Daily Inspiration: Get Outside and Enjoy Nature

How many hours of your life do you spend indoors? For many people it is almost all of it.

Today’s video was created by The Velux Group, a company that manufactures skylights. In this video (which reads almost like a commercial) the narrator explains the transitions we have made from nature to an indoor environment.

The downsides of living a life within walls include sickness and depression. Centuries of technological advancement afford us the luxury of remaining indoors, but we should also remember that a world exists out there. Get outside.

Daily Inspiration: No More Excuses

Michael Jordan is an iconic basketball player who is always noted as being the best player of all time. His career in the NBA is a constant source of referral and his sneaker line is widely popular.

In today’s video, a commercial, he talks about how he became such a successful player. The message can also be applied to every day life and the struggles that one must face to get to where they ultimately want to be.

The Suicide Machine Aims to Make Death Peaceful

Death means different things to people across cultures and religions. The idea that everyone has a last day is non-disputable. Assisted Suicide gives death a permanent and scheduled date. Although questionable, physician assisted deaths are not new.

This type of death was highlighted in mainstream media through Dr. Kevorkian. He was a medical pathologist that helped terminally ill patients end their lives and was eventually prosecuted for it. In an interview with the New York Times he explained his position:

“My ultimate aim is to make euthanasia a positive experience,” he said. “I’m trying to knock the medical profession into accepting its responsibilities, and those responsibilities include assisting their patients with death.”

The argument for assisted suicide is centered around giving the terminally ill individuals who want to end their suffering a peaceful and dignified way to do it. Philip Nitschke, a pro- euthanasia activist has developed a 3-D printed device to do just that. The Sarcos is a pod where the patient can end their own lives with nitrogen. Nitschke is a staunch supporter of an individuals write to choose.

I believe it is a fundamental human right for every adult of sound mind, to be able to plan for the end of their life in a way that is reliable, peaceful & at a time of their choosing.

Several states such as: Vermont, California and Oregon  already permit assisted suicide for patients that have 6 months or less to live. This device may give individuals more autonomy over their own deaths. The legality and the logistics of how a product like this would actually be put into practice has yet to be determined.

The morality of self inflicted death is still up for debate; individuals such as Nitschke are using modern medicine to make the transition between life and death more dignified.

Daily Inspiration: City Gives Jobs To End Panhandling

Former Mayor of Albequerque, New Mexico, Richard Berry is the mastermind behind the program There’s A Better Way.  This program gives people who are in need a job for the day paying them a wage of $9.00 an hour for five and a half hours.

In addition to a paying wage, the participants are also given resources to receive services that can help them get back on their feet.  The mission of the program is to help give dignity to people through work and collectively end panhandling.

Daily Inspiration: The Advancement of Animation

Walt Disney was a very successful entrepreneur, animator and film producer. His name might ring a bell. His company has produced very popular animated films and Walt Disney theme parks.

Digital technology is the cornerstone of Disney’s success. The animated films produced by Walt Disney Studios are widely known throughout the world and have been reimagined several times as the technology becomes more advanced.

In this video Disney describes what the multiplane camera is and how it made animated films more realistic. The development of this idea helped make animation into what it is today.

Combating Fake News is Simple

Several syndicated news programs are owned by a few large corporations that may tend to favor a specific political view. The days of getting unbiased mainstream news coverage are long gone. These programs no longer just cover the news, they also generate opinions — often swaying the audience watching.

This level of pandering is not a surprise to either side of the fence. Corporations are in business for the bottom line and will follow new trends to get there. That newest trend being — opinion-based news.

The phrase “fake news” was coined by President Trump in an effort to challenge stations that were reporting, what he believed to be, fake news about him. This concept has taken off in the minds of many Americans. People are consistently judging the legitimacy of news coverage provided by major stations such as: Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC.

Coincidently, a video surfaced showing that news stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group were having their reporters recite a speech saying that they are dedicated to providing balanced and fair news coverage. Thus, fueling the conversation that the news is just producing propaganda.

Syndicated programs have shied away from investigative reporting in an effort to make sensational news more popular. Modern news doesn’t seem to be dedicated to reporting just the facts. Mainstream media simply finds a hot button current event topic and addresses it according the partisan views of their employer. Seems simple enough.

How can the general population stay informed on real unbiased facts surrounding current events across the nation? By abandoning their typical news outlets. In order to get outside information, one must seek it.

The wealth of the knowledge is at our fingertips. People are doing labor intensive research on topics the general public needs to know the truth about. Professors, scientists and students in academia spend tireless hours doing exhaustive research and studies on current issues.

While the average person, isn’t going to want to tread through an academic journal; other options exist. Believe it or not encyclopedias haven’t retreated to the stone age. Research based organizations are available to feed you factual information without making you feel like you have to pick a side.

Pew Research Center and Science Daily are sites that deliver research based, non-partisan information. Better yet, support your local library by utilizing the plentiful resources it provides.

Independent news organizations have investigative journalists waiting for fresh eyes to absorb their work. Check out Reveal, C-Span, and Al Jazeera English for these types of articles.

