The American AntithesisI am deemed inferior the moment I arrive here.I am abusedostracizedbelittledseparated from the elite.This was not what I was promised.These gleaming palaces of industryThese temples of consumerismadorning the faces of glossy advertisementsAre not for me.Alleys black with filthCrowded streetsTowers of shame disguised as dwellingsThese are for me.I break my back in the factoriesMaking things I could never afford myselfFor those who think we enjoy doing this.I am a disposable human being.ButI am still a human being.I welcome a new day filled with optimismFor here, the fire on the horizon is fueled by passion, not hatred.Here, being different makes you a curiosityNot a demon.Here, a man is judged by his ability to workNot by who his father is.Here, wars are fought for freedomNot for greed.For here, the streets are not paved with goldThey are paved with hope.
In Defense of Not Going to CollegeIn Defense of Not Going to College It's called the old college try for a reason. For many generations, it has been a tradition with emerging high school seniors to roll the dice known as college admissions with the ace up their sleeves known as GPAs in hopes of winning the prize known as the American Dream. What if you have a bad poker face, though? Don't those people who are down on their luck deserve to live a good life? Perhaps this system of education was established in hopes of "weeding out" those deemed inferior, a sort of un-natural selection whose purpose is to create a nation of eugene, intelligent individuals. Is this really what the American Dream is, to exclude the less fortunate from things that the higher up are given? If this were true, then the fact that there are so many successful people who have barely more than a high school diploma is inexplicable. Perhaps, then, the American Dream is not a prize to be won using charm and wit, but but an award given to