An attempt to make sense of a senseless society

Your typical 19-year old male from your typical suburbanite family, predictably enrolled in higher education. Chance at experiencing intergenerational mobility? 50/50, but my vision is 20/20
STUDYING ABROAD in ROMA, ITALIA
here we have the Tiber River looking onto Vatican City

STUDYING ABROAD in ROMA, ITALIA

here we have the Tiber River looking onto Vatican City

(Source: cre-amore)

No matter the media source you receive your information from it’d be hard to evade the extremely hyped stock market crisis happening early this week. Here we are as Americas, ATTEMPTING to develop a debt ceiling, manage a deficit crisis, yet we’re doing this NON-COLLECTIVELY. Bipartisanship proves to be non-present which in effect may or may not have caused the 6th steepest decline in history of the DOW JONES down 634 points on August 8th, 2011. 
In order to solve such an issue we must come to realize the underlying factor behind such an investing failure. As you change channels or surf the worldwide web, you’ll hear different opinions/reasonings for causing such an event. Some say a crisis in Europe, some a dangerous recession at home. Dissenting opinions include the reasoning behind this was Standard & Poor’s longterm rating downgrade for the U.S. from a  AAA country to a AA+ country. Standard & Poor’s justification for their actions can be viewed online, where they state “The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation planthat Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.More broadly, the downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges to a degree more than we envisioned when we assigned a negative outlook to the rating on April 18, 2011.” Similarly, they state the U.S. longterm rating can be downgraded once again to a ‘AA’ if they see that less reduction in spending than agreed to, higher interest rates, or new fiscal pressures. 
Now the final discussion concerns what this means to us? The working class of America, the students of America, and most importantly the future leaders of this country. Opinions may very through one’s own perspective/experience, yet as a collective group I feel as though we must stay focused on the fact that we will INHERIT this issue and it will become our own. We must take responsibility for this unfortunate event, and develop a solution. However, how can we devise something to better our future, if we’re not politically involved.  Just because the system has fallen, doesn’t necessarily mean it has failed. We are still the United States of America, and in order to prosper as people and a society it is a necessity that we continue to strive for perfection in all our fields. We are apart of a globalized marketplace and competition has never been tougher. We can learn from others, and then advance a few steps further. Have faith in your country and a higher power; through these we can become something so much more. Thank you. 

No matter the media source you receive your information from it’d be hard to evade the extremely hyped stock market crisis happening early this week. Here we are as Americas, ATTEMPTING to develop a debt ceiling, manage a deficit crisis, yet we’re doing this NON-COLLECTIVELY. Bipartisanship proves to be non-present which in effect may or may not have caused the 6th steepest decline in history of the DOW JONES down 634 points on August 8th, 2011. 

In order to solve such an issue we must come to realize the underlying factor behind such an investing failure. As you change channels or surf the worldwide web, you’ll hear different opinions/reasonings for causing such an event. Some say a crisis in Europe, some a dangerous recession at home. Dissenting opinions include the reasoning behind this was Standard & Poor’s longterm rating downgrade for the U.S. from a  AAA country to a AA+ country. Standard & Poor’s justification for their actions can be viewed online, where they state “The downgrade reflects our opinion that the fiscal consolidation planthat Congress and the Administration recently agreed to falls short of what, in our view, would be necessary to stabilize the government’s medium-term debt dynamics.More broadly, the downgrade reflects our view that the effectiveness, stability, and predictability of American policymaking and political institutions have weakened at a time of ongoing fiscal and economic challenges to a degree more than we envisioned when we assigned a negative outlook to the rating on April 18, 2011.” Similarly, they state the U.S. longterm rating can be downgraded once again to a ‘AA’ if they see that less reduction in spending than agreed to, higher interest rates, or new fiscal pressures. 

Now the final discussion concerns what this means to us? The working class of America, the students of America, and most importantly the future leaders of this country. Opinions may very through one’s own perspective/experience, yet as a collective group I feel as though we must stay focused on the fact that we will INHERIT this issue and it will become our own. We must take responsibility for this unfortunate event, and develop a solution. However, how can we devise something to better our future, if we’re not politically involved.  Just because the system has fallen, doesn’t necessarily mean it has failed. We are still the United States of America, and in order to prosper as people and a society it is a necessity that we continue to strive for perfection in all our fields. We are apart of a globalized marketplace and competition has never been tougher. We can learn from others, and then advance a few steps further. Have faith in your country and a higher power; through these we can become something so much more. Thank you. 

(Source: idoby)

 
Consider the fact that low voter turnout is already an issue in our country. When we tell people their individual vote doesn’t count, consider that more than one individual in this country agrees with you. I’d argue that a lot of U.S. citizens disagree with me and believe their vote doesn’t count. When we embrace this ideology, we create a culture of apathy. Why can’t activism, grassroots campaigns, door-to-door conversations and your vote make a difference?

My ultimate fear is that this sort of apathy will create a nation of don’t doers. I’m afraid that, instead of advocating for better candidates and a more just system, my generation will take the easy route: we will advocate for disregard. We will tell our friends, our loved ones and our children that we should ignore a system we are not satisfied with. If there is any time citizens should push themselves farther, push themselves to do more to change what they have, push themselves further than ever done before, it should be in the face of a poor system. On a variety of levels, see: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen… and Wisconsin. History shows again and again that people are willing to sacrifice a lot to ensure they have a vote and that their vote is fair. That is activism in the name of a vote. Both are critical to the end result of changing a system and it’s why I take voting so seriously. I feel privileged to have the right to vote and I can thank the men and women before me who fought to change the system so I can have my vote.

