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.



Sunday No-funday

The joys of writing a paper. A paper about the justness (or lack thereof) of the Korean War, no less.

History used to bore me. But in my history class last year when we learned about the two world wars, I was pretty intrigued by it. And I’m finding myself drawn into the intricacies of this one as well. As much as I hate the deadlines and my procrastination skills…

The book on the bottom actually mentioned 24 in it. That made my reading of it a lot more interesting.

I actually had to tear myself away from writing the dang thing to do this post. I have quite a bit to do, but this paper is the biggest thing on my shoulders. Not difficult really, but mentally demanding and time consuming.

In my opinion, this is a post, no matter what some people say. It’s got some pictures in it… what more do you need?
Just throwin’ that out there. ;)

I rediscovered this song the other day. Don’t know why I like it so much but I don’t think it’ll ever get old.