Thursday, March 15, 2012

Stephen Jackson revisited

... and just as I inhale, Stack Jack has ended his stay as a Warrior in a trade involving Richard Jefferson and a conditional first rounder. I will miss your pouting, adamant refusal to get back on D, and slow release. Booing will resume as normal.

PHOTO by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images via Sports Illustrated

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Monta and Udoh traded for Bogut and Captain Jack

Coming from someone tired of seeing the Warriors toil in mediocrity (too good to get a high draft pick, too bad to get into the playoffs), it's nice to see them roll the dice. This could turn out really great, or it can blow up in our faces. To be frank, watching the Warriors already feels like the TV blowing up in my face, so not much would change there. I would also officially like to welcome back Stack Jack. I've missed your pouting, adamant refusal to get back on D, and slow release. I will cheer you when you do well and boo you when you fail. Just like I do the with the Warriors.

PHOTO by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images via Sports Illustrated

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kony 2012 & The Right to be Inspired

It really bothers me how negative and derisive people are about Kony 2012. Deconstructing this movement like it's a scam or trying to defraud the integrity of people who claim to support it. None of that changes that children are suffering globally. It's something that we all should be reminded of whether you are knowledgable of it or not. So what if not every single person on your friend list that posts this video does anything about it. The possibility remains that someone eventually will. That makes it worth the effort.

Don't let your cynicism overshadow the issue. And don't let your distrust diffuse your sense of purpose or moral responsibility.

This isn't me grandstanding. This is me frustrated. You don't need to have dedicated your entire life to charity in order to be a part of something bigger than yourself. The only prerequisite to being inspired is inspiration. Stop being concerned with which of your friends follow through. Avoid patting yourself on the back over those who don't. If you claim to hold the moral ground over them, then effect change yourself and call it a day. While taking action now won't make you an activist, it can make you a compassionate human being.

Enough time has been spent arguing the matter. Just remember that no one group is forcing your hand in your pocket, so stop acting like it. You are free to be apathetic. You are free to be a cynic. You are free to do nothing and proceed with your day as normal. But the least you can do is get out of the way of those who are getting things done and those who want to try.