A Peek Into A Millenials Mind

I find myself, once again, in the eerie realm of ethically questionable social responsibility. The impossible denial of opportunity keeps me from avoiding the detriment of my mental abilities. Whence began this decline in responsibility and the lost era of a gentlemans reality? Should I worry for the heirs to this imperially created fallacy? Wiz khalifas lyrical abuse of the English language does bring a genuine humor to the air though.

As the night has progressed, I find myself in multiple interesting predicaments. First off, the texas female at the house decided to put her arm around me. Which wouldn’t be a problem except for her boyfriend, our captain, was standing across the table playing us in beer pong. Also my ex girlfriend the love of my life is texting me consistently while I’m trying to not look like an idiot. My specificity of words falls the deeper I go into intoxication. My music was not good enough for the crowd here in this dirty garage, so I was booted off my DJ throne. The songs that followed were literally the same exact songs I was playing and no one made any comments about them. Where will the night lead from here?

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TRUTH: Lest You Build Upon the Only Foundation of Liberty, You Build In Vein

The Oil for Your Lamp

“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ And I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’”

I am finding it more and more difficult to blog. The news is such that there is too much for any one person to keep up with, let alone understand how it fits together and what it all means. Yet, if you look, there are no end of self-proclaimed ‘experts’ willing to tell you what it means. Well, I am not one of them.  I used to think I was, but no longer.  I simply cannot keep up with it all anymore.  But one thing I do know that i know:…

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We Deserve Better Media

As AJ Thinks

I genuinely feel for the missing passengers of the missing Malaysian flight. But every day when I turned to CNN for several weeks, it was endless, mind numbing coverage of the search with constant sorry excuses for “breaking news”. It’s all about the huge ratings boost from disaster coverage, I get it. But this drive cultivates a disgusting media culture that fetishes and obsesses over disaster stories that don’t provide debate and have little implication for anyone other than the immediate families of the victims. This tabloid style news appeals to a low intellect base of consumers and encourages ignorance for other events infinitely more relevant and important than 3 weeks of plane search coverage.

Program hosts can have an ideological leaning and maintain professionalism and integrity. The media needs to serve as the 4th element to the checks and balances built into government; corruption exists across both public…

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Constitutional Rights

Well here’s my first attempt at defining my political views and I’ll start with my opinions on the building blocks of the American political realm. Essentially, after reading over the full list of the Amendments of the Constitution of the United States tonight, I have found an embarrassing displeasure in analyzing what our country has deemed politically critical in recent years. For example, let’s just take the two most recent amendments, 26 & 27.

 

Working from the present into the past let’s look specifically at Amendment 27 first:

“No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.”

Are you serious? I mean I’m not one to point fingers at the “money-holding” power and say that they’re behind the problems within the United States, but come on… This is a blatant display of how imperative it is to our political figures to maintain their well standing and societal position. News Flash: I’m a 21 year old who doesn’t even hear about everything that goes on within our borders these days, and I am still 99.999999% sure that there are better issues to be addressing regarding our constitutional rights in today’s society.

Secondly, Amendment 26:

“The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”

As much promise as I see in this particular addition to our rights, I see unfortunately more downfall. While we live in the exponentially growing knowledge base that is the internet and the communications of today’s society far surpass anything that was around in 1776, I have quite a hard time believing that our youth are maturing faster. As an 18 year old in the 10’s (starting a trend here), I can tell you that 90% of my peers had absolutely no intention of growing up and maturing to the point that they would be able to seriously cast an honest vote for President. In fact many of my friends are still extremely incapable of analyzing their future on that type of level. When I talk to many of them though they all feel the same way: there are serious problems that have been engrained within American society. Their justification for not voting is essentially, “why vote for A or B when they’re both wrong?”

What’s extremely infuriating about all of this is that as I was reading the Bill of Rights today, I realized that the importance of these rights was never fully stressed to me as a child. I’m not sure who to blame this on, whether it’s the education system, the media, or simply my own lack of interest as a kid, but it still upsets me. Honestly, I believe that the ideals that our founding fathers created the Constitution to uphold were the absolute most important factors in the success of the United States of America as a whole. When people begin to lose sight of the rights that they own as individuals and focus on over accumulating more that what they deserve, that exact idea of attainment infringes on the rights of the people though. This constant pendulum swing of the world is one of the more weird and deeper concepts I always go back to but I do find many instances to reference it.

