A New Vlog…

but with a difference.  Humour me good people, will ya?  Oh and don’t a just love that snarl on my mug at the beginning?  lololol 😉


Author: valo

I am a poet, writer and activist with a special interest in human rights for children and women as well as the elimination of poverty worldwide. If you read this today, feed someone locally for me will you? Drop off a non perishable food item at the food bank nearest you and consider yourself hugged. Thank you!

16 thoughts on “A New Vlog…”

  1. I’ve mulled over a negative/depressing poem for months before posting it. I firmly believe that my writing should lift spirits, mine included. But an occasional poem goes out to express my anguish and in that process lifting it away from my heart. Sometimes life need not be perfect with all smiles – shows us we are human. But this negativity was never directed at the outside world. It was my heart saying things out loud.

    So I do agree with you “Keep your crap (prejudices) within your walls”.

    But there is a reason people write “inappropriate” stuff. Because there some (many?) who love to read them. Why do you think reality shows are popular? People love to to watch people being abused/back stabbed/slandered, all the while not realizing that they are losing precious time, to smile or watch a child or a bird, on their short stint on this planet.

    I believe this will not last. People would soon get tired of the overdose of hatred, fear and prejudice. After all, our own tears dry up after a while.

    So keep asking the questions. Don’t get sucked into a debate with “them”. Because they are going to be louder.

    Just smile 🙂 and jump of a bridge like I did http://keshavnarla.wordpress.com/2011/01/01/the-day-i-jumped-off-a-bridge/

    1. You’ve said it perfectly Keshav! 🙂 It’s nice to have you visit my blog and I do hope you come back again soon. I ventured over to your site and I’m very impressed with your writing and your upbeat attitude. Very fresh, real and positive. 🙂 I agree, I never debate, unless it’s with a certain blogger name GMC lolol

  2. I once wrote a poem and three people thanked me for writing a poem to them. I didn’t and don’t. I write a thought, experience or imagining and then I look at it from a distance before I’d even dream of posting it. Not just because of a responsibility to others but also to myself! ‘One step to the left’ is my motto.
    This worldwide forum is riddled with people who are displaying a personal message or observation but by the factor of it being divorced from their physical body, via the internet, it becomes almost an unmitigated truth to those that are vulnerable, unquestioned of its origins. What hurts the most is when you see others agreeing with what they are showing/telling. It is like seeing a germ spread and become stronger in a crowded room. Or when something provocative has been written – maybe even as a single word – and they are not picked up on it.
    Let’s face facts here… to some it is a turn-on to churn out unbalanced and unintelligent pieces for the sake of a reaction, rather than for the sake of art or information. (More hits anyone?)
    On the other site that I write on, each post has to be labelled ‘mature’ or for ‘everyone’. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that blogs do not encourage such labels on every post but in my opinion they should.
    I could write and blurb on forever on this one. Maybe over a coffee someday. 🙂

    1. I agree with what you about people doing it for hits. I know of a couple of cases where it’s been used to dress up substandard writing in shocking attire to make it marketable. . Violent or sexual images for the eye that have nothing or very little to do with the content of a book are only designed to dupe the consumer/reader through titillation plain and simple. What really infuriates me is that there are women out there doing it to garner attention for their work. If the subject matter is presented with respect and with a warning, and is being discussed intelligently as a way of gleaning some knowledge or a deeper understanding I’m all for that. If it is being expressed artistically in a way that isn’t voyeuristic or exploiting I’m very much for that. As you know from reading my work, much of it is personal and some of it based on this subject matter. You and I are not very different in our one step to the left philosophy you mention. It’s mature and responsible behavior that in the long run adds to the credibility of any artist both professionally and personally.

      I must confess, I have written poems for specific people and if the guilty traipse by and see that I doubt they would announce it to the world! LOL I also write lovely things for specific people but I keep it vague and to myself or they already know about it. I will take you up on that coffee. After securing an agent, suffering through an avalanche of rewrites, signing with a publisher and wading through another avalanche of rewrites, I will take my tidy little advance cheque to the bank, meet up with you and buy you the best latte with a wedge of chocolate cake that would put a wrestler in a sugar coma. I do have one request, that I get to be in the audience during one of your open mic nights. 🙂

  3. as all the world’s a stage, better ask those questions to the director (or to yourself); just one little point: does this comedy needs rules (rules = norms)? first, which comedy?^^

    1. It would appear Gilles, that not only is all the world a stage, but by looking at your remark above, occasionally the comment section is as well. That came directly from the director of this divine comedy.

  4. Hi val, nice to be here:
    I think that the message you transmit here is excelent, it is perfect,
    I am not going to answer the questions, but I guess I am going to comment on this posts.
    I think what you are trying to do is to raise awarness about the consequences of our actions/messages transmitted. To make people take responsability for their acts, and be as conscious as they can be of the possible outcomets of them. And starting from that judge (If you are a person who cares about the well being of other’s) whether you are doing going to cause more good than bad with you actions or viceversa. And if the outcome of your actions is going to be more harmfull than not, to excersie self-censure could be a good thing, not because there are fixed rules about what you can or can’t transmit but because you decide you do not want to cause that effect on society.
    I think it is very important that people like you exist to transmit that message to society, to make them reflect about important matters such as this one.
    Very interesting questions/reflections you left in our heads.

