Social Topics

Where I opine on societal issues.

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    WNBA “Pay Gap”

    A’ja Wilson and Kayla McBride, both players in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), are just two of many players that have been making a stink about how “little” they are payed. This topic was raised when JeBron James’ new $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers was made public during the 2018 offseason. Wilson and McBride both think the WNBA’s players deserve more than 20% of the league’s total revenue. As I have pointed out before, the WNBA only made $52.4 million during the 2017-18 season. This number includes ticket sales, television contracts, and possibly the subsidy that the NBA bestows upon them each season in order to…

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    Respect in Relationships

    I saw a clip on YouTube today that featured men hitting women back. Many of the women appeared to be the girlfriends or wives of the men they physically attacked. Now, the video gives little context in most cases so it is mostly unknown why these women thought they should lash out against the men in this way. However, the women did soon regret it as the men, who would take the abuse for a time, would eventually get sick of it and start hitting back. Watching this video I couldn’t help but think about the role respect plays in a relationship, especially a romantic one. Why People Need Respect:…

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    The WNBA isn’t a Viable Business

    The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) was founded on April 24th, 1996. The initial idea of having a women’s professional basketball team wasn’t unsound. The National Basketball Association (NBA) was very popular at the time, so it made sense to make a women’s version. However, 22 years later we can now see that the WNBA never developed into a feasible business. Attendance and Viewership: In 2018 the average attendance for a WNBA game was 6,721, which is an all-time low. When this is compared to the 2018 average attendance of the NBA, which was 17,987 and lead to a record total of over 22 million for the season, we can…

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    Don’t Focus on Race

    Almost every day I see a news article mentioning something about race. I also frequently hear about how a certain actor or actress isn’t the right race for a movie role. Teams in the National Football League are required to interview at least one minority candidate for head coach whenever they are in search of a new one. Only a Native American can dress like Pocahontas or Sitting Bull, if anyone else does this they are guilty of “cultural appropriation.” Politicians talk about getting the black vote and Hispanic votes. When there aren’t enough black actors nominated for awards people send out hashtags such as,  “#oscarssowhite.” All of this focus…

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    Teaching Kids Useful Skills and How to Work

    There seems to be the idea that in order to spend quality time with their children, parents need to partake in their kids’ favorite activities. Whether it be video games, basketball, going to museums, horseback riding, watching Dude Perfect on YouTube, etc. parents are expected to join in despite the possibility they themselves do not enjoy the activity. This theory isn’t false but it also isn’t the only, or always the best, way to get quality time with one’s children. Kids also need to be able to work when there is work that needs doing and not be afraid of putting effort into something they may not want to do.…

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    A Case for Questioning Vaccines

    Whether or not a parent should be taking their kids in for vaccinations can be a hot-button topic these days. Many people feel very strongly one way or the other. The majority of folks are on the pro-vaccination side of the debate, however. Since I am typically one that roots for the underdog, I will attempt to lay out some sound reasoning as to why parents should think twice before sending their kids to get “immunized”. This is an effort to spread awareness and encourage parents to educate themselves on this subject. I am not trying to convince parents not to vaccinate their children. The pharmaceutical industry claims that their…

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    Redefining Productivity

    Productivity is usually defined by how much you get done in a certain amount of time, the difficulty of the tasks completed, or the measure of the tasks finished. This leads to many people, myself included, trying to get many things done in a day so that they can feel their day was well-used. Those who sit on their front steps and watch the world go by, go for a stroll, play some video games, spend time reading, etc. may not get as many tasks finished in a day, but were they truly “less productive?” If a person gets five individual projects done in a day and then plays a…

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    Local Community or Foreign Missions?

    I am not currently a member of a church, nor do I wish to be at this time. However, I am regularly attending a church in my area. This church I attend puts an emphatic emphasis on missions…especially foreign missions. This leads me to wonder if we sometimes place so much emphasis on spreading the Gospel around the world that we forget to do it in our own backyards. We are a nation largely founded by Christian men and women, but I don’t think we can call ourselves a Christian nation. With abortion being legal, pornography running rampant, the breakdown of the family unit, and the embracing of the idea…

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    Seeing People For Who They Are

    I just spent a few moments watching my youngest son, who is two years old. He was hanging from the piano and trying to pull himself up to reach the tape measure I had placed there. As I was observing him I couldn’t help but smile and consider how blessed parents are. Here I was watching my son, so full of unhidden pleasure and happiness. It led me to think about how we often-times fail to really look at people and see who they are. When we are around other people I think we tend to mix up who that person is, with their actions. Now, actions can be a…

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    What is Your Worldview?

    It is my opinion that everyone has a worldview, a system of beliefs through which they see and process the world. Religion of some kind is probably the most popular lens to see the world through, but philosophy is also a common tool. My worldview is a Christian one, it is the soil which I root my knowledge of right and wrong in. It is where I find guidance at certain crossroads in life and the way through which I try to better myself. Whenever I read a news article, learn something new about someone, meet someone new, hear a song on the radio, watch a movie, experience challenges as…