Let’s Talk About Price

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/price/

You want to talk about price?

Let us talk about price.

Let us talk about money.

Let us talk about money in our hands.

Or not in our hands.

Money in our bank accounts.

Or not in our bank accounts.

Let us talk about credit cards.

Let us talk about check books.

Let us talk about cash.

Let us talk about coins.

About plastic.

About pieces of paper.

About flattened metal.

For that is all we know.

All we know is price.

When we make a friend we ask,

How much will it cost?

When we think of our futures we think,

How much will I make?

When we look back on our lives we remember,

How can I get more?

That’s what price does to us.

Instead of talking about the content of our pockets,

Let us talk about the content of our soul.

Let us talk about the content of our character.

Of our mind.

Of our lives.

Let us talk about freedom.

That thing we have fought so hard for.

Let us to about how we sell our being.

Let us talk about how price shouldn’t be mistaken for freedom,

liberty,

justice,

happiness.

Let us talk about how price shouldn’t be mistaken for personality.

Who is Human?

16 March 2016

I had to write a story for my creative writing class that was inspired by a photograph that was of these people at the bank, and I ended up writing this poem. It is about how we have become so obsessed with money and I just thought that I would share it. It is called “Who is Human?”

 

Are they even human?

We wouldn’t be ones to know.

Seen only for their eyes and hands

Loved only for the bills that they trade

With folk of different destinations

Climbing different mountains

Crossing different rivers

Only talked to on terms of payment and money

Are they even human?

We wouldn’t be ones to know

We don’t say hello

Or goodbye

Or smile

Or tell them to have a nice day

For all we care they could have a day of

Cockroaches and no toilet paper

All we care is the weight that those bills adds to the bulk of our pockets and purses

Are they even human?

We wouldn’t be ones to know.

We don’t comment on the black that envelopes their eyes

Because we don’t see it

Although it’s there staring at us

Telling us it wants

Life

Love

Sleep

Instead we switch our glance to the computer where the numbers add

Those numbers mean more to us

Than those eyes that ache

Are they even human?

We wouldn’t be ones to know

We wouldn’t be ones to care

Just the numbers

Just the money

Not the eyes

Or the hands

Magnified in front of us

Screaming at us through the foggy glass

Are we even human?

There wouldn’t be anyone to know.

The Secret to Danish Happiness?

1 March 2016

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/secret/

So I’ve decided to participate in this whole “daily prompts” thing, to feel motivated to write more on this blog because it makes me feel good to write about my life on this page. I know it’s not really my style (if I even have a style yet) but I figured I’d give it a try. So without further a due, here it goes.

So instead of writing some sappy story about the secret to happiness or wealth or something stupid and lame like that, I figured I would do something fun. Because these prompts are totally up to interpretation, I am going to do a google search of secrets. If you’re still confused, what I am going to do is type into google: “the secret to…” and then each letter of the alphabet. Then I am going to explain the secret to that thing in my own words without knowing the actual answers.

A. What is the secret to Adma Stronghold? Okay, well I have no idea what Adma Stronghold is, but I’m assuming the secret to this is to wear the sassiest clothing you have and then eat mounds of Belgian waffles like nobody’s business.

B. What is the secret to ballin? Umm…. a ball?

C. What is the secret to caramelizing onions? The same secret as caramelizing bell peppers: ditch the vegetables and just eat the caramel. What that’s not what that is? Oh well.

D. What is the secret to danish happiness? Ha, well the reason that Danish people are so happy is because they know that their lives are boring, so they don’t have high expectations, so I guess, don’t have high expectations…

E. What is the secret to escaping duck tape? Crocodilian tape. Chomp, chomp.

F. What is the secret to fanduel? Fans dual? Um… I guess a big joist and a trusty steed.

G. What is the secret to getting clean? Avoiding mud puddles.

H. What is the secret to hacking terminals in Fallout 4? Wtf? Breaking into government organizations is never a good idea!! That is what they are talking about, right?

I. What is the secret to ihop pancakes? Syrup, yum.

J. What is the secret between Jason and Bryn? Tom farted.

K. What is the secret to kissing? Ask Ryan Gosling, he looks pretty good at it.

L. What is the secret to life, the universe, and EVERYTHING? 42. P.S. There’s no need to yell.

M. What is the secret to magic? Faith, trust, and pixie dust.

N. What is the secret to Netflix? Dude………… welcome to the 21st century.

O. What is the secret to Obama? HE’S A MUSLIM?? No. Why is that a thing? Is it cuz he’s black? That’s racist.

P. What is the secret to peeling boiled eggs? Make sure it’s boiled before you start peeling.

Q. What is the secret to quick change artists? They’re sneaky little rats that feed off happiness and joy. I don’t really know, that’s just an assumption.

