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Powerful images of tragic conditions. In my travels I have witnessed such oppression. Thanks to Lisa Kristine for capturing these stunning photos of modern day slavery. Be sure to watch the Ted Talk videos for an in depth look at some of these atrocities.
Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:
Even though many of us likely imagine that slavery is a relic of the ancient past, the practice is alive and well. Since 2009, photographer Lisa Kristine has been documenting those caught up in the barbaric trade. Her images are shocking, powerful, in-your-face. Yet they are also dignified portraits of those with no choice. “No matter how dire, how hard their experience of life has been because of their suffering as a slave, these people still have dignity, sensitivity, humanness and beauty,” she said on the phone from her home in California, shortly before another trip saw her head off to southeast Asia. “These images are not intended to be spectacles of horror; they’re intended to engage people in connecting so we realize we’re all brothers and sisters.” Here, take a look at 17 of Kristine’s astonishingly powerful photographs.
Here, watch Lisa Kristine’s TED Talk, Photos that bear witness to modern slavery — and three other TED Talks that…
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A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.
Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, “Tell me what do you see?”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.
She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it.
After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. “What’s the point,grandmother?”
Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity–boiling water–but each reacted differently.
The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” she asked her granddaughter.
“When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
Think of this: Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?
Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.
When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?
Did you ever play this game when you were younger? All the kids on my block would gather in the empty lot and we’d play Red Rover Red Rover, Dodge Ball and Red Light Green Light.
Here’s how it goes: One person is “It” They stand a determined distance (20, 50, …however much space available) away from the others players who stand side by side in a line. The person who is “It” then turns their back to them and calls out Greenlight, GO… Go…. Go….and when they feel ready they shout, STOP! The point is to catch the other players moving because while the “It” player has their back turned, the other players quickly try to sneak up on them. But, they must freeze when STOP is called.
Players who are seen moving are eliminated from the round of play. (or they go back to the starting line and try to sneak up again) The object for the advancing players is to try to reach the player calling Go, go, stop without being caught moving. If they manage to “TAG” the leader they take a turn as “It” It’s a fun game and one I remember fondly. Of course there were always disputes about whether someone was actually seen moving… or the person calling being accused of turning before calling STOP but for the most part we just played and had fun.
I was recently reminded of this game while working on a project to bring awareness about global warming.
We’re calling the campaign STOP. Basically, while we’ve all had our backs turned, global warming has caught up on us. There are many who will argue that it is just the natural cycle of the earth. But, it’s not. Global warming is real and it’s sneaking up behind us. The longer we turn our back, the closer it gets. What are the challenges we face today?
Economic Shock, Peak Oil, Manufacturing, Food Scarcity, Pollution and Overpopulation… are 6 categories which are forefront and relevant today. On his website, Ingienous.com - James Gien Varney Wong has collected and curated an abundance of data, solutions, support materials, videos and articles to drive home the urgency of our current situation.
But knowing we’re in trouble isn’t enough. It’s time to act. So, we’re busy gathering experts and concerned citizens to join our efforts to STOP the damages being inflicted on mother earth. We hope that through a concentrated effort and with international collaboration of everyone (yes, EVERYONE) we can find solutions to our current dire circumstance. Some say it’s too late, that we’ve already passed the point of no return… but I prefer to believe that somewhere in this world there is a person capable of envisioning a solution to clean and heal our planet. If we all focus our energies on that outcome, perhaps we have a chance. Collectively, we can STOP the destruction of humanity, ready…? Let’s GO!!!