Whether it be a mission statement or something along another category lines that explains what something is and more importantly, what it can be. Paper Campfire is going to be a printed magazine newspaper to be released in 2013 that will cover topics outlined in various blogs, http://PaperCampfire.com, and other authors who feel that they have something to say about the state of the world through their various collective experiences. This past year saw a lot of change and fear of something indescribable at this point after experiencing so much of it. Wild Harmony came into existence rushed and misspelled on a ten thousand mile tour of the country. This expensive misadventure had to be paid off some how. I think of that music they play, the political kind, usually the instrumental tune you hear at political rallies.
The first I realized that I might work in some capacity with the 2012 election, it seemed like a strange way to make some cash while learning about something that has been portrayed by the media to be a series of debates over various issues. There’s no debate in America. I can personally attest to that after driving through countless states, knocking on thousands of doors, and generally trying to come to grasp with where I should go with my life. It was and still is not the most optimistic of hours when you spend time on LinkedIn trying to understand how people actually choose and find a job. This is not meant to be a complainer piece about how things have been going lately. This is about Paper Campfire, the periodical dedicated to providing its readers with the most unfettered access to what is really going on, especially when it comes to issues that people do not want to talk about.
The election should be proof enough of how deranged we’ve become in our rationalizations of democracy and insistence to maintain economic dominance over a world that instead should focus on the fact that we are on an unsustainable course with environmental catastrophe. Even without the impending depletion of our natural resources, the way society has morphed into this violent consumer driven lifestyles is beyond any norm we should accept. People routinely experience the most heinous and medieval deaths. Every day people are taken advantage of to the point of life not worth being living and we are to believe that the most pressing concern should be who is elected the cheerleader of the competition? Look to the leaders, where are they? Who is in command? I’m not talking about government or some rogue agency, I mean who is leading the discussion? I’m going to include a video clip below, even though I know my friend from Hawaii is not going to be pleased with my overuse of media:
Far too often we ignore the most obvious of inspiration and take for granted the ability to influence the way the world goes. This opportunity to influence each other on a meaningful positive manner can have incredible impacts on those who suffer to no end. Many have no options, no voice, really not even an ability to have a voice. Not only do we have a voice, we have the ability to shout our voices so loud that the world hears within hours of being mentioned on some other display of media. Who is in charge of this capacity to influence the way the world thinks and receives its information? I do not gambler, but would wage that even if there is someone in charge, they are likely performing the task under the false pretenses of what is the most important thing to focus on.
President Obama stated how important children are and stressed the need to improve our ways. What does that mean exactly? How can we meet that challenge? It starts now. The children in our lives need guidance and inspiration to lead lives of integrity and courage. We possess the ability to shape a citizenry capable of leading this world out of darkness that is surely coming if we do not change our ways. Think of the possibilities when the imagination of youth is matched with the dedication of those who care about improving quality of life. Everyone benefits by having children as the ultimate priority. Yet we continue to send children or people between the ages of 18-25 to Iraq and Afghanistan and even after seeing so many come home scarred and broken, some believe that we should increase the size of our military and rampage through all parts of the world that give us a dirty look. They’re serious, there’s million dollar organizations behind these think tanks and advisory boards which are convinced the only way to fight violence is by beating violence at its own game. What’s the point if this violence happens despite the action taken to avoid it? We really need to talk more about this point and consider it along with mental illness when it comes to how much of it continues to this moment.
I will include another clip because I feel like there is a reference worth making that a film has managed to do more effectively than I can type any more this evening: