Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ditch the "Under God" Line in the Pledge?

I was on PT (the forum app for girls that I sometimes talk about), and this was brought up because the girl's sister was kicked out of class because she didn't stand up for the pledge.
I know my peeps love these political debate posts, and I was reading Time magazine earlier today, so let's give it a shot!

NO
  • We can keep it in, but give people the right to decide whether to say that line or not.
  • Show respect for your country and the people who fought for it in all of our wars.
  • It represents that we are unified, as one country working together.
  • They could reword it, but they won't. They just won't.
  • It's a tradition.
  • This nation was founded under Christianity. It represents this nation's roots.
  • It's a patriotic symbol.
  • America is about 77% Christian (I couldn't get any solid facts. The estimations range from 73-77-78-86%, but the most common was around 77). Most of the people are Christian.
YES
  • Maybe it's fair for Christians and non-Christians to keep the line in the Pledge, but it's not completely fair for people who don't believe in Christianity because they don't say "under Allah" or "under the purple dinosaur" either. If you're going to have "under God," you can't claim it's fair without having "under..." the other religions too.
  • If it represents that we are unified, it could be reworded like "one nation together," etc.
  • Making children, from a young age, stand and chant words they don't even understand to a flag is wrong... And when I was in kindergarten, I'm pretty sure I had no idea what God was.
  • Times change and the Pledge should change with it. America isn't all Christian anymore.
ALTERNATIVES
  • Kids should have the option to choose whether or not to say the line, but it's respectful to stand--however this should not be mandatory either, since America is a free country.
  • No one should have to do anything. Everyone has the right to decide. Since this line is currently in the Pledge, you shouldn't have to say it.
My personal opinion: here's what everyone is dying to know. I personally think that we should ditch the "under God" line because there are lots of young people in particular who are atheist, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and you-name-it. With the rising rate of athesim particularly, combined with the fact that 23% of America (the non-Christians) is a LOT of people, I think that we should be religion tolerant and replace the line with something to a similar effect such as "in unity" or "as a nation standing together."

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brain Spill: High School Stuff

I'm a freshman in high school.

Old building
I was browsing around on YouTube, when I decided to look up my high school. I found a video of a walkthrough of the entire 1900s building, that has since been torn down. The building had a lot of cool features, including a balcony in the auditorium, bridges, a mezzanine in the cafeteria, unreasonably slim lockers... A lot of which was neglected in the video, but I've heard about through people who experienced the old building. I never really went in to the old building ever, because it was scary or whatever. I regret that now of course. In fact, this year's graduating class was the last one to attend at the old building--so after they graduate, all traces and memories of the old building will be erased. THOSE are the hallways I would have walked with my friends. That would have been me.
When I was watching the video, I felt a weird sense of nostalgia, even though I barely stepped foot in the building. I miss it, even though I never had it to begin with. I don't know... I just really wish I got to go to that building. The video had really old pictures of kids in the 1900s with crazy 60s hairstyles, and I wish I got to relive that.

FEAR
I think I realized why I miss middle school so much. It's because graduation was in the distant future--I didn't have to think about what I'd do after high school. In middle school, it felt like I'd never get out of grade school; like I'd always be going to classrooms by day and watching silly YouTube videos by night. But now that I'm in high school, graduation isn't all that far away. I realized that I really have to savor my next four years, because I'll never have this again. Grade school is freaking great- I get to talk and laugh with my best friends every day at school, and text them the second I get home, there are people there to look out for you. I know that I live in blissful ignorance of most world events and just the world around me in general.
But this won't last forever. After senior year, out I go into the real world. I'll go to college and have to make completely different friends and wave goodbye to those who I hold most dear to my heart to this day. After high school, I may never see those people ever again. My parents will never serve me dinner every night again. They'll never again buy me yogurt and Luna bars no matter how expensive they are. They'll never do my laundry and fold my clothes again.
There are people in MY SCHOOL who are leaving for college next year. I will WITNESS people leave the place I inhabit and NEVER COME BACK. that's scary.
Sure, I like to be self-sufficient and crap, but I like to be coddled. I love my friends and family and I don't want to part with them, ever. I want high school to last forever... but it won't.
Next year, I'll be a sophomore. Still pretty close to a freshman. But the year after that, I'll be a junior! One of  the upperclassmen, with more responsibilities and more freedom. Junior year is not just anothe year of high school. It's the year before everything gets pulled away from you. Like taking candy from a baby. And the year after that I'll be a senior. And then I'm gone for good. If you think about it, I'll be on my last year of high school the year after the year after next year. It's not too far away.
The end is in sight.
I don't like that. It's too scary. I don't want to wave goodbye to people I love. I'm fucking lucky to be surrounded by all these wonderful people, and I never want to say goodbye.
The end is no longer in the distant future. The reality is, before I know it I'll be a senior and I'll never see any of my classmates ever again. No thank you.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Brain Spill: Friends, FedEx & Resolutions

So, my U key on my laptop broke. Now it is difficult to use the U key.
Anyway, as usual I am reporting back on the topics I have been thinking about all day.

Taking Friends for Granted
I have an extremely close-knit friend group. Everyone is really good friends with each other (for the most part. I can't speak for some of the other girls), and I'm honestly really fucking greatful that I have this amazing group of friends. I feel supremely lucky. My friends are like family to me. I know them like the back of my hand. And sometimes I see people taking their friends for granted. You really have to appreciate your friends and all they've done for you and gone through with you. You can't be horrible and inconsiderate to them and expect them to be there when you're finished.

FedEx
I officially despise FedEx. When my curling wand and flat iron came via FedEx around Christmastime (it required a signature), the package first came at 10am on a Saturday. My dad was home at the time, but he had no idea the FedEx delivery guy had come until we saw the note on the door. At the time, I just assumed he didn't hear the doorbell. But today I was talking to my friend, and she ordered a laptop online. She was complaining because her FedEx delivery guy didn't ring the doorbell at ALL. So now we know what really happened when my dad "didn't hear the doorbell."
So, what, do they not want us to get our packages? But don't they have to keep coming back until we get the package?
Nope. They have a "1st Attempt, 2nd Attempt, Final Attempt" policy, and they send it back to the sender after the final attempt.
I came to the conclusion that if you actually want your package, you need to go online and have it sent to a FedEx location near you and go pick it up, or sign on the note they left last time so that next time they will leave it at the door instead of leaving without your signature.
COME ON, FEDEX! Can't you do any better than that?!

New Year's Resolution
I heard somewhere that the most successful people make new year's resolutions. So I decided to try it. Here's mine:
  1. Try more dangerous/risky things. Ex. stealing a small insignificant item from a busy store like a ring from Forever21.
  2. Study harder for tests. I tend to look over my notes 2 times and consider myself studied. And then when I walk in the room, I feel utterly unprepared.
  3. Get a job, possibly. Or get more babysitting jobs. This is kind of more of a wish than a goal. I just like to be self-sufficient and pay for my own crap.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nostalgia

The Google definition of "nostalgia."
In honor of this post, I changed a few things about the theme of this blog, as you might have noticed.
I changed the font of the title, the wording of the description, the color of the title and description, and the background.
Don't get me wrong, I wanted to go back to the jelly beans background. I really did. But I'm thinking it's time for a little change. I like the clouds--it gives my blog a sophisticated yet fun atmosphere.
This tends to be the case with a lot of things, but change is usually good.
We like to stick to what we know. And when something changes, we want to go back to what we know (ex. the jelly beans).
Anyway, I might be wrong and the clouds might be terrible. If so, please let me know.