November 19, 2010
November 17, 2010
Over the past weeks I have been taking in a lot of good information about life. From things about fatherhood to how hip hop has affected it’s listeners in general. “Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.”(Buddha) Over this time this quote has directly related to what I’ve learned.
As young men and women many of the things we heard growing up have affected us. These things are the cause for many of the problems that elders see within our generation. If you think about your life growing up and what type of music you listened to you will in some way get a sense of your current personality. You can also look at the things you heard growing up and relate them to what you currently believe in.
Dr. Gregory Carr a professor at Howard University said “I feel bad for the young individual who’s going through their right of passage and has to hear … you can hear me fo you see me I got king kong in the trunk…king kong ki ki king ka king kong.” Little do we know it these songs directly influence what we will grow to deem as acceptable as adults. Older individuals had respect because they were taught this through music, books, and also in the household. Our current society however teaches us to rebel and although change is necessary it must be done in the most sensible of ways. The things that young men and women are taking in currently create a void in old values being passed to younger generation. The perfect example of this is “Make it Rain” by Travis Porter being sang at every chance. Although this song may be catchy the fact that women glorify these songs show how far we have come.
My advice to my fellow young men and women is that we intake much more good than bad. I am not telling you to not listen to the current music; however, you must learn to respect your level of intellect by not feeding it garbage. Read empowering books, listen to the music that the artist today have copied. Many of the messages from old music have been “dumbed” down by new artist in an attempt to sell records. Your personal advancement in what you listen to will take you far in life. Although you will not see the immediate effects of these changes they will change your views while also broadening your knowledge. Remember that knowing everything about everything is the key to knowledge. How can you learn anything new if you listen to same things? Become an individual…
This picture I painted for you is one that affects many individuals both on college campuses and can alter entire lives. Many people have a hunger to be “the man” but forget the idea that school is your main focus. Many people say “time management” but have not fully learned how to master time or use it efficiently.
This in turn leads to a lot of 5th year seniors who wish they would have done something different on campus besides being active only in extracurricular. Many students do not mature as rapidly as others and in turn cannot be blamed solely for their misfortune. Others will argue that you are a grown man/woman so any decision you made is strictly your own and you must live with it.
I wrote this with the intent to motivate you to put school first. Even if you have the money to go to school for 10 years I’m sure your parents would rather spend it on something more constructive. The philosopher Albert Camus once said “Life is the sum of all your decisions.” When you decide to do anything in life make sure you weigh out who you are affecting and what you are affecting. Remember to put yourself first also, college is the time for YOU to worry about YOUR future. Be successful both on campus and after campus.
"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment"-Jim Rohn
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October 25, 2010
“First we make our habits, then our habits make us.” - Charles C. Noble
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