how on earth did we get this far?

I realize I haven’t posted in a while, and that’s due to school, my job, and extracurriculars. To update: I now work at the bowling alley; I am co-starting a volunteer service project; and I am currently being swamped with application essays.

As for my writing progress, I can definitely say it’s starting to show in my essays, thanks to my super cool, hippie english teacher. This post is actually another school discussion post I wrote in class that I think is worth the read.

Nowadays, it may be easy to assume that we, as a society, have spliced out the critical thinking processes that flow between question and answer through our ease of access to information; we no longer need to discover fire, the wheel, or evolution, as these things have grown into our society’s common knowledge. But this assumption could not be further from the truth. We continue to innovate and explore in every realm of “-ology” that exists. However, humanity did not endure thousands of years of existence through solely reasoning its way through history. We are not robots, and though we strive for perfection, our flaws are rooted in behavior influenced by emotions and the unexplainable. Many wars have been fought with subjective and selfish motivations. Humans have a track record of being ruthless killers, emotional wrecks, addicts, and impassioned believers. We are far more complex than just reason; we have built definitions of ethics and have political debates over systems we constructed from the ground up. Though we as a species are robust thinkers, we cannot ignore our profound reputation of biased beliefs and the larger implications they have on our society. Our deepest intuitions could never explain why many of us hold religious beliefs, or why we feel secondhand embarrassment, or why we cry when dogs die in movies. How is it possible that we can be both boastful and self-deprecating? Why are we so sensitive to attacks on our deep-held ideas? In an attempt to study the world empirically, we try to keep our worldview perspectives isolated from each other. In doing so, we sacrifice the bigger picture; these lenses are not inherently separate. In fact, I actually believe our intellect, passion, goofiness, and even our psychotic tendencies complement each other pretty well through variation and makes for an even more adaptive society.

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ode to music

Exam season is dragging by, and there are only so many remedies to the stress it brings. Recently, my taste in music has been revitalized and revamped, thanks to a few good friends of mine.

It still amazes me how drastically my tastes have evolved throughout my life; from Hannah Montana to One Direction to my emo middle school @$$ and now this electronic/indie/pop/R&B/Jazz conglomeration, I’ve always felt so connected to what I’ve listened to.

Music can help put you into a mood or help pull you out of one. Whether it be an upbeat song to get you ready for the day or a sad song to make the atmosphere sympathize with your emotions, music has the power to play on our heart strings in a way that speaking cannot. Language in itself holds amazing power; as Mark Pagel once said in a Ted Talk on language, it miraculously “allows you to implant a thought from your mind directly into someone else’s mind… without having to perform surgery.” Music takes that one, grand, leaping step forward by adding even more emotion and tone to the message. Continue reading “ode to music”