It can occur as silently and gradually as a seed opening beneath the earth.
On rare occasions, it can enter our lives like a crack of lightning. In its unadulterated form it transcends the sphere of feelings that, in themselves, are fleeting. Should you experience it something in you will stir; a gentle indicator letting you know, “Hey! This is it.” It eludes those who shamelessly pursue it and is rewarded to the lonely. It is a covenant so profound it need not be acknowledged before any court or god. Love is a presence found in each man and woman lying in wait for its moment to awaken.
The sum of two, though, must begin with one, and in Ayn Rand’s 1943 novel “The Fountainhead,” she imparts to her readers an interesting idea. She writes: “To say ‘I love you’ one must first be able to say the ‘I.’” There are those whose greatest fear is standing on their own. If only they could be convinced that in the quiet of our solitude we learn things about ourselves. Do you know the content of your character? Do you know what you stand for and why? Do you sit comfortably in your own skin? The answers to these questions form the foundation of the “I.” If they can be answered in the affirmative, the possibility for many things arise — namely love. There is no way to know if you will be compatible with another person if at first you do not know yourself.
From the outside looking in, I have noticed how most of my peers manage affairs of the heart. This involves pointless scheming as they jump from bed to bed, usually while intoxicated; failing to realize that when they return home that deep-rooted loneliness they were trying to satisfy is right where they left it. Both sexes find humor in this; however, I find it does not make much sense. Love cannot begin with a drunken prelude.
For those who find a relationship through the lens of sobriety, my hat’s off to you, but the real challenge is to sustain it. Terrence Malick’s 2012 film, “To the Wonder,” leaves a message with its viewers stating, “Emotions, they come and go like clouds. Love is not only a feeling.” It also is not infatuation. A level of urgency does seem to start things off for the majority of budding romances, and it truly is a feeling unlike any other; although, when the excitement subsides, what is left over is what counts. It should be unspoken understandings, gentle glances, patience and honesty. It should be contentment. Arguments happen, yet they should be handled with the care and attention they deserve leaving in their wake nothing but resolution.
What is more common to see is the litter of complaint left over from either party. As the weeks and months progress, the exchange of harsh words seem to become a habit. White lies start and soon spread throughout the relationship like great, metastatic masses. The connection inevitably ends at some point, and the concluding note will be the sad fact that the two people will be negatively changed, perhaps even broken— though as Hemingway put it, “Some will be strong in the broken places.” We all have that chance. Succeeding in it requires going back to square one and sorting through ourselves to see what we did wrong. It is easy to point the finger at someone else, but it is terribly hard to recognize that generally we should be pointing back at ourselves.
At times we are too needy, too arrogant, too nice or too vain— whatever the case, self- evaluation goes a long way.
If your attempt at love has failed, I hate to break it to you but it probably was not genuine. Love is not that which fades or fails. It is Shakespeare’s “ever-fixed mark” that only the fateful common denominator of life can put to an end.
Situated on the cusp of colder weather, there is a new quality to the air these days. The golden season is afoot. The trees have begun to shed summer, and warmer hues
will soon fade in. Getting out of bed will grow increasingly difficult, and early risers will feel a chill nipping at their heels. Bitter weather aside, the activities and holidays enjoyed this time of year exceed those of any other.
The orchards just to our north welcome pickers from all over, offering a variety of apples for the making of baked goods and homemade cider. The many corn mazes are great fun, especially in the evenings. Imagine wandering fields in the failing light, the silence interrupted periodically by muffled laughter.
When we ease into October, paying a visit to a pumpkin patch will be essential for Halloween preparations.
Once carved, Jack-o-lanterns will glow behind lawn décor like the ever-popular faux tombstones with their ridiculous epitaphs and the eerily colored lights that festoon gutters.
When the month of mischief passes, November will bring with it images of family and tradition. Harvest wreaths will grace front doors, weekends will see ritualistic leaf raking, and wafts of burning wood will float about neighborhoods. Before we exit the season, we will make plans and book flights for Thanksgiving celebrations. For those whose holiday has certain denominational undertones, the patriarch of the family will say grace, giving thanks for health and happiness. Cousins and siblings will fight over the turkey’s wishbone, the two participants hoping to get the good half that a wish might be won and come true. November’s close always seems to leave a tinge of sadness, yet knowing Christmas and New Year’s Eve will follow shortly after quickly removes this feeling.
