I’ve been celebrating the month of November with Facebook posts about “gratitude” (see www.facebook.com/accentonwords). My favorite quote on the subject comes from American author Melody Beattie: “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Diversity, in its simplest sense, means variety. But in the last few decades it has taken on a political definition, encompassing ideas such as individual and group rights, inclusion, identity, multiculturalism, and social justice. Today, we hear terms that were not widely known even ten years ago, such as white privilege, microaggression, and intersectionality.
I approached today’s topic already supporting the need for freedom of speech in a democratic society (which puts me solidly in the camp with most Americans). But I was also curious about the reasons behind our society’s growing desire to punish hate speech. So I put on my research hat and started digging.
(October is National Bullying Prevention Month)
Words are powerful. Leaders use them to motivate their employees. Marketers use them to get the public to buy a company’s products and services. Christians and Jews believe that words blasted the universe into being. The right words can elicit a smile, offer encouragement, start a marriage, even transform a life. The wrong words can make someone cry, break someone’s heart, destroy a relationship, even start a war.
This is my last Game of Thrones post before I move on to other topics. (Famous last words?) What follows is a series of excerpts from A Song of Ice and Fire (a.k.a. ASOIAF) books by George R. R. Martin detailing histories and legends from Westeros, without discussion. Who knows? They might help unravel some of the mysteries as we gear up to watch the final season of the HBO show, which premieres April 14.
The Game of Thrones final season premiere is just days away, and many fans are still speculating how the series will end. Instead of giving straight-out theories, I’ve listed here the scenarios I would like to see happen—my ideas for an ideal close to the Song of Ice and Fire.
In doing this series of posts about Game of Thrones I have read and watched enough theories on Reddit and YouTube that my head is likely to explode before Season Eight premieres on April 14. What I have finally decided after all that “research” is that there are some theories that are more plausible than others but that more than likely my streak of correct predictions (i.e., Harry Potter, Left Behind, etc.) will be broken.