College Retrospective

May 31, 2010

The Illegal Immigration Battle

Filed under: Just a thought... — johnyourk @ 8:17 pm

     The argument of illegal immigration makes me a little mad. Because with Arizona’s new state law, the debate has been re-ignited. Now, all I hear is each side’s argument’s all the time in the news and editorials. I am a Californian, California-grown. And I hear about illegal immigrants a lot.

     One argument I hear all the time is illegal immigrants and their economical footprint. defenders of illegal immigrants claim that they contribute more than they take. That is a flawed argument in many ways to me.

     Just because they contribute more, does it make it alright that they are illegal? If you murdered a very bad person, not because of self-defense or anything, purely because he was bad, does it make it right to murder? If you were poor, does it make it legal to steal? Yes, these are two extremes of the situation, but are just the same situation as illegal immigration. It’s illegal no matter what the situation is. Just because they contribute more, doesn’t make it right.

     And another thing is their rights in America. They get less rights and paid less, treated less than citizens. Anyone living here indefinitely should be treated right. But as long as they are illegal, they can’t and shouldn’t be given rights. So there should never be illegal immigrants in the first place. It would be unfair if they are illegal and given he rights as tax-paying citizens, but at the same time they are being paid meagerly, and treated like lesser people, which also isn’t right. So to solve this paradox, there shouldn’t be illegal citizens in the first place. Businesses should be moral and turn away their work and government must act on their being here.

     If you take an economical argument to the situation, you need also to take a political view, as they go hand in hand. Political meaning the if it’s legal. Because the law and economics should be together. And In legal terms, illegal immigration isn’t right. Businesses are taking advantage of illegals and it lowers the standard of living for illegals. It abuses their illegal status.

     One thing, if history has taught us anything, it’s that we don’t need illegals to work for us, we can adapt. Another argument that stems from the economical contribution argument. It’s that no one wants the jobs they do and that how much they get paid keeps prices low. This is eerily similar to slavery. Thats the same thing they said about abolishing slavery. That will destroy the southerner’s economy. It shook it up after slavery was abolished, almost destroyed it, but we adapted, and everything worked out, and slaves were free. This to me is the same thing as slavery, just not to an extreme and it’s hidden behind politics to make it seem less than it seems.

     I love America. I love people. I don’t have anything against immigrants. My mom immigrated from Japan, legally. I just don’t like it when they are here illegally, and when people are treated unfairly. Just because I think they illegal immigrants should be treated fairly, doesn’t mean I think they should be paid more or get healthcare. in fact, I think the opposite. I think that they should be refused those things since they are illegal. But businesses that are exploiting them treat them unfairly, not the government. I would love for them to work and be treated fairly, but only as them being citizens. If they became citizens then they could complain about their country. But until then, they have no country.

     All this is, is slavery-lite. We need to stop this, and as long as they can get any type of work, they’ll continue to come here illegally. That has to start with businesses running fair and moral practices.

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Youth Group: The Passion

Filed under: Just a thought... — johnyourk @ 7:41 pm

     This happened a while ago. Maybe two or three months ago. But I had it on my list to blog about, but I never did. Well, Here it is.

     The youth group I work for is for high school students. But if anyone wants to learn about Jesus or hang out, we don’t turn them away. As long as they don’t be a distraction. One of the kids, who actually is a freshman in college, asked me a question when I was driving kids home. it was a rhetorical question, but I still answered it. Because it not only shocked me, but it made me angry. It wasn’t really a crazy question, that’s not why it was shocking, but the ignorance and stupidity of the question. And on top of that, he was saying it rhetorically; like it was a good question to provoke thought.

     The question was “Why would they show “The Passion”(of The Christ) to high schoolers?” What shocked me about the question is the stupidity of it. He went on to explain that it was too graphic and scary..

