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Lately, I find myself on this journey to pursue a higher education and therefore hopefully land a good paying job with benefits. I think of how achieving such a status in life would equal success to me. I have had issues along the road where I think to myself, I can't possibly go any further. However, I always remind myself of the reasons why I cannot give up. Throughout this journey of self improvement though, I keep thinking to myself something in my plans for the future is lacking. It has not been until recently that the obvious idea occurred to me that although we are all equals (each human has a beating heart, skin and bones etc....) we do not have equal opportunities. Let me explain, I consider myself to be privileged, I had and have food to eat, clothes to put on my back and the luxury of being able to educate myself. Others do not, and unfortunately and most probably never will. This is where I think we, the privileged ones, must turn back and literally give a helping hand. If we don't no one will. With this is mind I have reaffirmed my goals in life and hope to follow through with my plans for the future. I hope more people will begin to adopt the mentality I have, so more people can be helped in return. All these thoughts came to me as I drove through I-10 to school today. I began to think of children in Africa and Asia who are hungry at this very moment. Then I turned to my left and saw Mexico, I realized I didn't have to look very far.

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Comment by Yesenia Treviño on March 31, 2013 at 8:18pm

It has not been until recently that the obvious idea occurred to me that although we are all equals (each human has a beating heart, skin and bones etc....) we do not have equal opportunities.

You had me at that line. We are definitely part of the same human race and therefore equal, yet we are not given equal opportunities to thrive in life. In reality, some people have privileges such as male privilege and 'white' privilege. Wealth is kept by the one percent of our country's population. Inequality is rampant within the United States as well as the rest of the world. About half of the U.S. population suffers from food insecurity and one fourth lives on or below the poverty line. Globally, people are suffering as well. Have you thought about what happened throughout history that has caused so much human suffering to continually occur? I think we need to learn more about the paradigms of mercantilism (exploitation of humans and resources in lands outside of Europe) and neo-liberalism (capitalism, including global capitalism). We have to understand why things are the way they are now and what we as a global community can do to fix it.

I like the way your blog post flows, btw~

Comment by Daisy Lucia Orellana on March 28, 2013 at 9:42pm

I like the way you think, girl! :) We must appreciate the luck we have been born with-- to have the privileged of an education and our necessities.  It makes me value what I have even more and realize some material objects are unnecessary.

Comment by Karina Moreno on March 26, 2013 at 3:27pm

It is sad to think there's so many people willing to do anything just to have an opportunity to have higher education, while others sleep during class. Very nice that you reflected about your life and decided to adopt a positive mentality :) 




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