The right to vote is a fairly new concept in terms of the history of the world. Yet we still don't appreciate or fully understand the real result of voting and what affect it can actually have. Evidence of this is the joke of a presidential election in America. In November of 2016, sleepy and fatigued from the day, I attempted to stay up late in order to learn the outcome of the American presidential election as soon as possible. I made it to 5am and I just could not take it anymore.
This was always going to be a vote between two people who aren't the best candidates to be the most powerful figure in the world. Then, Hillary was a much more ideal candidate. After all, the facts are that she was not going to trial that December to answer to allegations of sexual assault from multiple women, to defend herself against a failed and corrupt university she started... but D*nald tr*mp was.
It's not just sensitive notions either. It's not just Tr*mps words that are scary. Already we were hearing about his stupid, idiotic policies. How M*ke P*nce was going to take away funding set aside for people with HIV/AIDS and use it to fund 'conversion therapy'. This is a horrible thing to say and an ultimately financially STUPID way of spending tax payers money. So if you did vote for this man and the devil that is his vice president, I cannot even justify berating you because I'm actually upset you exist. I completely disagree with any reason you may have for voting Tr*mp. Put simply, you voted for 4 years of uncertainty and mass neglect of ALL minorities, women, children, the disabled and anyone who is not in the top 1% of the 1%.
These are things that we can see were certainly big things on this governments wicked, childish list of things they needed to do. They have attempted to demonise minority, defenceless groups of people that tend to have little power to speak up and do something deemed worthy. It really is the age old problem that has plagued us as human beings, the problem of crappy humans getting a bit of power and using it in a specifically evil way. To victimise themselves in order to get stupid laws and amendments passed through their courts. D*nald tr*mp was a puppet, but he was a man who knew exactly what the muslim ban, the horrid comments and the bile he spewed up was doing. Especially when he was talking to his supporters. Luckily, most of the judges that have overseen such cases have done all that was in their powers to stop anything D*nald Tr*mp and his not so merry men have tried to pass into the law of what they think is their white supremacy utopia.
America voted with fear. We all know this well, but that’s exactly the problem that is stopping the word as a whole from developing and it’s really something we need to address as one race. It seems that nowadays especially, people think it has to be the way of the world to argue and insult, but it achieves nothing. Why are we so concerned with labelling each other with things that are not true.
Fear can make anyone do incredibly DENSE things. Unfortunately for the world, the outcome of these Americans foolish spur of the moment choice has dire consequences. It's not like, after all, that Tr*mp has shown any remorse or reason for being such an awful person.
I tried to see if media was actually twisting his words or making him seem worse than he is. I personally did not believe that a man with such peculiar and patriarchal old world views could get this far. So surely he's got some decency. Where though? Where can this be found in a man that I'm very much certain did actually sexually assault those women who are saying he did. He can try to silence them, because thats what people who sexual assault do, They try to use their stance in society as a means to get away with it. The scary thing is D*nald Tr*mp has now been able to do the unthinkable and achieved the position in the highest office, has the most influence and power and it will be very hard now to actually get anywhere with restitution.
Never give up America, Fight and be free. It is your right to live in a country where you are accepted and understood. A country where you are listened to and have the power to change things for the better. Always have hope, and you will never be defeated.
I'm left wondering sometimes whether people actually realise this isn't a game. When you use your democratic right to vote, for free speech, for hate the outcomes of this can create an impression of pure hatred that is echoed around the world. It's not making your country great, it's making it slip more and more into a void of lost hope and public embarrassment. Why do people think it is now appropriate to create a society like this. Absolutely NOTHING has changed, and i'm sorry to tell the hateful millions this but its not going to change any time soon. People will always have good interests and bad interests, but those with good interests will always succeed.
I've personally spent a lot of time to pause and reflect on life. How should I go forward best in a world of turmoil and anxieties about our future. We all need to do this sometimes. Reflect on how life is going. It seems though that supporters of regimes like D*nald Tr*mps want us to be thoughtless, to be led by a man who can’t even lead himself into a healthy lifestyle. They always say we should look up to our elders, but the example of Tr*mp is the exact kind of elder our children and youngsters should never look up to. The sad thing is that there will actually be people who say that D*nald Tr*mp is completely saint like. That he is a perfect person for their children to look up to. How? How is this man in any way suitable to lead the next generation. He first of all set your whole large country back about 70 or so years. That can’t seem good to anyone, surely?
