Reviewing (on) Amazon

It seems as though one cannot be honest while posting public reviews on Amazon – as long as they look favourable. Most of the time, they have reason to be but not in this instance.

Hence posting it here.

(Please pardon any auto-corrects in initial review, i.e. ‘edit instead’ should have been ‘estimated’)

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Although someone managed to post their review on the very same item – one of which I could relate to ūüėČ

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The Media’s Influence

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Are established media outlets to blame for the ever-increasing exposure of radicalisation and extremism, by falling victim to playing a part in adding to the propaganda? Of which is misrepresenting Islam and its peaceful followers, the Muslims.

For those who may not know, extremism is not permitted, in Islam.

I say yes to my earlier question (as above) because the exposure adds to¬†the rising levels of “Islamophobia” except¬†I would like to go on to say¬†that social media is also being used as a tool by today’s society.

There is an online world being formed, which makes people feel able to take things into their own hands, making comments, posting YouTube videos or articles that spread like wildfire within seconds of it being publicized.

It is all potentially dangerous because each one of us will interpret the context based on our personal knowledge, understanding and experiences. Not everyone will seek the truth or a deeper knowledge in order to be better informed about what we are being told or given to read, by or via the media.

Here are some excerpts from several of my past articles relating to and/or responding to any extremism in the media:

My Waging a dirty war” article will help to explain¬†one of the real reasons why the media of the West, is somewhat biased.

It is not a laughing matter.¬†–

“I condemn all acts of terrorism especially where innocent people have to die.

Muslims seem to lose either way. They¬†are constantly asked to apologise for crimes they did not commit nor supported. They are stuck between the extremists and fanatics on either sides. Most Muslims want to work providing for their family and get on with life in harmony.”…

…”My point being, freedom of speech is important but we need to hold back at our own discretion if we feel what we might say or do is hurtful towards others. There will always be people who want to push the boundaries and there is nothing wrong with that but freedom of speech cannot be used as an excuse to hide behind from when their actions has consequences and they should expect the same level of freedom of speech back especially when in a democratic state.

My main worry at this point in time is how society is reacting based on what the media wants us to see and believe”…

…”Any perceived anti-Semitism would be handled straightaway and the offenders promptly dealt with. Yet for any other religions, any anti views are sadly casually tolerated which I find very unfair because the same law should apply to all religions. By being respectful and mindful of others at all times would nip any anti views in the bud and would avoid that cataclysmic chain reaction of events spiralling out of anyone‚Äôs control. As for censorship? Do not even try to hide behind that excuse because no one ever sees what actually happens to the people of Palestine and other war-torn countries: Waging a dirty war.

Is the¬†Ku Klux Klan a representative of Christians? So why do many think Terrorists are representative of Muslims? Fanatics or extremists does not define their religion come what may except distorts the truth behind it ‚Äď all religions which asks for submission to the one and only same god is about peace and humanity. A true believer would not stoop so low to harm another because their religion (should) forbids it. Unfortunately people not in the know or are well-informed regarding a particular religion will accept that distortion all too readily. It is those who are the most sincere in their hearts that suffer the most from all this due to fanatics and others attributing excuses.

Thank you for allowing me to practise free speech ‚Äď with respect comes peace.”

The ISIS video.: –

“The last straw for me came when I saw articles written by those who are not experienced or knowledgeable in either, the history of the Middle East, the language and the religion ‚Äď the latter; ISIS has nothing to do with, at all.

Why are people listening to, consulting with or publishing someone”… “….who are not qualified on any aspect of the subject matter?

Not everything published online be it YouTube, Facebook or even established news outlets is correct and should always be looked at with a critical eye. Politicians who have an agenda in mind would highlight a particular issue and blow it out of proportion, then feed the public in order to gain votes. In some cases, deflecting attention from their shortcomings.”

Established media outlets should be responsible for what they broadcast and permit for they do not realise, the vast influence their content patently has on today’s society.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Never Look Down on Someone Unless You Are Helping Them Up.

