Living In A World Filled With So Much Fear

Living In A World Filled With So Much Fear

Everyday tasks have people fearing the worst.

Welcome to 2016. I bet if you looked back 20 years ago everyone looked at this time and thought about the progress the world would have made and how amazing of a time it would be. Instead, we are living in a world full of fear. Fear where you can’t be yourself because you may just be hurt because of it. A world where you can’t turn on the news without hearing something so heart-wrenching, you don’t know how the families of these victims are going to make it. You hear things on the news that keep you up at night and wonder what in the hell kind of world we live in. In a world where there could be so much progress, we are all filled with fear. We have people who are living with mechanical hearts but so many of us are afraid to go to a movie theater. In such a beautiful world it’s truly tragic to think about what we all fear so much. We should be celebrating things such as mechanical hearts and hand transplants and successful treatments for deadly diseases, yet all we focus on is the hurt and the pain in the world, but how can you not? It’s what we see day after day.

It’s truly sickening that we live in a world where you can’t go to a movie theater and feel safe. You can’t send your kids to elementary school without the fear that someone might be trying to harm them. You can’t go to a nightclub to just have a good time and relax without the fear that someone is going to want to hurt you just for who you are. You stare out the window in your college classroom and wonder what you would do if someone came through that door right now and tried to do the unthinkable. Going into work can be life or death if someone doesn’t agree with your career or with something that your company does. Even at military bases the men and women who fight for our country aren’t even safe. Doing simple everyday tasks such as going to get your mail or going to the doctor’s office could end in unforgettable tragedy. Celebrities can’t even enjoy their jobs anymore because of the fear that someone in the crowd is trying to hurt them. Going into a crowded shopping mall has become more of a search for the nearest exit than a relaxing time. High School, where it’s supposed to one of the best times of your life, students are doing drills just in case someone tries to come and hurt them. Even just the commute to work on public transit can become the worst day of your life. Why do we live in a world where going out in public is no longer a simple decision because none of us know what might happen?

No, this article is not about gun rights. Honestly, this has nothing to do about the guns used in these horrific crimes. It’s about the world we live in. How sad it is that people actually have to second guess going into public? How sad is it that these are the things people think about before they go into a movie theater, to get dinner, to go shopping? All of us know that simple everyday tasks can turn into a tragedy.

We live in a world that could see so much progress. A world that could be doing such great things, and yet we are still held back by these disasters. The news spends so much time focusing on the horrible things in this world, but they can’t help it when it happens everyday. Miracles happen everyday, but we are too blinded by this cruel world to see them.

To the families of all of these horrific events, I am so sorry and hope you have the best future you can possibly have after these tragedies.

Here’s wishing for better tomorrows and easier yesterdays.
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10 Reasons Your Big Sister Is The Best Person In Your Life

"There is no better friend than a sister, and there is no better sister than you."

As much as I hate to admit it, my big sister might be sort-of, slightly, cooler than I am.

Sometimes. She's the one I call when I can't call mom and the only one in the family who can properly handle my attitude. Big sisters are the people you'd choose if they weren't already family, and here's why.

1. She is your first and truest friend.

Big sisters are (literally) there from day one. They see every dirty diaper, every bad haircut, and every melodramatic breakup. They deal with every bad day and drama queen attitude and still love you in the most unconditional way.

2. Her closet is your closet.

For some reason, her clothes always look better on you. Funny how that works, huh? With a big sister comes a big closet, and who doesn't love having a double wardrobe? I'd also like to take this opportunity to apologize for the clothes I will never give back (but I'm not really that sorry).

3. She knows what it's like to deal with your parents.

Anything you could possibly be going through, they went through it first. It's kind of like having an instruction manual or a key to the future. Either way, it's always nice to have someone who will always understand the struggle.

4. There are no boundaries.

Wanna dance around in your underwear all day? Cool. Life talks while she's on the toilet? Also cool. There's no awkward moments or changing in the bathroom with the door locked. There's just the kind of freedom that only comes with siblings.

