Three German Students Surprise Homeless Man in a Beautiful Way
Jul31

Three German Students Surprise Homeless Man in a Beautiful Way

youtube How many times have we seen people walk past the homeless and just ignore them? These three German students decided to do something amazing.. They spotted a homeless man and asked if they can borrow his bucket. The homeless man agreed and the magic started. They made his day by helping him earn some money by doing something as simple as playing music. The look on this guy’s face is inspiring. I’m in tears! “I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love.” -Gandalf The Grey in ‘The Hobbit’ Source:...

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Architects Plan to Turn Brazil’s Empty Stadiums into Housing for Homeless
Jul22

Architects Plan to Turn Brazil’s Empty Stadiums into Housing for Homeless

An estimated 250,000 people were evicted from their homes to make way for the World Cup games. After the games were over, there were a dozen large stadiums left behind that will mostly lay vacant and unused, after hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes. Two French architects named Axel de Stampa and Sylvain Macaux have proposed a possible solution to this problem in their new “1 Week 1 Project” plan. According to the project’s website: The project “Casa Futebol” proposes a reappropriation of the stadiums renovated or built for the World Cup using modules of housing of a surface of 105 m ². It is not a question of denying the interest of Brazilians people for the soccer, otherwise of proposing an alternative in the deficit of housing. Stadiums will continue to be used, receiving soccer matches, a part of the ganancies of which can finance the construction and the maintenance of the houses. Photo: 1week1project.org With homelessness being such a problem all over the world, people who want to make a difference are starting to think outside of the box to develop creative and peaceful ideas to solve this problem without relying on the force of government. It is interesting in this case that events will continue to happen in the stadium, and that the revenue from those events will be used to fund the housing. This is similar to a plan that has recently been developed in Europe, where advertisers and activists are joining together to create billboard housing, that will allow homeless people to live in luxurious roadside apartments that have billboards on the side of them. The advertising revenue from the billboards fund the property and utilities, and everyone ends up in a better situation than they were before. Photo: 1week1project.org In Brazil and in the rest of the world, poverty is not going to be solved by the government. Average people with unique skills and ideas are going to need to come together peacefully to create solutions to this very complex problem. This story and others like it show that this effort is actually already taking place all over the world. Source: trueactivist.com via...

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Quote of the Day: “Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti
Jul21

Quote of the Day: “Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti

Pic Source: http://www.fhadoo.com/top/jiddu-krishnamurthi An Overview of Krishnamurti’s Life and Work Jiddu Krishnamurti was born on 11 May 1895 in Madanapalle, a small town in south India. He and his brother were adopted in their youth by Dr Annie Besant, then president of the Theosophical Society. Dr Besant and others proclaimed that Krishnamurti was to be a world teacher whose coming the Theosophists had predicted. To prepare the world for this coming, a world-wide organization called the Order of the Star in the East was formed and the young Krishnamurti was made its head. In 1929, however, Krishnamurti renounced the role that he was expected to play, dissolved the Order with its huge following, and returned all the money and property that had been donated for this work. From then, for nearly sixty years until his death on 17 February 1986, he travelled throughout the world talking to large audiences and to individuals about the need for a radical change in mankind. Krishnamurti is regarded globally as one of the greatest thinkers and religious teachers of all time. He did not expound any philosophy or religion, but rather talked of the things that concern all of us in our everyday lives, of the problems of living in modern society with its violence and corruption, of the individual’s search for security and happiness, and the need for mankind to free itself from inner burdens of fear, anger, hurt, and sorrow. He explained with great precision the subtle workings of the human mind, and pointed to the need for bringing to our daily life a deeply meditative and spiritual quality. Krishnamurti belonged to no religious organization, sect or country, nor did he subscribe to any school of political or ideological thought. On the contrary, he maintained that these are the very factors that divide human beings and bring about conflict and war. He reminded his listeners again and again that we are all human beings first and not Hindus, Muslims or Christians, that we are like the rest of humanity and are not different from one another. He asked that we tread lightly on this earth without destroying ourselves or the environment. He communicated to his listeners a deep sense of respect for nature. His teachings transcend man-made belief systems, nationalistic sentiment and sectarianism. At the same time, they give new meaning and direction to mankind’s search for truth. His teaching, besides being relevant to the modern age, is timeless and universal. Krishnamurti spoke not as a guru but as a friend, and his talks and discussions are based not on tradition-based knowledge but on his own insights into the human mind...

