The Evolutionary Importance of Hate

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 Hate is considered to be one of the most powerful emotions. It originates in the oldest parts of the brain and is believed to have been an important part of tribal existence. Hatred is an innate emotion, it is not a social construct as we like to think. It is one of the most motivational forces in our minds. Hatred can be activated without us ever being conscious of it.

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Hate is the primary emotion that helped drive the early tribes. They formed alliances to fight those that they hated. Hate was the joy that they felt when they were anticipating a battle with a rival tribe. It is the blood lust and desire to fight that the tribes had. Hate can be kept alive for a very long time, and would only disappear when the enemy had been vanquished and was no longer a threat. Evolutionary speaking, hate was vital to the survival of early tribes, as they used it to fight their enemies and to stop other dangers and disasters. It created competition between two people or groups. Hate is what kept us alive when danger presented itself.

Emotions create reactions in us that we would not consciously have. They are innate and subconscious. These emotions are important to us because they drive our instincts and compel to act in certain ways. The ancient tribes used emotions such as hate to stay alive in the face of danger and to fight in battles.

In today’s world hate is important because it drives us to succeed. We hate those who disagree with us or who represent something that we don’t like. These feelings are because of our drive to be successful in the face of adversity.

http://www.euvolution.com/neoeugenics/evolutionary_emotions.htm

Adventure After Success

Madison, Wisconsin: 4 Years ago: Excerpt from the journal my foster parents forced me to keep to express my emotions or whatever….:

All I ever had in my life was football – no family, no friends I’ve kept for a long time, no real home. The one constant in my life was the sports teams at my school – whatever school I was attending at the time. I should explain. I’m Jordan, 17 years of age, and have lived in 17 different foster homes, and played on 8 different high school football teams all over the country. I’ve learned every approach to the game and live, breathe, eat, drink, digest, ingest, absorb, and inhale football. In 17 years, I have never really left the town I was currently living in as Id didn’t feel a need to. Everything, besides the foster situation, has been relatively simple up to this point. I want to say it’s a bad thing, but it truly is not. I have no worries, no stresses, and my goals are clear impacted and over-thought due to some ‘vast, worldly knowledge.’ I have this under quotations because my philosophy teacher seems to go on rants about his experiences all over the darn planet, and how each and every one has made him this all-around great dude. I feel like people grow and change in their own ways and shouldn’t be pressured by this guy who thinks everything that leaves his mouth is pure gold.

Anyways, back to my story…

One day, I would like to play in the NFL, and when that doesn’t pan out, I’d like to be an Oncologist. Who knows, scouts from the best school all over the northern part of the country come to see me play – so, anything is possible. We’re a pretty good team, and haven’t lost a game in two years, and we’re on our way to a Three-peat in the state championship. With everything doing good in the field, and at home (finally), school work doesn’t seem as bad as it originally did. With everything seeming to be panning out well, it has become easier to focus on my future. These last few quarters have been the best I have ever done!

Excerpt: 3 Years Ago: University of Wisconsin, Madison: First Day:

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            So, I made it: a full, all-expense paid scholarship to U Madison. This is great! Everything is looking up! I’m eighteen now, and the foster system is behind me. I don’t have a care in the world. I mean, sure, the work is quite difficult, and takes up a lot more time, but I’m learning to be pretty good at it. My guidance counsellor said that if I am in the top 10% of my class by the end of the year, I would get some sort of collegiate athletics grant for having good grades and being a Division I team captain. That sounds really amazing! Oh, and I forgot to mention, practice started over the summer, and I was promoted to team captain as of the first game! Not to celebrate, but, the old quarterback had some kind of freak-out and dropped out of college, the first-string quarterback slot was mine for the taking!

Furhtermore, I’ve realized that the simple life was where I’d benefit the most. I don’t need crazy experiences or any of that. I believe all I need in this life is a goal and the knowledge of how to get there. Adventure comes later – when I’ve accomplished all I’ve set out to – no time for that now.

Escape/Denial in Adventure

Sometimes it’s hard to run from yourself.

 

Hi, nice to meet you! I’m immortal, and you are?

