Human Nature and Thirteen Reasons

Human Nature and Thirteen Reasons

Not only is Thirteen Reasons Why important because of the light it sheds on suicide and other prevalent issues today, but it is also important because of the way it portrays humans: as totally depraved and deeply fallen.


I think that I have seen at least twenty different articles about this show that seems to have taken the millennial world by storm. Thirteen Reasons Why is a show that I was not hesitant to watch. I saw it come across my Netflix account, I found time to watch the first episode, and then I was hooked, so I watched five episodes one night, then six the next morning, and then the rest later that week. I will admit that the show does have a lot of profanity, a lot of sex, and a lot of graphic images, but there's a great reason why I think everyone needs to watch this show. Well, my great reason is twofold:

1. It is important that people see things like rape, bullying, and suicide for what they are: completely and totally evil.

2. It is important that people see other people for who they are: completely and totally evil.

The thing I loved about this show was the fact that it did not portray any of the characters as naturally good, since everyone was at fault in some way during the show. Zach, though I do not believe he deserved to be on the tapes, was not innocent of bullying. Clay may have been pointed out on Hannah's tapes for a completely different reason than all the other people, but he was not innocent either. He bought alcohol, drank it, and he was guilty of vandalizing Zach's car. Most characters lied at at least one point in the show. Most characters were engaging in sexual acts before they were married. Many characters were homosexuals. Most of the characters were high for a large majority of the show. One of the main characters (if not more) was an alcoholic. Hannah's parents were at fault in a sense because they failed to recognize the signs given by their daughter, choosing to focus on their failing business instead.

Even Hannah was at fault in some ways. I'm not arguing that she committed suicide to get attention, as many on the show argued. I am saying this: some of those people did not deserve to be on Hannah's tapes, and some of those people (namely, Zach) were put through unnecessary drama as a result of their suspected involvement. I did not agree with some of the accusations made on the tapes, and that shaped my entire perspective of the show.

In the media today, there is so much perfection. There is so much fake goodness. Sometimes, it is sickening. Yes, God created the world to be sinless. He created a perfect world where we as humans would feel no pain and have no difficulties in life. He created a place where we could walk with Him, and it was utterly mind-blowing.

But then we blew it.

Adam and Eve gave into temptation in the Garden of Eden and sent the world on a downward spiral.

Now, when a human is born, he or she is evil. Totally depraved. Completely broken. Lost.

Without the saving grace of Christ, people cannot even think of being good. Even after the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we cannot be totally good.

That's another reason why Thirteen Reasons Why is such an important show. Yes, it is important for people to see what suicide really and truly looks like from so many perspectives. It is important to see the seriousness behind rape. The content of each tape is incredibly important, and I believe everyone needs to experience it at least once, but the bigger reason why I am so pleased with the show is the fact that there is not any "fake" about the show. Each person is exposed for who they truly are, and I believe that is such a great metaphor for the way that everyone will be exposed on the Day of Judgment for who they truly are inside. Without those tapes, no one would have known why events transpired the way that they did, but since they were released, all those people on them were exposed for who they truly were, and it brought so much shame and fear.

When we are exposed for the sinners we truly are, sure, it's embarrassing, it's shameful, its scary. But you have to be exposed in order to heal. You cannot keep everything bottled up inside because then you'll just explode with emotion.

Exposure is important, and I believe that is one aspect of Thirteen Reasons Why that makes it such an impactful and influential show.

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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