Jeffrey A. Sapp
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As we look inside
No matter the position of authority, or the differences we've chosen to value over our innate similarities, there are universal truths that make us human. To this day, I can't understand why, no matter the justification, people choose to look for the differences. It comes down to the simplest superficial qualities that end up dividing us. Eventually, these biases morph into horrible monstrosities that corrupt our egos and bring us closer to our downfall as a species. Our current global conditions show how the choices of one or a select few individuals can shake the very foundation of the very structure we chose to construct underneath us. But who gave them their ego? Unfortunately, we did. Sitting idly tweeting about such atrocities does not address the issues at hand, nor does it prove whose the better person. And while that last statement is now directing your finger toward the close button of this article, I invite you, with open arms, to continue reading. There needs to come to a point where we as a species should take responsibility for our freedom and not allow these influential individuals to march forward in archaic conquest.
Fostering Smiles Under Masks
So much to say with no way to say it It's been a bit difficult to find something to write about, not for any reason more than I always feel I fall short somewhere. I always try too hard. Some may call it perfectionism, but I see it as a hope to provide the most value to the reader. I always ask the question, in my work and all aspects of my life, where can I hope to provide some degree of benefit? What do I have to do to help those around me? Iv'e dedicated my degree, as have so many of those around me, toward bettering the world. We want to create solutions for the problems in the world that became so quickly disregarded. Often overlooked are such simple things; Things we all take for granted in this wild, face-paced world we've created.
To the End and Back Again.
It's not about the destination; it's about the journey — something along those lines. I often found myself quickly dismissing these clichés based on lacking originality. I want nothing more than to seize my destiny, forming my own cliché's. But does it matter? Come to find out, there was more than a grain of truth behind these words. There's a reason people keep saying it, and it doesn’t cant make meaning for ourselves.
Inside and Out
Keep reading; It Gets Better Not too long ago, hope seemed lost. I searched endlessly for something to satisfy hedonistic urges that were impossible to satiate. The truth was in front of me the entire time, but I just kept going back to what I thought would give me solace. I found myself in this endless cycle of deceit, where it seemed inescapable. It's disconcerting to think that so much time had been wasted running back and forth between a false sense of satisfaction and the desire to reach a shadowy peak. But I never reach the top. Not again. Now I think that perhaps it wasn't a waste. At least I can talk about it now, with certainty that Iv'e moved past whatever phase of my life that was. The human condition is experienced in different ways. While sometimes, the bitterness of guilt eats away at present, causing life to pass by much too quickly, it is worth it to look back and know you can now use that guilt to your advantage.
A Rat (EWWW)! Companionship comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors. In my case, the companions I chose ended up being quite non-traditional, if non-traditional can be applied to an emotional counterpart. Out of what could be chosen, I ended up with small, soft, and super cute friends regardless of the constant “EWWW, are they gross” reactions I receive. Irrespective of what’s often considered a “traditional pet,” I found some adorable and loving companions that have ended up being the perfect friends over the past few months, and I wouldn’t ask for anyone else.
Marcus woke up yet again from an ethanol-induced slumber. Wrapped around him was a shroud of guilt. Holding onto her memory brought him substantial pain, where liquor served to sever his conscious connection temporarily. Regardless, it seems that no matter how much he drank, there was no way to rid himself of her haunting image. With no hope for the future and all options exhausted, a man has nothing to lose.
Sounds of Peace
Where is self-expression contained? The importance of self-expression as an innate human characteristic has been a subject of continued discussion for many years. This idea of self-expression is more crucial to our existence than first realized. Innovation & progress require a significant degree of creativity & free thinking. Limitations placed on exploitative minds not only affect progress but mental health and other unseen issues. Even more frightening is the exploitation of creative potential for profit and war-related goods. Imagine being full of so much promise & ability without being able to express it. Imprisonment of the soul causes devastating results that only through breaking the chains of adversity will one flourish. Revisited repeatedly, regardless of conscious decision to do so, is self-expression, which remains a significant element for happiness & inner peace.
Food culture As an aspiring anthropologist, looking at food culture is essential for understanding many deeper cultural elements. Food allows us to see what's available & valued by a culture as well as gives insight into certain customs & delicacies. During my travels around Southeast Asia, some of the most interesting flavors were introduced to my palate. While the United States does have many qualities that make us a cross-cultural entity, our great melting pot cannot fully capture certain aspects of the homelands. Perhaps it's the local ingredients, or a recipe that's been passed down for generations that make certain food taste so unique in the homeland. Food brings us together, allows us to explore, and gives insight into other cultures.
A Letter to None
The Fall Everyone knew after Donald Trump was elected for a second term, things would fall apart. COVID-19 continued to spread even more rapidly, causing the death of many influential figures in society. Health care personnel were affected first, followed by our scientists & leaders, resulting in wide-scale panic. Funding for the vaccine was cut almost immediately following the election. Justifications for doing so were claims for mass immunity extinguishing the virus naturally. New strains that were more potent developed and spread throughout the Americas. For the rest of the world, it's unknown what happened. Perhaps they suffered the same fate.