 

Year 1909: Czech Republic:

 

My family – all 3 of us, were living in this old, abandoned house perched upon a dreary hillside in Hodonin, on the border of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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There wasn’t any notable civilization – besides us, of course – for miles upon miles. However, my mother was always seeming to find these nice men who would stay with us from time to time. They all seemed to say the same thing to me whenever they saw me – “Can’t wait to call you son, little man.” However, that never ended up being the case. Usually, mother would chase them out of the house with the old Allen & Thurber Single-Shot perched precariously on the mantle. However, this guy Tom, whom my mother had met a little over a year ago, had been with staying with us for a while. I’ve never had had a father, but Tom was the closest thing to it. He My older brother, Zack, always seemed to have some unsettling look in his eyes that only I could see. Something didn’t sit right with him – he was more sick of this lifestyle than I was. He misbehaved regularly and seemed mad at almost everything. He was a troubled kid, and that may be why our mother paid more attention to me than to him. Within time, we got to the age where we should start our education. Our mother tried home-schooling us for a while, but when we knew more than her, it became pointless. Beyond all this, life had been relatively boring – until Tom had finally convinced our mother to let us go to an actual school. Last year, we entered Rohatec High School in the middle of ninth grade. School came very easy to me, (unlike my brother, who rarely decided to show up), and my teacher gave me a special test and told me I was an ‘autodidact,’ – whatever that means.

 

I should probably tell you why all this is what it is. Our family, before it had become only three of us, was a lot different. Our father, Matouš, was Mossad (Israeli Intelligence, dubbed “The Institute”), and our mother, Alena, was Shabak, (Israel Security Agency). The last my mother ever saw of my father was during a Reactive counter-terrorist operation in The Ottoman Empire against the Gemidzhii Anarchists. My father decided that his duty was not worth running into a suicide mission, and elected to go every man far himself. He disobeyed orders and left his wife, my mother, alone to fight The Gemidzhii single-handedly. Alena ended up losing her left arm and a few toes, but survived. She had defended herself with the help of other agents, herself the only survivor. She had nearly bled to death until someone came around to collect tabs in the rubble of the embassy. She, without any hesitation, reported Matouš’ AWOL. He had served my entire life in Military Prison until his release a small while ago.

One dreary fall afternoon, we heard a knock at the door – a sound we haven’t heard in a very long time. Tom goes to answer it and I, sitting in the adjacent room playing with Zack, see our new father blown off his feet, launched six or so feet back by the blast of a shotgun a large man was wielding with a single hand. He then points the gun at my mom, who I instinctively jump in front of. I feel the spray hit me, yet i stand up minutes after unscathed. However, enough of the spray had missed me that it had reached my mother, leading to her demise. I then lunge at the man, whom I now realize to be my father from the old pictures I had looked at, throwing this easily 6-foot-4 250 pound man off our front porch as if he were made of cotton. He hits a tree violently and appears to be dead.

 

Shocked by this, I run into the forest, trying to get as far away from it all as I possibly can. I soon realize I am running far faster than humanly possible – covering many miles in mere minutes. I look back to see Zack, running the same speed as me, tackle me to the ground. For the first time, I see a look of caring and concern in his eyes. He comforts me and tells me that he has these ‘powers’ too. He goes on to say that he first realized them when he was ‘tripping around’ with some school friends and stumbled drunkenly onto train tracks and was hit, and how he woke up minutes later around a hundred feet  further down the road. He then tells me that everything is going to be okay – but that we must run. “We have to get away,” he says. I agree. After some travelling, we make our way to the city of Brno, where we make friends with those that belong to various underground crime factions. For a few years, we survive as generic street thieves, using our speed and strength to our advantage. Before long, we develop a taste for this lifestyle, as well as quite a name for ourselves in the business. By our mid teens we were assisting in bank robberies and various acts of anarchy. We were becoming exactly what our parents had spent their whole lives trying to stop. There is some very bitter irony in that. At around 18 or so, I decided that we should start acting for the greater good. I convinced Zack that we should join the armed forces.

 

To escape yet another series of unfortunate events, we fled to Germany, away from our old friends in Brno, whom want our heads (if they can find them) due to our resignation from what we had later realized to be the  Czech Mafia. Upon enlistment in 1918, we were immediately sent out. Within months, we had participated in both the Hundred Days Offensive and the Spring Offensive, (as well as many others), where we watched as 3.5 million soldiers’ bodies ceased to possess life. Not to be mistaken – we were shot too. We just, for some reason, got back up each and every time. We were enlisted for a total of 7 months, being pronounced dead 17 times between the two of us. At the end of it all, we realized that our search for adventure was to cover up our shaky, and quite terrifying past. We can never run from ourselves.

 

French Senate Approves Ban on Pageants for Young Girls

Just last month in Paris the French Senate approved a ban on beauty pageants for girls younger than sixteen years old. This new amendment is aimed at increasing gender equality. “It is extremely destructive for a girl between the age of 6 and 12 to hear her mother say that what’s important for her is to be beautiful. We are fighting to say: What counts is what they have in their brains.” Chantal Jouanno, the ban’s champion. Most pageant mother’s complained and said that these pageants made their daughters feel like a princess for the day and they met new friends. Maud Chevalier, who started Graines de Miss in 2001, states that this ban shows how “misinformed people are about beauty pageants.”