 

Consider the fact that low voter turnout is already an issue in our country. When we tell people their individual vote doesn’t count, consider that more than one individual in this country agrees with you. I’d argue that a lot of U.S. citizens disagree with me and believe their vote doesn’t count. When we embrace this ideology, we create a culture of apathy. Why can’t activism, grassroots campaigns, door-to-door conversations and your vote make a difference?

My ultimate fear is that this sort of apathy will create a nation of don’t doers. I’m afraid that, instead of advocating for better candidates and a more just system, my generation will take the easy route: we will advocate for disregard. We will tell our friends, our loved ones and our children that we should ignore a system we are not satisfied with. If there is any time citizens should push themselves farther, push themselves to do more to change what they have, push themselves further than ever done before, it should be in the face of a poor system. On a variety of levels, see: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, South Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen… and Wisconsin. History shows again and again that people are willing to sacrifice a lot to ensure they have a vote and that their vote is fair. That is activism in the name of a vote. Both are critical to the end result of changing a system and it’s why I take voting so seriously. I feel privileged to have the right to vote and I can thank the men and women before me who fought to change the system so I can have my vote.

(Source: sophielillyan)

That 3-Letter Word: J-O-B-S

laliberty:

The White House and much of the chattering class cooed on Friday when unemployment dropped to 9.1 percent and 117,000 jobs were reportedly created in July. But these numbers, upon closer inspection, show no progress on the jobs front.

Buried in the job stats was a number — 193,000 — that dwarfed all the rest. That is the number of workers who left the job market. If 193,000 left and only 117,000 jobs were added, we lost 76,000 jobs. Moreover, this is not an aberration.

*The title references this.

(Source: laliberty)

As another school year approaches, reality hits once again for the future leaders of our country. Subsequently, the current asinine system set in place emerges after just a few moments of thought. Society deems that staying ‘on track’ after high school includes attending a respectful/prestigious higher education institution and earning a bachelors degree, (which is now equivalent to a high school degree during our parents time) yet it seems evident that the education system ALSO includes a non-wavering business sector.
This business sector of education includes your family having the necessary assets in order for you attend such an institution, and if financially you cannot foot the bill, you’re obliged to take out student loans. Taking 30 credit hours (full one-year load) at Michigan State University at 406.75/credit comes out to over 12,000, not including room and board. Therefore, 18-year olds are signing their future away to private loaners, while their loans grow interest during their time in school. Studies show that students spend more time thinking about their school debts than the subjects their studying. Following the loan process is attending the university itself, where you find yourself facing another issue, equally if not more large as the first; professors. Grade books have no heart beat, and either do professors syllabus. Classes are designed for you to NOT succeed. Here is the 18-year old, now 15,000 in debt, and struggling to pass the classes he took out the loan for in the first place. Due to the preceding factors, stress begins to settle in at a rapid rate. Stress/anxiety is the most prevalent disease amongst college students.
According to MSN, the average college debt following graduation is between 20k and 30k. Granted the student dealt with professors, social pressure, stress/anxiety and finally graduated. Now the road block between success and your moms basement is crawling out of your college debt, easy enough? Not so much. Once the diploma is sent home and framed in the foyer, the graduated is now staring at a 9% unemployment rate, and in-deferrable monthly college debt payments. 
The system in place is NOT set up for us to succeed. The odds are against every student in/and or heading to college. With this thought floating around, there’s not much we can be positive about, especially pertaining to our future. Of the things: remain ambitious, persevere, make obtainable goals, live to capture happiness, and always have faith. Thank you. 

As another school year approaches, reality hits once again for the future leaders of our country. Subsequently, the current asinine system set in place emerges after just a few moments of thought. Society deems that staying ‘on track’ after high school includes attending a respectful/prestigious higher education institution and earning a bachelors degree, (which is now equivalent to a high school degree during our parents time) yet it seems evident that the education system ALSO includes a non-wavering business sector.

This business sector of education includes your family having the necessary assets in order for you attend such an institution, and if financially you cannot foot the bill, you’re obliged to take out student loans. Taking 30 credit hours (full one-year load) at Michigan State University at 406.75/credit comes out to over 12,000, not including room and board. Therefore, 18-year olds are signing their future away to private loaners, while their loans grow interest during their time in school. Studies show that students spend more time thinking about their school debts than the subjects their studying. Following the loan process is attending the university itself, where you find yourself facing another issue, equally if not more large as the first; professors. Grade books have no heart beat, and either do professors syllabus. Classes are designed for you to NOT succeed. Here is the 18-year old, now 15,000 in debt, and struggling to pass the classes he took out the loan for in the first place. Due to the preceding factors, stress begins to settle in at a rapid rate. Stress/anxiety is the most prevalent disease amongst college students.

According to MSN, the average college debt following graduation is between 20k and 30k. Granted the student dealt with professors, social pressure, stress/anxiety and finally graduated. Now the road block between success and your moms basement is crawling out of your college debt, easy enough? Not so much. Once the diploma is sent home and framed in the foyer, the graduated is now staring at a 9% unemployment rate, and in-deferrable monthly college debt payments. 

The system in place is NOT set up for us to succeed. The odds are against every student in/and or heading to college. With this thought floating around, there’s not much we can be positive about, especially pertaining to our future. Of the things: remain ambitious, persevere, make obtainable goals, live to capture happiness, and always have faith. Thank you. 

(via colourmeinvincible)

Strategy

inspiredmotivator:

The 5 P’s

Purpose - have a goal
Persistence - have drive
Passion - have heart
People - have a team
Perseverance - have strength