Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Thoughts On Higher Education

  This is going to be a random journal entry today. I want to talk about what I have observed about higher education. When I was in high school everyone there seemed to pressure you into thinking that you have to go to college. It is sort of like group peer pressure but it isn't. They used fear tactics as well, like showing graphs and charts showing that your earning power is dependent on having the highest degree possible and that if you don't do higher education you would be poor for the rest of your working life. Then you would see someone talking on the news about how higher education is a gateway to better jobs and that you need to do this and pay whatever it costs.

  Now I am not saying or thinking that higher education is bad (especially since I am in enrolled in college right now), I simply just don't like the apparent pressure and the fear tactics that is going on in this country about your eduction. To me higher education should be about self exploration and a broadening of knowledge and thinking. Higher education should not and is not a guarantee to a better future and for better jobs.

  There are some people do not do well in doing higher education and that they might do well doing some sort of trade. Trade schools are just as important to the economy and to the community. Trade jobs also pay good money and these jobs are also valuable as well. So why does it seem that they are shoved aside and ignored as not important enough? At the very least students should be exposed to the trades and it should be presented as another option for them to pursue, instead of just college.

  What are your thoughts about higher education? Should trades be treated equally as another option for students? Is there to much pressure on students to do college? Also feel free to share any other thoughts on education.


 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Poverty

  Here we go for a second attempt to write about a difficult topic for me. I am going to dive in and try and get it out. Poverty is one of my greatest challenges that I need to and want to overcome. It is one of many issues that I face in life (I will talk about those in future posts). Poverty can impact your life in many ways. Mainly it attacks your health, physically and mentally which can make you sink further into poverty in terms of decline in health and depression.

  Some of the things that I still see and hear relating to poverty sort of reinforces the thought/feeling that you will never get out of poverty. Like when someone does a post to their social network or when the news media repeats a comment made by someone important saying something negative directed at the poor, you begin lose hope of getting out of poverty. I am sure some of have seen these posts or perhaps seen pictures circulated on Facebook, Google+, etc... showing some sort of attack against the poor. One recent picture that I saw was trying to get a message across that the poor eat better then the middle class. When I saw that picture and read the comments it made me feel depressed.

  The reality is that poverty means that you have to go without for certain things as long as you possibly can. There is no fine expensive foods filling shelves of cabinets and the refrigerator. There is no eating out. No traveling and exploring the world. Limited options for commuting to services or possible places of employment. Limited access to cultural institutions for learning and exploring. And for many limited access to higher education. There are also no fancy cars.

  Some people also have the notion that if the poor are receiving aid from the government then they should be tested to see if they are doing drugs. Now then what makes these people think this? These people seem to think a.) It is okay to take away your rights to privacy, b.) Because you are poor you are automatically a drug addict. I personally believe that there is no significant difference between the rich and poor for drug or alcohol use.

  Another thing that people think is that "your poor because you choose to be poor". This thought is just not helpful for those struggling with poverty or those trying to aid the poor. No one wakes up one morning and says, "You know what I think I want to poor for the rest of my life". No one ever says or thinks this. I know I have never thought this and I am sure you would not think this.

  I could go on and on with this topic. Though I would like to add one more thing to my post. Overcoming poverty and being financially independent is one of my biggest goals in my life. I truly want to be a productive member of society that pays taxes. I want to see all of my dreams (projects) become reality. I want to give back to the people for all of the assistance/investment that they have made.

  We all walk different roads and face different challenges along our paths. For good or ill it is a journey worth traveling.

Sorry for any errors that maybe in this and other posts. Just writing it proved to be a challenge with all of the self doubt and fear. Anyway I would like to here what you think about poverty, perception's, thoughts, ideas. Share what you think about programs for the poor. Also would like to hear what you thought about my post and what I could do differently and what I did wrong in my writing.

Trying To Talk About Poverty

  I was going to talk about my challenge with poverty and what my plans were for getting out of it. Though it is near impossible to talk about for some reason. Is poverty so stigmatized in the world that even the poor can't freely talk about what it is like or what they plan to do to get out of it? I feel like I should not be saying or writing anything about what it is like and what my greatest fears are. I get the same feeling when I try and tell people what I am experiencing with my mental illness. Perhaps self censoring? This feeling could also be from what I see in the news and social media and how they portray it. 

  I might come back to this topic later today when I have built enough courage (don't know if that is the right word) and do another journal post.

  Curious what you think or how you feel about poverty? Might help me be able to talk about and actually defeat it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Description Issues

  Today I was hoping to write out my about blog page. I knew that it would not be easy for me to do but still I thought I would be able to talk about my plans for the blog. But I ran into one of my problems... writing descriptions. Describing something personally connected to me seems to be impossible to do. How do you describe yourself or your personal blogs? Maybe I am afraid of attempting to describe myself or an extension of social anxiety. I don't have this issue with describing my characters for my stories though so I don't know what is going on. Is it something other people have an issue with, like if someone asked you to describe yourself, would you or would you not be able to do it?

  Anyway I will put off describing my blog for another day and focus on some other aspects for my blog such as posting a list of my goals that I hope to complete and maybe in the future something related to improving my health.

  Hope everyone has a wonderful day/afternoon/night. Have fun.