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Gordon Gekko: The richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It’s bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you’re not naive enough to think we’re living in a democracy, are you buddy? It’s the free market. And you’re a part of it. You’ve got that killer instinct. Stick around pal, I’ve still got a lot to teach you.
-Gordon Gecko

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QOD/ Rampant Depression Among Teenagers PT 2

Dear Readers,

Firstly the QOD: “Popularity is a state of being”- me.  This quote I’ll be explaining in today’s “depression causes”.  Today the cause of depression that teens face is balance.  Balance between everything, let’s look at the things teens have to balance:

  • School: This is a big one, but not the biggest; the truth of the matter is like some other teens, I don’t necessarily need a degree, or a diploma.  Let’s say for some reason tomorrow I got kicked out of highschool I would be fine why?  Well here’s the plan—–> Get a job at Exxon/Mcdonalds minimum wage work really hard—–>Get enough money for  a plane ticket, for me this would probably be to india for their extreme empathy—-> become a buddhist, become a buddhist guru—-> make money from people wanting to consult with me—–> invest—-> use money to start a company, become millionaire—-> use reputation to go to harvard business extension school—–> “Look at me, I’m Gordon Gecko”.  My point with this ludicrous story is that you can achieve your dreams from any position in life.  Sorry to any enlightened ones I offended.
  • Work:Believe it or not a majority of teens work, whether its at a bagel shop, or you own one of the largest specialized e-commerce sites in the western hemisphere, the point is they work.  This can really put a strain on you: I personally failed two classes while stressing out over finding investors to invest in a 14-16 year old.  Other kids can’t study for a history test because they have work from 9-5.
  • Sports: This is also a biggie, during wrestling season I have practice from 3-6 6 days a week in addition to matches, lifting and running.  This is absolutely ridiculous, firstly the physical strain harms us, and put’s a big strain on us.  (Yes working out is good for business productivity, but too much is adversary to your goals.)
  • Social life:This is a biggie, firstly let’s start with the classics, going to the movies hanging out after school, talking in class.  Your spending at least 2 hours a day, 7 days a week on this stuff.  It’s ridiculous to think how much time we use on social interactions.  Now let’s add in the phone, and computer, well this is a whole nother category isn’t it?
  • Technology/Media Consumption: Right now our media consumption is higher than it’s ever been in history.  In fact, (and sorry I have no source to cite, but I remember this) we consume more media in one day than people in the 16th century or so did in their entire lives.  Our phones are constantly going off, we have to check our flipboards, our instagrams, facebook, twitter, ask.fm, formspring, google +, and whatever other networks we happen to be on, this is non-stop and a priority.

So here’s a tip to parents, when your teenagers busy, or lazy or tired, don’t assume they don’t work hard, assume they don’t work smart.

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QOD/Rampant Depression Among Teenagers Pt 1

“Men do not die from overwork. They die from dissipation and worry.”-
Charles Evans Hughes

Dear Readers,

In recent years it has become evident that a major role of the school system is now suicide prevention.  This is evident through the development of the lifelines program, the training of school counselors, and the development of anti-bullying laws.    Why are teens like this now?  What causes it?  Today I will reveal some of these causes taken from talking to friends who were depressed,  or even were on the brink of suicide.  I will also avoid some of the normal dogma, since this will be first hand experience only, however recounting only my firsthand experience is tricky, because it also limits the causes to a small, suburban rich area (I live in one of the top 15 richest counties).  This will be in an short article series with an article per day Let’s get started:

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Strung Out: This generally happens with students in honors classes or student-athletes.  My Personal experience: There I was, 3am and still working on homework, maintaining positivity, when I get a call from my friend.  Let’s call her “Hannah”, she calls me crying because she’s to strung out on everything, school, her boyfriend, extracurricular activities.  If you want you can skip this next part in all causes this is how I solved the problem, will be interesting but useless to most.

I told her to calm down, and that crying has never gotten anyone anywhere.  Next I asked her “Why are you doing this to yourself?”.  She was astonished, she said I don’t know, 2 hours later we came to the conclusion that tomorrow she would have to drop something.  Unfortunately for me, this “thing” happened to be her boyfriend, a good friend of mine at the time.

~Think More, Be More~

~Mark~

 

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