For all of us that think our lives are difficult and tough right now...

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    Oct 18, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Suck it up! Someone always has it worse than you. Just the warmth and joy that this guy and his family exudes just is so moving. And he has a gift!

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    Oct 18, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    icon_eek.gif Really!? Nine views and nobody was moved by that? Wow...You guys are cold.
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:18 AM GMT
    it was a really touching video. i liked it. Emmanuel is lucky that he has such a great and loving family. thanks for sharing icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:19 AM GMT
    To Long to watch....bored
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    I watched that twice.
    Um...I think I have something in my eye now.


    Wow.
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    Oct 19, 2011 12:57 AM GMT
    His spirit is beautiful and extraordinary. By coincidence, last night I began reading Mark Matousek's "When You're Falling, Dive: Lessons in the Art of Living." The book is a collection of inspiring stories of people who have endured circumstances that most of us cannot imagine -- but they somehow triumph. Emmanuel has done just that. His story provides a lesson in the art of living.
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    Touching story, plus he can really sing. PLUS, he and his brother are both great looking guys.
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:33 AM GMT
    This business of somebody else has it worse doesn't work well.

    But I agree about sucking it up.
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    C_J35 saidicon_eek.gif Really!? Nine views and nobody was moved by that? Wow...You guys are cold.


    Are you sitting around waiting for people to respond to your threads?...

    Okay, I'm just going to warn all of you before you continue reading. I can come off like a heartless bastard. Yes, his story is touching. Yes, I was moved. Objectively speaking only on his singing ability, it's not that good. It's okay. If X-Factor wants to include his story into his candidacy, fine. But if it's a real singing competition, he won't last.

    EDIT: I have to add... what is with this "someone else has it worse" thing? First of all, he may not have it worse. Sure, he has certain challenges that must overcome, but to say that he has it worse than I do automatically places his life experiences into a value hierarchy. His life is his life and the idea that we should feel better about ourselves because he might have it tougher is pitying at best and paternalistic at worst.
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    The thing that stood out for me here was HORRENDOUS amounts of LOVE and PRIDE.. Those boys are loved fiercely!

    Thank you for posting this!
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    Oct 19, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    Thanks for posting, wonderful, touching....
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    Oct 19, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    Amazing, touching, beautiful....



    It would've been really great if he could sing, too icon_sad.gif But how do you say no to him? A great story...
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    Oct 19, 2011 5:28 AM GMT
    It really does make all the little crap i worry about in my life seem so stupid and pathetic. Moving.
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    Oct 19, 2011 5:31 AM GMT
    thanks so much for sharing. I have a huge exam in two days and stressing out like no other. This brought things back into perspective. (:
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    Oct 19, 2011 5:57 AM GMT
    Beaux saidI watched that twice.
    Um...I think I have something in my eye now.


    Wow.



    +1
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:12 AM GMT
    Yeah, I saw this one last week. Quite the story, quite the voice, and doesn't hurt that he's quite the handsome man, too.
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:19 AM GMT
    Wow, deffinitely needed that today, good wake up call.

    Like the one judge said: "it makes all the things we worry about seem so pathetic"

    He has a very nice voice!
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:45 AM GMT
    Great story. I want to adopt him and his brother. If reality TV were more like this, I might actually be able to watch it.
  • spades

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    Oct 19, 2011 7:39 AM GMT
    Wow, tears to my eyes! Very handsome boy and amazing voice!
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    Oct 19, 2011 8:33 AM GMT
    That video was uploaded by a youtube user named DrReaps.

    I sense a hidden agenda at work. icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
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    C_J35 saidicon_eek.gif Really!? Nine views and nobody was moved by that? Wow...You guys are cold.


    Are you sitting around waiting for people to respond to your threads?...

    Okay, I'm just going to warn all of you before you continue reading. I can come off like a heartless bastard. Yes, his story is touching. Yes, I was moved. Objectively speaking only on his singing ability, it's not that good. It's okay. If X-Factor wants to include his story into his candidacy, fine. But if it's a real singing competition, he won't last.

    EDIT: I have to add... what is with this "someone else has it worse" thing? First of all, he may not have it worse. Sure, he has certain challenges that must overcome, but to say that he has it worse than I do automatically places his life experiences into a value hierarchy. His life is his life and the idea that we should feel better about ourselves because he might have it tougher is pitying at best and paternalistic at worst.


    Wow...Do you feel good about yourself now?

    I do not mean to place anybody on any sort of an hierarchy. I am just simply saying this guy has clearly been through a lot of troubles that I doubt most of us on here can even imagine. Yet he has this very positive and loving energy that comes from him.I am assuming from your post you are going thru somethings right now and I can only hope things get better for you.
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:10 PM GMT
    OGrady saidit was a really touching video. i liked it. Emmanuel is lucky that he has such a great and loving family. thanks for sharing icon_smile.gif

    Weird, we had a guy in austin who was beaten for being gay named emanuel... maybe it's just a punished name. Reallllly great guy though.
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    I had this video sent to me on Facebook... and pressed play and windowed out to something else while I listened. I didn't really get the visual effect of what I was obviously supposed to be experiencing.

    Because of that, and not to be a douche, but... the guy's singing is pretty "meh".

    He'll get points for overcoming adversity and tugging at audience's heartstrings (which is why producers even put him on there). But it seems like he's there as one of the latest heartwarming, but ultimately mediocre, contestants on these shows.
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:31 PM GMT
    Regardless of the singing. The story of this family is just incredible. It amazes me that people can be that genuinely good.
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    Oct 19, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    C_J35 said
    Wow...Do you feel good about yourself now?

    I do not mean to place anybody on any sort of an hierarchy. I am just simply saying this guy has clearly been through a lot of troubles that I doubt most of us on here can even imagine. Yet he has this very positive and loving energy that comes from him.I am assuming from your post you are going thru somethings right now and I can only hope things get better for you.


    Don't patronize me. I get that we should have gratitude. Fine. But we do that by feeling sorry for someone else? Please. And then you wait around for 10 minutes, hoping that someone would post a response and then you basically lambaste the entire RJ community for not responding quickly enough to your post. It's narcissistic.

    For your information, I am happy and I'm not "going through" something. Lose the holier-than-thou attitude.