The “Prison”

For the past few weeks I’ve been reading the autobiography of Helen Keller for my English class, and it has been fascinating! For those of you who don’t know who Helen Keller was, she was blind and deaf her entire life but despite her circumstances learned how to read, write, and communicate with others. I’ve enjoyed seeing how Helen dealt with things you and I wouldn’t think twice about, and how she still managed to live a full life. But before she learned how to do all this, she would often refer to her circumstance as a ‘prison’, being trapped in darkness unable to escape. So the question I will be answering today is,”Which were the key incidents that led Helen Keller out of her ‘prison.'”

The first game changing thing Helen learned to do was spell. Her teacher’s name was Anne Sullivan, and she had very clever teaching methods indeed. If Anne wanted to teach Helen a new word, she would get Helen to touch what it was and then spell the word out in the palm of her hand. Water was one of the first examples, she would run water over Helen’s hand and then spell the word letter by letter in Helen’s hand so she could link what she felt, with a word. Sadly this didn’t work with everything, Anne had trouble teaching her more abstract concepts like love; because unlike water it’s an idea and not an object. The concept of spelling out words sparked Helen’s interest in learning, and helped further her understanding of the world around her.

What truly helped Helen feel more enabled was learning how to write. But before you learn to write you have to know how to read. So utilizing the concept of raised letters, she learned how to read books. (Raised letters are letters that jump off the page of a book about the height of cardboard, so when she ran her fingers over the page she felt the shape of the letters) As she began reading books she observed how people wrote stories, so with the help of Anne, Helen learned how to draw letters on paper and began to write her own stories. Being able to write was probably one of the most exciting things Helen ever experienced, because now not only could she express her inner thoughts on paper but with other people too. (hence her autobiography)

In the first paragraph of this essay, you read the word incident. This is a word commonly used to describe something negative happening, but it is quite the opposite. Incidents are “individual occurrences or events” that happen in our lives. Helen Keller’s whole life was made up of life changing incidents that helped her better understand the world, things you and I normally take for granted. Imagine not being able to see, hear, or talk to anyone everyday! Helen Keller in my opinion is arguably one of the most inspiring people who ever walked the face of the earth.

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The Failed Assignment

I’ve been reading an autobiography for my English class all about the life of a man named Sergei Kourdakov. Kourdakov was a Russian Communist soldier who lived a pretty tough and confusing life, but was highly favored by the Communist Party. The question I’ll be answering today is, “Describe the choices that led Kourdakov to the failed assignment.” This may sound a bit odd out of context but It’ll all make sense in a moment.

I feel that a little backstory would help you understand what I’m talking about. When Kourdakov was only 7 years old he began attending school for 1st grade, but what he didn’t now was what he’d be learning. Later he realized that children were taken away from their parents to attend the school. As the years went by all of his friends from school became criminals, but Kourdakov was a good student and was actually interested in the concept of Communism he was learning about. His choices were: Crime or Communism?

Kourdakov eventually chose the path of Communism. One day he was asked to train 1,200 young cadets in the ways of Communism, after joining the Communist party. After months of training he gathers 20 of his larger cadets and is assigned by his superiors to help breakup brawls and street fights around the city. But they actually had a secret hidden agenda, in other words their real job was never mentioned. Eventually Kourdakov found out what their actual job was: They were recruited to persecute Believers.

Now obviously you have no idea what a believer is so let me clarify; a believer was a person who believed in God and Christianity and was therefore a threat. When the group first found out about this they weren’t to upset, if anything they were upset about not knowing beforehand. Kourdakov had seen believers before, walking into houses in large groups for prayer gatherings and such. When they first encountered believers after discovering their true motives they were confused. The believers were unarmed, not hostile in the slightest, and didn’t even run away when a group of Communist soldiers walked in. At this point they didn’t have any reason to like the believers, but they didn’t have any reason to hate them either. The believers also reminded them that they have the legal right to worship God, so this made Kourdakov’s job even harder. They decided to return to the police station without touching a single believer. Their chief was not happy, and gave them a lecture on why the believers are their number one enemy.

If we answer the question now it will make a whole lot more sense. The choices that led Kourdakov to “the failed assignment” were choosing to obey the law that the people who established it were trying to break; and choosing to see the true unjust nature of their job. This just goes to prove that you can train someone to do horrible things, but that doesn’t mean they still don’t have a soul.