     The context of this question is: at the youth group earlier the speaker spoke about Jesus’ love and showed clips of the movie. The clips were of Christ’s Crucifixion in the movie. I went on and crucified him with my answers. I hate putting people o\n the spot or attacking anyone’s thinking. But this struck me in its ignorance. He said it was too graphic for a generation that is desensitized to killing and vicious mindless murders in scary movies, that have no other purpose than for entertainment(I’m referring to slasher movies, and scary movies in general), with war all over the news and video games that glorify killing. And he has the audacity and lack of thought to say it’s too graphic? It’s a historical account of something more meaningful than a mindless evil killing, and it’s too graphic for high schoolers? That’s what made me mad.

     The reason why it is such a powerful imagery that is needed to see by christians, is because it only makes my faith grow. In the present, we can not comprehend the pain and emotion by purely words that we read. It was a different culture that we don’t have a complete understanding of their values, naturally, because our values and lifestyles are extremely different. We don’t have anything in our lives that we can compare His life to understand what he went through. So it has less meaning to what it really is since we don’t really understand it. But when we see what it is, by watching The Passion, we get a clear picture of it and it becomes that much more real to us. I have to admit to, that I cannot watch it and not cry. That scene of Christ being crucified is beautiful, and should be watched by all who are mature enough to.

May 24, 2010

My New Blog about Health

Filed under: Just a thought..., Living Life Healthy, Updates — johnyourk @ 10:24 pm

     Since Track Season ended about a month ago, I’ve been really feeling bad. Physically, that is. My body feels weaker, I’ve been sleeping more and still tired and weaker. My muscles feel tired and weak, like muscle fatigue. But I haven’t been to the gym or ran or biked since track season ended.

     I thought it was me out of shape, but today I realized I’ve been skipping breakfast too. And went without my everyday pb&j sandwich.

     But now I’m just going to say it’s a mix between the two. I’ve noticed that when I don’t work out, my body’s overall energy level goes down in the future. I think the effects are starting to kick in.

     So now, starting next week(I wish I could start this second but I can’t. The reason why I haven’t been exercising is because I’ve been busy, and I know I should always be able to make time, but I’ve been putting it off till now. Also, my semester ends this week, so I’ll have time to start fresh), I’ll be in the gym and start my new blog: “A new you in 52″(weeks that is)

     If your thinking “52 is such an obscure number, why that?”. It’s really because it really isn’t that obscure if you take it in context. 52 weeks equals 1 year. So it’s a year of me exercising and trying new things in fitness and diet. I’ll try to do as much as possible.

May 21, 2010

Captain America is what?

Filed under: Just a thought..., Random — johnyourk @ 4:13 pm

     OK, if you haven’t gotten it by now, I am kinda a comic book geek. But I’m a secret one. No one except my blog readers know I’m a comic book geek. But a few weeks ago, I read in an article about a new game coming outlooks awesome by the way) called Marvel vs. Capcom 3: The fate of two worlds. At the end of the preview in the magazine, it had character bios for the confirmed character list. In Cap’s bio it said he was one of the founding members of the Avengers.

     That’s not true whatsoever. The founding Avengers were Iron Man, Ant man, The Wasp, The Hulk(yeah, the Hulk), and Thor. In the first issue they met up by chance because of Loki and after they decided to form a team of the greatest superheroes ever. But the Hulk was uncontrollable and ran away and caused harm either in issue two or three.

Iron Man looks funny

     But Captain America was found in the ice in issue 4 and later and revived by the Avengers. He debuted with the very famous comic cover that has found many variations for artistic purposes.

Cap was not a founding Avenger.

In the upcoming movie, it’s titled “The first Avenger”. I learned this today, which is why I’m writing. I don’t know what they mean by this, the Avengers were formed after he was frozen and before he was resurrected. But I guess by him being a hero and everything. I guess you can see him as the first Avenger from a really abstract point of view. But to me he is neither the first or a founding Avenger as some might think.

Captain America to be played by Chris Evans

Filed under: Just a thought..., Random — johnyourk @ 3:50 pm

     Chris Evans is to star in the upcoming Captain America Movie. He’s a great actor, but he doesn’t look the part to me. Chris Hemsworth seems more like a Captain America to me. But that’s only by appearance.

