Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
Hands on action, is what I consider to be the best way to be involved in anything. But.... considering we can't all hop on a plane and head over to India, I would encourage people, to please donate monetarily, and to spread the word to as many people as possible. It's amazing how we the privileged, will not think twice about losing some loose change here and there, but when it comes to donating a dollar, we get hesitant.
Pick through your couch cushions, and donate a buck.
We as Americans are greedy, it's in our nature, it was bred in us. I would like to encourage readers to try shake our culture of greed, and monetary wealth and learn to think of others.
I will probably sound like someone’s grandfather when I say this, but when you are on your deathbed, reflecting on your life, and looking back on how you lived your life. I can guarantee that you won't be wishing you had worked harder, made more money, or owned more material possessions. You will be thinking about the legacy you have left, and the way that you have shown your light on others. People will not remember you fondly for your wealth. They will remember you for your generosity, and for the kind way you treated others.??
How would you define social responsibility?
Social responsibility to me is standing up for what is obviously right, and correcting what is obviously wrong. As humans, I believe we have a responsibility to take care of our own. In the dog world. There is always an Alpha male and a Queen female. They realize that they are stronger, or have skills that benefit the rest of the pack. So they take it upon themselves to hold the responsibility of making sure the weaker dogs of the pack are taken care of.
The same should apply to human life. I believe it should be a natural part of our lives, to feel the need to make sure our fellow human being is well taken care of.
We all have a responsibility to preserve the human race. ??
Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social/charitable beliefs/work?
I am fairly well inked, although I have only three that represent a strong belief system. I have tattoos that reflect my personal beliefs, and my personal choices. I have a chest piece portrait of the Crucifixion scene of Jesus. Which reflects certain personally beliefs I have, as well as my choice to quit drugs and my addictive lifestyle. It is said in the bible that Jesus rose again after being crucified and tortured. The torture, mockery and crucifixion represents the scorn of being a drug abuser, and being weakened and essentially dead to this world. After the addictions and detox is over it is like having a new lease on life. Everything is completely new, and my old life is not a part of me anymore. Essentially it represents me being reborn into a better person.
I have a symbolic anarchy piece on my right leg, which represents my beliefs in government, and being an individual. I have the words "Never to Die" right above my collar bone that reflects my will to live, and to never have anything hold me down, or fuck with me. I also have a lot of punk rock tattoos reflecting my lifestyle.
Unfortunately, and fortunately I have had a majority of my ink done in my former life, and have do have some beautiful pieces in my opinion, but they represent certain things within me, that are no longer there. They do serve as a reminder of where I come from, and how far I have come, so I am definitely not at all ashamed of me. Everything represents a certain portion of someone’s life. When someone gets a tattoo, it's a portion of their life that will be forever frozen in time. So when I see tattoos, even some really bad ones, I do realize that for whatever reason, something was important enough to that person, that they had it forever frozen in time for them to remember.??