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God Help the Outcasts

Of all places who would have thought that a disney song would perfectly point out the flaws in the mind of some politicians and their supporters?

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not the most famous Disney movie, but it’s still a classic. I mean, really, what girl wasn’t just a little jealous of Esmeralda? >insert dancing emoji<

As I was skimming though Netflix for a distraction while I “read” for class, I found this old favorite of mine.

Enter music scene, God Help the Outcasts. Esmeralda is strolling through the cathedral as she claims sanctuary from the evil Frollo. I’m sure most of you are familiar with the song, and if not I put the lyrics at the end from Wikia, movie version. {You’re welcome for getting that song stuck in your head}

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As the song played, I couldn’t help but be reminded of our current political chaos, also known as election season.

There are certain candidates that speak of being Christian all the time: in every speech, at rallies, on their social media pages. However, a lot of other things they say are inherently not Christian. There are also many things they do that are not Christian.

I am Christian. I am not your stereotype Christian. So you can’t say I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m Catholic, and I believe in helping those less fortunate. But I actually believe it. I don’t just say I’m Christian. I am not Christian for show. I am Christian. That’s one problem today; any person can say they are spiritual and regurgitate verses and sermons back to you. But how people act and their political views tend to be very different than what comes out of their mouths.

[Note: I AM NOT STEREOTYPING PEOPLE. I am saying things I have noticed in my life, things I have seen with my own eyes, things I have witnessed from friends and those around me. Now, this may be a small population sample I’m using to draw my conclusions, but just please keep in mind that this is all my post is about….what I have noticed in my twenty-odd years on this lovely planet}

Anyway, let us break down these lyrics so you know what I am talking about.

The beginning: the fictional character states how she herself is a gypsy (aka an outcast of society) but then she questions how God (or Jesus in this case) was an outcast, too, when He was here on Earth. Isn’t that a pillar of the Christian faith? Jesus was a nobody to the people around Him. He was a Jew. He was poor. He was born into a family of unwed parents. He was crowned with thrones and forced to carry a cross for miles…in the HEAT OF THE DAY. I’d say that’s pretty outcast-like for the time period.

I think some people forget how the roots of Christianity and God himself are in favor of outcasts, those less fortunate, those selfless genuine kind beings. I know it’s hard to not feel better than people around you when you’re filled with faith and spirituality, but that’s completely opposite of how we are told to be as Christians. You are supposed to lower yourself. Why do we support politicians and people who act like they are better than everyone else, then?

Why do so many of the politicians today want to ignore those less fortunate? Weren’t we always told Jesus could be that homeless man you walked by, or that single mom you judged, or that refugee who is literally running for his or her life that you shunned?

It is very easy to donate some clothes to the Salvation Army or give some canned goods to a local soup kitchen (and it’s really good to do that, I’m not diminishing this work). But it is also easy to create laws and regulations to hinder those same people who need help.

I know security is important to consider such as in the case of refugees, but more importantly, my point is that some candidates throw their faith into your face while also vehemently urging for a giant wall to keep everyone out from freedom. What if Jesus was on the other side of that wall? I know it’s not a simple answer, I understand that. But, I also want to really point out how the deep values of a political party are not always in line with the deep foundations of faith.

[[Deuteronomy 15:11 For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’]]

How people behave is more of an indicator of faith, not what they say.
Continuing with the song, the parishioners in the scene are mocking the image of Christians. They depict churchgoers as asking for their own blessings, their own desires, not true needs. It makes you think. Then comes Esmeralda back saying she’s asking for nothing but only asking for Him to help others who are less fortunate than her (a little background, gypsies were not rich by any means and usually had to rely on manual labor to get some spare change). I think this part really opens up our minds of society today how we always ask, ask, ask for more for ourselves. How often do we solely pray for someone else or pray for those strangers out there who are less fortunate than us? Can you honestly say you have done that recently?

Lastly, the song finishes with the plead to help the poor and downtrodden. According to the dictionary: Downtrodden = (adj) oppressed or treated badly by people in power

Power can include knowledge, monetary, gender, or character powers. Men generally have more power than women. Those who are rich generally have more power than poorer people. Aggressive, competitive, demanding people generally have more power than quieter, peaceful, agreeable people (no matter the education level). Certain degrees and careers have power over others. This is downtrodden in today’s age: the middle to lower class, the less educated, non-science or political majors, the less financially set, women, and minorities.

Aren’t we all children of God? Aren’t men, women, heterosexuals, homosexuals, paler skinned, tanner skinned, tall, short, fat, skinny, graduate level educated, high school level educated, and everyone in between all children of God?

Aren’t the children who suffer from poor education laws downtrodden? Aren’t minorities who are treated unequally downtrodden? Aren’t the ecosystems and people affected by climate change downtrodden? Aren’t those who are denied equal rights and genuine aid downtrodden?