Is Johnny Storm secretly Steve rogers? Or did the casting director do their job "uninspired'?

Chris Hemsworth as Thor

     Chris Evans already played in as Johnny Torch in the Fantastic Four too, so I don’t know why he’s playing two characters in the Marvel U’s movie universe.

Steve Rogers

Chris Hemsworth

Chris Evans

Who looks more like Steve Rogers?

     And I already know that Chris Hemsworth is already playing Thor. But wait, if Chris Evans can play two characters, Chris Hemsworth should be able to, right?

May 10, 2010

My Lament(short version)

Filed under: Just a thought... — johnyourk @ 7:22 pm

     Is there no one out there who I can relate to who doesn’t also love God? That’s the question that I’ve been having trouble answering. I also thought there was hope. But now I see none. I date, a lot. but in all these dates I have never once found a person who can appreciate me past my looks. I am not saying I’m model material or anything. But from feedback I’ve been getting. I’m hot.

     This bothers me and I attract the wrong types. i take care of my body and health because I like being healthy and being the best I can be, as a person. But people view me as any regular person who likes those cheap compliments. What I look for is a funny, smart and overall good person. I thought I could find this outside of jesus. But apparently I can’t.

     This has always been a problem; over-aggressive and clingy girls who are only attracted to me because of my looks. I personally hate it. especially since it’s never always been like this until a couple of years ago.

     I continually fail. But what happened on a date the other night really opened my eyes. And I’m giving up hope. I can’t find a girl who loves me until I know they love Jesus first.

     I’m done with dating, for a long time. Until I could get my head back together and spend a whole lot of time in my Bible. Or until someone i truly click with comes my way.

     I don’t know what will come first, but I have to trust in God on this one.

“Don’t mistake innocence for ignorance. Don’t mistake purity for inexperience. Don’t mistake humility for weakness.”                 -John Reuben

“…For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”               – 1 Samuel 16:7

I apologize

Filed under: Just a thought..., Random — johnyourk @ 7:10 pm

     I have to apologize. I am not a blogger. I am an essayist. I just found that out today. I write a lot. I’ve been told I talk a lot. It’s true. I also always have a lot on my mind. And I like to formulate arguments. Also, I’m a bit lazy. I never type more than a rough draft, and I never really have an exact idea of what I’m going to write, just the general issue or topic I’m writing on.

     The way I write. It’s simple. One thought comes to mind, I write about it then expand on it. And write “freehand”, meaning: I just write. It’s very simple and therapeutic. So I naturally seem scattered when I write, it’s because i really don’t edit or think about the exact path i’m going. It’s like climbing a mountain. There are a lot of ridges and various physical features on the mountain, and every path is different going up. I’m like a mountain climber when formulating my essay, except I don’t plan the trip. I just know where I’m starting and where I’ll end, if I get off course, if I go off on a different tangent, it doesn’t matter, because for the most part, i hit the peak no matter the route.

     My apology is also includes the fact that i sometimes bring other topics in. Although they have to do with the main topic, they take focus away from it, and also make my blog post very long. So I will stray away from adding other issues or topics in. I’ll stick to the main points.

     I also have to apologize for being scattered. I will always write “freehand”, but I’ll try to make it more thought out in form. I will stay close to the topic and try not to be redundant or confusing.

     In the future, I’ll try to be a better blogger. Thank you.

My Lament

Filed under: Just a thought..., Updates — johnyourk @ 5:02 pm

     I went out with a friend the other night. Last Tuesday. This is the second time she asked me out. This was someone I never spoke to in high school. But she found me over facebook. And the first date seemed nice. She seemed like a nice person. She said she wasn’t religious. And she asked me if I was. I said no, I just love Jesus. And I told her I get asked out a lot, but it never seems to work out because they thik I’m “too religious”. And I don’t believe there is such a thing. I just love Jesus.

