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I feel that this quote was meant to be taken somewhat sarcastically. Mencken says “The average American man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.” The way he says average American is almost like he is asking. Who wants to be average when you can be exhilarating and live life on the edge. I mean does anyone really just like an average person let alone and average American. An obvious answer would be that life was intended to be free and safety is important but what about fun. maybe the true average American wants to be free and fun or exciting, but who wants to be safe if it means to lose freedoms like racing in a circuit or running with scissors. The fact is that in our society this quote has been somewhat taken literally by our government and we have been limited to certain rules; The people still know that this quote holds little because life is useless without freedom, some would say life is not worth living if you cant live freely. In America today there IS and average joe and he would never choose safety over freedom no. In our world today the average American man doesn’t want to be safe. He complexly chooses an insanity called freedom, because how is simple fun?
My duty as an American scholar is to be creative, active, learn through life, and to let my ideas be known throughout friends and family. Being a scholar, I should never look down on an idea. I mean to look through all loopholes. I mean to trust all. I mean to living with an attitude to always want more knowledge. I mean to, well you know what I mean. If I was to decide to live as a hermit and deny the privilege from myself, to investigate my endeavors in a scholarly mind the I would lie about facts, deny truth, accept falsehoods, morosely feed on unoriginal ideas that have no factual premise, and learn that knowledge can wait, and that I will accept my fate as a man of actions that I contemplate doing tomorrow instead of today; Who would live this way, who will find joy in this life, who will take on the role of being an American Scholar. Everyone has to take on this job to learn and let life fulfill their yearning for a dish called knowledge. As a scholar you will learn that your work might be shrouded by obscurity. You will learn that your name is not accompanied by fame. You will learn that people find this attitude opposite of the mean because it is unique. Emerson stayed knowledgeable when he mentioned “There is one man of genius, who has done much for this philosophy of life, whose literary value has never yet been rightly estimated; – I mean Emanuel Swedenborg. The most imaginative of men, yet …of his time.” This only leaves us as scholars to redeem a way of life well lost in our society. May we bind together and learn as a society of scholars, and help create a new mean: creative, studious, brave, and students of nature. BAM!
The last seven weeks for me have been hardly filled by any reading time. Daily I find myself procrastinating and forgetting most if any words I have read from books. Troubles I have with reading do not pertain to the actual understanding of words or my rate of words read but, these plights take arms with my ADD and ADHD. These “Mental illnesses” constantly take time off my hands for me and hardly give my any choice of what I am to think about. I will start a book but if I find a story that has little entertainment the challenge changes from how many pages am I reading to, am I reading at all? The past seven weeks hold only example of why I am not a reader like, when I find myself struggling to remember what I read if I should read and, why am I writing.
My reading habits are a cross between hardly reading and reading extremely slow. Day by day I have been practicing to start reading more to obtain the habits of a true reader. I am slowly accomplishing this by reading instead of things I might usually do like playing video games, surfing blogs for cool I.T. projects and advice, or just watching T.V. and relaxing. Now that I am getting started as a reader one main goal I have is to just read at least ten books this school year. The way I feel I can best get this task accomplished is to stick with my favorite genres of math and science in non-fiction or science fiction. I am hoping that these changes bring with them one more change and that would be concentrating on books and reading more pages a day. The last way, I feel is necessary to accomplish my new goals as a reader is to finish the series that started with my favorite book Enders Game.
Fear: nervousness, clamminess, cold shocks, frustration, and loss of hope. Many simple things that cause one major problem; No longer throwing strikes I’m desperate and pleading the zone to accept my tries at a strike. There is no reluctance, the zone tightens and the baseballs abuse the ground with their hits and only find comfort in dancing outside the zone. Coach announces from the dugout “find the zone that will get you what you’re looking for.” It’s true. A simple answer that leaves so many complicated questions, like how and when will I relax. Hope: deserting me, all lost, and nowhere to be found until “STERRIKE!” More questions rush into my head they only inflate it; “It’s that easy?” “What if I throw a high knuckle?” Three balls and one strike such odds yet I find strong, narcissistic confidence. WHOOSH is soon followed by “STERRIKE!” So close to guiding in this last ball like a missile, that I taste victory. The next pitch I throw is a perfect straight laser right through the zone but, TINK contact has been made with the ball, yet I’m not scared because I know I’ve been given and answer. Confidence: warm, wonderful, egotistical, simplistic, no need for hope, confidence.
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