Ponderings on a Wednesday

After I watched this, I felt compelled to post it here. It’s worth a watch. Only 3 minutes long.

I think it’d be very interesting to do that. If I got the chance, I probably would.

Follow up: Here is an excellent link that breaks this video down more. And it is an eye-opener so please read it, especially if you were *moved* by the above video. Why beauty?


I am presenting my senior research at my college’s symposium today. Not looking forward to doing it but definitely looking forward to getting it over with! I really didn’t know how big of a motivator graduation would be/could be, but it has really motivated me. Can. Not. Wait.

So for my Theories of Personality class our last paper is due next Thursday and in it we are supposed to take a minimum of three theorists we learned about, pick out the parts we agree with (the parts that match our personal theory of personality). I think I have mine pretty well outlined, but I am grappling with one question:

Are humans innately good or innately bad?

My gut reaction tells me innately good. I don’t know if that’s because I want to be more optimistic about the race I belong to, or what. Because if humans are innately good, then how do I explain the people who blow up bombs in the midst of 20,000+ people, and the people who shoot up schools, and the people who abuse, neglect, and rape kids and others? How do I explain the expanding prison populations? The abuse and cruelty to animals that I see on Animal Planet?

Those stories are what is stopping me from saying humans are innately good. And if it’s the environment that causes people to ‘go bad’, then how do we explain the kids who are abused and neglected and bullied from a very young age and yet still grow up to be healthy, productive members of society instead of serial killers, child rapists, abusers of their own kids, etc.? And you might say I’m focusing too much on the ‘bad people.’ But how is that different from focusing completely on the ‘good people’, the good samaritans, the everyday heroes?

I don’t know how to resolve this conflict. So what do you guys think? I’m open to any argument, no matter what angle you’re coming from. So please share, even if it’s just a sentence or two.



Battery Level: 92% full

Week 10: hands

A few more from the March Photo-A-Day Challenge…

3/6 5pm
Feeding time for the dogs (:

3/7 something you wore today
my favorite shirt (:

3/8 window
The window of the guest/baby room (boo blurriness)

3/9 red
Not sure why we still have poinsettias in our house, even if they are fake

3/10 loud
I haven’t really said anything about it on my blog, but I really dislike the television. It’s intrusive and unnecessary.

3/11 someone you talked to today
I nearly took a picture of myself. I talk to myself everyday. It’s very therapeutic. ;) But Mandy’s the best listener ever – she never interrupts!

 I enjoyed my spring break immensely, and it went by much too fast. What I have to look forward to this week includes 3 birthdays, 2 exams, a paper, and the abstract of a paper, on top of the usual homework and stress. This week was a serious refresher for me. Although it didn’t raise my motivation level one bit, it gave me some time to recharge and relax for a bit, enjoy some free-reading books and ignore the realities of the college life for just a while. I hope to keep up the breakfast eating I’ve been doing as well as the small work-outs every morning. The hard part will be getting up in time to work-out, get dressed, do my hair, eat breakfast, and get to class. Hopefully this week gave me enough of a push to make it to the end of the year.

Does anybody else find it ironic that I did two rather ‘legit’ posts two days in a row, and the two most tiring days of the week for me on top of that? Not having to worry about homework might have had a part in that. (:

I can hear the rain and the clock ticking away. Nobody, unfortunately, has invented homework that does itself. So I guess I will go now and deal with the pain.


No exciting post today

I have a midterm exam tomorrow that I should be preparing for and so I feel guilty blogging right now. Really hate that feeling. Perhaps when I’m not overtaken by homework I’ll finally get around to putting some thought into the fun blog ideas I have planned. For now… homework awaits.

I’ll leave you with this. Love the photo, love the quote, and they go together perfectly. :)

Edited to add: Too much cuteness!