5. Thanks to her, you know about all of the cool movies/music/fashion trends from years back.

Thanks to my sister, I have every Too $hort and Ludacris song you could ever think of downloaded on my phone. I've seen every cheesy '90s movie, and when a fad from 10 years ago comes back in, I already have the hookup.

6. She tells you like it is.

We all have those friends who tend to sugarcoat everything. Yeah, sisters don't do that. She's the first person to tell me when I'm making a terrible decision and that I really shouldn't triple text that boy again. She keeps it real with me and deals with my attitude, and that's why she's the best.

7. Her home is always open.

Sometimes you just need to get away from life and binge watch Netflix, and sometimes you need all of that plus your sister. She always has her door open when you're two seconds away from losing your mind, and she also has good takeout and a dog.

8. She knows what you're capable of.

My sister knows exactly who I am and what I can do. She knows when I'm not doing my best, and when I need to be set straight. She's always there to remind me who I am and what I'm capable of accomplishing. She's always been my biggest fan.

9. She's a lot cheaper than therapy.

For some reason, my sister always knows just what to say. Even if I don't see it at the time, she's usually right (don't tell her I said that). Big sisters are like wizards, somehow they always magically make you feel like life's gonna turn out alright in the end. If she wasn't already awesome at everything else, I'd suggest she be a therapist.

10. She will always be your go-to gal.

No matter the situation, she will always be by your side. There is nothing you could say or do to make a big sister leave, and that's why they're the best. Whether it's a speeding ticket, a mean girl or you just need to laugh, big sisters are always going to be there to lift your spirits and set you straight.

I couldn't make it without ya sis, I'm sorry for ratting you out on Thanksgiving that one time, and for running away at the zoo. Thanks for taking me to see Aaron Carter even though he's way too old to still be singing "I want Candy," and thank you always for being the best role model, sister and friend I could ask for.

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A Little Skepticism Goes A Long Way

Be informed citizens and verify what you see and hear.


These days more than ever before we are being bombarded constantly by a lot of news and information, a considerable amount of which is inaccurate. Sometimes there's an agenda behind it to mislead people and other times its just rumors or distortion of the facts. So, how do you sift through all this and get accurate information? How can you avoid being misled or brainwashed?

This is an important topic because the decisions each of us make can affect others. And if you are a responsible citizen your decisions can affect large numbers of people, hopefully positively, but negatively as well.

It's been said that common sense is not something that can be taught, but I am going to disagree. I think with the right training, teaching the fundamentals behind common sense can get people to have a better sense of what it is and start practicing it. All you will need is to improve your general knowledge and gain some experience, college is a good place for that, then add a little skepticism and you are on your way to start making sensible decisions.

One of the fundamental things to remember is not to believe a statement at face value, you must first verify. Even if you believe it's from a trusted source, they may have gotten their info from a questionable one. There's a saying that journalists like to use: "if your mother said, 'I love you' you should verify it.'" While this is taking it a bit too far, you get the idea.

If you feel that something is not adding up, or doesn't make sense then you are probably right. This is all the more reason to check something out further. In the past, if someone showed a picture or video of something that was sufficient proof. But nowadays with so many videos and picture editing software, it would have to go through more verification to prove its authenticity. That's not the case with everything but that's something that often needs to be done.

One way of checking if something sounds fishy is to look at all the parties involved and what do they have to gain and lose. This sometimes is easier to use when you're dealing with a politics-related issue, but it can work for other things where more than one person/group is involved. For example, most people and countries as well will not do something that is self-destructive, so if one party is accusing the other of doing something self-destructive or disadvantageous then it's likely that there is something inaccurate about the account. Perhaps the accusing party is setting the other one up or trying to gain some praise they don't deserve.

A lot of times all it takes is a little skepticism and some digging to get to the truth. So please don't be that one which retweets rumors or helps spread misinformation. Verify before you report it.


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