I agree with the French Senate’s choice on this ban. Pageants for very young girls has gone to the extreme, making them seem as though they must dress like a doll in order to be considered “beautiful.” Think about putting your own children in this situation, getting them a fake tan, fake nails, high heels, short dresses, fake hair and even fake teeth! Not only does this make your children feel as though they weren’t pretty enough before, but it makes them grow up too fast. As a child, I had always wanted to grow up and look glamorous, wear pretty dresses and do my hair, I did not know at this time that I should just enjoy being young. Anybody under the age of sixteen should not feel the pressure to look nice to impress others. Now that I am older I know why my mother did not let me participate in any pageants, it only builds unhealthy competition. I believe that the French Senate’s choice to ban beauty pageants for young girls was a great decision.

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Depersonalization: Distanced from Reality

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       Depersonalization disorder is when an individual feels “distanced” or “divorced” from themselves, feeling as if their actions and body do not belong to them. They feel distanced from their own personal physicality by sensing their body sensations, feelings, emotions and behaviors as not belonging to themselves. People can experience depersonalization occasionally, but it becomes a disorder when things around you persistently don’t feel real, or when you have the feeling that you’re observing yourself from outside your body. Feelings of depersonalization can be very disturbing and make those effected feel like they’re losing their grip on reality. It usually goes hand-in-hand with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. However, sleep deprivation and the use of some recreational drugs can make an individual experience symptoms similar to depersonalization. 

Personally I struggled with depersonalization throughout high school, and attempted to describe my experience with it through this project:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lobst3rphone/sets/72157637124559814/

The Upstander.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRrfGXwZM7s

Bullying

 About 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. This is a conflict that is becoming popular during this decade. Bullying is beginning to become an issue because it is spreading like wild fire throughout the United States Education Systems. When a student is bullied, they are stripped away of their emotions. The child can be cornered and threatened, or even beaten. A bully hounds a student because they feel superior and more powerful. There are many possible reasons for bullying, like jealousy, social rejection and low self esteem. 

“90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying” (MakeBeats). These little 9 years old’s suffer from emotional and physiological bullying. Many little kids are scarred and turn to be bullies themselves in the future. One out of every ten students who drop out of school does so because of repeated bullying. The students that have dropped out will very rarely recover.

In the video above, it provides a young energetic bully waiting for a ‘nerd’ to attack. A crowd surrounds the bully and feeds him adrenaline and ”Wooh’s” that he thrives on. When the innocent kid walks calmly towards him, the crowd goes nuts and the arrogant bully begins to threaten and intimidate the ‘nerd’. We can only imagine what is going on through that innocent kids mind. The instinctive courage that tells him to calmly approach the oppressor blazes in his mind.  You can see the ‘nerd’ walk directly towards the bully and without a second  slam his hand against the Bully’s head. The crowd is amazed and hollers at the new hero as he strolls away from the Bully who is now on the ground crying.

That little act of courage, creates a stronger and more stable child. It takes guts to stand up to your childhood enemy. With more children standing up for their rights, the less chance of having a emotional problem.

 

http://www.makebeatsnotbeatdowns.org/facts_new.html

The Apple Reality Distortion Field

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Ever since Steve Job’s book came out, the public has been trying to decide if he was a manipulative selfish con man, or an amazing leader and genius. One determination about him however, is undeniable: Steve Jobs had mastered the use of a Reality Distortion Field (RDF). This method was used in order to “convince themselves and others to believe almost anything with a mix of charm, charisma, bravado, hyperbole, marketing, appeasement and persistence.” RDF is used in order to make an audience believe that they can accomplish a task. Robert Friedland, a colleague of Steve’s, reflected upon his mastery of RDF, observing that “whatever he was interested in he would generally carry to an irrational extreme.” By having this intense yet overly optimistic outlook on life and goals, Steve Jobs was truly able to accomplish the impossible. He was highly manipulative and persuasive, making the people who worked for him believe they could accomplish their tasks with ease and speed. Steve Job’s co-worker described Steve Job as an individual who had great “charismatic rhetorical style, indomitable will, and eagerness to bend any fact to fit the purpose at hand.” He usually used this method when workers were being told to accomplish that was impossible either because it was too large a project or there was not enough time. Although this may seem like an evil and selfish act, RDF is all about self-control which of course is a very important skill to have in today’s world.

An example of how Steve did this was when he switched out all the soda machines for healthy Odwalla organic carrot and orange juices in offices. He did this in order to make the workers in the office work better and be more alert throughout the day. The workers would blame their newfound motivation on their new diet of juice, but in reality the substances in the juice had nothing to do with their improved work ethic: it was the thought that the juice might increase their ability

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http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/13-07-10/

In My Hole

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“You will speak to no one, your duties will remain constant with ours, we will succeed for the purpose of only ourselves, you are one of us now.”

