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’s 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 – 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 – 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 – 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)

KIck Ass!

Proud to be an ass kicker… – kicking ass is awesome!

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Kindness and the greatest of respect is always best.and it is irrelevant who people may be, where they come from, who they may be related to, who their friends are… It does not stop me from kicking their ass.

People who lie, back-stab, make false excuses, contradict themselves etc whatever – it is on their conscious, not mine. They are just exposing/confirming their true colours. Their actions express their priorities, which speaks louder than words.

Every being deserves respect regardless yet respect has to be earned.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Here’s To Steve Jobs

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Last year or the year before, I watched a film starring Ashton Kutcher who portrayed Steve Jobs and how Apple came about. It was then I realised just how I was not alone, in being bullied by their own staff.

When I remarked on the film back then, I was informed that he was actually the bully (!) but I knew deep down this was not the case or the truth. He had to be tough, to avoid being manipulated or taken advantage of, and cast aside despite founding Apple. It was his determination, influence and passion that helped to create Apple and its products, with a uniqueness found nowhere else thus changing the future.

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He had to stand and protect his ground, against the power mad and jealous staff who obviously wanted to overthrow him. He was in fact, the one being bullied and it is only thanks to those who respected him and his position as the founder, that he eventually got his company back and the wayward members of staff was removed for their despicable actions and childish behaviour.

I am so glad he carried on with his vision and am somewhat thankful I saw the film when I did because I recognised the same patterns and as a result, I was more or less “prepared” for what was happening realisically and predicted, for myself. His experiences along those selected few, who stayed true to me, gave me the confidence and courage to go on.

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I am looking forwards to seeing the new film depicting Steve Jobs’ life since I admire who he was, which was a result of those around him showing him who not to be. To learn more about his character and why he was, who he was. Furthermore, why I can relate to him and his words of wisdom.

There is a reason for everything and there will always be another side to a coin. The truth in the end, prevails however late it may come out so as they say, better late than never.

Considering I feel a certain kinship to him, here’s to Steve Jobs… 🙂

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

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The (Not So) Sound Of Silence

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I quite like Jeremy Corbyn… His personality tends to remind me of my own and the way he wishes to act on the people’s behalf within the government is truly admirable. Because of that, he is an honest person however; I have a genuine fear that he may be silenced, somehow. We all know there is an organisation behind it all, puppeteering away, decreeing fate and having the final say. This is not restricted to the United Kingdom either.

There are valid reasons for saying that such as…

The weapons expert, David Kelly apparently committed suicide – obviously silenced as not to reveal his findings in an investigation, which would have inevitably cast a shadow on the government back then.

Prince William of Gloucester, who perished in a plane crash. He had asked his girlfriend, Zsuzui Starkloff, to join him on that particular flight. He must have been uncharacteristically encouraged to invite her so they both could be killed off but fortunately for her – she could not make it and so he took his instructor along instead.

There was a Pakistani doctor, Hasnat Khan who was romantically involved with Princess Diana at one point but somehow he was scared off her and her butler, Paul Burrell, the sole survivor of the world-famous car crash has obviously been paid off and hidden away. Where is he nowadays since he knows the absolute truth regarding the fatal car crash? Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed both sadly died except there are those who may prefer to say, killed. I would just like to also point out that both Khan and Fayed were Muslims… Just how similar are the tragedies of Diana and the other Prince William? Fortunately, Princess Diana’s son, who was named after the Queen’s cousin, William is able to love and marry the love of his life in today’s times and attitudes.

The list is actually endless… Seek and ye shall find.

Above all, the single common trait they all share(d) is that they were not afraid to buck the trend, to break the mould in order to be themselves.

This country’s government actually needs someone like Jeremy Corbyn to kick it up its backside and organise it into a better, fairer, democratic state of affairs. However, but because he is original, determined and an honest person who has not yet allowed himself to be manipulated – his term(s) in government may somehow cease. People are certainly trying to nit-pick and find faults within him. On one hand, they are just trying their luck to make him conform to their particular ways. Yet on the other hand they are more than likely to be Jewish or have Jewish connections – having been offended by his stance and honesty. They are fighting a losing battle, in all senses.

Jeremy is obviously not someone who will permit themselves to be bullied and I sincerely hope he will be able to remain courageous, honest and a tower of strength to and for the people of United Kingdom.

Thank you Jeremy, for being true to yourself.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Social Media – The Biggest Playground, Ever.

Social media has unfortunately become quite the tool for adults to manipulate others on what was intended to keep “Friends” in contact – socially. However, if one falls out of favour, it becomes quite the playground for those to bitch, backstab and sometimes publicly, but for sure privately, defame characters.

People have approached me asking me not to allow certain people into my FB group – who are they to tell me what to do? Just because their experience with them was more or less negative does not mean my own experience will be the same so to avoid being influenced by hearsay and rumours, I gave those concerned the chance that no one else would and I am so glad that I did because every being deserves respect – regardless.

