THE STORM BEFORE THE CALM: HOW THE UNITED STATES IS SO MAD BECAUSE IT’S GETTING BETTER

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“The fight among ourselves is as volatile as the weather.”


America has always dealt with issues socially in our country. As with any country, there are issues in the past, in the present, and will be in the future. But the more recent problems that have popped up into existence in the news are decades, even a few centuries old. And those issues are race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. You would think that these would be non-issues considering the United States government signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. But just because you sign an act that keeps business, organizations, and schools from discriminating, it doesn’t change the people. People in society will always have bouts with each other over so many mundane topics. But is it going to really always be like this, or is it the storm before the calm rather than the usual phrase of the calm before the storm? Maybe this is the beginning of real change in America.

Because looking at America is like looking at how forest fires typically take place. A lot of the times, forest fires are sporadic, and seem to happen out of nowhere. But what’s interesting about forest fires, is that they burn everything, then lay down the foundation for new brush to grow from the area that was previously destroyed. And I thought that to be interesting considering America is that type of country. We burn things down, and once they burn we look back and realize, you know, that should have been burned down. Because we have something so much better that we live by now, it make the past seem ridiculous to go back. Now, you’re going to reach everyone, but it’s not about reaching everyone. It’s about creating the most stable environment for everyone to inhabit. And as longs as that stability is there, we have ground for something much better in the future. Are there any other reasons we fight because things are getting better?

Yes, we also tend to fight because there are people who remember a time where they didn’t have to work as hard, or even have their beliefs challenged. The way things were in the past was what it was, and no one dared to challenge. Now, you’re watching your word get challenged constantly. And you’re also unable to explain yourself because you never had to explain yourself. So you push back against the new ways simply because you see it as you becoming irrelevant. And no one wants to of themselves as irrelevant or outdated. Because this means you don’t have importance anymore. The landscape looks foreign to you, so you feel like you’re losing something. And in the end, this is what it all boils down to; winning and losing. People in America have this feeling that we are losing something in life. No matter how big or little, there was a time that benefited some and not others. And when you feel that is in jeopardy people begin to lose their cool. But as we look back over time, we begin to look at life differently.


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POLITICAL POWER SHIFT: HOW WILL THE GEOPOLITICAL MAP LOOK IN THE FUTURE

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“Boundaries are constantly being carved: which will be next?”


You ever hear people say how much you can only see the landscape of the planet from space. And that man carves up all the boundaries. Well, yes that is true, but what will be the next boundary carving on Earth? I am only 30 years old, and I would really like to see how the landscape looks by the time I turn 50 years old. Or better yet, what if I live to be 90 years of age. Since 1987 when I was born there are countries who have merged with other nations and countries that are no longer countries. For example, you have the North and South Sudan, which used to be just Sudan. But what will happen with places like North and South Korea? Will they eventually just become Korea? Or will this be a long lasting country? Why do boundaries change? How do they change? Where will be the next boundary change?

The first and foremost reason as to why boundaries change has to do with the amount of conflict in the region. In the United States, there has been conflicts that have forced boundaries to change, but that was well over a century to two centuries ago. But there are places globally that have changed its boundaries and continue to change its boundaries. Outside of just conflicts, you have the political reason as to why the boundaries tend to change. For example, the European Union, where countries have either broken away or in the process of breaking away. One of those countries was Great Britain, which recently pulled away from the EU; an event that was known as BREXIT. Boundaries also change because you might have a neighboring country that is poorer than the other. So joining forces with the other country could be beneficial to that nation. Especially if the poorer nation is a smaller country. The addition might actually serve as a boost to the economic and sociopolitical morale of the nation.

Next you have to deal with with how do they change. And that is more complex today than in the past. In the past you would just ride through the country on horseback, and just conquer everything. Now that we are living in a more modern and stabilized civilization, you can’t just stroll in and take over. Because unlike centuries ago, you’re not dealing with swords, but now you have guns and bombs. A move that could actually get quite messy. So now, there all these different meetings that must come into play. And when I say meetings, I don’t just mean within the country; but I also mean the meetings at a much higher level like the United Nations (UN). UN assemblies are to keep everyone in the loop of global changes. And if a whole new country is about to be erected or merged with another country, that is an agreement that must be dealt with by all global powers.

In the end, the main questions still remains. “What will be the next global boundary shift?” I have been hearing about China buying land in different parts of the world. Is this because they are investing in different places, or are they making room to expand their nation? Look at Puerto Rico; will they continue to stay a nation, or will the United States swallow them up entirely? There is so much that could take place. But with the change comes the resistance from so many people. And this resistance could be the start of yet another war whether on that nation’s soil or a global conflict. Whatever the case, people are already established in certain regions, which could prove a problem when trying to carve out new boundaries.


