Tag Archives: politics

Facing the Future United—Indonesia

While I was living in Japan, I discovered once again the extent of my ignorance of the rest of the world. Many of my friends were from countries I knew little if anything about. One of the most striking examples to me was Indonesia. Having met many students from Indonesia during my stay in Japan, I began to realize I… (more…)

Frozen Time

The past few weeks have rushed past me, occupying my time with midterms, my Fulbright application, and various events on campus. I have adjusted fairly easily to being back in the States, but some days I still am struck by the loss of the mountains on every horizon. In general though, I have been too busy to give much thought… (more…)

Kyoto 6.23.17

My Dearest Friend, With a month left of my semester and a month and a half until I leave Japan, the end of my time in Japan is drawing close. This semester has flown faster than I could ever have imagined. The month since I last wrote has been a blur of flashcards and readings, trying to keep up with… (more…)

Kyoto 5.7.17

My Dearest Friend, It seems that this semester will be busier than last. I cannot believe I’m already a month into the semester, and I am only now having time to write you. The beginning of the semester was stressful because of drama, problems with my schedule, and a more intense workload than last semester. My classes are substantially harder… (more…)

Kyoto 1.22.17

My Dearest Friend, My first semester here at Ritsumeikan has finally ended. The last of my tests have been taken and papers turned in. I now have two months to relax and explore Japan before my second semester begins. This semester was difficult and full of new experiences for me. It has been my first time living abroad, my first… (more…)

Tragedies

These days the world seems increasingly frightening. You only have to turn on the news to be inundated with horror stories of violence and sorrow. Every day it seems a new tragedy strikes our world. It’s easy to wonder what happened. What caused this increase in pain? I’ve spoken to many young adults of my generation and heard them asking… (more…)

A Dinner with Journalists

Last year I learned about the President’s Associates dinners and attended an informal discussion with Mr. Robert Gates. This year I was eager to finally attend one of the actual dinners. Last week, that opportunity came. A friend of mine and I went together to the dinner, ready to hear from two giants of journalism, Bob Schieffer and Jim Lehrer.… (more…)

Hazy Horizons

The world is in a state of turbulence; this is a pretty standard belief. But the average standard of living is higher now than ever before in history. The American people are also, on average, safer and more prosperous than ever. So why do we characterize the world as turbulent? It was this question address by Dr. Thomas Finger, a… (more…)

Reconciled Contradictions

In our day and age we tend to restrict our journeys to real places and current events. This is folly. Many of the great lessons we ought to learn are readily available to us only if we look to the past. I just completed an enlightening journey through a magnificent memory palace housed in ink-stained pages. The book I was… (more…)

Watching the Weather

When I was young I never cared about politics or the news. It didn’t concern me, or so I thought. However, I’ve grown up since then, and, in doing so, I learned a very important lesson: when you’re getting ready to fly, you need to know the weather. Politics, the news, these make up the weather of humanity. So now… (more…)

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