Recent news of the 11-year old male that killed, and raped a 3-year old brought both anger and sadness to my heart. Disturbing events like these are taking place more and more everyday as we who consider ourselves the culturally and socially conscious, sit stoicly and just react to the bad news. We (myself included at times) may listen to our public radio programs, maybe even call in, and express our disdain for the current climate of politics and social deviancy in our communities and country. Seldom do we proactively take charge of our own communities or even our own families. We are all getting older by the day. Our children are growing up before our eyes and the minds of masses continue to be poisoned. We even let things slide in our own families, with teenage pregnancies, single-parent households, absentee fathers, school truancy, couples shacking up, physical abuse and sexual abuse just to name a few. America is in a sad shape. We as Africans in America being at the lowest class are in even worse shape. Most of the country dosen't see this. They may not even care to see it, because it might further depress them. We now live in an anything goes society, where if you speak out against immorality you're labeled as someone who dosen't appreciate American freedoms. They recalled the governor of California, however no one cares to recall the President. Often I feel like I'm in the Moral Minority. I know I'm not insane. I know I'm not the only one who sees what's going on. This forum is a prime example of those of us who can actually stand up and make a difference. I think the universe demands that we do. We all know what's wrong and what's right. We're not even being fair to ourselves to allow society to keep burning out of control. What's Wrong Now: -Single Parent Households/Fatherlessness -Homosexuality -STD's -Drug proliferation -Dropout rate in schools -Teenage pregnancies -Sexual abuse -Physical abuse -Poor Nutrition/Healthcare -Lack of effective spiritual system What's Right and what's needed -Traditional Family Values -Proper Healthcare/Nutrition -Men taking charge of their community once again -Compassion -Vision -Effective spiritual system These are just a few of my thoughts, however I would like everyone to contribute to it if you can. It is my understanding that life is a giant Spiral. It starts with one small circle and spiral outwards, therefore I would like us to all start with ourselves. Weekly I will start posting a list of things that we can all do to affect change, within ourselves, family, and community. At first it seems like a lot to do, but the most difficult part is actually just starting it. Thank you.