Here's How You Make a Political Statement
In this digital age, it's easy for us to say that we're political. Using social media, we rant, retweet, and repost. We share all our thoughts—both good and bad—on how we view certain matters, how we find some politicians, and how we think of government decisions.
Unfortunately, while freedom of speech is a right we all have, we sometimes overstep our bounds. Case in point: Too much social media bashing. For example, if we don't like a particular public servant, we share countless negative articles about them, regardless of whether or not the claims are true. We let our preconceived notions overshadow the facts.
Instead of politely speaking our minds, many of us repeatedly share articles and videos, punctuating every post with angry commentary.
We may think that we are being good and political for sharing these things, but we're just being spiteful. We ourselves aren't perfect, so we have no right to call out others impertinently both online and offline. The best we can do is to limit our sharing while being polite. But if you really want to get political, take your cue from student Joshua Wong!
Joshua Wong is a Hong Kong student activist, known internationally for his prominent role in 2014's Umbrella Revolution—a peaceful political movement dedicated to making Hong Kong autonomous from China. He founded political groups Scholarism (at the age of 14!) and Demosist? with his friends.
His leadership skills, however, have resulted in him being detained in prison for hours, as well as being banned from several countries. But despite criticism and punishment, it's amazing to see how passionate Joshua is, and how willing he is to make a stand. This has led to his inclusion in TIME's Most Influential Teens of 2014, nomination for TIME's Person of the Year 2014, and his participation in the award-winning Netflix documentary Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower.
Here are three major takeaways we got from Joshua:
- Age is just a number.
Joshua was only 14 when he began, meaning we can start as early as now!
- You won't always succeed, and that's okay.
Letting our voices be heard won't be easy, but we, like Joshua, must persevere in fighting for what's right.
- The goal is to be passionate enough to make a difference.
The goal is not to be violent; rather, it's to be peaceful in taking our stance. We should fight for what we believe in, not by rude rants online, but by respectfully making a difference.
A word of warning, though: Being too political can sometimes be a flaw. While it's great that you care about your future, life is about balance. Too much of that may reflect badly upon you. For example, rallies are great for showcasing solidarity—your professors may even encourage you to attend one! However, too many protests can distract you from your duties and put you in a bad light. Show up to events at your own risk, and be a judge of which rallies are nonviolent; your behavior may alienate future colleagues and company heads in the future.
Of course, you can still post on social media—as long as you do it tastefully.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Yes, we love getting our opinions heard; sharing article after article with our two cents' worth is tempting. But maybe we can limit ourselves to one article per week—fact-checked and from a reliable source, of course—with a small paragraph stating our opinion respectfully. Too much ranting makes us look rude. Worst case scenario: We'll get rejected from our future jobs after background checks, or maybe have our college acceptance letters rescinded like those 10 Harvard students.
One thing's for sure though: Being political will never be easy. However, despite its risks, we know being passionate is the only way to change our future. So let's remember to ultimately be peaceful and respectful in making a difference. With that, we can all proudly take our stand for a better tomorrow.
We know being passionate is the only way to change our future. So let's remember to ultimately be peaceful and respectful in making a difference. With that, we can all proudly take our stand for a better tomorrow.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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5 Mystery-Thriller Novels to Read
If you’re stuck at home and out of Netflix shows to binge-watch, then you might want to try and read these mystery-thriller books to match your homemade Dalgona Coffee.
1. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The debut novel, and Goodreads Choice Awards Best Mystery & Thriller of 2019, follows Alicia Berenson, a well-known painter married to an esteemed fashion photographer. Life seemed perfect for Alicia, until one evening when she shot her husband five times, and… never spoke again.
2. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
From the author of Final Girls comes this page turning novel about an infamous building in Manhattan called the Bartholomew. After stumbling upon an ad to become an apartment sitter, Jules Larsen has set out to look after apartment 12A under strict and somewhat odd conditions. Not long after stepping foot in the building, Jules has been met with unfriendly tenants, eerie noises in the apartment unit, and an abrupt departure of a fellow sitter named Ingrid.
3. The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
If you loved Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho or David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, then this book is for you. After the disappearance of her Aunt Vivian while working as a night-shift clerk at the Sun Down Motel in 1982, Carly has set off to Fell NY, to work the same job at the same place as her Aunt had 35 years ago – with hopes of uncovering the truth lurking behind the Motel walls.
