“We should all thank the librarians who have been standing up for our rights. It’s time we join them. The Amendments to our Constitution were demanded by those asked to join the union, while today, in the country that many fought and died for, we are giving them up. Yes, we need to find ways to protect our country, but not by giving up the freedoms of the people. If the FBI gets to listen to my phone calls and take my records, I want to be able to do the same to them. Take back your rights, and let’s get rid of the USA PATRIOT Act.”
This conclusion sums up the article quite well. It lets you know the emotional stand point that the author holds. He sees the government making new acts and laws in the name of national security when ever we are all scared of the new threat of the week. We say, well I dont want to get blown up by a terrorist so the government must know whats best for me. He points out that any rights that we give up usually aren’t ever given back. National Security is important but we can’t get scared into giving up all our hard earned rights for a false sence of security.
Abortion is also related to the increase of chances of breast, uterine and cervical cancer in women. Apart from the other facts about abortion, it is a fact that almost ninety percent of the abortions taking place in the United States of America are illegal. These illegal abortionists work on almost an assembly line basis, and not every product they deliver is top-of-the-rack. Illegal abortions greatly increases the health risk to the mother, apart from the above described situations. Illegal abortions may not be hundred percent hygienic and may create a leeway for hundreds of types of infections and other medical malpractice situations for the mother.
Overall, there are a lot of arguments against abortion, that proves it is not only a moral sin, but can also create great problems to the woman and the family. The cons of abortion are great and uncountable and women and families should think twice, thrice, forever before affirming to an abortion.
I profess, in the sincerity of my heart, that I have not the least personal interest in endeavoring to promote this necessary work, having no other motive than the public good of my country, by advancing our trade, providing for infants, relieving the poor, and giving some pleasure to the rich. I have no children by which I can propose to get a single penny; the youngest being nine years old,and my wife past child-bearing.
“Before your inner journey ends, make certain you realize exactly what you’ve pulled off. Look at yourself in the mirror and fairly tremble with your newfound power. You have built bonds and allied yourself with the one person who will determine more than anyone else on the planet whether you fuck up or seize your dreams.
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In the morning you may not remember much of your adventure, but that’s okay, because the monkey never forgets. And a stranger who genuinely likes you is a very powerful ally, because he will come to your aid when you least expect it.
The next time you get loaded with the gang, gaze into your drink, your secret mirror, and think: “Hey, old friend. Remember our quiet time together? Remember the thoughts we shared? We’ll meet up again down the road. Just you, me, and the bottle.” —Frank Kelly Rich“
Some people often stereotype, just because they see a person throwing up, passed out or completely out of control. When they see you drink a certain amount of drinks they want to label you as an alcoholic just like that. I like this conclusion because I can relate to it kind of. Some people know how to manage drinking alcohol without losing control and still have fun, but others, they have to learn how to do it. That to me is the difference between an alcoholic and a person that just likes to drink for the fun of it.
“We cannot predict the future, and no ancient prophecy will prove the existence of a modern astronomical “end of the world” scenario. I am sure 2012 will be a significant year for spiritual and religious reasons, I’m not debating that. However, for doomsayers to use modern science to prove their inaccurate doomsday creations for personal gain is not only irresponsible, it can be very damaging.”
I was reading through 2012 articles when I found this one that talked about how it is a definite possibility but that people are blowing it way out of proportion and just making a doomsday check list of way to die. The conclusion summed up the main ideas pretty well and gave the reader a good idea about what the author was trying to say overall.
“Turning your daily actions into yoga becomes a dance between doing your absolute best and surrendering the outcome. You can surrender the outcome before you’ve made your effort, any more than you can win the lottery without buying a ticket. But as you make your effort, as you go about your daily tasks, the yoga lies in your intention to keep turning to the one who is not busy and to feel her steadiness, her detachment, and her freedom. You won’t always see her immediately, but once you’re committed to looking through activity to stillness, the one who is not busy starts to find you. Tuning in to the one who is not busy makes your effort, well, effortless. That’s when action truly does become yoga, and you become like an eight-armed action deity, effortlessly multitasking with no sense of being busy at all.”
-Sally Kempton, for Yoga Journal, Busyness Plan
When I first read this article, I felt like the author was speaking right to me. She begins by talking about people feeling they have too much to do and too little time to do it. This is quite often the way I feel – anxious, pressured, pulled in 100 directions and most of the time I do it to myself. I have extremely high expectations of myself and therefore give myself a much bigger workload than is necessary. This creates an overwhelming sense of chaos in my life that is almost totally without merit. Which is why I took up yoga 3 years ago in the first place. I took a couple classes just for fun and realized they did something to me; they calmed me down.
Yoga has helped me look at my daily life differently. Yes, I still tend pack my schedule as full as possible and stress and strain to complete my work. But through my practice I have begun to see how much better I feel and how much more accomplished I feel when I stop putting undue stress on myself. Reading this article was another reminder that stepping out of that busy head space, even for just a few minutes, can have a drastic effect on the way I go about the rest of my day. Getting to a point of being “the one who is not busy”, as Sally puts it in her article, takes years of practice. Being able to let go of my high expectations, and even being able to accept the stress that is unavoidable, is not an easy task. But keeping in mind the true essence of what yoga is means realizing that yoga is not about “being” but about “becoming”. Yoga is about intention, not outcome. Having this in mind helps me steer away from demanding so much from myself and instead simply be grateful for the things I do accomplish and be accepting of the things I don’t.
It has seemed to me lately more possible than I knew, to carry
a friendship greatly, on one side, without due correspondence on the
other. Why should I cumber myself with regrets that the receiver is
not capacious? It never troubles the sun that some of his rays fall
wide and vain into ungrateful space, and only a small part on the
reflecting planet. Let your greatness educate the crude and cold
companion. If he is unequal, he will presently pass away; but thou
art enlarged by thy own shining, and, no longer a mate for frogs and
worms, dost soar and burn with the gods of the empyrean. It is
thought a disgrace to love unrequited. But the great will see that
true love cannot be unrequited. True love transcends the unworthy
object, and dwells and broods on the eternal, and when the poor
interposed mask crumbles, it is not sad, but feels rid of so much
earth, and feels its independency the surer. Yet these things may
hardly be said without a sort of treachery to the relation. The
essence of friendship is entireness, a total magnanimity and trust.
It must not surmise or provide for infirmity. It treats its object
as a god, that it may deify both.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
*Posted above, is the conclusion paragraph to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay, Friendship. I chose this conclusion paragraph because I felt that it was really well put together. Emerson really knows how to get his points across in the most unusual, but unique, writing styles. Also, this essay is about friendship (hence the title of the essay) and I feel that it had a lot to offer the reader.