Hands Up | best 2015 Oscars speeches | from the vocal chords of winners of Best Original Song | John Stephens & Lonnie Lynn |

Hands Up, marcher,Climate March, nYc 2014

Hands Up gesture from a marcher at the Climate March in nYc 2014

Though it’s already almost ancient history, 36 hours after the event, there were several individuals who stood out. The Guardian has the full List of Winners. I have not seen any of the films yet, and hadn’t looked at any trailers either. And because it is quite a marathon show, I have to admit that rather than being glued to the TV screen, I was continuously going back and forth to another room, troubleshooting some functionality obstacles of two music programs I’m working with (and still learning) which I did actually achieve by the top of the morning!

So given the fact that I had missed a number of speeches, I have to say that ‘Hands Up’ the most provocative and articulate messages came from the vocal chords of the two guys who won ‘best original song’ for the Martin Luther King Jr. documentary, Selma; Lonnie Lynn & John Stephens. Here are their acceptance speeches.

Composers John Legend and Common, their legal names John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn.

The award was given to the composers John Stephens a.k.a. Legend and Lonnie Lynn a.k.a. Common. Their speeches were powerful. Legend talked of how the bridge in Selma, Alabama is symbolic of peoples’ struggles all over the world today. Common mentioned that the bridge was built on hope and welded with compassion – and that the struggle continues – “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today [in 2015] than there were under slavery in 1850.

The Rolling Stone have their descriptions of Oscars 2015’s 20 Best, Worst and WTF Moments.

I was quite impressed with Lady Gaga’s performance of the “Sound of Music” medley, though i personally as a rule don’t like medley’s, I understand that for time constraints and the range of songs of the original movie, that it played its part. For the first time Lady Gaga paired down to mere glitter (eyeshadow, cinderella gown) revealed that beneath all of the fanfare, she has a fantastic voice. She pulled off what the icon, July Andrews, manifested.

Lady Gaga, Academy Awards, Oscars 2015

Lady Gaga dressed down to cinderella Academy Awards 2015

And as I appreciated several other speeches for human rights, woman’s rights and the recognition that this is a country built through immigrants, the winner of the Best Adapted Screenplay of The Imitation Game, writer Graham Moore, had the most bold declaration of the stark naked truth.

Graham Moore, naked truth

Graham Moore the naked truth

In my opinion his speech will be felt by many, and probably save lives: empowering those who are on the fringes and/or excluded, feeling outcast from the majority because of their sexual identities and unique ways of living in society. Right on for speaking with stark naked honesty!

What Will You Do? | Citizen Muscle BootCamp | “Man” by Steve Cutts

Regarding this post I recently did on my other blog https://digesthis.wordpress.com/2015/01/22/solution-to-what-will-you-do-citizen-muscle-boot-camp-be-a-climate-changemaker/

I’ve been engaged in the process guided by Annie Leonard who created the StoryofStuff.

ponder whether you choose to be a guardian or a destroyer

ponder whether you choose to be a guardian or a destroyer

This is my take so far, on a personal level, of why I’m involved:

I really believe that every animal and species has a right to be here sharing the planet with us, and that we (human beings) are sort of the stewards (guardians rather than destroyers); since we are the top predator and ultimately have done the most damage to the planet. I’ve seen images captured by scientists about the amount of plastic that has collected in several tremendously huge garbage patches in each ocean. I believe that even what we do here, in our own backyards, affect this. If we are aware of how we use materials like plastics and chemicals that drain in water run-off, going into streams and ultimately into the oceans, perhaps we would tread a bit more lightly and be more thoughtful in how we direct our actions. I notice for example that Pennsylvania has a dramatic amount of sunny days, and that we could create a community that embraces using this renewable energy. We are all responsible for how we tread on the earth and it is not our right to consider it merely as a commodity to make a profit from or use, abuse and discard.

I’m sure that you would want your children to be able to live in an environment with clean water & air, where there is a possibility to play outside and swim in streams, lakes and the ocean. And for your kids to know what their parents have done to respect and love all of the different species that make this earth so wonderful.

I’ve seen that in parts of China, people literally have to wear gas masks and the children can not play outside, but in fabricated airtight blowup gymnasiums. “In China, Breathing Becomes a Childhood Risk“. Do you recycle paper and plastics? Do you think about how your daily actions can add up and affect not only your local environment but also places far away, that are ultimately choking and destroying animals’ habitats that are far away?

Think about this quote by Albert Einstein: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I’m sure that if all of us would take the time to stop and recognize how incredible this life is and see everything as a miracle, that time and one’s actions become less of a commodity, and more recognized as something vital and precious. Being consciously aware of how our actions contribute en masse, to everything, and stepping back to breathe in just how magnificent this planet and all of its creatures are, will propel us to think and act differently.

And because I feel that this animation “Man” by Steve Cutts says it quite humorously and eloquently, here it is again.

Man, animation, Steve Cutts

“Man” animation by Steve Cutts displaying the history of human beings’ cruelty towards life forms in 3 minutes.