Over the past few years I have taken hundreds of selfies and posted them all over my social media. The discussion about the narcissistic nature of folks who take selfies has made its way out of the psychiatric community and is now somewhat commonplace. And therefore, I have been called…
Throughout our business and personal lives we are faced with dilemmas that place us in a win-lose. They force us to choose between saving one person’s job while costing another’s; causing one person to lose money while another gains; and hurting one friend while helping the other.
President Obama gave a widely anticipated speech on taking executive action to reduce gun violence. While declaring the validity of the 2nd Amendment, he proposed closing the loopholes in the buying of guns without background checks.
If your son or daughter came to you, enraged at a group of people based on their ethnicities, ideologies, or religious beliefs and you sensed he or she might commit an act of violence – how would you try to calm him or her down?
Another week – another mass killing. The alleged murderers, killed 14 and injured 21 people in San Bernardino, California. They burst into a Christmas party at the Inland Regional Center, wearing masks, body armor, semi-automatic pistols, long guns, GoPros and carrying pipe bombs.
Thoughts about football quickly left my mind when the game opened up with a tribute and moment of silence to an 18 year old Patriots fan. Ezra Schwartz, who had been shot overseas in another act of terrorism, could be seen on the big screen, smiling ear to ear, in his Patriots jersey.
It took 6 days from the time my blog, “Hateful Sculpture in Milwaukee Needs to be Scrapped” posted until Jaume Plensa, a world famous artist, was compelled to remove his Spillover II sculpture.
It took 5 days from the time my article, “How I Discovered Hate in Plain Sight on a Popular Sculpture” posted until, Jaume Plensa, had his Spillover II sculpture removed for “repair”. I had observed that there was an ethnic slur, “Cheap Jew” in plain sight, made from letters of the sculpture.
After taking a few shots of the lake and surrounding area, we walked up to the sculpture. Within 30 seconds of looking at the sculpture, I noticed the letters on the northern side of the statute were not random at all. In fact they clearly spell out the following hateful phrases…
There is so much hate, distrust, and lack of ingenuity in this gun violence debate with each side saying, “It’s my way or the highway.” Unfortunately politics doesn’t work that way, life doesn’t work that way and problems aren’t solved that way.