I’m not saying i’m perfect, what I believe is universally perfect, or that I know everything about anything in the world. After all, i’m in my early twenties and apparently much of the world isn’t accessible until you are 99 years old. Or so they want us to believe. We can't be perfect, but this is what's great about being a modern human being, it's that we make mistakes. I can admit that i've made many mistakes, because the fact is we all do. What isn’t forgivable about human beings is those who get up each day to achieve tasks aiming to ultimately make life a tiny bit harder with each law or something they pass.
It baffles me that someone would actually go to so much bother to make their hatred seem valid. Perhaps just calm down a bit, take a break from your acidic nature. I know it’s hard, but if your walk outside and experience the modern world you will see that your way of thinking is a bi embarrassing, it’s abnormal to judge people because of their race or accent or any other part of them that they cannot change. I’m always confused with the beliefs of some who say that a woman who aborts a child is a demon but a man who shoots an 11 year old in the head point black because his mother is a lesbian is an angelic patriot who believes in the lord Jesus christ almighty sexy god of our lovely Earth, planet white man.
I've been working on self development a lot lately, I think this is the best thing to do. Self development not only helps ourselves but it helps others as well. It allows us to grow, because that’s natural for us as human beings. It’s something we have always done, whether that be through our evolution or our way of thinking, we grow. We don’t make laws or get voted into positions of power to sit on Twitter on the toilet at 3am, scratching our heads over whether we should complain about Hillary or block a gay journalist when your the president of the United States.
I want you to think about your life for a little bit. Find comfort in your own securities and confidence. NEVER let anyone tell you to be something that you are not, we need to be a world that embraces our differences with our obvious similarities. What happened to unity and being ourselves, where did the happiness go from our world. Please, for my future and your own, work your hardest to bring this back. I want to live a full life, the way this planet is going, there doesn't seem to be the greatest outlook for this happening.
Nobody wants to be in the generation that caused the apocalyptic fall of our humanity, but it seems for many people, humanity is a thing for 'the liberals', for the 'softies' and 'lefties'. oh, you fools, your terrible opinions and outdated justifications are abhorrent.
Every time I have even an inkling that he might learn to shut his mouth, he does something else to make me feel like throwing up every item of food that i've ever eaten. It's simply, he is too narcissistic to realise that people literally have no time or care for his message of 'Making America Great again'. What D*nald Tr*mp always neglects to say at the end of that cute little slogan is 'AT ALL COSTS'. Newsflash... He doesn't care about you or your family. He has no interest in serving the population, this is all to advance his own career and businesses. Of course, he has handed over all management of his companies over to his sons. I mean, WE SAW THE PAPERS PILED UP RIGHT? SO now it's all ok isn't it? We can all sleep tight in our cosy snowflake beds knowing that D*nald tr*mp has no conflicts of interest? That's why he convinced people to vote in their millions, they were tricked and swindled.
VOTING DOESN'T MAKE YOU A FOOL. I would even say that originally voting for him doesn’t make you a fool. I’m sympathetic of your want to make a protest vote or your deep indented misogyny. what he has said in recent months, and supporting his hate certainly does make you a fool. Remember there is always time for you to change, if you can get over your narcissism and prejudice.
D*nald tr*mp is becoming such a problem that even writing his name seems to bring a certain amount of angst and discomfort. Which is the exact reason I refuse to actually write his complete name. I wish I didn’t have to talk about this man. Sometimes this is exactly what I wish people could do, not talk about this man. He is doing destructive things in a shockingly short amount of time. I simply cannot get my head around the fact he is the president of the United States
This isn’t because I can’t embrace that he had won though. In fact, when he first won I spent a few days questioning whether all the things he said were just a mode to get into power. I thought he wasn’t actually that kind of person or even that evil. This would definitely, for the most part, turn out to be severely and stingingly untrue. He genuinely is a bit of a nut case. Even his supporters can’t deny this. All you need to do is look at his Twitter and realise how much of a selfish narcissistic he is. When he says he has the interest of the American people as a priority, he lies. The only person D*nald Tr*mp really cares about is himself.
