My project goal was to create a visual interpretation of harmful and unjust systems as
well as comparative positive moral and ethical practices. The photo impressions will be
captioned for the reader and will relate to the connected writings.
My objectives are as follows: First, and foremost, I would like to encourage action
toward the promotion of change. I have come to realize through this course of study that people
do not start out with “blinders on”. They are acquired. We are all born curious. If we are allowed
to have hands on experiences and are not hampered along the course, we give way to creativity.
Many adults forget what it was like to be young and they therefore become old before their time.
Those who look straight ahead never see anything except for where they are and a dim glimpse
of the future will soon become a pile of dust. Although they may have monetary gain, they will
have accomplished nothing of true and lasting value. Those who hold onto “the vision” or in my case, “regain the vision” they once had for the world, are open or have been reborn to new ideas
and possibilities. We will become part of the cure, living on forever through others whose lives
we have touched by being a catalyst for change. Second, I want to show some of the social and
cultural connections related to the pros and cons. For instance, many are against the killing of
any living thing. My family considers hunting as part of our American heritage. Therefore,
responsible, hunting techniques are a large part of my makeup and the value system that has been
instilled in me. Farm families have other value systems ingrained in them, as do those from other
areas such as an inner city. We are different because of nurture, but are the same as a part of
mankind. Third, I want the reader to gain a full understanding of the part greed and power plays
in all areas of abuse of the earth and her people. In my years investigating elder abuse, I saw very
few cases that did not concern money in some way, shape, or form. People were willfully
deprived of everyday needs and medicines so their funds could be used for personal gain by the
abuser. Money is definitely at the root of much of the evil and injustice placed on our earth
today. Unfortunately, this seems also to be historically true. Our challenge is to somehow relieve
future generations from being caught up in the same trap.