By Kira A. Moore
By Kira A. Moore
1.having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people.
2.of or pertaining to ethical or theological humanitarianism.
3.pertaining to the saving of human lives or to the alleviation of suffering:a humanitarian crisis.
4.a person actively engaged in promoting human welfare and social reforms, as a philanthropist.
5.a person who professes ethical or theological humanitarianism.
What is that genuine purpose you wake up for in the morning? Is it because the alarm you set has gone off and you have to head to school, work or an appointment? Is it simply because your biological clock has ticked its last mark, and you are up to start your day off, with not a worry in the world, or is it because you know that somewhere out there, someone needs to be helped or saved and doing nothing will not get anything solved and you know that something has to be done. It takes a lot for someone to care and become devoted for a stranger’s well being, but that is one of the rarest, beautiful things about being human – you understand struggle, pain, enlightenment and even fear. Human decency is not lost as young men, women and children are marked by humanistic values into helping others find some sort of happiness by giving a hand of hope and strength in their lives.
Humanitarians are not just born; they are created for those soul purposes of promoting human welfare. They are about promoting the ideas of people in general and how social reforms in the state of changing the normal behavioral patterns of a society and region into doing well or aiding in the form of money or necessities for those in exigency. A simple action of donating money to a charity or cause that you firmly believe in is always good enough. The notion of not giving or frankly not caring is never measured by how much you have spent or time you put into that reform, but just the thought of you doing and taking part in something in remembrance or an act of kindness, will go a long way in someone’s eyes.
As a humanitarian, you are not looking for easy steps to take or glorifying rewards at the end of the day. The main goal is to achieve the reward of making someone’s life better than what it already is. Humanitarians find memorable marks to leave on people’s hearts that have shattered, as well as hearts that no longer have had hope. It takes the heart of a lion to immerse themselves in terrible situations and conditions to help those in need. It does not hurt to be involved with the world around you. Do something nice be kind and fragile to people, for everyday they are fighting for something and we as humans should not deprive people of hope, especially if that is all they have.
Humanitarians are courageous and admirable souls who should not be forgotten. They lived, they loved, they did and done. Consuming less and creating more while making a difference, what exactly does that mean, and what exactly could you do, to make that change in someone’s life? Well, for one: be optimistic; always be optimistic to the best of your abilities. Making people life’s less stressful and more meaningful, means consuming less negativity and creating differences and changing someone aspect of kindness in the most wondrous of ways. Give your all, have no regrets and most importantly do your best, at the end of the day, you brought someone happiness.
How To Be A Humanitarian
Being a humanitarian does not necessarily involve getting on the next plane to a third world country, hugging children, and perpetuating the typical Western “good-doer” stereotype. In fact, humanitarianism is a rich tradition that encompasses a variety of political, social, and economic activities appealing to the full spectrum of humanity.
1 Educate yourself. A popular misconception is that humanitarians are extremely supportive of the United Nations. In actual fact, not all humanitarians actually support the UN. However, this does not mean that several documents drafted by the United Nations (although seldom enforced) lose all relevance; often the problem rests with the institutions tasked with delivering decent outcomes rather than the well-intentioned statements. That being said, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an invaluable document that should be read by all humanitarians. Find out as much as you can (just typing humanitarianism into an online search engine brings up a wide array of sources). See citations for some humanitarian websites.
2 Select your area. Humanitarianism is a wide field, so it is wise to choose which aspect interests you most, whether it be social entrepreneurship or raising awareness about humanitarian disasters. Publicize the necessity for a more humanitarian, just, and cooperative global order.
3 Be socially responsible. Promote humanitarianism and loyalty to the human species in your local community, educate the public, speak at rallies and events. No individual person exists in isolation because existence is a cohesive conglomerate of energy. Global technological systems of communication and transportation and an empathetic biological infrastructure all foster the notion that humanity is an interconnected family whose survival and well-being it is essential to ensure.
4 Familiarize yourself with humanitarian symbols and the roles of humanitarian organizations. If you find it useful, join a non-governmental organization or start one yourself. Volunteer online and reach out to other organizations promoting the progress of humanity.