Past

Several months prior:

A United States soldier is what I had planned to be. A life of earned respect, and teamwork, is what I had hoped to accomplish. The path I had seemed to place myself in did not agree with my personal values. Being a citizen of the country I grew to know so well vanished, due to my actions that arose at school. I had put those in my past, they should not still have been a part of me. I should have been able to leave that life behind. But it was still chasing me like a hungry wild animal chased its dinner… Oh how I had wanted dinner so bad. I hadn’t had a cooked meal for about 6 months, since I had been shipped overseas. Military school was the only choice, except we were the ones put in combat. My fellow peers stood next to me day by day on the front lines of the fields. Rules did not apply like they did back in CT. Nothing was justified, but nothing could be done. King Essiz exercised dictatorial power over us in a country…heck, I couldn’t even correctly pronounce the name of. If you partook in any activity not assigned, you stuck out like a sore thumb.  It was a shitty situation that I had to live with.

Past

6 months prior:

I opened my eyes to the blaring hot sun projecting its hot rays through my tent. This would be the last time camping. We would be moving underground for the authorities to exercise more power, and for us to be even more isolated. We were stripped to our bare belongings, and it took me less than 1 minute to gather all my “tools.” I call them tools because they meant nothing to me. I would use these objects for their purpose, and that was it. Sounds could be heard approximately 100 ft in distance of others packing up their possessions. There was just enough distance between each of us, for our voices to be muffled. Faint echoes were all I had experienced for those last 6 months, and upcoming 7th. I got into place. I was number 5. Eyes followed me because I was the first in line. All I wanted was to succeed here, so I was able to come out of war alive and be transported back across the seas. I thought nothing of their stares, for I had never even heard any of their voices. The rest trekked over, and stood, their backs erect. Bad posture would result in punishment. King Essiz thrusted his arm over his shoulder, and pointed to our next direction. Words again, were not spoken. Silence was golden-seemed to be their motto. I moved forward after the four in front of me had taken their first step. We were off again on our journey, our next point of interest awaiting us. Later, at around 18:00 hours, we had reached our holes.

Present:

“You will rest now, and awake at 06:00 hours. You will NOT, by any circumstances, come out until ordered to. Your duties will remain the same,” were the last words I ever heard Essiz speak, even till this day. Day, or night, I would not know. My new personal safe zone spanned from about the range of 10 m by 10 m in length. Sleep was hard to acquire, with the jagged edges from each rock projecting out of the rocky surface. The sandy bottom would fit to my shape, but it would always make my back tense when I arose. There really was nothing to do down here but wait. If I was actually needed, I would be called.

I could sense echoes. Voices could be heard running from the pebbly surface up to the jagged tips of the cave. “shmump.” People were stepping foot right above my covert. Fragments of stone fell on to my face…something that hadn’t been touched in what felt like forever. Their distant cries moved closer, It was me they were looking for. Figures appeared out of the shadows, their faces-unrecognizable. Each set of eyes aimed down at me and waited for my response.

Search Team: “We have found you, missing person.”

But I did not speak, I was not allowed to.

Search Team: “What is your purpose”

Search team: “…Do you know anything?”

“I know I will speak to no one, my duties will remain constant with yours, and we will succeed for the purpose of only ourselves.”

 

The IQ Test

Intelligence Interval Cognitive Designation
40 – 54 Severely challenged   (Less than 1% of test takers)
55 – 69 Challenged (2.3% of   test takers)
70 – 84 Below average
85 – 114 Average (68% of test   takers)
115 – 129 Above average
130 – 144 Gifted (2.3% of test   takers)
145 – 159 Genius (Less than 1%   of test takers)
160 – 175 Extraordinary genius

An intelligence quotient, or IQ, is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. IQ scores have been shown to be associated with such factors as morbidity and mortality, parental social status, and, to a substantial degree, biological parental IQ.

IQ scores are used as predictors of educational achievement, special needs, job performance and income. They are also used to study IQ distributions in populations and the correlations between IQ and other variables.

“Intelligence test scores typically follow what is known as a normal distribution, a bell-shaped curve in which the majority of scores lie near or around the average score”(psychology.about.com).

Predicted Occupation based on IQ Scores

140         Top civil servants; professors and research scientists

130         physicians and surgeons; lawyers; engineers

120        school teachers; pharmacists; accountants; nurses; stenographers; managers

110         foremen; clerks; telephone operators; salesman; policemen; electricians

100+      machine operators; shopkeepers; butchers; welders; sheet metal workers

100-       Warehousemen; carpenters; cooks and bakers, small farmers; truck and van drivers

90           laborers; gardeners; upholsterers; farmhands; miners; factory packers and sorter

After conducting research on IQ tests and what they measure, I have mixed feelings. I feel like IQ test can measure intelligence, but only to a certain extent. I believe that intelligence cannot be measure by one test. The IQ test does not take into account that individuals other forms of knowledge. The test taker may have received a low score, but is at the top of their class. The test taker may just be a weak test taker. Also the reverse can happen. A student at the bottom of the class may guess on every answer and get a higher score than the first test taker. Also another issue that may occur is the IQ test results. The test draws a line between average (114) and above average (115). By those standards, the test implies that someone only scoring one point higher than another has such a higher intelligence.  Also, I believe that the predictions of occupation and IQ scores are somewhat helpful. The chart says that generally people with higher IQ’s have more “sophisticated” or “elevated” occupations. The problem with this is that IQ does not put a restriction on the occupation.

