“I am always in awe of people who devote their lives to a good cause and are brave enough to take a stance, though it may be controversial in their time.”-Rebecca Pidgeon
"False friends are like our shadow... keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine,
but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.”-Christian Nestell Bovee
Hello old friends. I'm back with another question for the day!
Imagine there was a cause you felt very strongly about, and you decided that you wanted to make a difference. What do you suppose would be the best way, to go about doing so?
Well-- one way might be to find a group of like-minded responsible people, who also share a passion for the cause. Then you could work together to develop an action plan to raise awareness and/or funds, which might initiate real change that could potentially further the cause you all hold dear. (By the way, this is not that hard or expensive-- check out the ice bucket dumping going on all over the media…)
Another way to go about it, would be to rally around one of the most notorious and feared criminals of the last half-century. You could run a website, and put his face out there front and center. You could showcase his beliefs and quote his ramblings... which most average people couldn’t understand with the help of a dictionary and hippy interpreter.
You know, I hate to use this cliché - but apparently, there really is more than one way to skin a cat. There are some people who are trying to make an argument, that the latter is the best way to go... and I have given them, in my own humble opinion, a fair shot to make their case…
However, after reading and listening to this argument for the last few years-- I'm calling B.S.!!
Charlie’s supporters must know, that as soon as 90% of the population sees his face or hears his name, they are no longer listening to the message, or taking it seriously. For that very reason, Charlie's participation actually hurts more than it helps. I think they know that. I think they care not.
Of course, it would be easy for my ATWA(R) brothers to prove me wrong. Just give me the list-- the list of specific, tangible things which any of them have done to help the environment. The parks or roads they have helped to clean. The list of walks or rallies they have held. The list of promotional packages they have emailed out. The number of programs they have tried to develop or sponsor, with the funds they raise by doing???
Have they planted a single tree?
It's interesting to note (on the ATWA site), that a link for planting trees, is listed after detailed directions for donating money and writing letters to help Charlie. So at the very least, one might assume, that the Trees they hold so dear, are ranked third to Charlie’s legal fund and parole chances. I mean after all... these trees are supposed to be the foremost reason they're involved with Manson in the first place... right????
Sorry Charlie- I'm just not buying it.
I don’t see an organized group or movement. I see a few disturbed people making excuses to get closer to a very bad guy. And I hope with all of my soul, that I am wrong. Somebody please tell me, I am wrong. Please tell me, that these people are not simply using this very worthwhile cause as a “front”, to get closer to (and be part of) the Evil aura associated with Manson... and the horrible things he is associated with.
Because if I am right…… then that is scarier than Manson himself. An 80 year old man locked-up for the rest of his life, is one thing. Now, a group of young Charlie “wannabees” walking among us? Well, just think about that.
Remember: Charlie didn't like to get his own hands dirty. He had others plant the trees...
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