Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Weed in Colorado

I have often wondered how and where one draws the line when it comes to murder. I was raised Catholic and have never murdered another human, as far as I am aware. Although, I have eaten flesh in the form of cheeseburgers and fish sticks. I have also flooded ant colonies with the garden house, ran over roadside rabbits and paid to have my cat flea dipped. I have also supported the use of pesticides through eating un-organic foods, have pulled weeds and driven my windshield into thousands of flying insects.

Although I am uncertain about my continued citizenship or allegiance to the Catholic doctrine, I do believe that commandment #6 is a good one. And I am choosing to become more critical of my murderous ways. Outside of my own personal choices, I must stand against violence witnessed within my community. For this reason, I have done one of hopefully many interventions that attempt to protect those out there that cannot protect themselves.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Last weekend I spent Saturday helping 10 little boys earn their pottery badges for Boy Scouts. Then I started wondering more about the Boy Scouts since obviously I couldn't be one--what do they stand for? What are all the badges and sales of popcorn supposed to do? What kind of badges are offered? And what's going on in the news with the secret abuse files??

So here you are:"The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law." Some of the descriptors in Scout law include being, " Obedient, Helpful, Thrifty, and Clean." They do this by earning badges in various skills such as pottery, but there are also badges for Citizenship in the Community... 

In light of the recent news stories concerning the Boy Scouts, I've designed a couple of badges that could be earned. This first would be for Citizenship in Real Communities--ones that include people who may be different from the ones who live in the ideal Boy Scouting communities. The second badge would be called the "Whistleblowers" badge. In light of the Boy Scout's mission to teach moral and ethical decision making, I think that teaching when something shouldn't be kept a secret is a valuable life skill.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Operation Hometown Heroes 1.0

The link above hosts interventions accomplished in 2009 by the collaborative duo of Jennifer Bockelman and Alvin P. Gregorio. The blog you are currently visiting will host the most recent interventions.