In the rare, but possible chance that I am murdered tonight for exercising my right to free speech by a group of brainwashed individuals, here is a letter that I would like to have spread around the internet.
First and foremost, I am not a writer. I am a composer and improviser. Music is my main language, not words. I apologize for the lack of skill.
Secondly, please find it in yourself to forgive the individuals who have done this horrible act. They are not evil. They have been brainwashed by an ideology and even though, from an outsiders perspective it's clear that their actions are wrong, remember that it can happen to anyone. Forgiveness is essential for peace.
In my death, I request that you, the human beings of Earth take into consideration the 3 things that should be fixed in our world.
The most important thing to do is stop homelessness. Make a weekly or daily effort to bring food and clothing, as well as attempting to find shelter for these humans. Everyone is within 6 steps of becoming homeless and these people need love more than anyone.
Empathy is a skill that can be taught. I know this from experience.
Education is essential. It needs to be free and accessible.
Critical thinking, life skills, how to find information, empathy, and problem solving.
I was a 'D' and 'F' student from Elementary School all the way to College. I did not know how to learn. Finally, I started teaching myself knowledge and skills through experience, books and documentaries. It dawned on me that I was capable of being a straight 'A' student had I known how to learn. Now, I work at Barnard College of Columbia University, one of the premiere Ivy League schools in the world.
Everyone can learn. Everyone can learn more than what they know.
If you don't know something, figure out how to know it, even if you disagree with it or don't think you need to know it.
Knowledge is power.
The more we all know, from all perspectives, the closer we are to peace.
Meditate, Eat healthy, and exercise.
Your mind, body and emotion are all connected.
Whatever you don't have in tune will be what is your downfall.
Be a better listener than a talker.
Don't allow yourself to be pretentious.
Don't go to bed angry.
Religion should be obsolete.
Embrace your enemy.
Be in the present.
And find peace and harmony with every being.
Composer, secularist, soldier, human being
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I am not a professional writer, musicologist, journalist, etc., nor do I possess any other academic title that would make me an authority on any topic. There will be typos and grammatical mistakes. However, sometimes I feel obligated to convey my thoughts regarding an issue, as I have many. This blog is where I attempt to figure things out and communicate my thoughts to the best of my ability. Thank you for reading!
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