Social media has otherwise become the perfect platform for deaf people to visually keep in contact, real-time wise. However, the deaf community is oh so small so when one doesn’t get their way, they will stamp their feet and go one step further to manipulate friends, even mutual friends away from the person who stood up to them and held their ground. Is this behaviour acceptable? No! In a school playground, this would be extremely petty and childish… So much so, they would be laughed at and frowned upon by their teachers. Now, let us apply the same perceptions on people’s (mis)behaviour albeit via social media.

Do children ever actually grow up, learning to respect others and behave accordingly or is this actually an evil trait that is being compounded by desires, jealousy, greed and god knows what else? Not that long ago I posted on my FB wall that I would be removing those (on my friend list) who appeared to take to social media like wildfire, to publicly bully and joined the (m)asses in embarrassing themselves, over some poor woman’s appearance. How dare people laugh at and pick on someone else’s misfortunes, beliefs or who they may choose to be?!

There was a time when I was an admin on another group and on that admin board; the other admins were taking the mickey out of a member’s level of intelligence. I was appalled to say the least and put them on the spot by making them look at how they were behaving. Nevertheless, because I am not afraid of saying things as it is, seeking justice for all, I am relatively made out to be the aggressor when in fact, they are the ones who have defined their true colours, by instigating and encouraging others to join ranks with them. Thank you but no thank you – one would very much rather walk alone than be associated with the likes of them.

What I find extremely sad is the fact that no one else is able to actually SEE what is happening before their very own eyes, who is influencing them – who exactly is being the manipulator thus becoming the manipulated. This I find annoyingly frustrating. Unfortunately, people can be rather trivial and lose perspective in the ways of life, unable to correct themselves and respect others. Perhaps most importantly, unable to resist these undesirable traits / people. I say, let them continue to (mis)behave in a childlike way for what potentially goes around, comes around.

I truly sympathise with those who dislike using social media and understand where they are coming from – even their untold reasons why which no one should ever have to explain, for life should not be about trolls and bullies who have nothing better to do but destroy those in their paths. They deserve to be labelled as sociopaths and exposed for who they truly are. Shame on them. You know who you are.

It is about time “adults” take responsibility for their own actions and for the consequences of such actions by treating people like pawns in what is a backwards game – competing for popularity. Seriously, social media platforms need to clamp down on such people abusing their intended services and for turning it into one of the biggest playgrounds – ever.

An adults playground.

A word of advice into the ears of those being abused – take comfort in knowing they have shown you who not to be and please, do not be afraid to be yourself – remain patient, courageous, stand up and tell them to “Do one!”. Meanwhile, keep all the evidence and report them, to the social media moderators, the police and their employers. For if, they want to behave in such a despicable manner then so be it – let them be despised.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

Why Honesty Is The Best Policy

The truth will set you free.

The moment I realised as a very young girl that a tongue was for speaking the truth – honesty became the best policy. My maternal grandmother had this brass casting of the three wise monkeys, “See no evil, Hear no evil and Speak no evil” of which has been some comfort to me whilst growing up, to aspire to.

Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru.

Here are my interpretations;

1) Mizaru, “See no evil” – our eyes are scouts for the heart. To identify when someone is engineering a sinful situation so we can refrain from certain desires of the heart and remain righteous.

2) Kikazaru, “Hear no evil” – our ears are for listening to someone else with patience and respect – attentively. Not for turning a deaf ear, listening to slander, rumours, back biting.

3) Iwazaru, “Speak no evil” – our tongues are for speaking the truth albeit respectfully – not for lies, backbiting or spreading rumours.

There is sometimes a forth monkey depicted which is Shizaru, symbolising the principle of “Do no evil”. He may be shown covering his genitals or crossing his arms. All the tenets of the proverb are about not dwelling on evil thoughts, being morally responsible and steering clear of those inclined towards impropriety.

Having been in a broken home and then packed off to boarding school despite my protests. From experience, I have learnt to to identify situations especially whenever I was being spun a lie by anyone. This is because I despise lying above anything else immoral, to me; it is the ultimate sin.

Friends and boyfriends of past have tried to deceive me yet I chose then based on the extent and context of their actions, not to react to their efforts of which were in vain to outwit / betray me except to overlook their flaws and give them another chance. Trying to remember (and looking for) the best in them without letting them know that I knew the truth and remained patient. Fortunately, there should always be a line that we draw for ourselves and once that boundary has been crossed, justified by their actions – it is time to part ways. Only then, would I reveal to them with examples that I knew of how they had lied to me.

One evening, a boyfriend became rather “busy”. My instincts told me that he was being “busy” with his ex-girlfriend so I left the matter alone and gave the benefit of the doubt until the next morning thus giving him an opportunity to be honest with me. That afternoon I decided to text him asking nicely, how his evening went with his ex-girlfriend. He was in absolute shock and could not understand just how I knew. Ever since then we have remained just friends because he was honest with me whilst showing so much respect. I for one could have wasted my time being devastated or feeling angry and betrayed – how then would that have benefitted our friendship today?

