Required Reading: Occasionally Beneficial, but Not Today

I hate when reading for school gets in the way of reading for pleasure. Throughout the past few months, the only significant reading I have been doing has been for classes, so most of the books were not that interesting. There is only one I feel the need to mention, and before I do so I will say that this is not a book I would recommend to anyone. The last book I read for my Into to Political Science class was called The Party Is Over. The premise of the book is an explanation by someone who has been inside American politics as to why the political system is not working. It ends up being a 225-page rant on corruption, greed, and personal jadedness. The author is entirely unprofessional, frequently using name-calling and patronization as attempts at making a point. There are examples to back up some of his statements, but they are not deeply examined. Without some background on what is going on, I do not feel like they give enough reason for the disproportionate claims. This is not an analysis, it is the memoirs of an angry man. I gained no useful knowledge from reading it, and could not read a single page without wanting to roll my eyes and stop reading. Both main political parties, Republican and Democrat, were insulted, but so was I due to the fact that this book showed only surface-level investigation and no real reason as to why I should have a similar level of distrust towards the political structure. Intelligent readers deserve better than this. I am so ready to have a break from required reading books, and a chance to read what I can enjoy and learn from.

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Reputation

The word calls to my mind images of middle and high school childishness, but it applies to everyone. Whether you may try to ignore it, everyone has a perception of everyone else. Politicians vote certain ways in order to create the reputation they want, and parents dress their little children in hopes that they will influence their reputation.

It’s not entirely a bad thing though, or something to make fun of. Reputation is how a lot of jobs are gotten these days. The Bible’s Paul gives advice on how to have a truly Christian reputation. It is not something to be obsessed over, however. Having a good reputation is something that must be honest and earned, or else it means nothing. As with most things in life, there is a balance necessary. In this case it is between thinking about what others will see when you act a certain way, and being comfortable with who you are. Changing yourself just so that someone will like the new way you act, talk, or dress is not beneficial; changing because you want to be a better person and see things that need to be changed in order for that to happen is.

Having a reputation is not something to fear or shy away from. Everybody is known for something. This is how we remember each other and differentiate at some level who everyone is. You are in control of your reputation, and that is a lot of power. Make it count.