A good portion of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia are simply made to appear as if they have gone bat shi* crazy. Please, don’t believe the hype!
According to Fiona Broome, The “Mandela Effect” is what happens when someone has a clear memory of something that never happened in this reality. Many of us — mostly total strangers — remember the exact same events with the exact same details. However, our memories are different from what’s in history books, newspaper archives, and so on.This isn’t a conspiracy, and we’re not talking about “false memories.” Many of us speculate that parallel realities exist, and we’ve been “sliding” between them without realizing it.
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ME experiencers, want so desperately to conform, to be normal, to belong, to fit in with society, to be as we once were. We experience things that are uncomfortable for us and we desperately would like to quietly sweep it all under a rug. We try and try but there is always that excitability, that sound, innate feeling…. deep within us that constantly pushes us, letting us know that there is something more to this life, something real….here. We want to believe, I guess this is the child in us that refuses to accept the No, or shut up — for an answer. They just want to know the Whats and the Whys. ME experiencer’s are discovering things that matter to their existence and quite possibly ours/yours as well. They are going against the grain, attentive to whats happening in the present moment — and this cannot be a bad thing! If I was to theorize, summarize this phenomenon, it seems at least to me on the outside looking in, that these Rebels, Wanderers, ME Advocates, Universal beings are working towards their own upliftment and that of the planet — in ways that can not be understood or seen by the masses at this time.
Sacred Geometry - Flower of Life
Could there be something to these anomalies that are perforating realities? Something worth fighting for…??!? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
In the video below the author breaks down research recently completed on the topic.
“There is no miserable place waiting for you, no hell realm, sitting and waiting like Alaska—waiting to turn you into ice cream. But whatever you call it—hell or the suffering realms—it is something that you enter by creating a world of neurotic fantasy and believing it to be real. It sounds simple, but that’s exactly what happens.” ― Lama Thubten Yeshe, Becoming Vajrasattva
Best Movie Quotes: Film – Beta Test (Directed by Nicholas Gyeney)
“One thing we must acknowledge as a leader in this field is our responsibility to shape our society. If you look where we’ve come, or arguably where we’ve fallen to, you have to ask yourself, what happened to our humanity and where did it go? In my new position, my focus is to return the spotlight to the gamers. I find that the single most important thing. And hopefully if we’re smart enough, we can remind our consumers to engage in balance, to remember what makes them human in the first place. In between missions of course. ” — Movie: Beta Test (Character Max Troy played by Larenze Tate)
“Any ambitious man would dream of reaching the top. To deny that would deny my own humanity, I think. Andrew Kincaid was a god in his own world, and any god who is obsessed with his own power sets himself up for his own demise. And that power falls on his angels. Someone had to take up the reigns. All we can do is hope for a fresh perspective. Ultimately it’s up to us to enter this world, to take up that controller, to make those decisions. Ultimately it’s your quarter.” — Movie: Beta Test (Character Max Troy played by Larenze Tate) Tweet #BestMovieQuotes
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Compassion and Empathy is something Humanity must not lose…
Today, video games play a big role in many of our lives — as it is often the go to source of entertainment. It’s been proven that in a large number of American households there is little fun time spent -aside from playing sports outside -without an X Box, Nintendo or Sony controller in the hand — and most recently, smart phones….and for good reason…?? As there is no denying that for many, video games can be incredibly fun to play. I still remember to this day how immersed I became in games such as Super Mario and Pac Man — all of which managed to preoccupy countless hours of my childhood. With the gaming industry capabilities consistently improving I find it interesting to explore just how big of a role video games play in our modern society and whether or not they are having any lasting effects on those who play them. According to a study released by statista in September of 2014, global video game revenues exceed $100 billion, with $6.1 billion of that being generated by video game sales in the United States alone.(1) These already staggering numbers become even more surprising when one takes into consideration the state of the US economy. How much of that $100 billion is being spent by families and individuals who cannot comfortably afford to buy that $59.99 game or that $349.99 system? In terms of time — which is arguably our most precious commodity -in 2013 the average US gamer over the age of 13 spent 6.3 hours a week playing video games -which is up from an average of 5.6 hours spent in 2012.(2) Violence, in some way shape or form has been a predominant theme in the world of video games for quite sometime. The numbers support the basis whereas the action and shooter genres, which account for a combined 51.9% of video game sales in the US in 2013. Even if masked under the intentions of playing a hero whose sole purpose is to destroy a series of “enemies” to save the world, violence is violence and gamers seem to love to engage in it virtually.
