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The Important Things

October 14, 2010
By McNinabean BRONZE, Austin, Texas
McNinabean BRONZE, Austin, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
When it comes down to it, I let them think what they want. If they care enough to bother with what I do, then I'm already better than them. - Marilyn Monroe

“David Beckham Cheating On Posh – Details Here!”
“Michael Bolton gets voted off DWTS – tension fills the green room.”

After scrolling through the numerous headlines about celebrity drug addictions and equally addictive reality shows, I flipped over to Facebook to see this status from a good friend of mine:

“Lindsay Lohan, 24, is all over the news because she's a celebrity drug addict. While Justin Allen, 23, Brett Linley, 29, Matthew Weikert, 29, Justus Bartett, 27, Dave Santos, 21, Chase Stanely, 21, Jesse Reed, 26 ,Matthew Johnson, 21, Zachary Fisher, 24, Brandon King, 23, Christopher Goeke, 23, and Sheldon Tate, 27, are all Marines that gave their lives this week with no media mention. Honor THEM.”

Whether or not this information is true, it made me think – why do we honor celebrities more than the true heroes? Is it because we're afraid to acknowledge the fact that these people died to save us?

It's true – celebrities allow us an outlet, a way to forget about what our daily lives entail. We all have schoolwork, annoying siblings, endless jobs and chores, while these famous people get paid to party it up and have a bad or 'shocking' behavior.

Forget them for a moment. Imagine going out on a boat in the dark in the middle of night. Imagine not knowing what's going to happen, imagine silently praying to a god, any god - “Please just one more night.” Your friends, your parents, your family, all of that left behind because of that one gunshot that rang out while you were fighting for the freedom of millions of other people.

While we're trudging through our boring lives and celebrities are making more headlines, there are people out there fighting for all of us. They're fighting so we have one more day to do homework, laugh with our friends and sleep peacefully at night. They're fighting so we can continue to read countless articles about insane house parties and squeal over the latest picture of Zac Efron.

Why honor these people when the real heroes are right in front of you? Not only do you have people in the military, but you have your parents who work to keep you and your family healthy and happy. You have countless people in your community working to do real good in the world, like cleaning up parks or volunteering at the animal shelter.

Next time you're reading these celebrity articles, consider the people fighting overseas for us and the men and women who work to keep our country safe.

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This article has 13 comments.

Kaitlynn G said...
on Oct. 25 2010 at 2:10 pm
This is so amazing Nina! <3 it!!!!

Mary-Ellen said...
on Oct. 25 2010 at 8:41 am
You are so right!! It aggravates me to watch the news when all you hear is about this celebrity and  that celebrity in and out of court/rehab for addictions. I totally agree, our heros do not get enough credit or recognition. EXCELLENT ARTICLE.  Can't wait to read MORE.

tturner said...
on Oct. 24 2010 at 8:34 am
You are an excellent writer! Your choices of words to make your points are perfect.  Your article is eye opening and should be shared with youths around the country! I look forward to reading more from you!

Sunny2030 said...
on Oct. 22 2010 at 10:47 am
Wonderful!  Your article fills my heart with genuine hope for our future!  The world is ready for youth shining with courage and wisdom to speak up for justice!   Brava!

Aunt Frani said...
on Oct. 22 2010 at 9:49 am
Excellent article - direct, to the point and very well written.  I couldn't agree with you more.  Keep up the good work!!!

DIDDY said...
on Oct. 22 2010 at 9:23 am
GREAT job. Awsome article. Made me very proud to read this article! I agree with you 100%

donnarn said...
on Oct. 21 2010 at 8:00 pm
WOW!! I am so impressed with your thoughts and COULD NOT agree with you more!!

harleychick said...
on Oct. 21 2010 at 5:47 pm
Awesome article !

Ms Austin said...
on Oct. 21 2010 at 8:23 am
Awesome!!  Thought provoking for such a young mind.  It will take this generation to change the world and realize what's most valuable in the lives of Americans!

cyd12042 said...
on Oct. 21 2010 at 7:38 am
So very true.  We need more young people to focus on what's really happening in the world instead of focusing on the Lindsey's and Paris' of the world.  Good job and look forward to more outstanding articles.

JR, not Jr. said...
on Oct. 20 2010 at 10:52 pm
The founding freedom of this country is the power to be an individual amongst others. It is a cherished institution that has been promoted since the beginning of our great democracy. At the same time we anticipate many consistent behaviors amongst our leaders, manufacturers, corporations, trades, civil servants, and vagabonds. The unfortunate consequence of this is the drive to glorify the absurd behaviors of those on the fringe of individualism. Sometimes the person is an inspiration for generations to come; other times they are poster children of our country’s ugly side.  The critical decision to make is exactly what you have done here. Speak your mind about exactly how you feel. Never ever be silent. Silence merely serves to invigorate the absurd. If you don't agree, say it. You'll never ever tell yourself later on, "Yeah, I should a....". Great job Nina! I admire your strength and determination to see beyond the immediate horizon. Our next generation is in good hands. Bless You!

on Oct. 20 2010 at 9:04 pm
Great Job... cant wait to see you published and have your autograph

on Oct. 20 2010 at 6:18 pm
Insightful and wise...everyone should have such moments of reflection. Good job :-)