Category: Essays

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.

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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.

World War II

World War II

Following up on my previous essay about World War I, today will cover World War II as best as I can. This was such an extensive war that had so many effects around the world that it all won’t fit in one essay, so an aftermath of the war essay will proceed this one.

The War began with Germany. While still abiding by the treaty of WWI, Germany was increasing their fire power and was ready to start a war. But even with all their land and resources Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, wanted more. They looked to Poland and fought with the Soviet Union, or Russia, over it and eventually conquered it in 5 weeks. At this point Germany had become enough of a threat to want to make Britain and France declare War on them.

Even though Britain and France started a war, they did not fully engage in a major battle for a while. But when the German U-Boats, or submarines, began sinking French and British trade ships, then they retaliated by learning how to deal with the U-Boats. Later Germany had conquered Belgium, France, and the Netherlands by going around the countries’ line of defense, or the Maginot Line. Now without thinking they were out of his reach, Hitler set his sights on conquering Britain and Russia. Now with Britain, Germany used a series of bombings to weaken the country and it’s army, but this was the one countries that Germany was unable to conquer during the entire war. For The Soviet Union, Hitler initiated operation Barbarossa, invading Russia across an 1800 mile border with 4 million soldiers. But sadly for them, they were forced to retreat after almost conquering Moscow with 1 million casualties. Hitler attempted many follow up invasions but they all failed.

Now the Allied forces were striking back by taking over Germany’s North African foothold, which they accomplished near the beginning of the war. The Allied forces later gained U.S. help and, through the beaches of Normandy, were able to stake a foothold in France. Soon the German forces were not what they used to be and finally, the last big German offensive took place at the Battle of the Bulge where the Germans lost to France at the border between France and Germany. The German forces were chased all the way back to Germany’s capital, Berlin;  the Soviet Union’s Red Army forced the city of Berlin to surrender in a matter of weeks. The German armies officially surrendered on May 8th, 1945, or Victory in Europe day. Hitler was never found due to him killing himself before the city of Berlin surrendered. World War II saw over 60 million people die, 3% of the Earth’s population in 1939, and all it accomplished was the growth the Soviet’s border, all other borders reverted back to what they were originally. In conclusion, World War II was a war that was fought at a big cost with nothing gained, and in this case that big cost was $11 Trillion that the U.S. still has to pay off.

World War I

Now that I have explained how the war started in a previous blog post, today will oversee the battles and outcome of the war. If you’re curious how the war began then go see the previous essay. This will be a bit longer of an essay but worth it I promise.

Now, the Battle of Liege was where the first fighting took place. In hopes of getting close to France, Germany invaded Belgium in this battle. By August 16th the Germans took over. For the next few battles you will see that the Germans were a strong opposing force. In the Battle of Tannenberg the German army was able to take on the big slow Russian armies and win in 1914. They also stopped the armies reinforcements so there was no back up. Germany’s next target was France, so they started with Paris. But the French army gained British reinforcements beforehand and was able to stop the Germans 75miles outside the city.

The Allied forces hoped to fight back with the Gallipoli Campaign and thew Battle of Jutland. The Campaign began in hopes of pushing the Ottomans out of the war, but this failed in 1916 with Australian and New Zealand reinforcements coming to the Ottoman’s aid. But, the British did win the Naval quarrel of Jutland against the Germans in 1916 as well, and depleted the German navy almost entirely. The Battle of Verdun, which began 9 months earlier, was the German forces attempting to take over France once again, but the French would not give in. The city of Paris repelled 4 large German offensives with 700,000 casualties amidst the chaos. The German colonies in South Africa and Southeast Asia were taken by the British in 1915, and in 1918 the British recruited some of the local Arabs in the Middle East to rebel against the Ottomans, which led to the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Russia soon pushed to make peace with Germany in order to solve their own internal struggles unharmed. Later in 1917, the Battle of Caporetto, the German-Austrian forces obliterated the Italian army for backing out of the war right after it began. Finally to end the war the allies ,with the help of America, made one last push effort to defeat the Germans once and for all, and they crushed the Germans and forced a retreat. Soon an Armistice was signed on November 11th, 1918, and The Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919 to end the war entirely. But the conditions of the war were all on Germany and this planted a seed of resentment in the German Armies. But in the end, World War I was supposed to be “a war to end all wars,” but this only laid the ground work for a war twice as large.