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So, it would not be presumptuous to add that many of the video games we see and interact with today allow gamers to be as brutal as they like — within a very realistic scenario. Users can simply go up to someone — on any given street and attack them, use their vehicles to run a person down, and or even carjack them. Sexism, violence and hatred are the video game industries biggest proponents today. It seems the goal is to systematically desensitize and erode our natural empathy, our innate state of being — of oneness. Sadly, what we are seeing today are individuals being brutalized on any given street corner by someone — and passerbys simply standing by and doing nothing. In many of these cases there is hardly ever anyone coming forward to help. Why is this? Could all this violence that is engaged in virtually by so many of us worldwide be creating some sort of dark effect on us? And most importantly, is it desensitizing us? Why are we allowing this to happen? I can remember back in the day, before all this new technology arrived whereas our very own pocket communities banned together to assist one another in times of need. We sought out, maybe only **subconsciously— to be a service to others, our neighbors, friends and humanity as a whole. With this being said, I guess the only question that really needs answering is: What can we do to reconnect with our heart?? A 2011 study out of the University of Missouri-Columbia looked at the long recognized belief held by many scientists that playing violent video games can cause players to become more aggressive in their daily life. The researchers measured brain responses as they showed the participants a series of neutral and violent photos. The final stage allowed the participants to compete against an opponent in a controllable task that allowed them to choose how aggressively they would blast their opponent with sound. Researchers found that those who played a violent video game were more aggressive in their blast by comparison to those who played a non-violent game. Another study in the publication Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that aggression triggered by video games can last for up to 24 hours after the game is played -if the player continues to think about the game. The authors of the study noted that violent gamers often play for a lot longer than the 20 minutes they were allotted in this particular study, making it more likely that they let thoughts of it marinate within their mind habitually. Several authorities, including the US Supreme Court, the US Surgeon General, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission all stand on the side of there being no causal link between violent video games and violent behaviour. Any theories to the contrary they state are a myth, and in response have compiled a list of research to support this stance. They do advise however that individuals -especially parents -make informed decisions about what they do and do not choose to expose themselves to. Each game is subject to a rating and suggested age range, and all major gaming systems are required to have programmable parental controls. As with so many other things in the world today, I’m finding that the best solution always lies within. When deciding whether or not to expose yourself to violent video games, observe how you feel when you play them. Scan your heart. Are they purely an entertaining experience that you are easily able to disconnect from? Or are they an escape that allows you to release frustrations, negative feelings and emotions? I’d also advise to look within when deciding whether or not play video games at all. Observe your behavioral patterns to see whether you are simply engaging in an available form of entertainment or if it has become a habitual decision. Be sure to be honest with yourself when analyzing this as well, as you won’t be doing anyone a favor by masking how playing as much as you do makes you feel. I personally do not think that video games are inherently good or bad. They aren’t for everyone, and there is a time and place for them for those who enjoy them. It’s up to us to decipher just how much and when that is, if at all. Ultimately, it should never be okay to advocate any kind of violence in video games — regardless of how the 1 percent spins it. Thoughts? Please share below in the comments.
Heart Chakra | Human Energy Flow - Image credit: HumanEnergyFlow.com
RELATED:The Heart Chakra and its meaning for the human body My prayers and hopes today, right now… is for us all to take a step back, look within and exude our true power in light and love. Connecting with our heart is what we should be doing…not disconnecting from it….regardless of what life experience we may be working through. We must not lose our humanity. Peace and blessing, Namaste. Thoughts? Please share below in the comments. SEE ALSO:The Universal Law of Freewill
Our Truth is not Out there…. it is Within.
