Paradigm Life discusses various topics surrounding business, politics, philanthropy, health and fitness, and more. It's not about senseless gossip- but rather addressing issues that affect all of us whether we realize it or not. The goal is for all us to have some type of take-away from our time together.
I’m very interested in your views about the topic of marriage. With all that is going on around the world, how do you see it now compared to 15 or 25 years ago? Is today’s marriage like that of your parents or grandparents? Do you believe in marriage? Is your view of marriage like a fairy tale or partnership? Is it co-dependency, dependency, independence, or interdependency? Are you optimistic, sarcastic, or flat-out cynical about marriage? How has your past impacted your views of marriage?
Take this poll and then let’s see how we all view marriage and those individuals who choose to say, “I do”.
Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. The Paradigm Life. All Rights Reserved.
I’ve read, watched video footage, and viewed images of two people, Ray and Janay Rice, both working very hard to protect the one they love the most, Ray Rice. I won’t join the voices of thousands who cry out to Janay warning her of what’s to come, or trying to convince her to leave her now-husband. I won’t join those voices because I know that our voices don’t matter to Janay, not in the way we would hope, and especially not right now. Right now the only thing she is focused on is protecting Ray and trying to lessen the blow that he has now received after his heinous attack on her. She’s trying to help him with his self-inflicted wounds. I won’t even join any of the voices that criticize her for doing so. See I understand the place and space she’s in right now. She’s both in survival and denial mode. You can’t fault her for that. Look at the symptoms and not the person.
Look at the symptoms of a Floyd Mayweather who thought it wise to add his voice to the mix and say, “I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households…it’s just not caught on video, if that’s safe to say.” Floyd Mayweather believes that the NFL was too harsh with their sentence against Ray Rice, and that they should have stuck with their original two-game suspension. Interesting…especially since Mayweather had to serve time, plead to reduced charges in a domestic violence case involving his ex-girlfriend, and is now involved in a civil lawsuit brought on by his former fiancee. Um, Mayweather, you might want to self-impose a gag order on yourself right about now. It’s amazing how Mayweather found a way to turn Ray into the victim here as though Ray got knocked out in the elevator.
Look at the symptoms and not the person. Let’s take Ray and Janay (and definitely Floyd) out of the equation and look at the symptoms of the disease. Abuse is a disease. For the balance of this post I will use their names, but I want you to simply visualize Janay and Ray as just random people that you just saw on the street, and not a pro football player and his wife highlighted in the news. Are you ready? Okay let’s do this…