People will unfortunately try practising having one rule for themselves and another for others. This to me is another form of lying yet in the hypocritical sense. For example, someone decided to single out another and cease all contact. Just because they did not talk often or live nearby (!) and proceeded to block this person, (of whom had done absolutely nothing wrong) across all social mediums. This person upon realising, decided to stand up for themselves and find out why, (as mentioned above) only to respond to the initiator with “What about all the other people you do not know even though we have met and occasionally spoke?!”

See how one person’s deceit could dictate someone else’s emotion and day? That person could have gone on to be angry with someone else, that someone else angry with another and so on. Who is the sole cause of this ripple effect? What then, is the point of lying and being disrespectful? I consider being honest and truthful as a mark of respect, inwardly and outwardly. Therefore if someone dares to pull the wool over someone else’s eyes, they obviously do not have any morals or respect – for themselves, let alone others.

A blind person would not be able to tell if someone was dressed extravagantly or haggardly, a deaf person less able to differentiate between someone who is speaking eloquently and lazily – more than likely they would treat everyone as equals. People do tend to pass judgement and dangerous assumptions unto others by the way we dress, sound or behave when all they need to do is be patient and seek the truth. I for one am not afraid of standing up to someone in authority albeit respectfully as my equal, especially when they have abused that authority, their position or trust. We all return to the earth whatever our status and wealth so what point is there to be aloof of one, ignore one and praise another when all we need to remember to do is be respectful of all beings equal – regardless.

If only people realised just how much they are taking for granted, what creations had been given to them whilst forming as a foetus and is being granted still. Sadly, people choose to consciously lie, abuse and take advantage to this day. I can only hope they will realise the errors of their ways, of which all their actions will amount to the last straw that breaks the camel’s back and they will accept the consequences of their actions – for which they alone are responsible.

My conscience is clear – is yours? 🙂

Please, do not take your sight, hearing or your tongue (or anything else!) for granted…

Thank you ever so, for your time and patience. 🙂

~ SJ (Sara Jae)

The Truth Behind Why The Tree House Ceased The Merge With Deaf Unity

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The truth about Deaf Unity and the Tree House is…

I had taken on an admin who also worked for Deaf Unity. One day we, The Tree House, contemplated becoming a charity and Deaf Unity was interested in merging with us.

We subsequently had a meeting and the future looked bright, we were actually excited.

In time, I started to feel we had to work under them, which made me feel uneasy. One of their members of staff used the TH as a place for Deaf Unity’s ideas and proposals as we had more members. Except, we could not relax anymore what with the constant postings about Deaf Unity despite agreeing that we would retain our own identity and aims.

I had to ask Deaf Unity to make them stop posting so much as it was scaring away the members from speaking freely, without fear of being judged.

I decided to try to see if the TH could do monthly social meetings, a cafe if you like. Deaf Unity quickly resurrected theirs without respecting our own identity and ideas, taking an idea of mine, and made it their own for their own gains. It was the first time they did not respect my wishes and took credit for what seemed like a great idea – their cafe had long previously been made redundant due to a lack of interest. It was only because of the TH that their cafe was resurrected and grew in time.

However, because I felt we no longer had our own identity and having to answer to them, I decided it was best for the TH to become independent once more and ‘free’ of restrictions. Several people spat their dummies but I refused to let it deter us or manipulate us. The CEO was a friend of mine I knew years before and he was quite understandable about it, which increased my respect for him.

They had even sourced an employee for themselves from my admin team. One might say they enticed her over but who knows. I did not dare react and let her go to them. One day they dared to try and argue with me but I pointed out all they had done. Since Deaf Unity was no longer part of the TH, no more was said except for themselves in their own capacity as voluntary members of the admin team.

I loved the Ward sisters (Elizabeth / Lizzie & Sarah) and was extremely thankful for having them in my life as friends but they were soon misled and manipulated. They sadly let other people pull the wool over their eyes and reacted relatively accordingly by following the majority.

I was very sad, to lose them as friends but wiser for it and I asked one of their husbands to look after them since I knew the others were dangerous for them. This was after they had let my daughter and I down and for some stupid reason I still cared. Even though the knife was stuck in and slander was spread privately, bearer of grudges and henpecked me, accused me of hurting them when in fact they had hurt themselves. It was saddening to watch the influence by others take hold of them.

I only ever speak the truth and say things like it is, the evidence I have kept of the whole facade at this time speaks for itself. There are witnesses also.

I do not appreciate being degraded or undermined especially when I am the founder and legal owner of the TH. Someone did eventually try to apologise for their actions but I flat out refused  to accept or forgive them based on the extent of their actions and behaviour. Once someone has hurt me or my children, they are gone. As simple as that.

I wish Deaf Unity well otherwise.

~ SJ (Sara Jae)