The Reasons To Belive

If I asked you today what your reasons to have faith in religion are, what would You tell me?  I know that if you asked me, I certainly would elaborate about Pascal’s Wager, the choice I make to have faith, and the logic of, essentially, betting on the winning team in respect to life after death.  There’s also a fair, non-random chance that I could talk about the essential need for something along history’s timeline to have come from what previously could only be labelled as nothing.  From my own conscience, additionally, I could go on about the fact that our focus as believers should not be so heavily focused on how we are able to have faith, but rather, that we do, when arguing for reasons to believe.  While Peter Kreeft does make a myriad of arguments for everything from the immortality of the soul to other pressing matters of religion and philosophy, I’d like to expand on a few of them, as well as some of my own takes on these discussions and commentaries.  

 

Perhaps one of the strongest reasons for why we should believe is entrenched in the causes of how we are able to in the first place.  This is the argument from conscience, as exemplified by Kreeft in the reading.  A number of viable reasons to believe can be found, if one just looks for them.  To any human equipped with a soul and conscience, the experience of life will often reveal truths to us just because we’re there.  What’s better, though, is using our conscience to search in the universe for truths, known to be out there, which are revealed as the truth because of our honest choice to seek after it.  These truths are revealed to us because we want to find them.  In this, then, it is the responsibility of human beings to seek the truth for themselves in everyday life.  This sort of mindset is what would have been adopted by figures like Aristotle, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton (ironically going against the teachings of the church at the time; and here we are talking about them in a religion essay today).  This ability of honest truth-seeking is a product of our conscience.  And, with our conscience, comes the specifically human ability to shy away from our animal instincts, in favour of this newfound conscience.  It is within humans only that we favour a mystical consciousness over doing what our animalistic desires point at us to do.  Additionally, from a Christian perspective, this honest ability to seek truth away from our instincts is tied to our ability to seek God; to seek higher degrees of perfection.  An ability thus also granted to us by our conscience is to differentiate between varying degrees of aforementioned perfection, to know that we need to seek further, because our good degree is just starting to get better. This transitions then into making our degree we see as better, into the degree fit to be described as best; as St. Jerome or Tim Duncan would have it.  Aquinas’ argument from causation and his from degree are very similar, which both insist that if X or Y exist, then therefore there must be a Z in place to serve at the apex of these arguments forefront.  X and Y interchangeably being degrees of perfection or anything with a cause, and Y being perfect perfection, or the first cause*.  However, the argument from conscience can be best summed up drawing similarities from a popular quote from modern philosopher Ludwig Littgenstein; not how we believe that is mystical; but that we do.   

 

*Terms like perfect and first cause are creative and fun nicknames for God.  

 

When answering the primary question of if something is able to come from nothing, we often trace this sequential continuity of cause and effect back to the beginning of time.  What there, in the universal void of emptiness, triggered the beginning of all things?  As Christians, we associate this first movement with God.  Which, then, paradoxically, would make God an uncaused cause; the unoriginate origin of the universe, or, by Aquinas, the First Mover.  Additionally, the laws of the universe; the likes of gravity and thermodynamics;  are signs that would insist on the existence of a universal law-maker.  All of these patterns we find in natural existence that permit us to exist imply the existence of a pattern-maker.  Aquinas’ argument from causation is thus revealed to us; if anything exists, it has a cause.  Okay, so the universe exists, knock on wood.  Who’s the big designer?  Naturally occurring mathematical phenomena like perfect squares of numbers in relation to Pythagoras’ Theorem, and the laws of entropy, I infer do not occur by pure chance, due to how predictable they are for something so naturally occurring.  From this, any natural event that occurs predictably cannot occur by pure chance from a universe of randomness.  The universe’s existence is not by random chance.  The fact that we all sit here and interact with each other; in a universe sprung from what seems like random chaos sometimes; insists that more than random chance or dumb luck is afoot.  Believing in God and living a life that reflects this belief is not something that just happens.  We have to want it, and bad.  This idea of something coming from nothing is also supportive of the existence of the human soul; something within all of us that truly can’t be pinned to a source*.  So although the belief of something being able to come from nothing is, in the end, paradoxical, it is a necessity for it to be true when seeking the truth from a Christian perspective.  