    1. Thanks Marianna, it is wonderful to see you here again. 🙂 This is only one facet of human responsibility and it is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how we mistreat each other. Children in particular are being spiritually and mentally corrupted by images and words that exploit violence and the prevalence of those words and images make it appear that they are correct and natural. The world is living in mass denial of the individual’s culpability in the increase in violence and abuse on this planet. When this happens and social chaos increases the governing body of a country usually imposes strict censorship, something that should frighten us all because then you’ve lost your liberty. Basically, if people don’t control themselves, the government will and that is more than a little like history repeating itself.

  5. I think there is a line that we should not cross; I call it “ The Tin Red line” based on the name of a movie. In photography you can see depressive aberrations called photographic journalism.
    Do they really bring people to a sensitive matter or to the degradation of the human kind? Creating that way a sense of non-responsibility, I can see it a lot in recent years. Self editing as Paul says is important.

    1. Your observation of photographic journalism is interesting to me. Not long ago I read an interesting article about a National Geographic photo journalist (Kevin Carter) who staged a photograph in the Sudan. The image was of a vulture stalking a small starving child. He won an award for this photo and was part of a group called the Bang Bang club. There was a enormous amount of outrage over his use of this child to make a name for himself. Not long after receiving the award he committed suicide. In the photo it is staged to appear as if a vulture is stalking the starving baby, obviously to illustrate (to great effect) the urgency of the situation and put a morbid voyeuristic spin on it. Some would argue that it was gruesome enough without having to add the vulture but I wholeheartedly agree with that viewpoint. The fact that these images have been around for many many years and that this child’s suffering was exploited to promote a career and and sell magazines is beyond abhorrent to me. We human beings, for all our scientific progress and societal advances, are still knuckle dragging club carrying fools emotionally and spiritually.
      Thank you so much Adrian for contributing to this conversation because as a photographer your input is very valuable. The thin read line was a brilliant movie also! 🙂

  6. Great questions! A conversation that certainly needs to be had and a conversation that certainly is timely, complex, controversial, emotional and incredibly urgent, don’t you think?

    I have been thinking about this myself lately. Not just artists, but people in general. There is a huge paradigm shift that is happening it seems. It seems like people are losing a sense of mindfulness and responsibility–or is it that they are not aware of their influence? I’m not sure. It might be both.

    I think this needs to be an ongoing conversation we all need to have, and I think it cuts to the core of something really important… Sorry, I’m having trouble even putting my words together because the issue is so complex in my head.

    All I know is that everyone should do as you do, and take time to really think about what a post is going to do for the person reading it–before they post it. Everyone has that responsibility. Everyone should follow those rules.

    But the problem is a lot of people don’t realize that or at least consciously do not follow those rules.

    The question we need to ask ourselves is where do we draw the line?

    I don’t know. But personally I stay away from sites that encourage negativity, ignorance, or hate.

    Maybe it has to be addressed in a communal fashion–I mean if most of us ban together and focus our energy away from those people, they wouldn’t have an audience, and maybe they will go away–or at least none of us would have to see them.

    I’m not sure, but I would have to say that “the squeaky wheel gets the oil.” So sometimes the people who are the loudest get the most attention, but that doesn’t mean it’s everyone. I may be wrong, but I think that most people are too busy to care about much other then getting through the day and taking care of themselves or their family.

    Those negative people I think just have nothing better to do, so all they have is a hate or negativity they don’t know what to do with and they have the ego the size of kansas, and so they have to get all the attention–and if they are miserable they want everyone else to be miserable.

    It think the only thing we can do, and the best thing we can do, is to be in charge of our own inner peace. That we can control, that we can guarantee and that, no one can destroy.

    They can’t take over our thoughts.

    Unless we’re in a George Orwell book.

    If that’s the case, then we’re screwed. 😉

    1. If this is a brave new world it sure looks a lot like the cowardly old world Ollin lol 😉 George Orwell was so ahead of his time or perhaps he was just filled with common sense and followed the trail to its inevitable conclusion.

      You are so correct in your belief that if we ignore these sorts of people they lose their audience and thus their forum to spread their poisonous ideas. The problem is that the appetite for this stuff begins in childhood now, with children viewing it, reading and becoming resistant to the emotions they should invoke. Kids are no longer repelled by blood and guts or the suffering of others, and this is fueling the increase in violence among youth as well as the tolerance from this next generation for all sorts of cruelty and horror. There is some sort of selfish disconnect going on in the minds of all people that makes them think that what one person does won’t have an effect on them. This is a lot more concerning that the environmental issues people discuss ad nauseum, the true danger we face on this planet isn’t the weather, it’s our lack of love and compassion that is. Thank you so much Ollin for adding such valuable ideas to the exchange. 🙂

  7. Thanks Paul for your interest in the subject and for answering the questions. Your statement about the lack of free speech in other parts of the world caught my attention and it is important to highlight the privilege we enjoy to say as we like. A very good point made.

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