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From the front of our classroom to the ears of the world: Blogging and podcasting in speech class

Vietnam Rememberance

Speech students visited the Wall that Heals when it came to Charlotte over the Memorial Day weekend. This is a reflection of their experience.

Vietnam speech

I Believe What Goes Around Comes Around

“I Believe”

Lindsay’s Speech

I believe that what goes around comes around. What does that mean? This is a Cliché which happens to mean Karma. Karma, which comes from the root “Kri”, means “To do”. This means that you are the architect of your own destiny and you do what you choose, you build your future and you choose your actions.

You have made and thought out millions of different karmas everyday, and in only one day you create a lot of new karma through your thoughts, words and actions. Sometimes it is positive, sometimes negative but unfortunately, it’s usually negative because you constantly have disturbing thoughts and emotions which not frequently result in anything positive, but in wrongful actions. You may act lovingly towards your family, this is your duty and because you should, and suddenly you will gain love and trust from your relatives and you will become more involved with your family. “If you want love, give unconditional love”.

But you have to think and remember that thoughts and words are also to be considered a part of Karma as well. Everything you do and everything that you say will be apart of karma. To desire is also considered as well. If you have negative emotions such as anger, envy, hatred, jealousy, so we need to remember that each of our physical, emotional, verbal or mental actions have their repercussions and you need to be very aware of these emotions and realize that they may have an affect on others. For example, when I get into trouble for something that I didn’t mean to do and my parents punish me for it and I get really angry about it, I usually take it out on the closes person to me by responding with a negative attitude. These emotions may emerge or affect us everyday. This will also consider if you have negative actions (karmas) such as, lying, stealing, and criticizing, and then there will be terrible consequences for you sooner or later. Whether it is suffering, illnesses, calamities, you will get what you deserve. But needing to be remembered that you generate over 60,000 thoughts a day. So keep in mind that positive thoughts will lead to positive words and actions. This way you will not have to worry about the negative karmas.

I Believe in Commitment…

I Believe in Commitment…

 Shayne’s speech

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” – Art Turock

There are committed individuals all over the world. People are committed to their jobs, families, pets, and anything else they are interested in and they spend lots of their time on. There are doctors that spend hundreds of hours in looking for new cures that will save lives. People are committed to each other and get married to show their commitment.

If people were not committed it would be harder to get better or to figure something out. If a football player was not committed he will never play in college or become professional.

I am a committed individual. I commit myself to school my family, and being a civilized human. I am also committed to something I enjoy very much. I am a pole vaulter. I practice five days a week and on Sundays. I love the feeling of working so hard at something and seeing the results. I have been working really hard during my senior season and just broke my school record and set my new personal best at 14’4”. I will continue to be committed long into college and whatever happens after.

Success comes from commitment. The more you commit to something the better you will be. The more time you spend practicing what ever it is you do the safer and more advanced you will become. So commit to some thing you love and see where it takes you.

Teasing

Josh’s speech

I believe that everyone should be treated with the same respect as everyone else. Anyone should be able to walk anywhere in this world and not be made fun of because they are “different”. When I say someone’s different, I mean there is a physical or mental problem with them. It’s not right to make fun of someone for something that they have no control over. Just because someone thinks differently then you do or talks differently then you do doesn’t give you the right to make fun of them.

Teasing someone because of any reason is never a right thing. It makes the person that has a problem feel even worse about themselves and it makes you look like a jerk. I hate teasing a lot and I wish it would all just stop. Teasing is a huge problem and it makes people do things that they normally would never do.

If you’ve ever been teased, then you know how that feels. You feel empty and you hurt inside. You feel like you’re worth nothing and you start trying to figure out what you did to deserve this. When the teasing gets worse, you just want everything in your life to end.

I have personally been teased in my life and when it happened, I felt really bad about myself. I used to get home and just start crying, trying to let out all the hurt and pain. I felt so horrible and miserable and I thought that there was no one that I could talk to about getting teased. I shut out the whole world. Nothing in my life mattered.