He has proven this with showing explicitly where his interest lie in his travel ban. If he genuinely wanted to protect his countries border he would go through an in depth analysis of where the real dangers lie. I could tell him him myself that the majority of deaths in his precious America could be cut down by simply banning guns. But then his business and social interests would be affected wouldn’t they? All the dangerous, evil and manipulative people whispering in his ears are getting to him.
He’s starting to get stressed, focusing only on mediocre attacks and basic, petty things like protests (which are free speech, something he has relied on to get into his position of pseudo power) to distract people from the real issues and things he is signing in his stupid executive orders.
I find it absolutely hilarious that he was so confident that everything he said would be seen as the gospel of Tr*mp. I genuinely think he went into the whole president thing thinking that he would rule over America like some kind of king. In many ways this worries me. Not because it will affect me, because it won’t, i’m not American.
The white house has now been filled with the biggest plagues to society as a means to ruin the America laid out in the constitution. They are a bunch of spoilt brats who know nothing about improving the country and would rather sit and finance themselves into gluttony and early deaths having spent the countries taxes on unnecessary things like a big stupid wall across the Mexican border than actually do anything to help American people.
If you still think the people in positions of power in this government are here to help you and improve your country or planet, you live in a dark hole. I don’t even think they would care if D*nald Tr*mp died, I mean… I don’t even think he does anything powerful in this twisted form of government. He is the figure head of a system of hatred. He is a bigger danger to democracy to any president that has ever been in power, this is a fact.
BY THOMAS ADREW @THOMASAWRITER
I look at the world and i’m starting to see a wall being built one brick at a time. Each brick is made of negativity, and for now it’s impenetrable. The cement used is a mix of tears from victims of terrorism and hatred because they bind the bricks together and make it stay up. Every day more bricks are added. Sometimes I look and there are days were a brick has cracked or fallen from the wall because there were no tears to keep it on the wall for long, because the victims were brave. Every day I keep watch at this wall, and each time a brick is added it makes me feel sicker. I sigh and have to look away because all it does is make me mad and want to shut my self away from it all. I think that’s the point of the wall, it’s supposed to make people who just want to make the world a better and safer place want to give up. It’s supposed to be an explicit visual reminder of how horrible the world can be.
When we drive bulldozers into it nothing happens, it cracks a little maybe but those cracks are filled in quickly and we are shunned away. It spans the length of the globe and is higher than anything that can be measured nowadays due to many different, well documented factors. So most people look at it like I did and they sigh. They shed a tear and they move on, like all good humans are supposed to.
I realise now though that if a few bulldozers won’t have much effect, maybe a few hundred thousand hammers might. Maybe if we start to work together more instead of being more and more divisive all the time, we can start to break down the brick wall. It doesn’t matter how long it takes or how often we have to take our sledge hammers and smash the wall one hit at a time. Eventually those hundred of thousand people will make dents that can’t be filled in.
We will break bricks before they can be mended or replaced. Then more people will see that taking sledgehammers to the wall is starting to take effect finally. They always assumed that this was just the way now, we have the giant wall dividing us and reminding us of our human vices, but we can finally rid ourselves of it. Then one day, when we have worked and worked and been working on the wall in groups of friends, we will see the wall start to crumble and fall.
Then if they try to build it again brick by brick, the bricks won’t be able to hold together because the victims won’t see themselves as victims of bigotry and hatred anymore. They will be part of the team that succeeded in bringing down the wall. There won’t be any tears to support the bricks to build another wall. So finally we will be triumphant.
How many times do we have to remind people that it’s 2017? That times change and views evolve? That humans have always, always evolved with how they think and view different things? This is literally what we are supposed to do. We don’t tend to live in the past, that’s a very unusual way of living. I don’t see how the idea of religion, something supposedly built on love and functioning to better the world, has evolved into the confusion it is today.
In this essay i’m focusing mainly on Christianity. I know a little about other religions but not as much as I’d like to. Even though I am not religious myself, I have a special interest in studying the history of religion and how they have evolved. Religion, much like money and business, are a concept invented by us. I find it so interesting that a concept invented by different sub groups of humans have become strict ways of living now. I’m not judging religious people by the way. This is just an opinion piece that tries to see why religion and bias should never be the same thing, like they commonly are today.
