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    I chose Romeo’s line in Act V, Scene 3, Lines 111-120 of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  I chose this dialogue because it was part of a very powerful moment in the play when Romeo dies with the presumed to be d

    Breathe Life into Shakespeare

    I chose Romeo's line in Act V, Scene 3, Lines 111-120 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  I chose this dialogue because it was part of a very powerful moment in the play when Romeo dies with the presumed to be...

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    Iago 3.3.368-378

    I will leave this handkerchief in Cassio’s house

    And let him find it.  To a suspicious man

    This will act as solid evidence.

    And will do something.

    The Moor is already falling for my

    Othello Close Reading Analysis

    Iago 3.3.368-378 I will leave this handkerchief in Cassio's house And let him find it.  To a suspicious man This will act as solid evidence. And will do something. The Moor is already falling for my plan Ideas can be poisonous At first they aren’t bad But...

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    In an article by Robert L. FitzPatrick, the president of the Pyramid Scheme Alert and co-author of  False Profits: Seeking Financial and Spiritual Deliverance in Multi-level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes, he

    The Lies of Multi Level Marketing

    In an article by Robert L. FitzPatrick, the president of the Pyramid Scheme Alert and co-author of  False Profits: Seeking Financial and Spiritual Deliverance in Multi-level Marketing and Pyramid Schemes, he offers some insight into the lies that multilevel...

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    This article by Stacie Bosley and Kim McKeage examines the diffusion of multilevel marketing and the risk of pyramid scheme activity.  This article closely examines the case of Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing in

    How Multi Level Marketing Has Failed in the Past

    This article by Stacie Bosley and Kim McKeage examines the diffusion of multilevel marketing and the risk of pyramid scheme activity.  This article closely examines the case of Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing in Montana, a trade company that was notoriously...

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    • Maxwell,
      I think you do a nice job here of exploring the ethical and economic issues involved with multi-level marketing, with substantial evidence to back up your claims. My question to you is, what should be done about these corporations who operate either with a “pyramidesque” platform, or simply blatantly use a pyramid scheme to recruit investors? One of the issues with these companies is that it can be exceptionally difficult to discern a pyramid-based company from one that isn’t. Many of these companies, for example, advertise their businesses as a simple, obvious way to get rich quickly. While those types of statements would generally raise red flags for most people, these companies still seem to suck people in who end up suffering the consequences. What regulations do you propose should be placed on these companies, specifically their advertising?

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    I came across a very informative source while browsing the Gale database.  This link should lead to my annotations I made while reading this article via hypothes.is. This source gives an in depth look at the

    The Ponzi Scheme and its Connection to Modern Day Business

    I came across a very informative source while browsing the Gale database.  This link should lead to my annotations I made while reading this article via hypothes.is. This source gives an in depth look at the original Ponzi scheme...

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    In business, there exists a competitive craving to be smarter, faster, and bigger than everyone else. This urge stems from the initial experience of success that has the ability to intoxicate people. If success

    Multi-Level Marketing and its Uncanny Resemblance to the Pyramid Scheme

    In business, there exists a competitive craving to be smarter, faster, and bigger than everyone else. This urge stems from the initial experience of success that has the ability to intoxicate people. If success isn’t approached with correct moral...

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    Assisted suicide is a very controversial topic in the viewpoints of many.  Before I get into this topic, I want to clarify that this is an end of life treatment that is available in some states for terminally ill

    Do We Have the Right to Die?

    Assisted suicide is a very controversial topic in the viewpoints of many.  Before I get into this topic, I want to clarify that this is an end of life treatment that is available in some states for terminally ill...

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    • Max, this is a very interesting topic. My parents are doctors themselves, and they reference the Hippocratic Oath which all doctors make, which prohibits them from being involved in ending a life. You might find this article helpful: https://www.thehastingscenter.org/briefingbook/physician-assisted-death/ .

    • Maxwell, I found that your article on assisted suicide was very interesting and I am glad that you brought this subject to light. Though it is an uncomfortable subject to talk about, it is necessary to discuss as it happens on a daily basis. I also learned new information as you explained that it was not technically a treatment but instead “offered my medical doctors to alleviate suffering and pain”. I found a site online that goes into further detail about this subject, in case you wanted to continue your research. Thank you for sharing this information and I look forward to what you have to say about this issue in the future.

      http://www.assistedsuicide.org/

    • Maxwell,
      I think this is a very interesting topic, especially right now with our current medical care system and the rights we have at this time. I don’t think about this a lot unless it finds it way into mainstream media, the occasional news story or arc on a TV show, but bottom line it’s not often something I think about. I think that this article is interesting, It offers a few facts on State legislation if you’re interested in looking at it.

