So my girlfriend told me I should start a blog with a specific niche. She said I have the journalists touch. :P seeing as she is a journalism major at NYU, I guess I can take her advice.
I think I want to do a blog on education. Just on education. I really think it could be a great way for me to cultivate my passion for it, but also be able to better understand the issues through writing about them. The site is entitled “The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance.” Although I haven’t written anything yet, that will soon change.
If you have an interest in education, check out my blog when I write my first post! I will post it on here.
Just what you need when you are at your worst. :)
It seems so often that life just passes by. Nothing really happens, it just goes. Especially in a privileged setting like mine, the fact I do not have to worry about the next meal, next outfit, next day alive… it is assumed. Taken for granted.
This day-to-day menagerie of comfort and ease is nice… but unfulfilling. It is almost as if I am not meant to be comfortable.
comfort (n) - a state of ease and satisfaction of bodily wants, withfreedom from pain and anxiety: He is a man who enjoys hiscomfort
Why do I feel like my comfort is almost wrong? Why is it that a state of ease is unfulfilling? Why do I yearn for something more?
There are plenty of people who love living a life free of significant pain and anxiety. The anxiety I can do without, but the pain is important. I want to feel pain, so that I can be a part of the healing process to eliminate the pain.
I guess it is the paradox of American youth: we feel called to change the world, but are so used to our comfortable life that we can’t let go.
But I think we have to let go, before we can be a part of the change. I must be a part of the suffering in order to know and help fix the problems. In the immortal words of Gandhi:
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Somehow, someway, I will have to find a way of living, a task to accomplish, that takes me out of my comfort zone and into a place where I can start to be the change.
It is incredibly interesting that, according to national spending data, the amount of money spent on an average prison term is $133,000. You could use this same amount of money to send a child to private school for 13 years (K-12).
Although spending more money is not the answer to education, it is clear to see that education reform is not just a qualitative improvement on our society. The more people who are educated in good schools, the less crime and the less inmates we have. Which inherently saves the government money.
But what we should really focus on is what Victor Hugo says. The fact that education prevents crime is an interesting fact, and must be focused on as our society continues to figure out various ways to implement education reform. We must always remember the fantastic advantages that a great education system provides, and not devolve into partisan bickering.
death, d’eth* (n) - twenty page midterm, 4 case briefs, an advertising speech, a majority opinion, and various other homework assignments.
If the question is between living in a country that accepts the status quo, that overlooks poverty, that neglects education, that refuses to stand up for injustice, because “the Founders didn’t say so” or between a broader view of government as a protector of liberties of all people, including the liberties of the poor and most vulnerable, then I will always take the broader view.
I do not want to live in a society where we are relegated to the era of sweatshop child labor and discriminatory policies towards minorities and women. I do not want to live in an era where we have no system to provide relief for the out of work or the out of luck.
Government has its limits, as all human institutions do. And power tends to corrupt. But instead of putting people into government who will do what YOU want (lower taxes, spend money on you, do what you want) why not elect a statesmen, someone who really will do what is best for the country and best for the marginalized of society. Because, as a country, we are only as strong as our weakest member, and we will be judged on how we treat the poorest in our society.
Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall, Claiming climate change doesn’t exist is just like saying Santa Claus doesn’t exist…
Well I’m glad he cleared that up for us.
hahaha that is really funny!
Sick of doing the same thing.
Sick of routine.
Sick of a world that drags on.
It’s time for me to get up and DO SOMETHING.