Procrastination

Recently I’ve watched a Ted-Ed video on, “How the Mind of a Procrastinator Works,” by Tim Urban. Procrastination is where you abstain from doing useful, and instead waste your time by being unproductive. The problem is, however, that almost everyone procrastinates. We all have times where we decide to put off our work until the last minute.
Inside the procrastinator’s brain, we have a rational decision maker, who takes control of the wheel. He says, “I’m going to work on my essay, and get it done 3 days before the deadline.” But the problem is, there is also an Instant Gratification Monkey, who takes control of the wheel and says, “You know what? Let’s just watch random cat videos on YouTube instead.”
Then, what happens, is that the Monkey keeps controlling the wheel until the deadline appears. Then the Panic Monster wakes up. The panic monster wakes up whenever the deadline is close and he happens to be the one thing the Monkey is afraid of. He chases the monkey up a tree, and the rational decision maker finally gets a chance to work on his homework. At the very last minute.
The procrastinator’s mindset may work sometimes, but what if you are in a situation where there is no deadline? What if you have a goal to become a doctor someday, but there never is a deadline, so the panic monster will not wake up. Then the monkey keeps control of the wheel forever, leaving you with unachieved goals, regrets, and nothing else.
That is a problem many suffer with, the lack of being self-driven. Time flys by, year by year, and people end up never having achieved their dreams. So, what can you do to stop this? First of all, you can start by making a goal. Then, set the goal into a weekly schedule. Make 52 boxes on a piece of paper.
Those 52 boxes represent 52 weeks. You have to start thinking about what you want to achieve during those 52 weeks, and in fact, your entire life.
The hardest part, however, is to stick to the goal. Others just can’t make you do it, you have to want to achieve it yourself.
In conclusion, it is important to remember that we only have a limited time here on earth. We should start using our time wisely, and make a map of what our goals are and when we plan to achieve them.

Northup’s Use of Contrasts

Recently, I’ve finished the autobiography “12 Years A Slave,” by Solomon Northup. Northup was born a free man but had been kidnapped into slavery. He was later freed, although it took 12 years for help to arrive. Once freed, however, he took it into his hands to write an autobiography to describe what happened during the 12 years he was a slave.
Northup used many contrasts in the book, showing both the good and bad sides in each situation. One of the main contrasts portrayed in the book is when he was being captured. Northup was in the North and had been drugged and chained in a slave pen. From there, he could still see the capitol, a sign of freedom, justice, and equality. He saw all this, but still was held against his will, on the way to becoming a slave, and having but little chance of escaping and obtaining freedom ever again. Using contrasts such as this show us that the situation really was depressing, and yet although he was so close to his rights, he was so far at the same time.
Another main contrast in this book is the one between the kind master Ford, and the cruel master Epps. Ford was his first master, he was very kind, and was also Christian. He gave sermons to the slaves and was nice to all of them. The problem was, that Ford hired a bad overseer. One which was mean, and who absolutely hated Northup. So much so, that he almost killed Northup by hanging him up. Northup’s life was in danger, and Ford recognized that, so Northup was sold to a man named Epps.
Epps was a very cruel master, and he worked the slaves on a cotton picking plantation. On the first day, the slaves were made to pick as much as they could. In the next days, if the amount they picked was less than before, they got whipped. If they pick the same amount, they don’t get whipped, and if they pick more than they are expected to pick, they have to pick as much, or even more the next day.
Nort only that, but Epps would also get drunk very often, and would go around whipping slaves for no reason, and made them dance well-past midnight, expecting them to work just as hard the next day.
What I think Northup did that was amazing in his writing, was his ability to contrast and describe things so well. In this way, he manages to pull the readers in, and also to get them more interested in the events that had happened. He also does not forcefully shove his opinions onto you but instead lets you decide for yourself what your view on slavery at the end of the book is.

