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My family, children, grand children, work, and much needed travel are only part of what defines me, and make me happy. When I find time to myself, I enjoy reading historical romances', taking short walks to the park, watching the stars on a clear bright night; hear the waves from the ocean hitting the shoreline, and wrapping up in a blanket on a cool rainy night with the window wide open. My father was in the United States Air Force (USAF), so I learned to enjoy travel. As a child, my family traveled to England where we learned to like poached eggs, and Spain where we had fun teasing the local police and eating pan (local bread) and chocolate.
As an adult, I married a USAF member and moved to Mississippi, the Mohave Dessert, and Guam. In Guam, military and their dependants were instructed to consume small amounts during a sitting. The locals considered it an insult if a person did not have more than one serving. After my divorce, I still had the travel bug. My children and myself, moved to Washington State where we enjoyed neighbors that made us feel welcome, and Florida where we sampled cuisine from diverse cultures, with an understanding that boiled peanuts are indeed an acquired taste.
Everything that I enjoyed became more important on July 18, 2008, when I had a heart attack. I realized that for every negative situation, there were hopefully two or more positives situations, material belongings are not as important as hearing a child's laughter while playing, and find happiness in life itself because even a dried up weed still had hope of growing. I concluded that in the future, I needed to acknowledge discontent to find satisfaction, and thus happiness.
This new thought process helped free me from what bondage I placed on myself because I was raised to believe that I was ultimately responsible for my families moral mistakes. Now, I can feel free not to follow all the teachings that my parents taught me, and I need to change what example I imposed onto my children in order to discontinue the cycle. Additionally, I am free not to keep up with "The Jones," speak my mind without persecution, and go where I want. This feeling of unrestricted freedom of will is one of the reasons our fore fathers brought forth the Constitution. Freedom is exhilarating, and I like it.
I placed a few items in this time capsule because I feel they have made a significant contribution to kindness. Below you will find an example of a 21st Century song that various vocal artists sung to help promote human kindness and charity, a significant film showing the treatment of our youth, and moral making drama series. You will also find an example of a significant short story about making choices, a popular activity that has been of interest for centuries, and a significant form of art that made millions more aware about the interpretation of dance. These examples are just a few indications on how important it is for society to reach and find things that are new and exciting in life.
Example of 21st Century Song
The single album, "We are the World", was co- written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson, and co- produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian. In hopes to bring famine relief to Africa, the charity single was released on March 7, 1985. The song raised more than 63Â million in humanitarian aid, and received numerous awards including the PeopleHYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People's_Choice_Award"'HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People's_Choice_Award"s Choice Award, Grammy Awards, and the American Music Award (We Are the World, 2010). As a true humanitarian who loved children, Michael Jackson devoted money and time to multiple charities, and listed in the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records for the "Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star" (Michael, n.d).
In 1992, due to the famine efforts of Africa, Michael Jackson arranged the Heal the World Foundation that focuses on the safety and developmental health of children, and in 2000, he pushed for a campaign that educated parents around the world to eliminate the continuous cycle of neglect (All Michael, 2010). After Haiti's' devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010, a remake of the original album was released on February 12, 2010 entitled "We Are the World 25" for Haiti. This second album demonstrates that diverse artist can influence movements through music, and bring awareness to humanitarian concerns (We Are the World, 2010).
Example of 21st Century Film
Precious is a movie based on a novel named "Push" by Sapphire. The movie was directed by Lee Daniels with promotional assistance from Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. This powerful inspiring movie was nominated for six Academy Awards, and won two Academy Awards (Precious, n.d). The movie staring Claireece "Precious" Jones (Gabourey Sidibe), is about an obese 16-year old female who lives in the ghetto of 1987 Harlem with an abusive mother Mary (MoHYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo'Nique"'HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mo'Nique"Nique), and dysfunctional father who impregnated her twice (Hornaday,2009).
After discovery of the second pregnancy, Precious was suspended from high school, then enrolled in an alternative learning school where she learned how to read and write. Leaving her mothers home after violent altercations when the baby was born, Precious moved into a boarding house where she learned to be self-reliant. Later, Precious learns that her father died of AIDS and that she was HIV positive. The movie concludes with Precious being determined to make a better life for herself and her children. She severs the relationship that she has with her mother, and completes classes she needed to obtain her General Educational Development (GED) test (Hornaday, 2009).
