The World We Live In

November 17, 2008
By Kelly S., Toms River, NJ

Society dictates what is right and what is wrong, what is beautiful and what is ugly. Who is good and who is bad. Society sees in black and white. There are no shades of gray. My mind is on its own wavelength. I look at life through the universe's point of view. I think that we are just a scrap in the universe. We are the only creatures in the universe that feel ashamed and imperfect. All other organisms live in unison, but human beings belittle and demean each other. This is why my mind makes me feel so imperfect and so unimportant in the grand scheme of things. I wonder why we cannot be nomadic and why we must worry about finances. No other organism pays for food or buys clothing. If any other organisms did what we do, we would think it was utterly preposterous. The first human beings lived, ate, and died. They could not even imagine the pressure that we all are under.
Our lives have become one big waste of time. We only get one life to live, and we spend it doing things that none of us wanted to do in the first place. No one wants to go to school, or get a job. No one wants to worry about the economy or struggle to get by. We say that as a society we are all equal, but there is a word known as power. Money is a form of power, and let's face it a billionaire is not equal to a homeless man. As a society we have set guidelines that contradict everything we believe in. We believe in world peace and good will to all. Countries fight over money and the land that can earn them money. Money creates gaps in social classes, which does not allow for everyone to obtain good will. Money is something everyone wants, but not everyone can handle. If all people were generous and kind the world would not be in the state it is currently in. Those who cannot handle money are the same people that are bitter and malevolent. They let that power get to their heads, and they widen the gap between rich and poor. To them the world is a life-size version of Monopoly. To me the world is an immense game of make-believe. Unfortunately, in the world we live in, if I want this game to turn out the way I imagined it, then I will have to follow their rules.

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