R. What is the secret to reaching someone with words? Using your words.

S. What is the secret to solving a rubix cube? Youtube.

T. What is the secret to tic tac toe? What are you 5? Everyone knows you put your first mark in the middle cube! Duh…

U. What is the secret to unlocking terminals in fallout 4? This stupid game again?!

V. What is the secret to Victoria’s secret? Oo that sounds scandalous… She’s really an A cup.

W. What is the secret to winning the lottery? Don’t spend all your money on the lottery.

X. What is the secret to xbox 360? I don’t even care.

Y. What is the secret to yeti coolers? Martians.

Z. What is the secret to zombies? Um well they don’t have any emotional range, so they don’t have secrets…… so nothing?

Okay, I’m finally done and that was exhausting and now I’m going to list a whole bunch of obnoxious tags, so I hope you enjoyed!

#danishhappiness #obamassecrets #winningthelottery #idon’tcareanymore

How to Pick a President:

13 February 2016

Hello there, if you are an American citizen (or you aren’t but you pay attention to our democratic system) and you are above the age of about 12 then you are probably aware that it is that time of the decade again: Election time. Yes, every four years Americans everywhere take one day to head to the polls to vote for their favorite presidential candidate and spend the rest of the election season debating with their coworkers, family members, waiters, basically anyone, on who is best fit to run the country. But as fun as arguing with teachers and mailmen is, there is still a large percentage of the population that doesn’t vote even though they are able to. Many of these individuals believe that their vote does not change anything, but there have been several cases in which candidates have one by a measly 1 VOTE. For example Indiana politician C.P. Joshi lost by a single vote to Kalyan Chouhan when his wife, mother and personal driver failed to show up to the election. OUR VOTES DO MATTER! Even if you aren’t of age to vote you should still be apart of the conversation and at least know what is going on. I am only 15 and I can’t vote, but soon I will be apart of the voting pool, so even though us teenagers can’t vote yet, we should still stay apart of the action because we will have to make those decisions soon, because like I always say: WE ARE THE FUTURE!

So I notice a lot of the time that people can’t decide a candidate to vote for, or they merely pick a candidate because that is who there friends are voting for. I lot of people think that they have to vote for a candidate that represents their political party too, when this is definitely not the case, so I have a couple steps that can help you to pick the candidate that you actually think is the best.

  1. Who does you? This means that you need to find the candidate that represents your values and ideals the best. If you aren’t sure what what candidate best represent your thoughts, than you can take the quiz at https://www.isidewith.com/political-quiz and it will tell you which candidates you agree with the most and least and on what issues you agree and disagree with.
  2. Who does America? The president is supposed to be the face of the entire American population for the rest of the world, so make sure that the person that you vote for is someone who you agree with for the majority of the time and that you think will represent the largest amount of people. *reminder: the wealthy (Donald Trumps) only makes up 1% of the entire American population and yet the have consumed 99% of all of the the United States wealth*. Make sure that when you are picking a candidate, after you decide who best represents you, you think about how well that candidate represents the rest of America. Does this candidate recognize the needs of minorities? People in poverty? People with disabilities? Your vote has a lot of power so make sure you are doing the best you can with it. There may be a single mom with 2 kids and 3 full time jobs that can’t vote because she has to work, or a man who can’t move anything from the neck down and can’t travel to the polls, so make sure that your vote is making a difference. Of course it is your vote, but it is bigger than just you.

Remember: One small vote for man, one giant decision for mankind.

The Truths of Climate Change

31 January 2016

Last Thursday, one of the district senators for my state had this big event at the state capital building to bring awareness for a very pressing issue: climate change. I was fortunate enough to be invited to this event and be one of 80 15-25 year old from across the state to participate in this, what they called “summit”. The very first thing we did was listen to a professor from the university talk to us about the truths of climate change. He started off with a summary. All that we need to know about climate change can be put into 5 truths:

  1. It’s real.
    1. The fact that climate change is happening isn’t really the problem anymore, but instead the problem is that people don’t think we should do anything about it. Most of the Republican candidates put in their legislative plans that they want to relieve the limitations that government has put on power plants and factories to attempt to limit the amount of toxins that are forced on our environments. This is the opposite of what we should be doing!! We need people that can recognize that the earth needs to be kept clean. It’s no coincidence that 15 of the 16 hottest years on record were in the 21st century
  2. It’s us.
    1. I’ve heard countless arguments that climate change is not being caused by humans, but rather from volcanoes and Earth’s orbit and yada, yada, yada, and yes it is true that not every single cause for climate change is man made, but humans are contributing to a large quantity of climate change. This century as power plants, industrial factories and oil spills become more common, more greenhouse gases are being released into the atmosphere causing climate change.
  3. It’s bad.
    1. Yes, without greenhouses the earth would be 57 degrees Fahrenheit cooler and a lot of the crops that we depend on would not be able to survive and biodiversity of the earth would be much different, but the more that we release into the atmosphere the warmer the earth will become. Temperature are expected to increase from 4-9 degrees Fahrenheit by 2071-2099 and and addition 13-16 temperature stress days (> 100 degrees). With temperatures like these, the mosquitos that are carrying these feared diseases will be able to survive in more areas, making the transmission of these diseases more common. “Climate is a driver for everything we do.” One expert said. As the climate changes agriculture and biodiversity will change which will affect the ecosystems in which we live, changing our entire lifestyle. Because of this, climate change is going to hit the people that can least afford it: people in poverty, in third world countries, and people who are minorities.
  4. Scientists agree.
    1. Bring to their attention everyone who is against them. “If you want to combat climate change than you will be pretty lonely; military, America’s business leaders and a majority of American people agree [along with 99.999% of scientists] that climate change is happening.” Says Barack Obama and even Pope Francis says that “climate change is a problem which can no long be left to future generations”. Even 61% of the rural population in my state (of whom are considered very conservative) agree that climate change needs to be taken care of.
  5. There’s hope!
    1. As said in the famous movie, The Martian “We are going to need to science the shit out of this.” Scientists and politicians are working hard to combat intensity that climate change will have on the world. “This is humanity’s coming of age.” Said Adam Frank. The world has been through times of great climate variability and because mankind influenced this transition, we have the responsibility to find the moral obligation that we have to get involved in protecting the planet. Just recently countries across the world came together to sign the Paris Treaty to enforce action in the name of climate change. But this isn’t enough. Us kids, we are the future. The people that are in office now, won’t be there forever. Soon that will be us up there, or that will be the people that we vote for. We need to make sure that we are not only educating ourselves, but educating the people around us to elect the representatives that are going to recognize these issues. We are the voice that the world needs and we are the voice that will become the one that everyone hears so we need to make sure that it’s telling the right message.

