I had initially started Sound of Madness to act as an outlet for all the things that I considered inspiring, interesting, mesmerizing, scary, alluring, challenging and, most importantly, worth knowing.
It was a selfish endeavor started by a weary unemployed graduate. I have not strayed from that commitment and, based on the statistics that I’ve witnessed, it has been a moderately successful venture. Clearly, madness is contagious.
Today I hit 1000 views and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has ever visited, read, commented, shared and made this possible.
However, deep inside something told me that this measly blog had the potential to be so much more. I came to realize that The Sound of Madness is within us all. It is an ailment we all suffer from because we are constantly affected by the world around us. Madness ensues when we lack an outlet and let the demons take over. Simply put, this is bigger than one person because there are others like me out there.
As such, I would like to announce that a host of new writers will be joining The Sound of Madness, and they will be bringing with them their own afflictions and contagions to grab your attention. Watch out Arianna Huffington!
Whether you’re a casual visitor or a die-hard follower, the aim is provide you with a multitude of perspectives and stimulating articles. We might not have the resources to stretch ourselves across the wealth of information out there, but we will always strive to remain topical. More importantly, nothing is off limits, and there are no limits.
For now, stay tuned and get involved because there is a change in the wind. Can you hear it?
Nathan Winograd has a scathing and revealing piece about the horrors enacted by the animal rights organization known as PETA. I’ve never supported PETA because there is a lot of controversy surrounding their actions, and I’m always skeptical of any militant movements.
The piece, which can be found here at Huffington Post, highlights and provides evidence for the animal abuses, at the expense of animal lover donations, and how PETA goes out of their way (i.e. threaten) to keep it all hush-hush.
What I found most unnerving was the fact that PETA does not advocate the “right to live” for any of the animals unfortunate enough to fall under its care. Did any of those celebrities going naked for PETA actually bother to research the organization before accepting their cheque?
Read the piece and make up your own mind. Be warned: some of the images might be distressing.
In practice, PETA is the functional equivalent of a slaughterhouse, while their efforts to undermine the lifesaving work of animal lovers throughout the country continually derail urgently needed reforms that would further the rights of our nation’s homeless dogs and cats.
By defending regressive and cruel shelters and sheltering policies that mandate killing, by calling for the death of certain groups of animals entering shelters and by injecting thousands of animals with a fatal dose of poison every year, these actions are not only inconsistent with the mission of an animal rights organization, they are the antithesis of one. Only one question remains: Why is anyone still donating to PETA?
This girl lost the argument the moment she brought God into this. There is no God in this debate. This is a debate about people seeking equality and the right to honor the love they hold for their partners on an equal footing with the rest of society. I’m sure that no God is against that.
This girl’s viewpoint comes from a sheltered upbringing. What does she know about religion, family values, science, socio-economic talking points at that age? Only that which her parents have instilled in her. Her values are dictated and not enlightened.
She still has an opinion and I respect her for standing up and presenting it. Unfortunately, it is wrong, shortsighted and unfounded. I expect the children of today to foster ideas that seek to undo the bigotry and prejudices of today. I hope that this girl will learn this as she gets older and new experiences and relationships open her eyes to bigger, better and brighter ideas.