A Blurb on Bad Presidents and the Motherland

Most people come to the consensus that President Trump falls towards the bottom of the list of best presidents in US History. His temporary ban on Muslim refugees into the country, plan for the Great Wall of Mexico, and recent drama with Russian government are just a few of the reasons a lot of people hate that the country is in the palms of his hands for the next couple of years.

The reality is though, the US has had many other horrible presidents in its past (contingent on discrimination against minorities).

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Is Violence the Answer?

To all of The Walking Dead fans out there, I’m sorry for the triggering picture. I know, it still hurts me too.

Among the many philosophies I have learned about in the course of my Humanities Core class, learning about satyagraha through Gandhi has been most interesting.

According to Gandhi in Hind Swaraj, “satyagraha” can be translated to Indian-modified civil disobedience. Civil disobedience and more generally pacifism are most notably the ultimate forms of resistance believed by Gandhi. He says that the force of your soul compared to brute force is far more powerful and effective and that “fear’s effect lasts long after what causes the fear to go away” (Gandhi 77). This is to say that by acts of civil disobedience and “satyagraha,” the people of India could rebel against British colonizers and eventually lead to the taking back of their empire. Though I for one definitely prefer nonviolence to violence, I have to relate it to the reality of my world today and think about the ethics of this kind of technique.

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Misunderstood: The Mantra of the Incas

When coming upon the unfamiliar, sometimes a person’s first instincts are to distinguish themselves from them.

Them.

In particular, the “them” are the native Incan Empire and other “Indians” and “Andeans” that the Spanish of the 15th century came upon when invading colonizing the western parts of South America.

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The Way Culture is Oriented

From Halloween time to run-of-the-mill offensively-themed college Greek parties, cultural appropriation is a growingly popular topic and issue. However, like the many ways of exploiting minorities and marginalized people for the benefit of the privileged, it has existed in the history of the world for quite some time. Though it may seem that the concept cannot be taken seriously thanks to liberal extremists, the true reasoning for calling others out on their appropriation has nothing to do with policing anyone’s freedom of speech.

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Is My Empire Falling Apart?

In lieu of this year’s US election results, I feel the need to address something that some of my classmates have already chosen to talk about in their blogs. Before the possibility of Donald Trump’s presidency became a reality, my classmates foresaw the dangers of what could come of it. They recognize Donald Trump as a negative icon and the scare tactics and hateful stereotypes he has used to his advantage during his campaign. Now that he is “president-elect” and therefore not technically in office, many still do not know how to properly feel.

Many people know that they alone cannot impeach Trump because only Congress has that power. If they protest, they feel that it will not make a big enough impact because he has been elected already. If they complain, they feel no one in power will hear them.

Despite these common doubts, others still choose to use their voices and keep fighting (myself included). However, in all seriousness, what does Donald Trump’s presidency mean for the United States? Now that he is in such a powerful position where he can make decisions for the entire country, it is hard to predict what will come next for us.

Is this really the beginning of the end?

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Glory and Grace–at What Cost?

Recently in my Humanities Core seminar class, we reexamined the Roman empire and how it has been presented to us through our lectures.

In short, it was analyzed that a sense of glorification was given off based on the information provided. We had ended our learnings with the empire’s glorious “Pax Romana” period, a time of security and prosperity. However, this period of peace and flourishment of the arts was achieved with a cost.

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