To The St. Louis Protestors, Shutting Down The City Is Not The Solution

To The St. Louis Protestors, Shutting Down The City Is Not The Solution

If we stop the protests and come together we can change the city around.
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I'm sure many of you have heard about all of the problems that are going on in St. Louis and I'm sure that some of you are defending some of the protests. I understand that you have a right to protest peacefully and I understand that you can speak freely about what you want.

But I don't understand why people are using this to try and shut down things?

Why would you shut down a road to get to a hospital?

Why would you try to shut down things like "The walk for Alzheimer's"?

Why would you try to shut down malls where people are working to make money to feed their families?

I understand you're hurt and you want to get your point across, but taking a different stand would be better. More people would respect what you have to say if you did something as simple as writing a letter. Nobody is going to respect you when you are purposely trying to shut down things and breaking things.

I know you think this is the right way to do things. I know you believe that this will solve some kind of issue, but it won't. It'll make things worse. The problem with all of this is that cities need to change, not just the cops, not just the people, but the entire city! Have you seen the drastic population changes in large cities like St. Louis? The population has dropped by many thousands and that is hurting cities majorly. I think that may be something we can all agree on.

Even if you can't agree with me, it is in the statistics and the population will continue to drop if we do not change the cities around.

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

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Humanity. Where Are We Headed?

Just some thoughts about the world we live in from a Millennial.

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Recently I had a conversation with a couple of friends that got to me to thinking about my generation, the millennials. Usually, when being referred to like one, I balk. I don't see myself as one from that generation but as much as I want to deny the fact that I am it doesn't change that I was born in the year 1990.

So what have millennials accomplished? There is so much hype around how we're going to change the world. But what are we doing to make the difference? I'm sorry to say it but we're more like the spoiled children crying in the corner because someone hurt our feelings.

Before my generation grew up people weren't so offended. Things that were said were taken as more of a joke than an actual offense. I mean, did we do this to ourselves? Did bullying get to the point that we just decided that everything anyone said to us was an offense even if it wasn't meant that way?

We feel so entitled, but why? What gives us the right to say that we're better than someone else? We complain about almost everything and we do nothing to make a difference.

I remember growing up as a child and the world wasn't like this. People didn't get offended by everything and bullying was something that happened on the playground at recess and was dealt with by paddling from the principle. YES! When I was in school parent's were given a form to sign to give rights to the principle of the school for paddling misbehaved children. It was a thing I promise!

Since my generation came about I don't really recognize the world we live in. Socializing is done through social media. People can't hang out and not be on their phones. It's like if we don't mention it on Facebook or Instagram that it never happened. We don't live in the moment FOR the moment.

What have we done to ourselves? I envision that things will progress so much that we'll wind up like the people from "Ready Player One". Everything from work to entertainment will be done in a virtual world.

Can the world course correct before we self destruct? Is there hope for humanity that one day we can get along with each other and stop hating one another. We all live together but in essence, it's as if we all live alone. We're more disconnected now than we have ever been.

Millennials aren't the only ones to blame. All generations have contributed a part to the disconnection of humanity. We don't get along and the hate is strong but instead of trying to mend the relationships with other human beings we just breed more hate. It's spread like a virus and no one actually sees it. We're ok with hating each other because we are better off alone.

I don't have the answers to fix it but maybe one small piece of advice I could give is, stop letting everything get under your skin. Not everyone hates you. Learn to be accepting, not everyone should be like you and see your views on everything. People are all different for a reason. If we were all the same, the world would be one boring place to live.

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