Now more than ever, people have been publicizing and condemning the police brutality apparent in today’s society. Specifically with the Michael Brown case, as well as the Trayvon Martin case two years ago, it seems as though police officers have been growingly misusing their power, often against minorities. Of course, this is just one opinion currently circulating our society, nonetheless the increasing popularity of this opinion should be acknowledged. The question, however, is whether or not this police brutality is a rather new manifestation, or has it been around for longer than we thought?
“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”
Over the weekend I had the wonderful pleasure of watching The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. If you haven’t seen it, I HIGHLY suggest you drop what you are doing and watch it right away. The movie, starring Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig, encourages adventure and risk-taking. As if I didn’t already have a personal constant need for adventure, this movie took me over the edge (not to mention the soundtrack is killer).
Somewhat mimicking reality, the movie Mean Girls exhibits what high school social life was like…or rather how we all saw it. One of the biggest things I heard about college was that cliques didn’t exist – there was no social hierarchy. High school, however, was another thing. While my high school was a rather large public school, 2000 students, we all still seemed to know everyone, and most importantly, where everyone belonged. While my experience wasn’t quite as strict and cruel as what was depicted in the movie, connections can most definitely be made.
One my most favorite movies is the classic masterpiece, She’s the Man. Starring the geniuses of Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum, this wonderful story explores not only the problems that may arise when you pretend to be your brother, but it provides a tale of how far a girl will go just to do what she wants, despite being discriminated against based on her gender.
Bill Withers’ hit song, “Lean On Me”, contains the famous line, “we all need somebody to lean on”. We all know how important it is to ask for help when needed and take various points of view into account when making decisions. We’ve been taught to listen to advice from those around us. But in this day and age, are we becoming less dependent on each other? And more importantly, is this a good or bad thing?
I guess I’ll start this off with a “thought-provoking” question: why are you in college? I grew up in a household that stressed the importance of working hard in high school so that I can go to a good college, and then have a good job, and somehow this will make me have a good life. I didn’t particularly enjoy the idea of doing anything in the medical field, so being a lawyer or in something business related was supposed to be my new goal. I know, this sounds like the plot line of a cheesy “coming of age” film, but it really does happen to a lot of kids. Only a few years ago did I really think about what I actually wanted, and I even began to ponder if going to a good college, or any college at all, is even worth it.