Recently, there has been a video that has gone viral that plays a video recorded name over another video recorded name and you guys might have heard of it: it's "Laurel" or "Yanny". First question: which do you guys hear? This is similar to another viral image of a certain dress and people constantly fight whether its black and blue or if it's actually gold and white. Second question: what color do you guys see? Hand in hand with the Yanny and Laurel video is the "brainstorm" or "green needle" video, it's essentially the same thing but different computer generated words/sounds. Third question: which do you hear? What are the pros and cons of these viral imagery? Should they be allowed to be on the internet? Why or why not? And add any other commentary, comments, or thoughts you guys feel are appropriate and have to do with the main topic. And just so you know; I hear "Laurel", see a gold and white dress, and can pick out both "green needle" and "brain storm".
Ever since we were in elementary, we have been fed school lunches. While not the most appetizing or appealing, it got the job done by filling our stomach's. High school students compared to elementary students get fed more but not by much. Because of health guidelines and the growing amount of obesity in America has forced schools to make healthier food and put limits on amount of food on a tray. This has caused kids to either bring their own lunch, pay for seconds, or leave campus and eat somewhere else. I consider the size of our school lunches to be on the small size; only so much meat, this many vegetables, this much dairy. This leads me to wanting more food but having to pay more for another small sandwich. Are our school lunches to small? Is the food we are being served actually help with obesity? Should we change the way schools around America provide lunch?
A recent poll was done by Freakonomics showing that 94% of those who voted in this poll agreed that adults should be required to have a license to have children. We see kids that come from terrible homes turn into outstanding people. But, more often, we see all the those kids that come from bad homes go down and follow in their parents footsteps. Craig Playstead in his article regarding the topic brings up the point of saying the number one problem with families is when they were not planned. More and more people are having children that were not planned. Anyone can just have a kid any time, but they have to have a licence to drive a car or even go fishing. So why not put a license of having children. This license could come after passing a series of financial tests as well as physiological tests. What do you all think about putting a license on having kids? What would the penitently be if someone had a child without a license? What other alternative can you guys think of to solve to problem of children being abandon or being brought up in a unstable home?
On the topic of existentialism, and with my slightly unhealthy obsession with literature. let us broach the topic of the fates. The three Fates are part of Greek myth and, as anyone who has read Percy Jackson could tell you, they wove destiny in the Greek myths. The Fates and the Oracle have been carried over to modern writing in prophesies like that in Harry Potter and in the Inheritance saga through premonitions and prophetic dreams. Other examples come in the form of an unavoidable death or a death that is foretold for an ally of friend. so I would like to challenge the class to come up with examples of when a character has done any of the following; fought their destiny and lost, fought their destiny and won, or made a choice that they thought was destiny.
Earlier today, the Greek black metal band Rotting Christ (yes, seriously), was arrested in the Eastern European country of Georgia on the grounds that the country's National Security claimed them to be Satanists and intent on terrorism. After a couple of hours at the airport, they were released and played a show that night. While this is a rather ridiculous example (and one in another country no less), it does bring up an interesting point in our own country. Currently, we have a strong Freedom of Speech protection (as evidenced by the countless NAZI and KKK chapters still around today), that would prevent something like this from happening (no matter how much the citizens of Georgia the state would like to lock up Rotting Christ). But what if a band came out and their name was something to the effect of "We Are Going to Blow Up A Concert Venue One of These Days (No, Seriously We Are Not Messing Around)". Should the First Amendment still apply, or should we take another look at what is protected under the First Amendment? Should these NAZI and KKK chapters be taken down by the government, or would that lead us down a rabbit hole (sorry for the logical fallacy) that we do not want to go down? Should the First Amendment be held sacred, or do we need to put some barriers up?
