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29 Photos That Put All Of Our Struggles In Perspective

Posted by on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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Life can flutter between being terrible and terrific, but sometimes everything can all be proven worth it in just a sliver of time captured on camera.

The Internet has a history of rounding up powerful photographs, but some images just go one step further and change your perspective on life and the challenges presented by the world we live in. All of these photographs may be once in a lifetime shots, but the tragedies and triumphs they document are those millions around the world face every day. We have an ugly and beautiful home, and it's entirely worth fighting for.

Warning: Some of the photos below are graphic.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/powerful-photos-life-on-earth_n_4123343.html

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annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:17 PM

1. There's this place called Earth. It can often be pretty surprising.

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:17 PM

 

Proposed spending cuts for the Spanish region of Catalonia in 2013 caused this fight to break out in Barcelona between riot police and firefighters afraid they or other public employees may lose their jobs

Quoting annabl1970:

1. There's this place called Earth. It can often be pretty surprising.


 

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:18 PM

2. On this small planet, sometimes immense pain can lead to happiness

During the 2011 Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand, attendees performed various body piercings to rid themselves of evil spirits, as well as bring luck to their community.127948222

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:19 PM

3. But far too often, this place can be unbelievably treacherous.

This photo was taken moments before the Indian child dove into the overflowing Ganges River as it flooded the region during the country's monsoon season in August of 2013. Thousands were left dead or missing in what was only the very beginning of this particular monsoon season.175684562

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM

4. Humans and nature conspire to destroy homes.

A mud volcano erupted in Indonesia's eastern Java Island in 2006, destroying 12 villages. Excessive gas drilling from the Lapindo Baratas drilling company was blamed. In 2013, these villagers covered themselves in mud to dramatize the destruction of their homes and the ongoing struggle that has ensued169617947

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:22 PM

5. We brave institutional oppressionA 2013 gay pride rally taking place in St. Petersburg was declared illegal under Russian law for being "gay propaganda," before turning bloody as activists and Russian nationalists clashed. About 40 gay rights supporters made up the rally, while they were surrounded by people throwing rocks, eggs and fistsgay pride

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM

6. And just surviving childhood can be a struggle.

This is an orphaned child in the wake of the Haitian earthquake of 2010. Following the devastation, adoptions of orphaned Haitian children were taken on as a relief effort by multiple countries, including the United States.95894285

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM

7. A whole life can change in a flash, no matter where you grow up.

John Fahy Jr. mourns his father and younger brother in 1996, just two months after his mother died of cancer. He was 13 years old. John Fahy and his 6-year-old son, James, were killed by a house fire in which John Jr. and his sister, Meaghan, were the only ones rescued.97307061

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:24 PM

8. The world we've come to love can often seem to collapse around us.A Palestinian family's home in East Jerusalem was demolished in 2013 by the state municipality for not having proper safety permits. The family claimed they were still waiting for the permits to arrive.beit hanina

annabl1970
by Platinum Member on Oct. 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM

9. And in an instant, everything is gone.

The Japanese earthquake of 2011 inflicted a death toll over 15,000 and left much of the country devastated. Nearly 10,000 more people were either injured or labeled missing.

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