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  1. Choosing Freedom

    by , February 28th, 2017 at 05:09 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    This is a short essay I wrote on a whim. I hope it's not too vague.

    The Existentialists say that existence comes before essence, that we have the freedom to create who we are through our actions. They also note how our actions define not just ourselves, but anyone we interact with. The basis of our existence is as such to be as free as possible while allowing others that very same thing. But freedom is ever under siege. It is not something we are guaranteed, but something we must
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  2. Critiquing or Criticizing

    by , February 23rd, 2017 at 05:10 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    Right now I'm in a creative writing class. I decided that I ought to take it just because I wanted the experience, wanted to get an idea for what it was that editors would like to see and what they might cringe at. I didn't go in expecting it to be the answer to all my problems (and no one should, there is no golden medicine to save all our souls instantly). That being said, I was also hoping that the people would be respectable in their critiques.

    I want to preface this with the fact ...

    Updated February 23rd, 2017 at 06:34 PM by Greyson

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  3. Why Do We Suffer At Our Own Hands?

    by , February 16th, 2017 at 04:44 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    I canít seem to pinpoint where the voices come from. Clearly, there is much to finding them, I am not alone in this struggle. To feel self-doubt is to be human, to worry youíre alone or stupid, lost or even unlovable. Yet, just because these are human does not make them right or true. After all, we are all the same, yet we are all different. I might fear isolation, yet I still push myself towards it. What for, you might ask. For the same reasons we all fear parts of ourselves. Because we think ďonly ...

    Updated February 17th, 2017 at 09:07 PM by Greyson

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  4. What Kind of Writer Are You, Anyway?

    by , February 11th, 2017 at 05:17 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    Iím having a not-so-unique crisis in regards to writing lately that can be broken down into two issues. Not to get all analytical in this, but they look a little something like this: 1. In trying to write every day itís transforming into almost a chore and 2. I canít tell if I ought to be writing fiction or if Iím better off in the world of academia.

    I think the second one is way easier to look at for me mostly because Iíve struggled with it for years. As students in the public schooling ...
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  5. Returning

    by , December 11th, 2016 at 01:59 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    I wanted to start this off by saying something about how I'm very glad to be back and apologize for having disappeared, as honestly I am both of those things. But instead, I think that I'll spend this time explaining what sent me back.

    I made a blog in these past few months for a class I'm in right now and I've been posting there what I can make while also studying, reading, and writing for classes. It was a personal blog dedicated to forcing me to post WIPs and just get some people ...
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  6. What is the function of Humans?

    by , September 25th, 2016 at 09:30 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    [I would like to start by saying that while I arrive at a conclusion here, it is by no means the end-all be-all. If you have anything you would like to add, please feel free to speak up. I would love to get some new perspectives on this, I just ask that you be respectful/tactful in your approach. If you require clarification on anything said, let me know, I would be glad to explain further. ]
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    Updated September 26th, 2016 at 12:32 AM by Greyson

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  7. The Metal in our Souls

    by , September 19th, 2016 at 03:49 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    Is it possible that all of us hold, within our souls or minds, an end that we are destined or born to take? I do not mean that we are inevitably forced down a single path, or that we are without free will and sentenced to a certain end, but rather that there are certain activities we have greater dispositions of power and will towards, activities that we are naturally inclined to do and naturally better at. We are not forced to pursue these things, whether they be sport or editing or whatever, but ...

    Updated September 26th, 2016 at 06:03 AM by Greyson

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  8. Isn't this...where we came in?

    by , September 11th, 2016 at 05:17 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    Life has a funny way of reminding you about the past even while youíre trying to live in the present. The other day, a friend and I set out to go to a political rally -- I was actually helping him with some work for his respective party. The drive ahead was about a two hour endeavor, so beforehand I had been thinking about what music to listen to on the way down, a decision that holds no small gravity to me.

    Scrolling through the myriad disjointed songs I glued together into a mismatched ...

    Updated September 12th, 2016 at 04:27 PM by Greyson

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  9. Re: The Meaning of Life

    by , August 18th, 2016 at 10:48 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    [So I was originally going to respond with this on kaminoshiyo's blog entry The Meaning of Life, but I ended up writing a bit too much to justify posting as just a comment. So out of respect and as a means to not hijack his thread, I have created this one here as a means of response and a place to air my thoughts from that post. I would recommend reading kaminoshiyo's blog first (linked earlier) to ensure that you are seeing the whole discussion and so that this does not seem like random blathering. ...

    Updated August 19th, 2016 at 02:22 AM by Greyson

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  10. The balance of things

    by , August 11th, 2016 at 06:35 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    I'm not sure if any of you have noticed this, but I have a pretty deep fascination with Taoism and the Tao de Ching (I mention it like this because my signature is an excerpt from the book). Anyway, I've been thinking recently -- oh god I know what a horrible thing to do! -- and I have been contemplating the idea of balance. Now, for those of you who might be unfamiliar with the Tao de Ching, it is an ancient Chinese philosophical/religious text that was meant to instruct its readers on how to live ...

    Updated August 11th, 2016 at 12:11 PM by Greyson

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  11. Learning to be Social

    I've been told all my life that living only truly starts when you leave your comfort zone. A terrifying prospect, for sure, but I have held it near to my heart for a long time and I think that there is some veracity to the statement. It doesn't call for you to jump off a cliff or swim with sharks (two things that absolutely terrify me by the way). Instead, it merely asks that you attempt to expand that bubble we all have, inch by inch, to get to a more full you. Right now, I'm in Virginia expanding ...

