Helen Simpson

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Helen Simpson
Posted over 1 year ago
Where do you stand?
I don't think there's overly passionate about anything, as long as no ones getting blown up. You bring up an interesting point about self sufficiency. The recent DLA to PIP change being implemented recently causes severe dismay and heart ache. Challenging public empathy with exaggerated stories about benefit scroungers milking the system. Thank you for sharing though.
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Helen Simpson
Posted over 1 year ago
Where do you stand?
dismissal of my person. I try to be open and to listen to everyone and their views. I try to understand their world view and to understand the systems they work in. Such as business, and it's ethics (or lack of) and the economic sector etc. I find overwhelming that people in these sectors are more accepting of others views and opinions. But no one seems to believe that people can be changed. Dan's talk about the way we think about charity struck a humming chord in me which is still echoing in my head. So my absolute truth is...? I'll think about it today, but thank you again for the replies.
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Helen Simpson
Posted over 1 year ago
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Dear Fritz, Pat and Greg, Thank you for your advice. Fritz I'm currently a Sociology Major with aspirations of changing something fundamental. It sounds highly naive to my self as well. I began this conversation to get a little clarity on where I should start. I began with getting a solid education, and currently working on being able to write a concise and coherent sentence. The way I was brought a persons worth is based purely on their contribution to society, and not by the car they drove or clothes they wore. To this end, when I entered Academia, I realised first hand the difference privilege has upon people and quality of life. It seems straight forward to me now, but it grates against the way I was raised and the community values i learnt. I've never taken a business course, or an economics course but I'm fascinated by how they work. Sociology explains the bureaucratic systems, which before was just a hazy word. I guess I just wanted to see if anyone was a confused as I can get. I've said I want to write social theory in the past, (and my friend asked me if I was having an existential crisis, and then told me I was too young for one) I want to make people at the bottom of the social scale realise the power of education, and that it is attainable with today's technologies. I want people to realise that every career is valid, and that bankers aren't evil, and oil companies serve the needs and demands the consumers. Maybe I should just keep studying...? :) Pat, I'm not sure what my goal is. I guess to promote the ideas I believe can make a difference and empower people through my own stories and writing. Greg, I am sometimes conflicted by the negative reports about the Catholic church in the media. I'm frustrated by the way our (uk) politicians use xenophobic arguments to blame immigrants for the woes of the country and even more dismayed by the way people just seem to accept what they hear or read on the news... I am a believer in God, and feel instant
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Helen Simpson
Posted over 1 year ago
Where do you stand?
This world is based upon merit of the individual, good fortune of geographic and parental locale, and the inner will of the single person. Business and stock markets and algorithms are the mess of scrolling green code I see before me. Religious intolerance I perceive, but reactionary insight given does not help me make sense of the green fog. Somewhere down there, where I can’t see, can only feel, is the faint outline of an idea, or a shadow of where I know it comes from. Inspiration spurred onwards, skipping. “Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong” was a clip I watched in the effort to chirp myself up, and perhaps a subconscious way of giving myself some purpose once more. His talk oscillated with me, in my own need to do something, but also lucidized the challenges before me. He used numbers, and jargon like overheads I’ll understand the second and third time round much more I’m sure.
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Helen Simpson
Posted over 1 year ago
Where do you stand?
Where do I stand? If you’re not with us…? Like Neo in the Matrix, many of us know instinctively that there is something wrong with the world. I have spent more hours than I can quantify trying to decide what the right thing to do is. And by the right thing, I mean choosing the path or making the decision which does not end up with someone feeling hurt, or rejected or whatever. Insignificant age and experience has taught me that this is not the way of it. In my sociology studies, I recently pondered the phrase, one can become trapped in ones skin by feeling too comfortable. Change is only promoted by discomfort and one’s ability to adapt is paramount to success in this world. This wrong world though, one which we cannot wake up from, is one in which we must find a way to adapt. Adapt how is the question? There is so much information in this world, advertising being thrown at us, our empathy being constantly tapped by the misery and suffering of people in numbers most of us cannot and will not comprehend. We become apathetic in our struggle, pinned down by ancient moral codes, and rhetoric popularised by our politician and the media. Where do we go for guidance and who can we trust? And how amongst all of this can we begin to even think about helping? Because we cannot focus long enough to pick a hand to take. It is our imperative to give or do charity, but that word has so many meanings for different people. Some will say, “Charity begins at home”, another will helpfully tell you the monetary value that should be allotted every month or week of personal wages. Another may simply say charity is lending a hand with the dishes, and giving an ear to someone in need. All of this advice is meant as either helpful aid, or simply an interjection, for whatever reason.