love conquers all
It’s easy to feel powerless in today’s society. With nearly 7.5 billion people on our planet filled with seemingly never-ending hatred and suffering, it feels next to impossible to have a voice, make a change, and help create a better world. I have definitely been struggling with these feelings over the past couple of weeks with the devastating events we keep seeing in the news day after day. Tragic incidents are dropping left and right all around the world, meanwhile I’m sitting on my computer fretting over what to blog about, what outfits to wear, which edits to use, when to publish posts, what to put on Instagram – I feel like I’m doing absolutely nothing to make the world a better place but instead I am promoting a culture of materialism and narcissism. I really love blogging because it’s a way for me to express myself through creativity and inspire others, but apart from spreading positivity, I feel like it doesn’t do much to make the world a better place.
A little over a week ago I attended a meeting at Communities in Schools Atlanta with Nigerian Gozie Udemezue. CIS Atlanta is a nonprofit organization that works to keeping underprivileged youth in the education system by providing support through mentors, who help students by addressing barriers that keep them from succeeding in school. Ms. Gozie met with CIS Atlanta's CEO, Frank Brown as a part of the International Visitors Leadership Program, the goal of which is to strengthen ties between the U.S. and other countries and generate relationships between foreign leaders and their American equivalents. Ms. Udemezue was selected as one of six IVLP alumni to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program’s Gold Stars’ Tour: Alumni Connecting the World. As the founder of Healing Hearts Widows Support Foundation, she helps widows, who are neglected, shunned by society, and stripped of basic human rights after their husbands die. Witnessing the interaction between these two individuals, who are equally passionate and dedicated to the work was an experience I will never forget. Although the meeting was meant to inspire and bring hope, all I felt was emotionally drained and powerless. It was such an eye-opener to all of the pain and suffering that occurs in the world, especially in my own city and to how challenging it is to make a huge impact when you don't have the necessary resources and support.
Not even 24 hours later, a white supremacist riot occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in the death of 3 people and injured 34 more. I can't even begin to imagine what the families of the deceased are going through. When events like this occur, there are so many stirring emotions that we have to find a way to work through – despair, hatred, anger, hopelessness, hunger for change, depression, emptiness...
I, as much as anybody else, am furious about the horrible acts of violence, discrimination, and judgement that take place in our world. I am enraged that there are countries where women are still treated like literal objects...and I don't just mean they get paid less money than their male counterparts because they are women (which is still bad, but at least you count as a human being). I am upset that our president thinks we should build a wall to keep people from coming to our country and that he believes we should deport millions of undocumented immigrants who have built lives and families here. I am pissed off that there are millions of children in the world who are unable to receive an education or worse who starve to death. And I am angry that I feel like there is nothing I can do about it.
However, I am not here to preach hatred and talk about how white supremacists and Neo-Nazis are the most evil, awful human beings alive. My dad always reminds me of this phrase (and very logical statement) when I get worked up about the problems we face in our world – you CANNOT FIGHT FIRE WITH FIRE. The only thing hate successfully achieves is the perpetuation of hate. It upsets me when people who say they are accepting and loving of all people and strive for equality only complain about problems and aggressively fight with people of the opposite view. No matter what, treating other human beings disrespectfully and maliciously is never okay, and it certainly does not help solve any problems. Here I am asking you to join me and only spread RADICAL LOVE and fight for EXTREME PEACE.
I know this isn't your typical fashion blog post, but I felt that it was important to say. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Feel free to reach out to if you would like to discuss this subject more one-on-one!
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