February was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen relationships and promote healthy relationships. Dating violence is an issue that many teens experience. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.
I was 18 years old standing in the back of my high school church youth group when my mind got to thinking. At this age I was first beginning to become aware of issues happening globally as opposed to only my own nation or immediate surroundings. A desire grew within my mind to gain understanding of any perspective which I had yet to experience or understand. I wanted to truly see things from the perspective of the homeless, the child dying from disease in Africa, and the wealthy businessman.
My search for understanding of wider perspective was based largely on the desire to discover why problems of poverty (and by contrast excessive luxury) exist in our world at all. I wanted to gain understanding of what reality truly is. In reality, there is absolutely no technical reason why there should any poverty. Our attachment to symbolic representations of what wealth is has restricted us from liberating all of life to live, at least in the sense of physical circumstances, rather well.