Spring means new beginnings. Colorful life is blooming and the sun is making a warm appearance again. With this beautiful season arising, people's lives still carry on. Burdens are not magically shed and worries aren't automatically wiped cleaned. Spring is a season known for having the highest suicide rates. The misconception that the dark, gloominess of winter strikes depression isn't completely true. In an article by The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds, it states that there is an "[...] increase in manic behavior in the springtime. This notion suggests that the mood activation triggered by warmer weather brings about the development of more self-destructive behavior." As seniors, we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders as we try to excel at school, be involved in extracurricular activities, take on jobs, invest in a future education and lifestyle, and take on the responsibilities of contributing and making a difference in our community. In the midst of our own personal stresses it's important we all reach out and give people the attention and support they need. It's something we should be implementing into our daily lives to spread a little joy, positivity and love through building up those around us, and letting them know they are special, unique, have worth and are cared about. None of us know what others are going through and a lot of times those who seem the strongest struggle the most and are subtly pleading for someone to care or notice. Let's be the difference in showing that person they have an incredible, purposeful, life worth living. By taking a moment of our long day to say a kind word, do something nice, smile, or whatever it may be that you do to spread happiness, you could be the beginning of a chain reaction that keeps a very significant and loved person alive. What do you think individuals, groups, communities, organizations and others can do to reach out and prevent suicide and spread kindness? Why do you feel suicide is such a prevalent action for people? How have simple acts of kindness you've received through peers, parents, friends, leaders or even strangers made a difference in your life?
Though physical sports are fun, exhilarating, and teaches great lessons to younger generations, they're dangerous. Dangerous in a way that people look at the sport (football, rugby, lacrosse, etc.) and say that it's like handing your kids a packet of cigarettes and telling them it's okay to smoke it. Parents push their children at a young age to jump into a sport that they enjoyed playing when they were young, but don't understand how badly it's going to hurt them. They start them in middle school and encourage them to continue playing in high school and college not realizing the long term affect these physical sports are going to have on their children: breaking a leg or arm, getting hit in the back or neck and being irritated from the pain that has been going on for months, and most importantly, their precious brains. We have always admired aggresive sports, but people are starting to realize how much harm it is costing their children to play just in high school let alone proffesionally. My question to you is, do you think such physical sports like boxing, rugby, lacrosse, and football will slowly or completely die out and not be a sport anymore? What other sports do you think will grow? Basketball, baseball, tennis, volleyball, etc. Do you think new sports will arise? Or do you think everything will be the same and no sport will change or end?
With the recent growth of school shooting we have had across the United States students have gathered together to march against gun rights and to put more restrictions on them or even ban them completely. On March 8 there was a nation wide walkout which was dedicated to this cause and a lot of students participated in this, but even then it doesn't seem like there has been much of a change happening, so my question is are we at a time where the voice of the people no longer holds meaning? are these marches pointless and a waste of everyones time?
Recently with the NCAA March Madness tournament happening, there has been a debate whether it is right to pay college basketball players. As of right now, college players can possibly get their whole college paid depending on their skill level, but do they deserve to receive money beyond that? Colleges have been violating rules by offering extra money to athletes to convince them to attend their program. Would it be such a bad thing to pay athletes more? The reason this has been a debate is because the college and NCAA are making bookoo bucks off of selling players jerseys with just their numbers on them, not their names. In the NBA leagues, athletes get a part of the profit if a jersey with their name and number is on it, it is considered their trademark. So should we be paying college athletes?
Two words... conspiracy theories. We have so many things in our world that cannot be explained, so we come up with theories that we think are accurate representations of what may have happened thousands of years ago. Is it wrong of us to come up with far out ideas? Or is it a way for people to show their unexplored theoretical side? A lot of conspiracy theories have some type of evidence to back them up. For example, some people believe aliens built the pyramids because of their presence all over the world. There is no possible way for the Inca in Machu Picchu to congregate about architectural plans with the Egyptians. How could each group share such a similar design? A strange thing that also points to aliens architectural presence is the fact that most of the pyramids have ventilation systems that point to the constellation Orion's Belt. At the tie no have discovered any locations of the stars in the heavens, so how did they all know that their pyramids were built pointing towards Orion's Belt. Another example would be Easter Island, and the moai (heads) that have been place there. How could humans move such monstrous blocks of rock? Who even were the humans that sculpted them? Unfortunately we will never know the exact answer, but because of conspiracies we have the capability to back up things we don't know with forms of evidence.