Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Random Activisms of Kindness


Media is a powerful tool, and is highly misused.
But you can help to spread good "memes"

So you're standing at the checkout line at the grocery store and you look around at your options for something to do. Your eyes graze the bright colors of the gum rack and the magazines. You notice The Enquirer, The Star, People Magazine, and the worlds top 10 sexiest men or women of the year according to GQ or Cosmopolitan. If your name is Goliath, you care, and "sigh" feeling helpless against the billion dollars of marketing power that you're staring at. But... One day... You get this idea!

A Random Activism of Kindness I discovered is...

While shopping at the grocery store, I take a little time to stop by the magazine rack, and grab a few magazines with more intellectual content to place in front of the tabloid magazines. It also gives me something to read while I wait in line.

It's a fact. People are more likely to read what's in front of them than what is six isles away.

"Interest in the common good is at present so weak a motive in the generality not because it can never be otherwise but because the mind is not accustomed to dwell on it as it dwells from morning 'til night on things which tend only to the personal advantage. The deep-rooted selfishness which forms the general character of the existing state of society is so deeply rooted only because existing institutions tend to foster it. I am now convinced that no greater improvements in the lot of mankind are possible until a great change takes place in the fundamental constitution of our thought."

-- John Stuart Mill