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Why Having a Good Imagination Will Make Your Life Better


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Why Having a Good Imagination Will Make Your Life Better

Imagination

Imagination is the facility to form new ideas in the brain. It is the means to use resourcefulness to solve unusual and difficult problems. “Albert Einstein,” said, “Imagination” is more important than knowledge.

Even as we get older daydreams and our imagination doesn’t stop. Many a time we often conjure up an idea or invention that originated in thought through our imagination. When we look back in history at some of the marvels of their age the imagination of inventors put forth ideas that turned into experiments which then produced results. Thomas Edison and Tesla achieved worldwide acclaim when their marvels of that period enlightened the world. But, those inventions would not have been made possible if it wasn’t first formulated in the imagination of their conscious thoughts. And, you can bet your bottom dollar that all other great inventors’ throughout history the success they achieved first originated in their own imagination. In all the great works of art, music, and literature all were conceived through their own imagination.

Today the technological marvels that are now available have also been a contributing factor in retarding childhood imagination and may well be attributed to more evil intentions of those willful perpetrators of calamity.

Having a Good Imagination
Why Having a Good Imagination
Imagination, a nurturing of conscious thought based on positive or negative influences of one’s surroundings. The good that mankind does is produced by the positive influences that shape their lives. Then there is the evil that man does are often a result of the negative influences that have dominated their conscious thoughts. The imagination both possess often lead to wonders to behold or horrific disasters.

Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Sometimes it is difficult to apply the knowledge of cold hard facts. Imagination permits us to explore different ways to make use of knowledge.

The term imagination comes from the Latin verb imaginary meaning “to picture oneself.” You have to picture yourself successful in achieving it. You have to dream of it, learn what is required and set a goal to accomplish it.

This is the way we have to do almost everything worthwhile. Those without an active imagination have great difficulties overcoming obstacles.

This part of the brain should be developed by everyone. Imagination helps provide meaning to experience and understanding to knowledge; it helps people to make sense of the world, and it also plays a key role in the learning process. It helps to understand concepts by supplying the connection between facts.

Imagination is a valuable asset that most people ignore except for expanding their negative thoughts beyond reality. When it is developed and used it can greatly enhance your life. People of all ages and walks of life can make their life more interesting and fruitful with this resource. Those with an active imagination will never get stuck in a rut.

Inventions, works of art, great literature, and many other areas make use of imagination. This part of your mind is a means to expand your horizons and develop your talents.

It helps to solve problems by visualizing the result of various solutions. It can be used to improve productivity by developing more efficient routines and building better tools for the job.

We are always seeking better ways to build and do things. Improvements in all things are accomplished by an active imagination. The possibilities are limitless. We are devising things that our forefathers never dreamed of. The generations after us will create things that we never dreamed of. The vision to see unknown ways to improve things is made possible by imagination.

Not only writers, creators, and designers make use of this part of the brain. It is invaluable to all forms of business and industry and to everyone in general. It can be used to improve routines that are ineffective by visualizing what would be and then trying it. You can easily deal effectively with boredom by bringing up something fun and exciting to do from your mind.

To develop your powers of imagination, spend time thinking about how to improve areas of your life. Picture yourself in various positions. Decide what you want to accomplish and explore different ways to get there. Decide where you want to be in a few years and set a time limit. The picture in your mind what you will have to do to achieve it. Then see if it is practical.

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Why Having a Good Imagination Will Make Your Life Better

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Who Shot First?


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Who Shot First?

The conflict between Israel and Palestinians occupying Gaza isn’t new news– their war has spanned more than 20 years, with the off and on firing of missiles claiming a multitude of civilian lives and spurring on the continuation and escalation of the bombings. Social networking sites are being used by current citizens to publicize how exactly the warring is occuring, using tweets to note the elevation of the combat and the course the Isareli armies are taking through the streets and bodies of water surrounding Gaza. What isn’t being talked about enough is the political implications that have driven this war to be active for so long.

In the video linked, Hillary Clinton speaks of her previous negotiation of a ceasefire in 2012 between the two warring parties & the separation of power between Mahmoud Abbas followers and Hamas members and how exactly that’s split the Palestinian people and further instigated the Israeli drive to war. In the video, Clinton explains that during the ceasefire she helped to negotiate between Palestine & Israel, Abbas was working with the Isreali government to orchestrate a peaceful juncture in which the two could meet and discuss a course of action. Now that Abbas is gone, the Israeli people are met with Hamas, a presumably ‘for the people’ public organization working for the freedom of the Palestinian people. Yet what Isreal sees themselves up against is a militaristic, violently resistant front that continues to resist any cooperation and compromising.

