Tag: values

Minnie Gaston – The Millionaire Wife, Benevolent Queen
Family Traditions

Minnie Gaston – The Millionaire Wife, Benevolent Queen

From: Black Titan by Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner Hines (Original Caption) Birmingham, Alabama: Dr. A.G. Gaston, left, and wife, Minnie, admire diamond ring on finger of nationally-known religious leader, Reverend Frederick Eikerenkoetter, better known as Reverend Ike, evening of October 31, prior to banquet honoring Dr. Gaston as a "Living Legend." Uncle Arthur had always been a presence in my life. He married my mother's sister Minnie before I was born. I'm told that when Minnie Gardner married Arthur George Gaston, it was considered a melding of royal dynasties. While my uncle had begun to make his way in the world, the Gardners, a farming family from Montgomery, were considered some of the most beautiful people in Alabama. Thanks to a thoroughly shaken racial cocktail, ...
How Beyonce and Jay Z can help
Opinion

How Beyonce and Jay Z can help

I'm never going to be one to ask the uber wealthy to give up their wealth irresponsibly. They worked for it, they earned it. Their money is their business. However, what I am suggesting here is that because they have taken it upon themselves to speak out about certain social issues and have supported certain political figures, I feel that they can create GREAT change with their voice. Youth need a voice of reason in regards to abstinence and understanding the role of marriage for the purpose of family stability and economic elevation. So many of the youths who are in at-risk situations look up to these two stars. They can reach deeper and further than any political pundit or book author can. What if Beyonce were to make a decision to visually highlight her support for marriag...
Teen Cleans Up Streets Post-Riots and Is Rewarded
Values

Teen Cleans Up Streets Post-Riots and Is Rewarded

By Gabriel Kinder, CNN When Antonio Gwynn Jr. saw the damage from protests in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, he grabbed a broom, bought some trash bags and started cleaning the streets by himself. He started at 2 a.m. on Monday and did not stop cleaning for the next 10 hours. When an organized group of neighbors arrived later that morning to start clearing the damage, they found that Gwynn had already done most of the work. Gwynn is an 18-year-old high school senior. He told CNN that he saw on the local news that Bailey Avenue in Buffalo was covered in glass and garbage, and he knew people needed to use that street to get to work in the morning. When word spread of how Gwynn single-handedly took action, his community responded. Matt BlockAntonio Gwynn Jr. and Matt Blo...
Robert Smith on 21st Century Attainment of Wealth
Education, Values

Robert Smith on 21st Century Attainment of Wealth

"Because the great lesson of my life is that despite the challenges we face, America is truly an extraordinary country and our world is getting smaller by the day. And you are equipped with every tool to make it your own. Today for the first time in human history, success requires no prerequisite of wealth or capital or ownership of land or natural resources or people. Today, for the first time in human history, success requires no prerequisite of wealth or capital – no ownership of land, or natural resources, or people. Today, success can be created solely through the power of one’s mind, ideas, and courage. Intellectual capital can be cultivated, monetized, and instantaneously distributed across the globe.   Intellectual capital has become the new currency of business a...
Don’t Confuse Generational Curses with Poor Generational Choices
Culture, Deculturization, Values

Don’t Confuse Generational Curses with Poor Generational Choices

The real curse is believing we are powerless to break these familial patternsArah Iloabugichukwu One day, these questions and comments will filter through to the very bottom of the 'culture' and the 'totem pole'. One day the tide will turn and most of us will begin to look to ourselves as the problem AND the solution. Below is an Excellent Article by Arah Iloabugichukwu In Exodus 34:7, we hear about the God of the Bible “visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” From this passage has derived the notion of generational curses; the concept of pathological dysfunction as spiritual punishment. Modern adaptations of this idea speak to the cyclical nature of unhealthy family pathologies, cit...
The Dinner Table For Family Empowerment
Family Life

The Dinner Table For Family Empowerment

Many parents are asking themselves lots of questions regarding how to shepherd their children during such emotionally charged times. In my opinion and for our family, the dinner table is a stabilizer. It is the place where we reinforce family values, get to know one another and to provide a calm, balanced, energetically centering (or grounded) space for the family. Also, in an age of the 'world at our fingertips', where children have access to non-stop, virile, propaganda via social media, the dinner table is where, we as parents, take the reigns and redirect our attention and focus as a family. So, if you are feeling helpless and/or at a loss for how to handle the world outside your front door, why not start at the table. In order for this to be effective, I'd like to offer a few w...
The Pursuit of Value Births Hierarchies
Culture, Sociology, Values

The Pursuit of Value Births Hierarchies

Part 2As a follow up to the first post about how Value Propositions give Purpose to one's life, I'd like to touch on how the presence of something valuable, which is to be obtained, creates competition and competition creates hierarchies of competence. I'd like to note here that competition should not be feared. It is only when we lack confidence in ourselves that fear having to compete. Further below, I will show how culture plays a great role in producing, not only confidence, but pride in oneself. Jordan Peterson on Hierarchies If we are going to pursue value, the pursuit would inevitably be done in a social space. Within that social space, multiple people will pursue the same object of value. As is true in all things, some will be better, faster, more apt to attain the go...
Why Create Family Traditions?
Family Traditions, Family Values

Why Create Family Traditions?

Article By Amanda McGough, Ph.D. Around Halloween this year, my daughters (ages 4 and 9) started asking about baking Christmas cookies together! While this may be off-season, my daughters were ready to start planning our “Girls Cookie Baking Day.” Each year we spend one day baking a variety of cookies to share with family and friends for Christmas and this has quickly become one of their favorite family traditions and something we all look forward to. Family Traditions Family traditions can come in many forms and may be things that take very little time all the way to elaborate and time-intensive activities. They may occur daily or they may only happen occasionally or annually. They are more than just routines which are comprised of ordinary, everyday activities that invo...
How The Proposition of Value Gives Purpose to Life
Values

How The Proposition of Value Gives Purpose to Life

Jordan Peterson "People who have no purpose in their life become embittered by the difficulties of their life"@jordan.b.peterson.So, I have been mulling over the detrimental effects that government-based initiatives have had on the very people they are purported to assist by raising them out of poverty. These initiatives have been so effectively positioned to targeted audiences, over the past 6 decades, that the programs illicit binding and blind approval; despite the fact that the intended results have never been realised. We are seeing generational dependency, or rather, matter-of-fact expectancy for assistance; which in turn creates dysfunctional conditions derived from, or perhaps are a by-product of, said dependency such as: failed schools, dangerous neighborhoods with hig...
Discrimination Has Not Been Pervasively Effective
Culture

Discrimination Has Not Been Pervasively Effective

Some groups have been held back by discrimination and other groups haven't. A study of life might inform us that culture is the pervading deciding factor that will render the pervading discrimination largely ineffective. Dr. Thomas Sowell, Economist, on Discrimination By culture, I am referring to the values and norms that are established within the home and serve as an impetus for thought and action as the family members navigate their way through society. If the family has: a culture that values education as a means to expand and inform the mind and mechanism for teaching the individual how to think and learna culture of entrepreneurship that sets that views life from the position of ownership and personal responsibility for successa culture of championship, of that of a con...