4. Verity by Colleen Hoover
While known for Young-Adult Novels such as Slammed and Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover offers readers a romantic thriller about Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling author who was given the opportunity to finish the three remaining novels of a successful series after its original author, Verity Crawford, suffered an accident and has become immobile. After receiving an invite at the Crawford manor to sort through Verity’s notes, Lowen discovers an unpublished autobiography revealing the truth about Verity. With the eerie atmosphere of having Verity confined in her own home, and who is seemingly aware of her surroundings, Lowen is certain Verity is not what she appears to be.
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
A mind-bending science fiction thriller from the best-selling author of Wayward Pines – Dark Matter is packed with the concept of the Multiverse and the philosophy of existentialism. The novel follows an ordinary Physics professor, Jason Dessen, who was looking forward to dinner with his family while walking the streets of Chicago. The next thing he knew, he was being held at gunpoint – by a man wearing a mask – and injected with an unknown drug and blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he learns that the world he woke up to was different from the world he knew.
Here's a poem I wrote a while back reflecting on what it's like over-rationalize a simple thing like crushing on a dude -- hence, the title "Scientific Method"
You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around
When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound
And it's overwhelming, your presence;
And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.
At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,
and your shirt fully cotton
Complete with a smile as nervous as me
And a swagger in your step only I can see
Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace
That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise
and it's all too nice
And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious
That this isn't another (well,) circus.
Now, let's take a wild guess,
Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,
That this could lead to something with potential
That this isn't another differential easily solved
With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved
For so long, we've both been independent of any dependent
Keeping our variables fixed and ourselves distracted
With anything, everything,
But not a single thing
Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,
Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold
Over hours, days, and weeks
Through minor revisions and tweaks
Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents
So, now I find myself in a conundrum
With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,
That this had to be processed logically,
But the findings are as follows:
None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,
I therefore conclude that it's you.
Mi Luna: The Light in My Dark Soul Locked in… Alone…
Why do I feel comforted by darkness? Oh cause maybe because… I am a jolly and very enthusiast kid back then. All I know is to have fun, laugh and play. But as I grow older, everything has changed, a lot. I can feel the changes. I know the more I get older, I’m turning to something I’m not. You know what, I just realized I like it even more. And that’s how I turned a monster. A monster to my own self. Always questioning life and even God about the things that are happening with my life. “Do I deserve this?”. Every day was a struggle. “Which mask should I wear now?”. And every night is my judgement time. “Should I still continue with my miserable life?”. This certainly sum up my whole life. I have this mindset since I was young. I can say that my experiences made me like this. I always want to escape, but every time I tried to pick up myself up, there is always shits that pulls me down. And there, I get tired. Hoping that no one would ever see this. As I despise myself as well. What I can do now is to just embraced everything, I just embraced darkness- reflecting my own self.
“Look at the moon, it can shine alone and it can give us light at night.” A line I was keeping in my mind that a friend of mine helps me realize things and been there to fix my path. And there I started seeking for my moon but I do not know which part should I start. As days passed, I started to open up myself. I started to act as what truly inside me. It is very hard at first and there is this time that even the situation got worst. But as I continue exploring with my life, a question pop out on my head “Why did I still get this far?”, I can say that maybe I should do this, maybe I really can do this but it is myself who is holding me back because I’m afraid.
Now as far as I am trying to revive my soul, there I know that many people care. Yes, I learned to open up but not to all, on different situations there are people who can understand me because they have the same situation as I am. I learn to open up as long as they did not force me. I learned to navigate and open up for whom I trusted and at the same time when I am ready. The light that I am seeking is my own understanding and acceptance about myself. My light is myself and I am Mi Luna. So it is not too late to save myself. I have thought that, I should be a survivor and winner. That I should also be the ruler of my own mind and soul. Eliminate the room for darkness and let the light shine through you, that I can say how I earned myself again. Mi Luna’s darkness have turned to spotlight.
I just posted some of my own movie reviews from LSS to The Heiress para naman may pagka-movie critic ako in the midst of the pandemic… from Home! Check them out here: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 3 (#PPP2019): • #LSSTheMovie: bit.ly/MyLSSReview • #ThePantiSisters: bit.ly/MyTPSReview • #ImEllenyaL: bit.ly/MyImEllenyaLReview Metro Manila Film Festival: • #TheMallTheMerrier: bit.ly/MyTMTMReview • #MissionUnstapabol: bit.ly/MyMissionUnstapabolReview • #3polTrobolHuliKaBalbon: bit.ly/My3polTrobolReview Non-film fest: • #JamesAndPatAndDave: bit.ly/MyJPDReview • #TheHeiress: bit.ly/MyTheHeiressReview Any thoughts? Don't forget to connect by commenting! Enjoy #MovieBingeAtHome! #COVIDMovieCritic