Category Archives: Random Rants
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.
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…
The new semester began today! One of my classes is AP Literature and Composition. We were given a copy of Frankenstein to read by February 1. While this does not seem like a particularly hard task, I have to balance it with Ophelia, another book that I am reading purely for pleasure. I have issues with reading more than one book at a time.
First, I fear that I might forget important events that I previously read when I switch between books.
Second, I sometimes confuse the events in each book (for example, thinking that what happened in one happened in both, when it really didn’t).
Last, but certainly not least, I like to fully immerse myself in the world of the book. Let me tell you, these two books have VERY different atmospheres to them. It’s hard for me to get in the groove when I am constantly switching up the settings, plotlines, character, etc.
Oh, and in addition to those two books, I have to find time to read The Hunger Games before the movie comes out in March. I have a rule that I can see a movie that is based on a novel only after I read the book. I typically find that I like the movie more than the book, but I’ll discuss this topic in a later post. Hopefully I’ll find time to finish Ophelia before the end of this week so that I can primarily focus on Frankenstein over the weekend.
Do you like to read multiple books, or focus on one at a time?