If your religion doesn’t challenge you to care for people you might otherwise be dismissive of and, instead, reinforces your negative feeling about them, you don’t have a religion – you have a formalized structure for institutionalizing your biases.
Yesterday I got a question in my ask about any wisdom from yours truly and I said to read more things that challenge your worldview and force you out of your comfort zone. I gave a short list of suggested books but I have expanded it upon request. So here you go!
-Confessions, by Augustine (I read this at least three or four times a year, it’s an autobiography and testimonial based in a Christian worldview but valuable for anyone in my opinion)
-The Art of War, by Sun Tzu -The Analects, by Confucius
-Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
-Plutarch’s Lives vol. one and two (autobiography)
-Socrates: A Man for Our Times, by Paul Johnson
-No Hiding Place: An Autobiography & Asylum: An Alcoholic Takes the Cure, by William Seabrook (this book man… read it.)
-Ann Judson: The Missionary Life for Burma (Ann Judson is one of my personal heroes)
-Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
-Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, by Edward Albee (a play, necessary read in my opinion)
-Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller (yet another play, I’m a theater person and honestly that’s a whole separate list)
-1984, by George Orwell (most people read this in high school but if you haven’t DO IT)
-Night, by Elie Wiesel (much more well known as of late, but it you haven’t read it it will change your life. Read it twice a year at LEAST)
-The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, both by John Steinbeck
-Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan (fun fact: this book has NEVER been out of print since first being published)
-Anthem, by Ayn Rand
-A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
-The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood (holy SHIT)
-The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
-A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
-A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael, by Elisabeth Eliot (Elisabeth Eliot is one of my other big heroes, honestly if you like or are interested in any Christian literature read this - you don’t have to be a believer to appreciate it)
-The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, by Giorgio Vasari (literally SO COOL)
-The Man Without a Country, by Edward E. Hale (if you’re like me and got interested in early American history thanks to Hamilton, READ THIS)
-12 Years a Slave, by Solomon Northup (I don’t care if you’ve seen the movie or haven’t, read this)
-Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King
-Hunger, by Knut Hamson (reading this is an odd experience on it’s own, even more odd knowing that Hamson was a Nazi sympathizer)
-Why Don’t We Learn from History, and Strategy, both by BH Liddell Hart (I haven’t read these yet but apparently they are a must)
-Ask the Dust, by John Fante
-Death Be Not Proud, by John Gunther (a profound reading experience)
-Losing the War, by Lee Sandlin (I haven’t read this yet either, apparently it’s an essay about WWII that’s a necessary read for everyone. My theater professor recommended it and I trust the hell out of him. I think it’s free online)
-The Measure of My Days, by Florida Scott Maxwell (READ THIS)
-The Power Tactics of Jesus Christ and Other Essays, by Jay Haley (I promise, this isn’t what you expect it to be)
That’s it for now! Hope this list helps someone expand their reading comfort zone!
If the federal government won’t keep track of this bull shit….then I will!
Severely beaten by cops 1. Rodney King- Victim of extreme violence 2. Chad Holley – Victim of extreme violence 3. Abner Louima- Victim of extreme violence/torture 4. Jose Velasco 5. Eric Wilson- Blind victim of extreme police violence 6. Tyree Caroll- Victim of a 24 police beating 7. Anthony Waller-Slammed face first into wall 8. Emilio Mayfield 9. Christopher Owens and Tyler Owens an ex-cop and his son beaten by employed cops 10. Cindy Hahn beat up in front of her children 11. George Taylor 12. Aruthur Velasquez cited for not having a light on his bike 13. Stanislau Petrov