5 Get skilled. If you don’t have a skill or a hobby, it’s important to both yourself and your convictions that you adopt one. You can be creative and blend your personal interests with your humanitarian beliefs and combine them to create effective advocacy. Start with reading very widely; the more you read and understand, the better, and the more likely that you will form your own wonderful blend of ideas and solutions to humanitarian crises.
I still shed tears.
Originally posted on TIME:
The past year was a tough one for Hollywood when it came to saying goodbye to all the great talents who passed away. While pop star Sara Bareilles sang a touching rendition of the Charlie Chaplin classic “Smile,” the Emmy Awards acknowledged James Avery, Maya Angelou, Lauren Bacall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Casey Kasem, Don Pardo, Harold Ramis, Mickey Rooney, Elaine Stritch, Shirley Temple and many more before ending with a special tribute to Robin Williams from the late actor’s friend Billy Crystal.
“He was the greatest friend you could ever imagine,” Crystal said in the tribute. “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives.”
Above, watch the Emmys’ heartfelt tribute, which certainly improves upon the unexpectedly brief 23-second tribute the MTV Video Music Awards threw together last night.
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Originally posted on PeopleOfAr:
Turkish archaeologists have recently published discoveries made underneath the ancient Armenian capital city of Ani. Receding water has revealed an opening to a comprehensive network of tunnels dug beneath the ancient city located in present day Turkish province of Kars. Once a powerful city the capital of the Armenian kingdom of the Bagratuni dynasty, Ani today stand abandoned and desolate. At its zenith Ani rivaled the likes of Constantinople, Baghdad and Cairo in size and influence. By the 11th Century Ani had grown to over one-hundred-thousand people. Renowned for its splendor and magnificence, Ani was known as “the city of 40 gates” and “the city of 1001 churches.” It would later become the battleground for various contending Empires, leading to its destruction and abandonment. Today Ani largely remains a forgotten ancient ghost town in modern day Turkey.
During the international symposium titled “Underground Secrets of Ani” organized by the…
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By Kira A. Moore
It’s interesting how things change, sometimes slowly over time, others in what seem like the blink of an eye.
(Let me say, what follows is my personal thoughts and should not be seen to represent anyone’s experiences other than my own.)
With the disclaimer out of the way…
For as long as I can remember I was hyper conscience of the people around me. I hated having anyone behind me where I couldn’t see them. Worse, I projected my own fears onto them, onto any conversation, the slightest glance. I was sure I was the target of mocking, that I was the punchline in every joke. The laughter I heard behind me was meant for me to hear.
Now before you think me completely paranoid, there were in fact, times when I was the butt of jokes, mockery, and gossip. I caught more than a few people talking smack behind my back. Most times I let it slide, but on occasion I would point out, “If you want to talk s**t behind someones back, don’t do it where they can overhear you.”
So… That was before. Before I had any clue to the secrets I was hiding from myself and the world, before I faced the public as my true self. Before I understood even someone’s disapproval wouldn’t be enough to make me stop being authentic.
Now, when I am out as myself, I rarely think about the people around me. I don’t question if I am “passing” or not. In fact, the thought rarely crosses my mind. I am who I am, simple as that and I am comfortable with it.
I point this out because today I thought I would pay more attention to the people around me, to see if I could notice any sign of being tagged, of being mocked… and you know what? I saw a look or two I could have questioned, but I didn’t. Why not? Because it didn’t concern me. Unless someone would get in my face, I couldn’t care less what they think. I’m not related to them, I’m not friends with them, I am not even a neighbor. I am just another woman doing her shopping and I am focused more on finding what I need than what Joe Blow thinks after I’ve passed him. I note ‘him’ because for the most part I don’t get a second look from other women nor do I give them one, unless they are wearing something ungodly ugly or so over done in makeup they stand out like a beacon.
The simple truth is, 99% of people don’t care. They have their own priorities and I’m not one of them.
To say this has been a huge change for me is putting it mildly.
I suppose the reason I’m talking about this is because I find being honest with myself has relived a great deal of stress, stress which comes roaring back when ever I have decided to go out in ‘male mode’. Trying to be something your not, no matter the reason, regardless of if it is conscience or not, isn’t a healthy way to live.
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