**Subconscious: acting or existing without one’s awareness: subconscious motive. noun. 2. (psychoanal) that part of the mind which is on the fringe of consciousness and contains material of which it is possible to become aware by redirecting attention Compare preconscious (sense 2), unconscious
Have you ever stopped to think, how or why mainstream media (MSM) consistently portrays many foreign leaders as negative, dangerous, simple minded enemies of the States… comparable to its counterparts?
We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion. To this end, we first address the under-constrained problem of facial identity recovery from monocular video by non-rigid model-based bundling. At run time, we track facial expressions of both source and target video using a dense photometric consistency measure. Reenactment is then achieved by fast and efficient deformation transfer between source and target. The mouth interior that best matches the re-targeted expression is retrieved from the target sequence and warped to produce an accurate fit. Finally, we convincingly re-render the synthesized target face on top of the corresponding video stream such that it seamlessly blends with the real-world illumination. We demonstrate our method in a live setup, where Youtube videos are reenacted in real time. — Read more, click here to be redirected to Standford.edu.
After watching the video many things came in hindsight, particularly how the MSM uses the body language of purported enemies of the States to make them appear simple minded and crass, comparable to some of the same body language enacted by leaders here in the United States, which might be rationalized as being brilliant, witty, etc etc.
Screen capture courtesy of Standford.Edu
Notably, according to their study… 80-90% of what people perceive of another person, whether or not they believe the words they are saying to be truth, depends almost entirely on body language.
So, is it safe to say many of us have learned to rationalize what others are relaying by their mannerisms?? I think so.
“Japan volcano violently erupts without warning — Gov’t issues highest level alert for first time — Reuters: “Smell of sulfur, smoke blacked out sky… Officials warn of more big eruptions” — Expert: “I don’t think this is finished… We could see a more powerful eruption” — Upsurge in volcanic activity linked to 3/11 quake” – MSM 2015
‘Approaching The Event Horizon’ – Mysterious Deaths Linked To CERN
(All News Pipeline) — An event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman’s terms, it is defined as “the point of no return”, i.e., the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible. An event horizon is most commonly associated with black holes.
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At around 1 a.m. on Sunday, April 26th, two doctoral students at the Louisiana State University (LSU) were mysteriously found dead at the bottom of a local swimming pool. 28-year-old Ishita Maity and 25-year-old Anton Joe were with the schools physics and astronomy department with Maity studying theoretical astrophysics while Anton was a 3rd-year graduate student studying theoretical gravity. Maity was an author of one of the journal ‘New Astronomy’s’ most popular recent papers entitled “Black hole spin dependence of general relativistic multi-transonic accretion close to the (event) horizon”; Joes’ most recent paper was called “Kantowski-Sachs spacetime in loop quantum cosmology: bounds on expansion and shear scalars and the viability of quantization prescriptions.” Over a year ago, Joe uploaded a paper to Academia.edu called ‘Search For Three-Jet Resonances in pp Collisions at s+7TeV’, the paper was written for the European Organization For Nuclear Research, also known as CERN.
Back on March 20, 2015, Susan Duclos wrote a story in which members of the scientific community talked about CERN and the possibility of it creating black holes and parallel universes, warnings not given by ‘conspiracy theorists’ but experts, members of the same fields of study as Ishita Maity and Anton Joe, warnings that we should all be concerned about as we do all live upon the same planet. Did Maity and/or Joe discover something that they were not supposed to know which led to their mysterious deaths? Both of them were considered stunningly intelligent with brilliant minds.
These two deaths were just the most recent deaths of people who were linked to CERN following the death of another CERN team member during a recent ski trip and happens during a strange week of people drowning in pairs; two Navy SEAL’s were recently found at the bottom of a swimming pool during what was supposed to be a training exercise. SO1 Seth Cody Lewis and SO1 Brett Allen Marihugh were from ATC (Advanced Training Command) in Little Creek, Virginia.