Find out your IQ!

http://www.quickiqtest.net/

http://www.uv.es/~buso/iq/index_en.html

Works Cited

http://iq-test.learninginfo.org/iq04.htm

http://psychology.about.com/od/psychologicaltesting/f/IQ-test-scores.htm

Stupidity: It’s a Competition

Have you ever seen someone dare someone else to do something stupid?  And darethen seen the dare-ee actually do it?  And even more surprising is when a third person says that they will do something even stupider!

This baffles me (not that I have never been a part of this scenario).  There must be some reward to acting stupid or else no one would act in such a way.  Then, if there is a reward, logic dictates that stupidity must be a competition.  People actually try to out-stupid each other.

So what is this reward?  Well, I have never seen anyone get money or a prize for acting stupid.  Perhaps the reward is respect, from oneself and from others, but then again, stupidity is looked down upon.  The reward must be some feeling of self-fulfillment.  None of this really makes any sense, but that is the nature of stupidity.  Stupidity does(n’t) have a mind of its own.

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Anxiety Reducing Foods

BlueberriesAnxiety is treatable not only with medication and therapy, but with food as well. Adapting to a healthier diet can significantly increase your success in your ability to lower levels of anxiety, across all boards, naturally. Some foods can increase anxiety, or reduce it and knowing which foods could possibly be beneficial is key to successfully reducing anxiety. First and foremost, there are certain crucial foods to avoid if reducing anxiety is a goal. Not surprising, they are foods that should avoided naturally but nonetheless they include; fried foods, high glycemic carbs, unrefined sugars, and alcoholic beverages. On the other hand, the recommended foods to reduce anxiety and stress might be a shock to a few. Whole Grain foods have several benefits that help with anxiety. Whole Grain foods are rich in magnesium in which magnesium deficiency may led to anxiety. They also include tryptophan, which becomes serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter. While Seaweed offers the same benefits through its magnesium content, it is a good alternative for those who are gluten free. Blueberries, often considered a superfood by many, offers vitamin and plant nutrients while also providing an abundance of antioxidants that have been linked to reducing stress levels. Almonds are also on the list. They contain zinc, which is a key nutrient for balancing a positive mood in addition to healthy fats and iron, in which low levels cause brain fatigue, contributing to anxiety and stress. Foods have outstanding healing principles and by appropriating adjusting your diet to include more of these foods, anxiety levels could be reduced. In my opinion, diet seems like an overlooked outlet in anxiety relief. I understand individuals suffer at severe levels where most options have been exhausted, ultimately leading to medication, but its still fascinating what possible relief can be experienced just by proper nutrition.

http://www.calmclinic.com/anxiety/treatment/7-foods-that-fight-anxietyproductimage-picture-organic-raw-european-almonds-8_jpg_400x266_q851

http://www.wikihow.com/Overcome-Anxiety-Naturally-With-Foods

Cold Winter, Fresh Comfort

It’s a cold, winter day. A winter storm has just hit the region. Power has been knocked out; the power lines have been downed. Wow, this could be something to go down in the record books. The weatherman didn’t have any idea that the storm could bring the snow up past your kneecaps. You wrap a blanket around yourself and sit in front of the fire with your parents and older brother, listening to the radio, sipping hot chocolate made from the hot water you could get from the generator. This is really spooky, and being with your family makes all the difference. Being with people you love in times of uncertainty truly does make you feel better.

The next morning, the skies are clear. The snow plows haven’t even touched your road yet, but the storm has passed. Everything outside is a frosty winter wonderland. Icicles hang from the trees like Popsicles on sticks. You go outside and shovel the walkways and deck with your brother, but take an occasional break to have a snowball war with the fresh, packing snow, perfect for making the perfect snowball. When you’re a kid, there’s nothing that feels better than to have a snowball war with a sibling or friend, no matter how old you are.  Soon, you are called inside by your mother. The power is back on. You’re shaking, and you drop your boots, coat, hat, gloves, and mittens on the floor. The house smells heavenly. There, on the stove, is a huge pot of chili. Macaroni and cheese is in the process of being baked, and the mashed potatoes are being prepared. You take a scoop of everything, steaming and piping hot, and head into the living room. You change into fresh sweatpants and a hoodie from the dryer and sit in a chair by the fireplace. Your favorite TV show is on and there are fresh, thick blankets from the dryer ready to serve their purpose. Life can’t get any better than that.

