A Fight For Social Justice / Social Equality

The amount of hatred and discrimination against someone’s race, religion, ethnicity and/or sexual orientation has always been a problem in the world we live in.

It absolutely boggles my mind thinking about it because, why would someone have the audacity to hurt a person who’s not exactly like him/her either verbally or physically? We were all created as equals, but for some reason, we can’t learn to live with each other peacefully nor can we learn to accept other people for who they are. Whether if you’re gay, black or white, catholic or Muslim, crippled or sick, nobody deserves to be discriminated because of their race, religion and/or sexual orientation. And if you are the person that discriminates someone for whatever reason, I’d tell you to think twice and look at yourself first before judging someone else, because nobody deserves to be mistreated.

The constant issue of social equality is not even close to ending, but if you look around outside, there are millions of people who are making a difference in the world and you might be that person who is doing so. After all, a journey to a thousand miles begins with one step. That’s all it takes.

Speaking of making a difference, yesterday I saw this amazing documentary talking about the legacy of John Lewis called, “Get In The Way: The Journey Of John Lewis.” It was a very sad documentary but at the same time, what he did to overcome racism and the brutality in that time period was absolutely incredible. A man who made a difference in the world and never stopped fighting for social justice and equality. He knew at that time what he was getting into, even for doing the right thing, but regardless of being sent to jail or getting a beating, he never gave up. One of the most striking moments was when a man, also a former leader of the KKK, came up to him several years later and apologized for being that racist and for hurting him physically, and John Lewis’ only answer was simply, “I forgive you.”

It is said that later, this documentary will be shown throughout the schools as a way to educate the students about this difficult time period. In the end, forgiveness and kindness come a long way, if you believe something is wrong and should be fixed then do something about it and make that difference in the world, be hopeful and mindful to yourself and each other and never give up. Unfortunately, racism and discrimination will always be a part of this world, but you can be that person that ends it. After all, it’s A Fight For Social Justice and A Fight For Social Equality!

 

 

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Red Rocks Park

Where: Red Rocks Park, Colorado, USA

Besides visiting Garden of the Gods, I found this park to be quite incredible.

As you may already know, last year I visited Garden of the Gods located in Colorado Springs. I went on that fun little trip with my sister Jasmine who was visiting for the week. Well just last week, my sister so willingly decided to fly down from Ottawa to visit us. This was now her second time visiting Denver so by request, I figured she would love to see more of the city and the nature surrounding it.

We did various things while she was here. One thing she did was explore downtown Denver and its attractions. She also had the opportunity to eat at some great restaurants offering superb food, and not to mention that shopping was always on her to-do list. Furthermore, we all went together on a hike to Red Rocks Park which was pretty exciting. From our house to Red Rocks Park, it was a good 45-minute drive and 34 minutes coming back.

Once we arrived, we were immediately struck by the gorgeous scenery and the mountains surrounding us. The air was so crisp as we were getting higher in altitude, and the sun was shining so bright which was fantastic. Unfortunately, we picked a day where it was a bit chilly but nevertheless, the most important part was experiencing the stunning scenery and hiking the red rocks!

Here are a few pictures that were taken by my sister on her visit.

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As I mentioned before, the view really was beautiful! If you so happen to be in Denver, why not visit Red Rocks Park? A national park definitely worth visiting.

Since this was my sister’s last day in Denver, I hope she made the most of it, and surely she enjoyed her visit as much as I enjoyed her visit with us.


Photo Credits: Jasmine Lessard – @jasmineklessard

Haven’t seen Garden of the Gods post? Click the link!

As Fragile And As Unique

Yes, our people have accomplished so many things.

They’ve discovered the wonders of our world,

Climbed the highest mountains,

Invented incredible things,

Even traveled to the moon and back.

But we can be fragile beings,

A moment of laughter can be driven to tears,

Broken by trust and fault,

Deceived by the most idiotic situations.

And we can be replenished,

Healed by love and trust,

Bandaged by the sand of times,

Recovered by the burden of family.

In the end,

We are fragile beings.

Broken by fault and fixed with love.


I love the idea of something beautiful, like a vase or a painting, that can be broken so easily. And while one might easily toss it aside, the others fixes it. The end result has more beauty than it did before because of someone’s talent, time and love.

Uniquely, I am showing the veracity of the human person. One can be so easily hurt and sad but can be easily fixed with love and trust. In the end, we are fragile beings. Broken by fault and fixed with love.

Hope you enjoyed this post, and stay tuned for more to come!

© Benjamin Lessard – TheBenLessard