Being Marist in "The Real World"- Chapter 1

Chapter 1: Marist in America'2018

Dear Reader,

Welcome back! So glad to see that you support me enough to read another piece created by me. It's either that, you were bored, or you were forced to click upon this page. Nevertheless, you picked a good chapter to read.

Now, I'm no stranger to politics. Most people that know me personally are completely aware that when necessary, I get very vocal about my beliefs and opinions. I'm not afraid to speak out when I know what I'm talking about, but this blog won't be dedicated to politics. You get enough politics everyday. Plus, if I were to spend the majority of my free time discussing world issues, my sanity would be nonexistent. However, I don't have to explain to you the condition of the country we live in today. All it takes is one look at the television news, one search on Google, or one good scroll through your timeline on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and you're set to be upset for the rest of the day. There's so much crime, injustice, and hate in the world that it really makes you question "is this the end?" As a Lay Marist, it hurts to look at the news to see so many people suffering. We've been taught the history of the Marist Brothers and how Marcellin fought to change the cruel world by rolling up his sleeves and fixing what he was able to fix. However, it looks very impossible and useless. If the world was going to change for the better, it would have changed already, right?

Wrong. Well, I mean it is right, but it's also wrong. Y'know what, okay. Look, chief! The world changes everyday. If you can count on anything to be inconsistent, it's the world. However, I've been brutally taught that the world does not outwardly go out of it's way to be good or bad for anybody. The world doesn't care who it pleases or who it hurts. It just moves. However, it's true that many people in this country, specifically, make it difficult to see any goodness or kindness. It just seems that everyone and everything around us is evil and there is no way to fix it. But here's something that may sound very cliché but is the honest truth: it starts with you. It starts with one person who's daring enough to be the change they wish to see in the world. It starts with you waking up with the mindset that it's going to be a great day and spreading that charism everywhere you go (I told you it's going to sound cliché). But here's my proof that this is valid:

Ever heard of "The Butterfly Effect"? No, not the Travis Scott song (although, that song slaps for sure!). "The Butterfly Effect" is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state. In human terms, if a butterfly flaps it's wings right now, it can cause a hurricane somewhere else down the line. A tiny change in a big system can change everything. One person can change the world. It's math/science. You gotta trust me!

So it's true. It can start with one person. Just like it took one bad day at elementary school for Marcellin Champagnant to change the world around him, it can take one person waking up deciding to choose LOVE over everything to change the world. Will that person be you? I mean, we could use more than one person, y'know. This country's pretty big.

This is just ONE lesson in bringing Marist into the "real" world. Don't worry. I have plenty more.

Sincerely Yours Sometimes,


PS: SONG OF THE WEEK: J. Cole - Intro

(Every time I post, I will include a song that may or may not correlate with the topic I write about. This is me thanking you for reading my posts by gifting you with good music.)

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