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How One Dad Transformed a Tragedy
Jul21

How One Dad Transformed a Tragedy

Dad Loses Son To Cancer, Starts Charity To Transport Kids To Chemo Pic Source Via: http://www.medicaldaily.com/dad-loses-son-cancer-starts-charity-transport-kids-chemo-245592 Richard Nares stands in front of one of many vans his foundation uses to transport children to and from chemotherapy treatments. Facebook, The Emilio Nares Fou Richard Nares faced a parent’s worst fear when his son Emilio was diagnosed with leukemia in 1998 and died from the disease two years later. But he managed to transform his grief into charity by helping hundreds of families face the complex challenges of childhood illness, by giving them a lift. After his son died, he returned to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego and asked staff how he could help others. Their answer: transportation. Children diagnosed with cancer and their families must travel far and frequently to receive treatments, such as chemotherapy. One family that Richard encountered lived 120 miles away from the hospital. Another had to travel to the hospital six times a week but did not have a car. For some children, the caustic chemotherapy treatments leave their immune systems so weak that they are unable to ride germ-ridden public transportation. Many parents do not have the liberty to take unpaid time from work. Some single-parent families are forced to choose between sending their sick child on a bus to chemotherapy alone or leaving their siblings unsupervised. He found that many children were riding the bus for over 4 hours to and from the hospital or, worse yet, forgoing important treatments altogether. Although Richard and Emilio had rides and the support of family throughout Emilio’s illness, Richard saw how tough cancer was on many low-income families and decided to do something. “It’s extremely tough, not just emotionally, but now financially,” he said. “Sometimes, both parents have to either leave their job or cut back severely. Some … don’t have (an) extra $10 to pay for cafeteria food.” In the beginning, he drove around the area in his Buick, giving families rides to and from the hospital, but soon more requests came in. With the help of nurses and social workers, he started the Emilio Nares Foundation to expand his work into a formal program, named Ride With Emilio. Now, the Emilio Nares Foundation gives 2,500 free rides to children and families a year to several hospitals in Southern California. The foundation also provides support to families providing bilingual patient advocacy, and even bereavement and burial support. Ride With Emilio has been recognized by the U.S. Surgeons General and President Barack Obama as a model case study. Recently, Richard has been nominated to be featured in the CNN Heroes series. Currently, Richard is running from...

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This Sweet Video of People Dancing Naked Will Charm Your Pants Off
Jul19

This Sweet Video of People Dancing Naked Will Charm Your Pants Off

Who feels like getting naked and dancing through the strees of Los Angeles? Wait, don’t answer until you’ve watched this. In a charming (and essentially safe for work) video promo for its upcoming reality series Dating Naked, VH1 and agency Mistress filmed a diverse mix of people whirling and waltzing around a small crowd of onlookers in L.A. to the tune of “I’m Just Wild About Harry.” The result is a one-take clip free of the kind of sleazy sexualization we usually see in nudity-based ads. It feels instead like a warm-hearted celebration of dropping inhibitions (and trousers) in the name of self-expression. It’s also timed to correspond with National Nude Day, which I’m told is today. (Sorry, France, here in America the Bastille is a distant second to bare buttocks.) Hopefully that tone will carry through to the Dating Naked series, in which participants go through the typical courtship rituals with strangers—except, as you could guess, they’re nude. Source:...

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