The Turning Point

This essay is supposed to be all about some of the “major turning points” in my life. Now most people when they hear the phrase turning point used like this they might think of a person having a near death experience, or someones life after being addicted to something. But I think everyone has gone through a major turning point, and that’s what I’m going to be talking about today.

You might not have realized this, but this turning point in our lives begins when we turn 13. Now what I’m referring to is the process that occurs in the human body that we all know and love: Puberty. Growing up you probably relied on your parents for almost everything, your food, the changing of clothes, even just brushing your teeth. Obviously as you get older you begin to pick up on all the things your parents helped you with, and become a more independent person. So when you begin to go through your teen years the world becomes a different place, and while that might not be the case for everyone it is for most. At this point in your life you can mostly take care of yourself, and your parents barely need to lift a finger to help keep you alive now; but you still need them.

As you go through puberty many hormones rush through our bodies, these hormones effect many different areas of the body. The ones I’ll talk about are the ones in our brain. During this time many teens have something called mood swings, which is when you can feel happy at one point, but then all of a sudden can feel depressed. You also might begin to see your parents a different light now that you barely need their help. This obviously isn’t what happens to every teenager, but the phrase “moody teen” comes from this effect. This may lead to more serious things like depression or having an identity crisis if you had no assistance from your friends or family. While you may see your parents as strict and unfair dictators as a teen, as you get older and start to seek their advice, you begin to realize why they did what they did. They might not have let you listen to certain music because of the horrible lyrics, or let you go out alone for fear of kidnapping. You should try to see things thing  from their perspective, as a parent, and could even use some of their tactics for when you become a parent.

In conclusion, we’ve all had a major turning point in our lives; even if it had nothing to do with a near death experience. As we grow older, the way we see our parents changes dramatically. It can go from needing them to help tie our shoes, to needing their wisdom and advice on relationships. This might not be the case in your life, but again it probably will be for the rest of you; including myself.

There is information I am learning in my history class that, in my opinion, will never show up in any public school  or college curriculum in a million years. But all of this information seems so obvious, so why will they not teach it to kids? Well for starters, most of this information proves biblical knowledge is true. There have been stones and inscriptions in many places in the United States that tell of things such as Jesus’ birth and the Ten Commandments. So, when schools want to teach kids about evolution and the big bang, they can not have all of this evidence around proving that the is Bible correct. Most school systems want to teach kids what they think they should learn, and this is a problem. Have you ever wondered why you can not ask questions in class? It is because they want you to believe everything they teach you “no questions asked”; even if it doesn’t make sense to you.

Besides all that, a different kind of evidence was uncovered, this evidence suggested that Christopher Columbus was not the first man to discover America. Many years ago, historians established that Columbus was the first to find America in 1492, but this information can now be easily disproved. A man named Barry Fell, a biology professor from Harvard, was able to decipher ancient writings found on many stones in the U.S., providing many historians with counter evidence against the “Columbus was First” worldview. But other discoveries, not made by Barry, also suggest that Columbus wasn’t the first to discover America. In fact, when Columbus found land in 1492 it wasn’t America, he actually landed in Cuba. Certain artifacts found there solidify this information. But why not just admit that Columbus wasn’t first and move on? Well historians do not like being wrong. Not just about Columbus, but about everything they discover, which is why when someone tries to disprove something historians set in place, then they’ll want to make sure everyone continues to believe what they discovered. They do this by mocking the subject of their anger, labeling Barry ridiculous and absurd, thus labeling any of his discoveries ridiculous and absurd. But this doesn’t erase any of his discoveries, nor does it erase the truth behind this flawed argument. Fell even found inscriptions in Eastern California that were in early Arabic languages. How do you deny that?

Schools these days want to mold kids into the kind of kids they think they should be, and not who the kids think they should be. They have a right to know these simple truths, but this guild of historians shelter them from these threatening changes in society. Why should we have to believe what those who are afraid of change believe? Feel free to share this information with your friends. As for who did discover America first it’s not said, but certain discoveries lead all the way back to the Roman Empire. But until the evidence grows too great to deny, “Columbus was First”.

2030’s Employment

Today’s question goes a little something like this,”Why is running my own business a way to guarantee my employment in 2030?” 2030 is the year where supposedly robots will be doing everything. If you don’t already know, robots have been getting smarter lately, and are being put to work. Some of the jobs we people used to do are now done entirely by robots; like car manufacturing. But lately people have been getting creative. Self-driving cars have now become a thing, artificial intelligence has a few bugs to work out, and restaurants are experimenting with robot “waiting of tables”.

