FAST FOOD IS GOOD FOOD: AMERICA’S OBSESSION WITH EXPEDIENCY

Hamburger and Fries Photo

“I want it now!”


next window please

Whenever I go to the McDonalds that is across the street from where I live, I always think, “What can I get for this few bucks and I hope it’s fast.” Because the worst feeling is going to the restaurant you wanted to go to and then realizing that the wait will be a stretch. But think for a minute, if you cook at home, you’re talking about a 1.5 to 2 hour meal. So to complain about a 10 to 15 minute, is just flat out ridiculous. But that is why we call it fast food, it is supposed to be quick and easy. But then you have to sit for a moment and think about the implications that arise from quick and easy. Meals that you prepare at home, they are far better because you have to add your own seasoning. This way you can have it taste the way you want it to taste. But like I said, what are the issues that arise from fast and easy.

food first health last

If you go to a fast food restaurant, just look at the menu and check out the ingredients; the sugars and salt intake. You would be surprised how unhealthy the food really can be. Some of the salads have more sugar in them than the deserts. And you probably think to yourself, how the hell is that possible. Or better yet, a Popeyes salt intake is posted on the menu which clearly explains to you how the food can lead to stroke or heart attack. And these are the items on the menu that we love the most. And no one thinks twice before ordering, as a matter of fact, I don’t even think people care about the intake of unhealthy substances. Yet on the other hand, do we owe the people some form of responsibility? Because it doesn’t matter if you post it, there is more that needs to be done.

i’ve got places to go

I work an overnight job and I have places to go when I awake. So the idea of cooking each night is just not possible. If you are someone with a hectic schedule, then eating on the go is necessary. Especially if you have children, you have an even harder time coming home cooking. That should be an incentive to cook, but working for both parents makes it hard. Yet, we can’t help ourselves, especially if the food is good. For example, I could eat Chipotle everyday if I could afford it. And the food in Chipotle is healthy to a great extent, which is probably why it is so expensive. And with the state of the economy where we have to work more, fast food will grow even greater.


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PULL THE TRIGGER: OUR FASCINATION WITH GUNS

 

Person Holding Black Revolver in Bokeh Photography

“Aim-Fire!”


cock and unload

I am from the state of Wisconsin, and coming from the Midwest you are used to people owning guns. Now that I live in New York City, people think that it is odd to own a gun in this city. The only people you hear about that own guns outside the police are criminals. So what is it, what is the need to own guns. Because yes, we have a right to bare arms, but sometimes we take it to the extreme in the United States. There are people who own guns that foreign countries don’t have in their military arsenal. And we all say the same thing which is, “It’s my right.” But this goes far beyond rights to own a gun. Because consider myself someone who believes in your right to own a gun or guns. And I even like the well-known M16 assault rifle as well as the Desert Eagle hand gun. But where does all this come from in America?

1789

When the 2nd amendment was drafted it was written because the United States had just won the war against the British. So it made sense to have a well orchestrated during that time period. But when you look at the times of today, this is considered outdated, but we still have a right to bare arms. A lot of it has to do with protecting your household. But we also haver to look at the document for the time period. The men of the past who drafted up these documents could have never seen citizens owning the type of weaponry that kills its own citizens. The purpose was to fight outside forces not our own citizens. So that is the problem with using the argument of the fore fathers of America and their intent.

playing off of fears

When you live in a major metropolitan city, you should be a lot more cautious about where you live. But the reality for most Americans is that they don’t need the weapons they do where they reside. But most Americans live in rural areas with very little crime, but a high gun ownership. They own guns off the idea of what could happen in this country from a force that they most likely will never come in contact with. So this country plays off of fears because the typical gun owners are not connected into a diverse environment that allows them to see reality from fiction. And yes, there are bad things that happen everywhere, but to a large degree people are more scared than they need to be.


