Saturday, March 31, 2012

Kony 2012

   Most people have seen the Kony 2012 "Invisible Children" video. It went viral on YouTube a couple of weeks ago, and it has proven to be very controversial. While it addresses a very emotional and heartrending issue, some people are suspicious of the video's nature-could it be a scam?
   This video is about the LRA, or the Lord's Resistance Army, a group of people who kidnap children and force them to fight. They centered in Uganda for quite a while, but this issue remained widely unknown and unaddressed-until now.
   About halfway into the 30 minute video, however, it mentions-in passing-that the LRA has left Uganda. It doesn't mention how long it has been since the rebels' exodus, nor does it mention (in words) where the LRA went after leaving Uganda. I can see how this would make the video seem invalid, but I, personally, do not think that where this atrocity is taking place is what really matters. The fact is that is has been done and will probably continue to be performed for a long time. That is the real issue here.
   In my youth group a couple of weeks ago, we discussed the repercussions made by this video. Many shared Kony 2012 on Facebook, or Tweeted about it, even put pictures from it in their binders or offices. For every positive reaction, however, there is an equal and opposite negative reaction. Parents have complained that their children are being taken advantage of and spend money for the cause without knowing anything about the organization the money goes to. Some say that "Invisible Children" is a scam, a ploy to get money. Others complain about the title "Invisible Children," itself. I read a letter where one very emotional and adamant woman said that this title is "insulting", that it "made it seem like the children were unknown by all before". She argued that the children and their families knew about it, and the organization who made the video made it seem like, "Oh, look at us, we validated this issue all by ourselves! Now how about giving us some dough?"
   However it may seem to all the nut jobs out there, I think that this video was made for the sole purpose of raising awareness about the LRA, Kony, and the child soldiers. This seems to be a plain, simple, worthy cause, and anybody who thinks otherwise should just try to look at it differently.
   The best way to stop this is to raise awareness. Fighting Kony with guns will never help. It will just hurt the children, our country, and our adversaries. We need to learn as much about children soldiers and the LRA as we can, and we need to spread awareness all over the world. The more people who know about it, the better. So next time you meet up with a friend for lunch or coffee, ask them if they have sen the Kony 2012 video. If they haven't, tell them to clear a half hour out of their day, watch the video, and tell all their friends about it. If they have seen it, great! Talk about it in depth. Don't just let this be a passing fad. Make a difference.

Watch the video today!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

   You may not have connected the two events, but the world is supposed to end this year, right? So, what better way to die than at the hands of the undead?
   Because I think it would be very scary if all of you turned into hungry members of the walking dead, I've compiled a list of the top ten rules for surviving the zombie apocalypse.*

   Rule #1: Cardio. Work out. Get fit. Tummy fat will only encumber you on the race to save your life. Plus, it hardly ever hurts to lean up.
   Rule #2: Seatbelts. Catapulting out of your car and into the arms of a waiting zombie who is eager to slurp out your brains is not exactly a magnanimous way to die.
   Rule #3: Beware of bathrooms. This actually applies to any small space. Also, movie theaters. That's a scarily cramped space, and not easily escapable. Choose wisely.
   Rule #4: Doubletap. Zombies are resilient (not to mention persistent) little beasts. Bash their heads in twice, stab them twice, shoot them twice, whatever you prefer. Just kill them twice, okay?
   Rule #5: No attachments. If you've got family, it will be best for you to split up. That way, you don't do anything rash to save other people. Plus, you probably don't want to see your loved ones be devoured, do you?
   Rule #6: Travel in a group. This, of course, means "a group of people you don't care about" (see Rule #5). It's an added bonus if a couple of the other members are a little slower than you are. It will give the zombies more succulent choices for their daily Yummy Brains NomNomNom.
   Rule #7: Know your way out! This one is huge. There is nothing worse than a poorly planned escape. Scope out the exits as soon as you get in (safe).
   Rule #8: Limber up. Straining a muscle isn't cool, okay? Stretch it out a little-it may save your life.
   Rule #9: Check the back seat. Paranoia is your friend. A hungry zombie may otherwise lie in wait....
   Rule #10: Blend in. If you're squeamish beyond the point of redemption or are afflicted with annoying health conditions, you probably shouldn't be on the run. Zombies are carnivorous, but they aren't cannibals. Act like a zombie, and you won't get eaten, but be careful-you may get shot, like poor Bill Murray here.