 

*Look up, ‘stuff not made of stuff.’  The first sites that will come up in Google are ones that guide buyers towards products not manufactured in China.  I thought this was pretty humorous.  Souls didn’t make the list.   

 

A strong reason for our faith is grounded in logic, with Pascal’s Wager.  The logic really is simple; if there is any sort of primordial, perfect, eternal, and omnipotent figure we meet after death, it should be our intent in life to bet on the chance, no matter how small, of eternal life.  It should be our intent in life to do that which would at least give us a chance at having a good life after death.  After all, as discussed earlier, it is absurd to insist that existence comes about by random chance.  Knowing this, how bad do we want an eternal life to live in God at the end of our physical existence?  How significantly do we want to revamp our life to one that reflects our faith in eternity?  Pascal’s wager also can be tied into practical life; why play the game if you won’t bother to win? Something I get asked a lot by skeptics about my faith is why I believe in God.  My answer is always because I choose to; I want to.  My response to the challenge of proving God’s existence usually ends with the skeptic in ignorant frustration upon being challenged to prove He does not exist.  Not to say I’ve done a perfect job at converting the world to Christianity, but I’ve yet to admit defeat against a skeptic.  My reason, of course, for answering the way I do to the demands of the skeptics is simply because I take Pascal’s Wager.  I bet on winning.  I may be wrong, but I have not met anyone yet that can prove it.  

 

A compelling idea for the validity of these arguments is in that Christ is in himself infallible.  Supportive evidence in overwhelming favour for the existence of something beyond our mortal lives is the existence of our conscience, and in thus our means by which we seek God.  Kreeft’s argument from design insists that so much as the existence of the universe as we know it is evidence that points towards the existence of God.  By my own choice in faith, I take Pascal’s Wager because I care to bet on what I believe is the most favourable possible outcome for my life post-morality wise.  When one really examines their faith, and the reasons for being faithful, these reasons are often observable truths that reveal, or at least insist the existence of God.  

 

Social 20 – Source Analysis Written Response

To What Extent Should Nation be the Foundation of Identity?

Source 1 –

Souce 2 –

Source 3 –

“We need to be loyal to one country as far as your citizenship.  Your heart can be where you were born, but the commitment to Canada has to be strong and I think dual citizenship weakens that.”

Source 1 – Split between the Canadian maple leaf and Quebecois fleurs-de-lis.

Instantly upon analysis of the source, one can see that it is a split symbol of a red Maple Leaf, as seen on the federal Canadian flag, and the blue fleurs-de-lis as would be seen on the Quebec provincial flag.  The source literally shows a division between not only Quebecois versus federal Canadian symbolism but also brings forth the notably conflicting identities of Quebec and the rest of Canada.  The source certainly speaks to the centuries of the somewhat existential crisis among those in the Quebecois demographic.  The source speaks to the divisive history of Canada; the struggle between the contending nationalist loyalties of Canadian federalists and Quebec sovereigntists.  The source relates back to nationalism significantly; namely ethnic, linguistic, cultural nationalism, and these corresponding loyalties.  The source directly references the stark contrast in ideology and nationalistic practice between the Quebecois and mother country.  While Canadian citizens would certainly like to see themselves as a perfectly united federation that gets along all fine and dandy despite our differences, this notion really is not what it chuckles itself up to be.  As such, however, people will often realize that, yes, we are a civilized populace, but we do have conflicting loyalties, identities, languages, and ideas that have led to divisive policy and violence in our past.  

Source 2 – Trudeau v Lougheed for oil pricing.  

