When I was in 6th or 7th grade, a kid named Jimmy got on the bus with a shotgun. Up until this point, I don't think I'd seen a gun up close in person. If I did, I do not recall it. I do know that my family didn't own guns and I don't remember any of our friends shooting them or showing them off. The bus driver didn't flinch at the sight of this middle-schooler standing on the side of the road with a shotgun. As Jimmy got on the bus, not a single kid freaked out. Instead, most every kid moved seats and swarmed around him to check it out. He explained that he was bringing it to school for a presentation on guns or hunting. There was a time in U.S. history where citizens could easily purchase explosives. For much of U.S. history, private America could literally purchase and own the same firepower that federal troops bore on battlefields. What is going on in the U.S. is not a gun problem. This is just a symptom of the problem. The problem is that America is sick, spiritually. Unfortunately, society refuses to own up to this, and is instead trying to alleviate the symptoms of the problem. Mass shootings, the "opioid crisis," the fact that most people reading this struggle with anxiety or depression, the fact that people have more empathy towards animals than they do their fellow man, rampant materialism: These are all symptoms of the problem. In the same manner that you can't rid the body of cancer with bandaids, you cannot fix the aforementioned problems with gun control measures, voting, elections, politics or money. The answer lies within not without. To be sure, the cure to these problems is an inward one that provides hope to those who are hopeless, and purpose to those who have no meaning.
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This is Mama Rose. Her husband is the pastor of a local church in the Kihonda community of the Morogoro region of Tanzania and they have 3 children. Before receiving a BioSand filter, Mama Rose would spend hours walking around collecting wood to use for fires so they could boil their drinking water and she would also walk long distances trying to find the "cleanest" water source for her family to use. None of these were effective in giving them clean water and her family would often get sick with severe diarrhea, which can become deadly if not treated due to extreme dehydration. Because of that, Mama Rose and her family were spending the majority of their money on doctor visits and medicine to try and treat the sickness they got from the water.
Once Mama Rose and her family received a BioSand filter, their lives were forever changed. They immediately stopped getting sick from the water, which meant that they no longer had to spend all of their money on medicine. Mama Rose no longer had to spend hours each day walking to distant water sources and collecting wood for fires. This filter gave them better health, more time, and more freedom with their income which all ultimately gave them hope for a better future.
By giving clean water, you are impacting the most basic aspects of someone's life in a positive way and giving them the freedom to create a life that is full of hope and opportunity. www.thirstrelief.org/donate
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A moment like this is worth all the moments on the trail where I thought it’d be easier to just turn around 🌅😴
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📷: @een_wasbeer "For a while this church has been under reconstruction, which is the reason I didn't have this shot in my gallery before. So as soon as I found out they took the scaffolding down I knew I have to go there!" | a7R III | 16-35mm f/4 | 4 sec | f/4.5 | ISO 100 |
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Classic road views in the Rocky Mountains 🇨🇦
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Sunset glow over the fjords of Norway.
Where have you seen the best sunrise/sunset of your life?