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What is wrong with this world!


Day in and day out the news shows me things so morally wrong, so ethically disgusting, and so obviously (for lack of a better word) idiotic.  What is going on… Joe pa at Penn State, Occupy everything, the economy, politics, sex scandals, harassment allegations, the world is going NUTS!

Mob mentality, in its most simple definition, is being shown by Penn State as I type this.  Riots to SUPPORT a man who “should’ve done more” BUT didn’t! One person starts not being able to handle his/her anger leads to misguided attacks, this attack stimulates others in this once peaceful protest, this protest now becomes a riot.  America, Penn State, World…. GET A GRIP!  How morally wrong, how bad of a person do you have to be to say a man(one who KNEW about child sexual abuse and did nothing… that’s right, NOTHING) should be allowed to continue his career as an NCAA football coach when obviously he does not have the moral compass a human being should possess.  Yes, I admit, he’s human.  We, as humans, are not perfect.  We, as humans, make mistakes on a daily basis.  We, as humans, are the most imperfect beings on the planet.  However, we, as humans, are instilled with morality and ethics.  We, as humans, have something no other living thing on this planet has.  This thing, like I stated before, is morality.

There is so much wrong with this world.  Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Immorality, Envy, Pride, Envy… could it get worse?  The reasons these problems are existing right now in this world are due to a lack of compassion, caring and ethics, but also, it’s due to an overall sense of most people believing they are self-righteous and should have things given to them.  I am guilty of it, you are guilty of it, every person on this planet is guilty of self-righteous or selfish thoughts.  But, if you are in a national (even international) spotlight where people look up to you and see you as a powerful figure, you need to hold yourself with class and dignity.  Joe Paterno, did not and obviously cannot do this.  I don’t feel bad for Joe Paterno at all, he made his mistake, he knew he was making a mistake, he continued making a mistake, and to me, the magnitude of this mistake is unforgivable… the mistake he made is nothing more than a disgustingly selfish act by a man who cared about his career and his football team so much that he let illegal actions take place and he didn’t do anything about it.  Joe pa… hindsight is 20/20 for sure, and I’m glad you see that, but I learned morals and ethics as a child, I know right from wrong.  If this is something you did not learn until now, in your nearly 85 years of life on this planet, I can only say, WOW.  Now, as a community, as a sports community, as a human community, we have a few choices.  We can proceed as some Penn State students see fit and riot his “hasty and wrongful firing”, we can see this man as he truly is, a human being who made disgustingly immoral decisions to protect a friend and assistant coach of his, or simply forget about Penn State, Penn State football, Joe Paterno, and everything about College Park and just pray for and keep the 8 young boys who have been sexually harassed by Jerry Sandusky in this Penn State debacle in your thoughts.

Occupying everything is not going to fix things.  Occupying wall street, occupying Oakland, occupying Orlando, and occupying random cities everywhere is not going to bring our country out of recession, it’s not going to do a thing.  The reason I say this is solely because, you “occupiers” as a whole do not know what you are protesting.  Everyone is protesting something different.  Talk to the majority of anyone occupying somewhere, then talk to the person standing next to them, I bet you will actually see something quite humorous… confusion between 2 “occupiers” within feet of each other.  How about we try this. Stop thinking you DESERVE things, and WORK for them.  Stop blaming others for misfortunes your own actions have caused.  Stop occupying places with a “cause” you can’t even define as a group.  Stop complaining.  Stop being stupid America.  Enough is enough.  It is time for each person to take responsibility for your life!  Take responsibility for your decisions and actions, but most of all, if you cannot take responsibility for your own life and what it has become at least have the courage to say that.  But seriously, STOP OCCUPYING CITIES AND GO FIND A JOB! There are plenty of jobs, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Wal-mart, K-mart, Burger King, Publix… the list goes on and on and on and on and on.  You are NOT too good for these jobs, you, as an American citizen, should be instilled with a spirit of hard work, the spirit of our Fore Fathers.  Work for what you want, fight for what you want, but seriously stop pointing fingers at others to sweep your own bad decisions and mistakes under the rug. It’s time to take responsibility for your lives.  It’s time to get back to work.  It is time to fix this world that is becoming nothing more than an immoral and unethical breeding ground for so many people.

Followers, readers of mine, if you know me or read my posts normally, you know I am not usually one to post about current events going on, politics, or anything that may cause uproar.  But this is my call to you!  Make a difference!  Fight for what you want!  Let me say this again, fight for what YOU want!  Take the road less traveled and begin to make and live with the decisions humans must make daily.  Let’s start fixing the world by fixing ourselves first.  Morality and ethics are 2 things that could begin to make this downward spiral our planet is in start to turn upright.  Look at yourselves in the mirror, seriously look.  If you can realize all the good things in your life rather than focusing on the negative, the world will become brighter and the world will become a better place with time.  It’s up to us, this is our world, this is our planet, we are all one human family, make ethical choices, make good decisions, take responsibility for your life, work for what you want and need, but most importantly

