The Problem

The Apple Iphone was invented June 29, 2007. That is roughly five years ago. Now I personally have nothing against the Iphone but what does tend to grind my gears is how many children that are barely even five years old have IPads, Iphones, Macbooks, etc.

I can remember as a kid it was a huge deal when kids were getting cell phone in elementary school. Back then it was a simple Motorola razor that wasn’t capable of much more than just calling and texting. Now if you walk done the street you see kids engrossed playing fruit ninja and candy crush.

This is honestly just sad. It is weird to think that today’s youth will not know what it is like to be outside and enjoy nature. They are developing feelings of entitlement and start to believe that it is their right to use the technology instead of a privilege. I’m not opposed to the evolution of technology and helping our children prepare for the ever-changing world, I just don’t believe it should come at the cost of an appreciation for nature.

It seems wrong to think that future generations won’t know or understand what it’s like to play in the woods and discover the world around them. According to the WWF website 12-15 million hectares of forest are lost each year, the equivalent of 36 football fields per minute. So maybe there won’t even be a forest to play in for the next generation. It is a sad and inconvenient truth that something needs to be done to protect what is left of the rest of our planet.

So I’ve decided to create a preemptive strike and subconsciously destroy all of my technology. I recently had to bury my Xbox after killing it with the red ring of death. Next I shattered my phone screen (this totally happened on purpose it didn’t accidentally fall on the ground at Frishe’s). I’m essentially like John Connor in Terminator, raging against the machine for the good of man kind. You can thank me for why there has yet to be a revolt of the machine up until this point.

My crippled Iphone after I attacked it

My crippled Iphone after I attacked it

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Burn This Whole Place Down

The government. This is the institution that we trust to protect our freedom. At this point we really might as well invest our trust in a sloth. It would get about as much work done and would cost substantially less than paying useless politicians to argue all day. Food and housing would also be much cheaper…. All in all it’s not a bad idea. If I want our government to be run by two uncompromising parties I would let a brother and sister run the government.

This is why we can’t have nice things. How can we expect the world to let us police them when we are too incompetent to keep our government functional. The sad thing is that this isn’t even the first time. Our government has done this 18 times before. 18 times. That might seem like a small number but can you imagine being slapped in the face 18 times? That’s what this is. A slap in the face to logic and reason.

At what point does the ego of our politicians blockade any notion of compromise. Is cooperation not in their job description? I know that every person has an agenda, personal and professional, but I have a hard time honestly believing that shutting down the government is the way to move either of those agendas along. I know that this is mainly the result of the fiscal year ending without an agreement on the upcoming budget. What I don’t understand is why this is a problem to begin with. It is called a fiscal YEAR which suggests that they had a whole year to figure this out and chose to wait till the last-minute.

What kind of example is this setting for our youth. “Oh the end of the year group project is due, l guess I won’t think about it until the day before its due. Our group members can’t agree on an idea? Seems like the only solution is to blame each other and refuse to accomplish anything.” Is this honestly the attitude that we want to pass on to our children. It is pathetic and I think it is time for the government to put on their big boy pants and do some actual work.

DISCLAIMER (I’m sure that by typing “burn this whole place down” and government in the same post, the NSA will be blindfolding me and tossing me in a van in within the next five minutes. I am personally not antigovernment, I love America and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I am just disappointed in our government.)

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