Can You Solve This?

Today I would like to share with you a video:

It is sad that today people in Iran are being denied many of their human rights, including education.  I implore you to take action and assist the members of our human family by contacting your government representatives.  For we are all citizens not just of our individual countries, but of the world, and united we can influence our governments in a positive manner to abide by universal principles of ethics and decency.

According to Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (passed by the United Nations in 1948), Education is a basic human right.  In case you don’t have that article memorized, I’ve included it below:

Article 26.

  • (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
  • (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
  • (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Our divine educators have also emphasized the importance of education.

“Bend your minds and wills to the education of the peoples and kindreds of the earth, that haply the dissensions that divide it may, through the power of the Most Great Name, be blotted out from its face, and all mankind become the upholders of one Order, and the inhabitants of one City.” ~ Bahá’u’lláh

“Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.” ~ Proverbs 23:12

“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” ~ Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C. (The Buddha)

Or if you prefer, humorists:

Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail.  What you gain at one end you lose at the other.  It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail.  It won’t fatten the dog.  ~Mark Twain


Happy Second Birthday Moving Pictures!!!

It has been a great two years.  Thank you readers for sticking with me!  To celebrate I have included some wonderful passages from The Bahá’í Writings about joy and celebration.

Exalted art Thou, O my God! All mankind are powerless to celebrate Thy glory and the minds of men fall short of yielding praise unto Thee. ~ The Báb

The universe is wrapt in an ecstasy of joy and gladness. ~ Shoghi Effendi

Were it not to celebrate Thy praise, my tongue would be of no use to me, and were it not for the sake of rendering service to Thee, my existence would avail me not. But for the pleasure of beholding the splendours of Thy realm of glory, why should I cherish sight? And but for the joy of giving ear to Thy most sweet voice, of what use is hearing?  ~ Bahá’u’lláh

I’m Back!

Hi guys! You may have noticed I’ve been on an unintentional hiatus and I apologize for that, but I recent email from Blog Action Day reminded me that I need to get back on track. So that is my goal this long weekend, to give you guys a real review which I haven’t done in months. Until then check out the Blog Action Day site. This year’s theme is water which we often take for granted in America, but is so very important.

Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.

Please help me, I’m stumped!

Hi readers!

I’ve been a bit swamped lately since I am about to graduate grad school and have been job hunting so I’ve neglected you.  However in a few weeks I will have graduated, and with this job market it may take a while for me to become gainfully employed.   I hope a fringe benefit to unemployment will be having the time to blog more, particularly film reviews.   So help me out by taking this poll, and/or suggesting films you would like to see reviewed.  Friends have already suggested “The Blind Side” and “Schenectady, NY”  Add your two cents!