Not only did I get teased a lot but I also used to tease a lot of kids growing up to try and make up for feeling so bad. There was one kid whose name was Tyler that I teased really badly. I used to pick on him and hate him as much as I could. Looking back, I realized that I should have never said those things and put him through that. I’m really sorry for everything that I ever did to him. Even now, six years later, I still feel bad for all of the things that I did. Every insult that I ever said to anyone wasn’t right and now I have to live with that rare type of guilt for the rest of my life.

From all of my experiences in this field, I have realized that no one should ever get teased or made fun of under any circumstances. You should never make fun of someone because you personally feel bad about yourself. If you only remember one thing from this speech, then just remember that teasing someone is never at all right. I hope that after this speech that you now see people the same way that I see them. People that have real problems and real emotions. That is what I believe and I will continue to believe it, forever.

I believe in the Value of thought

Thought

I believe in the value of thought. The only skill human’s hold over all other creatures is the ability to think cognitively. Our minds have allowed the human race to advance far beyond other living organisms. With religion, philosophy, concepts and constructs people live in a much more complex society. This ability, although amazing, is sometimes a heavy burden to bear. We, as humans must use thought to it’s greatest potential for it is our sole advantage in this world.

Conflicts, dilemmas and problems vary from one person’s bad hair day to the world’s energy crisis. If we would simply stop and rationally think out these issues, I believe we could solve them all. Open minds and willing hands create incredible experiences.

In the early ages humans lived all over the planet without knowledge of other societies. Blind to diversity, each individual community organized their own governments, religions and morals. In a more modern world, mankind has connected all cultures together in a global community. New sights and experiences have helped us all to understand more about ourselves, but they also bring conflict. When cultures from around the world interact they experience different norms and customs. As people do this it is natural for them to feel uncomfortable, which leads to conflict, and in turn, war.

This phenomenon occurs as a basic function within our minds. It can range in scale from a simple disagreement between friends to a religious war between countries. Although the gap is wide, all of this can be resolved with the only tool we all share. Thought.

Arguing with a friend is easily ended by logical thinking and healthy discussion. Despite the change in scale, rational thought is the answer to global issues as well. Oil disputes, religious differences and global warming are only problems when our leaders view and present them as such. Mankind has created an unbelievable collection of knowledge, history and information. This is proof of our skills. Working collaboratively, there is no challenge humans can’t face.

As I wrote this speech a favorite quote came to my mind. Edward Abbey, desert anarchist, once said:

One can imagine a sane, healthy, cheerful human society based on no more than the principles of common sense, as validated each day by work, play, and living experience. But this remains the most utopian and fantastic of ideals.”

Common sense, cognitive thought, rational thinking; the label is unimportant when compared to what it means. One day I hope to be a part of a logical, open-minded global community.

This I Believe

Listen to Carli’s speech 

This I Believe

 

 

I believe that laughter is necessary in everyday life. Laughter can help with daily problems, and can make the hardest situations seem a little less severe. No matter what kind of mood you are in, laughter can always help to lift your spirits.

Laughter is genuine.

There are many different types of laughter. Each person has their own unique style that varies depending on the mood. For example if you are about to meet someone for the first time, you might use laughter to help break the ice. Another example is telling a joke when you’re with your best friends. It’s the joke that everyone knows, and you don’t even have to finish your sentence before they are laughing. There are other times when you wouldn’t imagine laughter taking part in a certain situation. Take for instance, a funeral; although the atmosphere is very sad and serious, people often recall good times shared with the person who has passed away and will find themselves laughing, in turn helping others around them feel more reassured.

Laughter is comfort.

There are stages in your life when laughter just doesn’t seem make sense. It can be silly, unmanageable, and full of nonsense. When I was younger, my older sister Lauren and I would get into trouble when going on long car trips for laughing about absolutely nothing. It was the kind of laughter that you couldn’t hold back; all it took was one look at my sister and we would both burst into laughing. After a few hours of our silliness, my Dad would get a little irritated; this would make us laugh even harder. It took a pillow over my face to stop laughing at her.

