On Being Different
My mother is a great example of one who embraces and appreciates the differences in the human race. It's a message and concept that parents should be passing along to their children every day. So much strife in the world can be attributed to denying the right to be different.
I read an article this morning about Shiloh, the 3-year old daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The toddler purportedly had been at the hairdresser's and upon her exit she was photographed by the paparazzi and later judged by various tabloids as looking like a tom boy and even criticized for wearing 'boy clothes'. The Hollywood and stardom obsession is a whole other issue, but for my purposes here, I use this as an illustration of how there's a side to our culture that is so narrowly obsessed with conformity. How absurd, arrogant and self righteous to be judging the way a toddler looks! I won't go on and on because this is one of those stories that could branch off into so many ways our culture is dangerously self-absorbed, myopic, judgmental .... and the list goes on.
As for my goose picture above, there’s only one goose like this one at the pond I regularly visit. I’m told it’s a mixed breed of some sort. A fellow bird photographer told me he’s been around for several years. The white around his face is from white feathers and not from dipping his head into something! I find him quite adorable.
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I visited the Tiger Temple in Thailand & later found out it is under investigation for tiger trafficking and animal abuse. Read full story. In 2015 it was raided. More than 100 tigers and protected bird species in Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, popularly known as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province were impounded by authorities following complaints that the temple was alleged to engage in illegal wildlife trading.
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