“So they wanna cut everything from family care to prenatal care to child nutrition. It’s like the Republican Congress is saying ‘You can’t prevent an unwanted child; you can’t get care if you do get pregnant; and we won’t give you any help feeding the kid after it’s born. But that two minutes when that skull is crowning? Your baby is the most precious thing on Earth.’”—JON STEWART, on the GOP’s wholesale attack on women, women’s health programs, reproductive rights and, again, women, on The Daily Show (via inothernews)
You shouldn't be allowed to talk shit about Healthcare if you already have it...
A student’s response when I posted that the issues important to me were spending on higher education and healthcare:
I hesitated in my reply to your post, as this could be a touchy thread to start and possibly inappropriate for a DB about the media… I have a few questions and opinions regarding higher education spending and healthcare:
Relying on government aid for school is interesting to me especially since I would kill to go to school full-time but cannot afford to do so. How is this possible? I don’t want to get too personal, but I really don’t understand. I don’t qualify for aid because I am lucky enough to have a job that provides me with the financial means (barely!) to attend school. That job has also supplied with me health benefits. Granted, it isn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination - and I know my life and education would be a lot easier if I didn’t have to work - but I know that my future and my health is in my own hands and not at the hands of the government.
Of course, everybody’s situation is different, but since a lot of working class families don’t qualify for aid, and struggle equally as hard as those not working at all, I would prefer if the government spends my tax money towards cutting per unit costs or some type of tax rebate to help more people receive these types of benefits — including myself.
Erin, I am sensitive to your plight. Many Americans fall between the gap of qualifying for welfare/aid services and making ends meet. My husband and I are in this very situation which is why I have to respectfully disagree with your opinion that ”my future and my health is in my own hands and not at the hands of the government.” Our futures as students and later contributing members of society (me as a teacher, him as a software engineer) are at this point wholly relying on the aid of the Federal Government. I am not saying that in a perfect world we would not prefer to work ourselves through college, quite the opposite, but his 50+ hour workweek coupled with my infrequent nanny and childcare positions barely afford us our one bedroom apartment let alone an education. Adding to that our full-time school schedules even if finding a second job was likely it isn’t feasible.
You are lucky to have a job with health benefits, but many positions open in this economy don’t provide that luxury. I don’t understand your second paragraph although I think I may agree with it in the sense that working class families need health coverage too. What I didn’t understand was what you feel the government owes you? Financial aid, tax breaks, additional health coverage? You cannot have it both ways if the future is in your own hands then stand aside because I will gladly take all the help I can get. My husband and I work ourselves to the bone with no health coverage, no benefits, no vacation or sick days, and pay that makes saving for our future difficult if not impossible. We currently do not qualify for health coverage by the government because we make too much money and according to government standards my 2000 Accord is too nice a vehicle (i.e. I am expected to sell it if I need medical care even though that will put an end to school and work). My husband has debilitating asthma and if we have an emergency we are reduced to visiting the ER which means despite our being a financially responsible couple our credit score is riddled by Medical Bills we cannot afford to pay. Obviously Erin this is a difference of opinion. But please, do not think I am some welfare case cashing government checks and waiting for Uncle Sam to cover my liposuction. I am simply sick of living my life in a plastic bubble, worried about every ache, pain, or potential symptom and worried my husband’s next asthma attack will be his last because we cant afford an emergency inhaler. It seems we are very similar and i would love to hear more about why you feel the way you do about government benefits.
Ok. Stupid girls are beginning to piss me off and as you will see here the only thing worse than a stupid girl (like the first one) is a SMART stupid girl (see below). Again, this is a conversation concerning who is worthy of representation in a modern day School of Athens.
I am beginning to wonder if these responses are truly shallow to reflect our “modern society” or because the authors are not well versed in the great scientific, literary, artistic and philosophical advancements of the past century or so. Not that I don’t admire the great speeches of President Obama or the philanthropy and charity of people like Michael J Fox, Oprah, Lance Armstrong, Muhammad Ali etc. My opinion simply disagrees with what the average joe student feels is worthy of representation here. For instance, I agree that the great works of filmmakers should probably be represented. However, if narrowed down to only a few would I call Spielberg one of the “great minds” of film making? Probably not, although again that is personal opinion. Maybe I am not seeing the big picture here. My mind is simply blown away by some of the choices being made but that may be my overwhelmingly cynical nature.
It seems as though the people I chose, do not quite meet your standard; and place me in the realm of the “average joe”. They were chosen, because todays outlook of who is important is based on societies views, rather then the intelligent or the noble . I do not think enough people know who Bertrand Russell, Thomas Nagel, the Churchland’s, or Peter Lik are. It would seem rather pointless to use them in art that represents the current time, since the majority of the population on Earth would not know who they are, or what they have accomplished (except Peter Lik who is a renowned photographer, but no one would recognize his face). However, Gates, Spielberg, Zuckenber, Winfrey, President Obama, Armstrong, Ali, and Fox are all for a better lack of words, modern day royalty. There is not a single person in any modernized country who does not know of the majority of them, and probably most of those in third world countries.