14. Jamie Kalani Rice Hawaiian man beaten for praying
15. Deshawn Franklin
16. Bryce Masters tased severally and went into a coma.
Unarmed people shot by police and or died via racist piece of shit pig tactics
1. Akai Gurley 2. Andy Lopez 3. Tamir Rice 4. Oscar Grant 5. Michael Brown 6. Amadou Diallo shot at 41 times hit 19 times 7. Sean Bell 8. Seymour Johnson 9. James Boyd 10. Michael Davidson 11. Jonathan Ferrell 12. Eric Garner 13. Bernard Bailey 14. Philip White 15. Meagan Hockaday 16. Nicolas Thomas 17. Anthony Hill 18. Darrien Nathaniel Hunt 19. Walter Scott 20. Eric Harris 21. Freddie Gray 22. Ervin Edwards 23. Natasha McKenna 24. Floyd Dent 25. Timothy Russell 26. Malissa Williams 27. Alesia Thomas 28. Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino 29. Brad Martinez 30. Robert Minjarez Jr. 31. Sandra Bland 32. Charly Leundeu 33. Samuel DuBose 34. Christian Taylor 35. Radazz Hearns 36. Zachary Hammond 37. Gregory Lewis Towns Jr. 38. Gilbert Flores 39. William Chapman II 40. Joe Felice shot 6 times 41. John Crawford 42. Ezell Ford 43. Kendrec McDade 44. Jonny Gommage beaten to death Oct 12, 1995 2 of the devils never were charged! 45. Ron Settles beaten and found hung in police custody Jun 2, 1981 46. Eula Love shot 8 times for almost throwing a knife at a couple of devils with a badge! Jan 3, 1979 47. Danroy Henry Jr. Oct 17, 2010 Beaten to death by Orange County devils 48. Ramarley Graham shot in his home after devils entered without a warrant 49. Dillon Taylor 50. Jeremy McDole man in a wheel chair shot multiple times…for supposedly having a gun 51. Devin Guilford 52. Matthew Ajibade 53. Jeremy Martis 9 year old Autistic child hit but cops were trying to kill the man..why? 54. Jamar Clark shot in the head while handcuffed
55. Laquan McDonald shot 16 times within 6 seconds of Jason Van Dyke getting out of his car
56. Rekia Boyd shot in the head, officer Dante Servin
57. Kisha Michael shot to death while sleeping in car in Inglewood 58. Marquintan Sandlin shot to death while sleeping in car in Inglewood
59. Alton Sterling
60. Philando Castille killed in front of girlfriend
61. Luis Rodriguez killed in front of his wife by police while unarmed
62.Joyce Curnell died in police custody in South Carolina
63. Terrence Crutcher
64. Alfred Olango
65. Kenneth Chamberlain
66. Samuel DuBose
67. Sylville Smith
68. Justine Damond unarmed WHITE WOMAN shot
69. Jordan Edwards teen shot by Texas trash
Police officers accused of rape or sexual assault 1. Joel Doseau Sexually Assaulted and raped a 14 year old girl 2. Vladimir Sosa rape of a 16 year old girl 3. Vladimir Krull rape of a 13 year old girl 4. Joe Mendez likes child porn and gave minors alcohol as well as attempted to fondle them
5. Gabriel Lopez sexually assaulted and raped a 21 year old woman
If you know of any names that need to be added to this fucked up list, please send them to me. But most importantly, if there isn’t radical change in terms of police being prosecuted and convicted of murder in situations similar to the murders of those listed above, what are our next steps to ensure this doesn’t continue? Since OUR TAX DOLLARS pay for these pieces of shit, when will we DEMAND that these losers upgrade their training and hiring processes?
SIERRA LEONE. 2000. A 14-year-old child soldier during the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991 to 2002), which for over more than a decade devastated the country. This proxy war left more than 50,000 people dead, much of the country’s infrastructure destroyed, and over two million people displaced as refugees in neighbouring countries.
Photograph: Adam Butler/AP
More recently, in 2016, a former senior director at the British firm
Aegis Defence Services
says that it employed mercenaries from Sierra Leone to work in Iraq because they were cheaper than Europeans and did not check if they were former child soldiers.
Contract documents say that the soldiers from Sierra Leone were paid $16 (£11) a day. A documentary, The Child Soldier’s New Job, alleges that the estimated 2,500 Sierra Leonean personnel who were recruited by Aegis and other private security companies to work in Iraq included former child soldiers.
Aegis was founded in 2002 by Tim Spicer, the former Scots Guards officer who was at the centre of the 1998 “arms to Africa” scandal, in which his previous company Sandline was found to be breaching sanctions by importing 100 tonnes of weapons to Sierra Leone in support of the government.
Ellery, Aegis’ director of operations at the time of the Iraq contracts, previously served as chief of staff to the UN’s mission in Sierra Leone, at the time when the organisation was responsible for demobilising thousands of former child soldiers.
Interviewees in the documentary provided detailed testimony of serving as child soldiers, and documents showing their employment with Aegis.
One interviewee, Gibrilla Kuyateh, told the film’s makers: “Every time I hold a weapon, it keeps reminding me of about the past. It brings back many memories.” In extended footage seen by the Guardian he said he was kidnapped at the age of 13 by rebels who also killed his mother.
When Sierra Leone’s civil war ended in 2002, the international community spent millions of dollars giving former militia members the skills to use in peacetime. A UN mission demobilised more than 75,000 fighters, including nearly 7,000 children, at an estimated cost of $36.5m. The total number of children demobilised is understood to be far higher.
Sierra Leone remains one of the world’s poorest countries, and the documentary charts how from 2009 onwards private military firms turned to it, along with Uganda and Kenya, for cheap labour to guard military installations in Iraq.