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Freedom of Inequality

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

There are several truths we must all accept, one being that nothing is equal. The occupy protests highlighted one of today’s most heated debates about the growing income gap. Recently, we’ve also heard about race (Trayvon), drugs, and same sex marriage.

Let’s make this clear: if you don’t want to have a gay sex, don’t have gay sex. Skweezy says it best (video attached at bottom). We strive constantly for equality, to give each person the same opportunities at success. And if happiness is analogous to success, then marriage falls well within the confines of success.

The same argument can be made about marijuana. Some call it a gateway drug, but this is a logical fallacy. (Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: The Myth That Will Not Die | Healthland | TIME.com) An increase in ice cream sales has been correlated with an increase in drowning deaths. So ice cream causes drowning? No, it’s just the summer heat. “There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs.” The real issue behind drug abuse is education.

Driving a car is dangerous, and if you don’t want to take that risk, then don’t drive. Don’t ban us all from driving. I’m disgusted at the fact that such bigotry exists in this country, but does that mean I should ban it? No. I will fight for your freedom to speak your mind, even if I think you are wrong.

That being said, equality is something we can strive for. Sure, we may not reach it, but everybody should have the same opportunities to succeed.

Yes, Skweezy Jibbs is just a character he does. Yes, it’s vulgar. But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong.

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Draw Something

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

There’s been a surge in the number of mobile games being played. Unfortunately, people flock to games that require little brain activity, or little activity at all. Years ago, I discovered Chess with Friends and was addicted, but the people around me not so much. Recently, I’ve found that my students, and the people around me are playing Draw Something.

I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed in the fact that we’re so wired in all the time, and have access to a whole universe of information, but use this technology to play Pictionary. Less than 10% of my students have a clue about what’s going on in the world outside their bubbles, and sadly choose not to break the mold. Most of the people I meet aren’t in the least bit curious about anything beyond their day to day.

Apathy is a terrible thing. I’m not sure whether it’s simply a lack of curiosity, or a fundamental lack of education, but it’s horrifying. It’s mind blowing.

What’s more mind blowing is that each person is composed of trillions of cells. And within each of those cells is an unimaginable number of processes occurring. And each of those processes requires trillions of trillions of atoms to work. And within those atoms are an uncountable number of subatomic particles, each participating in the grand scheme of this thing that we call life. And on an even more magnificent scale, take a look at the image on the left.

Sure, you may feel completely insignificant because of this. But I feel an incredible obligation to find out as much of this awesomeness as possible. So think differently, and be curious.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

Infinite Possibilities

March 17, 2012 Leave a comment

“The infinite possibilities each day holds should stagger the mind. The sheer number of experiences I could have is uncountable, breathtaking. We live trapped in loops, reliving a few days over and over, and we envision only a handful of paths laid out ahead of us. We see the same things each day, we respond the same way, we think the same thoughts, each day a slight variation on the last, every moment smoothly following the gentle curves of societal norms.

We act like, if we just get through today, tomorrow our dreams will come back to us.

I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know how to jolt myself into seeing what each moment could become. But I do know one thing: the solution doesn’t involve watering down my every little idea and creative impulse for the sake of some day easing my fit into a mold. It doesn’t involve tempering my life to better fit someone’s expectations.

It doesn’t involve constantly holding back for fear of shaking things up.”

xkcd: Dreams

Don’t just read this and say “hey what a great quote.” Do something. Be assertive. Don’t just accept that things aren’t exactly how you want them.

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