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    I'm a student with a lifelong passion for human rights. This isn't because I feel some subliminal duty to sacrifice myself or others, but rather out of a profoundly selfish desire to make this world a little better for myself, and at some point I realized that to achieve that, it wouldn't be enough to just fulfill my needs, but to assure and protect the fundamental rights and liberties promised to us by our constitution. I am a strong believer that "injustice anywhere threatens justice everywhere" and I am devoted to doing what I can to put an end to the exploitation of individuals who have a burning passion for this life. I was born in Colombia, but do not consider myself a Colombian. I am an American, despite the fact that the society I grew up in has never granted me that title. I am... an Undocumented Citizen, speaking out against injustice and undaunted by tyranny.
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    Authors: Ayn Rand, Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, John Perkins.<br /><br />Movies: V for Vendetta, The Fountainhead, What Dreams May Come, Fur, Under the Same Moon<br /><br />Hobbies: Writing, Swimming, Running, Graphic Design<br /><br />Academic Interest: International Relations, Aerospace Engineering, Philosophy, Queer Theory, Neurology<br /><br />Two favorite classes of grade school: AP American History, AP Calculus.<br /><br />Social Activism: Putting an end to genocide, Immigration reform, Student rights, LGBT Rights.
  1. The first time I came accross Objectivism, it was the summer after 6th grade. I walked into a bookstore at the local mall, disappointed that most books had lost their ability to inspire me and engage me on a truly profound level. When I picked up "Atlas Shrugged", I casually flipped open to the page where Eddie Willers stared at the tree struck by lightning. I remember feeling a resemblance between the way I had long felt about life, and the way Eddie felt when he saw that tree. Something in me had, for so so long, held the belief that life was something that could be so spectacular in every l
  2. Where have you been?

  3. My, I am definitely shocked! I think this is the first time in years that I have recieved any positive feedback for one of my posts on this site. Its alright though, because I post for the criticism and I appreciate people's brutal honesty. -J.
  4. Importance of Intellectual Freedom Prominent Greek philosopher, Socrates once said, “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” It is essential for one to note the significance of these words, for it was this man that was first historically noted for defending the intellectual freedoms of mankind. This priceless ideal, encompassing not only the rights to knowledge, expression, and individual outlook, ultimately represents the inalienable human privilege to free will. As rational beings, to be deprived of this intrinsic premise is to be robbed of one’s means to both persev
  5. Here I was under the impression that Objectivists believed in holding life as the utmost ideal and value. Apparently its suddenly OK for us to take away someone's life because of a wrongful action. Whatever your beliefs or principles may be, mine still hold that Life is much too precious to be taken away from any individual, regardless of the fault -it is the only security we can hold to in survival amongst others of our own kind (other human beings). -J.
  6. This is one comment I submitted which I believe is really important for you to see in order to understand my position: "It could have been any one of us. They should be deported. Period. Screw them." -Anon1 | Jan 5, 2007 >>>When I first saw the Advocate News Special on the Logo Network, this was one of the first thoughts within my head. I began thinking: "If it has happened to Paul, it can also happen to me, and since I am still a minor(17) I am only in greater risk of being harmed by any random hateful, ignorant person." From thinking this, and from hearing the story about wh
  7. Should a man that has committed murder be hated forever? How does one confront this type of situation ethically and objectively? Before you respond to this thread, and if you have the time, I ask that you please watch parts 4 and 5 of an Advocate News Special from the hyperlink below: http://www.logoonline.com/shows/dyn/advoca..._4/videos.jhtml Another good, informative article on the matter is: http://www.towleroad.com/2007/01/mother_fe...omment-27385058 This link, has a discussion board on the bottom on which I have expressed the majority of my views on the fate of Paul Br
  8. "La Vita é Bella" -J My sister is the most beautiful woman in the whole world! Now, I know what you’re probably thinking (cough) incest… but don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean that she sets a room on fire with tousled hair and luscious curves. I mean to say that she lights it up… unlike any person I have ever known, she is the pure radiance in my surroundings who perpetually fills my life within unwarranted beauty… and hope. Each day she shocks me with realizations of profound meaning that have gradually molded me into what I am, and that, if applied, could possibly help to better us all. B
  9. I don't know if this should be a new topic, but I'm wondering how assertive an individual should be when it comes to sexual desires towards people one has just met or hasn't known very long. In The Fountainhead, Dominique and Howard only saw each other a few times before they literally ravaged one another, without ever sharing even a single real conversation. So that doesn't exactly help. In all other aspects of my life, I am an extremely assertive individual, but when it comes to sexual pursuits, suddenly I kind of just give up on myself, not exactly out of insecurity, but rather out of th
  10. Well, I suppose this matter has nearly been debated to its bitter end, but I guess its just disappointing for me that after all the years I've been aware of my homosexuality, and all the years it has taken me to accept it, it still hurts when my father turns to me and calls me "psychologically flawed" and threatens that I either change my way of life or otherwise be rejected entirely by him. This can pose a problem, considering that I am 17 and will have to remain at home for another year. He's already saying that if I don't change, then I can just forget about any support in paying for my co
  11. *A man walks into a restaurant alone. It is late on a Thursday night. The man is young -early twenties. There are three waiters attending the left wing of the restaurant: one male, two females. All three are not far from his own age. W: How many will it be? -Just me, for the time being. W: Follow me, Sir. *They amble slowly through some empty isles, weaving through white upholstered seats to the left wing of the restaurant. A few people are already there: one man sips his coffee as he stares lovingly at his wife who gaily savours a slice of chocolate cake. Another family of four co
  12. You know I just like sharing all my speeches with you guys: Break The Silence “I remember: it happened yesterday, or eternities ago. A boy is turning to me. “Tell me,” he asks, “what have you done with my future, what have you done with your life?” And I tell him that I have tried. I explain to him how naïve we were, that the world did know and remained silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever, wherever human beings endure suffering. We must take sides. Sometimes, we must interfere. Wherever men and women are persecuted, that place must – at that moment – become
  13. "Acceptable" is completely the wrong word, I agree, but as I stated in parentheses, it just makes sense. What makes sense? Well, not zoosexuality of course, because its already been made clear that there isn't any current genetic proof of such a condition or "inclination" in people. Yet as a paraphilia (fetish), if there is such a thing out there as people being aroused by popping balloons, lack of oxygen, and candle-wax burns, why shouldn't there be someone who is aroused by particular animals. The fact that it makes sense that these exceptions should exist in the world doesn't make it right,
  14. Exactly! I said that: See, the good thing about this argument is that we try everything we can to not be closed-minded or prejudiced without really understanding the situation. The matter isn't whether it is gross, bizarre, or sick. That always depends on each individual's perception and their upringing. The point is that there are people out there that live under all these conditions and this DISCUSSION is really just to find some sort of way to cope with that knowledge in everyday life. How should those people be seen? Treated? Helped? But most importantly, Why? I agree. T
  15. I've always come here whenever I have a very important philosophical issue of this magnitude, so I'm hoping I could get your rational intellectual input on the current matter. All of it started on an online forum that my school's literary club put together called the Creative Society. It mostly to post any type of literature and get a detailed critique about it. On the other hand, its become this huge social center with more that a hundred members now, where a bunch of teens (generally) go to express their views on various issues. We have debates and all sorts of arguments on everything tha
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