Enlightenment Issue MADE Magazine - Page 3

PUBLISHER’S L E T T E R It’s not always easy to vocalize our beliefs but when we do, there always seems to be a sense of freedom, expression and sometimes relief that our voices are heard. In a world of cyber bullying and what we at MADE like to call “thumb thugging,” smart phone keypads are becoming tools of modern-day activism instead of traditional rallying, marching and even voting. This begs the question: In this ever-changing technology-driven society, is it still as important to vocally express our opinions and beliefs, or is it more effective to post our opinions on social media and other digital channels? KRIS D. WILLIAMS To genuinely understand another person with an opposing view opens doors to discovery, healing and growth.” I believe a mix of both is required to influence and ultimately lead the masses. Regardless if you do or do not agree with their stances on certain subjects, individuals like Angela Rye and Charlamagne Tha God are great examples of exercising their voices to inspire change and influence our culture. Their unapologetic, unwavering positions on topics they care about can challenge opponents to rethink things and react differently. To genuinely understand another person with an opposing view opens doors to discovery, healing and growth. One thing I do know is that our calling while on earth is to leave the world better than we found it. To achieve this large fete it takes the ability to actively exercise our freedom of speech and expression in times of discomfort and controversy. I hope you are enlightened by the voices that exude from the pages of this issue. Kris Cheers, made-magazine.com | 3