Again, this source jumps out as one that obviously uses not only the stereotypical game of hockey to represent competition, but also the clever use of labeling to convey that there’s more to this illustration than a mean-eyed faceoff.  The source is speaking to the fiasco surrounding the NEP, production & pricing of Alberta oil, and the adverse loyalties between former PM Pierre Trudeau and former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed.  The big conflict of interests began with the founding of the National Energy Policy by Pierre Trudeau’s federal government; a policy designed to protect Canadians from rising international oil & gas prices by making a push towards making Canada a country self-sufficient in regards to its energy needs.  However, this ended up doing more harm for Alberta than good for much elsewhere.  The policy was made with little consultation from the Albertan government, and as such, angered the general public.  With the founding of this policy, one can understand where Trudeau was coming from with his loyalty to Canada as a whole and wanting his country to be better off.  One can equally sympathize with Lougheed feeling backstabbed, as the government one would promise unwavering loyalty to rewarding this with essentially exploiting you.  Feels pretty bad.  This stark contrast in practices would stem from their contending loyalties of that from a specific geographical region to the loyalties of one meant to serve the whole country.  To put it another way, it was a contrast between serving Canada and serving Alberta.  Competing loyalties between regional and national, as well as economic and internationally related matters, are eventually what made this policy flop.  

Source 3 – Quotation about dual citizenship 

The third source is a quotation that speaks in regards to dual citizenship, and how this relates to regional or national loyalties.  The source does seem, however, to border on favouring the loyalty to Canada as superior to the loyalty to any other.  While this seems rooted in logic, the source really tries to make a statement against having any loyalty to contend with Canada; makes a statement, indirectly, that being Canadian is automatically superior to the nationality of any other country.  There is a slight problem with this of course, in that it borders on extremism, and discourages diverse national identity.  This discouragement of multinational identity is what one would see popularized among figures like Stalin or Hitler, or in the infamous residential school system of Canadian history.  The source would also appear to be misguided, as one could infer that from multiple national identities among being Canadian, would not this only affirm Canada’s reputation for being pluralistic; affirm our own national identity by accepting those of others?  Furthermore, the phrase “commitment to Canada” is rather vague, and further makes it obvious the ignorant nature and misguidance of this source.  Based on the topic, though, this demanding ideal of committing all of your loyalties to just Canada borders on assimilation.  So, yes, while the source has the intention of wanting one’s nationalist loyalties ground in Canada, it really would serve only to falter our own national identity if adapted on a large scale.  

To what extent should nation be the foundation of identity?

All three of the above sources speak to the concept of nationalism, especially different types of it, and how this broad blanket term applies to our ways of life and identities as Canadians.  Sources 1 and 2 most distinctly speak to nationalist loyalties competing with other loyalties; namely those to a specific region or ethnic identity.  The first and third sources are similar in that source three would support the division and alienation of some identities as seen with the push for separatism in Quebec throughout history.  Similarly, the third source would also stand against the motives of Peter Lougheed, and stand in favour of loyalties towards Canada as a whole.  Sources 2 and 3 both seem to insist a resolution is needed to the apparent problem of loyalties that contend with Canadian nationalism; bethem regional or multinational.  

To answer the question though, nation should be the foundation of one’s identity proportional to the pride and loyalty one has to their nation.  Logically, people won’t choose to have their nation as a significant contributor to their individual identity if they have no passion or mindset geared to the set country.  From source 1, if one’s nation is that of the Francophone population of Quebec, then striving to keep Quebecois culture and language alive would likely take precedence; leaving a large part of one’s foundational identity as nation.  Similarly, if one such as Peter Lougheed identifies with a nation of sorts in the people of Alberta, then his identity and life choices will reflect as such.   

ELA 10 – Final PRT

Unique Perspectives

Intro

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do” – Eleanor Roosevelt.  Human beings, by nature, will gain strength, courage, resilience, and confidence with every passing experience that triumphs over our fears.  We all, at some point, must inevitably face circumstances that daunt us.  With each passing triumph, our perspective and ideology will be shifted, even just slightly.  Our personal perspective and ideology are the sum of our experiences.  Proving to ourselves that we can overcome such challenges will reaffirm the uniqueness of our perspectives and ideas.  In literary works, stories, and other narratives, the human experience is represented by the protagonists in the story, such as the case with Homer as our protagonist in October Sky.  In October Sky, it is highly prevalent how Homer gained such strength, courage, and changes in himself by facing his fears head-on.  In the real world, I myself have faced challenges surrounding academics and studies, the likes of which are only amplified by challenges related to the current pandemic.  Be it in narrative stories or in the real world, human beings regularly face adversities that shape our perspectives and ideologies to be more unique in the end.  

