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Sunday, June 08, 2008

How do you "Use Your Voice"?  


I read a very thought provoking statement a few days ago.It was in an interview Clay Aiken had with a Singapore newspaper called TODAY.

“That’s what’s so great about America,” he said, laughing. “One of our valuable amendments to the Constitution — freedom of the press — is also one of the crappiest. You can write anything you want. You don’t need to have any proof or any truth to what you write.”


Another quote from Clay is a little phrase that he uses a lot of the time when he signs autographs - "Use Your Voice". Which leads to my reason for this blog.


How do you "Use Your Voice"?


Do you use it for the better of mankind or do you use it for the detriment of mankind?

Do you use your voice to tear down someone because of jealousy and hate?

Do you use your voice to teach or voice concern on world affairs?

Do you use your voice to make a difference in a child's life?


I have read so many so called news articles, blogs and even viewed some vlogs with stories about celebrities. There is one agenda - to embarrass or bash the celebrity, maybe even try to destroy the celebrity. They do anything to sensationalize the story one way or the other. Twist the truth or jump on the story without any validity. They get second hand information to write their story but no confirmation or denial from the celebrity. This is how many of the journalists and bloggers use their voices.


I have also read comments. A lot of the comments are as bad as the stories - They are bashing the celebrities. I have read some of the most vile lanuguage I have ever seen in my life. They expound on the story by adding untruths and to make it look intelligent they think if they throw in several expletives, that will do the job. Very juvelnile.


It makes you wonder what is going thru the minds of the people leaving the comments. Does this make this person a better person? I don't think so. Have they been hurt in their life? Abused, neglected? Did their mom or dad have the day off when they were taught the "Golden Rule"?


When I was growing up, my parents taught me that you always look for the good in people, you think before you speak, you try to help your fellow man. Kindness goes a long way. Another - If you cannot say anything nice - Don't say anything at all. Being polite goes a long way also.


These people leaving some of these comments have a lot of time on their hands. It looks like a group of lemmings. One person may be brave enough to say something and the others follow.


Instead of following the lemmings - Use your voice to help your neighbor, volunteer with your local Red Cross, Boys or Girls Clubs, Scouting, sing in your local choir. Volunteer to teach someone to read. Check on an elderly neighbor. Even carrying a smile will be better than devoting so much time destroying a person that you have never met.


Get rid of some of the hate that you have - with the language I have read - there is hate there. No one talks like that if there is no hate in their heart. Anyone that takes aim at someone that you do not know, have no idea what they are about, needs to get a life.


I wonder if Angelina, Brad, Britney, Lindsay, Clay, David, George and many, many others also wish they would get a life.

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10 comments: to “ How do you "Use Your Voice"?


  •  

    Using words for the good of other. What a novel idea. Must be awful to feel worthless and have to degrade (lie about) others in order to validate themselves.

    There are some very good lessons in your blog. Thank you.


  •  

    I always told my children that everything that went through their heads didn't have to come out their mouth.

    I am at a loss on how our society got so mean, so hateful, so vindictive.

    I think some of the blame needs to be placed on the internet - for all the good, there is the down side too. Anyone can say anything under the cover of anonymity.

    Great blog - here's hoping people will read it and take some of your words to heart - before their heart is totally lost.

  • Anonymous

     

    I often think that people who do things like you mentioned had a self image problem and think if they revel in what they think may be wrong or make up something "wrong" about someone else, it makes them better. What else could be wrong with people who get joy out of other people's misery?

  • musicfan

     

    What a great Blog. Thank you for your thoughts.

    As a middle school teacher, I face the problem of trying to help kids understand how hurtful words can be.

    I wish there was something we all could do to get these "news" site shut down.

  • Anonymous

     

    That old adage - 'sticks and stones bay break my bones, but words can never hurt me' - has never been more WRONG than it is today.

    I have never understood the concept of using words to hurt others. It must somehow make those who do it feel good about themselves. What low lifes they are.

    I could care less about their low self-esteem; they have no concsience, no moral guide, and if their sense of self-worth is that low I hope that their own words come back to bite them in the butt. I wonder how THEY would feel to have lies told to the public about them?

  • caroleclay

     

    Very well said. Thank you.

  • Anonymous

     

    Most of the news media are in bed together...

    For instance, aol, TMZ, People, USAToday, etc. are all interconnected.

    They use language like "alledgedly", "sources", "suposedly", etc. to try to give credence to what often are fabricated vindictiveness.

    It's a sad, sad commentary on our society that there is hardly any accountability in journalism any more.

  • claymedmyheart

     

    Great blog. Thanks for your uplifting points! That's a great quote from Clay. Is that interview available online? I'd love to read it.


  •  

    Thank you for all the nice comments.

    What is sad is that if any guilty parties read this blog - they will not see themselves. They will point fingers and continue in the ridicule, lies and the destruction.

    Maybe that amendment needs to be amended.

    The link to the article is above, but here it is again.
    http://crookedturret.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/clay-aiken-todaysingapore-may-29-2008/


  •  

    I loved this. Thank you!