It’s coming to a point now where using religion as a way to skip over your clearly archaic and disgusting views is just a way to open people up to ridicule. It’s actually really embarrassing when I see people confidently on television or on the internet making themselves look like complete fools by saying that something is wrong or can’t be done because it’s in their belief.
Belief is something we all have. We don’t need to be religious in the most simple of terms. We all believe in the concepts of money and business. Some a lot more than other it seems. *cough* president of USA *cough*. Despite this, we all seem to live in a world divided by something that is supposed to bring people together. Religion is a lot like money in that a lot of people believe in it as a thing invented by other humans to progress the human race. So why then are we starting to get justifications from conservative, religious nuts who try to sound sane, but mainly fail. They say that it’s in their belief, or it’s in their religious texts, but they neglect the fact that a lot more people than do actually do not share this belief. This is what’s wrong in the modern world, a conflict between people who use religion or the church to live in a past where they could freely spread their bias view.
One thing I will never understand is why these people go to so much effort to spread such an unnecessary archaic attitude. Do they not realise that their time had come and gone years ago. Even the most religious people are beginning to accommodate and understand that there is a whole world beyond their own specific beliefs, and they would do a lot better and live a lot happier if only they opened their mind a little.
Well you know, it’s in my belief that you shouldn’t leave your house or bother speaking to people with a bit of education. Sorry, but that’s my personal belief, and you need to respect that. You see, personal beliefs should never be something that affects another person. Many would argue that the belief in fairness is still a personal belief but it’s really a very different thing. We can have good personal beliefs, and they can be used to affect the world for the better. Then, there are bad personal beliefs which the homophobes and xenophobes and people haters who use them to try and make themselves sound sane. Which we all know they are not.
I myself am not religious. I believe in nothing and increasingly this is the case with a lot of people. It’s fairly normal for someone to not be religious nowadays because we have more understanding of how the world works and why we might actually be here.
In my opinion and what i’ve learnt in the short time i’ve been on this planet is that life is all about experience and leaving a legacy for the next generation. It’s not about being as horrible and judgmental and destructive as you can in the time you inhabit this strange world. That being said though, make no mistake that I completely understand religious people.
They want to know that there is more and be comforted in something beyond what is fully understood, beyond science and understanding. Religion, to me, is about being a better version of you. It’s being open to learning new profound things and thinking about people beyond yourself. So to me it’s very conflicting when you see religious nuts going around spouting hatred in the name of religion. That’s literally the opposite of what modern religion is about.
NO, you can’t use scripture written thousands of years ago to support your claims to be bias about people, because once again, we live in the modern world where we don’t DIE IF WE HAVE A COLD. Is this a time that people really want to go back to all because of their beliefs. It was quite a miserable time for those who came before us, you know.
We need to start separating ideas of church from personal bias. If you have those beliefs, maybe instead of being proud to hide behind your so called loving religions, you should work on yourself first and foremost.
Work on being a better person who doesn’t have these hurtful ideologies that could potentially upset other people. Again, I'm not a religious person but in no way does that mean I have no morals. I have a lot more morals than a lot of religious people I see nowadays.
What happened to just praising you God in silence. Why does it seem like these religious groups are cultish now? Well, it’s because they kind of are. Modern religion has never been more cult like. because after all, if you gather in a group with extreme ideas that’s exactly what you can be rightfully labelled as, a cult.
BY THOMAS ANDREW @THOMASAWRITER
What’s the first thing you think about when starting a creative endeavour? Is it how great it will look? how much attention it might get? Is it the amount of money it might let you gain? Most of the time, for a lot of people, these things are seen as the most important aspects of a creative project. It's good to be proud, to appreciate how good it looks, or sounds or feels or tastes or works. It’s even greater to be rewarded for doing a creative endeavour, whether that be through the attention it generates or perhaps how much monetary gain it nets. The phrase ‘starving artist’ is thrown around a lot, because we still live in a society that deems the arts and creativity as a secondary thing. As though it will always be a lesser thing in mainstream society. This needs to change, and to do this we need to start being a lot more conscious in our creativity.
