What do violence and food have in common? More than you would ever think.
Gluten free pasta, vegan cheese, vegetarian chicken, sugar free soda – they all sound like a bunch of oxymorons don’t they? The American food industry has recently been facing a growing sense of scrutiny as Americans realize the health consequences of our nation’s general eating habits. They are in a frenzy to point the blame at someone, mainly pointing the food corporations. These abstract new products are the food industry’s way of defending itself and providing a potential solution. Continue reading Pointing Fingers: Who Are We Going to Blame Next? By: Shima Dadashzadeh→
Your child just knocked over a glass of milk and it spilled all over the kitchen. A neighbor drunkenly crashed their car into your mailbox. The son of a friend got poisoned by E. Coli after eating some contaminated meat. A depressed student and a mentally unstable student just fired guns and killed thirteen fellow classmates at your school. Each and every one of these events may frustrate you, anger you, and even shock you, and if you’re like most of us, you are likely to blame what’s right in front of you. You would blame the child who knocked over the milk, you would blame the drunk driver who broke your mailbox, you would blame the meat company for selling tainted meat, and you would blame the shooters for committing such a horrible crime upon your school. Now what I’ve learned about writing an academic, literary piece is that you often need an answer. Unfortunately for this essay, and for the situations described above, I don’t have an answer. In fact, when it comes to blaming people and things, I don’t have any answers at all.
The excitement of campaign season has come once again! Many hopeful politicians have announced the intention to run, and are facing the praise and punishment of their platforms. Jeb Bush is among those who have yet to
announce. Following a speech Bush gave, “a college student named Ivy Ziedrich stood up an said… the origins of Isis… law in the decision by Bush’s brother, in 2003, to disband the Iraqi Army following the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s government” (Filkins, 1). While it may not be entirely accurate to say that Bush created Isis, the truth of Ziedrich’s argument is that “President Bush… or someone in his Administration decreed the dissolution of the Iraqi Army” (Filkins, 1). In doing so, thousands were put out of work. Bush enhanced the “creation of the Iraqi insurgency,” which contributed to ISIS, since “some of the men fighting in ISIS were put out of work by the American occupiers in 2003” (Filkins, 2). The following notion can foretold the consequences of America’s actions in the Middle East: when one does not know what they are dealing with in conflict, one does not know what the outcome will be. Continue reading An Ivy Vine and a Burning Bush: How Being Present Can Lift Us Out of Hatred // Katherine Jack→
Many people growing up in places throughout the nation and other countries dream about coming to the Bay Area, a place where businesses are flourishing, technology is rampant, and people can make millions with their innovative ideas. However, what doesn’t pass through the minds of many is that people continue to dish out thousands of dollar to live in a place where the cost of living is artificially high, and where, despite being the headquarters of many social media companies, many people don’t even know their neighbors. The majority of the Bay Area does the same task of dressing up in a dress shirt and jeans, driving hours in stop-and-go traffic in either their “environmentally friendly car” or brand new sports car, working a 9 to 5 job, going home to cook dinner and repeat the same process the next day. My experience in Critical Writing and Thinking here at Santa Clara has taught me to have my eyes constantly open, to acknowledge the ignorance we have as a society, and to consider ways to change that.
Turn on the news and you will undoubtedly hear a story containing some sort of violence. We seem to be intrigued by violence, yet afraid of it; aware of its negative consequences, yet unwilling or afraid to prevent it. Some violence is veiled and less apparent—such is the case with the factory farming industry. Other violence is more obvious—mass murders, for example.
When I was a kid, my mom’s biggest lessons towards me was “take responsibility for your actions.” As a stubborn kid, I was often breaking this rule, as I was determined to prove how nothing was my fault. Now a days, responsibility it pretty important. As a college student, taking responsibility means making sure that my homework, laundry, or whatever, gets done in a timely fashion. And just I try to take responsibility for myself, I expect others to do so.