Saturday, January 11, 2014
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
By Wei Xia, Courier Columnist
No matter how quick our tempers get, how many tantrums we throw, and how sloppy we look, there will always be someone who will love us, and we will always love someone.
According to the dictionary, love is defined as “an intense feeling of deep affection.” This is partly true. I have a deep affection toward red velvet cake, therefore I must love red velvet cake according to the definition above, right? But I feel a deeper affection toward McDonald's McFlurry, and an even deeper affection toward my family.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
“In their last moments, people show you who they really are. -- the Joker
We all wear masks. Whether it is to conceal our straightforward and sometimes rude personality to not offend anyone, or to appear funny and cool in front of someone you want to impress; the pretentious nature just takes over in front of the people we care about.
Why do we want to hide our true self? Is it because deep down we are ashamed of the dark, sinister thoughts that quietly generate in the very depth of our minds? Is it because of our not so pretty side is sometimes just too rambunctious and destructive to be amiable to the others? Or is it simply because we want to become someone better than who we really are, but couldn’t so we have to pretend instead.
Monday, October 21, 2013
“You can be the most beautiful person in the world and everybody sees light and rainbows when they look at you, but if you yourself don't know it, all of that doesn't even matter. Every second that you spend on doubting your worth, every moment that you use to criticize yourself; is a second of your life wasted, is a moment of your life thrown away. It's not like you have forever, so don't waste any of your seconds, don't throw even one of your moments away.” - C. JoyBell C.
I came across C. JoyBell C. last night and I can honestly say that she is a pretty beautiful person. She is known for her poetry, prose, novel-writing and is famed for her philosophical writings and speeches, many of which have been quoted in various books by different authors and can also be appreciated as incorporated by many artists into their diverse pieces. She reminds me of someone I haven’t met yet, someone I want to meet someday. When I think about it, I think C. Joybell C. is someone I feel is apart of myself, someone I want to be in the future. Her quotes are astonishing proper yet so relevant to the life I wish to live and the beliefs that have embraced me with open arms, thanks to the variety of literature I have came across the last few months.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
The sun rises and sets, it rains then it’s clear, it’s hot then it’s cold. Sometimes, doesn’t it feel as if time just flies by, leaving us utterly stunned in the dust?
We live in a fast paced world. What happened yesterday across the Atlantic Ocean in Britain is no longer news today; thanks to the internet, we know exactly when our favorite artist will be performing live and where; because of the speedy transportation, we can buy an apple pie in New York at 7:00 am and eat it after a well-seasoned medium rare steak grilled in Texas by 7:00 pm.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
“I'm a girl from a good family who was very well brought up. One day I turned my back on it all and became a bohemian.” - Brigitte Bardot
Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers, adventurers.
An essay done by a student at Belmont University, Nathan Dryden, did a research essay on the “ Modern Bohemia.” He states his reason of writing it was to “More specifically, I am attempting to ascertain whether the identity of the modern bohemian movement and the manner in which it differentiates itself is similar to the historical standard by which bohemians are defined.” His research project interested me greatly considering the scientific research he directly put in, to a topic he was interested as well as myself. He begins his research with the solemn question whether the modern bohemians and their works could be truly considered bohemian based on the historical definition of the word.
Friday, October 04, 2013
By Megan Duenas, Courier Staff Writer
“He was shaken by the overwhelming revelation that the headlong race between his misfortunes and his dreams was at that moment reaching the finish line. The rest was darkness. “Damn it,” he sighed. “How will I ever get out of this labyrinth!”
A labyrinth is a maze or a complex system of paths or tunnels in which it is easy to get lost.
So what is the labyrinth of life? In the book Looking For Alaska by John Green, even Alaska teased Miles into thinking about it; “That’s the mystery, isn’t it? Is the labyrinth living or dying? Which is he trying to escape–the world or the end of it? You figure out what the labyrinth is and how to get out of it.”
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
By Wei Xia, Courier Columnist
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration,” said inventor Thomas Edison.
Recently, the word “procrastination” have became a rather popular word used by students across the globe to define their laziness and otiosity. It is used under all circumstances regarding one’s homework, projects, or even presentations, and the word sounds so sophisticated that “ I didn’t do my homework because I procrastinated” almost seemed like a justified answer to someone’s inquiries.
We all have at least one friend who saves all the homework, and sleeps at 4 a.m. the night before the test. And we’ve all done it ourselves, at least twice.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
George Bernard Shaw, above
and Franz Kafka lived without
smart phones, and never tweeted.
By Wei Xia, Courier Columnist
He sighed, and after an nostalgic glance at the world, who had been so cruel, yet so glorious to him, breathed his last breath.
This is going to happen to all of us. The cold reality of death will either gradually or suddenly dawn upon us, and we will be forced to accept the fact that we are not going to be young forever.
"Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty.," Franz Kafka once said. However, this is no longer true in today's society. With the rapid expansion of technology, we don't even bother to look at the Stop Sign because our faces are always buried behind that little screen of ours, which is basically what our whole lives for based on now.
Friday, September 20, 2013
“In the wealthiest nation on earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty,” said President Obama when proposing the idea to raise minimum wage to $9 an hour.
Minimum wage has been a controversial topic among the public and important U.S. figures. Whether or not to raise the $7.50 pay to around $9.50 has put everyone in frenzy.
However, for two main reasons we should not raise the minimum. One being that a higher wage makes it more expensive for firms to hire employees, which consist of young people and low skilled workers. Two increasing minimum wage will not alleviate the issue of poverty in the United States.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Saturday, September 07, 2013
By Wei Xia, Courier Columnist
We are all a bit crazy. And if you think you aren‘t, well, you are.
For some people, however, they are a bit normal, and pretty crazy.
People who have gone insane are hardly respected in today’s world, nor in yesterday’s either. They are weird, and does things no one can understand, not even the most skilled psychiatrist. However, we are pretty weird too. We admire the people we like with a plant’s reproductive organ. We write on tree’s corpses. We peels the skin off random animals and put them on ourselves. Plus we dye our clothes with plant juice, which is like their blood. Why would we do that?
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
By Sohabe Mojaddidy, Courier Staff Writer
The affinity between religious tradition and the educational sector in the United States, for the most part, has been determined by the teachings of Judea Christian philosophy. For years, and even in our contemporary age, religious ideology has played a significant role in constructing our national teaching agenda. When this agenda has been threatened, perverse consequences have surfaced. For instance in 1844, massive protests were staged throughout the nation centering on a growing level of anti catholic sentiment.
As thousands of Irish Catholics emmigrated to the united states due to the potato famine, Protestant Americans feared the catholic bible would replace the traditional bible in the public schools. As a result not only was the stability of our country threatened but hundreds of people were killed over such matters. Clearly, history has shown us the profound effect religion has played in shaping the social fabric of the United States. Through much of the Midwest, the bible along with creationism, which asserts all humans as being created by a God, is still consistently taught. Students are led to believe human existence is a product of divine creation. Thus, physics and the natural laws of science are not being taught as rigorously to a considerable amount of American school children. But in an age where one third of Americans under the air of 30 do not associate themselves with a particular brand of faith, the role of religion is being reexamined.