     This is a problem. Girls I go out with think its something bad, like I have a disease or something. And I’ve been telling myself it’s something bad. But I’m not going to lose my faith over that. And when I say “This is a problem”. I don’t mean Jesus. I mean how people view my faith: as a liability or hinderance or something keeping me down. It’s a shame that people see it like that.

     When people see me, their first impression is that I am not “religious” and I am a person who has sex, does drugs, and so on. When they hear that I don’t, they are surprised and think I’m restraining myself from fun. But it isn’t really restraint. Just as I said when I was writing about dieting, it’s not about keeping from yourself, it’s about living a lifestyle. Sure, I’d be wrong if it were completely unrestraint, but it’s restrictions are restrictions from the bad. And it’s something I want to do. Because my values and mindset see it differently. I like living how I do. It’s not about being uptight, but about wanting to live the life I do. I feel I get more for it. It’s something non-christians don’t seem to understand when they question how I live.

     I’m not a hypocrite to how I present myself. I don’t present myself as a non-christian and I don’t hide the fact that I am, to anyone. When I said above, “At first impression, they don’t see me as a christian”. It’s not because I don’t act “Christian”. But because my personality, people say. I played football, basketball, ran track. I did a lot in high school, still do now. But I never once did anything I felt God didn’t want me to do. Never smoked, drank, or anything. My friends did, and I looked like a stereotypical high schooler who would do those kinds of thngs, was in the posiion where it was readily available to me. I looked like the person if you took God out the picture. Even though I didn’t do any of those things, I know the lifestyle what it brings. So I’m not really a hypocrite, I don’t front as anything but Jesus-loving. But people get the impression that I’m not because of what I “look like”.

     I was wrong in the above paragraph. It’s not the first impression, but the view of me even before people meet me, what I look like from a distance. Before they approach me they already are sizing me up. Don’t let appearances fool you.

     Well, on to my story. On the second date, where I thought I met a nice person, and she apparently didn’t know me well. She was really aggresive where it made me uncomfortable. She made a move on me, but I got to know her well enough to know I didn’t want to be involved with her. So I stopped it basically, for lack of a better term, broke up with her; whatever relationship that was, I told her I couldn’t see her anymore.

     This really disturbed me, because I thought I was a good judge of character, and I try to avoid people becoming so attached to me in the wrong way. But I was totally wrong i this case, and that scared me. Not because it never happened before, but because it caught me so off-guard. This has happened many times before, but this time was just all bad. So she dropped mke off home and that was it.

     But this little event, has really got me questioning my mind toward dating. I always thought I could have a relationship with someone who wasn’t really “religious”. I thought there were some girls with self-control and a good personality I could connect to, but I guess I was wrong. This has thrown me off dating for a really long time. I need to continue reading my Bible and let Him get me through this, and when the time has come, I’ll be ready, He’ll tell me when.

     And another thing that I tried to avoid, but didn’t find out till the second date, was that she didn’t like me until around my junior year of high school. And that made me really mad. Because if you know my testimony. That was when I really started to focus on my walk with God. And when he turned me around, changing me. That’s when I made fitness a hobby(I know, not the coolest thing), but also when I got style, got a nice body, a really grew as a person. Where he changed me from a pale skinny little kid who was really introverted, talked too much and thought he was better than people, who, by most accounts was annoying and cynical. I’m not trying to toot my own horn and talk about how great I am, because I’m really still not that great. And I don’t look down on who I was, because learning what I did when I truly found Jesus made it that much more sweeter to become the man I’m still becoming.

     God didn’t give me what I have, but he gave me the knowledge and will to become what I am. He gave me the ability and will to work hard.

     But before my junior year, I wanted the wrong things, but couldn’t get them. My junior year and after, I could the what I wanted but chose not to. And also, when girls didn’t pay me any attention(But back tyhen that really what I deserved), I always got mad. But now, they pay me too much attention with the wrong intentions. It makes me mad that now they pay attention to me, when I could care less if they did. The girl admitted on the second date that she likes me now because I “got hot”. This is something I come across a lot, and it makes me mad. My last girlfriend was like that, when I asked her what she liked about me, she said nothing about who I was, and all about what I looked like. But when she asked the same, All I could think about was personality(Which was still hard to find in her). So I broke up with her a couple adays later(and she asked me out to begin with, and I hestitantly said ok, because she seemed nice and willing to change).

