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Month: June 2014



I’m really a very laid back personality, very little gets me worked up.  But I have opinions on a few topics.

And don’t get me started about Macroeconomics.

I have a few opinions on macroeconomics, and the CLEP exam, and how our country’s economy is in trouble.  But I’m going to remain passive aggressive on this, and just laugh at the cartoon above.  It pretty much sums up how “Macro” works!

CLEP Test Update:

I scored a 75% on my REA practice test yesterday!!!  CollegePlus will tell you to go take the exam at 60%, so I’m feeling pretty good about this!!!  😉

I’m planning on taking the Peterson practice test today, and the CollegeBoard test tomorrow.  I’ll report my test results as I get them!

Predictable Plotlines

Predictable Plotlines

One of my favorite things to do is write short essays on life.  Here’s my most recent thought path.  


One night, a few weeks ago, we decided to go see the new Captain America film.  After adding in lots of friends, we had a group of over twenty people – sitting in the theater as the room went dark and the film began.  Later on that week, I discovered more people who had gone to see The Winter Soldier on opening night.  For three consecutive weekends, The Winter Soldier ranked number one at the box office, going on to become the top-grossing film of April, 2014.  And I got to thinking.  Just what was it about the Marvel films Captain America or The Avengers that pulled in people?

In our day and age, the dystopian genre predominates our film, music, and literature.  The bookshelves and movie screens are full of despair and oppression.  In most of these, the world has fallen apart, and the people who survive are the ones who take no prisoners.  The message is clear in the dystopian world.  Man is evil, loyalty and patriotism mean nothing, and you must be willing to do anything to survive.  And when you reach the end of these books and movies, you are left with a feeling of despair.  There is nothing in the world to hope for, there is no redemption.  We are useless pieces and we must kill or be killed.  There are no true heroes.  That seems to be what our world believes.

Yet, movies like Captain America: The First Avenger and it’s sequel, The Winter Solider challenge this theory.  If people believe the world is evil and there is no hope, then why do these films to so well in theaters?  Because, deep inside, people want a hero.  Superheroes fist cam to life through pen and ink drawings.  From paper, they moved to radio shows where families eagerly listened to battles of good versus evil.  Then our heroes traveled from the radio waves to the silver screen, where we see them now.  These stories all have slightly unsurprising plot lines, and invincible heroes.  Arguably, all the characters are completely unrealistic – deflecting bullets, breaking buildings, and flying through the air – yet they pull us in to their stories.

From our make believe stories as innocent children to our birthday wishes as world weary adults, we have a dream inside.  We dream of a world where evil is always defeated, and good always wins.  Where the guy always gets the girl, and your sidekick is always there.  It is what we all want, deep inside us.  We want to be a character in a predictable superhero story.  Either the lady, the buddy, or the hero himself.  We know we have a role, and we love the assurance and inspiration we receive in the theater.

In the age of new, new, new we crave the predictable.  We have a hero, the guy gets the girl, friends watch each other’s backs, the word gets saved, evil loses, and good wins.  For now, I’m watching predictable superhero movies with my friends, and living with the hope of Christ in me.

One day evil will die and be gone.  Good will ultimately be the winner, and the guy will get the girl.  Because that’s what good stories are made of.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!  (Revelation 21:3)

Proud to be an American

Proud to be an American

This Year:

  • Pray for our nation
  • Research the candidates
  • Register to vote
  • Go vote!
  • Wear your “I Voted” sticker

I’m wearing a “I Voted” sticker on my shirt today.  My parents and two of my sisters also have these stickers.  At 8’clock this morning, our van rolled out of the driveway, headed to the local church where we vote.   We gave up an hour of our time today to drive and vote in the 2014 Primaries.  Why?  We’re just 5 little votes in a nation of millions.  Here are three reasons why I voted today.

1. I Was Raised to Vote

Voting has always been a family affair.  For my whole life, my parents have always taken us to vote.  Even today, we loaded up the 12 passenger and took the whole family.  From the 20 year old to the 6 year old, all the kids were there.  We’re raised to vote.

2. I Have the Right to Vote

This is a right that we take for granted.  And we’re apathetic about election days and primaries.  We have a mindset that “I’m just one little vote”.  But if everyone thinks that, than no one goes to vote.  Men and women died so we could have the right to vote and elect the leaders who are over us.  They had seen what happens when the people lose that right, and they fought to win it back.

Also, don’t be apathetic about voting at the primaries.  They are just as important.  For instance, in my home state, we’re so Republican that few to no Democrats will get elected.  So our Primaries are very important!

3. I’m a College Student

According to recent studies* less than 25% of college students are turning out to vote.  That is eligible voters between the ages of 18-24.  And many of them are not even registered to vote!  Please, students, do two things.  Register to vote in your current state and go vote!