Why We Should Watch And Read The News More

Why We Should Watch And Read The News More

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If you're not worried about global warming, the next president, immigration and immigration laws, Boko Haram, genital mutilation, Beijing's environment, terrorism, the war on drugs, the rise of heroin use in upper class neighborhoods, police brutality, and racism, you’re either uniformed about these issues or you don’t care. It’s hard to believe that so many people don't know or care. Yes, some of these issues are only specific to a certain place, to some extent, but overall these are issues that we should all worry about. If you don’t live in Beijing you may not be worried about their problem with pollution, but that doesn’t make it any less of a problem. We should be informed about these issues, because we as human beings need to understand that there is more going on in the world than just our problems. The world does not revolve around America and Americans. There is so much more to life than just us, and being informed and educated is not only important, but it changes the way you view the world. There are many people in school right now hoping to be politicians and managers in big business, but if they don’t take a couple of seconds to look outside themselves to get a different perspective, they can’t claim to represent or provide for a group of people they know nothing about.

People watch the news to get better informed on what’s going on in the world, whereas others choose not to watch the news because it’s either of no importance or because they feel things that need to be covered aren’t being covered. Regardless, if you have any major social media account you have heard and/or seen what goes on in different corners of the world. Many people are OK with venting their ideas and beliefs on social media, but not many people are okay with their beliefs being countered with evidence and facts. People like to make arguments on what should or should not be someone's fate, while not knowing the full evidence of the case. And of course there are just those people who make snap judgements and won't even allow themselves to get into a debate. If more people watched the news and researched it instead of just assuming a position without knowing the whole story, a lot less people would look like ignorant jerks and they would look more like informed citizens. That is one big reason I believe people should watch and read the news more often; it would prevent the spread of inaccurate information from person to person.

Another reason people should watch and read the news is because there are some people who want to take on jobs as politicians, lawyers, judges, managers, etc, but they don't understand the different types of people whose lives they're are going to be affecting. I was watching clips of the 2015 presidential debate, and Anderson Cooper was asking questions that some of the presidential candidates were having a problem answering. He asked Hillary Clinton how she would be able to properly be able to represent the minority seeing as she herself is a part of the 1% in America. The answer she gave was not satisfactory to me, but that is just my opinion. Being able to understand the needs of the group of people you continuously talk about representing is extremely important in politics, but many of these politicians are unable to do that, which hinders them. There are people in college who are planning on becoming politicians, but they have no idea about the people they are speaking of representing. Reading stories in the news and watching the news can help you get a better understanding of what goes on in those neighborhoods. Although it seems that mostly bad things are shown in the news when it comes to lower class neighborhoods, there are multiple articles and interviews of the positive people and influences that come from these neighborhoods as well.

When we read about the different things happening and we connect those words with videos and pictures, we realize there is more going on than just ourselves, and we try to understand and sympathize. Seeing something that we wish we could change is sometimes just the push we need to try and change things. Growing up where I did and reading about the economy and global warming is the reason I chose the career path I chose. I'm hoping that I will be able to have an impact on the way companies handle business because of what I realized was going on in different parts of the world. This is the effect being aware can have on someone who was once unaware. People read the Humans of New York posts everyday and seeing all of those people and reading those stories at times pushes people to help and donate and reach out. Just reading a post about someone's life encourages others to help them.

Watching the news can help us get the facts and correct information, understand from another point of view, and help those that we think may need help. Yes, the news is inaccurate at times (especially if it is Fox News), but that doesn't mean we should shut off the news completely. Knowing what is going on in the world helps us view the different picture and it at times maybe we can even change the view someone else has.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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The Disrespectful Nature Of My Generation Needs To Stop

Why choosing phone games over a Holocaust survivor was my breaking point.


While many students that attended Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat's talk were rightfully attentive, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a few outlier students tapping away on their phones. They were minute movements, but inappropriate nonetheless.

Immediately I became infuriated. How, I thought, fuming, did my generation become so blithely unaware to the point where we could not proffer basic respect to a survivor of one of the most horrific events in human history?

Perhaps the students were just texting their parents, telling them that the event would run a bit long. 10 minutes later, my eyes diverted from Greenblat back to the students. They were still on their phones. This time, I could see the screens being held horizontally—indicating a game or a show was being played. I wanted to get up, smack the distractions out of their hands, and ask them why they thought what they were doing was more important than a Holocaust speaker.

I will not waste any more time writing about the disrespectful few. Because they could not give Greenblat the time of their day, I will not give them mine. Instead, I want to focus on a massive trend my generation has mistakenly indulged ourselves in.

The Greenblat incident is only an example of this phenomenon I find so confusing. From young, it was instilled in me, probably via Chinese tradition, that elders should be respected. It is a title only revoked when unacceptable behavior allows it to be, and is otherwise maintained. I understand that not everybody comes from a background where respect is automatically granted to people. And I see that side of the story.

Why does age automatically warrant respect? It is the fact that they have made it this far, and have interesting stories to tell. There are exceptions, perhaps more than there are inclusions.

But this fact can be determined by the simple act of offering an elderly person your seat on public transportation. Sure, it can be for their health, but within that simple act is a meaningful sacrifice for somebody who has experienced more than you.

Age aside, at Greenblat's talk, majority of the disrespect shown might not have been agist. Instead, it could have been the behavior students just there for the check-in check-out extra credit that multiple classes and clubs were offering. While my teachers who advertised the event stressed the importance of attendance not just for the academic boost, but for the experience, I knew that some of the more distracted students there must have been those selfish, ignorant, solely academic driven cockalorums.

I stay hopeful because majority of my classmates were attentive. We knew to put aside our Chromebooks, regardless of note-taking, and simply listen to what Greenblat had to offer.

It would be wrong to label my generation as entitled— that's a misnomer for the generation before. We are still wavering between the line of automatic respect and earned respect, but we need to set a line for people whom we know the stories of. Especially a Holocaust survivor.

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