A nation is technically a body under a government so how I’m reading this is that the Constitution is the supreme law of all the people inhabiting the land, and those who are under the government are, in principle, under God. Nice point, though.
The government proclaims itself as above God, whereas God proclaims authority over all things, including government.
"One nation, under God," therefore becomes a contradictory and invalid statement. But then again, it’s not a legally binding statement.
I’ll admit, they are, but my more inflammatory “attacks” are more-so directed at the survey takers than anything, since they’re probably not representative of the US population.
However, they are merely thoughts that I hold evident to be true based on personal observation. It’s harder to see such a trend because UCLA’s student body tends to have much more common sense. Are they [my thoughts] really true? I don’t really know, and I don’t argue such a case—I’m merely going off on my viewpoints, again, what I believe to be true. Beliefs and reality can be, and often are, different.
They’re assumptions in the sense that they lack no credible scientific or statistical backing, but [in my personal viewpoint], they seem to be true when you go back to a more middle-class, not so academically-ambitious area like my hometown.
I went to rather low-income high school and have met many students from all sorts of high schools (but only because they’re near my house), from those near-shutdown, to those who rank top 10 in the nation, and the “awareness” or “willing-to-cooperate” distribution, if you will, seems to be rather consistent across the board.
At low-income schools, you can get the same level of ignorance as you do in more prestigious schools. ”Can” is the key verb, it’s not a definite occurence.
Then again, I’ve never really actually seen the so-called citizenship test, which is why this post is more speculative in nature.
Newsweek surveyed 1,000 Americans by asking them to take the US citizenship test (one that all immigrants must take if they seek citizenship), and a whopping 38% of them failed.
Um, hello? Did you not pay attention in high school? Education is important, you know.
I blame the concept of “rugged individualism.” Why? Because it teaches us how to not listen to each other, and instead say “fuck it, I’M right, and you’re wrong,” without looking at the other side of the argument. It worked in the 1800s when we were still “setting up” America, if you will, through westward pioneering efforts, but it doesn’t exactly work in a modern society.
How does this apply? Because students in high school don’t give a shit about their education and refuse to listen to what teachers have to say or teach. You can blast the system all you want, but even the most hardened critics should agree that basic knowledge of US history and governmental procedures should be required of all American citizens. Why? Because it lays the groundwork for political awareness.
Lack of sleep = no time for your brain to rest and process valuable information.
"Oh, but what if I’m low on time to study?"
Hmm, lemme think. Start studying earlier. I’m being blunt here, but it’s so damn true. Most people pull all-nighters because they procrastinate. Come finals, that shit can rape you, so I implore you guys who like to do such things to work on correcting those habits. It’s so much more efficient.
And, moreover, this article is just plain ridiculous. I guess those teens won’t realize what they’re doing until junior/senior year of high school and college, but sleep is mighty precious. Come college, you don’t want anything or anyone to disturb you. That shit’s like a luxury.
Every now and then, I like to take showers in my dorm with the bathroom lights turned off. Call me weird, but I find it an extraordinarily soothing experience. Of course, it’s not complete darkness, as the dim blue light from my iPod music player faintly illuminates the white walls of the bathroom. I usually play some sort of trance, progressive house, or any kind of relaxed electronic music to set the right mood.
It sort of separates me from the world, and allows me to temporarily isolate myself and focus on my own thoughts, akin to a quick breather, away from the bam-bam-bam, hurried life of a college student. I can think in peace, and better organize the flurried, spatially oriented mess that is my mind. It helps.
I mean, electronic music as a whole is supposed to represent the concept of “soma:” in essence, an escape from reality. That’s why it’s played so often at clubs, parties, and dances. Of course, I like to take away the consciousness-degrading aspects of such an escape. I prefer to experience my “escapades” with a complete frame of mind.
2 x 200m butterfly + stomach/abdominal muscle cramp = no bueno. That was probably some of the most painful swimming I’ve ever done. It was worth it, though.