Laughter in uncontrollable.

Having a good sense of humor, in my opinion, makes living that much better. Being able to laugh at yourself helps you relax and appreciate everything around you. For example, when I have to make a presentation, and I’m so nervous and uptight that I make a mistake, I feel it’s better to laugh things off because I know it’s not the end of the world. Without laughter in my life, I believe that it wouldn’t be complete.

Laughter is a gift.

Self Reliance

Listen to Steven’s speech 

I believe in self-reliance. I think you should be able to help yourself most of the time before you go and ask someone else for help.

A lot of the time I see people asking other people to completely do things for them, like turn in papers, get them something, or sharpen a pencil. I think that people should just do things like that and anything they can themselves, it is not something that is difficult, it only requires us to not be lazy which is something that I think is is becoming far too common.

People are missing out on the opportunity to feel good about themselves. Think of the great feeling you get when you accomplish something that you did not think you could do. Whether it is just cleaning a room or fixing a computer. That single experience will motivate and drive you forward toward another goal.

When people become too dependant on others, they will have trouble later in life when they do not have others to fall back on. It could lead to them into getting in trouble or into debt. I have seen people fail because they depend on others so much. Eventually it becomes like the old Mother Goose story about the boy who cried wolf. Eventually people will not come to your assistance because they don’t truly think you need it anymore and when you actually do, you might not have them to help you.

Self-reliance is a good attribute to have. By learning self-reliance, we will be able to help ourselves in times of need. Our level of independence in our teen years can determine how successful we are in adult life. It is not too early to start helping yourself. Do yourself a favor; learn to become independent in all areas in which you can possibly be independent.

We need to appreciate each other and the help we do get when we need it. For instance, when your parents pay for your vehicle or give you money for gas, you need to learn to appreciate this and give them the appreciation they deserve. While you can accept some assistance and appreciate it, you should strive for self-reliance.

A Walk in Her Shoes

Listen to Jamie’s speech

I believe that our world would have a lot fewer problems if we would all just place ourselves in others shoes. Everyday we are faced with people that are crying out for help. Some cries are loud, while others are quiet and hidden. No matter the size of the problem, we should place ourselves in other’s situations, and think of the best solution to helping them. However many of us are just ignoring our senses, lying to our mind, and making excuses of why we can’t take a break from our time consuming lives and help someone. The truth is if we could all just take a break from our everyday hectic lives, and stop making excuses, then we would be able to lend a hand to those who are falling. Each person can and does make a difference. With a little adjustment in everyone’s schedule, our world would be transformed into a much happier place.

Helping someone could be as simple as lending a hand and assisting someone who is struggling. Everyday we pass many people in the hallways that drop their books, or that may just seem confused. Asking them if they need help is a simple but very powerful gesture that has the opportunity to greatly influence their day. Even if we can’t help, the simple offer can be just as powerful. Put yourself in their shoes; don’t be a follower and walk pass the struggling person like everyone else. Be a leader, think about how you would want people to act if you were in that situation.

I believe that people’s mental and physical problems are a top priority, and people should treat them like one, even when it’s not them with the problem. If people stopped putting their problems on others plates, and just helped them, then we would be a much more peaceful place. Try taking a walk in the millions of people’s shoes that are dealing with life or death situations every day. No one should have to deal with their problems by themselves. When you see or hear someone crying out for help, take a timeout for your life and put yourself in their situation. We need to remember that we aren’t the only people with problems; other people have much worse difficulties, even if they don’t show it. Putting yourself in others shoes is a simple act of kindness that can go a long ways and influence someone greatly. With some dedication, understanding, and everyone uniting together, I believe that we have the power to change people’s day from bad, to good.

