I'm Toree, a Sociology major and aspiring writer. I like to write about things that haven't become things yet.
Currently Reading: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
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My imagination has been dry and cold lately.
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I like the way sadness
envelops me in her arms
but she is not
the romantic type
I thought that I could just say hello to you and you would be mine.
Many people have argued that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s age makes him an adult and able to make his own decisions. Dzhokhar is 19 and therefore an “adult” by law. But what is an adult? There are many definitions, as the word is ambiguous and up to interpretation. So we first must define what an adult is before we can argue that Dzhokhar is an adult. Next, what makes a person an adult at the age of 18? 18 is a number - it does not in any way reveal a person’s maturity level, responsibilities, personality, etc. The law says that an 18-year-old is an “adult” and therefore treats someone like Dzhokhar (19) the same way that it would treat a 40-, 60-, 80-year-old. However, in today’s society, are all 18/19-year-olds actually mature enough—developed enough—to be independent “adults”? I would argue that most, if not all, 18/19-year-olds still have much developing and growing to do before they can be considered “full-grown” and “adult.” I would argue that, if the law deemed people adults at the age of, say, 25, most people today wouldn’t argue with that. If the law did do this, Dzhokhar would then still be considered underage and not an adult. But, because the law chose the number 18, Dzhokhar is out of luck when it comes to the law believing him to be too immature to fully understand his actions.
Let me show you this from another perspective. Today’s U.S. education system kind of sucks. No one can argue with that and win. Dzhokhar has participated in this education system since he was 8 or 9 years old, so it can safely be said that this education system played a part in educating him. This system teaches students not how to think, but what to think. It teaches students to repeat, repeat, repeat what others say and what others think. It does not teach students to think for themselves or form their own thoughts. I would argue that it is difficult for most students “educated” through this system to have their own minds. Of course, some schools/teachers do teach their students how to think and some students do learn how to think for themselves and form their own thoughts. But these are exceptions. Most students in this system do not learn how to produce or create new thoughts; rather, they learn how to “think” like everyone else. Because of this, it could be argued that Dzhokhar could not think for himself when it came to his radicalization.
I am not arguing that Dzhokhar is innocent. All the evidence points against that. I am arguing that he may not be “evil” (well, no one can be “evil” without there being more to it); I am arguing that he may not be able to think for himself in a way that would show that (prior to the bombings) he understood completely what he was doing/agreeing to do and came to his own decisions using his own reasoning; and I am arguing that he may not be mature enough to fully understand his radicalization and actions.
I wish things like this could be considered in the courtroom, but I know it’s silly to wish for that. I wish things like this could be considered by the public, but I know it’s silly to wish for that, too. It’s not silly, however, to hope that everyone who reads this post will consider things like this. There are many factors that play into why a person commits a crime. I hope that, if my readers take anything out of this post, they will learn this: committing a crime does not necessarily mean that the person who committed the crime is “bad,” “evil,” “a douchbag,” “out to kill/hurt people,” etc. There are many things that need to be considered in a case like this. Please consider them.
A bomb never born is the worst
kind of bomb. The threat is always
hot on my cheek but the slap
never comes. The ticktocking
gets quicker with every flap of my arms
and the impact takes on exponents
with every death that I do not die but
I feel like I am dead. Shrapnel pokes
my ribs with each breath that I dare take,
cutting deeper once my heart has
found a comforting niche.
The ticking is deafening.
It gets louder drum by drum
drum by hum and hum by thump
and I always wonder when it
will peak but it follows no rules.
I hear each bludgeon to my body
and yet I cannot see them because
the bombs never hatch.
I have drowned in sweat.
I have drowned in sweat
by threat and threat alone.
But puffs of oxygen still use my
throat as a means of transportation
and I’m not sure what that makes me.
I am in no way an expert in this subject, so please don’t take anything I say right now to be right. Please talk to a professional about this, because I want you to be healthy and I’m sure your boyfriend does too. I don’t know you or your boyfriend, so I can’t say what will happen if/when you tell him, but just know that I care about you and you can talk to me whenever you want to. Please though, talk to someone who can truly help you. I can only help with words and poetry and that is not good enough.
Okay, I’m tired of it. I’m tired of seeing so many people accuse the government of being behind the Boston bombing. I’m tired of seeing so many people bash Islam. I’m also tired of seeing people blur the lines between the two suspects and put everything the older brother did on the younger brother.
Yes, our government is not perfect, but that does not mean it would take to blowing up the streets and people of Boston. The arguments being made are so fallacious, and if anyone would take the time to go through them and rationally think them through, they would see this. (Hopefully.)
Yes, there have been some Islamic extremists who have done severe harm to the U.S. and other countries, but that does not make Islam a violent, dangerous religion. There are people who will misinterpret their religion and use their religion to condone violence or hate, no matter the religion. Just look at the Westboro Baptist Church. It claims to be Christian and yet most Christians would argue that it isn’t and that it gives true Christians a bad reputation.
Finally, there are two people - two brothers - involved in this bombing. Read: two. One of them, the older one, is dead. The older one, according to all of the evidence so far, appears to have been the leader between the two. His death does not give us the right to pin everything on his brother. Yes, his brother was very much involved in the killing of four people and the wounding of many others. But, again, that does not give us the right to put all of the blame on him. If the older brother were still alive, he would most likely be taking a majority - or at least a lot - of the blame (again, this is just according to the evidence released so far). Remember: two suspects, two individuals. Each individual played his own part, committed his own crimes, and should be charged accordingly.
Before people make comments on social media sites or participate in debates regarding this case (or any case for that matter), they should make sure they know what they’re talking about. Read multiple *legit* articles about the case. Watch multiple *legit* shows that discuss the case. Do your own research. Do your own research. Do your own research. Do not read one article and take everything written to be true. Do not watch one show and take everything said to be true. Use multiple sources. Yes, like in school. But this is real life. Get informed. Stay informed. Don’t be lazy. That’s all there is to it.
Arguments for or against the death penalty?
Arguments for or against the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?
America, do you hear me?
Hello. I love writing a lot but I always feel inferior and small compared to other people who can write better than me. I feel that I lack the excellent vocabulary to convey my thoughts into perfect sentences that are interesting and exciting to the reader. Currently, I’m trying to write on a topic I have never written before and seeing others who can attempt at it much better than me, I feel like quitting soon enough. Any advice on this?
I do have lots of advice on this! I feel this way a lot too (EVERY writer does!) but these are the things that I think about that help me when I get in a rut of self-doubt: