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Feraco
    Myth to Science Fiction
            6 September 2011
Mankind is incapable of permanent satisfaction; he needs
frontiers to conquer and problems to grapple with.
 Mankind is never truly satisfied. Even after major
  goals are accomplished, people tend to want more. A
  lot of people really want to win the lottery because
  they want to become millionaires, but those who do
  win are often still unsatisfied. Some want an even
  nicer house; others just want something to do.
  Perhaps winning the lottery is a superficial example
  because not much effort was put into earning the
  money, but the effects are still the same. As for
  myself, I never seem to be satisfied for long. I relish
  the satisfaction I gain from accomplishing certain
  long pursued goals, but the satisfaction is very
  transitory. As soon as something else catches my eye,
  I attain a new goal, and the satisfaction from the
  previous goal suddenly diminishes. I also know that I
  could not be satisfied if I had nothing else to aim for.
  Games are that way for me. I need something to aim
  for in a game, something that is within reach, but not
  easy to attain. This carries out into the way I live life.
  I try not to set goals that are too high for me, but I do
  not set goals that are too easily accomplished either.
Skepticism is more valuable than certainty.
 Without skepticism, mankind would not be where are
  today. Throughout history, people have invented new
  ideas, and many others have refuted them after
  disbelief. This is particularly evident in science. A
  long time ago, people did not believe that the world is
  round. As they sailed out to sea, they believed that
  they would fall off. But after much arguing, more
  research was conducted, and humans eventually
  figured out that yes, the world is indeed round. Later,
  there were different models of planets and space.
  Most believed that planets and the sun revolve around
  Earth. But one person suggested that all the planets
  revolve around the sun. At first, no one believed him,
  and he was in much trouble for proposing such a
  preposterous idea. This sparked a lot of research into
  the matter, and we now know that this man is actually
  correct. If everyone just simply believed him at first,
  without any skepticism, people would be able to say
  anything and have it accepted by mankind. This would
  lead to a lot of false information, and a slow process
  of improving.
Family is convenient, but ultimately unnecessary.
 I treasure my relationships with friends and
  family more than I do anything else. While
  there were times when I felt disconnected
  from the rest of my family, my bonds with
  my relatives quickly reestablish themselves
  in my life, assuring me that I have a place
  where I belong. As a high school student, I
  have struggled to balance my social and
  academic lives. At times when I felt
  completely overwhelmed with homework
  and stayed up late at night to finish my
  assignments, my parents would awaken and
  check to see if I would sleep soon. Perhaps
  my typing was loud, or perhaps my music
  was loud. Nonetheless, the simple gesture
  would always encourage me to quicken my
  pace in hopes of letting my parents finally
  return to bed at ease.
The more we learn and the older we get, the
harder it becomes to remain true to ourselves.
 As a child who was slightly more
  intelligent than others, I had always
  seen myself as superior to my peers. I
  was essentially Siddhartha. As time
  passed, however, the people I once
  looked down on became more
  amazing, more intelligent, more well-
  rounded. And I became more
  ordinary. Still, I am content with who
  I am now. I am no longer foolishly
  looking down on others, and I am no
  longer burdened by those feelings
  either.
At some fundamental level, our parents will never
understand us, and we can never understand them.
   When my dad was my age I know for a fact he was smoking
    cigarettes and drinking illegally. I know that he was no longer
    concerned about school and more concerned about getting
    himself away from home. School was something he was only
    doing to get it over with. His grades weren’t ever higher than
    they needed to be. He really didn’t have a lot of expectations to
    live up to. I’m held to very different standards. I’m not only
    expected to pass my classes, but I’m expected to pass with
    something higher than a C. If my parents ever thought I was
    sneaking out or doing things that they do not allow me to do,
    I’m pretty sure they might kill me. My dad was this
    irresponsible hoodlum and I’m expected to be an angel. I don’t
    by any means want to be sneaking out or going out and being
    some teenage alcoholic, but I sometimes feel like it’s unfair
    how high the standards they hold for me are. Many times I’ve
    come home late from [something else] and have been
    reprimanded for going straight to homework instead of doing
    the dishes. They openly admit I have way more work than they
    ever had, but yet they are shocked when I take school to be
    more important than the dishes. There are some times when I
    understand why this may upset my parents, but I can’t help but
    be a frustrated teenager when it comes to getting in trouble.
    They don’t live the life I live now, nor do they know what it is
    like to be a teenager in this era. I also don’t know what it’s like
    to be turning forty. We aren’t ever going to completely
    understand how the other person thinks, but we can definatly
    try to communicate and learn from each other about one
    another’s lives.

				
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