Karma

Listen to Mitch’s speech 

My mother always said, “What goes around, Comes around”. It took me a little while to figure out what she truly meant. When I was little, I thought she meant, stop beating up my little sister, but now I know that was only the half of it. What she was really saying was; “Do nice things for others and nice things will happen to you”.

I found that the saying, “What goes around, comes around” had a bigger and more powerful word for it, Karma. If you believe in Karma then good things will come to you. In Buddhism, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation, is the definition of Karma. To put that definition into simpler form, it’s saying; if your kind and do helpful things for another, then good and helpful things will happen to you. On the other side, if you are mean and not willing to help others, then you will not receive good things/fortunes. That doesn’t just refer to you while you’re living, but also thee after life.

I’m a firm believer in karma. That’s way no matter what the situation might be, I will be looking for a way to help someone that needs it. For example; there is an older man that I work with, he is a nice person at heart, but went through some rough points in his life, and he is still trying to recover from his past. I can tell he has a good heart, and he is always trying to be a good example to others, and give them advice. He also try’s to better himself everyday. That’s why I try to help him any way he needs it. A lot of the time I give him rides home, because he doesn’t have a car, and he lives five miles from work. Most of the time he says; “I’ll walk home, but thanks”. But I insist on giving him a ride home. And every now and then he will pay me some gas money, or we would go to play pool and hang out after a hard day of work with me.

I hope that everyone would think more about karma, and of what they could do to help someone out that deserves it. There are a lot of good hearted people in this world that need just a little bit of help to get back on their feet. Sometimes it just takes a little help and encouragement to get them out of the slump their in. And if you help them then one day if you ever need help then Karma will catch up with you, and you will receive the help you need.

I Believe The Fight Isn’t Over

By Jennifer

Listen to Jennifer’s speech

I am a woman.

I can go to school, have a career, own property, testify in court, get married or divorced as I please, vote, run for office.

But not all women can. Many are robbed of these basic rights, simply because of their sex. This isn’t an exclusively “woman’s issue” just because it has to do with women. It’s a human issue. I have been blessed with a voice, and I plan to use it to speak out for all women not given these rights, for all humans who are not treated with justice. I believe that the fight for women’s rights is not over.

I believe that the fight for women’s rights is not over, because arranged marriages are still forcing young women to marry strangers whom they do not love worldwide. The girls do no get a say in these arrangements and they are often made out of convenience of their family, for wealth, or to extend their family connections.

I believe that the fight for women’s rights is not over, because women are punished for not adhering to strict cultural laws outlining their religion, dress, behavior, and activities. Women who refuse to cover all but their eyes are brutally beaten or murdered, and made an “example” for any other women who find the courage to rebel.

I believe that the fight for women’s rights is not over because “honor killings” are still practiced. These murders occur when the family feels their daughter has dishonored their family name by not following religious laws, having “inappropriate relations” with men including hand holding or hugs, or even for being a victim of rape! They have done nothing except be victimized, and yet they are allowed no voice. Instead, their lives are ended for them.

I believe that the fight for women’s rights is not over, because Women are stilled denied an education. Women are still expected to stay in the home, and raise children, cook, clean. There is nothing wrong with being a mother, or with society expecting you to raise your own children. But how are they supposed to raise smart children if they themselves do not have an education? How can they manage the household affairs if no one ever bothered to teach them math? Author Greg Mortenson said, “Educate a man, and he will go out and get a good job, and take his family away from home. Educate a woman, and she will stay to make a difference, to educate her children.”

I believe the fight for women’s right’s is not over because women and children are trafficked for sex. They are sold, abducted, or traded for the personal pleasure of rich men. From this forced slavery, women experience pains both emotional and physical, and their health is compromised. Most never have a choice, being used until no one wants them any longer.

I believe the fight for women’s right’s is not over because these women are people too; people entitled to the same life, liberty and pursuit of happiness that we all are. These women are our sisters, and they need our voices.

Your voice.
My voice.

I believe that the fight for women’s rights is not over.