It’s a movie made back in 1974, about an African American woman who has six children. Who also happens to be on government assistance. Claudine, played by Diahann Carroll started dating Rupert “Roop” Marshall played by James Earl Jones. She wanted to keep the relationship going, but there was push back from her children and Government Assistance. Her children where giving her and Roop a hard time because they feared he would hurt her just like her ex-husband did. So they tried to shelter her from that. The government on the other hand wanted to either take away or lower the amount she got every month, if she was found to either be dating or had a job. If she ever got married, you could forget about it.
During those times, if you had children and you were black without any special skills or luck; you were literally living paycheck to paycheck. Not to mention all the other things you had to endure.
Roop on the other hand had his own problems. He was behind in his child support. So because of that, the government started garnishing his wages. As a result, he got depressed and threw himself a pity party. Almost severing the relationship he developed with Claudine and her children.
The Break Down
There were other things I could’ve pulled from the movie, but the situations stated spoke volumes. The one which spoke the loudest was when Claudine (mother of six) felt she had to lie about having a job and dating because she didn’t want to loose her financial benefits from the state. I know some may look at it as stealing. I see it as a woman trying to make sure her children were taken care of. The sad part is, this was a common occurrence in those times. People of color still get paid and got paid less then someone who was white and had the same job as them. So even though she had a job, her income was no where near the needed amount to take care of six children, herself and a household.
Roop’s situation was reversed, he was a black man who had children, but instead of taking care of them he had to provide child support. His situation was bad, because as we know and I stated earlier black people in those times did not generally get the same pay as someone who was of a lighter race.
Those who saw people of color as less than, have had a hand in the way we see ourselves all through history. Think of it like this: You have two people working to take care of a family, house, children, and themselves. Not to mention these people haven’t been given the same opportunities as those that have been fortunate to go to college, get degrees and have generational wealth.
Later down the line, after being with each other for a while, realize being apart is better financially for everyone involved. The mother is able to get government assistance, child support, food stamps, and housing; all because she isn’t married.
The man on the other had has to be away from his family. This could either be seen as a negative or a positive. Positive because he’s free to keep living life as a free man without the stress of taking care of anyone but himself. Negative for the fact that he isn’t their experiencing every moment with his children. Also, child support has the tendency to make Mothers and Fathers turn against each other. Reason being, the Father feels like he’s getting taken advantage of by the “Mother” and the Government. So sometimes, even though some couples may have that arrangement, it eventually causes them to separate because the financial and psychological burden is sometimes to hard to bare.
What we don’t realize today is; the acts that took place back then and some even today are and have been geared toward dividing us. For the simple fact of “Control”. The masses have realized if we’re divided there’s no way we can be great because we’re to busy tearing down each other.
As always I was taking a deep dive into my brain. The thought of today pertains to the media and the way they target the young. I’m sure a lot of us think about it, but we never say anything about it.
They don’t focus on people that are in or nearing their 30’s because they know that’s when the light comes on; and a lot of stupid things we use to worry about, we don’t anymore. Also most of us are set in our ways. If we don’t want something there is no way you’re going to get a 30 something woman are man to buy it.
Older people tend to understand the importance of a dollar; some more than others. Another thing, people who came from nothing, are also people who learn how to make their money work for them and not the other way around. You just have to be willing to learn, and know you don’t know everything.
That’s one reason I’m sure they target children, teens and young adults; because many industries, company, and organizations know this large group of adolescents are very impressionable. That’s why a lot of these household companies and names have been paid so much; because they know how to make what could be potentially bad for you, look good.
An ad from maybe 50 to 60 years ago, that made smoking look cool.
There are so many things American people don’t know. Not because of companies keeping information from us, but for the fact that many of us are lazy or in denial and think, “Our government wouldn’t do that to us.” Bull****!!! The one’s who run this country are the 1%. Do you really believe they care about you and your health? We do have some people that actually care. But the amount of people who do care verses the amount of those who don’t is very slim. Also, money is the name of the game. For those 1%; if it don’t make money, it don’t make sense.
That’s why I believe these industries have come up with ways to make veganism cool or tolerable, for lack of a better word. I’ve said this before; being a vegan is the best way of life. But that only applies if your diet consists of at least 85 to 95% organically grown plant based foods. No manufactured foods. Just what God put here for us to eat.
I realize I’m going way off subject. But, this is just one example of how industries take advantage of young adolescents. Through the ages they’ve even geared something as toxic as smoking towards teens. Trying to make it seem normal and none harmful. When in reality it has and continues to cause cancer. Truth be told, there are so many things we consume daily, that aren’t and never have been good for us. Many of us don’t even eat food anymore. We eat chemicals and carcasses. I know that may sting, but it’s the truth.
Final thought: There is always going to be some new thing that are going to seem like the best thing since sliced bread. But your job is not to be tricked into consuming something, just because it is the new fad. But get it because it offers abundant value.
I was thinking of something today, and that was “Who’s healthier? A vegan or a carnivore”. I’m sure this is going to be completely off of personal preference, but it’s good to get the information out there. Me my self, I think vegans who eat the right type of diet for their body are in the best health. I’m sure there are gonna be a lot of you thinking, “Where do they get their protein?” Simple, they get it from vegetables. It’s a misconception we need meat in order to get adequate amounts of protein. Truth be told most of the meat we consume that’s suppose to provide us with protein, isn’t fully absorbed. Most of the protein from the meat is discarded. That’s why it’s best to go to the source, which is the plenty of foods that grow out of the ground.
