life has been craaaazy lately, and I haven’t been doing very much reading. I promise to try harder this month 🙂
Second, I’d like to announce that the Magical March Reading Challenge is officially in full swing!! At the rate that I am reading books right now, I will be lucky to complete two books for this challenge. Fortunately, I signed up for the Magician’s Class, so two books will more than meet the requirements.
Last, but certainly not least…I will be passing out The Book Thief on World Book Night. I LOVED this book, and I hope that everybody that I give one to will enjoy it just as much as I did.
Author: John Green
Quick Synopsis: From the book jacket…
“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”
From the moment that Gus said “Goddamn, aren’t you something else,” I fell in love with him. Many reviewers are complaining that both Hazel and Gus are too smart for their age, but I disagree. They have both had a lot of time to philosophize about life and death. While I have never personally experienced terminal illness firsthand,I think the dialogue is perfect. These are teenagers who were forced to grow up faster than anybody should ever have to. Even Gus’s whole cigarette theory made sense to me. I took it as him saying that just because he has the cigarette (or cancer), it doesn’t have the power to kill him.
I broke down when Hazel found Gus at the gas station. I appreciate that the end of his life wasn’t glorified. In this way, the novel was very believable.
I LOVED the dialogue between Hazel and Gus. Their conversations made me feel like I was watching a warped version of Gilmore Girls.
The ending was perfect for this novel. We know that Hazel is going to die soon, but we don’t need to explicitly experience it. It actually warms my heart to think that they are soon going to be together in Heaven. I know that this is a work of fiction, but it felt so real while I was reading it.
I was fortunate to find a SIGNED COPY of this book last night at Barnes & Noble. I picked it up faster than you can say “Okay.” In my haze of excitement, I walked/ran to the lady at the counter and asked her if it was legitimate. When she said it was, I bought it right there on the spot. Now I have two copies: one to keep forever, and one to lend to everybody.
Besides my birthday news, I wanted to write about something else I’m looking forward to…the HUNGER GAMES MOVIE!!! Everybody at school is talking about it. I’m actually planning on splurging and pre-ordering my ticket for the midnight premiere, which I never do. I usually wait for the local theater to show the movie because the tickets are cheaper, and its closer to home.
I also want to see The Vow and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but I’m willing to wait until I can watch them on Netflix at home with my family. I’m reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close right now. So far, it’s a great read!
Homework is calling my name, but I plan on reading a few more chapters before I fall asleep. That’s it for now. Until next time…