Art always has a deeper meaning, if it doesn’t what’s it really worth to society? Art always works to benefit our society in some way, and it doesn’t always have to be an explicit commentary or a life lesson. It can be something to make you think. It can be something that you look at and it makes you happy for the rest of the day when you have been feeling down. It can be a piece of literature that makes you inspired to write something yourself, and in turn you can benefit society in your own little way too.
People need to realise that it’s not always the most prolific artists who are the most successful. If you persist with your creativity than eventually you will surely catch someones eye. This is something you have always got to think to yourself. That your art is worthy and it has a purpose. The best pieces of art were not appreciated while their creative types that made them were alive or in a state of mind to really appreciate the impact their creativity and genius has. That’s what all art is that consciously seeks to have a purpose and change society for the better, it is genius. Genius because it’s something that will benefit human beings in the future. In turn though, if you seek to benefit from your creativity immediately without really putting much work into it, it will never really have a purpose. Seek to help and change something wrong about our society every time you create and it will turn into something of great purpose.
So the message today is to be conscious in your creativity. I’ve always written things that will spread some kind of message, even in the fiction novel i’m writing and editing at the moment, there are life lessons and messages in it that I hope will make people sit and think one day. Hopefully, and my whole goal in my creativity, my creative writing will one day help at least one person in some way. That will be my life complete.
When you look at the world what do you see? We need to start thinking more about the state of our planet. This is the place we live. Earth is a fragile thing that needs to be looked after. Like all living things that co exist with humans, Earth requires attention, care and nourishment. Much like a dog or a newborn human baby, it rely’s on others to do this. I mean, we live on it’s surface, it makes perfect sense that we respect it. You don't ruin the place you live. Would you systematically punch holes in your roof and gradually weaken the structure of your house if someone said you could have an extra portion of chips with your dinner every day?
Nature as it is today has come as a result of many years of evolution, development and environmental change. The Earth used to be a dangerous place full of nasty animals and erratic volcanoes. As an adolescent Earth was stroppy, it didn’t like all the growth it had to go through to mature. Then when it was finally matured enough to start hosting a basic civilisation, those beings (humans) straight away set to work on the land. Agriculture developed, society grew, population spread out across the lands that they discovered. For a while, it would have worked, The Earth was content, going about it’s natural cycle, growing into the life sustaining complex planet we see today.
Then things started to get twisted. Humans forgot about nature, they focused on growth. Growth of wealth, of stature, of human consumption and waist size. Rich people got richer taking from the poor who still relied on the land. They were left behind in a society that now focuses on monetary gain that TRUMPS everything else that exists. As we became more intelligent, the world became more mechanical, more synthetic and fake. Nature now, it is dirt and soil and an annoyance to progress. If they could they would build houses everywhere, construct massive temples that sell fatty foods made from creatures that pollute the land in mass quantities. That's exactly what it is like when people are using money as an excuse to show little care about nature. Denying Global warming is stupid. People who deny that the things that are happening in relation to the weather, natural disaster and natural resources are actually happening only have themselves to blame when they spend their last years on top of a floating car. At least that car is a brand new Mercedes bought outright though... right?!
The future version of what we are will look back hiding themselves from another daily occurrence of natural disaster. They will have to hide their children from things that used to be animals changed because of nuclear fallout, a mass world war. They hide in shacks on stilts built hastily when their cities flood from forgetting about the power of natures forces. Then, when a wide eyed child sees a flower growing out of soil in a scratched old vintage cola can from 2017, they will look to their parents and say ‘Nature was so important’. Why didn’t you listen? Why didn’t you care? How could you be so foolish?
We all feel it, the peculiar change in weather, the sense of doom in the air and the overall warming of our planet. We see images every day of the scarred earth. The ice caps melting and images of gaunt looking polar bears. It’s depressing, hard to look at. It’s something we tend to turn away from. Everyone knows it is happening, but there are many reasons why people may choose to not believe that Global warming is doing exactly what it is actually doing in front of our eyes as the days turn colder and… warmer at the same time.
The point of this article is try to get to the bottom of the reasons why people might avoid the whole idea of global warming, and although they may seem far fetched, these things actually happen every day, and if nothing is done about it, that orange man in the most powerful role in the world might continue down the dark path of avoiding and lying when it comes to the subject of global warming.
