If entitlement means to do little yet expect much, what does it mean to completely give up yet expect the world?
Maybe it’s not about what they’ve done, but how we’re reacting to it. It’s about them, not us. What we say or do, by reacting in such a manner, it defines us, not them. If they push the barriers and we scream and yell, it only proves to them what they already believed. If we sit down together in peace, it will prove to them and us that we believe what we claim. Our job is to be an example of love, not to coerce others into conformity. We must act like we know what it feels like to be judged and persecuted for our beliefs…
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Even though I’d like to see the world in a particular way, people adhering to my beliefs, hopes and having a time of peace; seeing and hearing about these acts, like the NFL and other conflicts, is proof to me and all that what God said is true.
If God has rules, limits and commandments that everyone can follow, yet he also grants free will to everyone too, then why shouldn’t we try to be more like God and allow free will to play out?
There’s a point when, I think, some people believe they can, through what they believe to be divine authority, play the role of God and change the definition of free will as to try to force others to adhere to what they believe.
We don’t need to defend God or the Flag- all we need to do is be a light and show an example of what a God- filled life can look like, God can take care of the rest. I forget who said this, but someone once said that if while in the shower, you hold the bar of soap too tightly, it will slip out of your hand and fall…
As Christians, it is not our job to grasp or confine or constrain the bar of soap, it is Gods job, His pleasure to gently cradle the soap-
It is one thing for us Christians to express our opinions, which is something we all have the right to do, but to try to force people into doing something you believe, is totally the opposite of free will and against the whole point of the American Flag, the message being that a people fought for the freedom to choose for themselves. Yes, this country was originally founded on Christian beliefs, but the whole point was that this country was supposed to be about different people coming together. If people have strayed from the intended belief system surrounding flag, don’t make the story about the flag.
Let God be God, the Shepherd, and we the sheep. We are the sheep. One sheep cannot force or control another sheep but be guided by the Shepherd. If one sheep gets lost, it is not up to another sheep to go out looking for the lost one, though it can call out in hope that the lost one might hear, however, it is the Shepherds job to go after that lost sheep, and even after the Shepherd finds the little sheep, He does not force it to come back, but hopefully they together will come home.
You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.
Reading: The Problem of Thor Bridge by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“When once your point of view is changed, the very thing which was so damning becomes a clue to the truth.” -SH
“It is easy to be wise after the event.” -SH
“Some of you rich men have to be taught that all the world cannot be bribed into condoning your offenses.” SH
“She believed and said that a fortune for one man that was more than he needed should not be built on ten thousand ruined men who were left without the means of life.” -SH
Assignment for Rhetoric class: Choose a space that is significant to you and how it has shaped you as an individual.
For others to understand who I am, I needed to figure out who I was first, a process which can be the most challenging aspect of self-discovery, go figure… As I perused the dusty files in my brain attic, straining to pull out anything in my past or present that would help provide insight into who I am today, I made the mistake of picking a space that, while I believed it to express how complex I am, made it challenging to get my main point across, which in turn made my extensive space, the place I chose being my brain, quite limited. While I thought I was being quite creative and original, I came to realize, through my professor’s guidance, that there was an even better space that I had not even considered that would tell the tale of me better than I ever could. A blog is a regularly updated platform for any individual to share their thoughts and feelings about existence, I have such a blog. Through thorough evaluation with my professor, I came to realize that my blog is my home, my mind palace; my space that holds a very unique and special significance for me and who I am as well as how I perceive the world. My blog allows me to express my thoughts, review other people’s works, and eventually discover the ultimate truth about our existence.
My blog, which is called mental exaltation, is the significant space in my life that allows me to be my unadulterated self by allowing me to have a safe space where I can figure out the mindboggling thoughts that scramble through my head. Mental exaltation is about the adventurous journey of discovery. Just like the great Sherlock Holmes, who helped inspire my blog, I am constantly bored by the dull trivial aspects of life and wish my mind to be exercised through constant mental challenges. I wish to have my beliefs challenged as to understand what others believe as to also get a better grip on what I believe, only then can people truly find common ground. I use my blog as a way to understand my thoughts and try to persuade others in my direction. My thoughts are spontaneous and varied and wild, so why shouldn’t my blog posts be the same? If one asked what genre I focus on for my blog, I would say mental exaltation. I will write in a wide range atmosphere as to allow multitudinous topics to emerge and be engraved in stone on my blog. Many of the topics I cover, the issues that invade my thoughts, are ones about writing, morality, humanity, Christianity, inspiration and encouragement, and a wide range of controversial topics such as gun control, global warming, euthanasia, capital punishment, advancements in technology and many more. Just as I wish to broaden my mind with new ideas and concepts, I wish my readers to think about these topics in a new light. I wish these thoughts to creep inside their minds so that they can do what everyone should, think. The thoughts in my head is what started my blog, and other people’s works, the ones I review, are the ones that keep me thinking.