Fall is the grand finale before the stiff fingers of winter takes us in their grasp, and luckily we are at its beginning. We ought to enjoy it while we have it and try to make it last.
John Steinbeck likened change to a “little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn,” but here at KSU it seems to be riding in on large-scale gusts. From the top of University Place, the eye catches on a tower crane, a symbol of progress for we parliament of owls. The impressive new Betty L. Siegel Student Recreation and Activities Center will offer a handful of athletic activities that did not exist before; the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art will undoubtedly become a place for the cultured minds of campus to get lost; the expansion of our Student Center will have unique food options to be enjoyed just before the Campus Green; and those inclined toward the field of pedagogy will have the upsized Bagwell College of Education. All in all, one cannot help but to feel a stir of excitement for what is to come.
When thinking of the original Recreation Center, which according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia was first built 8 years ago, sophomore Krissy Ferriter remarked, “I think there weren’t enough options. All you could do was, what, lift weights and get on an elliptical? There wasn’t enough to do.”
Well, when the Center opens in October there will be plenty of choices. Hopefully this will induce students and faculty to flock to the tennis and basketball courts, pools and indoor track. We are not only talking about the potential for lifestyle changes on campus, we are talking about creating a greater sense of community. It is well known that socializing is just as important to a long and healthy life as good eating habits and exercise. Associate Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., explains in a Forbes Magazine online edition how she and those in her field may have underestimated the affect human interactions can have on longevity. Positive encounters and relationships with others have the power to add quality time to our lives.
Now, making the way across the Campus Green we have the Student Center as our second focus. The fact that sushi will be available in such a convenient location has pushed several students past the point of giddy.
“I feel like sushi is starting to grow popularity,” said sophomore Krissy Ferriter, “so I think it’s a good way for the school to bring in more money.” According to Kennesaw.
patch.com, KSU raked in $926 million for the 2012 fiscal year. If the school continues to be renovated, expanded and appended with popular hot spots, like the sushi bar, our university is sure to break $ 1 billion in less than a decade. KSU may even ascend the throne as the number one university in Georgia – anything is possible. Such changes also create a little something called work. College students are always on the hunt for side jobs to make money while in school. Whether there are serious bills to pay or there is only a need for extra cash to go shopping, the struggle is real, as my roommates like to say.
The construction sites freckling the grounds somehow give off an air of importance.
They, even if only in a small way, signify worth. There is no greater benefit these alterations could give to students and faculty than showing that we are worthy of the best. KSU is climbing the USG ladder rung after rung, and our immense promise on the national collegiate stage continues to build. The growth that can be seen from 1966’s Kennesaw Junior College to 2013’s Kennesaw State University is beyond commendable, and the growth we see continuing today unquestionably alludes to a grand future to come. How humble beginnings make the best foundations for success.
As the body count rises in Egypt, the U.S. has put a temporary halt on all forms of aid to the region. The question of whether or not aid will be reinstated at a future time cannot exactly be answered for the situation is complex. If the continuation of military support to Egypt, in its current state, was to be sustained, it may only be seen as a reward for the recent bloodshed. Egypt may be attempting to start down the path toward democracy but the killing and arresting of those involved in non-violent demonstrations is in conflict with democracy’s core principle; the rights of the people should trump all. However, if the violence was put to an end, there is no reason why aid could not begin again.
Aside from the desire to see Egypt progress as a democratic body, the U.S. naturally has other self-benefiting motives. In a volatile region such as the Middle East, it is most advantageous to have as many allies as possible. According to the Council of Foreign Relations, the U.S. is mainly responsible for bolstering Egypt’s military, and, in times of war, it has done well to serve the U.S. by any means. A poor decision in this delicate state of affairs could tarnish foreign relations with Egypt creating difficulties not only in our time but for future administrations as well.
Should President Obama decide to withdraw U.S. backing permanently, repercussions could ensue. The Suez Canal, a man-made waterway connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas with the Indian Ocean, is a vital passage for vessels transporting the major commodities of our world – namely oil. As explained by an article in The Telegraph, greater upset in the North African country could cause this route to be closed off. With such a situation, cargo ships would need to travel almost 3,000 miles out of the way in order to complete shipments, resulting in the loss of time and money.
We also must not forget that without U.S. influence, Egypt could develop an ambiguous attitude with regard to terrorism. This would generate issues in the realm of national security for those of us here in the U.S., Europe and any other country aligned with the West.