While friends of Maity have confirmed that she knew how to swim, should we find it odd that two individuals who were known as being ‘geniuses’ and ‘brilliant’ and who deeply studied the kind of science involved in CERN would both mysteriously drown in a swimming pool soon after another CERN member is killed? Stephen Quayle has two lists of scientists, astronomers, chemists and physisists who have mysteriously died, one from 2004 to 2015 and the other from 1994 to 2003. Are Maity and Joe just the latest brilliant minds to be killed for what they knew or was this just a sad accident of accidental drowning as claimed by authorities? From Maity’s most recent study:
We introduce a novel formalism to investigate the role of the spin angular momentum of astrophysical black holes in influencing the behavior of low angular momentum general relativistic accretion. We examine the properties of infalling material for both prograde and retrograde accretion as a function of the Kerr parameter at extremely close proximity to the event horizon. Our formalism can be used to identify a new spectral signature of black hole spin, and has the potential of performing the black hole shadow imaging corresponding to the low angular momentum accretion flow.
Below we’ve included screenshots of a paper uploaded by Anton Joe for CERN. The 2nd screenshot has a strange footnote related to CERN at the bottom. There are also several recent videos about the possible dangers of CERN including the 2nd one, a documentary from FBCFilms called “CERN: Opening The Abyss” while the 1st one is a compilation of this story by All News Pipeline. For those who are interested in what the CMS Collaboration mentioned in Anton’s paper below might be, we have your answer here.:
What is CMS?
The LHC smashes groups of protons together at close to the speed of light: 40 million times per second and with seven times the energy of the most powerful accelerators built up to now. Many of these will just be glancing blows but some will be head on collisions and very energetic. When this happens some of the energy of the collision is turned into mass and previously unobserved, short-lived particles – which could give clues about how Nature behaves at a fundamental level – fly out and into the detector.
CMS is a particle detector that is designed to see a wide range of particles and phenomena produced in high-energy collisions in the LHC. Like a cylindrical onion, different layers of detectors measure the different particles, and use this key data to build up a picture of events at the heart of the collision.
Scientists then use this data to search for new phenomena that will help to answer questions such as: What is the Universe really made of and what forces act within it? And what gives everything substance? CMS will also measure the properties of previously discovered particles with unprecedented precision, and be on the lookout for completely new, unpredicted phenomena.
The Earth has been getting hit by asteroids and comets its whole life. The planets formed from collisions of smaller objects, and even our water may have come largely from comets. Heavy bombardments may have continued until as recently as 4 billion years ago, making it difficult for life to get a foothold at all (the “Late Heavy Bombardment”).
Image credit: (screenshot) - Deep Impact Film - 1988
Is there an asteroid or comet out there that poses a risk to life on Earth? Many in science would answer, most certainly…”yes.” But where?? Do we know when? What does it all mean? Can it impact every aspect of mother earth?? How can we prepare? Do we really stand a chance of discovering meter-sized rocks while they are still in space before they burn up in our atmosphere, as many mainstream movies predict? Can we really begin to link meteorites that we study in our labs with the data on orbits and compositions that we amass with astronomical observations??
Indeed we can! Every meteorite, every tiny asteroid has a story, and we can combine these stories together to answer fundamental questions about our solar system, such as:
Can asteroids serve as stepping-stones for human travel to farther destinations? Considering end time bible prophecy reveals that asteroids are a sign that precedes the rapture, can NASA protect us from a dangerous asteroid strike?
Scientists in the know, say yes.
Revelation 12 Timeline to Asteroid MUST SEE!
The best way to innerstand it all and reduce this uncertainty is to search the skies for these crumbs of the solar system for ourselves. There are many science and alternative media sites that were created to discover and track potentially hazardous near-Earth objects. (see more on this in the links below)
This is useful not only for planetary defense, but also for learning about earths solar system, its origin and the evolution of it all.
John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy claims that NASA will play a leading part in protecting the United States and the world from the threat of a dangerous asteroid strike.
According to Matthew 24:29: Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.
The word “star” that is found in the New Testament is translated into English from the Greek word astēr. One of the signs in the heavens that will take place after the tribulation is that asteroids will fall to earth.
