Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Complexity of Corruption


America has suffered from the verge of depression, a contradictory war on war itself, an inability to create peace, but has it really overcome these corruptions or will they never end?

Illogical attempts were made only contributing fire to a fire already created. Many are quick to blame political leaders, others theorize about supernatural forces. The cause of this massive corruption could lie in the heart of America- secret societies. These societies who are known often for concealing illicit information, could be the reason for America's downfall. As long as we can remember, clandestinity has existed, and today, it has reached it's apex- aimed to reach its goal of conquering the entire world.

Or could the reason be human arrogance? A chase for the American dream- led by arrogance and unattainable goals? This pride, that has diseased everyone into thinking they are better than everyone else. Why do people contradict themselves by saying "People are so stupid" when they are people themselves? Contradiction, mass hypocrisy, secrets that have veiled the truth, have led to corruption and a society that is destined for failure.


Quite recently, I was on Facebook (another sign of corruption, oh- and Justin Bieber LOL), and I was questioning myself on why or how come so many people are ignorant of what they say. How come people instinctively act before they think, click before they read over? Is there a solution to this problem? Great thinkers like Henry David Thoreau were able to master thinking over action, what has made our ability to master it- shattered?

It is most likely due to our arrogant nature, and the environment we live in. We don't feel the need to master using our brains, but we find necessity in mastering how to get more than 10 comments and likes on a Facebook status. Our arrogance has led us to think we know things when we don't.

Therefore, I am forced to believe that corruption will always exist. It's just that today, it has existed at a greater scale than ever before, and we as an inferior society have no other solution than to deal with it. Corruption isn't totally about economic downfall or governmental instabilities- corruption exists all around society. It exists in our homes, our personal lives, in our marriages, due to our religions, our beliefs. Corruption is at it's apex, and human's are inferior to it. It's causes are innumerable, and it's effects are unexplainable. There is no solution to ending it, but there is a way to become superior to it.

Me writing down and brainstorming causes of corruption won't help me to become superior to it. The only purpose of that jibber jabber above was to state the problem.

The solution to overcoming (not defeating) corruption is through the realization that it is a necessary virtue to the existence of humanity.

Learn from your mistakes.

-That's the TFAT.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Poll: Who Will Win Super Bowl XLV?


It all comes down to this. Super Bowl Sunday is here.

The question is simple, and the poll is on the right of this page.

May the best team win. (*cough* Steelers *cough*)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

3 Steps to No Regrets


Truth is, it can be hard to overcome your past. It's simple to think back on it and have many regrets, but it does not have to be that way. Follow these easy steps:

1. "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." (Buddha). I can't simply tell you to forget the past- because that's worthless. You need to know HOW to forget the past, and that answer lies in the quote above- concentrate on the present. The more you surround yourself with ideas of the present, the easier it will be to forget the past.

2. Once you start a new slate of life and forget the past, you must learn how to learn from your mistakes. I know, it sounds redundant- but it's true. You have to learn how to learn from your mistakes. I honestly believe mistakes are an essential part of life. You cannot learn as much from your perfections as you can learn from your mistakes. Now, this doesn't mean you should go out and make all the mistakes you can- it means you should be able to recognize your mistakes. Thats the first step in learning how to learn from your mistakes.

Once you recognize these mistakes, you should be able to understand your original intention and how the outcome happened the way it did. Many people get to this step, and begin to regret again. But this is wrong- learning from your mistakes shouldn't make you regret you made them, rather, they should make you happy you learned from then. After all, mistakes are a crucial aspect to lifelong success.





3. Do things that will make you feel good about yourself. Build your self-confidence. In order to not let your regret tear you apart, you should avoid regretting at all- and that's through confidence. Once you boost your confidence, even a big regret such as saying something you didn't mean to, will not be able to take you down. This is because you'll learn from the mistake, not regret it.

Enjoy and exercise your optimism.

-That's the TFAT