What’s seen in play here is a definitive shift in power where political issues are being held in a public arena, using warfare to force the strength of one side over the other instead of being able to come together and discuss with one another a less violent course of action. Ceasefires have currently been proposed by Isreal and agreed upon by Egypt, only to come to vehement disagreement by Hamas because the cease will not address all of their stipulations. Stewart seems to believe Hamas is disagreeing because those stipulations are important and, as the voice of the people, they will not back down until all are agreed upon.

One thing both Clinton and Stewart can agree on is that the entrapment occurring & being inflicted upon the Palestinian people is disgraceful and unwarranted. The amount of hatred both sides have for their opposition that’s been instilled in their current culture has only come to create destruction, dysfunction, and a driven desire for eradication of their ‘enemies’ that will only continue to grow if the war isn’t properly handled very soon.

Submitted by Promise Hartung

Royal Domestic Violence


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Royal Domestic Violence

An artist, Saint Hoax has created a new campaign called “Happily Never After”. It is a series of beatened and bloody Disney Princesses that includes: Princess Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. The caption on these posters states “When did he stop treating you like a Princess? It’s never too late to put an end to it.” Hoax created this as an awareness campaign to all women who have been victims of domestic violence. It is meant to encourage victims to report to the authorities so that these problems won’t be repeated again.

This campaign is not meant to scare little girls into seeing gory pictures of their favorite Disney characters, but it is focused towards the adult women that grew up watching these Princesses. Almost all little girls obsessed over the Princesses and Prince Charming and the wonderful happily ever after fairy tale that happens at the end. Little girls dream of marrying a Prince Charming and being treated like royalty, but does that always happen? No. There are so many women in this world that face domestic violence and continue to stay in the detrimental relationship. As shocking as these posters were to me, I can’t imagine how much of an eye opener it would be for someone who actually is a victim of this ongoing problem. To see your favorite Princess in the same predicament as you, and the caption itself promotes self confidence and courage.

Domestic violence remains at a high percentage and is still a problem all over the world. Many places it may be culturally accepted. It is a kind of power that uses hard tactics and irrational reasoning to not only physically abuse someone, but mentally. This campaign brings awareness to deviance and taking social/self control of one’s own life and gaining it back. The inequality of many relationships are becoming a big problem as women are becoming more powerful in society. It is time for change, and this domestic violence social movement/awareness is a great step in doing so. Great job, Saint Hoax.

Submitted by Daniella Pizarro

Stab at College Rape Culture


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Stab at College Rape Culture

All over the country there have been pushes to reform how colleges and universities deal with Rape. It has been found that when a rape or sexual assault was reported, certain universities tried to hide it or let the offender get off with a slap on the hand. Rape is wrong and by trying to protect the offenders, these institutions are basically justifying it and making it seem like its not such a bad crime. These students across the country are using their power of defiance to bring light to a problem in our society. They are challenging the powers of their university and giving a voice to those who were victims and weren’t heard. Hopefully their actions bring a change in the way these things are not only handled by these educational institutions but also by this country.

Submitted by Jayla O’Neal

Culture, Power, and Social Structure in Medicine


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Culture, Power, and Social Structure in Medicine

I found this news article fascinating as it expresses a range of sociological themes through one single news article. As an aspiring physician, I am routinely intrigued by news in the medical community, and also hope to travel abroad to provide care internationally.
From looking at the image alone, there are clear differences or examples of inequality that also present themselves as differences in culture, power, and structure. Culturally there is a difference between the healthcare providers who traveled from the USA and other established countries, and then there are the patients, who have been suffering from disease and do not normally have access to healthcare. Additionally, social structures identify between patient and physician, introducing more than cultural norms to the mix in providing treatment. This also goes hand in hand with the role of power, as physicians are given a responsibility to do no harm through their creed as well as provide for the care of the diseased.
This article discusses the Ebola outbreak in Guinea which is a hot topic to discuss, as many lives are being affected through the epidemic and organizations such as Medecins San Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) are taking on the responsibility to aid the communities affected. Whether focusing on the macro level of healthcare or the micro level of patient-doctor interactions, the bottom line comes down to helping humanity and aiding life, whether in America in a practice, or flying out to across the Atlantic to save a life.
The discussion of the mob involvement struck me as interesting as it introduced a new party into the mix. The traditional power structure was changed, and the status quo was changed in a sense. Additionally, the inclusion o politics changed the scope of the situation and escalated it to a broader problem.
Moreover, by the mob accusing the physicians of bringing the Ebola virus, it was a clearer example of the varying levels of power and social structure. With a lack of scientific education, the mob members did not have the power to challenge the doctors’ science and creed, and the culture of the mob challenged the acceptance of good Samaritans into their community, thus lacking faith in their harmless intentions.
In conclusion, this article and image packs a sociological punch, whether from the political or scientific perspective. On my end, I am happy that I can see these varying connections, and to be able to see how things all appear differently on different levels from a sociological lens.

