Love’s Limits in Aceh

It baffles me that homosexuality is considered a crime.  A relationship between two consenting, same-gendered adults is considered illegal.  Essentially, love is considered illegal.

I feel very lucky to live in a country that accepts my preferences and interests.  I feel blessed that I can be myself within the place I call home.  Granted, there will always be people who don’t believe in the ‘idea’ of homosexuality, but I know I won’t be punished for who I love and who I am. Continue reading “Love’s Limits in Aceh”

Everything you need to know about the new GOP Healthcare Bill

Don’t freak out…yet.  The bill has been passed in the House, but not in the Senate.  Thus it is not official nor is it a rule. Continue reading “Everything you need to know about the new GOP Healthcare Bill”

How to Survive Trump’s Presidency

Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, there have been millions of protesters lining the streets with “Not My President” signs proudly in hand.  Men, women, children, and even celebrities have joined the movement.  There have been more protesters than there were attendees at Trump’s inauguration.

While I’m all for protesting and exercising one’s First Amendment right’s, the fact of the matter is he is our president.  And he’ll be our president for the next four years unless impeached. Continue reading “How to Survive Trump’s Presidency”

The World Peace Myth

We all have seen or heard it- a beauty pageant contestant is asked what her one true wish is.  A perfectly rehearsed smile spreads across her face as she answers: World Peace.

World peace, though a serene and wonderful concept, is virtually impossible.  World peace requires the action of perfection, which is not something the human race possesses.

There will constantly be political disagreements, violence, corruption, and war.  Though these events are tragic, they help and push us forward.  They inspire change, education, and anomalous victory. The Civil War helped to abolish slavery and also created crucial military equipment that we use to this day.  Granted, no war or act of violence has a joyous effect, but each tragic event has a silver lining.  I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.  Without the tragic death of 18yr old Samantha Koenig, police would have not been able to catch notorious serial killer, Israel Keyes.  Now Key’s will not be able to harm anyone again and there will be justice for his previous victims.

Though world peace may not be attainable, we can strive for a more peaceful world.  We can make this world a little less chaotic if we are willing to discard our stubborn ways and listen to the ways of others.  Communication is key and right now we are lacking open and peaceful communication.  This world is truly beautiful and so are its people.  We may not have the ability to generate a completely peaceful world, but we have the ability to communicate love and change.

The Best Revenge is What You Make It

I recently saw a commercial for a new tv show that suggests weight loss is the key to revenge. The TV show advocates achieving the hottest body possible through the loss of body fat will ensure revenge and victory. Both the act and thought of revenge are perfectly normal for all to experiance, even I am guilty of partaking in a bit of revenge.  However, revenge should not be a mandatory act.  Those who seek revenge are only drawing more attention to the person or cause.

Studies prove that revenge is both good and bad for the human psyche. Continue reading “The Best Revenge is What You Make It”

As The ‘War on Drugs’ Campaign Continues to Reach New Heights, So Does the Death Toll

In the United States, if you are suspected of using or dealing drugs chances are you will be investigated or possibly arrested.

In the Philippines; however, you may face a fate much worse than jail time.  One may come face to face with death.  Since May of 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has enforced a strict ‘War on Drugs’ campaign.  Instead of investigating, police and hired forces are shooting and killing suspects in the streets of the Philippines. Continue reading “As The ‘War on Drugs’ Campaign Continues to Reach New Heights, So Does the Death Toll”

The Waiting Period

Recently people have questioned the credibility and integrity of the alleged Donald Trump assault victims.  So far sixteen women have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault.  Their cases span over a period of a decade and range from Trump deliberately walking into a women’s dressing room to him raping a young girl.  Many people claim that because the alleged victims waited for a lengthy period of time and neglected to tell the authorities immediately, their stories are not credible.  A.J. Delgado, one of Trump’s surrogates, told MSNBC reporter Chris Hayes that the allegations are completely untrue.  “These allegations are decades old.  If somebody actually did that, Chris, any reasonable woman would have come forward and said something at the time,” Delgado stated.

Any victim’s accusation is worth listening to, regardless of the situation, suspect, or time.  There will be times when the stories or accusations are proven false.  Despite this, every case is to be fairly approached with two victims in mind: the accused and the accuser. Continue reading “The Waiting Period”