Bertrand RussellOnce again Roya, My OPINION only. I am not trying to argue that most of our society would know about the great figures of our times by sight, although I did try to pick more “main stream” scientific figures in hopes they may be recognized. I was simply wondering why such an obviously intelligent student with knowledge of people like Nagel, Churchhill and Russell would insist the answer to this hypothetical question be watered down for the general public. It seems that I am the odd one out here and most students would rather cater to the main stream which, again, dumbfounds me in ways that I cannot describe. I am just trying to be honest in my opinion here and I appreciate you doing the same.Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
My answer to the question of who I would include in a modern interpretation of Raphael’s great work School of Athens (followed by a dumb cuntbagel’s description of the same thing):
If I were to paint a modern day counterpart to Raphael’s School of Athens I would include the great scientific minds of our time. First to be depicted would be Carl Sagan who was one of the most prolific scientists of our time and an asset to NASA. If my classmates do not know of Mr. Sagan already I would encourage you all to Netflix the Cosmos series immediately! This man was a professor of astronomy and space sciences and the head of Cornell’s planetary studies. He was crucial to many NASA expeditions and solved many planetary mysteries. If you watch Cosmos you’ll notice that many of his theories from the sixties and seventies have since been proven true.
I would also include Stephen Hawking who I hope needs no introduction. His contributions to theoretical cosmology and quantum physics are unmatched. Along these same lines I would have to also include Einstein, the father of physics as we know it today and without whom perhaps there would be no Hawking.
From the fields of evolutionary biology I would include of course Darwin; again I hope no explanation is needed on that one. I’d also include Richard Dawkins, an outspoken humanist, atheist and evolutionary biologist. His work on how genes relate to natural selection and his theories on cultural evolution are groundbreaking. Although a controversial figure, his contributions to science cannot be overlooked.
Finally I would include the famed anthropologist and mythologist Joseph Cambell. If you have Netflix and actually take my advice to watch Cosmos you’d better que up Mr. Cambell’s series as well. Although his work is from the social sciences I find it no less important. Comparative religion has helped the world see itself for its similarities, not its differences. A Joseph Cambell lecture can lift your spirits and make you feel connected to all of humanity from the first tribe of humans to future generations.
I can’t wait to hear what everyone has to say about their own version of this painting. What an interesting question!
In Raphael’s School of Athens (notice she doesn’t even properly italicize!) he depicts very important and philosophical beings (WTF is a “philosophical being”?) of the time; people of significant importance and individuals who contain great knowledge (note her description of a philosopher couldn’t be more off the mark). Since knowledge and intelligence were of great importance during these times, Raphael wanted to depict this importance in this artwork. However, in my counterpart to Raphael’s School of Athens I would depict what is important to humans as individuals during the modern times (Jesus bitch are we in past or present tense FIGURE IT OUT!). Although knowledge is of great value, I feel there are more important traits that people possess nowadays (which is sad)(at least she can admit it is sad that she believes there are any traits more important than intelligence). Wealth (what-)and attraction (-the fuck)are two of the most important factors people look for in others. In all honesty I do not necessarily judge people off of how smart they are (explains why she cannot write in a singular tense), or how much they know about certain subjects (in her case, nothing) but rather how they carry themselves, how much money they have or don’t have and how they make themselves out to be physically . That being said, I would have the most attractive, wealthy, goal oriented and sophisticated individuals in my depiction of Raphael’s School of Athens. (here it comes, hold on to your butts) Bill Gates, Hugh Hefner, Mark Zuckerberg (the creator of Facebook), Marilyn Monroe, Harriet Tubman, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Phelps just to name a few (????). I feel that these individuals have been inspiring for young people everywhere (that sound is my brain exploding) and that is why I would place them in my counterpart to Raphael’s School of Athens. There are so many ways you may look at this painting, I’m curious to see how every would create theirs! (Notice how she COPIES MY ENDING! Bitch!)
I agree that society often favors beauty over brains, but don’t you think the same was true in Raphael’s time? He could have depicted men like Plato and Pythagoras as handsome and fit, representing the ideal of masculinity but instead chose to depict them as they were or in the guise of the great artists and thinkers of his day. He also could have included figures representing the wealthy and powerful such as the Medici family or the Pope, but again he chose to represent those who contributed more than money or shallow beauty.
I am contemplating how or why the individuals on your list should be considered an “inspiration” to young people. Other than Mr. Gates who has contributed much in the fields of science, philanthropy and medical research. I wonder how Raphael would feel if he could see this modern recreation of his great work. Would he be appalled to find Aristotle and Plato had been replaced by a media mogul and a billionaire whose greatest achievements are offering book club selections and allowing us to “poke” our friends, both through magical boxes which has enslaved our society? How would he feel that the great philosophers Epicures and Socrates had been scratched out in place of a brainless athlete and a disgusting old man best known for his harem of young girls?
I am not saying that most of society would not agree with you Ashlee. I am simply sitting here in awe of how far gone my faith in humanity is.
You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for as long as you live. How you take care of it or fail to take care of it can make an enormous difference in the quality of your life.
You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called Life. Each day, you will be presented with opportunities to learn what you need to know. The lessons presented are often completely different from those you think you need.
There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error and experimentation. You can learn as much from failure as you can from success. Maybe more.
A lesson is repeated until it is learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it (as evidenced by a change in your attitude and ultimately your behavior) then you can go on to the next lesson.
Learning lessons does not end. There is no stage of life that does not contain some lessons. As long as you live there will be something more to learn.
“There” is no better than “here”. When your “there” has become a “here” you will simply discover another “there” that will again look better than your “here.” Don’t be fooled by believing that the unattainable is better than what you have.
Others are merely mirrors of you. You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself. When tempted to criticize others, ask yourself why you feel so strongly.
What you make of your life is up to you. You have all the tools and resources you need. What you create with those tools and resources is up to you. Remember that through desire, goal setting and unflagging effort you can have anything you want. Persistence is the key to success.
The answers lie inside of you. The solutions to all of life’s problems lie within your grasp. All you need to do is ask, look, listen and trust yourself.