I Am Not Totally Aristotle, But I Am Not Totally Aquinas.

I Am Not Totally Aristotle, But I Am Not Totally Aquinas.

The way we live if up to us.

Self. It is what I am. Not only in name, but body and soul. Each one of us has a different way of living. We have a different way of thinking. The way we think and act is the product of life lessons, raising, and faith. People say we all live life by the fight or flight response. Though I find that true I think there is a bit more going on. I live my life from a teleological standpoint. Not just by the teachings of Aristotle, and not just by Aquinas.

Through deep self-exploration, I have come to find that, even though I live my life that way, I do not fully agree with both. I wish to do right by people based on God, but I also wish to do right by people by my own human nature. My parents raised me on the idea that everything I say and do, every decision I make, every word I say, and every thought I have should only be glory to God. As I grew older I began to question this moral complex. No person, besides Jesus, has ever lived their life fully like that.

In order for one to do this, they must not have committed one sin in their lives. Living a life like this meant I had to be perfection. Don’t get me wrong, if it was morally possible for me to live this way I think I would since it is not I have no clue how I would live. I try to live my life in the best way possible. I think about many things, and many I don’t think about at all. I strive to do what I think is best for me and bring glory to God. I also live to please and support the people I love and care for. I also try to do the best for the people I know need help.

I show empathy towards people less fortunate than I am. I try not to blame people for my mistakes, but I’m still learning on that one. I try not to tell lies unless I think they are just. The only thing I can really hope for in life is that I live it well. I hope I end up in the right place in the end if I don’t that is no one’s fault but my own. I am responsible for the things I do.

Personal and Interpersonal Morality

  • Lying: It is ok to lie to spare the feelings and promote the safety of the individual.
    • Dementia patient
      • They will be happy for either a day or they will forget.
    • Person in danger
      • If a family member is in danger, or their life is at risk, or to spare them pain I think it is alright to lie at that point.
    • To make something a surprise. You lie out of love.
    • It is not ok to lie any other time. It is a sin to lie in general. But I want what is best for the ones I love. If lying to them preserves human nature I will do it.
  • Keeping promises
    • Promises should always be kept.
    • Marriage
      • Unless it is an abusive or a sexually immoral marriage you must stay married.
    • Oaths
      • Work police force promise to serve and protect.
      • To tell the truth in the courtroom.
    • Promise in general
      • If you say you’re going to show up you try your best to show up or don’t promise.
  • Responding to Racist Comments
    • One must remember to keep a level head. If someone makes a racial comment towards you or a loved one you must be the bigger person and choose not to react in the same way. Nothing is achieved when both people are being unreasonable.
  • Sexual behavior
    • Sexual behavior is only reserved for one man and one woman in the constitution of marriage. If you are not married you shouldn't be having sex. Homosexuality goes against God’s design several times in the Bible God condemns homosexuality. Sexuality is a major part of the Bible and its constitutions.

Life Issues

  • Abortion
    • I think morally it is wrong. You are taking the life of a human being. No matter what the government says. Abortion is murder which is against the law and a sin.
    • If you come from the stance that you think abortion is murder, which I do, and murder is illegal you could say you are breaking the law The fact that you can abort a child up to 21 weeks is appalling my little brother was born at 28 weeks and he is still alive and doing very well. He has no health or developmental disorders.
  • Physician-assisted suicide
    • To me it is morally wrong. I see the idea around it. I understand and I sympathize, but it is still suicide. God has not called you home and you will end up in the pit of fire for all eternity. Plus there is a chance you could pull through.
    • There is some split ideas about it, but it is legal in Washington and Oregon. There is an extremely long process to go through in order for you to be eligible for doctor-assisted suicide. Many tests doctors, signatures, and psychologists are needed for it to be allowed.
  • Capital punishment
    • Legally it is allowed in many states.
    • It is a good way of punishment for a serious crime.
    • More humane than life in prison.
  • War – Under what circumstances is it acceptable?
    • When a country invades ours.
    • To settle disagreements.
    • Refusal to trade for needed resources.
  • Iraq war – Was it a just war?
    • No, I do not think it was just a war. I believe it was our two countries trying to prove who is really in power.
    • Both countries wanted what each other had
    • Both did not know the severity of what they did would do in the world.
  • Poverty – personal obligations
    • Personally, I believe that as a Christian it goes against my values to not make an attempt to help a person in poverty.
    • I don’t mean I should give them half of my money, or let a stranger live in my house.
    • Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
    • Donate food
    • Don’t throw away old clothing, but donating to a homeless shelter.
  • Poverty – corporate obligations
    • Food corporations shouldn’t throw away their leftover foods like breads and cooked meats, but donate them to a soup kitchen, or advertise that for an hour after clothing you are giving away all leftover food to the less fortunate.
  • Poverty – governmental obligations
    • Personally, I think our government should care more for the impoverished.
    • No veteran should be homeless.
    • No mother or child should be without food.
    • Find better ways to help acclimate them to society.