Installing a democratic government in Egypt would not only benefit those abroad but, most importantly, the Egyptian people for whom enduring gender, opportunity and income inequalities is an integral part of life. Per blogs. worldbank.org, data shows that income inequality, specifically, often arises from situations outside of an individual’s power and is naturally “higher than in the most egalitarian countries.” Just treatment is an unassailable human right to be experienced by everyone. Although the road toward such an idea will be long and strewn with many obstructions, its end result will be worthwhile. Ultimately Egypt needs the guidance of the U.S. in this period of transition and crisis.
It all comes down to the words of Robert Kennedy, “through no virtues and accomplishments of our own, we have been fortunate enough to be born in the United States under the most comfortable conditions. We, therefore, have a responsibility to others who are less well off.”
If Egypt is left to its own devices it is a very real possibility the country could be put hopelessly asunder, jeopardizing both the quality of life of its people and those around the globe. Now is the time for firm, decisive action on the part of the U.S. to help Egypt help itself.
There was a time when farming was romantic–when the clove of a season made the farmer’s mind turn in wonder, excited about the new cycle of crops to come-when days spent tending fields made the hazy weariness of an evening a right. There was a time when farming was honest–when natural alternatives made the use of things like pesticides unnecessary, and seeds were sown with great integrity. But here we are today in this tumultuous technology era where aircrafts navigate themselves, children are raised by video games and our food has itself a rewritten heritage.
With the help of political power, biotech corporations such as Syngenta, DuPont, Bayer and Monsanto have debauched not only the concept of farming but also what comes out of it. We here in the U.S. have been consuming genetically modified (GM) crops, in one form or another, for more than a decade now.
There is great consumer upset surrounding this because there was no way for them to know. The world’s leading producer of GM products, Monsanto, claims there is no difference between conventionally farmed crops and GM crops. As seen on the FAQ section of their website, they mean to address safety concerns by stating it is only logical to assume GM crops are no different than their conventional cousins. How are we to understand the word ‘modified’ then? And if there were no difference, why was Japan in such a tizzy this past May with the Oregon GM wheat field finding? The Japanese people and their government have worked together in earnest to ensure GM crops are not cultivated on their land or sold in their markets.
It could simply be a matter of preference considering their history of all-natural farming methods; however, we should all take note that GM crops could pose serious risks to human health. In the documentary “Seeds of Death,” Dr. Jeffery Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology shared some startling news. Studies performed by government and independent scientists found, in relation to control groups, lab rats fed a diet supplemented with GM crops had exponentially higher death rates. Babies were born sterile. Tumors began to form on reproductive organs. Disruption of endocrine systems began to surface alongside severe allergies.
In addition to these negative health findings, GM crops and their companion pesticides deplete the minerals and microorganisms that should be present in our soil. Without their presence, our produce is actually less nutrient rich. GM crops also upset sensitive ecosystems by their monoculture layouts-acres upon acres of a signal corn, soy or cotton crop, in essentially barren soil, with hardly a bird or bug in sight. Growth patterns such as these do not exist in nature, and if they do, nature destroys them. However, in all the artificiality perhaps there lies a greater goal. Perhaps Monsanto has their sight set on the selfless act of feeding our starving associates of humanity. Well, probably not. Executive Director of Green Peace International Kumi Naidoo explains there is a “false assumption” that world hunger is due to a lull in food supply. According to Naidoo, there is more than enough food to go around, and world hunger has its basis in more relevant “social, economic and environmental issues.” So, it is like futile attempts of ripping crab grass out of your lawn. Many forget the roots grow deep, and in a few days there is double the crabgrass and double the work. Purporting world hunger will be solved through the creation of higher yielding crops is an oversimplification of the more serious problems we are facing.
So, if GM crops are not the solution for world hunger and are potentially dangerous to our health and environment, what is their purpose?
Why not transition to local organic farming? It does not damage the environment and it does not cause a laundry list of diseases. In fact, organic farming methods are just as efficient as GM and conventional methods. The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development reported in 2007 that organic and sustainable agriculture had the same and higher yields than GM and conventionally farmed crops. With this revelation, things shift into focus. If all GM products were kicked to the curb and replaced by organic sustainable farming methods, two key things would happen: A lot of suits would not be as rich as they are right now, and people worldwide would see an increase in their health.