Identifying ‘Vampires’ In Your Community

Identifying ‘Vampires’ In Your Community

Of the many questions I receive from fellow activists, community workers and others, one of the most popular is still: How do I handle my vampire problem? That’s right. Vampires. Contrary to popular opinion, vampires really do exist. They hide amongst us at work, at school, at our place of worship and even within our families only showing their teeth when it’s time to feed. And because many have faced them not knowing who they are or have chosen to deliberately ignore the issue out of the goodness of their hearts, these vampires have had the good fortune to partake in a feeding frenzy. Not anymore. Here is what we know about vampires: They enjoy what they do. They’ll bite and pursue you in the most annoying way possible. They will hiss just a...

Five Essential Tips For Every Activist

Five Essential Tips For Every Activist

No matter how noble your cause there will always be a group of people who will vehemently stand against you for no particular reason. Countless stories from history and the present day conclusively paint a picture of polar opposites when it comes to doing good. Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Buddha and others are everyday examples of noble people who faced severe opposition for advocating the ever elusive subject of peace. If people as popular as the above were confronted with groups who not only opposed, but took action to physically stop them from spreading their message, who are we to feel we won’t receive and shouldn’t receive any opposition? It is truly humbling to read about what they went through simply to spread...

10 Ways To Avoid Feeling Trapped On Your Flight

10 Ways To Avoid Feeling Trapped On Your Flight

My flight from Gatwick to Cairo was by far the worst flight I have ever endured on an international trip. The food was horrible, I was scrunched between two people, who probably should have had two seats of their own; the flight was completely full, it was a budget airline with a lack of legroom, and I was seated next to the wings which made it obnoxiously loud. Since it was a morning flight, I stayed up most of the night before planning to comfortably sleep on the plane despite any inconvenient distractions. On top of all of the above, I wasn’t able to sleep. I seemed to be stuck in a 4th dimension between the world of the conscience and the unconscious, in an extreme drowsy state. Not fun at all. Feeling a combination of two or more factors above can give you...