Archive for category Wisdom
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 »
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 »
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 Wilde. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
“Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.”
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 »
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
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.