I got my usual mile in at the olympic pool, but I’m still quite a ways from my optimal swimming pace. Gotta keep training.
I should start looking for mudruns and 5k’s to compete in since the weather’s getting better. Maybe a half-marathon, if I can will myself to get back into competitive cross-country shape. We’ll see how everything turns out.
” People who get married because they’re in love make a ridiculous mistake. It makes much more sense to marry your best friend. You like your best friend more than anyone you’re ever going to be in love with. You don’t choose your best friend because they have a cute nose, but that’s all you’re doing when you get married; you’re saying, ‘I will spend the rest of my life with you because of your lower lip.’ “
I actually believe this to be true, to an extent. If the couple views “love” through the lens of misguided, TV and movie-driven perceptions, more than likely the marriage won’t work out. However, if “love” encompasses something much deeper, much more practical, and less romantic, such as a best-friend-ship, if you will, then I believe marrying for love is one hell of a solid reason.
The complications of such a relationship only arise when one must balance social obligations with that of your girlfriend/boyfriend. However, once the couple is out of college/school and has settled down, that best-friend-ship becomes the most powerful driving force behind the relationship. The two deeply and intimately understand each other, forging a connection that takes great force to completely break.
It’s just you two, comfortably tucked into your own little corner of the world, ready to take on just about anything life can throw at you guys.
Think of it as something similar loving Jesus or your God, if you believe in one—not in the level of affection, but in terms of the mindset. Put romance on the backburner, and instead focus more on the personal relationship, similar to how you approach loving your God. Of course, it’s not exactly the same thing, but it’s similar enough to give you a rough idea of what I’m talking about.
A lot of girls catch my eye. Here in Anaheim, and especially at UCLA, cute girls can be found almost anywhere. I flirt, have fun, make friendships, tease here and there, but rarely ever do I actually put legitimate effort into winning over a girl.
Very few girls can actually hold my attention.
I’m not trying to be conceited, as I’m no prince-charming or anything like that, but I do consider myself, at the very least, a moderately respectable guy.
In any case, I recently began to wonder what exactly about a girl catches my attention. After some thinking, I think I’ve been able to place a few of these qualities into words.
Openness: Oh man, this is often the biggest factor. It’s humbling knowing when a girl feels comfortable enough to be completely open with me. Honestly, finding a girl who’s willing to talk about anything is just outright amazing, whether it’d be trivial things like classes or how our days were, to personal stories and venting, and even scandalous things like sex, is both rare and outright amazing.
Common sense: I consider this a requirement. Call me blunt, but I will NOT put up with dramatic girls. If you’re quick to assume [a vast majority of the time], you’re not worth my time and effort. If you’re brain-dead and I can’t hold even a semi-intelligent conversation with you, then sorry. This leads to my next point..
Intelligence: Book-smarts alone doesn’t count. I find it very attractive when the girl has a thing or two to say about life and the world around us.
One quality alone never does the trick, usually a girl possesses many or most of these qualities (only three of which are listed).
However, sometimes a girl can possess these qualities and I end up having no feelings whatsoever for them. Why? I have absolutely no idea, but I’m glad it happens. It gives me a low-risk, true, down-to-earth friendship that can last years. No obligations, and no expectations. I consider them sisters that I never had.
Even so, I usually don’t develop true, legitimate feelings until after I’ve put in considerable effort into winning her over. You can consider them huuge crushes up to that point. Well, my “sisters” are an exception in the sense that they’re not crushes, which adds to the legitimacy of the friendship by removing all romantic temptations.
For some perspective, I’ve only developed legitimate feelings for one girl in my past. There’s only one other girl from my high school days that I could potentially fall for, should I ever decide to put in active effort (assuming she remains single). There’s only one girl at UCLA that I’ve met so far, same reason.
And lastly, there are only two girls that I’ve come close enough to consider as my sisters. None of that “it’s just a title” bullshit—they’re some of the best friends you could ever ask for.
As of right now though, I gotta stay single, at least for a little while longer.