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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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