Archive for March, 2011
People who truly love teams in professional sports are intriguing. I can hardly wrap my mind around how much money people filter into watching sports on TV or going to live sporting events. I mean, maybe I approach sports from too logical of a perspective, but I find it difficult to comprehend the cult- like following that I observe in the United States. I can’t picture myself being significantly emotionally invested in the outcome of a game that is being played by a group of guys who I don’t even know.
Don’t get me wrong, I like sports. I play most sports recreationally and especially enjoy golf. I like going to live sporting events. I even like watching the occasional football or basketball game on TV. I do not, however, like sports enough to fork out thousands of dollars for season tickets or spend countless hours memorizing player statistics. I don’t enjoy spending most of my day talking to anyone who will listen about new coaching staff members or a player’s possible injury. Read the rest of this entry »
Based on my experience, it seems to me that many people have a very positive view of technology, seeing it as an avenue to less work and more fun. I feel that much of technology today is made with the intention of helping people, and succeeds in many ways, but also has negative side effects or potential future consequences that are easy to overlook or not consider.
The nuclear bomb development “helped” the United States win an arms race but also killed hundreds of thousands of people in Japan and has put very deadly weapons in the hands of unpredictable dictators. Televisions, gaming consoles, and other home entertainment equipment have helped people to not be bored for decades but have also increased obesity and sedentary lifestyles, cut down on appreciation for nature, reduced actual human interaction, and most distressingly planted some very distorted world views in the minds of millions of American youth. Read the rest of this entry »
“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.”
“The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.”
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
I really do love animals. As I go about my daily life, I always keep an eye out for a curious squirrel or innocent rabbit. I think an appreciation for the wonders of this planet can truly brighten your life. Animal life is one of the most wondrous phenomena on this planet.
By Jordan Bates
When will I find the words that seem to be so lost,
Drifting aimlessly amidst the others
In the well of my consciousness,
A well that runs deep, beyond the point
To where I am capable of withdrawing them. Read the rest of this entry »
This is an essay I wrote last year about my State Golf Tournament experience with a team I’ll never forget.
The Pursuit of Perfection
By Jordan Bates
An Iowa State Golf tournament is a remarkably overwhelming stage. The nerves and pressure that come with competition seem to be amplified tenfold in this exclusive arena. A surplus of ingredients combines to generate an atmosphere of the utmost intensity. When I stepped up to the first tee, the announcer bellowed, “Jordan Bates! Spencer!” As I grabbed my driver and paced to the designated teeing ground, I tried to look and feel composed, despite the noticeable trembling of my hands. As I gazed at the fairway stretched in front of me, I attempted to envision the ideal shot. When I began to take the club back, it felt as though it were made of cast iron. I managed to muster enough power to complete the swing and hit the ball. I heaved a sigh of relief and began my march down the fairway, already wondering what the day would bring and how my other teammates were faring. Read the rest of this entry »