During the judgment of Noah’s day, all the springs of the great deep burst forth. Just as the waters beneath the earth were held in reserve as an outpouring of God’s judgment, so the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is held in reserve awaiting the outpouring of the final plagues of Revelation. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matthew 24:30-31
Jesus replied to his disciples’ inquiry concerning the sign of his second coming and the end of the evil world system by telling of the signs of his return. After the time of great persecution commonly known as the Great Tribulation, the signs in the heavens will include asteroids falling from the sky. After those signs, God’s elect will meet the Lord in the air as they are captured out at the Rapture.
FACTS: Every thing in the solar system spins, from the biggest planets to the smallest asteroids. And nearly everything that spins, spins at an angle to its orbit. Therefore, nearly everything in the solar system has seasons. Remember Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko? It was no exception when Rosetta arrived there last year, it was summer in the comet’s north. Winter darkness covered the comet’s south, leaving a large chunk of it invisible to Rosetta’s cameras. Since then, the season has shifted…bringing sunlight to more and more of the southern hemisphere. As Mattias Malmer pointed out on Twitter, a recent Rosetta image has revealed a good part of that southern terrain to the public for the first time. (see image below)
In this photo, Rosetta is staring almost straight at the equator of comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Territory in the comet's southern hemisphere is receiving more sun than it did when Rosetta arrived in 2014, revealing its features. -- Image credit: ESA / Rosetta / NavCam
The chart below and info therein is mirrored from NASA’s site — National Aeronautics And Space Administration, click HERE to be redirected.
NEAR EARTH OBJECTS RESEARCH
In terms of orbital elements, NEOs are asteroids and comets with perihelion distance q less than 1.3 AU. Near-Earth Comets (NECs) are further restricted to include only short-period comets (i.e orbital period P less than 200 years). The vast majority of NEOs are asteroids, referred to as Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs). NEAs are divided into groups (Aten, Apollo, Amor) according to their perihelion distance (q), aphelion distance (Q) and their semi-major axes (a).
Hey folks, I came across this little piece of information earlier today on The Higgs boson & how it was purportedly predicted by none other than Homer Simpson, 14 years before the lovely fellas @ CERN (scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider) won their Nobel piece prize for their discovery of the very same thing. I kid you not.
According to the Independent Mr. Homer Simpson predicted the mass of the elementary particle, the Higgs boson, more than a decade before it was discovered, as noted in a new book on maths in The Simpsons.
In the episode “The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace”, which aired in 1998, Homer becomes an inventor and is shown in front of a blackboard with a complicated equation. (see above)
“That equation predicts the mass of the Higgs boson” Simon Singh — author of The Simpsons And Their Mathematical Secrets, said. “If you work it out, you get the mass of a Higgs boson that’s only a bit larger than the nano-mass of a Higgs boson actually is.
Dr Singh boasts how The Simpson’s is the most mathematical TV show on prime-time television in history,” adding: “A lot of the writers on The Simpsons are mathematicians.”
This equation above is said to concern the density of the universe but after a minor implosion in his basement Homer adjust the equation in an attempt to adjust the balance and prevent further accidents
‘It’s kind of amazing as Homer makes this prediction 14 years before it was discovered.’
The existence of the Higgs boson – sometimes nicknamed the God Particle – was first predicted by Professor Peter Higgs, a theoretical physicist at the University of Edinburgh, and five other physicists in 1964.
The elementary particle is required to explain why other fundamental particles in the universe have mass.
The theory said that all subatomic particles interact within an energy field known as the Higgs field, giving them mass. Like electromagnetic radiation, which can exist as both an energetic wave and a particle simultaneously.
Proof that the particle existed, however, did not appear until March 2013 when scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider – the worlds biggest atom smasher – announced they had discovered a particle that matched predictions of the Higgs boson would be like.
In an experiment costing £8.6 billion ($13.25 billion), they were able to prove the existence of a new particle with a mass of 125Gev/c2. The physicists at Cern who worked on the discovery, along with Higgs and his colleagues were awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics for their contribution.
However, it appears that the writers of the Simpsons had already successfully predicted the outcome 14 years earlier. Hmmm, I am pretty sure the scientists will not be returning their prize.
