Be the Cause
A mellow type of fellow that's changign alot these days

My Change of Heart weekend

I’ll keep adding to these lists, while I gather my thoughts. (I love the idea of blogs as as living documents) 

These are just humble (initial) ideas:

Things I learned

  • some ideas of about poverty
  • alot of people identify it as a dividing line between fortunate and unfortunate
  • there is a certain arrogance in our society that won’t allow us to ever come to terms with moving to make this world equal or just or truly free
  • city officals even pass laws saying that we cannot share food with the homeless, thinking that in some way that will encourage them to live as marginalized 3rd class citizens. I think one of the messages in serving the food is to show these “leaders” that we want to teach them to share.
  • the “engineer” in me views poverty as a self-made/man-made internal and external system that forces some marginalized part of society to view themselves through the eyes of those that fear and hate.
  • when the Long Beach Grand Prix come to town the cops are told to arrest people on unpaid “being homeless” citation. You too can be ticketed if found loitering or standing with a backpack on the sidewalk.
  • the field worker forced to work the Cocaine field in Peru is in poverty as is the young gang member in a gang module at County Jail, as is the person addicted to drugs, as is the little girl being abused by her father, as is the lonely forgotten senior citizen, as is the man labeld “deranged” my medical staff that don’t want to treat him properly for lack of a insurance card, as is the starving in Africa, as is the starving in America, as is anyone who feels opressed by the other side of society…
  • We should do a compassion cell with Lights Out pretty soon.
  • We should do a compassion cell with Dorinda (a fellow Carsonist and probably my favorite speaker)
  • I enjoyed this weekend as a camping retreat
  • A card board tent is not as effective as a card board blanket in keepig the cold off (unless it is sealed, but that makes it too stuffy to sleep).
  • We walk for hope every year, and I would love to riot for peace (this is an old thought that I was reminded of as we heard Dr ML King Jr inflect his voice).
  • I’m still a terrible public speaker
  • I was more talkative than usual
  • One of my friends was less talkative than usual and it made me think there was an internal tiredness about that person.
  • Ann is really cool. All the good things I heard about her prior to meeting her were exactly true. She don’t have to stress out about her jobby job so much. Easy for me to say…
  • thoughtfullness and sharing is good and humans are good at it.
  • Long Beach needs rent control and houses are way over priced. We are pricing ourselves out of good neighborhoods. A little house in a polluted county like LA should not cost $600,000. A elementry school teacher cannot afford to keep a 2 bedroom partment in Long Beach. 


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    First time as a Volunteer at Seva Cafe, Long Beach

    I was lucky enough to go on the Service Trip with the gang that went to India in Dec 2005. So, I got to volunteer for a night at Seva Cafe, Ahmedabad. To be honest, it was probably my least favorite project on the trip (please read all the wonderful stuff people say about Seva Cafe and realize that all the other stuff we did was more worthwhile for me).  I do see it as a worthwhile experiment. We are lucky to be living in a time of the “internet revolution” (where people can easily network with each other using machines) and the “Open Source revolution” in business — where “software” (ideas) are laid out for anyone to use, experiment, and tinker with the assumption that any new changes will be checked back in for prosperity’s sake. So, I was pretty glad that there was a move going back to “Open food”. Check out the middle paragraph in this little write up I an year after getting to think about what Seva Cafe is about. It made me think a little about how the notion of Free and Open are subtly different.

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