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The world might finally be coming to some sense. The refusal of ‘too skinny’ models is the best news I’ve heard in ages for this kind of crap . (I don’t follow the fashion world at all and generally regard with huge contempt.)

Lets see, if this takes off – I might even allow myself to look in the occasional magazine when I find myself in a waiting room. Mind you… I’ll have to add an extra 5 years so the subscription dates are old enough to make it there.

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Last Wednesday Stephen Said came to ‘guest speak’ for young adults. We – as I somewhat expected, explored the wider implications of living out our theology – to pin a cliche theme on it: social justice.

As small as my ‘practical application’ for this is, my challenge, my red button of the evening was pushed good and hard. Something I’d been thinking about for a while really.

About 6 months to a year ago I stopped watching the news. Too much, too depressing, too little time. Through the course of the evening’s discussions, I lighted on a curious parallel (but a static one, because in my mind parallels just keep on going forever). I talked to God about compassion a while back. How I wasn’t/aren’t that compassionate a person, which being one of those regretable (but beautiful) asks, hit me a bit hard. Soon thereafter ceased my exploration of current affairs and what’s going on in the world. I didn’t recognise it as anything other than just reclaiming some more time. I’m wondering now if it was ‘other’.

So. It was my intention this week, to get back into watching the news. Downgrade the bifocalisation (there I used it!). My small thing. Watch it, allow myself to recognise, and dare I suggest feel it.

Intentions are good things. Not so good if you don’t follow through on them. I think I’ve watched the news once. I tried to read the paper – but felt really out of it and didn’t have any background to get back into the what was going on. It shouldn’t be hard, but it is. Time is a ridiculous commodity that’s forever getting in the way.

So, engaging with the issues that we should care about in the world – how do you do it?

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It’s funny the news stories that get to you – they should perhaps be the world affecting ones, not so this time. There is something about knowing someone’s utter stupidity and recognition of one life worth more than another that is so intensely wrong. This time an act of kindness was repayed with death.

The chain of events, and the death of the taxi driver consequently sparked a protest and from there, people go on about hoping that, “A life was not lost in vain”.

How much do we as individuals really stand for the whole community? I don’t know if our death should ever be worth more than what we will be remembered for in life. Why when a tragic circumstance like this happens do we immediately try and gratify the situation by sucking as much out of it as we can? The same goes for solidiers really. Except their ‘choice for others’ is far more intentional.

Can death be exploited? Can life be exploited?
Should we ever capitalise on either?

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