The moment I read Teresa Garraty‚Äôs article on Limping Chicken “Is it time for deaf people to be a little less angry?” I knowingly smiled. I felt she made her point which in my eyes, from my own more than fair share of experience, was justified.

Her article very bravely made light of the facts around us because: ‚Äúit is relatively true and reminds people not to take things so seriously. Not to be so immersed and concentrated. Not to be fighting all the time. It is not directed at people who campaign tirelessly but at the attitude within societies that give off those vibes of us not being a welcoming and positive community which is in turn misleading them?‚ÄĚ As I gave my response on the back of it amongst other¬†rather emotive feedback and watched¬†some bitterness simmering which once again only¬†confirmed Teresa‚Äôs whole point?

I concluded,¬†“I just think if we come across as ‚Äúangry‚ÄĚ we won‚Äôt be heard but seen as just that. I can see her points from being on other teams and since I left those I can see those attributes which I have shrugged off as I do not want to be seen as demanding or ‚Äúangry‚ÄĚ but as welcoming and positive. Which would make inroads more? Being welcoming or being ‚Äúangry‚ÄĚ which is how hearing society is perceiving us? Hence why I said it‚Äôs misleading them because we aren‚Äôt angry. Some only appear angry. Most do react as though they are angry.‚Äô”

‚ÄúWhen anger rises, think of the consequences.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Confucius

With actions comes consequences: relatively¬†soon after her initial supposedly ‚Äúcontroversial‚ÄĚ article, Teresa followed up with¬†what she meant by her angry deaf people article to explain in depth, apologising to those she did not intend to cause any offence to, which I thought was admirable of her because members of the public chose to take offence? I was very¬†concerned to learn that she was bullied as a result of her tongue in cheek article. This was sadly inevitable knowing how society behaves, yet it could have been avoided if people within the deaf community had their sense of humour about them. But perhaps their true colours were exposed instead? Who knows. I personally think¬†Teresa should have been warned of potential back-lash¬†from the more experienced writers and contributors but there is only so much people can help others with. Out of a negative, comes a positive. Teresa, in my eyes, is now wiser and more experienced regarding people‚Äôs ways.

Nowadays when someone reacts angrily, I am instantly reminded of Teresa‚Äôs article and once again smile. I know for a fact a friend of mine is on guard with the article ready to¬†present before the offending party. That is who he is but for me, I so just know it is going to wind them up even more. ‚ÄėTis best to let things be. Why? Because we can. There is no point in dwelling over an iota of bitterness because that iota is only going to grow into an ounce, which in time will weigh tons; becoming overbearing and diseasing your mind along with your soul. Paranoia will also creep in which one will eventually¬†pass onto those around them. Deal with it.

‚ÄúThere are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help and what they cannot.‚ÄĚ – Plato

Lone campaigners have the passion and desire to see change out of frustration, due to the pace or finances others impose. This is highly admirable because it is a voluntary action which means sacrificing valuable personal time and sweat for a cause they believe in – I pay respect to each and every one who find it in themselves to be subjected to¬†intense¬†passion and genuine interest from the bottom of their hearts. It frustrates me still, to see ‚Äúfriends‚ÄĚ patting each other‚Äôs backs behind the scenes. It is happening everywhere, the most blindingly obvious has to be the government who more or less went to school with one another.

We have seen several hardened and angry members enter the Tree House who over time have mellowed wonderfully and stayed on, with their sense of humour, trying to resist the urge to come out and joke along. Naturally there will always be one or two who lose their footing along the way but since people know how it feels to be bullied, isolated, singled out, put down and how it hurts to be kicked whilst down after so long, it has automatically become second nature to us to help them up on their way again. It is what you, the people are making it.

It is always healthy to exercise our free speech as nature intended, within reason and respect, in order to teach others. In the past I have been dictated to, to not say this, to not post that, to delete this, to remove that especially when what I said or had done in the first place was justified. How else will people learn, reflect upon, see things and others for what/who they truly are? There is always a balance and only a wise, experienced person will know when to control themselves.

‚ÄúNever look down on someone unless you are helping them up‚ÄĚ

Рis another favourite quote of mine.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)