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Freedom

Freedom is the ability to responsibly handle the idea of being able to do anything one imagines. Freedom is being able to choose to sit home doing nothing, but choosing to get up and take advantage of being able to receive an education and work any job one wants. Freedom is being allowed to complain about the government, write letters to the government, and participate in political rallies and not be beaten or arrested. Freedom is what a person makes it to be. Freedom is only freedom if a person takes full advantage of his/her right vote, to buy the groceries one wants, to read, to write, to see, to hear, to speak, to go. People stop being free when they stop doing these things.

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People and Their Kids

I work in a grocery store as a cashier. I see all kinds of people – some are extremely rude and others are the friendliest people out there.

Customers always tell me “Alright” when I ask how they are and when they ask how I am I always say “I am great.” I have one customer that always answers my question with “Oh I’m swell!” and when he asks me how I am, I say “I’m wonderful.” One day he said, “Oh yeah, how many times have you said that today.” So I told him he was the only customer I told that to because thats the way we are. He tells me he is swell and I tell him I am wonderful. It was that simple. He always comes to my register now and I have learned that the military told him he was retiring when he was 28 and that he has an 11 month old.

That is one of the friendly customers.

One day, I had just finished with a customer and a family was behind me at another register. The couple had three children. The oldest, a daughter, was standing in the middle of a lane behind her mother. The younger two, sons, were standing down the lane in front of the buggy with their father. The father was telling his daughter to come by him and she asked, “Why?” It was a simple question that could have been answered as, “Because you are in the way right there.” Of course he didn’t say that. Legitimately answering the question would have been too much of a problem obviously. Instead of giving her an answer he angrily said, “You do not need to ask me and your mom why on everything! We say to do things, you do them. You don’t need a reason.”

Exactly. Raise a child to not question anything. I do not care if that girl had been irritating him all day. Children ask why on a lot of things and it is important for them to do so. Telling a child to stop asking why is telling a child to stop exploring the world. Asking why as a child on simple subjects allows that child to grow into an adult that questions ideas and commands that don’t make sense. Complex ideas will not make sense to adults and the ones that will ask questions and find answers  will be the ones that didn’t have their dad yelling at them in the grocery store for asking questions.

That store gives me the opportunity to see a lot about people. It proves to be interesting.

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People I Will Meet.

As more chances are given to me I will do what I can to have conversations and form relationships with people to understand the ideas of the rest of the world.

There are so many people with so many ways of expressing their thoughts. There are  rational types that can express their ideas and argue their opinions sensibly — these are the people I want to meet for I know too few. There are the people that shout out their views and will not listen to anything else because they do not want to feel wrong– these are the people I know and are hard to talk to.
I want to meet people that have learned to consider every point of a situation to form an opinion (or at least willing to reevaluate their ideas.) People cannot be taught how to truly form their own opinions. There aren’t a lot of people that really have their own opinions (at least not that I know), but more of people raised to think by the people around them. Not being fully sure if I am one that forms my own opinions or have been raised to think I form my own opinions, I like to think that I form my own ideas. People have to find how to form their own ideas.
Where I live, most people are taught what ideas to have and never find a way out of that teaching. Bringing up a controversial topic in class results in mostly the same ideas being voices. ex:

  1. Abortion – “Wrong. Outlaw it.”
  2. Pence Amendment – “Good! Put our money elsewhere!”

For those unfamiliar with the latter, I will summarize it in my own words (so it may be biased.)
The potential Pence Amendment would cut government funding for Planned Parenthood. It would stop funding for cancer screenings, birth control pills, and parts of WIC and a lot more. Cancer screenings being cut would prevent a lot of women from learning they have cancer early on. Cutting birth control would result in a lot more unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Cutting WIC would keep many children and pregnant woman from getting the required nutrition for a healthy lifestyle. I feel it would be a bad move.

I want to meet people that consider all sides of the story and can actually argue properly. These people that just have an opinion because they are trained to have it frustrate me. I am excited that I will face meeting new people soon and some will hopefully consider the way they think more often than the people I know now.

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