Our Minds Are Beautiful

Our Minds Are Beautiful

Let's not destroy them.
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The human mind is a beautiful machine. We have the capability to dream up anything. Our dreams are what inspire us. Our imaginations are limitless. Our thoughts work in ways that no one could ever understand. Our views connect us to one another and either make or break us. Our knowledge lets us solve the puzzles of every day life. Our minds are what make us strong and unique. So, why do we ruin them? Why do we damage our own minds into thinking they're anything less than perfect?

According to CNN Health, an estimated 22 million Americans use and abuse illegal drugs. That's nearly 9 percent of the American population who decided that they wanted to damage their already incredible minds by adding dangerous and life threatening drugs to the mix. It's a common misconception that drugs are used to enhance the mind. Apparently they can be used to unlock thoughts that aren't naturally possible. Think about some famous musicians who have taken mind enhancing drugs to create masterpieces.

One band who comes to mind is The Beatles. They used the mind enhancing drug LSD, which led them to create their late '60s albums, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album, and Yellow Submarine, which contained their most psychedelic sounding music.

What's important to remember is that the 1960s were a different time. Sadly we don't live in the world that The Beatles lived and created their art in. We live in a world that is damaged and people are hurting other people. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 20 percent of teenagers will have tried illegal drugs before they graduate. Not only is that number sickening, it goes to show that we are living in a world that is out to damage the youth. We now live in a time that drugs are used for people to "have a good time". Now, we think about all of the celebrities whose lives were ruined due to drugs; Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, and Heath Ledger just to name a few. <span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker" data-verified="redactor"></span>

Addiction is real, and addiction is common. This isn't something that just happens to the celebrities, and it's certainly not just something that happens in movies. Are they worth it? Is taking drugs worth ruining everything that your mind has to offer? Are they worth emptying your brain of all of the beauty that it's able to create? Think about all of these peoples' lives who were cut short before they could use their naturally talented minds to create art to their fullest potential. Think about all of the works of art that are lost forever. Before we try drugs for the first time, we need to realize the time that we are living in. We need to see the dangers for what they are and understand that drugs are made differently than they were in the 1960s.

Think twice and save your mind.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Temple's Tobacco-Free Policy: Not Necessary Or Bright

This non-smoker has some choice words for the tobacco ban.

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Temple's tobacco-free campus policy was just revealed, and as a non-smoker with asthma, my first instinct was to be glad.

However, upon reflection, it becomes obvious how disastrous, counterproductive, and yes, even elitist, this plan is.

The obvious problem with having a "tobacco-free" campus is that we also have an "alcohol-free" campus and a "marijuana-free" campus. Do you see where I'm going with this?

The other obvious logistical problem everybody is seeming to ignore is that Temple is smack in the middle of North Philadelphia: which is an urban campus with local residents constantly on Broad Street and obviously, these rules do not apply to them.

So, given the fact that there will already be a high number of people with the rules not applying to them, why does Temple think it can enforce this?

Speaking of enforcing the rule, how exactly does Temple plan to enforce this? Will the Temple police be riding around looking to confiscate various cigarettes and vapes? Do I really need to explain to all of you why this is a terrible idea?

Is this the type of environment we want to promote? I do not think anybody has a "right" to smoke, but giving some sort of authority to yank things out of people's mouths? I do not think it would not be radical to think of the slippery slope this could lead to. We are a public university with our own police force.

Not only that, but should we really be taking Juuls away? Now I personally think Juuls are the teenager version of a pacifier, but despite that, some people that use a Juul are doing so to quit their addiction to cigarettes. We should not be in the market of interfering with a person's attempt to quit.

This is doubly ridiculous when you consider all of the alternatives, too.

Temple has a policy where one is forbidden from smoking 25 feet from a building. Why not just enforce that? Or stop selling nicotine products at the 7/11?

And how can we claim that tobacco is the immediate problem when there is a bar right on Liacouras Walk?

This entire policy is the result of a bunch of annoying liberal children wanting to feel like activists and enshrine themselves in a veil of moral superiority. The "Task Force" is just some liberal elitist students that want to show off how woke they are and ruin everybody else's fun so they took this cause because it seemed easy.

You can see this by how I just poked all of those holes in their platform.

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