Example of 21st Century Television Show on morality
The drama series, Leverage, is about a present day Robin Hood who swindles money hungry organizations that victimizes the average citizen. The independently wealthy con artists select jobs that keep them away from crimes "for profit", in order to help those who have legitimate grievances. The show was written by Chris Downey and John Rogers, and directed and produced by Dean Devlin. The series premiered in December 2008 with five main cast members (TV Guide, 2009). Nate Ford (Timothy Hutton), a former insurance investigator who is determined to exact revenge on those that caused the death of his only child, heads the agency. The charm and technological know how cast members are Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman), an actress who uses her skills to fool unknowing targets, and Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge ), a wizard in technology and gadgets that keeps the team informed. The workers of the team are Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), a retrieval specialist that uses his fighting skills to protect the team, and Parker (Beth Riesgraf), a thief who is skilled at scaling buildings and slithering into tight places. Together, the group blends, quick minds, sharp intellect, and energy toward justice for the unfortunate (Leverage, n.d).
Example of 21st Century Short Story
The short story I enjoyed hearing was told by Dr. Laura, talk show host of Las Cruces, NM radio 570 AM KSMA, on Friday, March 12, 2010. In her telling of the story, an executive went to a monastery to talk to a monk. This man was told that the monk could help him find success like many others before him, but the monastery was at the top of a mountain with difficult paths to follow. The man was so excited that he left immediately to find the wise monk.
After reaching his destination, the man noticed that men and women were traveling up the mountain paths with frustration and anger on their faces. When he finally reached the top of the mountain, he asked different monks for the location of the one he was looking for. When he finally found the monk, he said "Mr. Monk, please help me find success. Just point in the right direction and I will follow". The monk looked at the man without saying a word and pointed towards the hills in the far distance. The man was so happy that he would finally find success; he followed the monk's advice and took a well-worn path that headed towards the hills. Not paying attention to where he was walking, the man took one-step, fell off the mountain and went "splat."
After looking around, the man found evidence that there were others that must have fallen off the mountain before him. He became confused and did not know how he could have taken the wrong path because it was worn from others who tried or already found success. The man desperately wanted to succeed, so he decided to go up the mountain and ask the monk again about finding success. After traveling up that difficult winding path up the mountain, he found the monk and asked, "Mr. Monk, I followed your instructions on how to find success, but after awhile I fell off the mountain and went splat". The monk looked at the man, and pointed towards the distant hills. With a scratchy voice from non-use he said, "Success is beyond the splat."
I enjoyed listening to this short story because it reminded me of what I was asked when I was younger. I was asked if I would jump off a bridge just because my friends did, and I would say no. This of course, was before hang gliding and paragliding became popular in the mid twentieth century.
Example of 21st Century Popular Activity
Silent flight has been a key role in man's dream to fly with the birds, and dates back to Leonardo da Vinci sketching of human flight. Since the turn-of-the-century free flight, also known as hang gliding, has been attempted by pioneers such as Octave Chanute, John Montgomery, and Otto Lilienthal. The Wright Brothers continued the dream of air travel, but after the famous Kitty Hawk flight, they pursued a new technology of powered aviation, and left the pursuit of hang gliders for the next generation (History, n.d).
Hang gliding emerged again during a NASA project in the 1960's by Francis Rogallo, and became popular for non- military during the 1970's. The Southern California Hang Gliding Association was created in 1971, and is now known as the United States Hang Gliding Association with a worldwide membership. With advancement in technology, modern day flights are known to go between 100 to 200 miles. On July 17, 2001, Manfred Ruhmer of Austria, established the world record for distance flight of 435 miles in Zapata, Texas. In 1978, the dream of flight continued with the formation of paragliding. The activity started when skydivers parachuted off mountains in order to glide to the bottom. This new form of flight became commercially popular in the US and Europe during 1990's, which showed enthusiast soaring over the French and Swiss Alps. On June 21, 2002, Will Gadd of Canada established the world record for paragliding a distance of 263miles in Zapata, Texas (History, n.d).
Example of 21st Century form of Art
So You Think You Can Dance is America's most popular television show that introduces various interpretations of dance. The show was formed by Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe who are associated with the 19 Entertainment Ltd. and Dick Clark productions, inc. The 19 Entertainment founder and CEO Simon Fuller, manages some of the largest recording artists in the music industry, and signs contracts of new artist from the television phenomenon American Idol. The five Emmy Award winning show has kept spectators inspired and astonished for over 100 episodes. Talented dancers compete to be "America's Favorite Dancer, "and demonstrate skills from Hip-Hop, Salsa, Jive, Quickstep, Popping, and Krumping for a grand prize of 250,000 and a tour 40 cities. The show boasts Emmy Award winning Choreographers, Wade Robson and Mia Michaels, with permanent judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. Additionally, Adam Shankman, Mia Michaels, Debbie Allen, Lil C, and Tyce Diorio appear as guest judges when the competition is down to the top 20 dancers (So You, 2009).
It is not possible to place everything that I would consider a significant contribution to humanity and kindness into the time capsule. This letter is being written and placed in this time capsule to be opened in a hundred years, and in hope that my descendents will be able to read this and find that I am a fun loving, but serious person. I have great hope that the future will be a better place than the 20th and 21st century, and this information will show what made a significant contribution to my life, and hopefully many others.