In my English class we recently had a brawl. Before you assume their was a massive fight in a school, let me clarify that a brawl is a form of debate.
I found it quite beneficial for several reasons. First of all, it helped me concoct my own ideas about ethical dilemmas in today’s world. One of the questions was one my group thought of where we said is it okay to enact vengeance on someone who wrongs you. I personally am I believer in karma (the belief that whatever you do comes back to you; good or bad) so using that logic I feel like that you have the right and the RESPONSIBILITY to enact vengeance.
If I had to describe my blogging experience I would compare it to flying a kite. I’m not sure if this is just me but whenever I attempt to fly a kite it takes me forever to get the thing in the air, but once its in the air its a whole new struggle, keeping it there, but once I complete these to Herculean tasks its smooth sailing and nothing but smiles. When I try and start a blog it takes me what seems like an eternity to come up with an idea and then I spend the remainder of my lifetime finding a creative or unique way to articulate the idea.
I found this post on my friends blog and I thought it was really cool because it attacks multiple issues in life. First of all, we have all had those awkward moments and not known what to do but after reading this blog I have a couple of legitimate conversation starters. As well as doing helping a common problem, it address an even larger one. It mentions how people are stuck on their phones. But it provides a simple solution, instead of sitting by yourself on your phone share what you are doing so you can enjoy it with whoever you are with.
It happens quite often when I sit with a group of friends, hanging out…but we aren’t really hanging out.. We’re all looking at the screens on our phone. It happened to me once where it was with my cross country team and all we did was sat their staring at our video, or game, etc. I personally don’t like it once I come to the realization of it but I too am guilty of it. It’s at those times where I think to myself, “What has come of this generation?.. What are we doing just sitting here, on our phones, and not having an actual conversation?” That’s when I make my attempt at trying to break the silence.
“So guys, what’s for practice today?..”
“40 minute run.”
“Cool,” I reply, “So….”
At that point I knew this conversation was to heavy to carry and that they didn’t really care to…
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As you most likely know, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X both fought for the rights of African americans in America fifty years ago. They did so in very different ways. Martin Luther King used peaceful protests to try and gain rights for African Americans, while Malcolm X wanted to separate Africans Americans completely from White American and said that they had to use any means necessary to achieve this goal. Any means necessary included violence and bringing down White Americans verbally. He was the one who brought about the infamous “black power” philosophy and organizations like the Black Panthers came about because of his message. In the end, Malcolm X lost his influence and had a change of heart that led him to join Martin Luther King’s cause. They were both assassinated, and as you should know African Americans and other ethnicities now have equal rights. But, I am trying to reach a bigger point using this example.
As most of you may know a huge earthquake devastated Nepal and his killed and dislocated countless people. This really hit home for me because my partner on this blog his family in Nepal, who luckily weren’t badly affected, and I myself have family in India who felt it even though they were a ways away from the epicenter. So, after talking with my partner in this blog we decided that we should try and help the situation however we can.
So the next day we brought jars and envelops and asked each of our classes if they would be kind enough to donate. Initially we expected to not make much and that we would receive nothing more than pocket change. But we were so wrong. When I made my quick announcement and watched my envelope go around I was amazed to see people were contributing as much as twenty dollars per person. It was a truly beautiful thing to see, because it would have been so easy for all of them to simply pass it along without giving it so much as a second thought but instead I saw people cleaning out their wallets asking me if they could bring money tomorrow or if their was any limit to how much they could donate or if they could collect money themselves and give it to us. My parents encountered a lot of hardships when they first arrived to this country and they said the only thing that kept them going was seeing the general goodness in humanity which I never understood until today.
In today’s world music is more prominent in everyday life than ever before. It is almost abnormal to see someone without headphones wherever you go. But, their are some who attach, wearing headphones or listening to a certain kind of music as a juvenile thing to do. I think this is absolutely ridiculous. I say this because I think there’s room for all music.
Back when the previous generation listened to music, they were used to hearing voices like Sinatra express lovely thoughts and when they listen artists like Jay-Z they automatically assume its junk because he uses vulgar language and doesn’t sing. But, when you listen to an artist like Jay-Z and write it off as “junk”, it’s like looking at a poem and saying it has no meaning. The point I’m trying to convey is that some rap music isn’t just skin deep.