     I know, I am very flawed. I don’t call myself perfect, and yes, as I was writing I do admit, it seems like a trend. So that’s why I am going to stop dating for a while until I could really think about it. Me and my friend Keyes were talking the other day, and he told me that he’s just attracting the wrong type. And I never thought about that. But I have to admit, I think I am. That’s in part to why I’m going to focus on other things right now in my life.

     My lament is that I tried to find a good girl outside of Jesus, but they just seem to like what they see, and what they see it all superficial. All fleeting is what’s on the outside. It doesn’t tell what’s in the heart. I try to look in the heart of them, but without Hesus in there, it’s hard for me to fins a good heart. And I’m finding it’s more difficult to look at the heart of a person. There’s just no loving me if you don’t love Jesus first.

     God has blessed me and the point to this update is to vent a little and to make sense of a small portion of my life. But I tried to write this in all humilty and in no way to uplift myself or bring down others. I am sorry if it seems like I did.

“Don’t mistake innocence for ignorance. Don’t mistake purity for inexperience. Don’t mistake humilty for weakness.”                 -John Reuben

“…For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”               – 1 Samuel 16:7

April 27, 2010

The brain is smart

Filed under: Just a thought..., Random — johnyourk @ 11:00 pm

     Our brain is extremely slow. Can’t process as much information as you think you can. No, there isn’t a contradiction between the first sentence and the title. Our brain is very slow, but very smart at the same time, in fact, because how it handles its disabilities shows how smart the brain is.

     Our brain cannot process all the information we take in. For example, we cannot take in every single little color and every single little sound. Because the number of that we take in is so large, our brain cannot process it. But our brain takes shortcuts.

     Let me further explain. Your brain sees everything, and sees them again, but they are never seen in the same light or at the same exact angle, ever. Same with sounds too. So your brain “matches” to things in the long-term memory. And does a kind of database search, similar to the fingerprint matches on CSI, how it scrolls through all the possible matches until it finds something similar.

     This makes your brain label everything it sees in comparison to things already seen in the past. This shortcut makes you generalize things. But it’s a very useful shortcut that puts things in categories and saves memory space. Puts it in a mental “File cabinet” with all the other things it’s similar too. And also gives it “tags” for search purposes so when something triggers a certain thought, your brain goes through everything that matches. It keeps every foreign thing from being unknown. We naturally cannot be content with the unknown, so our brain caters to that fear and labels everything.

     The journey from our eyes to our brain is a far one. Our brain cannot possibly process and mange all the colors and sights we see every second. And to process it in milliseconds like we do. Also, if we were to just take it for exactly what it were instead of relating it to other objects seen in the past, we would only recognize them as lines and nothing more. But this isn’t so. We do recognize and/or label everything we see. But also, we do not take in everything and process everything. We process a fraction of it. Pieces that give it a kind of outline, just enough information is gathered so you recognize and can match it to something in your database of information. This is a shortcut. Saves a lot of time and it makes everything easier to grasp and comprehend. You never know exactly how many leaves are on a tree or how many raindrops are on a window in the rain. Your brain doesn’t take every speck of information, it takes only the main parts to analyze. When you see a tree, you just see the large amount of leaves(or lack thereof), and then classify it as a big or small tree. Same with color. The brain does not take in every single shade of color, just the general description of it.

     When seeing things, the brain classifies and labels to relate and identify. The same also applies to hearing. Not every wave is the same length and taken at the same frequency, and size, and angle. All these factors distort what you hear, so your brain relates it, and takes parts of it, and matches to what they hear. A good example is that voices are never the same, but you can recognize if a southern person says “automobile” or if a New Yorker says “automobile”. It all goes through the brain and processes as taking the main parts of the sound and analyzing it. And when hearing sentences too, the brain matches whole sentences and the context to what they know in order to understand better, which makes comprehension easier.

