Sometimes people say that things like Bullying, Discrimination, Racism, Sexism, etc, etc, are just a part of life, and “that’s just the way it is”. That people just have to “deal with it”. True. To a short extent. I acknowledge that these things will never truly go away. But I reject the notion that we can’t do something about it. I reject the notion that we can’t minimize Bullying and Discrimination. I believe that as a human race we can move forward and learn better ways to raise our children and interact with them so they learn from youth to be kind and fair to their peers. I think we can minimize the cycles of injustice. It’s a herculean task, and may take a very long time. But I think we can do it, we need to do it, and we need to keep working on it.
I need to work on my conversation skills and not use the high and mighty voice I use in my blog posts. And also improve and evolve the tone of my blog posts to be less high and mighty. Gragghhh.
So I’ll make this quick.
There is a report that hackergroup Anonymous is planning to shut down the New York Stock Exchange. If they succeed, it could have disastrous results. I would never want to bring social change through harm to others.
Yet a part of me is thinking, can we really have change without shaking up the system? Only when people start getting arrested, protesting in mass numbers, do people start to notice and think. It takes a big jolt to get people to start thinking critically about a situation. So I don’t know. Better a painful jolt to put us on the right path, than a fundamental collapse further down the road right?
Right now I feel like I’m in this weird limbo (between two worlds state of being) that I’ve decided to call “Significantly Insignificant”. Why? Because in some ways, I’ve never been so “Significant”, but felt so “Insignificant”.
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Some thoughts on the “Nice Guy’s Problem”.
So my interest in this topic was resparked a few days ago by a post I saw with a picture with the words “To all the single girls out there asking where all the decent guys are… they’re in the friend zone right where you left them.” It introduced me to the phrase “friend zone” and I find it’s somewhat similar to the phrase “nice guy” that I’ve known about for a while. This post isn’t particularly insightful. It’s somewhat of an unorganized regurgitation of some information I found on the Internet.
Last night, most of the people I talked to for longer than an exchange of names, who I hadn’t met before, were first year Mints, as in they were fresh our of their first year at UCI. It’s funny to think that just one year ago I was in their shoes, fresh out of my first year, and having just finished one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I didn’t get to meet as many alumni last year, but it was still very cool seeing all the Royals, Golds, Teals, and more reuniting with their families (though I think we are all related in some way); and this year definitely did not disappoint. I personally was so happy to see so many Lights who I haven’t seen in weeks, months, and even a year. And it was really cool getting to talk, even for a brief few minutes, with those wonderfully fresh Mints.
1) Intense stressful day of figuring out major stuff, getting form signed, now just waiting for a class auth code and I can apply for a change of major. 2) Among other things of course, at this moment I really miss the Miss American Pie run at SPOPs. 3) Sometimes I wonder if I can just tell you about my uncertain state of feelings, I run that scenario through my head sometimes, but I know that won’t be the right thing to do, and that you deserve better. Only time will tell.
Pieces are falling into place and I must not squander this miracle. To combine my experience and love of technology with my blossoming interest in human behavior and sociology is such an amazing opportunity I would never have foreseen.
A crazy few days, trying to figure out if I should change my Major, and if I do, what kind of changes and new plans should I make. It’s been really stressful, but I almost enjoy it. Crazy days makes for adrenaline and ultimately, feeling alive.
I am considering changing my major to Informatics. If I do so, I might even be able to pick up a minor in Sociology. Wouldn’t that be fantastic. One can dream.
If this happens, it would mean I’m going to take on the mythical Fifth Year.
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Relationships (of all kinds) are best strengthened in person; technology can only be the extra topping.
First I want to make clear that if I am to be classified, I would be classified as a “Chinese American”.
That said, I’ve been reading a lot about sociology topics and something that comes up a lot is the concept of “privilege” in a society.
An example of “White privilege” is this: The default in America is a “white” person. For example, when you hear the term “flesh color”, regardless of your own skin color, you probably think of a pink/whitish color right? That’s because “white” is the default, the normal standard in America. Even though a “black” person’s “flesh” is clearly a much darker color, when a “black” person says “flesh color” they rarely mean a dark color (as far as I know). Something to think about.
I want to note that I’m not saying that “white privilege” is necessarily a bad thing, but that it’s important to understand what “white privilege” is.
I totally give up. But I have hope!