Cruelty and Compassion, War and Peace

After finishing All Quiet On The Western Front, it was easy to think of so many questions that reflect our current society and lives. We had the opportunity to imagine a daily life filled with the unimaginable, constant fear, death, and shocking conditions. The novel makes you question the purpose of war and the lasting effects it has not only on society but the extensive damage, often physical and psychological, to multiple generations. It brings into question nationalism and pride, fear and bravery, and life and death. But most importantly it makes us question humanity. Evident in this book, how can we, as a species, be so destructive and so cruel? Will we ever change (is it even possible to change?) and are we heading in a downward spiral to our extinction? Are we calling into question our morality and is their anyway to change our behavior or alter our fate?

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Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst

Background Credit: Randi Hausken Quote Credit: Suzanne Collins

Background Credit: Randi Hausken
Quote Credit: Suzanne Collins

When the future beckons, what do you do? Do you rush forward and grab whatever it offers you or slow down and choose what you think you want or need? As the months pass by, “the year of choices” as I like to call it, has arrived and it’s time to make decisions about our future and how we want it to take place. The chance of failure is increasing with each passing day and my anxiety is mounting. When do we push ourselves and when do we take a breath? What if we make mistakes that can’t be fixed? Simply put, I have to choose next year’s classes and I have no idea what to do.

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Would you volunteer to die on mars?

If you had the opportunity to travel to a planet 140 million miles away from earth and uninhabited by any other human or known animal life, would you take it? You will travel through space for 7-8 months in a small capsule before arriving on Mars. Once there, you will need to readjust to gravity and complete the setup of the life-sustaining units that you will now call home. The only catch is that this trip is a one-way ticket, once you leave on the Mars Transit Trajectory, there is no going back. You will have to say goodbye to all of your family and friends as the only video call from Mars will have a seven minute delay one way.

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Needs and Wants. Is there really a difference?

Cali wants to come inside.

Cali wants to come inside.

Everyone has things they want and things they need but the line dividing those two categories is easily blurred. It’s difficult to define each category and nearly impossible to come up with an absolute definition of either. Needed things could be explained by the necessary physical requirements to sustain life like water, food, and shelter but we also need to take into consideration each person’s unique emotional needs. Wanted things are generally explained by the urge to obtain something that you don’t already have.

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Grey’s Anatomy Returns Tomorrow!

GATomorrowAdBannerIn less than 24 hours, Grey’s Anatomy will return after it’s winter hiatus and jaw-dropping winter finale. Hopefully many questions will be answered but based on the sneak peeks provided by ABC the episode will be an emotional roller coaster for both the viewers and our favorite characters. Let’s start where we left off in November with some of the unanswered questions and a brief recap…

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My Definition of Perfection: Utah

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Several years ago, over the summer, my family and I made our first trip to Utah and some of its most famous national parks including Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. This past summer we made our second trip but this time we visited Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point State Park, and my favorite, Angels’ Canyon near Kanab, Utah, home of Best friends Animal Sanctuary.

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Who are we?

We spend most of the beginning of our lives figuring out who we want to be, what we want to do, where we want to go, and so on and so forth. But how do these decisions and the ever-changing events in our lives end up shaping who we become? What alters our decisions and choices and makes us, us? What role do the people we meet and emotions we face play, in who we eventually become? And how do they also change us for the better or for the worse? While there is no certain or definite answer to any of these questions, let’s try to answer some of them anyways and hopefully discover more about who we are and what shapes us as human beings.

Throughout our lives, our relationships with family, friends, teachers, and other people we spend time with will influence our decisions, emotions, and actions. As a kid, they provide a model for what is acceptable behavior and teach us how we should apply their example to our own actions. As we grow older, we use their decisions and the outcomes of these decisions to further determine our own actions and what the potential outcome for ourselves might be. These people we trust provide the information we need to make good decisions while simultaneously, build good character and values.

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