Why the Ron Paul Curriculum is Right for YOU

STOP WASTING YOUR TIME, SPENDING 8-9 HOURS AT SCHOOL

WHEN YOU COULD SPEND ONLY 5-6 WITH THE RON PAUL CURRICULUM

Your time is precious, and there is NO need to waste it.
Why spend 8-9 hours at school? What after all is the point of school? To spend 9 hours, only to have learned a little bit?
By using the RPC, you can learn all you learn at school, and much much more, by only spending 5 hours!
Your time IS precious, you don’t have to spend 8 hours when you only have to spend 5 with the Ron Paul Curriculum.
Can you imagine HOW much TIME YOU will SAVE??
Not only that, but by being homeschooled and taking this course, you will be VERY flexible, and I mean very. You can also take this course at your own pace! Which means that you can choose how fast you will go through this curriculum.
This curriculum is also self-taught, which means that unlike other curriculums, your parents don’t have to teach you. In fact, all the parents have to do is to grade your weekly essays. That’s all!! They’ll save so much time too!
Together with that, you can get this curriculum for only $50 per course? Can you imagine that?
Did I mention, that it also comes with a 100% Money-Back Guarantee?
So, here is the big question, WHY should YOU believe ME???
Well, here it is. I’ve been at a public school for over 6 years, and I know, that I didn’t learn half as much, in the 8 hours I spent at school. In fact, at school, I don’t think I learned that much at all! And then my parents and I decided to switch over to the Ron Paul Curriculum. I realized that, although at first, the course seemed very hard, after 1 or 2 weeks, I was going through the course for 5-6 hours per day, and having a lot more time to myself! And at the same time, was learning much, much more. You see, with the RPC next to all the teachers are College professors or Phds.
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Northup’s Separation From His Children VS. Eliza’s.

Northup, a free man, had been separated from his wife and children for 12 years, having been kidnapped into slavery. Eliza was another slave, who had also been separated from her children after she was sold to a different master. These two had taken their separation very differently.
On the one hand, Northup took his separation from his family quietly. Although on the first day he said that he cried until he could cry no more, after that, he seemed none worse for the wear. Of course, he still missed his family a lot, but he still felt that God would provide a way for him to go back to his family.
On the other hand, Eliza, once separated, was constantly in grief. Even though she had lost her kids, she never stopped thinking and talking about them. As Northup said, “Eliza never after saw or heard of Emily or Randall. Day nor night, however, were they ever absent from her memory. In the cotton field, in the cabin, always and everywhere, she was talking of them—often to them, as if they were actually present. Only when absorbed in that illusion, or asleep, did she ever have a moment’s comfort afterwards.”
They both were separated from their families in different ways. Northup was separated quickly, and without warning, while Eliza had known it was going to happen, but there was nothing she could do about it. I had never been in either situation, and so do not know which one was worse, but I do know that both are very taxing.
In the end, through his perseverance and resilience, Northup managed to reunite with his family once more, while Eliza, as Northup said, quickly died of grief. Both went through terrible ordeals and dealt with their situations very differently.

15 Benefits of the Ron Paul Curriculum

Here are 15 Benefits of the RPC:
  1. One of the main benefits is that with the RPC, students can master the art of writing. This is because the RPC has essays assignments every week starting from grade 4, allowing students to write over 200 essays.
  1. Another one is that the curriculum is video-centric. Although most curriculums are based on textbooks, this one is based on videos. And by combining reading assignments, exclusive videos, and writing assignments, the curriculum is very well rounded. I personally love that they use video lessons.
  1. Another plus is that in almost all High School courses, the teachers are either College teachers or Ph.D. students.
  1. The RPC also offers home business courses, which will teach you everything about starting a business. I find these courses very useful and have since started a small bike repair business with my friend.
  1. The RPC also offers a Public Speaking course. This course teaches you all the necessary skills to be a good speaker. I used to be really bad at public speaking, I would shift a lot, only look at my Q-cards, and not smile. However, throughout this course, I have gone to multiple speech contests and had gotten first twice.
  1. Personal Finance is another very important subject that they teach. This course has taught me how to manage my money, and how to decide whether I should buy something. One of the main things I have learned throughout this course, however, is to not buy things impulsively.
  1. The RPC also offers an ABC course, which is free to all members. The ABC course teaches you how to properly take notes, speed read, remember what you’ve read, schedule time efficiently, how to write, and how to take exams.
  1. The RPC is also a self-learning course, which means that your child will learn self-learning skills which are necessary for college, and also that you won’t have to spend a tenth the amount of time doing work with your child. All you have to do, therefore, is to grade your child’s essays.
  1. This curriculum is also very cheap. 100$ for a membership, and 50$ for every course.
  1. Everything comes with a 100% money back guarantee, and the RPC offers free trials for lessons, making this investment 100% risk-free.
11.The RPC is a Christian course and does not use the common core system.
  1. The courses all have many projects which can really get you interested in subjects, I know I loved science because of its projects
  1. The RPC also offers weekly review lessons, which allow for higher memory retention rates
  1. There are no textbooks to buy, in any of the courses
  1. The Curriculum is self-paced, that means you can go through as much material as you want every day. Plus, you can access it anytime, and anywhere as long as you have a computer and wi-fi.

