Monday, November 16, 2015

Violence in Video Games, TV shows and Movies

I'm Reading about this topic in Social Psychology and I decided I wanted to put my opinion into words.
Violent video games do not create violence because violent video games do not create aggression. In order for a person to be violent, they must express aggression. Video games can influence a person's actions, feelings or behavior, but only will do so in a violent situation when the person being influenced was already predisposed to violent or aggressive behavior. This is a case where correlation does not completely equal causation. This third element of aggression has to be a part of the equation.

I have never been and will probably never be a violent person. And yet, I enjoy violent video games. I enjoy these video games without enjoying violence because I was taught to have an serious and sensitive attitude about real violence. Violence in video games or on tv (like porn and sexualization) in media can desensitize a person, but I believe that people can also be brought up to have a resistance to desensitization by making decisions about what you choose to watch or play and knowing when things go too far. There are films and even some video games which sometimes it is necessary to stop and think: "This is really awful". By making the decision to comment in your mind, you are consciously disassociating yourself, or reality, from that character, or fictional universe. Sometimes, it might end with the person choosing to not play that game or watch that show anymore, and that is good. It is important to put yourself and your own boundaries first; regardless of what everyone else does. Everyone has different personal boundaries from everyone else. In the example of "Grand Theft Auto", being able to see the game as satire is important. This is especially important in cases of younger people who still need to be taught right from wrong. It is important to accept that certain games or films or shows, for sure, should only be played or watched by people who are not old or mature enough to understand that difference and make that disassociation.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Shifting Tides of Life

Please don’t be afraid to cry
Sigh, my darling, sigh
Into your arms I roll
Carry me away from home
Carry me through the hills and mountainsides
Carry me over streams and rocks

Please pray and cry and sing
Your heart needs warmth again

Forgive yourself, my dear
You’re bright as a star in the night
Let yourself be lifted light.
For fear does not but hold you
Let it wash over you like rain,
Cleaning the air for your lungs to breathe.

Please pray and cry and sing
You deserve the warmth of light
For your heart will burn bright
Under the starry, navy night

Please don’t be afraid to sigh
Your life has just begun
And all your wishes too
Are beginning to come true
Those dreams you dared to dream,
And the songs you dared to sing,
And secrets your heart always kept,
Have not been exploited yet

Trust yourself, my dear
Your soul shines bright and sweet
Your loyalty, complete
Don’t doubt because of fear
Let your might strike down your obstacles
For your gentle heart will remain,
And life a loving, trying game.

So pray, and cry and sing
And be what God meant for you to be
A star in the sky, to guide and to strive
with Hope, Faith, and Love combined

Breathe in the Autumn Air and start again

While life as I knew it was fleeting
Faster faster than ever before
Life like leaves, spin to the ground
Orange and yellow and red with promise; purpose

With my two feet on the ground,
Let me go nowhere but up,
Let me climb into your canopy
And sing with your winged inhabitants

Please embrace me, sun and sky;
Lift me up into life with your branches.
I need your roots in me now
For my feet will be firmly planted

Let me grow