Monday, March 31, 2014

Extension of Human Life-Spans

  • There would be several benefits of a scientific breakthrough that allowed people to live radically longer lives. For example, amazing scientists that have done a lot for the human race could live much longer and continue their research to further benefit mankind. Also, people could enjoy the company of their friends and family for a longer period of time.
  • However, personally, I don't think the benefits outweigh the potential negative consequences. There are many problems that would sprout from humans having a longer life-spans. For one, the economy of the US is already suffering, and it would only get worse if everyone lived for an extended period of time since the men and women that can actually work would have to take care of the elderly that would no longer be able to work. Also, the human population is nearing a very dangerous point. Eventually, the planet will no longer be able to support the entire human race. If people live for a much longer period of time, then that day will come considerably sooner, giving the human race even less time to find a solution. While people being able to live longer sounds nice at first, I personally feel that the long term affects wouldn't be worth it.
  • If I could choose my lifespan, I'd like to live to the age of 90. I'd like to live to the age of 90 because by that point, I'd have had time to enjoy my retirement but would most likely start to become bored since I wouldn't be able to do much. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Advertising

Advertisements are everywhere. They're in commercials, on the internet, in newspapers, on signs, you can't go anywhere without seeing at least one. I find that McDonalds advertisements stick in my head. Well... not so much the advertisements, just the jingle in the commercials. I believe thats because the commercials are everywhere on TV, so I've heard the catchy tune hundreds of times. While I admit, I like McDonalds, I doubt the jingle sticks in my head because I like the food. There are plenty of great restaurants out there with tons of advertisements, however I can't recall any advertisements for them that stick in my head. The only reason I remember the McDonalds jingle is because I've heard it all my life and because of how catchy it is. Another advertisement that sticks in my head is the chapter 11 furniture store advertisements. The reason those advertisements stick in my head is because of how horrible they are. The person speaking in their adds just sounds so boring. His tone never changes, he never really uses a large variety of words, and he just repeats himself over and over. I don't believe advertisements have a large effect on my personal interests. If I like something, I'll buy it because it interests me. Not because I like the commercial for it. Just because something is advertised in a way that makes it seem amazing doesn't mean I'm going to rush out and waste my money on it. I take a minute and actually think about the produce. I decide if it's actually worth the money. If it is, I'll buy it. If it seems like a waste, then I'll ignore it.

Monday, March 10, 2014

I Believe Essay and Podcast

Here's a link to the podcast version of my essay!

Brayden Chapman
2/24/14
I Believe Essay

     To fate, it doesn’t matter what kind of person you are. You could be a cruel, heartless fiend or a kind and gentle soul. It won’t effect the chances of something good or bad happening to you. The odds won’t be titled in your favor simply because you bring joy to those around you. It’s a sad and depressing belief, but it’s a belief I was forced to adopt since I first left my crib. Life isn’t fair, and theres nothing you can do about it. 
     When I was born, I was completely blind. I had no vision whatsoever, the world was dark. There I was, a newborn child, and I had already received a devastating blow from the unforgiving world before I even took my first breath. “Why should someone suffer before they even have a chance to do something wrong?” I thought to myself as I finally came to terms with the reality of my situation. 
     My belief strengthened when I visited a hospital for a surgery. I saw a small child with cancer, waiting with his mother for the nurse to call them in. I talked to the boy for a few minutes and with every word my heart ached for him as we exchanged words. He was only a child, he was the symbol of innocence and pureness. But there he was, going through torment that would make most full-grown men and women have a mental breakdown. He had done nothing wrong, yet the world chose him as its next victim. Rage enveloped me as countless thoughts ran through my head, each one ending in the same three words: life isn’t fair. 

   Ill fate can fall upon anyone: the young, the old, the pure of heart, and the malevolent. However, do not misinterpret my words. Although life has decided to put many of us through undeserved torment, we can’t dwell upon the challenges that have been set before us. Like I said before, you could be one of the nicest people in the world, but something dreadful could still happen to you. I believe that with all my heart, I truly do. However, it doesn’t give me, you, or anyone else the right to be cruel towards others. Just because some are more fortunate than me doesn’t mean I should be insulting and cruel to those around me. Men and women shouldn’t be hated just because they won life’s twisted game of chance. Instead of lashing out at those around me because of my unsavory circumstances, I’ve decided to be kind and courteous towards everyone I meet. I may not be able to return the cards of fate life has presented me with, but I can do my very best to lessen the suffering of those who have also had undeserved misfortune. In short, I believe life is far from fair, but you can’t let that change the way you treat other people.