You might be asking yourself what do Che Guevara, Mahatma Gandhi, the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa), Barack Obama, and Oprah Winfrey have in common? The answer is quite simple: they are all trend setters. They all had a great impact in either the spiritual, political, and/or social realm. As for instance, Gandhi’s commitment to making a stance via non-violence and his belief in simple living, continue even after his death. He also continues to be a beacon of hope for the oppressed and marginalized people across the globe. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped ignite a social movement that had a domino effect on all forms of oppression (race/gender) in the United States. He taught us that having a dream can lead to a world of endless possibilities and one in which the only colors represented are those of brotherhood and love across the nations and races. Mother Teresa taught us that compassion and unconditional love can heal a nation a lot faster and with better results than oppression and violence can. Obama is living proof that whether you’re ready or not change has arrived to this great nation of ours. Lastly, we have Oprah who not only changed daytime television for generations to come, but she also transformed this medium of mere entertainment to a vehicle of awareness. Oprah did this by shedding light on a coalition of issues that women, children, and families face on a day-to-day basis. Let’s face it, she also helped transform lives by helping some housewives (and/or women in general) realize that there is a world that goes beyond their tight-knit community, which they must tap into and be a part of. Oprah will forever represent more than her “favorite things giveaways” or her “let’s get real about our weight” talks, she will forever be an example of how one’s humble beginnings or traumatic events in life do not dictate how far one can go in this world.
Whether you are a fan or not of any of these individuals you cannot deny that they have all created a new precedent and have set new standards for generations to come. By their and several others example more and more people are rising up to the occasion and making a difference in this world. Some of the great spiritual, social, political, and human rights leaders of the world have always tried to raise not only our levels of consciousness but also raise some awareness. In reality you can’t have one without the other; as for instance, without a doubt an awakened consciousness is freedom. This freedom that you have been woken up to allows you to be more aware of your surroundings locally and globally. Which is the intention of this site, it will be used as a forum to highlight and/or introduce new actors (in the human/environmental rights arena not as in Hollywood) that are paving the way towards a global civil society. It will also serve as a public announcement to causes, organizations, social issues, etc. that I believe to be in alignment with this concept of awareness. Consequently, you might come across some book and/or film reviews that also fall under this category. Thus, with this said I deem a disclaimer is in order: Anything that the proprietor of this site believes will make an individual STOP, REACT, AND ACT will be posted. So sit tight and let the shift happen!