Anyways, overall I’m upset with how our constitutional rights are being treated. The point of it is so that everyone knows what’s going on, and everyone is in agreement with the strategies implemented. As soon as there are curtains and secrets and loopholes everything is bound to get fucked up. Over half of the amendments within the current constitution can be either avoided completely or rerouted to some other area of law. Our specificity regarding human rights laws has become too specific and is infringing on the laws themselves.

Sincerely,

The Answer

Future Blogging

Hello all who are reading,

 

I just wanted to kind of let y’all know what I plan to do here in the next couple of weeks and more importantly write it down some goals for myself to strive for. I want to write about a broad spectrum of topics and get down my general opinions on a lot of political issues. Gay marriage, abortion, foreign policy, constitutional rights, etc. This is mainly my own attempt to define who I am and what I want to represent as a political figure. I’m also still trying to determine if I am a democrat or republican… I don’t care much for either of the two parties from what I’ve learned so far but I still understand that being independent is essentially political suicide. Any input along the way would be greatly appreciated and I’m looking forward to being involved and active in WordPress’s political community!

You Don’t Have to Be Cynical to Worry About Upworthy

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It was only a matter of time until someone wrote an in-depth profile of Upworthy and its founders, and happily, the task fell to Nitsuh Abebe, whose excellent article on the Internet’s feel-good sensation appears in this week’s New York magazine. Throughout the piece, you get the sense that Abebe is struggling with the same reaction that plenty of people have to Upworthy — there’s something mildly off-putting about it, but it’s hard to put your finger on exactly what. And it’s hard to hate, or even dislike, Upworthy without feeling bad about doing so.

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Entourage & Bus Trips

As pine trees turn into palm trees on the ride back from Marlborough, MA, most of my teammates applaud and turn their attention to the HBO show Entourage being played on the shaky 8 inch tvs scattered throughout the cabin. The show itself has been around for a while now and I’ve never really been too fond of it. In reality I’m not very fond of tv shows in general but that’s besides the point. I figured since the show is on I’d analyze it and try to give it a shot.

As scenes jump from mansions to extravagant parties to prestigious restaurants, I’m finding that the lessons and tidbits of constructive information that I usually look to extract from entertainment are few and far between. It brings me to a few questions that I’ve always battled with. At what point should entertainment be used solely for distraction? Also, is there a balance between entertainment and the life lessons within it that should be upheld? Or should entertainment always be used for an escape from daily life? I rarely sit down and just mindlessly enjoy most of what I see, eat, or hear in my life. When I listen to music, I search for songs that have meaning, depth, and are relatable to my current situation. When I eat I wonder about the health and quality of what I’m putting in my body. So is it that I simply miss the lessons within because I can’t relate to the situations within the entertainment, or is there just a modern day deterioration of quality within entertainment?

Basically watching the show has just brought me to one main question: what is the purpose of entertainment?

Victory

First of all, a little background info. I play hockey at the Junior A level, and am accepted and committed to play at Nichols College in the fall of 2014. Now, my rant.

As the most prestigious and important 4 games of my hockey career approach, I can’t help but observe my counterparts. While I am focused, calm, and intent on accomplishing the goal I set out to achieve at 6 years old of playing Division 1 hockey, my peers are seemingly intent on filling their future with regrets. Here I am on a Saturday evening, writing thoughts aimed at no one in particular (possibly no one at all), in some societally unreasonable hope that I can be anything that I could possibly perceive with hard work. I have chosen to spend my weekend to rest and reach into the depths of my mental clockwork in search of the answers to the challenges that lie ahead of me. Am I wrong for believing that my life has a purpose? Am I wrong for punching the plastic buttons extended out of my computer in solitude? The alternatives are all around me, in fact my roommate and teammate is happily baked playing GTA V with some of his friends back home on the couch right next to me. Is my search for purpose and success in vain? Am I setting myself up for a life of futility with no answers because of the mentality I am building? Or am I simply skipping the immaturity of unpreparedness in the time of the greatest challenges of my life?

It seems I am quite naive and unaware of the repercussions of my actions, as are all of us 21 year olds, but I do believe that I have a purpose. And I also know that I will be more prepared than any of my enemies come game day. My hope is that the Division 1 coaches will see the passion I have put into my sport, and in return will pay my tuition lol.

Sincerely,

The Answer

Life

A new adventure awaits me. It has promise and rewards just as the rest of the challenges in my life have shown, but I believe this avenue of communication and expression may finally let my voice be heard. I have much to say, and much more to complain about, so forgive me in advance for my undoubtedly strange opinions. I do hope that if this blog does anything, it represents my beliefs and opinions loud and clear, so that they may be heard by at least someone who shares my passion for excellence in the world.

Sincerely,

The Answer