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Where are the Fathers?

The last couple of weeks in our country have been tumultuous, to say the least. COVID, protests, riots, and needless death have dominated the landscape. Questions of police brutality and effectiveness have been at the forefront conversations spurring intense arguments. As the spotlight shines ever more brightly on our authority figures, sources of crime statistics seem to be at the forefront of every discussion. Arguments fester with accusations of importance and correctness and yet many fail to address the real cause. It’s easy to analyze a resulting action without ever addressing the underlying problems.

The country has heard the voices of many advocates and the media has responded with a narrative that fosters divisive rhetoric at best. Our nation shamelessly turned its cameras and fueled the flames of disdain and anger for so many Americans, albeit over a very justified sense of anger. It’s important to note from all the reporting and coverage very little is done to mention the issues we seem to willingly fail to mention.

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Lets start by defining the term correctly:

Gerrymandering, in U.S. politics, the practice of drawing the boundaries of electoral districts in a way that gives one political party an unfair advantage over its rivals (political or partisan gerrymandering) or that dilutes the voting power of members of ethnic or linguistic minority groups (racial gerrymandering). The term is derived from the name of Gov. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, whose administration enacted a law in 1812 defining new state senatorial districts.

The effects are pretty clear in our country. Here you will be able to see how resizing and redrawing could change and swing the voting criteria in any district. Now this website is heavy on statistical analysis and has some pretty fancy algorithms, but if you spend enough time you may be able to understand the effects it has on the political spectrum and make some assumptions based on the redrawing “swing” that would occur.

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Human Needs

Several years ago in Antigua, Guatemala. My father, brother and myself decided to ride a difficult trail in the Water Volcano roughly 30 minutes from the old capital of Guatemala. The views were fantastic and the day beautiful. The country of Guatemala is a gorgeous place full of vibrant rain forests teeming with all sorts of wild life. The kind of creatures you see only on television.

We had three ATV’s my father and made off to the trail. Our ascent was incredibly quick. We made good time until we started to enter heavier and thicker foliage.  At this point we were already several hours in and decided to turn back. Hunger and the prospect of riding in darkness are strong deterrents.

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Rise of the Reality Star

I started this post with an important definition you will find below due to the concern I have over where our society:

Depersonalization  disorder or depersonalization can consist of a reality or detachment within the self, regarding one’s mind or body, or being a detached observer of oneself. Subjects feel they have changed and that the world has become vague, dreamlike, less real, or lacking in significance. It can be a disturbing experience.

That’s right depersonalization is a real thing and it speaks a lot about the people that we currently find popular as a society where our mentality is. It brings up many concerns that as a society we find self conceited and narcissistic people interesting. Maybe they act a certain way that secretly we wish could act like, or are able to get away with certain things that we wish we could get away with.

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Identity of the Modern Person

Why are so man of us caught up on the notion of trying to identify where, when and how everyone came from?

As a society classification of our heritage,race, and nationality always seems to be at the forefront of every discussion. Every group, sect person has to identify them self in some form or fashion.

There are major sociopolitical implications dating back thousands of years, which would of determined anything from status to increased likelihood of death depending on where you were born geographically. Time period rather obviously would of had much to play in this regard as well.

Is there something ingrained in our psyche then that guides a necessity to differentiate ourselves from some people but at the same time also identify with others?

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