But according to Moore’s Law, which states that “the number of transistors created and used in technology will double every 2 years”, the cost of information falls 50% every 3 years. Now when I say the cost of information I mean labor costs, obviously it falls as software designers make machines smarter.

So how am I to compete in this world of man versus machine? by running my own business of course. Now this may not seem like a smart idea what with robots taking over jobs and everything, but I truly think it is the way to go. My dad told me once, “There’s no greater power than the power of words,”and now I know what he means. Sure someone might go to an entirely robot run kitchen for a hamburger, but if he has friends who are telling him of this guy who makes the best hamburgers you’ve ever had, then it might intrigue him a little. Soon enough he tries one and he loves it! Now the hamburger man is in business, and has many returning customers. Soon enough those customers will tell their friends, and they’ll tell their friends, and now the hamburger man is making some serious money. All because he earned the respect and high opinion of his customers.

This applies to almost anything, whether is be a lawn care business or a barber shop, if you display quality then you’ve got the power of words and opinion on your side. Robots are programed to make the same thing the same way every time as to avoid errors in judgement, but the love and passion for what they do will never be there, because you can’t have a fully functioning society without emotion. So that is why running my own business is a way to guarantee my employment in 2030.

My Autobiography

I’m sure we all know what an autobiography is, someone’s life story published as a book. But these books are not easy to right. The author must vividly remember his or her life as far back as possible, this helps for a longer story and better details of their earlier years. But if I were to write my own autobiography in the future, I would have to remember the life events that are happening in my life right now! So today’s topic is, “What are three life stories I would include in my future autobiography?”

1st:  When I had just began 1st grade I wanted to find my big brother in the halls of my school, but I never saw him that 1st day. I rode the bus back home only to find that he beat me home. I asked him why I didn’t see him at school that day, and he told me he had stayed at home the entire day with my mom. I had no idea what he could have possibly been doing, but he told me he had been doing school. It was called homeschooling, and to my 7 year old self that sounded awesome. So after I finished 1st grade I decided not to go back to school for 2nd grade, but to start homeschooling with my brother. One of the best life decisions I ever made.

2nd:  I grew up learning all about Jesus and the Bible ever since I can remember, but it wasn’t done in just one church. My family’s been to many different churches over the course of our lives, some better than others. One of them was a small, humble little community that we fit into rather well, but as we saw it grow and develop as a church, we felt we had to move on and find another church to help. After helping 3 or 4 more churches we wanted to find a more permanent church, and never found another community like some of the ones we had before for a long time. Until one day, one of our mom’s friends heard of our situation and told us about a small church that was meeting at a nearby high school. So we started going there, and helped them however we could. After about 3 years of helping this community, we had become a part of the family; and helped move them into a new building. Since then, we haven’t felt the need to leave, we had made so many new friends at Conduit Church, and I have a feeling we won’t leave for a long time.

3rd:  When I was one and a half my family moved from Ohio to Tennessee, and found the perfect house to live in. But as time went by our family grew, and the house felt smaller and smaller. One day my parents made the decision to move to a new house that would accommodate our needs better. This was a sad thing to hear, because I had spent 13 years of my 14 year life in that house. But I eventually understood why we had leave and moved on from our old house. But leaving our old house was a great decision, now we have room to invite our friends over, a larger backyard to play in, and most importantly our own rooms.

Moments of Glory

Are there heroes that will be remembered forever, or are all heroes doomed to be forgotten? Well, topics like these can be either obvious or tricky to put an answer to, and for this question the answer is both. Anyone would obviously say that not all heroes will be permanently forgotten, but they aren’t always remembered forever either. This is all dependent on whether the feat that made them a “hero” per say was big or small. If a man saved a cat from a tree, then obviously he would make the city paper and soon no one would really remember he did anything. But if someone had saved multiple people from a burning building, and then stopped the fire, then he would be a bit more of a star at that point. Now here is where it gets tricky, this man will not be remembered forever either; he might have the occasional person recognize him on the street but all heroes such as these eventually disappear. So the 50/50 answer is that not all heroes are doomed to be forgotten, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be remembered for eternity either. They will have their moments of glory, but those moments won’t stick around forever.