Other Issues

  • Animal experimentation – legality
    • Legally I think it is humane for scientists to experiment on animals.
    • Better than experimenting on humans.
    • Lots of times it is humane.
    • They are just animals.
  • Drugs - legalization (which ones, if any)
    • I am really neutral on this topic. I do not care if marijuana is legal. It does not affect me at all unless I smoke it myself.
    • Only natural drugs should be legal.
    • Prescription drugs
  • Drug use - morality
    • Morally I think the way many people use drugs is wrong.
    • Drug dependence is a sin and causes you to turn to bad things.
    • All you think about it next fix.
    • Changes mindset.
  • Affirmative action – legality
    • Legally people should be employed equally
    • Non-impoverished people shouldn’t be show discrimination.
    • Socially unjust.
  • Gay marriage - legality
    • People are expected to make exceptions of their rights for other.
    • Legally, I do not agree with it. I love my friends who are homosexuals.

In conclusion, I find that everyone has their own view of their morals and beliefs. In the end of life, only God has the power to judge us for how we have lived our lives. The only thing we can do and hope for in this life is that we live it well, and hope we are living it right.

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12 Realities Of A Nursing Student

​​​Why being a nursing student is the best and worst decision you will ever make.

I am a nursing student. This is synonymous with lifeless, stressed, exhausted, compassionate, smart and a plethora of other words. If you are or were ever a nursing student (in which we can't blame you for switching majors, the struggle is real), you will completely understand these 12 reasons why being a nursing student is insanely painful and extremely rewarding at the same time. If you're debating becoming a nurse, then this might serve as a helpful list of pros and cons.

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1. Free time is nonexistent.

There is always a test, quiz, care plan or clinical that is demanding all of your attention, all the time. Say goodbye to friends, say goodbye to fun and say goodbye to your sanity.

2. Your schedule is insane.

You need to pencil in time in between studying for multiple exams, going to class and clinical hours in order to sleep or eat. When a non-nursing major complains about their 8 a.m. class, you just roll your eyes because you've been up since 5 a.m. and probably won't go to sleep until at least 2 in the morning.

3. You feel extremely stupid.

You perpetually feel unprepared for tests and you're disappointed that your grades won't be perfect any longer. You feel straight-up confused all the time. That 4.0 you had in high school? Yeah, that's not possible in nursing school, boo.

4. You also feel insanely intelligent.

When you spew out healthcare jargon and your non-nursing friends have no idea what you're talking about, you feel pretty damn cool. Plus, you now understand what the heck is going on in "Grey's Anatomy," so you're basically Derek Shepherd IRL.

5. Your teachers are disorganized and make classes practically impossible to pass.

Most of them grade harshly and make your life a living hell. And they usually don't have any sort of education degree or experience. Solid.

6. The two or three teachers you actually like already are, or will be, your friends.

The ones that help you get through the torture that is nursing school are keepers. They'll probably write you letters of recommendation or go out for drinks with you once you're no longer their student.

7. You have to pay to work.

You pay tuition for clinical hours, which essentially means you pay to work. Sure, the experience is invaluable, but that's a lot of time and effort to do for free.

8. Your nursing friends will be your friends for life.

There is a special bond between nursing students friends. You've studied together, you've laughed together, you've cried together, you've drank together. No one can understand the pain and glory that is nursing school like your fellow nursing students. And you know you couldn't have done it without them. No nurse left behind.

9. You see some really cool cases.

Some of the patient cases you see at clinical are nothing short of amazing. Knowing that you helped with an interesting and complex case leaves you with an invaluable experience and greater confidence in your knowledge and skills.