Thinking is how I review other people’s works. Many of my reviews are about thinkers. I have reviewed television and movies, stories that challenge the status quo and make one think in a broad scope. I have also reviewed great poems that force you to see life and death as it is meant to be. The stories I have loved to review are the stories of Socrates, Crito, Phaedo and more. These stories were written down by Plato, a man who wanted the prominent words of wisdom to be forever etched out and remain immortal in the hearts of men. The men Plato recalls are men of thought, ones who talk and debate for a living. The time Plato spoke about was a time when some people wished to understand true existence, instead of just conforming to societies standards of what should discussed. These men touched subjects that were dark yet enlightening. These men wanted to reach out and grab something that is not attainable through the hand of mortal flesh, but that of the mind and heart. The whole point of the conversations these men had, were to get to the heart of the matter, to get to truth, whatever it may be.
The goal I wish to present through my blog, is the arduous, but all together worth it journey to discovering ultimate truth. Truth is not malleable, it does not change; truth does not change from person to person, or culture to culture. I believe that there is one truth that is scattered across all creation and that means that one person thousands of miles away may have a bit of the truth I’m searching for. My blog allows me to get to truth by traveling the great expanse of my mind and exploring other regions of different people’s minds so that I can channel those thought processes into something positive. As someone who is attaining to become a writer, I wish to tell the story of truth with a mastery of words and a comprehension of meaning. I wish to discover the scattered puzzle pieces all across the world as to piece them together and make art. I wish to discover that floating bottle in the ocean, that allegory message that desperately seeks to be sought after and share it with the world.
Like most beings, I am a complex individual who tries to find meaning in their life. Many people find meaning by being in the space that is most significant to them, as to gain insight into who they are. Though I am far from fully knowing who I am, I know how I will get there. Through my blog, I am able to be open-minded and adventurous, when in reality it can be more frightening. Through my blog, I can show that I am open to all possibilities and new ideas of the unknown. My blog, mental exaltation, has shown me that the essence of my being is one that observes the outside world and draws it in safe and warm as to be able to comprehend what I’ve seen and relate it back through my blog in a way that is hopefully helpful. Mental exaltation is my safe space, my way of figuring out not only this existence, but myself as well as who I will become. My safe space is something that can stay with me wherever I go, so even though I am away from the place I consider home, I will always have my space of comfort, the space I can visit to look over words I have written and write new ones. Through my blog I do know something about myself, I want to be of the kind that uses words to provoke change in the world by instilling truth in my readers.
Assignment for class: Choose two “mystery busters”; compare and contrast and explain their methods and how the lives of the people involved were changed.
Sherlock Holmes Vs. Mr. Spock
Both Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Mr. Spock from Star Trek, are mathematical in their dealings with the world and the people around them, to which they see themselves above, especially in trivial matters. Both men are proud in their precise sense and use of logic, which they both hold dear. They usually both keep emotion out of their work as to not muddle their brains and interfere with their processes. Both men calculate like a machine and have both been called machines at least once in their lives by people who often found them unfeeling and harsh with their direct and often time rude answers. They both can often be very hard and cold in their manor towards people, which often rubs people the wrong way, however, because of both of their massive intellects and logic and reasoning skills, they are able to solves mysteries and fix problems that perplex and boggle the regular human mind. Contrary to popular belief however, it turns out that both these men are very feeling and I believe it helps them figure people out and how to solve whatever issue is before them.
- Sherlock Holmes alone is a fascinating specimen who is the greatest known literary consulting detective in the world. He is a very intelligent and scientific person who gains his reasoning skills and what seems to be magical deductive skills, through observation, logic and uses cause and effect to gain insight. Like Mr. Spock, he attests to the idea that emotion muddles the brain and confuses the mind, so he forces himself to be unfeeling as to be more rational. He keeps his mind constantly sharp and clear and sometimes he goes days without eating because he claims that the energy used for digestion could be diverted to making him more focused. Sherlock is a scientific mind and he does experiments and such, but the time frame he is placed in is from 1887 to 1927, so whereas Mr. Spock has the benefit of more technology and newer processes for solving a mystery, Sherlock must use other skills to crack down on a case. Sometimes he has been known to be a drug addict, which he claims is false and that the use of drugs is a way of focusing on the thing he wants, but he does have other ways of solving mysteries. Whereas Mr. Spock uses technology for answers, Sherlock really puts himself out there and gets the information that he can’t get elsewhere. This man is a terrific actor and chameleon as he disguises himself as old women and other characters as to put himself in situations where he can gain access to the information he requires. Sherlock Holmes has a massive intellect and also, though he would deny using emotions, he has great intuition and can read people like a book. He is an observer who knows that more often than not, it is the simplest of clues like scuff marks, ash, a walking stick that tell the story and that the most obvious fact can be the most misleading. He adheres to the idea that the most overlooked clue can actually solve the case, which in most of his cases has been the case…. (pun intended). This is a man who can figure a person out with a glance and based on their behavior. This is a man who believes that science can only go so far because like he is so famously quoted, when take away what people think is impossible, whatever is left is often the answer, whether it makes sense or not. Most of the time in his stories, we are left with the magic feeling way of how he solved the case, until he explains how he got there and then the answer is quite simple.
