Posted 2 years ago
He told me that, as human beings, our work isn’t measured by taking the sum of our good deeds and the sum of our bad deeds and seeing how things even out. He said, ‘The only thing you need to think about is: Are you trying to improve, are you trying to do better? And if you are, then you’re a saint.’

Bryce Clark, speaking about Mitt Romney, who as a 19-year-old sought Romney’s advice as a Mormon spiritual leader in Boston.

This profile piece in The New York Times is several months old but does a fair job of exploring the candidate’s authority as a faith leader and human being.

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

(via beingblog)

Posted 2 years ago
He told me that, as human beings, our work isn’t measured by taking the sum of our good deeds and the sum of our bad deeds and seeing how things even out. He said, ‘The only thing you need to think about is: Are you trying to improve, are you trying to do better? And if you are, then you’re a saint.’

Bryce Clark, speaking about Mitt Romney, who as a 19-year-old sought Romney’s advice as a Mormon spiritual leader in Boston.

This profile piece in The New York Times is several months old but does a fair job of exploring the candidate’s authority as a faith leader and human being.

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

(via beingblog)

Posted 2 years ago

Power

I think there are some things in our human nature that as a society we look down upon but as individuals we continue to display. I’m speaking of a constant hunger for power or control.

In our lives, we yearn for control. No one likes to be told what to do, though we endure that all throughout our childhoods. When freedom comes at last, there seems to be a fear of loss of control. We cling to our new-found control, thus imposing harsh rules on those below us. Hence, a chain reaction occurs, with each generation completing a new link, tightly bound to the next.

There are instances when people want to simply show off their power, with no excuse other than that. When life gets out of control, we struggle to find someone or something to control. In the case of my own childhood, when things went wrong, I was occasionally the object of someone’s need for control. While it was frustrating at the time, I can now understand that the constant “No, because I said so”s were just a means of expressing power and control.

Is it human nature to want power? Could such a nature doom the human race in the long run?

Posted 2 years ago
As far as I’m concerned, being any gender is a drag.
Patti Smith
Posted 2 years ago

Gender Equality

I’m a gender-equalist. No, I’m not a feminist. A feminist is someone who believes in “empowering women.” Feminists want higher pay and the same rights as men. They want to see our first female President. They care so much about gender discrimination towards women. But they never give a thought towards reverse gender discrimination.

Since birth, boys are taught to put “ladies first.” They hold doors open for us. They give up their seats to fit the steriotypical “gentleman” image. They pay for dates. They pick girls up and drive them around, paying for the gas (which can often be just as expensive as the date). I think they deserve a break.

I remember sitting on a bus one day next to an older man. He saw someone getting on the bus, and since all the other men had given up their seats for the ladies, he prepared to give up his own seat. However, when he saw that it was another male passenger, he immediately sat back down. Gender discrimination? I think so. Girls are not that fragile; we can stand on a bus. If the passenger is crippled or pregnant or has another issue that would make standing difficult, then it’s appropriate to give up one’s seat. But if you’re just going to give up your seat to be kind, do it for both genders. Being female is not equivalent to being crippled.

And of course there’s the door-opening tradition…My opinion on door-opening is simply that the first person to reach the door should, if possible, hold the door open for the following person(s). I recall a day in school when a frustrated girl walked into class complaining that a boy had NOT held the door open for her. She said he wasn’t a gentleman, that he was rude and poorly raised. I was also once shocked when a friend came to me complaining because a boy she had gone on a date with had NOT paid for her movie ticket. When I suggested in both situations that their views were gender discriminatory, I only recieved questionable glances. People just don’t realize that guys are discriminated against just as much as girls are.

I am a gender equalist. What are you?

Posted 2 years ago

While we’re on the topic of “resolutions,” I’ll post this video of one of my favorite songs, “The Resolution” By Jack’s Mannequin.

Posted 2 years ago

Resolutions

Thus far, my new years resolution consists of “don’t jump off a cliff.”

I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, mainly because they don’t usually work. I tend to do random resolutions, however, whenever I feel like it.

A few months ago, I made a resolution to stop gossipping and to apologize to someone I hurt about a year ago because of gossip. It was easier to carry out because I made that resolution of my own accord, not because someone asked me to “make a resolution.” I recognized my own need for a change, and I acted upon that need. And I truly feel accomplished because I regained a friend that I had lost.

The other thing about “New Years resolutions” is that middle word…years…it certainly doesn’t put much pressure on us to act immediately. After all, the resolution is for the entire year, not for now, right?

If New Years resolutions truly work for you, go for it. I believe in the refoming of oneself on not just a yearly basis but on a daily basis. Do something new not just over this year but TODAY! The new year has begun. Don’t wait to carry out your resolution.

So…what’s your resolution for today?

Posted 2 years ago

New Years Eve

At last, the year 2012 arrives, and many believe it could be the last year of our lives. I wonder how this thought will affect people.

There are several opposing ways that this being our last year can affect us. Either we can:

 A.) Make it out best year, resolving to be the best person we can during our last year.

B.) Take the mindset that we’re going to die, so we might as well party. Why stress over resolutions that won’t last?

C.) Carry on like we do every year, and if it’s the end, let it come.

What will you do?

Posted 2 years ago

Althought not quite related to my last post, I just had to share one of my favorite songs by Elton John. :)

Posted 2 years ago

"The One"

It’s not uncommon for females to share words about how single people are the apples on the top of the apple tree…and those in relationships are the easy-to-reach rotten apples on the ground below. Many state that every girl is beautiful and should wait for the guy who is worth their attention and willing to pursue them. I recently read a Facebook status suggesting that “the one” right guy is the one who has had no previous relationships, who has searched and waited for the right girl…

This concept baffles me. I don’t think it’s a problem if “the one” happens to have had previous relationships…In fact, I think it can actually be beneficial to their future relationships. With each relationship comes experience, not just in dating but in becoming aware of the flaws and needs in oneself. So it makes logical sense that as someone gains such experience, he or she becomes more selective in dating. This increases the value of each additional relationship, for the partner should be a better fit each time. 

There is an issue with self-esteem in our society, not just because many girls lack self esteem. There is such a focus on increasing self esteem that many people fail to recognize their own flaws… We are taught that if we fail in relationships, it is because the other person wasn’t good enough and didn’t “deserve” us. However, it is equally likely that we ourselves cause issues in relationships.

I firmly believe that people should not base their self worth on whether or not they are in a relationship. I made that mistake before, dating someone purely because I wanted to be dating…but I ended up hurting someone in the end. The breakup was entirely my fault, and I had to recognize that. I’m currently dating someone who has had much experience in dating, and I am the happiest I have ever been in a relationship. Initially, I took my partner’s mentioning of previous relationships the wrong way, thinking that I would just end up being Relationship # __. But this has not been the case; my partner values me far more than did my previous dates who had little to no experience.

Girls, it’s true that you shouldn’t base your self esteem on whether or not you are in a relationship. But if you’re constantly unsuccessful in the dating field, and you’re not content single, it’s perfectly healthy to evaluate why you are not succeeding. It just might be that the right guy has not come around; or it might be that there is a problem to address. You cannot solve a problem unless you find the root of it, right?