Many of us may be aware of Joseph Kony. Many, like myself, have just found out who he is. What started as a documentary film project in 2003 has grown into a worldwide information campaign to educate anyone who will listen about the atrocities carried out by Joseph Kony and others like him. Being a citizen of the United States, I’ve found my allegiances to my country challenged over my lifetime, largely due to foreign policy and the pure protection of personal wealth at the cost of a greater good, I feel in many cases. That I exist in a country that affords me the right to disagree and dissent has become all the more important to me as I grow older. No matter my opinions or convictions, I am able to lead a free life. I’ve always had the desire to do something with that freedom beyond personal benefit but have been lazy as I’ve settled into being centered on my own life and that of the lives of my family.
I’d seen mentions of Kony 2012, but until today, just minutes ago, I didn’t know what they were about. When I saw that the video below lasted 30 minutes, my first reaction was that there’s no way I could take that kind of time out of my seemingly busy day, until I started it.
Maybe it’s because I’d like to think of myself as a decent person, or that I’ve recently become a father, but those thirty minutes have changed me fundamentally. It’s not from guilt, nor the desire to be seen as someone who ‘cares’ but merely because I feel that I have the responsibility as one tiny voice, and am afforded the ability, to share this with anyone who chooses to take the time to see if it will have a similar effect on you. That we exist in a time where the privileged among us can in fact help change the world for those less fortunate with a couple clicks on a keyboard, is amazing. That a project like this can help mobilize a huge number of people willing to do more than that is astounding. As the video states, sharing this information with your friends and loved ones is free. How much further any individual chooses to take it is a choice, and one that we are very lucky to have the ability to make.
Visit the site for more information on how to contact your representatives and further contribute to the Invisible Children Movement here: Kony2012.com
Sorry for the break in the regularly scheduled photo-centric programing, but this is something that we all should be more aware of.
Thanks for the read,