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Just earlier this week, it was a teenage boy in Vietnam who was accused of killing a 7-year old neighbour in order to use her gold earrings to pay for video games. Now, a New Mexico woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for neglecting to care for her 3-year old daughter, Brandi. Why? Because she was too busy playing World of Warcraft. Brandi literally withered and died from malnutrition and dehydration. Apparently there was so little food for her that she ate cat food.

Let's be clear here. Rebecca Colleen Christie let her real child die for something not real. It's easy to point fingers at her--and perhaps rightfully so--but sometimes it's easy for all of us to get so caught up in fantasy and escape that we actually begin to neglect reality.  Our family. Our friends. Our children. Our jobs. Our lives. Many of us are probably dangerously close to even the same level of addiction as Christie, without even realizing it or being willing to admit it. This is not a "Look at  what this terrible woman did!" kind of post. This is a reality check for all of us. What are we spending way too much time on without really accomplishing anything real at all? Where in our lives are we being incredibly selfish? What do we need to do about it? Be honest with yourself. And do it. Before it's too late. Before something in your life--or someone--dies.

For the full story, click here.

 
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Homer Marciniak, a retired bank janitor with a valuable comic book collection, died of a heart attack at the age of 77 back in July. That's not the unusual part. What is is that Marciniak's heart attack came after his house was broken into and he was hit in the face by the robbers. What did they take? His valuable comic book collection, which he had been hoping to sell for somewhere between $40,000 and 100,000 in order to leave his family with the money when he died. An honourable plan for a man who received his first comic book at the age of six and considered the collection "priceless." Unfortunately, one of the men he encountered during this time, a former collectibles business owner named Rico Vendetti, saw an opportunity to get something incredibly valuable for free, and had Marciniak's home broken into and the goods stolen. All this over a bunch of comic books. On the surface, this may seem like an isolated incident. After all, none of us would ever do something that terrible, would we? And especially not over a bunch of colourful pieces of paper...right? But maybe that's not so much the point. Maybe the point is, what kinds of things do we give that much importance to in our lives? The kinds of things that maybe we wouldn't literally kill for, but we'd do a lot of things just to get them, or not to have to give them up. Are they really the things worth holding onto? Are they material? Will they last forever after we leave this earth? Or are we putting all our hope and happiness into things that really, in the big picture, don't matter at all? 

Think about it.

Read The Associated Press' full article here

 
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The "I Like It On The..." Facebook campaign is this year's strategy for promoting breast cancer awareness , once again confusing Facebook users more than ever before. The phrase apparently is supposed to be indicative of where a woman likes to leave her purse when she enters the home. How provocative sexual innuendos that nobody understands are supposed to help create awareness for breast cancer, or even more, help us to identify with the horror of breast cancer, is beyond WakeUpWorld!'s comprehension.  Read the National Post's Full Article below.

Robyn Urback: Facebook’s “I like it” campaign pointlessly sexualizing tragedy

Many unsuspecting Facebook users have logged in this month to the harrowing news that their sister “likes it on the floor,” their coworker “likes it on the kitchen table,” and their mother, perhaps most disturbingly, “likes it anywhere, as long as its out of my hands.”

No, it’s not Facebook-hosted sexual liberation revival, but a campaign to promote breast cancer awareness. The movement went viral after a message began circulating between Facebook inboxes, suggesting women change their statuses to indicate where they typically put their handbags once they walk in the door — which was, somehow, to support breast cancer awareness. Women soon began ominously posting that they “like it on the couch,” or “like it on the dresser,” while the rest of the Facebook world scratched their virtual heads and asked, “What gives?”