When asked how it all came about — Dr Singh claims it was written by Homer while he was attempting to come up with a series of madcap inventions, including an electric hammer and make-up gun, which just happens to give close to the same answer.
What are your thoughts? Please share with us below in the comments.
You may also find the relating links interesting, as did I. (see below)
Monty Oum, director of animation for online-video pioneer Rooster Teeth and creator of the hit online series RWBY, died Sunday. He was 33. Austin-based Rooster Teeth said in a blog post that Oum had suffered a severe allergic reaction during a routine medical procedure last month that left him in a coma.
Animator Monty Oum arrives at the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 26, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jeff Vespa—WireImage/Getty Images
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Oum created and directed the award-winning web series RWBY and was lead animator in Seasons 8 through 10 of Rooster Teeth’s durable online-video series Red Vs. Blue.
He also was a big presence on social media, with 146,000 followers on Twitter, 12,000 on Vine and 117,000 on Facebook. He had 60,000 YouTube subscribers.
News of his death spread quickly across the online-video world and social media, spawning a series of tributes and memorials on YouTube and elsewhere. On Twitter, many reposted some of his previous posts, including: “RT @montyoum: Guys… Life… it’s pretty awesome. Just keep at it. And I’ll keep going too.” and the painfully prescient “RT @montyoum: Reminder that we should cherish those close to us and not wait til they’re gone to appreciate them.”
On DeviantArt.com, where Oum had been been a member for 11 years, sharing his art concepts for characters such as the recent post he left here, dozens of people left RIP comments in his memory, mentioning how much his work had affected them.
Oum began his animation career by creating Haloid, a showdown between characters from the video games franchises Halo and Metroid. That led to a job as a combat designer at Midway Games. After a stint at Namco Bandai Games, where he worked on the vidgame Afro Samurai, Oum joined Internet production house Rooster Teeth as character animator and choreographer. In 2012, he created, directed and was lead animator for RWBY. Last year, the show won Streamy and International Academy of Web Television awards for best animated series.
Oum once wrote in a Facebook post, “Fun fact: I try to make sure all my characters are designed with pockets/pouches so cosplayers will have places to put their phones/wallets.”
While it may have once been considered a career-ending move, today gay celebrities are no longer afraid to come out and reveal their sexuality. Whether it’s making the announcement on a magazine cover, blog, TV show or social media, these public figures are joining a growing list of celebs who are out and proud. Instead of backlash, many stars find that their fans are supportive of who they really are. Their courage has even given people outside of Hollywood the strength to be open up about their sexuality as well.
Today, Apple chief executive Tim Cook made a very public and brave announcement via Bloomberg BusinessWeek in a expose’ of sorts — stating he is “proud to be gay. I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” he wrote.
“We’ll continue to fight for our values, and I believe that any CEO of this incredible company, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, would do the same. And I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up.
Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy. I come from humble roots, and I don’t seek to draw attention to myself. Apple is already one of the most closely watched companies in the world, and I like keeping the focus on our products and the incredible things our customers achieve with them.
At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.
For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.
While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.
Now what’s really interesting is that the executive is not only the first openly gay leader of a major U.S. company, he is also uplifting the company catapulting them into the forefront of one of America’s most public movements, Gay Pride aka the LGBT community.
These communities generally celebrate pride, diversity, individuality, and sexuality. LGBT activists and sociologists see LGBT community-building as an antidote to heterosexism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, sexualism, and conformist pressures thought to exist in the larger society. The term gay pride is used to express the LGBT community’s identity and collective strength; gay pride parades provide both a prime example of the use and a demonstration of the general meaning of the term. The LGBT community is diverse in political affiliation. Not all LGBT individuals consider themselves part of an LGBT community — according to Wikipedia.
Image credit: Ashley Gilbertson for Bloomberg Businessweek
Cook’s sexual orientation was widely known in Silicon Valley, but he did not make his essay announcement on his own. He first sought support from Apple’s board, which Chairman Arthur Levinson said in a statement gave its “wholehearted support and admiration.”
What are your thoughts on Cooks’ coming out? Share with us in the comments below.
Click here to read Tim Cooks essay in its entirety.
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