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Last Updated on December 18, 2020

Personal Sacrifices Made So This Story Could Be Told

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Personal Sacrifices Made So This Story Could Be Told

City of Ghosts is influential, powerful and important. It’s a movie that, in a perfect world, didn’t need to exist but because of Matthew Heinaman’s eye and the worsening situation in the world, this documentary is something that needs to be. This documentary is something that brings the phrase “the pen is mightier than the sword” to a whole new level; not only does the movie depicts how the Pen is used to fight ISIS, but how it’s also winning. Stories are told based off of narrative of the people involved and that too, directly.

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    A heroic resistance

    Directed with the aid of Matthew Heineman, “City of Ghosts” frequently specializes in three R.B.S.S. Activists recognized with the aid of their first names — Aziz, Hamoud and Mohamad — who, even after being pressured to escape Raqqa, closely work to get snap shots and records approximately the town out into the arena. Mr. Heineman, who’s also the film’s cinematographer, greater or less opens and closes the documentary in 2015 with some of the activists in NY. “City of Ghosts” is best the activists tell their own stories, themselves. Which they do in easily edited tag-group voice-over, in on-camera scenes from their life overseas and in ghastly underground snap shots recorded in Raqqa. It’s an account of heroic resistance that essentially starts off evolved in 2011 whilst the Arab Spring reached Syria (“we started out to scream for freedom”), and nonviolent demonstrations in opposition to President Assad had been met with country violence followed by means of power grabs. Alongside the manner, Mr. Heineman furnishes a sketchy look at the various players and geopolitical stakes, glossing over Syria’s historical complexities and the position that america has performed in the rise of ISIS.

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    What ISIS really is?

    This movie brings you the stories of extraordinary people (by chance), the main “protagonists” which are also the activists telling their story first hand is horrific, shocking yet is close to reality, more than one would like to imagine. This movie clearly distinguishes ISIS from the normative image that we give the organization. It is, in fact, even worse and the roots for this organization runs deep in the world. This movie forecasts what ISIS has become and what it can be in the future.

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    While there are some serious implications in this movie; the fact of the matter is that the movie is groundbreaking; just not for the reasons you’d think. First thing is, the movie depicts how ISIS is running its show and how fear is being turned into the most powerful weapon it has against the world. It’s an important documentary that doesn’t only show what truly is going on over there, but how sometimes, things that may seem away from here are closer than you’d think.

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    Don’t miss the opportunity to get into the truths and realities of how fear is being used as a weapon to control people; this documentary is the barrier that shows the truth about ISIS and what they really are. If you’d like to watch City of Ghosts, click here.

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    Last Updated on November 22, 2021

    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

    Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

    During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

    But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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    Simplify

    I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

    Absolutely.

    And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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    If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

    • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
    • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
    • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

    Be Mindful

    You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

    Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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    Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

    Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

    Reflect

    As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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    Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

    But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

    So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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