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I think that one of comfort’s strong suits is winter. Winter storms can be scary; there is always the thought of downed power lines, trees, and car accidents. New England can be beautiful but deadly. I know that occasionally during I storm I get worried and think about what could go wrong. Comfort plays a big role when it comes to recovering from the storm. After shoveling, all I want is something hot to eat and/or drink, and warm myself up. Nothing feels better than comfort in the winter.

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What if Comfort Didn’t Exist?

Harry Harlow

This monkey clings to the softer monkey

Comfort is one of the things that helps define society the way that it is. In sociology class, I learned that in a study of newborn monkeys; they spent 22 hours a day on a warm, cloth monkey with no food versus 2 hours a day with a cold, hard, wire monkey that had food. The results prove that you need comfort in this world to survive. Rene Spitz conducted a study in post-WWII England in an orphanage. The children received top-of-the-line medical care and nutritious food. But 37% died, seemingly because they lacked comfort and love.

These two studies, to me, showed that everyone needs a comforting touch and love. This is why we hold newborn babies tightly and hug a small child when they fall off their bike and scrape their knees. This symbolically helps us feel better and lets the person know that they are not alone, and that comfort is nearby. There are many people, mostly thought of as men, who hide their feelings and when tragedy strikes, they hide and think that they are “too strong” for any sort of comfort. But bottling up your feelings will only hurt your situation.

Comfort is something that is needed, no matter who you are. It helps shape that you are and your emotions as well. Food, clothing, and shelter are only the bottom basics of what you need to keep yourself alive. Comfort is what shapes who you are and your social interaction as a human being. The monkeys in the study I mentioned above were in isolation, and after six months in isolation, they became socially awkward and couldn’t handle being in a group of people. Showing signs of comfort to an infant is an early sign of showing love, comfort and interaction to create a socially healthy human being.

The Climate Reality Project

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       The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit organization focused on educating people about climate change and countering climate change denial campaigns, established in 2010.

HISTORY

Alliance for Climate Protection

       This program was started in 2006 by Al Gore in order to encourage civic action against climate change. The program got money from a number of different sources. First and foremost, the Alliance earned received revenue through The  Climate Protection Action Fund which created advocacy campaigns that let the public know how they can help find a solution to climate change. The program was also funded by the proceeds earned from Gore’s documentary and book “An Inconvenient Truth”, his salary from his work for Kleiner Perkins Cauldfield & Byers, and his prize money from the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Outside of Gore’s money and his organizations, the distributor of An Inconvenient Truth, Paramount Classics, and Live Earth concerts gave some of their proceeds to the program. The Alliance was successful in encouraging federal policies that supported low carbon power sources and limited greenhouse gas emissions.

       The “We”,“We can Solve it”, and “Repower America” campaigns were hugely successful. The “We can Solve It” campaign featured Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich calling for a response to climate change. Their mission was to inspire others to act against climate change on a national and international level. The “We” campaign included partnerships with the Girl Scouts of America, the United Steelworkers of America and the National Audubon Society. In later 2008, the “Repower America” campaign was established in effort to achieve Gore’s goal of having American homes switch to clean energy in 10 years. The Reality Coalition was created just after the “Repower America” campaign. This program was co-owned and controlled by the National Wildlife Federation, the League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club. This organization was mostly advertising-based. They used advertisements on the TV, in print, and online to challenge the idea of clean coal.

The Climate Project

                This organization was founded in the same year as the Alliance for Climate Protection by the same man: Al Gore. It was based in Nashville and supported mainly by the profits earned from Gore’s documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”. The Climate Project, much like the Alliance, was an educational, worldwide grassroots organization. However, this project  trained volunteers to give public talks about climate change, just as Gore did. In just 3 years the project had more than 3,000 volunteers all over the world.

                It was only in 2010 that the two projects combined. This new organization is known as the Climate Reality Project.

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24 Hours of Reality

24 Hours of Reality is a project that will begin at 11 am on October 22 this year. This year, Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project will stop the clock for 24 hours and discuss climate change due to carbon pollution with a number of experts. Each hour focuses on a different part of the world and how carbon pollution and climate change are changing the lives of the humans and habitats around them. During these 24 hours, viewers can go to http://www.thecostofcarbon.org/  to learn how carbon pollution is effecting their lives. These results can be sent to government leaders in order to show these officials they must take action.

