What is the worst thing in the world? Well maybe not the worst thing cause there’s still cancer, poverty, and other calamities, but perhaps it falls in the top one hundred. Watching a really good show, getting really attached to it, spending all your free time watching it. Then it ends. That feeling of utter depression. Feeling of deprivation. Sadness.
If you haven’t already heard, there was a massive earthquake in Nepal. It registered on the Richter scale to be about a 7.9 magnitude. Over 3800 people have already died and hundreds of thousands have been dislocated.This is the largest earthquake in that region in over eighty years. I am originally from the country of Nepal and I do have some family living there. I heard of the news late friday night from the sound of my dad frantically moving and trying in anyway to reach his parents in Nepal through phone. Thankfully all of my relatives were the lucky few who survived without any injuries or fatalities. We were also lucky enough to not have any damage to our homes, at least the damages that can be seen visually from the exterior. Others were not as lucky. In a particular village there used to be around 1400 homes standing. After the main earthquake and a few aftershocks, only four were left standing.
Help is coming though from various countries and organizations. The greatest help is coming straight from the affected people the communities. They are placing their whole lives on hold and are spending hours and hours along side each other to find victims that are trapped, or to raise the alarm to people that are still inhabiting buildings that are in danger of collapsing. Aid is coming from countries such as Canada, The United States, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The U.S. and Canada combined have donated over fourteen million dollars for relief. India and Pakistan have sent troops to help set up tent communities and temporary shelters for people. Organizations such as UNICEF and the Red Cross are also there for their emergency aid.
I have also attempted to help the people. I saw that my dad donated money to the Red Cross online. I had a great idea then to ask my fellow classmates and my teachers for donations for relief programs in Nepal. I got an outstanding reaction with people donating into the three digits on the very first day!
There is many things that we can do to help, but the fastest and most reliable way is to DONATE MONEY! I implore everyone to donate any amount of money to organizations such as UNICEF or Red Cross. Every little bit makes a difference and every little bit may be the difference between a small child living or starving to death.
(WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT)
I just finished reading this particular book and I found it to be one of the best books I have ever read. Personally, I thought that it was going to be super bad (because the book started out really slow and because of the fact that it was written in the mid 1800’s), but it gets really, really good as you read on (kind of like the Lord Of The Rings). Alexandre Dumas uses descriptive language and captivating organizational skills to keep the reader reading. Dumas also wrote The Three Musketeers, but I have yet to read that.
“You just ran 4:58!” — Coach Penell
Running, more specifically distance running, has always been the sport that I have done. The first time I was submerged into the fantastic world of running was in my 8th grade year. Track tryouts had come and I tried out for sprints. I was above average and I made the sprinting team, but as events followed I did not hear the sprint coaches call my name when the sprinters and distance runners were being separated. As fate would have it, I was introduced to distance running. Right away it was apparent that I was good at it. I would pull away from fellow runners during workouts. I would run faster in races. My distance running career had started.
The gene pool. Everything that we are and will ever be is contained in that vast amount of information. Yet, it may be at risk, a risk caused by no one other than ourselves, humans!
Modern technology with its ever increasing capabilities to keep our human bodies alive, is making our human gene pool weak as a side effect is. For example, some people are color blind. In our society now,this does not propose a great weakness that could potentially result in our deaths. If it had happened a few thousand years ago, then it may have proved to be a very serious serious problem. If the person who was colorblind could not distinguish between a poisonous berry and a harmless berry then…. That gene would soon die out in one or two generations, thus cleansing the gene pool.
The first thought that pops up on many minds is the thought, “How do we fix this then?” That there is the crux of the problem as there is no way to solve this unless we steal Arthur de Gobineau’s and Houston Stewart Chamberlain’s ideas of the Aryan race that Hitler used to justify his systematic killings of the Jewish population. And we can’t suggest taking away human medication and let millions of people die.
The diversity in our gene pool may yet be a good thing. If a worldwide pandemic were to break out, there would be many different types of mutations of our genes in this world and a fair number of them would definitely be able to resist the disease due to a genetic advantage.
That earlier situation could also lead to yet another insecurity in our genes. For example, people living in Africa and the Middle East have been terrorized by malaria. So, through thousands of generations, they have grown an ability to resist that disease in the form of Sickle Cell. The sickle shaped cell does not allow malaria to spread throughout the body as well, effectively stopping the disease in a large population. But, Sickle Cell Anemia in itself is a very harmful disease. I had a friend in middle school that suffered from Sickle Cell Anemia, but she recovered, thankfully. She had to borrow stem cells from her brother and grow them inside of her in order to stop her blood from clotting.
Nevertheless we have to live with what we have made ourselves. I can only hope that in the future there comes an event in which we can test ourselves to make our society and people ‘stronger’.
What hero is the coolest? They kill, hunt, betray, herd, fight, and kill once again. Cowboys! Cowboys are arguably one of the coolest “action heros”.I believe my first encounter with a cowboy in a movie was Woody, from Toy Story. That seems weak, yes, but Woody does kick some tail and always gets the job done. Woody’s pretty cool. He has the right amount of things in his life: romance, friends, and a friendly competitor.