This will be my third Linkin Park concert and I’m looking forward to it just like I did the first one. I feel like a squealing teenage fan girl who doesn’t know how to stop being excited… I know, self control but sometimes you just gotta ignore the whole “must control myself”. One of those times is on here, so HA read at your own risk?
So my great grandmother Anne passed away this morning and its had me thinking about my relationship with my mom’s family. There have been many problems over the years and I’ve always wanted a closer relationship with my cousins and I’m not really sure why we don’t talk as much as we should.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
This one stumped me for a little bit, so I went to dictionary.com and looked up Ambiguity to get a better definition and I found one that I like: the possibility of interpreting an expression in two or more distinct ways. So basically respect the fact that others have a different way of thinking about things than you do. It turns out I’ve been thinking about this one a lot recently and it is kind of nice that it is an Adult Principle.
This is a copy of my term paper for Early American Lit. Please do not steal any ideas but feel free to extrapolate.
John Perry Barlow, in his essay entitled “The Pursuit of Emptiness,” put forth that Thomas Jefferson’s inclusion of the pursuit of happiness in a list of inalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence has turned into a counter-intuitive requirement of American life. In Barlow’s opinion, pursuing happiness is a primary way to ensure that one can never be truly happy. He states that when he is happy, it is not because he pursued happiness, but rather, that he allowed happiness to pursue him. In Barlow’s words, “Jefferson’s wistful aspiration has gradually transmuted into first an entitlement and eventually an obligation, even as its actual practice has become increasingly rare.” Barlow believes that this pursuit is unworthy of Jefferson and unnatural for humans, no matter how “American” the ideal may be.
Today was a good but VERY clumsy day. I’ve accidentally thrown my lighter across the room, knocked over a can of Coke onto my English book and I’ve tripped over myself several times. On the good note though, my awesome boyfriend got me a new pair of shoes, my English test deadline has been extended for 24 hours, and I feel pretty confident about how I did on the History test.
So while I was doing my English assignment, I came across these “Adult Principles” by John Perry Barlow. I thought, hey maybe this is that “how to” book I’ve been looking for. Maybe I should do a blog per principle? That would be fun I think. Anyway, we’ll see where this goes. For now, I’ll bold the ones I really like.