Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thinking Out Loud

Was listening to an interview yesterday on CBC radio and the reporter was talking with 

an 'occupier' and he was saying how some people have been calling him a 'dirty hippie'.

This label perplexed him somewhat, he said. He was an educated individual and feels 

strongly about certain issues in our society, ones which he feels have to be dealt with. He  

was confused and wondered why anybody would  want to categorize him at all. This got  

me thinking, obviously out loud, about how we all practice this way of coping with 

someone/something different from the norm. Some of us like to 'label' people because it 

makes us feel superior and better than that person. I guess it legitimizes our 'way' of living 

if we can find fault in the ways people choose to live. We all come into this world with   

different 'skins'. Until we are able to 'go our own way' in life, we usually follow what our  

parents taught us, whether they knew it or not. Sometimes a 'prejudice' against the way  

someone looks is passed on for generations. Until we see that all people are basically 

                 the same with different exteriors only, we will continue to reject differences.


  1. The original "dirty hippies" are running the Country and are now in charge of the mega corporations that the Occupiers are arguing against. Give this kid time to grow and he'll turn into exactly what he's hates.
    "And the Beat Goes On"

  2. 'Judging' other people seems to be a way of life for many nowadays. And it's no wonder so many are anxiety ridden and do not feel comfortable around others.. Many people are so programmed to categorize and judge everyone they meet, that they miss who the person really is and the heart and mind inside that person. Sad but true.
    Love the pictures Jim!

  3. Mark,you are exactly right! But in the process things can get changed for the better....and on it goes until things no longer have to be changed because society will be perfect!!! You get what I'm saying.

  4. Beautiful post, beautifully illustrated with your photos!

  5. Lovely photos, food for thought.

  6. A very thoughtful post Jim. It reminds me of the quote by Martin Luther King from 'I have a Dream speech' where he said

    "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.'

    Truly words to live by, I think...

  7. Dirty hippies are running things now. It's true.
    What we need to realise is that we put them in the position they are in.
    I predicted all of this 12 years ago and was told that I was crazy.
    Now, we must ALL take credit for our actions.
    And we all need to fix it. Don't rely on anyone else.

    Great post from a great mind.

  8. Your beautiful photos bring peace to a world that seems to only be getting more and more messed up.

  9. Well said (and illustrated).

  10. You have to respect all, especially those that care and are willing to get involved.

    I envy you the trees.

  11. i havent seen a birch tree in years! loved all these pics, as usual... and i totally agree with you. in fact, an up coming post i'm working on is along these lines...

    take care and joyeux noel, mes amis!!!


  12. Beautifully stated. I love the photos too.


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