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

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Perseverance


If this semester has taught me anything besides the actual school material I need to know, it’s that perseverance is by far one of the most needed qualities in life.  Once, twice, sometimes three times a week I sit down for an entire night, sacrificing sleep for the hope that I will have joy from a good test grade.  Perseverance doesn’t come from continuing on through success though, it comes from rising above your failures, learning from them, and accomplishing something that you couldn’t before.  It’s pushing so hard you think of little else than the final goal of whatever it is you are striving for.  For me, that goal is graduating in the long run, but for now passing tests and making it out alive.  Perseverance by definition is a state of persistence through anything including obstacles, difficulties, and discouragement.  Now honestly, I have not done particularly well in some of the tests I have taken this semester, but it’s at these times you need to stand up, look yourself in the mirror, and stare into your soul.  Force yourself to become better than what you may think of yourself at the moment, force yourself to ignore people who think you can’t do it, but mostly force yourself to overcome your own personal obstacles you have set up mentally.  Overcome doubt in yourself.  Overcome the discouragement of failure.  Overcome your negative thoughts.  Become more than you could ever imagine by digging deep within yourself to prove you can do something you once though you couldn’t.  Forget about everyone and everything else and focus on what you need to do to get to the stage of preparedness you need for whatever it is you are accomplishing.  It may sound cliché, but the phrase “Be all you can be” is not only something military personnel should think and achieve.  Every person, in every way can become what they want to be with perseverance.  You can do what you can do, but only if you push yourself to get there.  Perseverance to me is a characteristic trait I am slowly getting the hang of, it is something I wish I had my entire life, and it is something I wish for everyone to have.  Think hard and long about something you wish you could do or want to do and don’t only aim for it, aim for the next highest thing.  “Always aim for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” (W. Clement Stone) That phrase really puts everything I’m saying into perspective and makes you think about everything that could be accomplished if you aim higher than anything you ever thought imaginable.  I’m trying to get into a D.O. or P.A. program after undergraduate studies, this is my goal, yes I have failed tests, and even an entire class. I’m not perfect.  It’s what I choose to do with these failures that define me as a person.  What are your goals and how are you going to push yourself to overcome obstacles you face to surpass any goal you set for yourself?

 

-Eric Welter


Morals come from a sense of understanding and passion to do what is right no matter what.  Striving to satisfy your inner moral compass is all but easy though.  Decisions must be made every day that can sway your views on morality one or the other and sometimes even completely change how some people view you as a person.  How can something we all know about be so hard to follow and so hard to keep on the positive (or right) side of the spectrum?  Morality is all about choosing what’s right and what’s wrong in many different aspects of life.  It’s choosing whether or not to let your best friend cheat on the upcoming exam, whether or not you should lie for a friend who needs to get out of a situation with his mom, or whether or not you should say anything about your best friend cheating on his/her significant other to that person.  How do we make these decisions? Why is it so hard to do the right thing? The answer although simple enough is that being bad is more fun.  That’s right I said it… being bad or doing bad things sends a kind of adrenaline rush through most people because you’re breaking the rules and doing things that could be seen as “sticking it to the man”.  Morality is one thing that you should really strive for on a daily basis, something you should really want for yourself and the people around you. The ideals of honor and integrity should mean EVERYTHING to you.  Sometimes it won’t be easy.  Sometimes it won’t be fun.  Sometimes you may end up losing friendships or relationships because you strive to do the right thing.  But really, how can you live life to its fullest if you consistently have bad morals.  Who likes people like that, people who pick bad choice, who do crappy things, or who wouldn’t go out of their way to help you out and give morally accurate advice to you in a time of need.  It’s no wonder the nicest people are always surrounded by people who motivate them and help them continue down that “road less traveled”.  It’s hard enough to keep a moral compass pointing north, but doing it on your own will prove to be one of the hardest things ever.  Morality, in my eyes, comes from the people around you, from your parents, from your friends, from your education, and from inside of you.  It really is your decision to stay on a moral high-ground, to stay ahead of a world that usually goes the opposite direction of morality.  It’s up to you to choose the right people to surround yourself with, to uphold the virtues and morals instilled in you through the years of your life.  It’s up to you to really keep your head on straight and strive to be the best and most kind person you can be. What is life with negativity? With a never-ending path of wrong-doing’s and bad decisions?  Where will that path take you? Where will you end up while making those decisions? Look in the mirror and realize morality is really the best way to go, the best and most direct path to a happier and more fulfilling life.  Now tell me, why is it the “road less traveled”?  Seriously, tell me…

 

-Eric Welter


It is something that every person knows about, a thing that must be conquered in order to find true happiness, but what is failure really?  Thomas Edison said it perfectly when he said, “Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Giving up is giving in to everyday failures, giving up your dreams and aspirations, giving up something you want so badly you would go to the end of the world to get it.  If it’s usually something so great and so grand, why do people give it up?  Is it too tough of a goal?  Did you set your expectations too high?  I for one, give in to the thoughts of failure too often.  Too often I say to myself “I can’t do it”. College courses have proved to be the toughest thing I have had to endure in my 22 years of life, but am I really considering myself a failure when I don’t do well?  After thinking long and hard about it, the only thing I failed was myself.  I failed in time management and responsibility to do the work in which I have set forth to do and try my hardest at.  Failure is not setting your mind to something you really want because you give in to the many temptations life has to give to you.  It’s being afraid of hard work because it looks too difficult to complete.  If you don’t succeed you just have to keep trying, no matter how many times you don’t succeed, keep pushing toward what you want.  Nothing can stop you from your goals; nothing can alter your ambitions or change your desires.  It might sound a bit cliché, but you really can do anything you put your mind to.  Nothing is holding you back besides yourself.  What is failure besides an inevitability of everyday life? It’s another battle waiting to be overcome.  It’s an opportunity to grow as a person, as a friend, as a student, as an athlete, or as a human being in general.  Failure is no more a chance for personal destruction as it is a chance for personal growth.  It’s up to you to realize you need to take every failure and turn it into a positive experience.  It’s up to you as a person to make every failure a motivational opportunity, a chance to push yourself further and harder than ever before.  What is failure?  It’s the most positive thing that can happen to you, it’s an inevitable experience everyone will run into on almost a daily occurrence, but most of all, it means you’re only a step or two away from an even greater success.

 

-Eric Welter

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