- Mr. Spock by himself is the poster bored child of the term logic. He is the one who makes it cool. This man is the science officer aboard a spaceship that explores the galaxy in hopes of meeting new cultures and discovering new scientific advancements. He is basically the most required personnel on the ship as every discovery can be figured out through his mathematical mind. He uses logic and reason, which he prides himself on, to come to his conclusions which solves whatever dilemma or mystery that presents itself to him and his fellow crew mates. He has a trained scientific mind and also the benefit of the great advancement of technology to aid his scientific processes. He is a rational man with a rational mind and he is constantly in that mode of exploration and discovery. Whenever something happens that no one else can explain, he is the one who figures it out though scientific processes. He uses his scientific processes to work things out by steps and makes his most of the time correct conclusions known to everyone else, most of the time saving the day. He is well aware however, that logic is not the end all be all of wisdom and that there is more to discovery than just logic alone.
Specific Example of Solving a Problem
Spoiler Warning for Sherlock story and Star Trek Movie below:
- Sherlock Holmes has many a time used his scientific methods to discover the truth that was trying to hide in the shadows. He often thinks outside of the box and uses theory’s, hypothesis, observation and then confirms. He often tells people that the see with their eyes but that they do not observe, which is a big mistake. One of the last Sherlock Stories I read was The Blanched Soldier. The story starts with a soldier who gets back from South Africa after war and he goes to check on his soldier friend who got injured previously. When he gets there, the family tells him that their son is off traveling the world. The soldier is surprised by this and by the fact that his good friend hasn’t written him. He thought this weird and especially the family acting peculiar. He stayed the night at the house and late at night he heard sounds and saw what appeared to be his friends ghostly white face pressed against the window and then saw his friend taken away and ran and hidden in a small house on the property. The soldier tried to follow but was stopped by the Father. The soldier is super worried and curious at the fate of his friend; he doesn’t know if he is being held against his will or going to be murdered or anything else; he goes to Sherlock Holmes for help and guidance. Sherlocks main motto is that when you get rid of what seems impossible, whatever is left over, must be the true story. He said that this often times leaves many explanations and that one must work it all out and see which is most pliable. He uses this method and gains three possible explanations of the facts; the friend is hiding from a crime, he is mad and the family doesn’t want to send him to an asylum, or he has a disease. The crime easily gets debunked because there has been no crime reported in the district and if it has not been discovered than the family would kick the son out. Insanity was a better possibility, which would explain the person who took him away from the window. That person would be his keeper and constrain him. It is not illegal to keep an insane person if there is a keeper and is mentioned to the authorities. This theory is debunked however because why all the secrecy then? The last theory was a disease. Sherlock says that this disease is rare and uncommon but that the soldier has Leprosy, which is not uncommon in South Africa, where he had returned recently. He must have contracted it and the family dreaded segregation for their son so they paid a medical man to take care of him, which also explains why the blanched solder could wander in the dark. Leprosy causes blanched skin. More details for Sherlock’s discovery was that earlier, he noticed the butler wearing gloves with the stench of disinfectants which took away any doubt he may have had. Though Sherlock was on the right path, he was slightly wrong, due to him not being a doctor. The medical man came in and revealed that it was in fact not Leprosy, it was actually pseudo – leprosy (ichthyosis of skin), which is just a skin problem which is curable and cannot infect anyone.
- Mr. Spock has used the scientific method hundreds of times to solve a mystery of some sort. One that sticks out in my mind at the moment is in the movie The Voyage Home. Mr. Spock and the rest of his crew were on their ship heading back to earth when they received a transmission from earth to stay away because some sort of cataclysm was occurring. The people on the ship discovered a probe that was interfering with electronics and also affecting the weather in tremendous ways. The probes transmission was a peculiar sound and the captain asked Spock to figure it out. He said that it indeed was weird but that it had sense about it, that it held power and energy which supposed intelligence. He held the notion that the ones sending the transmission where not intentionally trying to cause destruction or be hostile because there would be no logic in that. He held that they were trying to send a message. Spock formed the theory that the message was not for man but for another intelligent life form. He reiterated that message from earth told them that the probe was being directed towards earth’s oceans, and because of that, Spock reasoned that perhaps the message is for an intelligent aquatic animal. The probability of that caused the captain to give the order to change the sound of the transmission as though hearing it under water and the sound that came out was clear to the viewers of the movie. Mr. Spock had some suspicions that he acted out and he figured out that the sound was that of whale song, more specifically, Humpback whale song. Mr. Spock used his logic, reasoning, and technology to figure out who the message was for.
