Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Here we go. My essay. It's...ok. Freedom’s Challenge The popular stories by P.G. Wodehouse tell of a young, rich man, Bertie Wooster. Bertie did nothing for himself; he relied on his personal valet, his gentleman’s gentleman, Jeeves. Jeeves did everything for Bertie from laying out his clothes to getting his bath ready. Bertie never worked. He didn’t need to. His family was rich, and he had never known anything besides wealth. By himself, Bertie was essentially helpless. Without Jeeves, he couldn’t even make himself a pot of tea. Sometimes, Bertie wore something that Jeeves thought wasn’t in good taste. Jeeves gently suggested an alternative article of clothing, and Bertie would usually resist. After a while, Wooster realized that Jeeves was right, and was always right, and gave in. Like Bertie, an everyday citizen of America could not fend for themselves if left unprotected. We need a bigger entity to govern and make decisions for us. You would think that, like Bertie, we would be tremendously grateful for the help provided. Instead, we are often overly critical and complain about our government’s decisions. I believe freedom’s challenge is to be aware of what’s going on around the world, to know our country’s history, and to appreciate the sacrifices needed and given to attain our freedom. It is hard to appreciate our freedom because we can’t, truly, until it is taken away from us. That’s why, on occasions like 9/11, we become more patriotic and are much more thankful for our freedom. We appreciate it when we realize that there was a chance of it being taken away. These days, we pay much, much more attention to the entertainment world than the political, but are so quick to judge the government’s choices. If we invested more time in watching Washington DC than Hollywood, I believe we would be slower to criticize. Taking interest in our government and its actions is one way we can fulfill freedom’s challenge. Also, because of our right of free speech, if we have an opinion about something that we want to be made known, we can share it with others. We have the ability to spread our feelings worldwide via the internet. Freedom’s challenge is to spread the pride of our country to others. We must also build a future for ourselves, learning as much as we can in school, working our hardest, and doing our best in life. Our country was founded on that fact that we are all created equal. We have the same opportunities, but it is what we do with them that is up to us. We must realize that our choices have long term effects and choose and plan out our actions carefully, taking into account their consequences. Our lives and lifestyles are up to us. We can become whatever we want in life. Freedom’s challenge is to use the opportunities secured by it to make the best out of ourselves that we can. ----- I've been sick the last couple days. Two days ago I left school early. And I screwed around on the computer a ton. And made a VCD of all the TMBG video's I've made/accumulated. It's cool! S' got menus and background songs. What else? Oh. We had breakfast today first period. Donuts and cereal and stuff. Fun. I think we're having waffles tomorrow. And later, cake. It's TJ's birthday. Yay. He's 17. The new typing program came in, and we used it today. It's WAY better than dumb ol' Mavis Beacon. Some things some people said recently that struck me as funny, or at least mildly humorous: Miss Reeves: What do adjectives modify? Heather: Nouns and verbs. Josh: Personplacethingidea...oh wait! Mr. Wright: Until some archeologist does some ...archeologizing. Emily: I think I have restless leg syndrome... in my hands. Mrs. Clark: Is anyone else going on the Keystone Bus? *points to kid* Are you Keystone Bus? Me: No, he's a kid. It's email time again! Doot-do-do-do doooo.

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