Commencement

commencement_1If I gave the commencement speech at my graduation, this is how I would start:

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. These words are symbolic of the relations of the citizens of Rome shared, and I believe that each student at Indiana University shares this same bond. Although, let us hope this act does not end in homicide. As Hoosiers, we stand for the same values, the same customs, and started from the bottom and now look where we are now. We are here. In this auditorium. Look to your left, see your classmates being honoured with a graduation cap. Look to your right. They have worked so much for each one of their degrees. And every single person in this room began at orientation, had their picture taken, and watched the same musical, where the famous line “I’m not that drunk” originated, and was repeated for many years afterward, disregarding that Hoosiers have never lost a tailgate since we drin– I mean work together. And now that we are all gathered in this room together. Because we struggled together and we have created this relationship that will last a lifetime. But now we must part ways to further our careers.

Bumper Stickers

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For the longest time, people believed that Earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolves around the Earth. America seems to have the viewpoint that they are the center of the universe and life expanding. The bumper sticker above refers to the Middle East and American involvement to “keep peace” in that area. However it seems that the United States enjoys “keeping peace” countries that have large supplies of oil.

Now, I am not here to argue the facts of the case or its right and wrong, but the ideas proposed by this bumper sticker influences the general public. If the sticker becomes popular in America and people start to see it everywhere, the peer pressure would allow U.S. citizens to think violence is okay if acquiring petroleum is possible. Further, considering the location of the war was in the Middle East, it would encourage racism. A similar situation occurred with Brexit. After Great Britain voted to leave the European union, hate crimes against muslims spiked.

The same occurs when a popular slogan, such as the one above, gains popularity. This one in particular is in support of United States military intervention in the Middle East while also implying that America is only there to take the oil from the oil-rich regions of the Middle East.

Schemas

 

statue-of-libertyHere stands a living, breathing aspect of the American dream. A large testimate to the symbolic freedom that our forefathers dreamed for this country over two and one half centuries ago. The Statue of Liberty is our symbol  of the free in our country, our symbol of choice of our people, and our symbol of promise for the American way. A promise to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Everyone is welcome in the United States, and it seems today that American citizens forget this. The Statue is a symbol for immigrants and it welcomes those who seek refuge. The United States is a country of immigrants and it always has been. It is the melting pot of the world. The torch glows in favour of the United States of America, stands
on Liberty Island in solitude, reaching out to they who seek freedom, and freedom seeking to reach out to them.  The statue may be only a statue, but without it, America still stands for the rights it was built on two and one half centuries ago.

My Ideology

logoSince this is a cliche sort of prompt that we have, I am going to write about the most cliche rule that I follow because frankly, I do not care. I was brought up as a Christian along with both of my sisters. But, I also grew up in a STEM family; a family of science, proof, and logic. After a few years, we stopped attending Church every Sunday. From every weekend, to every other weekend, to once a month, to Christmas and Easter. Now, it’s been two years since I have attended a service. But throughout those years, I have maintained the ultimate, above all, cliche Christian Principle. The Golden Rule: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” In more modern English, “do unto others as you would do unto yourself.”

Most people tend to symbolize this by wearing a cross around their neck. But, since I do not identify myself as a religious individual, I tend not to have a cross around my neck. In fact, the symbol, the tangible, solid, concrete that I possess is nothing. I try my best not to stand out, or stand for anything openly. I dress plainly because I want to be approachable. Sure, it started because of the dress code of the middle school I attended, but I maintained this blandness so that complete strangers do not feel threatened by me. I want people to be able to approach me with questions; ask about direction; ask for help in dire situations. It has happened and it works. So the absence of spectacular characteristics, I would think, makes me approachable.

Now how does this tie into the golden rule? Well I’m not really sure because I just type what I think and tie it in somehow. The most supportive example I can come up with is that I want people to be able to approach me and I want other people to be approachable as well.

So I want everyone in the world to be just as friendly and everyone should be able to be kind to each other and not be judgemental based on appearance. Therefore, I tend to not wear anything provocative so as to not offend or obscure anyone.

Treat others the way you want to be treated and by that I want everyone to be approachable. Therefore, I am trying to be more approachable and I try to approach others.

