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Oct. 27th, 2005 @ 02:16 pm (no subject)
As a child, a woman, a Punk, a fighter, a human, I am asking for all of your help.

This world is changing, and not into something anything like the majestic American dream of our Founding Fathers. It is a world full of hate, corruption, selfishness, greed, and anger. People are starving, killing themselves and others, going to pharmacies so they can be drugged up and smiling every day. More and more people have cancer, politically correct speech is becoming truth and rudeness is now a mainstream youth ideal.

I am tired of pretending that I can't change anything because of my age. In the long run, is it better to be suspended from school or in trouble with someone because you have expressed your right to free speech, or live your life pretending that you are a separate entity from your ideals?

To live because life is precious and to let no effort go wasted. These are the things I want to do. I was born to be a messenger, to stand out, to stand up, to volunteer and to sacrifice social acceptance to be heard.

Are you with me?
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From:opheliaspirit
Date:October 27th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Jenna, I miss talking with you... you always had a way with words and I see you still do, Good!

Hope life is going good with you, I would put my number here... for i got a new number, but I don't think i should on lj.

Together we can make this world a happier and better place I know it, I can feel it. I am with you.
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From:pookie__bear
Date:October 28th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
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I'll stand with ya.
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From:polarisdib
Date:October 28th, 2005 08:27 am (UTC)
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I'll be with you once you drop the "punk" from your title. Lose the popular counterculture crap and become a real person! punk is a stillborn from which birthed those same rude mainstream youth ideals. No one has ever taken a punk seriously and nor will they ever. They might have before it died, but as a stillborn, obviously it didn't really have a chance.

--DiB
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From:eternalone
Date:October 28th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Be sure to read my next entry, so I can clear some things up for you.

1) I am NOT popular counterculture, I am Punk in my ideals. Big difference. People who are popular counterculture are those who dress up like everyone else to be different from everyone else. I can guarantee you that you would be hard-pressed to find someone who dresses like me; I wear whatever I want to because I want to.

Someone who is popular counterculture is very concerned about what their image says to the rest of the world. I am devoted to figuring out my relation to and place in the rest of the world; image is not a necessary factor in this. The fact that I choose to be interesting is only an extension of my individuality, and the fact that my style is not derived from any person I have either seen or met is testament to this.

2) Rude mainstream youth ideals, the same ones we both seem to detest, were NOT birthed from true Punk ideology. These mainstream, archaic ideals are the media's interpretation of what they saw in the youth that dared to be unhappy with their world. Unfortunately, the rude and careless aspects of this interpretation were the ones that stuck because they seemed to be the ones farthest away from alignment with authority. But to be rude and careless is to think that one is better than others and therefore that they have no roots in this world. Punks are searching for meaning on the same level as others.

3) Punks don't care to be taken seriously; that would transform their ideals from Punk to mainstream rebellion, rebellion without a cause. This form of rebellion occurs in every teenager's life and therefore is atypical, or common, meaning that there is some level of conformity. Punks are anti-conformist, so to be taken seriously in this world would be conforming, something no Punk would ever do.

I hope this helps you sleep better.
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From:mojayokok
Date:March 5th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)

I like you.

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I think you've hit upon something great- the human potential for change, be it good or bad is dependent upon large groups as whole entities. Thus, political parties, religions and to a degree nationalities have always held sway in the flow of human evolution.

Punks, another subset of any one of thousands/millions of groups, are a way of organizing and having an effect on society. Giving anything a name brings it into reality and having a definition gives momentum. Now you have to decide which direction (I think you have an idea already) and how you're going to use your momentum to get there. Certain groups have sprouted up in the past years only to fizzle-out (I am thinking of "Rock the Vote" and "Truth"- even if these were just distractions and inane ones at that, they could have turned into something great apart from the original intentions). Alas, the youth have short attention spans unless their attention is focused on something of their self interest.

A good example would be that of the Vietnam War. As opposed to the current waste of life, at that time it was seen as a more direct threat to the youths life and freedom. Now, Iraq shows up on the nightly news and only affects those too stupid or patriotic to take out a loan for college. So far the rest of us don't have much to worry about. I believe that a new draft would be the best thing to galvanize the youth. While in danger, we are a force to be reckoned with. Beware that once that threat is gone, so too is the momentum (see: the hippies of today).

While “a world full of hate, corruption, selfishness, greed, and anger" are things to fight against, a more concrete enemy is necessary to gain momentum and size. Just look at the Bush administration, I am loath to admit it. However, they have succeeded in creating an enemy that is concrete and fluid at the same time. The idea of "terrorist" puts fear into the common American Idol watching idiot while at the same time anyone, even one of the morons themselves, can easily be transformed into a "terrorist". All that is required is to accuse (see witch-hunts of the Middle Ages).

If you want to affect change, you need to find your "terrorist" or your "witch". Sadly, that is the only way to bring people together. Being a messenger is indeed a great thing but being a leader and gatherer would be more useful. Get others like yourself together with a common enemy and you could do great things.

Beware, getting what you want can turn into a nightmare and power has a way of co-opting causes, as the American revolution turned into the government of today and the teachings of great men (Jesus and other thinkers) have turned into the rhetoric of today; diametrically opposed to their original intent. Know that anything you start will, if it has the power, be changed into something evil (probably by old white guys). Good luck, let me know how it goes. Jay%^)
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From:mojayokok
Date:March 8th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)

Re: I like you.

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After "(probably by old white guys)" I should have written: "as punk, hippie, goth etc. have been". And by evil, I am speaking of the love of money.
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From:eternalone
Date:March 14th, 2006 04:48 pm (UTC)

Merci

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Thank you for your comment. I think you're pretty cool too.