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BELIEF IS ACTIVE: HOW OUR BELIEFS EFFECT OTHERS IN SOCIETY

 

Silhouette Image of Person Praying

“It’s how society should be.”


how the lord intended it to be

In America today, so much of our beliefs effect how we all live our lives. An to a degree, how other countries lives, especially if they are allies can have an effect as well. When you believe something to be true, no matter what, people are going to push their will on society. We don’t just do it for religion, we do it for other things as well. If I want to live my life a certain way and others around agree, you are forced to fall in line. And what’s crazy is that living in America you should have the freedom to not be apart of something if you shall choose. But if you don’t align yourself with the status quo, then you will find yourself in a tough jam. The thing is, why do we care so much about each others’ beliefs?

the psychology of man

The reason humans have to enforce will has to do with us as a creature. As a creature we are endowed with the ability to have beliefs and have free-will. And for some reason, we seem to think that since we have these things it is supposed to mean something. When in reality what we believe to be true and what is actually true is different. I would love to believe a lot of things in our world, but the reality is, I have to decipher what is more important. So many people refuse to admit that a lot of what we believe is just not valid. If you have ten beliefs, only three are important. But then you get into this argument of well who gives you the right. Then from there is if it’s not important, why do I feel this way? So you just let them ramble, and as long as they don’t negatively effect society, you leave them be. Because it is only their lives they waste by jamming everything into their lives.

evolution says a lot

Being the carbon based lifeforms that we are, we learn and grow and understand the world around us. So the more we learn about self, the more we realize how complex the mind is, but how mundane we live and behave. So a lot of human beliefs are actually falling apart. Well at least the ones we have come to know over time. Because you cannot expect us to carry the same thoughts forever on Earth. So what happens is new ones replace outdated ones. So who knows in the future what the new-new-new ones will be.


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DATE NIGHT: THE NEW ERA OF DATING

Man and Woman Sitting Together in Front of Table

“Whose in charge of what?”


boy the times have changed

In today’s society the landscape of dating sure has taken a turn. It’s a far cry from what dating was like in our parents or even grandparents generation. You had a courting process that could take as much as a year or more. Today people are know to have sex in the same night that they meet. And I am just trying to understand, if the end game is having a long lasting relationship, does hooking up so soon work itself out. Some people argue that it does not matter while those with more life experience will say it is a big mistake to go into something so intimate so soon.

boy meets girl, sometimes

Times have also changed regarding who asks out who on a date. Still for the most part it’s guys meeting the girl. But there have been a wave of women asking guys out on dates. Now, it is still fairly new, but it has been a trend over time. Today’s women feels there should not be any restrictions on who ask who out on a date. I will caution women, that when you are more into us than we are into you, you could be running into some problems. So if this is a pursuit for relationship, then it could mean that he is the prize. So, now you become the constant hunter. Because as much as you think as a woman you are under control you really aren’t in control.

what is to come next

For the future to come, who knows what will be the next move forward. If only you knew that, there is a lot of money to be made. Why, well, people have been busy because individuals have to work more today. So the time spent dating is tough. And with the advent of all these dating apps, what will be the tech move to bring people even closer together?


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GANG GANG: WHY WE LOVE THE STREET LIFE

Image result for gang culture

“It’s raw and we love it.”


why we love it

It’s in the music and our communities. We love for some reason the gangs in America. I once spoke about the gangster mentality and the infatuation. This topic will be geared toward how it has become so popular in the dominant society. And a lot of the music has to do with why gangs are so popular. Only problem is that gangs are not a play thing. You have to realize that people die as well as go to prison. So you can have that life but these are the consequences to being in the street. We have been seeing this play itself out during the trial of rapper Tekashi 69. Over the past few years he has stated how gangsta he is, but now it’s put to the test.