Arguments from Example and Analogy

life_is_like_an_analogy_funny_poster-r3109922e32d94f89a9f1b19b390ec9de_gbr_400Comparing violence in video games or movies and real life is ridiculous. A competent and sane person would not follow  this trend to becoming a mass shooter just because of a virtual world emphasizing violence. If you take this logic, and apply it to a different type of video game, such as city building simulator or Guitar Hero; sure these video games are enjoyable, but that does not give you the skill or the means of becoming a real-life city planner or a professional guitarist.

Additionally, a good majority of teenagers are playing video games like the Call of Duty or Battlefield franchises, and a majority of teenagers are not violent in this particular manner. It is later found that the people who commit these mass shootings have had mental disabilities and troubles in the past. And sure these criminals have been said to have played violent video games, but again the majority of people who play violent video games are not violent.

All I ask for people to keep in mind is correlation does not equal causation

Alternative Energy

alternative_energiesA rising issue in the United States currently is the from a majority use of fossil fuels to produce electricity for the nation. Currently, the United States is attempting to change over to green energy, but with much opposition to the big oil companies. But with big business opposing this change, this conversion is proving to be difficult. Since the United States is the leading power of the world and a major consumer of the world’s energy, the United States should lead a transition from energy burned from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources and set an example for the rest of the world.

A transition to alternative energy sources would be a large step towards a clean and bright future. According to the United States Energy Information Administration, about 67% of United States electricity production is generated by fossil fuels; however according to Ecotricity, which is Britain’s leading green energy supplier, if the consumption of fossil fuels remains constant, it is estimated that oil reserves will run dry by 2052 and coal will continue to decline until 2088. If we continue to deplete these resources, we will not be able to enjoy the luxuries of plastics and other oil products.

Another rising issue is global warming . According to the Union of Concerned Scientists in an article called “The Hidden Cost of Fossil Fuels,” 78 percent of the United States’ global warming emissions are energy related carbon dioxide emissions. The 78 percent of these emissions are broken down into 42 percent oil and other liquids, 32 percent coal, and 27 percent natural gas. Converting over to renewable energy sources such as windmills, solar panels, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy,  could significantly reduce the United States’ total global warming emissions, considering that energy-related emissions are responsible for a vast 78 percent of total emissions.

Finally, green energy would betterment general environmental health. According to CNN article ‘5 years after the Gulf oil spill: What we do (and don’t) know’ in 2010 , the Deepwater Horizon well blowout caused 4.2 million barrels of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico. This year, BP settled the case, owing $8.8 billion worth of damage to the environment. Restoration started on April 20, 2010, the day of the explosion, and restoration still has not been completed. However, BP specialists like to argue, according to the same CNN article, that the immediate spill caused harm to the surrounding environment yet after 87 days when the oil spill was fixed, the environment immediately began to recover.However the oil continued to spill for 87 days without notice, causing permanent damage, according to Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees.

The ability for the United States to convert to renewable energy is present and is possible, yet certain companies are preventing forward progress. If the United States were to convert to green energy, U.S. citizens would not have to worry about luxury plastics to deplenish, global warming emissions would be greatly reduced, and accidental environmental harm would vanish. Trading in fossil fuel generators for more futuristic green energy sources would be of great advantage to the United States.

A Truly Embarrassing Moment

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Since I cannot think of a time where I did not hold my tongue when I should have, I am going to analyze a portion of the script from a film called A League of Their Own. In the interaction between an Umpire and the coach of the Peaches baseball team , Jimmy Dugan, Dugan insults the umpire and is thrown out of the baseball game. The script is listed below:

Umpire: Good rule of thumb: Treat each of these girls as you would your mother.
Dugan: Anyone ever tell you you look like a penis with a hat on?
Umpire: You’re out of here! I heard that!
Dugan: You misunderstood.
Umpire: Ten seconds!
Dugan: You misunderstood! You can’t throw me out knowing you’ve got a strike zone…
Umpire: Off this field! Get in that dugout! Get off this field! You’re out.
Dugan: I can’t believe no one ever called you that before!
Umpire: That’s where you belong.

Since at this point in the movie, Dugan probably was not concerned with his reputation considering he was a drunk, but I do believe that he regret this moment because even though he did not care about his reputation, he certainly did care about the team itself. I believe this was a turning point of his attitude toward a women’s baseball team. I believe that this particular moment lead to a point where he started coaching and caring about the team as a family instead of just a machine.