On another note living here in America is a blessing and a curse. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the blessings that comes with living here and I also understand the misfortunes of living here. The blessings are obvious, running water, freedom of speech, free to be who you are, the endless amount of possibilities for either sex, having things readily prepared for you and so on and so on. But when it comes to the ways we’re misfortunate, I’m sure it will be looked at as a matter of opinion. Some of those ways are knowing how to grow your own food, growing up in nature, learning the world around you, and so on.
I’m choosing to look further into the way we’re misfortunate. Let’s look at ‘Not knowing how to grow our own food’. This one right here is a very important one to me. I don’t know the first thing about growing anything, but I plan to learn. While you can, I think you should too. I think it’s so important for us to know how to grow our own food and the reason why, is do to all the things that are put in our food before we get it. There are so many pesticides, splicing of genes and food made in laboratories that it makes you literally sick to really think about where your food comes from. There are so many things that are in the average American diet that a person from another country wouldn’t remotely consider food. The problem is we’ve grown up eating this stuff thinking we’re eating food when we’re really not. If you think about it, the average American diet includes at least 50% processed food. Reason being, the society we’re in wants everything in a hurry. Even when you decide to cook something for yourself or your family, your going to cut a couple of corners and get that premade sauce, margarine, or herbs, or what ever else you decide to cook with. And many times it doesn’t enter our mind what we’re eating. It’s like, we’re on autopilot when it comes what we consume.
That’s where we’re failing! We need to be more particular when it comes to what we put in and on our body. Have you ever taken the time to look up some of American food laws? Did you know, there’s a company by the name of Monsanto’s trying to have all rights to the seeds you get from the fruit and vegetables you eat? Reason being, they’re trying to make it impossible for people to grow their own food. That way they can continue to get paid for providing you with food that if you had the knowledge and time you would grow yourself. There’s so many things going on with food. Most of the things that are taking place with food are not going to be out there for you to stumble upon, your going to have to dig to really find out what’s going. Just know, the food that your grandparents and great-grandparents grew up on is nothing like the food we’re eating today. That’s why these girls and boys are developing so quickly. Also that may be another reason why sickness is increasing.
I’m still doing research own what these GMO foods do to the body. From what I’m learning the affects aren’t good. But if you want to learn more and get more references so you have some where to start from, you can refer back to a post a did about a year ago called The Health of a Nation. In that post I’m swaying more towards veganism there also, but there is information about what GMO’s are and also different movies and documentaries you could watch to get a clearer understand what GMO’s are and what they can do to the body. I hope this caused you to think about what your putting in your body. We really need to start thinking about this stuff if we want to live to see old age.
Below is a slide show of the way GMO’s affect the body and also how meat is prepared before it hits your grocery stores
It seems that it was never made known to the general American population that fluoride was a toxic chemical that has been used in our water supply for more than 100 years. It’s still unclear to me why this very harmful chemical is being used to treat our water, also in our toothpaste, and countless other products. I’m thinking that it could have something to do with controlling the population and continuously lining their pockets with more cash than they could ever spend in one life time.
You try to have faith in humanity and then you come across things like this. I’m not sure what happened in these peoples’ lives that made them act in such devilish and selfish ways. But these people that are making these decisions are our government. I know a lot of us want to trust and believe in our country, but the more I dig the more I realize that is the furthest thing from the truth. Just to name a few of the things that shows our well being is not of any concern to them, fluoride, GMOs, racism, medicine made in labs, lethal experiments on uninformed subjects that may cause death or crippling side effects, the constant dehumanization of people that are diverse or less fortunate, and the list continues to get longer the more you dig. Most of us don’t realize it, but all of these things are to keep us preoccupied so that we will not take a closer look at what the owners of this country are really trying to do. It almost seems like they’re our masters and we’re their pets. For example: think of the way they stay in power, by keeping “us” (the general population) distracted. How do they do that? Racism, sexism, poisoning and manipulating our foods, keeping our minds ideal with television (other electronics) and so on and so on.
One very important thing to keep in mind is ” the media has some form of control over the way you feel, view, and think about EVERYTHING. Most of the things we indulge in are mainly do to visual stimulation and being socially excepted and loved, suggestively by the same person(s) that are trying to sale it.
It’s not exactly known why we are treated as dumb unintellectual cattle besides the facts of our constant fear of being different and seemingly always finding more comfort in following the crowd rather than standing out. Think how nice it would be to bring friends and family information and they actually “read” to find out if your facts were straight. That’s the biggest problem people do, is not read. If we read more often instead of relying on television to tell us everything. There would be very little that could get passed us collectively. You may have never thought about it but a lot of things are hidden in plain site, and you’ll never know because you are or have become to lazy to do what’s necassary to take care of yourself and your family.
If you don’t believe reading is fundamental research the amount of people that have missed out on great opportunities such as keeping their freedom, winning the lottery, what ever the opportunity it was missed because of failure to communicate through written word.