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How do we define life? You know I often ask myself this question because I have too much free time, but, its an interesting question nonetheless. Is life defined by our accomplishments, status, or memories? In addition, what is truly most important to us? During infancy were raised in a society that believes education, hard work, and goals determine success.
Although I personally believe that your attitude determines your latitude, before we reach first grade we learn some of the basic skills that would later become repetitive and excessive. I always wondered why do we learn skills that we will never use in our daily lives; although most professors would disagree I do know a few who would agree.
We often hear the phrase, “ life is short”, which is beyond truth. Where does education come into play? Do we go to class everyday so we have food on our plates in the future? Or out of obligation and pressure, or maybe success and fame? Maybe this is what they call growing up- dreaming less.
Long term, what will we remember most, and how would that have impacted our hearts? Money isn’t buried with our bodies, nor do babies love gold and silver. Ultimate power corrupts and no power is starvation, is it out of fear that gave us a twisted perception of life?
Maybe you honestly love money, and you want to be the person with the bigger stick, but how long will that last?
Just like our bodies, wealth dissolves and time waits for no one. As a community we should reevaluate what is really valuable, and where our time should be spent most. It could be spent twenty hours a day in books, or with our families and loved ones.
This is all theory though; don’t be afraid of my words.
I could write this essay as a scare tactic, but it already seems that most of us already fear the future.
I live in a place where it’s rare to eat with your families, where T.V becomes our friends, and mathematical equations replace our childhood memories.
That’s right, you guessed it, a place called America.
Now, am I telling you to throw away your homework and curse your professors? Not entirely. Remembering what’s most important at the end of the day is my overall message.
Don’t get me wrong; I love power, wealth and fame just like how we are supposed to love it. But I doubt that’s what I will love most on my deathbed.

Jeffry Allen  serendipity@dongguk.edu

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