Why You Should Watch 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon

Synonyms/ Antonyms

Warmth- (n.) Quality or state of being warm; liveliness of feelings, emotions, or sympathies; quality of being intimate or attached; the effect of brightness/ coziness achieved by warm colors

mother natureSynonyms:

  • Affection
  • Compassion
  • Passion
  • Spirit
  • Zeal
  • Amiability
  • Sincerity
  • Ardor

jack frost Antonyms:

  • Apathy
  • Coolness
  • Dislike
  • Hatred
  • Indifference
  • Incompatibility
  • Chill
  • Hate

When I think of warmth I think not only of love and affection, but also the heat given off by a fireplace or a blanket. Affection, compassion, and sincerity are the three synonyms I would say represent warmth in my mind. A warm person, to me, embodies these traits; they are affectionate, compassionate, and sincere. I rarely ever think of warmth and think of warm colors or a cheerful personality. This blog has opened my eyes to the variety of meanings of warmth.

Likewise, this blog has opened my eyes to the possibilities of the opposite of warmth. Prior to starting this blog, if someone were to ask me what opposes warmth, I would reply with coolness or someone with a cold personality. I would never have thought of someone who wasn’t warm as hateful or incompatible, but through these blogs I can now see why someone who is not cold could be considered incompatible or filled with hatred or indifferent.

As mentioned in a previous blog, warmth is a vital leadership characteristic because people who are warm are approachable and understanding, therefore the antonyms above fit perfectly. If you were a leader without a warm personality, others may see you has cold and hateful or even apathetic.

Mother Nature and Jack Frost are perfect examples of a warmth synonym and antonym. Mother Nature embodies compassion, affection, and sincerity. These traits are commonly associated with warmth and a warm personality. In Greek myth, the change in seasons was explained as the periods of sadness Demeter experienced when her daughter was down in the underworld with Hades. Mother nature is also connected with pregnancy, a natural phenomenon. Mothers need to be nurturing and affectionate in order for their children to grow up properly. Mother nature may as well be warmth.

While, Jack Frost on the other hand, embodies chill, coolness, and hatred. As a character, Jack Frost is more than often portrayed as a sinister, mischievous man. He is heartless and cold to those around him. In the movie Fred Claus, Jack Frost tries to sabotage Fred from saving Christmas because he is not compassionate or warm. Jack Frost would be an example of an antonym to warmth because he does not have a warm personality.

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An Analysis of Shakespeare’s Take on Mercy

“The Quality of Mercy

The quality of mercy is not strain’d.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown.
His scepter shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptered sway;
It is enthroned in the heart of kings;
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice.” – William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s piece on mercy is certainly diction heavy, in fact, diction is the most outstanding aspect of this piece. Shakespeare first began by describing how mercy “is not strain’d” inferring that mercy is not a trait that comes from difficulty, grief, or struggles. This is evidenced by the following line where Shakespeare states that mercy drops like “gentle rain from heaven”, meaning that mercy is good, pure, and highly valued. The next line that proves Shakespeare’s considerable value for mercy comes when he claims that “it becomes the throned monarch better than his crown”. In this significant line, Shakespeare declares that mercy is much more powerful than the rulers themselves. Shakespeare continues to glorify mercy further by asserting that mercy is “the attribute to awe and majesty”, suggesting that mercy is a component of these very respected qualities that a king is required to have. Shakespeare concludes his piece by expressing that mercy “is enthroned in the heart of kings” and “is an attribute to God himself”. These two quotes compliment each other well in the sense that kings are supposed to be godlike and gods are often portrayed as being merciful and compassionate. Shakespeare then wraps up this correlation by voicing that “mercy seasons justice”, speculating that mercy lies within a ruler’s compassion and that this compassion is the root to their righteousness.

I chose this piece by William Shakespeare because of the balance the poem presents, by balance I mean that the variety of expressions of the word mercy. Shakespeare seamlessly bonds all the primary definitions and connotations of mercy into one piece that accurately describes the term. Not only does Shakespeare manage to mention the primary definitions and connotations, but also equally distribute the use of each expression.

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-quality-of-mercy/

Sacrifice in Friendship

Now I know you are probably thinking that there aren’t sacrifices in friendship but rather ones to keep friendship, but any sacrifice to keep a friendship is a sacrifice in friendship. You could sacrifice a friend in order to keep a better friend or you could sacrifice a boyfriend or girlfriend in order to keep your friends. Sometimes friendships can be hard but any true friend who is always there for you is better than any boyfriend, girlfriend, or “friend” (fake friend).

“It’s not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What’s hard, she said, is figuring out what you’re willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.” ― Shauna NiequistBittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

This quote can be connected to friendship because all it is saying is you have to figure out how important friendship is in your life and what you are willing to give up in order to keep that friendship or if somebody comes between you and your best friend are you willing to give that somebody up.