It’s a tough thing to think about, and I thank everyone who kept reading this blog until the end. It’s hard to write about it and put my thoughts out for everyone to read. But it’s also harder to sit back and not say anything. I hope I helped at least one person think about this deeper.

Thank you for reading, friend.
xOX
[[1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?]]
[[ Other interesting articles:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/current-events/op-ed-blog/28298-why-i-am-a-christian-democrat

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/current-events/op-ed-blog/28192-why-i-am-a-christian-republican ]]

God Help The Outcasts
–   Disney Version

Esmeralda:

I don’t know if You can hear me,

Or if You’re even there.

I don’t know if You would listen

To a gypsy’s prayer.

Yes, I know I’m just an outcast,

I shouldn’t speak to You.

Still, I see Your face and wonder…

Were You once an outcast, too?

God help the outcasts,

Hungry from birth,

Show them the mercy

They don’t find on earth,

God help my people,

We look to You, still.

God help the outcasts,

Or nobody will.

Parishioners:

I ask for wealth

I ask for fame

I ask for glory to shine on my name

I ask for love I can possess

I ask for God and His angels to bless me!

Esmeralda:

I ask for nothing

I can get by.

But I know so many

Less lucky than I.

Please help my people,

The poor and downtrodden.

I thought we all were

The children of God.

God help the outcasts,

Children of God!

 

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How to Make Decisions as an Adult

Being an adult is hard. It is just too much work, too much thinking, too many consequences. One wrong decision and BAM, everything falls apart. One wrong move and WHACK, consequences for days. Take too long to make a decision and ****! (<– I didn’t even give you the first letter, there are many options here for you)

There are many things to decide on: where to live, what career to have, what jobs to take, maybe intern first, or maybe follow your dreams first? Then, there is always the classic healthcare, taxes, income, and cat food concerns.

It is not undergrad life anymore: no easy decision on what club to go to tonight, or what hour before the exam you should start studying, or what coffee at Starbucks to walk around with…I mean drink.

But, fear no more! Here is how you will make decisions on an adult-level. There’s no time for goofing off. There’s no time for baby steps. There’s no time for time.

1. Your brain will promptly notify you of decision-overload

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2. Whatever decision comes to mind first is going to be the one you choose to worry about most

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3. You will realize every other decision you choose to ignore will be GREATLY affected by the one you are focusing on

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4. Your brain will react to the stress by telling you that you want to watch Netflix now

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5. (days later) Your brain will suddenly remind you of your decision stress at 4:12am and force you awake

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6. You will drink and eat a lot in the days of your decision

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7. You will go days thinking everything is fine and it will all work itself out

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8. You will be forced to make a decision because you verbalized it to one person and now have to stick with it

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And there you go. See? Isn’t that helpful to know?

 

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8 Things You Know You’ve Done

You know you’ve done each and every one of these things. Don’t lie to yourself. Or me.

  1. Slowing down as you are passing a cop with radar hoping the radar only catches your speed when you literally right in front of the police car
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  2. Drinking cold water after burning your tongue or throat hoping it would un-burn you
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  3. Trying to delete a text while it’s still sending in hopes that stops it from going through
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  4. Eating an entire pizza by yourself and immediately start walking around to attempt to freeze the calories in time
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  5. Punching someone in the neck while going in for a hug because you couldn’t figure out whose arms were going on top
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  6. Paying your credit card frantically hoping that every minute you save you don’t get the full interest.
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  7. Tearing the grocery bag, giving yourself a hernia, and popping a blood vessel in your face while you struggle to make only one trip up the stairs after shopping
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  8. Watering your plant after it has already turned yellow-brown…it can come back from this, right?
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7 Thoughts Starting a New Job

Now that you have graduated, starting a new job is a lot harder than you think. Some of us have to work jobs made for high schoolers, in fact some of your supervisors could be younger than you. Some of us have to work meaningless jobs at the lowest level possible. Some of us will get jobs that put us way in over our head. Others will have jobs that make us question our entire life so far. However, there are 7 thoughts that will go through your head when you start this new job after undergrad. Whatever the level of the work, intern or career, you will have these thoughts and probably some of these facial expressions, too.

First, it may not be the prettiest job in the world, but it will pay the bills…kind of.

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Second, you will forget what it is like to have major responsibilities

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Third, you will be so over the cliques already in place at your workplace. 

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Fourth, you will realize you don’t care to make new friends.

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Fifth, you will realize no amount of money is enough for you at this point.

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Sixth, the drive to work will be really dreadful and no music can help. 

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Seventh, you will be so jealous of the young, hopeful interns and realize how uncool you are now.

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OMG, Add Me on LinkedIn?!

Now that we are…how shall I say…older, we are evolving in our social media standards.

First, our generation was judging incisively on MySpace. Then, luckily, Facebook entered our lives and saved some – only some – of our humanity. Instagram crept into our lives, igniting our competitiveness for the ‘coolest’ filtered photo. Snapchat made us realize how annoying people were with their incessant need to send snaps of their food. Thanks for helping my diet, jerks.

