Jeffrey A. Sapp
As a former veteran who served overseas I have some interesting stories to tell. I am now an aspiring anthropologist & philosopher. Many of my writings will involve culture, philosophy, as well as some short stories & poems. Enjoy!
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.
Eager for love yet bound to find solace. Through her he finds himself while mankind's torn asunder. Forbidding air respired, her scene was embellished.
As a young Marine, I was both excited & nervous to go to another country. Of course, as a member of the armed forces, there is a potential for being put in a dangerous environment which heightens the anxiety. Okinawa, Japan, was ordered to be my home for the next three years of my life. While going to a tropical island seems like a paradise, this was not a vacation but a workplace. We were allowed time to enjoy the island on our off time while still adhering to specific guidelines. "You are an ambassador!" was drilled into our heads from before leaving to go overseas. During this allotted free time, there seemed to be some tensions between the Okinawans & U.S military in some places. Others knew that the American army had money which made them all the friendlier. Until now, I did not fully understand these tensions. After reading multiple historical accounts, literature and speaking with some of the locals, I understood the impact of some of the past atrocities. This is why I chose to write about my time in Okinawa versus my other travels. My time spent overseas was the most intense cultural change I've experienced yet. With that, I also found it necessary to raise a bit of awareness regarding cross-cultural experiences.