Take Your Power Back

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From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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  1. Ronald Dy says:

    A very striking photo. These days, everyone aims to earn as much as they can without taking care of themselves. Worse, they would even go to extreme lengths and would even consider stepping on others just to earn more. We definitely need to take our power back from the grasp of materialism.

    • Hey Ronald,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I definitely believe that there is an element of materialism that we need to emancipate ourselves from. Sometimes it can seem as if everyone around us is wrapped up in the pursuit of “success” at all costs. I’ve found comfort in my life in having the fortune to experience people who place a higher value on personal relationships instead of material goods. In my experience, not everyone whom I’ve come across approaches life with an every-person for themselves style, and I find this to be very comforting.

      I also think it’s important to acknowledge that the relationship we have in terms of how many pieces of paper some of us have or don’t have can also place us in situations that can have an impact both positive and negative on our worldviews.

      I’m not sure how many of my notes you’ve read, but I think you might also be interested in a note I published recently which hits on economic inequality and a mindset that you might also feel needs to be changed:

      Inequality is real, it’s personal, it’s expensive, and it was created“.

      Here’s another one which features this popular video on Wealth Inequality in America, and lastly, another note with a video that a reader shared about how economic inequality harms societies.

      Thanks again for sharing your comment. I hope you return to comment on more notes in the future.

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