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While I knew it had been a while since I had posted to this blog, I would have guessed that it had been 9 months. Time to start writing again
MTV has a new sitcom called “Faking It.” The show is based on two teens faking various things to become popular at school. According to an article in the New York Times, “Karma is the more desperate of the two, and the show opens with her latest scheme, to generate sympathy by pretending to have been blinded by a sudden-onset brain tumor.” Since this is a sitcom, there is little doubt in my mind that the teen’s actions will be the subject of condemnation, rather, the teen’s actions will be portrayed as “funny.” Yes, this did offend me, I find this episode to be incredibly insensitive. Part of the problem is that people have been known to actually fake a brain tumor for pecuniary gain. For example, consider the case in 2012 that led to jail for a woman who faked a brain tumor to gather over $16,000 in donations.
To find humor in something that works to the detriment of brain tumor patients and trivializes brain tumors is unacceptable. My initial thought for a response to this situation is a petition seeking an apology and seeking affirmative action from MTV to provide positive brain tumor awareness. Please sign the petition I’ve started here.
As many know, I have been trying to raise awareness now for quite some time. Somehow this week I created what has turned out to be an explosive tweet. In was tweeted under the hashtag #BTSM and, as of the writing of this post, it had 1,715 retweets and counting. And those are just the retweets captured by Twitter and reported beneath the tweet, i.e, those retweets where the retweet button was used. I have not even attempted to capture any stats related to other forms in which the tweet has been spread around twitter.
The only thing that makes sense is that the photo was, in and of itself, compelling, but I never expected it to garner so much attention. In any event, the fact that at least 1715 people has engaged with a tweet is both mind numbing and fantastic. Perhaps this is when real change begins!
The tweet itself can be found here.
One of my favorite flowers blooming around Easter is the blossoms found on the Dogwood trees that grow nearby. Why? If you will briefly study the flower with me, you will see 5 things that remind me of Christ’s sacrifice for us that is celebrated at Easter.
1. Like all flowers, as they explode from dormant, seemingly dead trees, the blossoms represent life after death.
2. The four petals form the shape of a cross on which Jesus was crucified.
3. If you look closely, you’ll see a touch of red/brown, which is reminiscent of the blood Christ shed for us.
4. The center of the blossom reminds us of the crown of thorns that was forced on the head of our Lord.
5. The white of the flower reminds us of the purity of the Son of God.
Isn’t it amazing that nature provides us with reminders of who God is? All we have to do is slow down to look and listen.