      My Right to Die

    • Max,
      This post is provides a thoughtful analysis on death, pain, and alleviating suffering. The concept of having the right to essentially kill yourself is a new concept for me, especially with regards to having pharmacists give you a lethal dose to take. I feel that this may carry controversy in the medical field, but this concept should be looked into more. Here you go, you might find this interesting. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2949364/

      -Thomas

    • Max,
      This is a very big issue, I personally agree that Death with dignity should be legal in all the states.If someone is terminally ill and is still of sound mind, why should they be made to suffer for the rest of their time on Earth? They should have the right to go out how they want to.

    • Maxwell,
      You provide a good analysis and valid opinion on assisted suicide, but I think there are more factors of it that need to be addressed. The first is medical expenses. Even when an illness is terminal, there are some people who can live comfortably for part of the remainder of their lives, and I feel that expenses to their family would want them to end their own life as to not feel selfish. This is a bit of an ethical dilemma, as if assisted suicide becomes widely legal, there would definitely be some cases where terminally ill patients would want to end their lives but would not want to if money were no object. This could also create conflicts of interest as companies in pharmacy and medicine would be losing some of the money they could potentially make off of terminally ill patients, and while they obviously would never admit to wanting that money, they could still argue against legalizing assisted suicide. The entire practice is just a horrible mess of ethics because of how complicated and connected the modern world is. I ultimately believe a truly terminally ill patient has the right to a peaceful death on their own terms, but making it happen fully on their terms and their terms alone may be nearly impossible without a lot of legislation and regulation.

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    The bustling flood of technology that has poured into our world has brought a whole new menagerie of complexities and simplicities to our everyday lives.  In recent years society has become infatuated and c

    Is Technology Advancing Us Towards Mental Inertia?

      The bustling flood of technology that has poured into our world has brought a whole new menagerie of complexities and simplicities to our everyday lives.  In recent years society has become infatuated and consumed in the market of mobile...

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    • Dear Maxwell:

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ” The heavy reliance on technology exhibited by people suggests that smartphones are becoming our ‘second brains’, replacing our original thought process with white noise.” I think this is unsettling, because it dissolves our sense of autonomy from technology. I wonder what that “white noise” is made of. Perhaps having room not to think about some things can make room to think critically about different things.

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    It seems strange to question this social norm we as human beings have conformed to for the majority of history.  However, I always do wonder if it is biologically natural for humans to be monogamous, that is, to

    Is Monogamy Natural for Humans?

    It seems strange to question this social norm we as human beings have conformed to for the majority of history.  However, I always do wonder if it is biologically natural for humans to be monogamous, that is, to be...

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    Emotions are very weird and to be quite frank, terrifying.  Emotions for another human being cause so many issues associated with pain, distrust, and anger.  So why do we as humans even bother caring for one a

    How the Brain Craves Sadness

    Emotions are very weird and to be quite frank, terrifying.  Emotions for another human being cause so many issues associated with pain, distrust, and anger.  So why do we as humans even bother caring for one another if it...

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    • This was very interesting to read. I agree with what you’re saying, about how the human brain almost likes being sad. On social media lately, I have seen so many tweets or posts about being sad or how being happy is lame. I feel like being sad is comforting to some people, which is strange to think. Though, it is way easier to be sad than happy. I wonder if our generation is the first to experience the “coolness of being sad,” or if it something everyone feels. I really enjoyed your piece, and the questions you have raised.
      Jessica

    • Max, this is such an intriguing topic and discovery, and this makes me want to learn more about it! I would have never guessed this phenomenon before reading this, but now it makes so much sense. The science behind it is both contradictory to what you would conventionally think and also very simple once it’s described. It is incredibly interesting to me that monotony of life causes this all, that not having occasions that are happy be special, they all blend together and cause a human to want what they lack: sadness. The most daunting sentence is this: “This causes humans to unknowingly crave distress.” It seems like it can sneak up on somebody without them knowing, and switch their goal from that of happiness to that of sadness. I would be so interested to hear more about this. Here is a link to an article that evaluates the causes and scientific backgrounds to pain: https://www.nap.edu/read/1542/chapter/4 . Your topic and this could be very much connected and interesting to study! Have a great one!