Now, LinkedIn is the new and coolest thing for us twentysomething, young adults. It is definitely the one social media account we should be using (seriously). This is a great way to stay in touch with professional connections and find new ones. You can also look for job postings and search companies on this site, which is great for you poor (literally) unfortunate souls.

Blog1But there are a few thoughts that will cross your mind as you begin this phase in your life. A lot of self-judgment will occur, and in retrospect, you’re going to have some regrets of how little you actually did with your life up until now. Sorry, but best of luck!

  1. Cool, I get to make a new profile

Oh wait…I have no real experience or past work. I look like a lazy brat now.

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  1. Oo, I can upload a profile picture

Which shall I use: the totally not-sober one from senior year shenanigans or the ratchet one of me dying from heat
stroke at a football game? Let’s face it, no one has real headshots already done…that requires money.

  1. The skills section should be easy

Wait, what kind of skills are these? Excel, Leadership, and Management? What happened to eating, sleeping, and
being frugal? (You will begin to question even the most basic skills you think you have…like spelling)

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  1. Profile is complete

This is the most boring profile of myself. I look like an eighteen-year-old, who has to repeat senior year.

  1. Finding connections

Oh I know her! Woah…she’s done that much with her life so far? Liar. Fraud. Still, she makes me look bad, so I will
not be requesting her.

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  1. Someone looked at my profile!

Wait a minute, you can see who looks at your profile? I’m suddenly regretting my stalking. Why didn’t someone tell me
first?!

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  1. What the heck are second connections?

Too much brain power is needed for this ‘social media’ site. My brain has the hurts.

  1. Can this be like a dating site, too?

Finally found a nice professional-ish photo; not one of those ‘professional’ shots that include the perfected deer-in-
the-headlights look, old-lady hair style, and shoulder-padded suit. Time to scout out the cutest connections!

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If you do not have a LinkedIn profile yet, take these points as warnings. Go out and do some stuff with your time and fill up that resume! If you already do have a LinkedIn profile, you understand what a mental struggle this point in life really is.

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10 Things to Question about Your Life after Undergrad

Questionable phases of life after gradation. We all go through them and we all survive them….well most of us do. Here are 10 things to question:

1. Receiving a job offer

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Because of all the talk about the difficulty of getting a job, if you do receive an offer, it becomes very suspicious. Wait, I only applied to 20 jobs and actually got one? Whereas, you hear horror stories of people applying to 40 jobs and getting one interview and no job. It is a paid position, right? Not an internship? Always be on high alert when something happens too easily in the working-world. Unless you got hired at McDonald’s, then just nod and accept it.

2.  Old friends

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Some of your old friends act like they have too much of their shiznit together. Those are the ones you need to watch out for. No one has that much of their life pieced together yet. And with the politics starting to erupt already for 2016, some of your friends’ true colors are coming out over Facebook…question their reasoning. Block.

3.  Your relationship status

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If you feel like Christ Traeger, you are probably questioning yourself, too. Leaving undergrad means leaving all of your friends, and who knows when you will all be together in one spot again?

4. All the work you did in undergrad

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All that stuff you had to memorize for exams was beyond pointless. It was actually wasteful. Wasted the space in your brain, wasted your time, wasted thousands of note cards. Question why you tried so hard do to do well in those useless courses. And then be ready to get mad.

5. Your ability to keep it all together

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If you can fake it enough to act like you have it all together, you deserve an award. If you think you have your life all put together nicely, you need to question yourself. Don’t lie to us, you rub your face into a pillow every night before bed like our trusty, relate-able buddy, Nick Miller.

6. Your career choice

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Think you know what you want to do after you graduate? Guess again. Chances are you will question yourself with every job application or every grad school assignment. If all else fails, become a wizard; it’s as close as you will be to a real job after you graduate anyway.

7.  Your ability to stay professional at all times

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Think you will act like a mature adult now that you have a diploma? Chances are you will become very sarcastic very quickly. Professionalism is boring anyway, so question those who act like it all the time. Plus, you’re still a child in the eyes of many.

8. Your so-called undergrad accomplishments

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Think being secretary in an undergrad club will get you far in the job market? Think that one intramural team you were on will help? It won’t. And the lack of actual “accomplishments” on your resume will only make you feel worse. I hate that part of a resume anyway. Can watching Netflix be on there?

9. Your interview capabilities

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Maybe give yourself a practice round or two before that job interview. And if you don’t, question why you aren’t. No one is actually prepared for an interview. That’s the joke of the year. It’s also something they didn’t teach you in undergrad, so question your college/university on that one.

10.  Your ability to flirt

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If you think you’re still in ‘the game’, you’re probably wrong. Question why it hasn’t worked out for you so far.

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