One example of how our brain uses shortcuts is shown in a WordPress article I’ve seen today, it’s here: http://voicingouropinions.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/only-great-minds-can-read%c2%a0this/

     Now onto the bad parts of these shortcuts. With sight, we generalize, and to make it easier. But also, we don’t collect all the information, and with what we match it to, we fill in the blank spaces we didn’t pick up. Just like you can’t count the leaves in a tree from memory, even though the tree may be very vivid, it’s because we add those leaves, and since they are fake, we don’t let ourselves pay attention to the leaves so we cannot count them, they are in a way, blurred by our minds even though they look very vivid. But if we see something with a more exact quantity, but didn’t pay attention to the quantity, such as coins on a table, we may fabricate the number and it may not be accurate, but even then, it’s a little more harder to count. When it comes to people, the reason why we do a “double-take”, and see something that resembles something, and we could be so sure that it was whatever you thought, maybe an old friend, it’s because our brain fills in the blanks. Only when we get a good look at someone, do we recognize who or what they are.

     We generalize, this process isn’t restricted to our brain’s subconscious workings like I showed in the above paragraph. We also do it consciously, and this leads to disputes and the creation of phrases like “Don’t judge a book by its cover”, etc. I hope I don’t need to explain how stereotyping is wrong, it’ll save me a little ink and you time because you won’t have to read my overly long paragraphs.

Here is a bad example of how our brain uses a shortcut to get out of things, it’s also a classic word puzzle. Read it once through, don’t go slow, read it as if any other sentence, and count the f’s along the way, and then don’t read it again until you know the answer which is in the next paragraph:  “Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years.”  How many f’s are in the sentence?

     If you have seen this puzzle before, you probably felt smart that you knew, but every time from what I know nobody gets it the first time(unless you stare at each individual letter or went to a similar extreme). It is because your brain processes the word “of” as “ov”, so your brain naturally passes over the letter. The actual number of f’s is six. So in closing, the brain is slow, but in being slow, the best is shown as it didn’t settle with being slow, it used what it had and now is very proficient in its duties. Which is how we should be. We, as a culture, should not be alright with mediocre. Being smart isn’t about what you know, it’s about how you handle what you have, how you use knowledge, not how you store it. Same with us. It’s not about complaining about what we don’t have, but doing the best with what we have, and we shouldn’t be happy with less than what we can do.

April 23, 2010

There is Hope for Time Tebow, and Denver sees it

Filed under: Just a thought... — johnyourk @ 4:26 pm

     I never really Denver. But I’ll sure be watching every single one of their games this year. They picked up Tim Tebow in the first round of the NFL draft last night when every critic said he’d be picked in the earliest, the third or might not even be picked at all.

     I always never liked how people could criticize Tim Tebow. Sure, his skills don’t fit the current NFL style of play where Quarterbacks don’t go head up with linebackers and even his throwing style where, against faster defensive linemen, will make him fumble a lot. But just because of that, you shouldn’t give up hope on the young Tebow.

     People change. Maybe the game will make Tim change, or he will just learn to play the NFL way. But I really don’t like how critics counted him out just for how he played. Because he could easily learn how to play differently. He’s an athlete, that’s what athletes do. If they’re really good, they will adapt, or they may just change the way the game is played altogether. He has the athletic ability and potential to become great, and not all roads are straight lines, he could change his game’s direction and style to fit in the league, so don’t count him out.

     Also, he may just become one of the greats. Instead of him adapting, Peoples may need to adapt to him. He may be one of the people who defensive schemes are made around, whole new ways of playing are developed. Personally, I don’t know, and it would be a bold statement to say that he’s will improvise on the game.

     All I want to say, is thank you Denver. When a guy is good, he’s good. And Tim Tebow is good, so don’t count him out like every other critic. Thank you Cleveland for believing.

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