Read this article first about this program for suicide prevention in Lakota youth, then watch. Watching them torched my heart, it is so sad to see. Art and music express the struggle of Lakota youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation. It is beautiful to see their struggle in art, capturing the depth of darkness of a suicide epidemic. No amount of money can save a life, what we need is love. Have you ever thought what you can do to prevent suicide? Perhaps being nice to someone, loving them. Not laughing when you see someone with a despondent face, looking into space, lost in a void. To be present to understand the mind of someone else is hard, and some times impossible. Be here now, Ram Das says.
Poet: Data, Climate Change, the West, and the Islamic World
Dr. Kaya Erbil
I make money any way I can to finish a book of poetry on climate change, the West, and the Islamic World. Been working on this book for eight years. Features a raw and gritty personal story of mental illness. The book explores themes around religion, and tries to place a framework around the current War on Terror/global Islamic fundamentalist jihad. Relates technology and weapons of war to their basic scientific origin, digging deeper to find their mythological sources. Ending with a 500 year time travel journey to illuminate the public on the Islamic origin of Copernicus’s discovery, Arabic language semantics are explored to ask why the West gained a 500 year dominance. Back to 2018, faced with the existential dilemma of climate changed induced geopolitical apocalypse I will compare Islamic finance to Western capitalism and prove it to be superior as a framework for modern ecological economic. All these poems point back to the fight between Ishmael and Isaac. They both will realize that perhaps Ruth or Mary were the ones we should have written more about…