WE ARE YOUNG, WE ARE THE FUTURE AND WE HAVE A VOICE!

Hello!

Hello bright young fellows, my name is Kaitie, as I’m sure you could tell, and welcome to this website where I will be talking about things that concern me. Or things that interest me. Or more than likely, things that occupy both of these branches of integrity. I don’t want to call this a blog because when you call it a blog then you are immediately bombarded with the image of southern belle moms with obnoxious mac ‘n’ cheese recipes or tutorials on DIY cookie jars. No, this blog is about issues, “cuestiónes” as they say in Spain, and things that us teenagers should be paying attention to as opposed to a hard-hitting exposé on what to do at Disneyland, because let’s face it: we are the future.

I myself was not concerned with the varying controversies of today’s society, but last year after finishing my first run through of high school and a semester long course of Civics, I discovered that politics and current events really do affect us all and the youngest generation provides the biggest influx of input on these questions. We need to be informed and we need to be prepared, so where is a better place to talk about my opinions on these subjects than the internet? Don’t worry, though, as much fun as debating foreign policy and ethics is, there shall be posts where I explore the never ending enigma of adolescents;) See, I even know how to use keyboard symbols to make smiley faces. If that doesn’t apply 21st century teenagers, than I don’t know what does.

Now that we got all of that out of the way, I would like to introduce myself. Once again I’ll say that I’m Kaitie (spelled with two “i”s), just in case you didn’t get that from the rest of my site that is plastered with my name. Although it may not come across this way yet since my blog isn’t focused around 500 Days of Summer’s new single or Kylie Jenner’s crazy lipstick, I’m only a couple months shy of 16 years old. I know what you’re thinking: “She’s 15 and she wants to talk about politics on a blog?”, and to answer your question, yes. I may by 15 but I’m only 2 and a 1/2 years away from graduating for high school and it is never to early to prepare for the real world and besides, social issues can be interesting. Don’t get me wrong though. School is my everything, but I can also have fun. My friends and I love to party. Anything from jamming out in the car out to the city limits all the way to dressing up like Tom Cruise and running around in the rain to “Old Time Rock ‘N’ Roll” by Bob Seger. Old music is the best. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Elton John and Stevie Wonder always ensure a great time. Don’t get me wrong, The White Stripes, Gomez and of course, Avril Lavigne are also good for dance parties. See, school and fun can compliment each other. I go to the Science Focus Program. It’s a high school but its a lot smaller. I have the same 5 teachers and 25 class mates for all 4 years of high school and I like it that way. I don’t mean to brag or anything, but it’s a pretty prestigious program only 25 new kids each year out of the 100s that apply. If you’re observant, than you noticed that its a “Science Focus” which by translation means we focus on science. I feel like I have to emphasize on that because a lot of people can get confused. The other name for it is “Zoo School” because it takes place at our local zoo in a secret, unauthorized to the public zone, so a lot of people think that the school is for people that want to be veterinarians or zookeepers, but I can assure you that most people in Zoo School DO NOT want to have anything to do with animals when they grow up. For example my friends want to be psychologists, therapists, and ecological engineers. Me? Well I don’t really know right now. I know for sure I want it to be biochemistry. Right now I kinda want to be a surgeon. Don’t ask me what kind because I’m not really sure of that either. But I also want to be an activist. Not as my main career, but more of a hobby I guess is how you would put. I want to attend protests on things I’m passionate about, raise awareness for organizations that are being pushed aside, you know, the usual. When I grow up, I want to know that what I’m doing is making a difference, that it’s changing things for the better. Whether that means I’m saving lives in the operating room, or raising awareness for gender equality, or both, I want to know that it’s helping people.

Well, this was a pretty lengthy introduction post so I will put a halter on my typing.

Stay groovy soul sista.