A Unique Perspective In Story

Homer Hickam is an exemplary illustration of how facing such adversity can redefine and differentiate a perspective.  As we see in the film, Homer’s character development can be equally correlated with his power of choosing to persevere through adversity.  For example, although a myriad of rocket tests go awry throughout his journey, Homer makes bold choices to continue testing and innovating.  Homer makes bold choices to look fear in the eye and do things that he has doubts about.  Following this newfound innovation and success beyond doubt, Homer had forged in himself a more unique perspective; a perspective shaped by overcoming adversity.  This overcoming of adversity changed Homer’s identity and perspective from one that was more unfruitful and unoriginal, to one that allowed him to gain some celebrity status and recognition among his people.  Also at the beginning of his story arc, we see Homer as a young boy without much hope for his future, but, with a little inspiration from seeing Sputnik in the night sky, Homer begins his journey of looking fear in the face, and gaining on strength and courage along the way. He began his journey in which he regularly faced challenges which molded his perspective to be all the more special.  

My Unique Perspective

Alongside our protagonists facing fears in stories and literature, so must we also look our fears in the face and flourish in strength for ourselves in the real world.  In my own personal life, school has of course become stressful as a result of approaching final exams.  An honest challenge I myself had to face is that of staying on top of schoolwork and grades, especially at a time when in-person class attendance is dicey because of an ongoing pandemic.  A difficulty I had to face every day was that it took serious discipline showing up for class on time four times a day for two weeks, but I managed notwithstanding.  Getting all of my assignments in was also something I managed to do, most of which actually came in on time.  Moving forward, I learned from overcoming these tribulations that academics taking precedence in my life would ultimately be best in the end.  My perspective was made more unique by my experiences as a student, which reaffirmed that academics and studies would benefit me the most.  

Outro

Beit in narrative stories or in the real world, human beings have to face challenges in order for our perspectives to become unique.  Seeing as how human beings are, in substance, defined by unique perspectives and ideas, doing the things we think we cannot do is a necessity.  Homer Hickam didn’t think that he could make a name for himself, but he did and made his perspective an exceptionally unique one in the process.  I myself had my perspective shifted and revised from persevering through studies and academics.  This overcoming of adversity to better one’s self is truly a staple of the human experience that we encounter throughout our lives.  And, when our life comes to an end, how will our experiences then have defined the uniquity of our own perspective?  

 

Freedom?

 

Are We Really Free? – A PRT to ‘Harrison Bergeron’

 

The short story, ‘Harrison Bergeron’ by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is about the human need for freedom and individuality.  In real life, such as in literary works like Orwell’s 1984’ and ‘Harrison Bergeron’, people will always fight for their freedom and individuality.  Vonnegut’s take on this fight for freedom shows a long-lost son showing all that humans can overcome any oppression eventually.  George Orwell’s 1984 foretells a grim, dystopian society that may be closer to reality than we think.  Something I experienced in my lifetime was a significant resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement during this past summer in 2020.  Whether it’s through trying to overthrow a totalitarian state in social science fiction literature, or taking to the streets in the summer of 2020, human beings, by nature will fight to have freedom and individuality in one way or another.  All this regardless, however, so long as there is some force to rule over us, can humans really be free?

Harrison Bergeron

The short story itself gives us a glimpse of what Vonnegut, to some extent, knows to be a possible future of society.  The dystopian work describes a world where “everybody was finally equal,”(paragraph 1) through the use of handicaps on people who displayed too much of a certain trait.  The story develops this dystopian universe, and eventually brings to the forefront, long-lost Harrison Bergeron himself.  Serving as a round character in the story, Harrison ultimately represents mankind’s deep-seated desire to fight passionately for freedom and individuality.  The theme and climax of the story both are significantly composed of Harrison’s development as a character.  The said climax of the story kicks in with Harrison taking the public stage and ripping “off his handicaps like wet tissue paper,”(58) becoming a righteous symbol of mankind’s inevitable victory over oppression.  However, Harrison’s reign did not hold for long after when abruptly “Diana Moon Clampers, the Handicapper General came into the studio,”(79) and ended his show of freedom.  Yes, Harrison does symbolize humankind’s need for freedom, but his abrupt death begs the question, what does Vonnegut think about our fight for freedom in comparison to what ruling powers really want for us?  