dollar dollar bills ya’ll

I remember growing up listening to hip hop music where gang culture is big in the music. But then, you start to see companies cash in on the market for this love of the streets. Meaning, you would never see a McDonalds commercial with gang signs. But you would see someone performing the Crip walk. A dance that was created and popularized by the Crips gang in the state of California. So when you have a dance created by a street gang, you have to assume there is something else attached to these moves. And the moves are almost like a tribal dance that shouldn’t be popularized by teens who don’t know what they are doing. But companies don’t care, they see hip hop artist Snoop Dogg doing it, now it’s the Snoop dance. Now Snoop would never tell you it’s his, but it becomes that because he is so famous.

rebellion is attractive

Then gang outlaws represent an aspect of daily American rebellious actions toward the status quo. There is nothing more attractive at times than the bad goys who elude the authorities in their attempts to maximize monetarily for their own personal gain. well, why is that good? Because we all have the idea that the government really isn’t out for the good of the people. So when these outlaws create a work around to making money outside the watchful eye of Uncle Sam, it’s enticing. But, all that enticing behavior comes at a cost to the person and society. So inevitably, the marketing and advertising of gang culture becomes a negative externality. As well as also becoming a stain on the communities from which they were created.


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OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE: LEARNING ABOUT OTHERS CULTURE

Woman Wearing Green Sari Dress

“Try something new.”


it’s all i know

As a young male growing up in Southeastern Wisconsin, there was not much diversity going on in the city. So when I moved to New York City, I will say it was quite overwhelming. Still sometimes the city can be a lot, but I am able to manage a lot more than in the beginning. But I have moved here and weathered the storm to stay. But this isn’t about living in a new city, it’s about getting out of your comfort zone so that you can learn more and succeed in the process. I for one am a person who has to always work on getting his own comfort zone to make things happen in my life. And because of that I find myself opening a window to so many opportunities.

knowing less is not an excuse

In New York City there are close to one hundred ethnic groups from around the world. And the reality is, is that you’re not going to know everything about everyone. But there are enough people within a certain to understand. Because it’s one thing for a city of 1,000,000 to have a group that makes up less than half of one percent of the population. Then there is another to know nothing about the city makeup of a group that constitutes 45% of the entire cities population. This means you are living in serious proximity of another group and to not have nothing to know about each other is mind boggling.

fear shouldn’t hold you back

Coming from a different background or from a different country and then visiting that location is scary. I work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and I see tourist from different parts of the world and there is something so brave about moving about a place you have never been. NYC is a scary place if you are just coming to America for the first time. But this is not everywhere in America. Most places are not this fast and big. I have my scary cultural hang-ups as well but they are dating. And I promised myself I would get out of that zone.


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THAT’S NOT FUNNY: WHY ARE COMICS HELD TO CERTAIN STANDARDS

People at Theater

“Why so serious?”


comedic standards

Comedian Dave Chappelle recently put out his standup special and it has so many people upset at his commentary. My previous post talked about sensitivity with language, but now I wanted to tackle the need for comedians to be held to such standards. I never thought the day would come where so many people are hurt by jokes while the same commentary is still in music and films. Is it that comedians are really saying things that are reprehensible, or are people being way too sensitive? In my opinion, people are being way too sensitive because a lot of comics that people are angry at have said and done worst in the past that we all love. So it seems pretty selective now they are touching on something I don’t like.

court jesters aren’t politicians

Hundreds of years in the past, the comic was someone that was appointed to make the king laugh. You made him laugh and you were the funniest person around. Not many people could make the serious, no nonsense king laugh. So the jester was very important in his own regard. But now, the jester is seen as someone that is just as important as the himself. And it is the job of the comic to take tragedy a lot of times and make light of it. Many think that is not funny, but all comedy is at the expense of someone. So to say that this is funny but not this over here, you’re just reaching to something that isn’t there. You want to hold on to your frustration so you will make anything hate.

i just need the fire inside

If you were to make people explain why they are angry, a lot of people couldn’t do it. They have all this built-up aggression, but for some reason, they don’t know where it comes from. In my opinion, they know where it comes from. And for whatever they don’t want to address it. It is much easier to go around angry than it is to fix a problem. The anger is like a blanket that feels really good and comforts you. Only problem is the extreme lows after the rage.


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