“I guess that’s just part of loving people: You have to give things up. Sometimes you even have to give them up.” ― Lauren OliverDelirium

There will be boyfriends and girlfriends that you will love but not all of those relationship will work out and some of them may even come down to choosing between your friends and your “love”. One very important thing though is that you should never let love come between a friendship. And unless you want to lose your friends over love you should always choose your friendships before boys.

From a girls view, friendship should always come before boys because your girls will always be there for you as long as you don’t ruin the friendship over a boy.

“Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough. You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.”
― J.M. BarriePeter Pan

If you connect this quote to friendship it is basically saying that you can have the best friendships ever only if you are willing to sacrifice for that friendship.

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/sacrifice
http://timothyshockley.com/2013/07/03/true-friendship-requires-a-sacrifice/

“In Loving Sacrifice”

. . . SACRIFICE . . .

The sacrifice of love we give,
Takes less and yet gives more;
An everlasting hand of love,
The heart an open door.

The willingness to give of self,
To lay down your own life;
To touch another person’s heart,
In loving sacrifice.

A chance that God has given you,
To reach another soul;
Forever changed by kindness,
A life your love made whole.

For life is but a circle,
Each life part of the chain;
Each link is joined by sacrifice,
That causes man to change.

To turn and reach a hand of love,
To touch another’s life;
Will cause the circle to be whole,
In loving sacrifice.

Allison Chambers I found this poem online and I really liked it. It is basicically about what sacrifice means and that we are obligated to make sacrifices. In each stanza, Chambers gives another reason why making sacrifices is a good thing. In her eyes, God gave us life in order to make a mark in someone else’s. A sacrifice is a gesture, small or large, that has the ability to unify. Any act of kindness, reaching out to someone no matter who they are, connects the circle of life. An example she gives of this is ultimately love. Love is the probably the smallest sacrifice you can make, but it impacts a person the most. Making sacrifices for others helps you grow and better yourself as a person, especially if you don’t expect anything in return. No matter if the person returns the favor or not, the good within you will always be rewarded. So Chambers encourages sacrifices in her poem in order to link the chains of life and hopefully keep the kindness circulating to better the world and fulfill God’s intentions of creating life.  

Out of the Fishbowl

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Who knows what’s out there?

This picture is my favorite use for the word comfort. It shows a goldfish escaping into a bigger bowl by himself, free from the smaller, cramped bowl filled with twenty fish or so. Comfort means doing what is right for you and pushing yourself into a bigger environment if needed. Some people are more comfortable alone and by themselves as opposed to being cramped with 20 others. School sometimes pushes you outside of your comfort zone, between the curriculum that is being taught and the students that you are surrounded by, against your will.

This photo could also be interpreted by pushing out of your comfort zone and going alone, without the support of anyone else. You don’t know what you could be getting yourself into, but you go for it anyway. The bowl you are jumping into is higher up, and you don’t know what else is going to be in there. In a way, we are all going to be jumping into a bigger bowl by ourselves next summer/fall. Most of us will be going to colleges across Connecticut, New England, and potentially the nation. Odds are, coming from a class of 87 students, not many of us will pick the same school twice. We will be paired up with roommates who we have never met before. We will be put into classrooms with others who we don’t know, and some we will never even talk to. I had a taste of this when I came to Wamogo from a different school system. I only knew a couple others who I didn’t associate myself with much. Now, I couldn’t be happier that I left my comfort zone and went to a different high school. I had no idea that my high school career could have been so great. I had no idea that I would be a plant science student, or that I would be a member of the girl’s tennis team every year since freshman year. I pushed myself, took a few advanced classes, and pushed myself out of what I was comfortable with. The extra work paid off for me.

This picture is simple, but powerful. It has a dual meaning, no matter how simple it is.

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Sadness in Happiness

There is people all throughout the world who put on a fake smile whenever they are around people. Usually the people who do this are actually the people who seem to be the happiest people and the class-clowns. In public they happy and seem to have no worries, but the second they are alone they are actually sad and even depressed. They feel like they can’t be upset when they are around people because it is not who they are. They may feel judged and out of place. The happiest people are sometimes actually the saddest.

People don’t think of looking for the sadness in those peoples lives, because they’re is no need to. Sadness comes up on anyone, it will go to anyone whether they are the most outgoing person in the world or just a quite good person. It is noticeable in most people, but the people that you would think are okay and don’t struggle with sadness are probably the people who need help the most.

Mike Bockrath for example. My brother and Mike were very close friends and Mike was over my house all of the time, so I grew to be pretty good friends with him. He was the man in the school. He had the swagger, the attitude, and the persona of a kid who was on top of the world. Nobody expected what was going to happen, but it did. He was obviously struggling with what was happening, but nobody ever thought that he would be. So nobody offered any help. 

So look out for the smallest signs in a friend or a classmate because it could save a life.

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