    Updated July 29th, 2016 at 05:00 AM by Greyson

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  12. In Praise of Clocks

    [I was bored at work and the ticking of a clock behind my head started to give me a migraine, so I thought I should thank it for all it's done for me in my life and yours.]

    What sweeter sound is there in this world than dry, rasping knock of an analog clock? The seconds, minutes, and hours pittering by, all in the friendly reminder to us that there is no slowing in our countdown. At a glance, we can discern just how much of our day we have missed, wasted, or enjoyed. And how could
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  13. My Slow Descent to becoming a pretentious movie critic

    I just watched a movie on Netflix that I cannot even begin to understand how it was a thing. I cannot fathom why anyone thought that this particular movie was good. But apparently, against all odds, people came together and agreed that the steaming pile of excrement that was this movie was actually good. But let me rewind for a second.

    I was bored and tired and in the mood to just sit back and watch a movie. I had been watching Wes Anderson films for the past few days, but I tend to ...

    Updated July 12th, 2016 at 01:42 AM by Greyson

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  14. A rather inspiring list for leaders

    So, back to the ol' grind at my internship again. Been going in feeling much better lately.

    I was sitting at my desk, clopping away at the keyboard to make up a quick questionnaire my boss had asked for when he sent me an email.
    "Look through that, see if there's anything important in there we might need to save for the future," he said off-offhandedly. See, my position right now is to sift through the history of this place and compile a book on it that gives the brief ...
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  15. Writing at Work

    I have an internship this summer. Now before you get all excited and congratulate me on my progress into adulthood, let me just say that this is not exciting for me. I won't go into details on where I work or what I do, I think it is sufficient to say that neither suit me.

    I find myself waking up Tuesdays through Thursdays, putting on one of my button-up shirts, and commuting with the droves of people who do this every day of their lives. I thank whatever god may exist -- I don't discriminate ...

    Updated July 5th, 2016 at 05:40 PM by Greyson

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  16. Overcoming Writer's block

    Not a whole bunch to say in this post, I think the title really says it all ultimately. I recently went through a rather large block on my creative and motivational ability to write anything at all. To say it was frustrating is an understatement. Don't get me wrong, I've experienced writer's block before, it's something that comes with being in school and having to write paper after paper; eventually the trivial nature of school bogs you down and you lose all will to persevere. However, I've never ...
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  17. For What Cause Should Man Be Moral? (Moral Philosophy)

    --So this was a short response I wrote up in regards to the Myth of Gyge's Ring (I would suggest you read that story before this if you have not, or I fear much of the meaning will be lost upon you). I wanted to sort out some of my ideas and opinions of Ethics and Morality, and I think this helped a lot as, some astute readers might notice, I reference a lot of Existential thinkers along with Epicurean themes throughout, which turn out to be very closely related to my philisophical opinions and ...

    Updated April 8th, 2016 at 03:32 AM by Greyson

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  18. Editing (I'm awful at it)

    by , March 31st, 2016 at 10:50 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    So tonight, I have to run a program for my building (for some context, I am a Resident Advisor at my school. I hate it but it pays the tab I keep running up at the local bookstore.) Anyway, the program itself is about editing, and I, the English wiz that people believe I am, have volunteered myself for an hour to look at resident's papers and edit them. Only problem is, I am easily one of the worst editors I know.

    Remember back to my post just before this one, where I was angry about ...
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  19. Getting Published (where's my input)

    by , March 27th, 2016 at 06:55 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    So I got published in a paper today (yay, fake celebration) at my university (suddenly less exciting) and I hated it (oh). I know that a lot of times people will say that artists or people of my personality (INFP if you're wondering) can't take criticism on their work. In many ways, this is completely true for me. If someone makes changes or suggests them to me without consulting me, or handing me an explanation as to what brought them to that conclusion, I resent them for it. Because I feel like ...
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  20. Coping with Loss (when there is no land to lay upon)

    by , March 25th, 2016 at 07:54 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    Last night, a girl I have known for almost my entire life passed away. It came suddenly, and I had no idea it happened until this morning when I awoke to an email sent to friends and family, notifying us of what happened.
    Iím sure many people would assume immediately that I would be devastatedĖ I mean a childhood friend just passed out of my life forever, I will never see her again and thereís nothing I can do about it Ė but frankly I donít know what I am. Thereís this part of me, the part ...

    Updated March 25th, 2016 at 08:33 PM by Greyson

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  21. Happy Birthday

    by , March 22nd, 2016 at 08:57 PM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    Have you ever noticed how, as the years pass on, your birthday just becomes another day? There's nothing exciting or special about it (generally starting sometime around the age of sixteen I feel) and you start to become more conscious of the fact that life is passing and really, while it is pretty cool that you're alive, there's not much more to celebrate.

    Today, over 150 people were exposed to an explosion that killed more than 30 and left hundreds injured. Not a month before this, ...
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  22. Motivation (where did you go?)

    by , March 21st, 2016 at 03:38 AM (Stillborn Thoughts)
    Motivation is a hard thing to come by. A lot of us take it for granted, somehow finding a steady flame which burns as bright no matter the task before it, no matter the fuel which is thrown into it.

    Others, like me, seem to have not been so blessed. As I sit here now, knowing that an empty page sits in my other tab, knowing that it has to somehow transform into a paper on a topic which I could not care less about, I wonder where my flame is, and what has extinguished the one I took ...
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