10. You will also see some really gross cases.

There are some images you just can't un-see (or un-smell) no matter how hard you try. I won't go into details, but nurses see some really icky stuff on a daily basis.

11. You will learn useless information.

Just like every other major, you have to take stupid classes that won't ever help you in life. I know for a fact I will never use the knowledge I gained from Healthcare Economics or Computer Skills for Health Sciences ever in life as an RN.

12. When you do have "free time," you kill it.

No one can party like a nursing student. No one. You drink so you can save lives.

No matter how hellish nursing school can be, you'd never change it. You know that being a nurse is what you're meant to do. No other job can handle your crazy, your feels, or your brains. You've been trained for this. Keep trucking through this bitch of an undergrad degree, we are all in this together. Now go out there, it's a beautiful day to save lives.

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Sorry, Tim Tebow, But College Is About More Than Football

So, apparently, UA students have done nothing for the university because they don't attend the football games. At least, that's what Tim Tebow said.


Tim Tebow. UF quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, All-American kid.

Tim Tebow. I always liked him. His commitment to the sport, even though I don't really care much about the sport, his determination to continue being an athlete even when the NFL didn't work out, and, most of all, his faith.

I always loved his fearlessness to show his faith on the field, crediting God for everything. It made Tebow unique, special - a real shining light in a stereotypical environment.

But, once he left UF and, ultimately, the NFL, I never really paid much attention to where he was going. I hadn't heard much about him, honestly, until now.

When the coach of University of Alabama's football team made a controversial comment about Alabama's lackluster fans, Tebow stepped in. Here's what he had to say:

"Listen, I agree with (Saban), I love it. I think the fans are getting so entitled there at Alabama, specifically the students. Listen, as a student, you've done nothing to win all of these titles, okay? You spend a little bit of daddy's money to show up at a game and to go to school there. You say you're the best fans in college football, but you need to show up. I don't care if you're playing Louisiana-whoever or Hoover High School. You show up to the game and you support the team. If you want to say you're the best fans in the country, you show up every game no matter what. Coach Saban is right. Alabama students, you need to show up for your team. Nick Saban's not entitled at all. That's what happens when you win championship after championship and you're also at a place that says they're best fans in college football and the best fans in football. Guess what? Your students need to show up to the game. You're 18- 19- 20-years old. You've done nothing for the University of Alabama. It's your job to show up so you can live out the claims that you're the best fans in college football because we see it in signs all the time. Alright. They need to show up for their team."

Now, I'm not here to bash Tebow. He seems like a great guy, really. Honestly, that's why this struck me so hard. I never expected him to say something like this. But he did, and I think a few points need to be given to the hard-working college students instead of the precious football team for once.

1. Not all UA students, or college students in general, are getting everything paid for by their parents.


Not even close to the case. Does Tebow even realize that students who do not attend school on an athletic scholarship don't have a money tree back home? Some work more than one job or take out student loans to get their degree. Some are going on academic scholarships... scholarships that require a ridiculously high GPA to maintain. Which brings me to my next point...

2. UA students have done plenty for their university.

Tim Tebow did not just say students have done nothing for the university, just because they don't go to the games. Seriously? Like, seriously? That sentence was a lot to take in because, from my experience at a university without a football team, there are hundreds of other ways to contribute to your school without being a football player or a football fan. Including, maintaining a high GPA and making your school known for something more than its sports team.

3. It is most definitely not the job of all UA students to show up to the games.

I get it, he's trying to prove a point. He's trying to bash the fans for calling themselves the best when they don't act like it. But, maybe he could've been more specific in his statement instead of generalizing all UA students into one big group that has a "job" they have to pay for and might not even enjoy. Because, shockingly enough, not every college student can afford to attend the games and/or they might not even enjoy football! No, their job is their academics. Football is extracurricular for most people. If they have time, great, but it is not their job to go to a game.

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All in all, I still like Tebow. But this statement was not the most eloquent thing he has ever said. It is not the job of a college student to go to a football game; if anything, it is a privilege and reward. Because not all of them are going there on "daddy's money" as Tebow suggests.

Overall, Tim Tebow, please just be kinder in your statements to college students in the future. We're stressed, OK? What you said was not cool.

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