Submitted by Dhruv Sethi

Changing Perception of Sexuality


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Changing Perception of Sexuality

I found the “Same Love” song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis interesting because I never really heard anything like it on the radio. It has become very popular and controversial because it touches upon a sensitive topic to many conservative Americans. Gays and lesbians have been discriminated against due to their sexual preferences ever since the beginning of time. Lately, more television shows include gay couples, such as Modern Family and the Fosters which plays on ABC Family reaching out to a diverse audience. This social movement brought about by the meda towards acceptance didn’t happen overnight and not everyone is still open or accepting of it either. In order for policies to be implemented for equality of all, the culture and social structure of the American society has to gradually change. This of course takes time and lots of enforcement from people in power and through socialization new generations will become more open minded.

Submitted by Diana Marzouk

Virginia’s First Greek Tragedy


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Virginia’s First Greek Tragedy

I have been following the story of former Governor McDonnell’s and his wife Maureen’s unexpected and infamous plunge into the spotlight for their corrupt actions during Mr. McDonnell’s governorship. I remember being shocked learning about how Maureen traded fancy designer clothes acquired through an all expense paid trip to New York City for a Governor’s mansion luncheon to help promote Jonnie Williams’ Anatabloc supplement to state health officials and other important individuals. Jonnie Williams was the CEO of Star Scientific, a maker of supplements and able to use his wealth to buy connections to prominent government officials through the McDonnell’s.
After reading through Chapter 9 on class and inequality in our textbook and reading this article in the Richmond Times Dispatch on the McDonnell’s, I have a better understanding of why they may have acted as they did through his rise to power. Though their actions might be understood, they are not at all justified. Class is defined as “a group of people who share a similar economic position and lifestyle (Croteau and Hoynes 221).” Mr. McDonnell had a modest middle class background, served time in the army, was a Republican delegate in the Virginia General Assembly, then attorney general, and finally governor. He had a good salary but was not in the comparable economic position of other former Virginia governors. Jim Nolan states, “The McDonnells arguably arrived at the stately Executive Mansion without the wealth of a number of its previous occupants.” Their lack of wealth caused them to be uneasy and uncomfortable and resort to measures to try to overcome their class status. This falls in line with Thorestein Veblen’s term conspicuous consumption “lavish spending, done to compete for status (Croteau and Hoynes 232).” Since the McDonnell’s did not have the money for the lifestyles of other politicians, they borrowed or took money from Mr. Williams in exchange for political favors. Mrs. McDonnell bought her husband a Rolex watch for Christmas with Mr. Williams’ money. Mr. McDonnell and his sons went golfing on Mr. Williams’ tab. Their lavish spending fits with their attempts to jump to a higher class and their nouveau riche status. On the other hand, wealthy individuals with inherited money tend to not show their money ostentatiously. The McDonnell’s wanted to be accepted by the wealthy upper class but instead displayed greed and entitlement. Nolan writes, “‘Entitled’ was the word used by one state worker who had dealt with the family on a daily basis.” Moreover I think the McDonnell’s story demonstrates their unease with their class status and how disillusioned they became trying to move up classes. We all come in to the world with different life chances (social class, race, gender, sexual orientation) and movement between classes is not as fluid as we would like. The entitlement demonstrated by the McDonnell’s echo’s the entitlement of the billionaires from the Park Avenue documentary. These top 1 percenters operated under different sets of rules from the rest of the population through acts such as violating environmental laws and paying lower taxes. The article about former Governor McDonnell finishes examining his tarnished image and realizing that if not for his greed he could have been very comfortable financially with teaching gigs and speaking opportunities following his term as governor. The lifestyle they wanted and they could not afford destroyed their image.

Submitted by Alicia Grove

Virginia’s First Greek Tragedy


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Virginia’s First Greek Tragedy

