SoulPancakes “Tell My Story”

Everyone knows that when meeting someone for the first time, it can be a little awkward. This is even more so when meeting a potential mate!

In SoulPancake’s new video segment “Tell My Story,” people meet for the first time and try to guess basic information about a person, just based on of they way they look and their first impressions of each other. These questions are the basics one might ask when meeting someone for the first time. (Like their name, how old they are and where their from). Pretty happy go lucky silly things. It isn’t until the second layer of questions when the assumptions start to go a little deeper. (Depending on which video you watch first, it can be a little jarring)

What gets interesting is how wrong some people’s assumptions are and how off putting these assumptions can be. It also goes to show that people have no idea what a person has gone through just by looking at them. First impressions are crucial, but don’t let those impressions be the only takeaway you make about a person when you first meet.

One of my favorite videos so far is the one I’ve placed below. I don’t want to give away too much, but I did find it interesting that one person assumed that religion wouldn’t be a big deal when talking about raising children and the other participant got a little prickly about the thought of not having a religion for his children. It wasn’t until the two talked a bit more and shared their religious backgrounds and experience that the two started to understand each other. Just goes to show, that you should be mindful of other people’s situations before forming hard opinions. Check it out and let me know your thought!

Gun Control or Else?: Boycott the United States?

Before reading the rest of this article, please watch this video first:

In the wake of the most recent mass shooting here in America, President Obama has implored for United States citizens to come together and demand that there be some type of gun laws in acted before more people are hurt. One of the main issues with implementing these laws is the fact that most of the U.S Senate are anti-gun control and feel that these types of laws encroach on Americans’ second amendment rights (The Right To Bear Arms).

In some ways, I do believe that too much regulation would be doing so, but we also have to remember that during the time in which these laws/constitutional Amendments were written. There was an explicit need for people to take up arms to protect themselves.

I know that in some parts of the country, this amendment is still very necessary. There are still parts of the country that still resemble the “wild wild west”, but for the most part. America is a very regulated and safe place to live. Because of this fact, the second amendment has become so outdated and archaic that there is no longer a need for this amendment to be taken so literal. Gun violence against Americans on American soil is grossly disproportionate to the number of people killed/harmed in terrorist attacks (Which is what most people in the US tend to focus on) According to an array of news organizations who were asked by President Obama to add up and compare the numbers Americans who have been killed through gun violence by those who have been killed terroristic acts over the last decade, and the difference between the two is staggering.

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 9.50.34 AMBetween 1970 and 2014, there have been a reported 3,521 Americans killed by terroristic acts. In 2015 so far, there have been 9,940 people killed in the U.S. Alone in gun related incidence. It is because of these statistics that the group Gun Control Australia is calling for a full boycott of the United States until laws are in place that will not only protect U.S citizens but visiting citizens of other countries. I wonder how America will deal if this boycott does come to pass. How will our “great super power” of a country deal if other countries follow Australia’s example and start demanding that the travel and trading with the United States must come to an end? I do not have the answer, but I wait with bated breath to see what happens.

Now for everyone who says that these laws are impossible to enact, please what as Australia continues to provide the model to do just what President Obama would like to do:

Let that just sink in,

Until Next Time! Take Chances! Make Mistakes! GET MESSY!!!!

XOXO

Edwin

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