Time published a series of photographs from photojournalists covering the conflict in Syria between the Assad regime and the rebels. They are powerful: a collection of the journalists favorite images.
Perhaps more than anything I have shocked at the resilience of these people. The above image is of a man returning home to his family with his groceries. He has to run across the street to avoid the sniper haunting the street.I’m not sure if it is because I have seen the beauty of these foreign place that I ache for those thrown into the wars. Maybe it’s because I have no way of really comprehending the world the Syrian rebels are currently living and these journalists images have succeeded in moving their audience that I find myself wishing I could be there photographing the situation. It feels more concrete, like these people and their cameras are doing more to help resolve this situation than anything I can do from my padded chair in America.
Anyone today can build meaningful relationships through real human interactions globally using technology.That’s the awesome part about PR, I’m paid to do that and I should work to build those resonating connections before the skill is lost in the masses of automated email and @ mentions.
Our findings, detailed in our new book out this month, Sex and World Peace, echo those of other scholars, who have found that the larger the gender gap between the treatment of men and women in a society, the more likely a country is to be involved in intra- and interstate conflict, to be the first to resort to force in such conflicts, and to resort to higher levels of violence.She continues on to give examples and theories which are eye-opening and fascinating and yet somehow innately resonated as accurate. For me, the real power of reading this synopsis of her findings came in evaluating myself as, not only a woman, but a woman in a situation with the power to bring about real change in the world. So often I rationalize immobility because of my seeming insignificance in and ignorance about the “big picture.” But if not me, and if not now, then who and when? Another point to which I constantly return is my belief, and one supported by Hudson, is that women are not “better” than men. I believe deeply in the importance of men and women working independently and interdependently. I do not necessarily believe in the stagnation of traditional gender roles, but I do believe men and women possess individualized strengths that must be tapped in a way that enhances the talents of both sexes while negating each sex’s weaknesses. Men and women are inherently different. We shouldn’t spend time trying to pick a winner, or trying to make men and women the same, we just need to learn to use both together.