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My Commandments

Today, I wrote down a list of my “commandments.” These are the ideals in which I most strongly believe at this point in my life. I know that if I live according to them, happiness, satisfaction, and peace of mind will follow. I encourage anyone who reads this to attempt the same exercise.

Without further adieu, here’s my list:

1. Always remain courageous, especially in the face of adversity.

2. Treat people with the kindness and respect that they deserve.

3. Strive for excellence in all aspects of life.

4. Consciously give thanks every day for your gifts and blessings.

5. Stay true to who you are, and do what you love to do. Read the rest of this entry »


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“Thank You, Dad” (A Father’s Day Poem)

Thank You, Dad
By Jordan Bates

Dad, I don’t know how to start to thank you or where this poem will end.
I just want to tell you how special you are to me. My hero and my friend.

I remember as a child when you would read to me at night.
You taught me to always count my blessings and to always be polite. Read the rest of this entry »

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Art, Optimism, and Subjective Experience—All Things Old Become New

Art tries to capture the beauty of life.  Right? Surprisingly, some people would disagree.  Anti-mimesis is a philosophical position, directly opposing mimesis, which contends that life imitates art, rather than art imitating life.  The most notable proponent of this seemingly absurd belief is Oscar WildeRead the rest of this entry »

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The Rabbit—Relaxing Poem, Music, and Video. Enjoy.

The Rabbit
By Jordan Bates

Once upon a midday sunny,
I fancied life to be quite funny
As I gazed upon a bunny
From a green and modest hill. Read the rest of this entry »

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Life Should be a Celebration

“Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.”
Boris Pasternak

Today, I was considering the question of whether or not life is inherently good.  I closed my eyes and wondered if we were special, if what we were doing here was somehow exceptional.  For people of strong faith, God is the key that gives our lives a special essence of grandeur.  Although I do believe in a higher power, I wanted to dig deeper.  I am an optimist, and I wanted life to be precious. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Technology an Entirely Positive Thing?

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 »

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The Epiphany

As an avid rap and hip-hop fan and a huge music enthusiast, I take pride in trying to expand my favorite genre beyond the stereotypical subject matter and predominantly black influences that give many people a distaste for rap.  To integrate some of my firmly held beliefs with my favorite music and try to reach a larger audience, I decided to make this video for a class last semester.   Read the rest of this entry »

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My All-Time Favorite Quotations

“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.”
Albert Einstein

“The eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.”
-Albert Einstein

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The Essence of Adolescence

As I reach the final weeks of my teenage years, I am now beginning to feel the nostalgia of a less worrisome and more carefree time in my life.  The less responsibility you have, the easier it is to be happy.

I went through a lot of my younger years not realizing how happy I was because of the lack of worry in my life.  Now that I am in college and forced to be more self-sufficient, I find that I procrastinate duties quite frequently and get really stressed worrying about stuff coming up.

However, I still consider my college life to be the end of my years as a kid.  I definitely don’t feel like an adult, and I definitely have not taken on full adult responsibilities (whatever that means these days).  I feel that my next couple years of my undergraduate studies will be a time to soak in and appreciate the lingering times of carefree fun.

I will do everything as I move forward in my life to maintain the essence of my youth in spirit.  I hope I never become too blinded by unimportant obligations to remember not to take life too seriously.  Live the life you love.  Love the life you live. Deuces.

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26 Years to Learn a Trade?

In today’s world, we are going to school for longer and longer all the time.  Back when my parents were younger, a high school diploma was considered the status quo for education documentation as far as the majority of the job market is concerned.  Nowadays, that document is the college degree.  For now, the overwhelming majority seem to be pursuing undergraduate bachelors degrees, but for how long?  An increasing number of jobs have competitive markets that require Grad School, Law School, Med School, or any other form of extra schooling.  Some professions even require another 8 years after the completion of your undergrad.  That means that you’ll be 30 years old, having been going to school for 26 years (if you started in pre-school) just to gain enough knowledge and experience to be a specialized surgeon or orthodontist.

With the technology of today’s world expanding at rate faster than ever, how will the amount of necessary schooling look 25 years ago for my kids?  Is the typical college student in my children’s generation going to have to go to school until they’re 26 just to have a chance in a dog eat dog job market for high skill/high paying jobs?  I don’t know where it’s going to end.  Already, the demand for high-skill jobs in engineering is greater than the number of adequately skilled Americans to fill the positions.  Large numbers of highly skilled workers from foreign countries come to the United States to fill these positions.  What happens when this is the case across the board because the majority of Americans don’t have the time, money, or intellect to pursue high skill degrees?  I think what will happen is a higher unemployment rate.  Eventually, we need to realize that fast-advancing technology may not be an entirely positive change in society.

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