I have been following the story of former Governor McDonnell’s and his wife Maureen’s unexpected and infamous plunge into the spotlight for their corrupt actions during Mr. McDonnell’s governorship. I remember being shocked learning about how Maureen traded fancy designer clothes acquired through an all expense paid trip to New York City for a Governor’s mansion luncheon to help promote Jonnie Williams’ Anatabloc supplement to state health officials and other important individuals. Jonnie Williams was the CEO of Star Scientific, a maker of supplements and able to use his wealth to buy connections to prominent government officials through the McDonnell’s.
After reading through Chapter 9 on class and inequality in our textbook and reading this article in the Richmond Times Dispatch on the McDonnell’s, I have a better understanding of why they may have acted as they did through his rise to power. Though their actions might be understood, they are not at all justified. Class is defined as “a group of people who share a similar economic position and lifestyle (Croteau and Hoynes 221).” Mr. McDonnell had a modest middle class background, served time in the army, was a Republican delegate in the Virginia General Assembly, then attorney general, and finally governor. He had a good salary but was not in the comparable economic position of other former Virginia governors. Jim Nolan states, “The McDonnells arguably arrived at the stately Executive Mansion without the wealth of a number of its previous occupants.” Their lack of wealth caused them to be uneasy and uncomfortable and resort to measures to try to overcome their class status. This falls in line with Thorestein Veblen’s term conspicuous consumption “lavish spending, done to compete for status (Croteau and Hoynes 232).” Since the McDonnell’s did not have the money for the lifestyles of other politicians, they borrowed or took money from Mr. Williams in exchange for political favors. Mrs. McDonnell bought her husband a Rolex watch for Christmas with Mr. Williams’ money. Mr. McDonnell and his sons went golfing on Mr. Williams’ tab. Their lavish spending fits with their attempts to jump to a higher class and their nouveau riche status. On the other hand, wealthy individuals with inherited money tend to not show their money ostentatiously. The McDonnell’s wanted to be accepted by the wealthy upper class but instead displayed greed and entitlement. Nolan writes, “‘Entitled’ was the word used by one state worker who had dealt with the family on a daily basis.” Moreover I think the McDonnell’s story demonstrates their unease with their class status and how disillusioned they became trying to move up classes. We all come in to the world with different life chances (social class, race, gender, sexual orientation) and movement between classes is not as fluid as we would like. The entitlement demonstrated by the McDonnell’s echo’s the entitlement of the billionaires from the Park Avenue documentary. These top 1 percenters operated under different sets of rules from the rest of the population through acts such as violating environmental laws and paying lower taxes. The article about former Governor McDonnell finishes examining his tarnished image and realizing that if not for his greed he could have been very comfortable financially with teaching gigs and speaking opportunities following his term as governor. The lifestyle they wanted and they could not afford destroyed their image.

Submitted by Alicia Grove

Blurring the Line


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Blurring the Line

Robin Thicke’s song Blurred Lines was met with a lot of controversy after its release. It was immediately banned from youtube due to the topless models prancing around in his second version of the music video. The song was seen as fun and upbeat but some people took a different meaning and message. Lines such as “you know you want it” were seen as rape culture inducing by some feminists. The women looked like accessories and were encouraged to be tamed sexually by the men singing. A lot of songs are about sex these days because that is what sells but there is a fine line between being sexy and being offensive. This song brought about feelings of women being used as objects, feminism, and the popular debate of rape culture. Some might enjoy the playful nature of the video and see it as harmless but most decided to ban Robin Thicke completely from our culture. After this song his success slowly dwindled and he recently had devastating album sales with a new release. Gender inequality is present in this debate as well as the objectification of women. Women are patronized in many cultures in different ways and here they are seen as objects of desire. Here the men have power over the women and are the dominant sex. There is a social order here and the beautiful women are most definitely not at the top.

Submitted by Breann Dick

Binge-Watching The New Craze


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Binge-Watching The New Craze

Binge-Watching: “is the practice of watching television for longer time spans than usual, usually of a single television show”
Starting in the 80’s television networks would play a marathon of a particular show. Today, marathons have become more apparent. Every night I can watch four episodes of Seinfeld, 3-4 episodes of Family Guy, and sometimes I can catch 4-5 episodes of The Big Bang Theory (depending on the day). Even though marathons still happen there is a new trend in town, Binge-Watching. This shows us how our culture is ever changing. This is a new bond we have as a society. According to to wikipedia, “Binge-Watching as an observed cultural phenomenon has become popular with the rise of online media services.” With Netflix and other services binge-watching is easier then ever. This article points out many great observations about binge-watching and is a great read. What happens when you finish a show? Are you happy you finished it or are you disappointed and bored? These are some questions that are brought up when talking about binge-watching, some people like the feeling that they finally completed the series others do not. It all depends on you. Like stated in the article, “Ultimately it’s up to you whether you are the Charlie [Bucket] or the Augustus [Gloop] of the new Netflix world we live in.”

Fun Facts: According to time.com, Breaking bad was the most binge-watched show. (I personally did that myself)

According to time.com, 91% of people have said they have binged-watched a show

Works Cited:
http://www.techradar.com/us/news/internet/the-netflix-effect-how-binge-watching-is-changing-television-1215808

http://time.com/2924105/breaking-bad-is-the-most-binge-watched-tv-show-ever-study-finds/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binge-watching

Submitted by Ashley Cobb