The Great War

A few years ago, and still now to some extent, I was completely FASCINATED with the first world war, or The Great War if you’re a purist.

I realize that openly stating that I was fascinated with the first world war could paint me as some kind of warmonger, gun-nut, etc, but that’s not where my interest stems from.

In the right lenses, the first world war can be traced back as the cause of almost all the modern issues we face today. Not only that, but it was the point where the age of “empires” begun to collapse, it gave us revolutionary new technologies, and it completely changed borders, countries, markets, people, art, poetry, and so many different aspects of life.

It’s no secret that the first world war caused a lot of things to change. Looking at the issues we face globally in the modern world, we can see a lot of them taking root in the first world war. For example, look at the ongoing issue of terror groups coming from the Middle East and Africa. Though there are many factors as to why these people do what they do, a lot of this can be traced back to the Sykes-Picot Agreement at the end of the war. This agreement carved up the middle east and africa into different countries that would benefit Europeans, without taking into account the different peoples in the regions and their cultures, beliefs, values, etc. This one agreement has led to so much violence in the modern era simply because it chose to ignore the people it was affecting, which seems to be a big theme in the past 200 or so years.

Though this is a big stretch, another issue that can be argued to have been affected or at least made worse by the first world war is climate change, specifically because of the new technologies of cars, planes, and other vehicles. People saw how effective these vehicles were, which led governments to want them for their militaries as well as people wanting them for their own use. This led to increased production of vehicles, and with more people buying cars, more emissions go into the atmosphere.

There are many other things that changed because of the first world war. I think that there needs to be a lot more discussion of this in schools because it really gives a perspective as to how things like world war 2, the cold war, vietnam, etc happened, and all of that lends itself to a better understanding of how we got to our current political climate and understanding what the heck is going on. For more info about all of this, I highly recommend a youtube channel called “the great war”. The series just ended, but from 2014-2018 a group of historians and actors would follow what happened in the war and how it affected the world week by week (for the 100th anniversary) and it gives an amazing in depth description of it all and applies it to the modern era and explains how everything is connected.

rain and weather

Have you guys ever really thought about the weather? what happens up in our troposphere is really cool. Here on Earth, our weather can do some crazy stuff. Powerful winds, big storms, things falling from the sky, and sunny days are things we have all seen in our lives, but I think very few of us have ever put serious thought to it besides the occasional “wow what a lovely day!” or “what’s the weather going to do today?”

Basically, in my very un-professional, furthest-thing-from-a-meteorologist view, the weather phenomena that happen on Earth can be divided into two categories: things falling from the sky and things not falling from the sky.

Both of these categories are pretty self explanatory, and anyone who has spent at least a month on Earth has seen examples of them. But how do they happen? What goes on to make things fall or not fall?

More often than not, things that fall from the sky are some form of water, whether it be liquid or solid. Rain, snow, hail, sleet, etc are examples of this, obviously. Personally, I think it’s crazy that this is just something that naturally happens on Earth. This one random chemical that all life depends on just happens to quite literally just fall from the sky sometimes, and people never seem to take a moment to stop and say “woah”.¬† Sadly, being in the rain almost always means moving as fast as you can to not be in it. But with that said, that is understandable, no one wants to be wet.

Though it may not seem like it, there is just as much diversity in the weather in the category of things not falling from the sky as there is with the former category. The weather can be cloudy, sunny, windy, foggy, many others, and also any kind of combination of these weather types.

This much appreciation for the weather may seem trivial, but consider this perspective- we only see our weather as “normal” and what happens in our atmosphere as “normal” because it is something that we have just accepted as something that naturally happens, and that’s also just exactly what it is. Something that just happens. But imagine having the perspective of someone from another planet, where their weather is something completely different from that of Earth’s. Weather on other planets can mean huge, years-long dust storms, raining liquid methane, carbon falling from the sky, and many other things. Hearing about weather on Earth would most likely blow their minds.

But at the end of the day, whether you’re an alien or not, our weather can do some crazy stuff. And even when it’s not doing anything particularly crazy or unusual, the normal stuff is still pretty cool and it’s amazing that it’s just something that happens.

“mythological”

throughout my years at school, I have often spent time in different classes learning about ancient myths. In my freshman year latin class, I very distinctly remember a whole unit on greek and roman myths. Before the class started learning about them, the teacher gave a full disclaimer about how these were firm beliefs that people had and that while people may believe different things now, these were still the beliefs that people once had. In studying the classics, I think that this is something that is sometimes not remembered. I think that this can even relate into the term “mythological”, giving it a connotation that implies that these beliefs are simply fallacies and no more than just some stories. I think that these ancient societies can become idolized¬† to the point that people forget that these societies were made up of people just like people now. In calling something a “myth”, I think that that implies that the story told is not a valid part of what was once, and technically speaking, still is a legitimate religion, and people should realize this. With this said, I don’t think calling these ancient beliefs “myths” is a bad thing, as long as what is meant is that they are simply the polytheistic beliefs of ancient peoples, but people should remember that these beliefs are no different than the beliefs of a modern day christian, muslim, jew, buddhist, etc.