The facts are out there, go find them.

 

 

Daily Inspiration: Virtual Reality Helps Couple Relive Past Experiences

Nathan Windsor has worked for over a decade doing music therapy for nursing homes. He recently decided to start incorporating virtual reality recapture happy moments.

The couple featured in this video are in their 90s and have been married over 60 years. During those years they traveled frequently, harboring souvenirs from their adventures.

Due to age and limited mobility, they are no longer able to travel. Nathan presents them with virtual reality to go back to their most precious memories.

Daily Inspiration: Cancer Survivor Becomes Stoma Designer

Heather Maston is a stage three colon survivor who discovered how to make her new disability work for her. After having her large intestines and rectum removed, she now has a permanent ostomy bag on her body.

To help her cope with this new accessory she designed covers for the bag that she wears daily. She can switch them up depending on her mood, and help her bring a sense of confidence to her adjusted daily routine.

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Daily Inspiration: 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K Run/Walk

September 11, 2001 was indeed a horrific day for the United States of America. Thousands of lives were lost during the events in New York City, Washington D.C. and in Pennsylvania.

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City is dedicated to remembering the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives in 2001 and in the World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Honoring the lives of those who were lost is at the heart of our mission. Occupying eight of the 16 acres at the World Trade Center, the Memorial is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum serves as the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring the implications of the events of 9/11, documenting the impact of those events and exploring 9/11’s continuing significance.

On Sunday, April 22, 2018 the sixth annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K Run/Walk and Community Day will take place in lower Manhattan. This fundraiser is in support of the daily operations of the memorial and museum.

If you will be in the New York City area and would like to commemorate 9/11 heroes and lost loved ones click here to learn more.

Adaptive Clothing Breaks the Mold

The greatest features of modern society are tolerance and innovation. Thanks to this, people are finally able to reap the benefits of progressive thinking. Adaptive clothing is specifically designed to increase mobility for disabled, elderly and special-needs children and adults.

While sneakers with Velcro clasps and ‘grandma’ pants with elastic waists aren’t new, this concept goes a step beyond. Magnetic closures, sensory friendly and anti-strip jumpsuits for Alzheimer’s sufferers is now available. Individuals who are wheelchair bound are able to find clothing that is suitable for their lifestyle.

A quick search yields large and small retailers that have expanded their fashion lines to help these previously excluded groups. Tommy Hilfiger, Target, and Silvert’s are just a few of the brands that are enabling people to increase their independence.

Adaptive clothing is ushering in a new wave of fashion and accessibility. Allowing someone to maintain a sense of normalcy in what can otherwise be a restrictive existence, is life altering. The future of all inclusive garments will only help foster individuality and improve the lives of those who need it most.

 

Daily Inspiration: Use Your Weaknesses to Propel You Forward

Gary Vaynerchuk also known as “Gary Vee” is an entrepreneur who shares the story of his path to success widely. His presence on social media platforms is full of motivational and ‘tell it like it is’ advice.

In this video he describes how being self aware can get you to the next level. The greatest asset that you have in life is, yourself. Recognizing your strengths and your limitations is the key to knowing where you need to go and how you can get there.

The Infinite War: Skin Color

Skin color is an contentious topic for many. It is truly arbitrary but has evolved to have incredible meaning across cultural and ‘racial’ lines. The literal determination of pigment in skin is simple- it’s the amount of melanin that your body produces. This biological process is purely an adaptation of necessity.

The Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History explains the physiological need for different skin tones.

Why do people from the tropics generally have darker skin color that those who live in colder climates? Variations in human skin color are adaptive traits that correlate closely with geography and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Melanin, the skin’s brown pigment, is a natural sunscreen that protects tropical peoples from the many harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays.

The concept of skin color is just the body evolving biologically to protect itself from the sun. Somewhere along the way, a distinction developed between light and dark skin. The battle of pigment is likely derived from centuries of brainwashing through colonization and segregation for power.

Discrimination against those with different skin is more than skin deep. These divisions have expanded into subconscious perceptions and have real internal and external consequences. Skin color is now a package deal with preset expectations and characterizations of the person it sits on. This rationale is perpetuated in media and among people in everyday society.

Racism is so powerful and systematic that the assumptions that are bred within its culture, have had long lasting effects on there targeted communities. Colorism has taken hold of many communities of color, forever changing the psyche of the people who enact on it.

The conditioning is so elaborate that people with medium to dark skin tones are actually bleaching their skin to become lighter. It is widely believed that lighter skin leads to better opportunities and upward mobility.

Reversing gilded belief systems won’t happen overnight- but some perspective, never hurts. If we as humans have learned anything from modern science, it is not to be weary of the unknown. The mixed bag of genetics is just that, mixed. Appearances are just evolutionary adaptations to the environments of our ancestors. The alarm of fear should not be sounded over aesthetics.

Remove the sentiment associated with the color of ones skin. Skin color is not a determination of character or moral fiber. View it, for its intended purpose, a vessel and protector. In the 21st century, the war the has been waged against it is outdated and futile.