Many people don’t want to believe it’s happening. It’s a great way of living if you don’t care about other people, much like pretending that everything happening in Syria isn’t happening. It’s the idea of just not caring. To be too scared of what the planet is coming to. We shouldn’t fear global warming because it is NEVER TOO LATE to change the way we live. It’s watching what you consume, making a conscious effort to recycle, appreciating water and caring for nature. Take a tree, plant 3 more. It’s living in happiness, not darkness, fear and greed.
The biggest reason that people choose to say that global warming is fake, money. It’s the root of evil, as the well known phrase dictates. It’s also the root of many people in power being giant idiots. They might also actually just be idiots with stupid hair and an addiction to fatty foods, but they also neglect nature for receptacles of a man made form of trading. It’s pathetic really when you think that old men now would further the extinction of human beings and the planet they live on along with other innocent creatures, for stupid money. Horrible people, stupid foul ideas. They will be the downfall of society, nothing else.
So there we go. All we can say as sane human beings to these people is ‘GLOBAL WARMING EXISTS, FOOLS’ and hope that they come to their sense before it is too late. What a world when this way of thinking actually exists. That’s one thing i would like to go away, you know, like famine, unnatural natural disasters and a world that is dying because of how we treat it!
When I feel the most down its usually when i haven’t got any travel plans to look forward to. One of the best things you can for yourself if it is at all possible is to plan and book a holiday to a far away place or even somewhere not very far away at all. You don’t need much money to be able to travel, just the availability of time and the willingness and want to explore places you’ve never been. It’s great to see new places and realise how wonderful the world actually is.
Its good to be the person who shares nice pictures online, but actually being there, immersing yourself in the culture and practices of a place for a short while is one of the best things we can do in life. People with wanderlust often cannot feel happy until they are in a foreign place. They don’t want to go to the same places and do the same things. You see, people that are greatly afflicted with wanderlust are more likely to find life fulfilling, they are eager and want to do more with life, so they work and try hard so that they can make that a possibility.
That’s why in my opinion travel is vital part of life. It’s a must, just like breathing, socialising and being kind to fellow human beings. It’s a need that we should all partake in. As a society we are quick to judge those who think it’s their right to try exploring the world more. A holiday is a chance for fulfilment, travel is for renewing and broadening our minds. Some of the most judgemental and close minded people on our little planet are those who have not travelled.
So travel is also a need for a fair and just society that can function with a wide range of people from different beliefs and cultures. It comes as a surprise to some people that their culture is sometimes not the norm. That what they believe is not necessarily the right way to believe.
There is no right way to believe when you visit other places, the people influence you and let you into their culture, most of the time with open arms. There are good and bad people every where, this is something many people need to realise. Until you travel to different places and see them for yourself you are never going to realise that all the bad things you see on the news are not necessarily the majority opinions of a country. Get out there and experience this world yourself.
Yesterday I got on a train, something I needed to do because I had an important hospital appointment. It was quite an ordinary train journey regardless of the weather being a bit odd. It was kind of sunny, but then really cold.
This isn’t the remarkable thing about that train journey though. I suddenly came to a realisation that people are really unfriendly, like remarkably unfriendly. I have no idea whether it is a generational thing or just the type of people that live in the area that I have to live, but its odd.
Why are people so closed off? Is it technology? Is technology something to blame? Thats what we tend to do though, as humans, we blame others, we give in to our narcissistic urges to please only ourselves and we are getting worse.
We are electing narcissists into power and promoting narcissists into high power roles. They are the people choosing what news we are fed, what we watch and read and judge other people on.
It’s not that i’m against the establishments or anything, because that would trigger people to think of me as crazy. No, I just want people to be friendlier. I mean, sometimes i fear that one day I will fall down and nobody will help me, that i will be left, and even thought thousands will go by me in a busy street, they will be too obsessed with the consumption of vapid media and unnecessary evil news. It’s sad, and it needs to change.
Talk to people more. Remember we are human and we possess the amazing ability to speak to each other. We are all alone at some point in our lives, no matter how popular we think we are. Popularity is an odd thing because even the most followed people on social media feel like they are alone, that they are shut out from the society around them. Don’t you agree?
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