Prayers for More

This writeup came out: Our Mourning is Broken: Paris and Privilege.

I cannot be so bold to agree with him that “the world’s call for collective mourning is due to our obsession with the preservation of whiteness” because I personally am not mourning that way. I am mourning for people, period. And the reason I have France’s flag on my profile pic is because Facebook offered the opportunity.

To be more honest, at the time, I was not aware about the recent bombings in Lebanon (about which I later chatted online with my sister-in-law who is there) or the earthquake in Japan, so it was not like I was just concerned with the preservation of whiteness. On a more personal level, I live in the Philippines that almost always needs the world’s prayers on a yearly basis. So yes, we need your prayers even if we’re not white, regardless of your religion.

I agree on what the writer said, though: “Stand with Paris, but stand with all terrorized peoples, not just those who the media deems worthy. Stand with those on our own soil who are reeling from the effects of oppression and violence…Solidarity is working to lift the people in every corner of the world who suffer under the weight of oppression. Solidarity is ending terrorism on all fronts, whether it’s fueled by racism, capitalism, misogyny, religious extremism, queer/trans antagonism, or classism.” He went on to enumerate more reasons why we should stand for more than Paris, and I wholeheartedly agree.

Meanwhile, I believe that religion is a personal choice. I personally do not see anything wrong about praying for Paris. I saw some artist’s message yesterday that did not sit well with me (I mentioned about it two posts ago). Just because people would like to pray for others, it doesn’t mean they are pushing their religion into others’ faces.

I would like to share what my pal, Jim Caro, said in his FB post:

“We ‪#‎PrayForAll‬, the ‪#‎Lumads‬, ‪#‎Lebanese‬, ‪#‎Iraqi‬, ‪#‎Afghan‬, ‪#‎French‬. There are heaps of bad news ongoing around the world while social media rules of SEO ranked ‪#‎PrayForParis‬ is trending, we don’t forget those who suffered in Mindanao (Philippines), killed in the bombing in Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan and suffering from natural and/or man-made disasters.

It’s not a competition. Grab the opportunity to help your supported cause. Take every opportunity to contribute to its public awareness. The terrorists sure did their job.”

Do let us pray for all. And like I always say, if prayers are not for you, you don’t have to say any. Just, at least, wish others and the world well.

Recognition Award #atozchallenge2015

Alright, there have been very sad news lately about terrorism. But as we say, life has to go on. Please do not think this insensitive just because I have decided to post about an unrelated subject. It doesn’t mean I don’t care. My last post will tell you. Anyway,…

Current life issues/concerns have been hindering me to post regularly here, so kindly forgive me. But before I continue, let me first thank all those who have decided to click “Follow” and especially those who actually do and read/like/comment on my posts. You are all very much-appreciated.

Apologies to new followers whom I have not said a thank-you nor a single hello to. The more active me does that. Right now, as much as I want to be that active, physical conditions tell me to sloooooow down. Whether I like it or not, I have to.

So to you all, I give this…

I do give recognition to all serious bloggers out there, regardless of whether you write or not, if you are an actual writer or a hesitant writer or a wannabe-writer. As long as you give it your time and importance and do an honest work on your blog, I salute you all.

Special thanks to Tobe Damit of Loud Alien Noize for giving me this award. I still have other “unanswered” awards and as a rule, I follow a sort of first-come, first-served thing. However, I have decided to skip to this one because finally–finally!–I found THE award! Christine, here it is!

In my post “Don’t Go Hatin’ on Blog Awards“, Christine “Christa” Robinson and I discussed about creating an award that should be focused more on rewarding a blogger for his/her efforts and not on following any rules attached to the award that has become quite a turn-off to most bloggers (oh, the pressure!!!).

Given that at the end of this post, you will see that this award does come with rules as well, I think I need not create a whole new award. The name of this one says it all — BLOGGER RECOGNITION AWARD. This is enough for me and I will give it away whenever I see fit. And because I believe that awards are supposed to be given freely, I free any awardee from any obligation to follow the rules below, that is, if s/he chooses to be freed.

Rules:

  1. Write a post explaining why you started blogging along with a few tips. (Note: Maybe I’ll answer this one one of these days)
  2. Nominate some of your fellow bloggers.
  3. Comment on their blogs to let them know you’ve nominated them.

There you go! I hope you all enjoy your award. Feel free to grab it and share as well 🙂

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Thought I’d hit two birds with one stone, so let this post serve as my “R” post for my almost year-long #AtoZchallenge.

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