- Although it turned out that nothing horrible had occurred, without Sherlock’s help, there might have been police action and chaos where there not need be. Sherlock also got to learn more as to add it to his mental scientific processes for the future.
- Because Mr. Spock was able to figure out who the message was for, the crew of the ship was able to go back in time to bring back the Humpback whales (because they had gone extinct due to hunting…) so that they could answer the probe and save the day. Without Mr. Spock’s brilliance, all would have been lost.
Assignment for class:
I believe before I read Mr. North’s “The Idea of the Writing Center”, I had a pretty firm grasp on the intrinsic value of the writing center, and now, after reading it, I understand at a greater depth, how crucial it is to get others to understand the importance of it as well. I agreed with immensely the words of Mr. North, as he tried to strenuously proclaim the misconceptions and blind ignorance people can have concerning the center while also trying to explain why getting people to understand the value and the true definition of a writing center to be so important. I believe that I can bring some tools to the table that may help with this understanding, if it is ever to be understood at all. I would suggest and bring to the table that writing doesn’t come as naturally as some would expect from a “good” writer. I would suggest that a way to get to good writing would be to start out messy and have notes laying everywhere. To some it may look unorganized, but when your mother tells you to clean your room, and you tell her that you don’t want to because you know exactly where everything is, that’s when your writing will make sense. Think about Vincent Van Gogh, he may have seem disorganized, but the proof is in the art. There are no expert writers, for writing is a way of constantly learning and you never stop learning. I would propose a way of tutoring that teaches a student how to think and not what to think. We must stop telling kids to color within the lines. We should push back our sleeves and get in the muck of it. Writing is not about perfection, it’s about progress. A writing center is not about fixing broken things, it’s about broadening ideas and teaching one how to think for themselves. I believe people are born writers; we are all artists and musicians, but we all had to learn how to do something different as to gain an audience. If someone’s not “born” a writer, then they can learn. Writing is just a way of making sense of your world by engraving words on stone, or dipping a feather in ink, or using a typewriter or using a pencil. The writing center can help one to learn from their mistaken grammar and punctuation, but those semantics are not what makes a person a good writer. Some people may have a more difficult time than others at organizing their thoughts and picking out what’s the most important thing that should be written down, and those are the people we love because they are the ones with a whole world in their head just waiting to burst out. These people may have been the people who were told to stay within the lines and stay within the set parameter of a five paragraph essay. These are the people the writing center helps by listening to them and encouraging them to open their minds to possibility. As tutors, we’re here to guide and set an example of understanding and show them how to make sense of the world through their writing. We are not here to fix them, but to prove to them that they have important words to be said. Those who seem to have a better grasp on writing, perhaps they were the ones encouraged to explore and create something different from the norm that is set by society’s standards. I believe we are all writers, and all writers deserve to be heard and to be given the opportunity to gain positive reinforcement instead of a negative outlook on writing as to just get to good grades.
Update on my life… for those who may be interested
Seventeen days into the void, the void being the lapse of time that passes before I can actually make a profession in writing… still don’t know what I want to do exactly… I will let you know when I do.
- I am a Junior transfer at Queens University of Charlotte. (Starting date: August 28th, 2017)
- I am majoring in Professional Writing and Rhetoric. (Starting date: August 28th, 2017)
- I am a Writing Consultant at The Center for Student Success. (September 13th, 2017)
I will keep you all informed as to my current progress in writing as it happens.
Thanks for all the support,
Never Forget the steps taken
We trudged and toiled a lot
Never Forget the bricks laid down
To cover the land where they fought
Never Forget the lives wasted
Because people didn’t know how to talk
Never Forget the price we payed
Just to have a thought
Never Forget the mistakes we made
We destroyed as much as we built
Never Forget the paths we walked
We’re all walking them still
Never Forget the lives we lost
They were all paid for at the Cross
Never Forget our freedom
It was paid for at too high a cost
We sometimes choose to forget somethings
But they are crucial to who we are
We mustn’t choose to forget
Even our biggest scars
Never Forget to trust in Him
He’s carried us before
If we all just remember to trust in Him
He’ll carry us forevermore
Don’t just sit there with a judgmental attitude and ask why something bad happened, get up and see what you can do to help.
If you ask God where he was when tragedy struck, the real question is why aren’t you there now?
Don’t complain about the state of the world if you’re not willing yourself, to do something.