    • Hi Max
      I really liked your post. It was really interesting how you described it as a craving that humans have for sadness. Many people might contradict your idea because they feel like they don’t like that feeling but I think it is more subconscious. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201403/are-you-addicted-unhappiness?amp was interesting because it describes people who seek out being unhappy for various reasons such as self esteem, self pity, and attention. I hope to hear more about this topic from you in the future.
      Chloe

    • Max, this is very interesting!! I think it is important that you are discussing this topic because in our society we need to better understand this because we can potentially help a lot of people. It will help us to further our knowledge on what causes sadness to stay for long periods of time and how to help people with depression and other emotional and behavioral disorders. I think by identifying why we crave this sort of sadness, we can start to see why our brains don’t produce the chemicals needed to be happy. It is interesting to know that we all sort of crave sadness so that the next time we experience it, we know what it is. However, I feel as if some sadness I experience, I truly never want to have to again. I found this article on the importance of sadness and why we must value it. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/compassion-matters/201507/the-value-sadness) I like you’re article ideas. I hope you continue to research this topic!

    • This was one of the most interesting posts I’ve ever read on youth voices. I think you came up with a very important and interesting questions, and you put in a lot of research to it. I found it very informational and I enjoyed reading it because it is a question I have often asked myself. Here is another article that I think you might find to be compelling https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201403/are-you-addicted-unhappiness

    • Max, this was a very cool topic to write on. The brain is something that is very interesting and so vast. I agree on how the brain is almost looking for something to be sad about. I think it does this because it is so much easier being sad rather than being happy. This idea is looked at as being wrong because people want to be positive, but it is a rude reality that this is true. Here is an article that I think that you would like: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/28/science/the-brain-manages-happiness-and-sadness-in-different-centers.html?pagewanted=all
      Zach.

    • Maxwell! I loved reading on this topic, what an interesting thing to write about! This made me think about personal experiences and relationships that I’ve gone through, and what I want to get out of them. It made me think to myself, do I like being sad? Am I comfortable with it? I feel like sometimes my sadness becomes a part of myself, and I wouldn’t be myself without it. if you’d like to read about how our happiness and sadness use parts of our brain, take a look at this article: http://www.nytimes.com/1995/03/28/science/the-brain-manages-happiness-and-sadness-in-different-centers.html?pagewanted=all

      You’re the best,
      Ronnie

    • Maxwell,

      I agree that some people seem to crave negative emotions, but I wonder if the root cause is more in comfort and familiarity than addiction. I see this kind of comfort in people and opinions. Learning the validity of opinions that might contradict your own should increase happiness and understanding for everyone, but few people find happiness in doing so since it puts them outside of their comfort zones. Something similar is probably at play with at least some of the people who just feel uncomfortable without a negative emotion they’ve become so used to.

    • Max,
      I read the research attached to your post. I have my own theory that may support or alter your view of happiness and unhappiness that the brain seems so inevitably drawn too. When I read your supporting research, I got the impression that the brain wants to feel unhappiness, not for the sake of just having unhappy feelings, but so that the brain can compensate for many unhappy things, to know that there are happier things in life that we can experience. I agree with the uneasy monotony of happiness, that is why I draw the conclusion that we must experience unhappiness to experience happiness. However, then you must start to think of what happiness truly is. Being human requires the fluctuation of emotions that shape who we are as unique individuals. I have been referencing Brave New World lately and feel as though it really connects to the many topics discussed in Youth Voices. The book Brave New World, emphasizes the dystopian conglomerate of human productivity that is an unfortunate result of having a drug that makes everyone’s emotions the same. This point I make about a society forcing the idea of being happy all the time, is not something that is healthy, and at the same time, something that works against human nature. I believe that to be human, we must experience pain and joy, happiness and unhappiness. A source that might help your inquiry about this idea is this: https://www.sanatan.org/en/a/happiness-and-unhappiness.
      Good Post
      -Thomas

    • Maxwell, I enjoyed your opinions very much. I agree with the part that expresses the idea that humans enjoy “crying at a friend’s funeral, or grieving over a breakup.” I think one element that is also involved in this is the attention one receives from expressing their negative emotions. People are much more interested in others sadness than they are happiness because I feel that people get the idea they can get more from a person’s sadness than happiness. When someone else is happy, it is almost as if we feel jealousy, and not happiness for that persons happiness. People crave the attention and secretly enjoy being sad, looking sad, or just overall faking the emotion. One thing to think about: Isn’t there real sadness in pretending to be sad?

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    With recent light of the hurricanes that have hit and ravaged our world in the recent days, it has become apparent that human caused climate change has had an i

    Will natural disasters continue to destroy the world around us?

        Photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video With recent light of the hurricanes that have hit and ravaged our world in the recent days, it has become apparent that human caused climate change has had an influence on the...

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