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STANDING POWER: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR AMERICA

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“The shift has caused conflict, but will it last?”


With all the social issues that have been popping up in the news recently, you have to ask yourself the question. Does America have standing power over the long haul? Because people are getting real antsy regarding the lack of jobs and their lost of freedoms. Not to mention these different regions are preaching sentiments of the past that could only hurt America not help. So what does the future hold for the country? In my opinion, I think that America is just fine, it’s just a rough patch we’re going through right now. But if it is, what is the reason, and when will it end? Or, on the other hand, maybe we just see more today than the past. That could be another reason it seems we’re heading downhill. Whatever it is, it has people off the rails.

One main reason, like I said above is because of the availability of the news in society. In the past, we didn’t have 24 hour news cycles that never seemed to never end. And when there was breaking news, the news really was breaking. Now, if the president is wearing an article of clothing we don’t like it becomes breaking. administration, articles, bankThe internet does not help the situation either; with social media, everything seems so much more worse than it is in real life. If you didn’t know any better you would think that we are on the brink of a major catastrophe. Then when something does happen that is bad, we start to really panic. Because all it does is further validates what we thought was really going in society. But is the news media the only aspect of society that makes you question its longevity.

What about the idea that jobs that have long been the source of America infrastructure have left and it seems like nothing is replacing it. We have so many people in America who only knew the factories, yet now what are they left with since everything is leaving. What are they left to do? Well, if they would educate themselves, there is a lot of money to be made in our country. adult, blur, booksAnd the money lies in this new tech space, yet so many don’t know how to access such information. The answer is to Google, Facebook, Instagram, Yahoo, or YouTube it. Look up information and try to put yourself in the know. But this is tough when the status quo has been the same for so long. Most people get up and work as if there will be a check for them every two weeks. Only problem is that this is not always the case. Sometimes you have to learn new things to keep you abreast of every change in time.

Which brings me to the last reason I think America is spiraling. We need to jump on with this new wave instead of rekindling all flames. American citizens are like someone looking up to see how someone who they used to date is doing. When you should be moving forward in life instead of trying to check on old flames. One U.s. Dollar Beside 100 Philippine PesosThere is a reason it ended, just leave it in the past. And that in the end, is a problem in America. We think by heading backward we can move forward. The problem with that is that we are not in the early to mid 1900’s. This is a global economy, and in order to thrive you have to find your place in this space. Other emerging nations are starting to make their come up and if America does not shift ourselves, we might be left lagging behind. China has already surpassed our economy as number one in the world. So it’s up to us to not only be the change, but make the change as well.


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LIFE IN PICTURES: HOW MEMORIES ARE BROUGHT OUT OF IMAGES WE SAVE

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“We all love to reminisce about the past.”


Ever sit back and look at the memories of the past in a photo album. Reminiscing on all the good moments you have experienced in life. Even at times when you’re not in the picture you’ll tend to ask yourself, “Where was I when this was taken?” “I don’t remember this photo.” All sorts of the thoughts start to stream through your mind as to the time and location of the photo. Well, what is it, what is it about photography that brings up the most mundane of memories. It doesn’t even have to be a special occasion, just a photo is enough to bring it out of you.

Well, for starters, photos are usually taken in a time of great memories. When things take place in your life that have been meaningful to you, we remember those moments the most. Whether it’s a holiday or even a birthday party. One photo can spark so much that you remember from that day. You remember everyone who was present in the photo and not in the photo. But it’s also a time to reflect on the people who are no longer with us. I recently saw a photo of my mother and father when they were younger. The picture included my father’s mother, who passed, her friend at the time, who passed, my grandmother’s sister, who also passed. These times you are very nostalgic.

But what are other memories from the photos we take. Another reason we love to look through photo albums is to also reflect over life. Looking over how far we’ve come up to where we are thus far. We might look at a photo of ourselves during a rough time in life, then smile at how you’ve overcome those moments. For example, you might have grown up in a poverty stricken environment and now you have yourself a nice house beautiful family and great friends. These past photos with the newer photos you’ve taken makes you feel proud of the life you’ve carved out for yourself.

In the end, we love to look over photos of the past and reminisce of past experiences. Our lives take on so many twists and turns that these photos create a nostalgic moment that for a second get us thinking. All those good times, the people that are not here with us, and even the times that were bad that got us to where we are today. It is an all encompassing experience into why we love opening that photo alum.