1984

In a similar work of social science fiction, George Orwell paints a picture through a slightly different lens about humankind’s need for freedom.  The basis of Orwell’s 1984 is that the fabric of society as we know it has been altered to the point where every thought and notion of all citizens is known by the state; allowing a totalitarian government to exist without opposition in a world of mass surveillance, thus silencing any possibility of free thought or expression.  The protagonist in the story, Winston Smith, is secretly in opposition to this fascism and owns a diary that he writes in at different points in the story.  When Winston chooses one day to write messages in the diary that would have him killed for thoughtcrime, as it is referred to, it becomes apparent that “whether he wrote DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, or whether he refrained from writing it”(Orwell 21) he would be discovered and killed regardless by the Thought Police.  Winston Smith and Harrison Bergeron represent similar themes found commonly in life as in literature; that no matter how much oppression and suppression a society endures, there will always be figures that rise above to fight for freedom and individuality.  In 1984, to spoil the story, however, Winston Smith still ends up at the mercy of the system he so desired to tear down, and that the very creation of the sacred brotherhood he fought alongside was a fabrication of the fascist system.  All this, again, begs the question, does the author truly believe that the system can, no matter how oppressive, ever be completely overtaken?

Black Lives Matter.  

In the real world, humankind’s need, desire, and nature to fight for freedom and individuality is even more prevalent than in literary works.  A critical example of this prevalence was with the series of immensely popular Black Lives Matter protests, and the movement in general this past summer, that I witnessed on the news almost every day.  The movement arose from resparked outrage of people in the United States and around the world over the murder of George Floyd on May 25, an African American man.  Through my very own eyes, I watched on the news as thousands of people in the streets came together in the midst of a pandemic to cry out one message in the face of oppression; Black Lives Matter.  Tuning into the news almost every night on end last summer and seeing all the people around the world reverberating this message and fighting for their true freedom from prejudice was inspiring to me.  From my point of view in the universe, this movement needed to happen considering the circumstances, but we shouldn’t live in a world where millions of people need to take to the street to say that people with dark skin have lives that matter.  We shouldn’t live in a world like that of Vonnegut’s ‘Harrison Bergeron’ or Orwells ‘1984’; where freedom and individuality have to be fought, bled, and died for.  So long as evil reigns free through the minds of man, is it ever possible to live in a society free of such prejudice?

In  Conclusion,

Through studying these literary and real-life examples, we come up with a series of questions we can ask ourselves about our lives and society.  In Vonnegut’s works, we come up with the question of, what message is it that Vonnegut really wants to portray about our fight for freedom versus government control of our lives?  Similarly, in Orwell’s universe, we come up with the question of, can an all-controlling state ever be overthrown by its citizens fighting for freedom and individuality?  Lastly, the real-world example of the Black Lives Matter movement begs the question of, do we truly live in a society where millions need to take to the streets just to get the message across that black lives do indeed matter?  Reflecting on our own life and reality from these three questions brings up one summary question, are we really free?

 

The Last Stop

 

Gabriel Sader

March 12/2018

Grade 7

I was the last one on the bus.  The bus driver never spoke to me, nor did anyone who saw me.  I was invisible, a shadow in the corner of your eye, just an illusion you may dream of after a long day. Were my efforts in vain?  Was there a good chance this was going to be a waste of time? Probably, but I was taught to expect and prepare for the worst, but always hope for the best.  That was key in this situation. The bus started slowing down. I gathered my thoughts, and got ready to leave.  

There was a faint squealing in the air from the busses breaks.  I stood up, making my way out of my seat. Grabbing my backpack, I walked down the aisle, until I came to the doors.  Opened before me, I felt as if I was walking off the school bus into my old elementary school. I remembered the kids, younger and older, my friends waiting for me by our classroom window, people saying good morning to me, but all that was gone.  It was just me going off of this bus. Nobody there to greet me on my way out. Attempting to keep my thoughts busy, I hummed a familiar song as I stepped out into the cold, windy night.

