Monday, June 30, 2014

Better To Be Playful

In my constitutional law class today I learned something really interesting. According to my professor, the United States is the only country that doesn't ban hate speech. Hate speech is any phrase, or message that demoralizes or offends anyone. Apparently people are free to go ahead and verbally bully people without really getting in trouble. After that I thought about why people aren't just bullies to get what they want. In retrospect I would say it's because the teachers and the parents that institute kindness and look down upon hatred. The reason I bring this up is because in Brandenbur v. Ohio, the Klu Klux Klan leader was found not guilty because he was teaching discrimination but not exactly advocating it. He was merely mentioning how to do things that are discriminatory to the African American race.

The next thing I did was go to he soup kitchen for the second time. If you can recall my first one was a little all over the place, in which I had to step in. This time, everything was under control everyone had assigned roles,m and things went smoothly. We served over 100 people and I was really proud of myself and this Community Outreach program for having such an impact. We were all separated into groups, each one distributed equally to a few tables. We then came out of the kitchen with food and started handing out dishes to people in our jurisdiction. It was really hard being patient with the people because they kept asking us when they were getting their meal, or why did another guy seem to have more. It takes a lot to do this job and I just want to thank the workers there, because I appreciate them so much. I'm there learning a thing or two on patience and then how to do thins more efficiently with large crowds.

I finished off my day with Phantom of the Opera. It was my first Broadway show and my first show ever. I absolutely enjoyed it, I came in with an open mind and then really started to like every speech in song. It was my first time and this is a relatively hard concept to grasp, but I just want to tell people to sort of do the unexpected. This show was a romantic tragedy of some sort and I ended up liking it, unlike all the Shakespeare plays (joking). Well in that case I recommend doing things that are safe and out of your comfort zone. "challenge by choice", as my people from Youth Enrichment Strategies say (go check them out).

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed Phantom! More importantly, it's great the way you came to something so foreign with an open mind and then enjoyed it so. It's rewarding to have an experience like that.