  There was darkness all around me.  The bus drove off, leaving a slight cloud of dust in its wake, quickly dissipating with a gust of wind.  I looked straight ahead at the dark field, tall grass swishing in the wind. I remembered the instructions given to me by my superior, to walk Westward until you reach the lampost, and play the combination.  As vague as those instructions were, I could figure there was probably some kind of instrument there to play the combination. I removed my metal compass from the mesh pocket on the side of my backpack, flipped open the cover, oriented myself in the right direction, and set off west.  After scaling over a short barbed wire fence, I began to speed walk through the tall blades of grass, my compass guiding me in a straight line, heading west.

Anytime I took this path, I always thought I was going nowhere until I saw the light.  As I was drawing nearer to the lampost, a sudden and powerful gust of wind knocked me off balance, but I quickly recovered and continued on my way.  I got to the lampost, to find a circular clearing of flat grass about three meters in diameter, with the lampost in the center.  Behind the lampost was a piano.  With many indications of being very old, the piano was certainly playable, but too rough of treatment would surely break a few key components.  

There were no pedals, and no cover protecting the strings. Most other wood parts looked in good enough shape, despite being outdoors. I had been instructed to play a certain combination of notes.  As I struck the keys in the designated order, I could see the strings vibrating inside the piano. It was like kicking the foot of a model skeleton in a grade 8 science room, making all the fake bones shake and rattle together.  This brought back more short-lived memories of my past, quickly fading. I had finished the correct combination. Whatever was supposed to happen, was supposed to happen now. This was our last chance.

The sound of the sustained notes had completely faded into the night. I waited a few seconds.  Then maybe a minute or two. I looked up and around. Nothing was to be seen, just me, the lampost yellow light shining, the tall blades of grass rubbing against each other in the wind which had died down since a few minutes ago. Nothing was unordinary.  Was someone supposed to hear the notes I had played? I checked my surroundings again and turned around to find a pillar made of what looked like gold! Only about half a meter in front of my face, I looked up to see that the pillar got wider, and branched off to form slim triangle-like shapes attached to golden rods, connecting seamlessly to the main pillar, leading back into the ground. It was what appeared to be a tree made of gold, certainly something you do not see every day. I touched the tree, but my hand was nearly burnt how hot it was! I could feel it getting hotter and hotter until it started to run and begin to melt.  Deciding I wanted to keep my feet today, I backed away from the increasingly large puddle of glowing molten gold. Was this supposed to happen? This was certainly very strange. Was this the sign all along? Was this supposed to start a grass fire? The gold was boiling and turning to gas. Not knowing what happens if you inhale gold vapour, I covered my mouth with my coat sleeve.

 The gold tree was gone. All that was remaining was the smell of burnt grass.  I had no idea what just happened. I could tell all my colleagues, but with their history with me, they would never believe me.  I had so many questions. One of them was how I was going to get back home. Who knows, maybe I’ll catch a ride with a unicorn.

The House of my Dreams

What would be the house of my dreams?  A dream house, like a dream car, would be needing a certain glamour as of good looks.  As well, it would need a balance of practicality and aesthetic appearance. Lastly and most importantly, my dream house would be able to function as a comfortable residence.  There is a multitude of factors that would make my house a dream house.  

To begin with, my dream house would need to look good.  A house that simply isn’t nice to look at is not my dream house.  The right colours of paint on the interior and exterior would be important to consider.  I’ve never been too crazy for excessive decor in homes, but I would definitely want a reasonable amount of pictures or paintings to emblazon my dream home.  As for other decorative features like sculptures and pottery, I think I could pass up on those. Decorating your home can be joyous, but there is more to a home than style.

In terms of practicality, a dream home would need all the basics of your average home.  A place to sleep is a must in every home, and my dream home would be no such exception. A kitchen and bathrooms are also standard and would need a presence in my dream home.  Lastly, for basics, a place to spend most of my time watching television or playing games would be needed, in the form of a living room. Since I do plan on sleeping, I would omit the presence of a television in my bedroom.  The basic functions of a home are widespread.  

However, my dream home would have more than the average unconventional functions and features.  Unconventional would mean more luxurious than average. Entertainment devices and high-end couches would have their place in my dream home.  A large backyard would be necessary should I have pets that need outdoor space.  A kitchen with an abundance of hardware for cooking is also something I would desire for my dream home.  The list goes on for elements of a home that can make a dream home.  

A dream house can take many shapes.  My dream home would need a look that suits my style.  A dream house or not, any residence needs the basic functions of a home; a roof over your head.  And more importantly for being a true dream house, features beyond the average home would be desirable.  A house becomes a dream home when you make it your own.

The Car of My Dreams

What is the car of my dreams?  This is not a question I have asked myself too often.  A dream car couldn’t just be something for showboating, I believe that it should be practical.  There must also be a balance between aesthetically pleasing and practical. Another thing that would make a car a dream car, would be its ability to drive.  Although there are plenty of good choices for a car for teens, To be perfectly honest, I couldn’t think of my dream car off the top of my head right now. But, with a little more thought, I have faith that I could think of a dream car that would suit me just right.  

To begin with, every car needs to have practical implications.  I wouldn’t want a car made completely from gold, nor one built for the sake of pure luxury.  My dream car would need a sturdy frame and suspension that could handle the Alberta landscape.  A car designed to be able to handle winter and uneven terrain would be a must.  The last thing I would want would be a car that falls apart after a drive through the ice and snow.  

As well, my dream car would have to be pleasing to the eye.  A fine shape and model would be a necessity.  The right colour would also be crucial.  I would likely go with something more common, like black, with a nice shine to it.  The car of my dreams would be nothing too extraordinary, but definitely, something to strike my fancy.

One more aspect of being a dream car would be its ability to get to your destination.  The ability to drive is a priceless aspect of any automobile.  Something with a V8 and plenty of horsepower is in my interest.  A sizeable gas tank would also be needed.  Getting from point A to point B would be the real purpose of a car, would it not?

The car of my dreams would be a 2020 Chevy Camaro.  Although mainly for aesthetics, this car is also my choice because it has great specs.  Elegance and authenticity embody this car’s looks.  The V8 engine, 455 horsepower, and around 6000 horsepower rpm, this car would be a car of my dreams for sure.  This car is nothing short of dream-worthy. 

Rosiness or Gloomy Gray: On Viewing the World #7

When viewing the world, do we see rosiness or gloomy gray?  Many would say that they see the gloominess and drab of the world.  Certainly, others would also say that there are rosiness and blissfulness in the world.  Some of us see both, myself included.  The writing prompt I chose was an interesting voice to this topic; the topic of the world being rosy or gloomy.  

It is obvious to see why people might tend to believe solely in the gloominess of the world.  More often than not we see bad news from our sources of media.  However, according to this writing prompt, the rain we see falling in the world looks harder through the windows of media than it really is.  The media may overemphasize world events to bring seeming validity to their sources.  However, this does not mean that it isn’t raining outside.  There are conflicts in the world that we hear about.  Humans have found ways to ruin their very environment we rely on for survival.  There are injustices and inequities; all signs of human failure.  And for these reasons, I can understand why people view the world as gloomy gray.

On the contrary,  there is also reasoning behind why people may see the world as a rosy place to be.  Alongside threats of war and pandemics, we also receive news of improving technology; a sign of human success.  People find a myriad of ways to be hopeful even in a struggling world.  Hope is what powers our drive for success.  And from this hope, we can drive ourselves to further successes.  If we view the world as merely a gloomy gray wasteland, how can we begin to hope to fix it?

The third group of people to mention here would be those who see the good and bad in the world.   I see events in the world that are beneficial, and others that are negative.  Yin and yang exist in our daily lives.  Though we’d all certainly like to live completely in the yang, life would be unbalanced without the bad elements.  In a piano song, the black keys may represent the sad parts of life, and white keys the happiness in life; both are needed to make a song; a balanced life.  This writing prompt I chose is representative of both these views because although it mentions the rain coming down, it also reassures us by mentioning that the storm looks worse than it is.

So, when I view the world, I see rosiness, and an amount of gloomy gray alongside. The gloominess may tend to dominate our lives.  Knowing this, it’s our responsibility to not have tunnel vision; to look up and remember that not all to life is hopeless.  Seeing the bad things in our world will help us to see the good things when they come.  Not a question of if they come, but when.