Is Slavery Morally Evil? Thompson

John Thompson was a fugitive slave and had been stuck in the slavery system for around 25 years. However, he did manage to escape, and later in his life wrote an autobiography.

His autobiography talks about his life as a slave, and how he managed to escape. However, throughout the whole book, there was one main theme. That God had been leading him the whole way, and that he wouldn’t have made it without God’s help.

Now Thompson had been owned by multiple whites, both good and bad. Thompson did not necessarily hate the slave system, but what he did hate, was that some owners were not fair. Some owners didn’t even treat the slaves as humans, in fact, sometimes their owners treated them even worse than the dogs. There was also owners who whipped the slaves just for fun, and who beat them for no reason. In Thompson’s autobiography, he also shows examples of family’s getting separated just because the owners want to make more money. I believe that these are the reasons slavery is evil. That through slavery, families are separated, and also that the system is too based on the assumption that man is good, fair, and kind, which we all know is rarely true.

In the old testament, the bible stated that although there were slaves, occasionally there were times when the slaves would be let free. To have another chance at life. With this, the slaves might actually have a hope to be free again. They would know that their children and their grandchildren would have a chance at being free.

Of course, there were a few owners who were good people, and who would only discipline the slaves when necessary. Some of the owners did not feel the need to beat and whip their slaves for no reason whatsoever. These types of masters, however, were rare, but when they did exist, they were rewarded by co-operation from the slaves, which resulted in much more profit. This was explained in my other essay on Thompson’s Theory of Relationship.

In conclusion, Thompson did provide persuasive evidence that the slave system was evil, though I think more blame is to be placed on those who misused the system, and who did not treat the slaves properly.

Applying Biblical Principles into my Daily life. (Speech)

Today, my speech is on Applying Biblical Principles into my Daily life.
Over the years, I have gathered a lot of knowledge about God through the Bible, Sermons, and through Bible studies
And… Knowledge is important, but it is only the start of the Christian Life.
What really matters, is that you Apply what you Learn to your life, to live out God’s words.
But the thing is, I find that applying Biblical Principles to my daily life is very difficult,
In fact, sometimes some of us don’t even know where to start.
The good thing is that Micah 6:8 tells us, saying, “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? But to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.”
The Bible tells us to act justly, this can be done by doing things right and living according to Justice. Now, this is easy to say, but treating others properly, telling the truth, and confessing my sins, can all be very hard. And I am doing my best to implement this into my life, but the problem is that I just don’t have the self-control to do it. For example, my parents have set a no gaming rule in my house, the reason being that I get addicted if I start playing video games. But I find this rule hard to keep, and although most of the time I control myself and not play. I occasionally let in and play some games. This has let me realize that I really am a sinner and that I need God in my life. Therefore, I have to trust in God and pray. To acknowledge my wrongs and to ask God to help me. And not only that, but I have to repent of my sins and stop. As C. S. Lewis said, “A sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find the error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on. Evil can be undone, but it cannot ‘develop’ into good. Time does not heal it.”
The second thing God requires of us is that we love kindness and mercy. That we put others before ourselves, see money as ways to Bless others, forgive others, and also that we love our neighbours as ourselves. But the problem is, certain people I know I find hard to even tolerate, much less forgive.
All this leads me to an awareness that I haven’t been loving mercy or kindness, and that I really am self-centred in areas like these. But, loving-kindness should be the way I live, for doing so will give me Eternal life, and treasures in heaven, which are far greater than material possessions here on earth. Therefore it is one of my new year’s resolutions to love kindness and mercy.
The last point offered was that we should walk humbly with the Lord our God. You see, God gives us the gift of learning and also gives everyone certain talents. And I believe that learning is Important, allowing us to achieve great things. But we have to be careful to stay humble. And not only should we be humble, but we should also do our best to use our talents in the right way. To use what God has given us to further his Kingdom. Therefore, as a Christian Student, I find it important that I study hard, and that I work hard in whatever I do, All for the glory of God, as taken from 1 Cor 10:31.
Throughout this journey, I learned that I really am a sinner and that it is impossible for us to overcome Satan’s temptations without God to help us. That we Need God in our lives. I believe that the mindset that all Christians have to take is that we should do Justice, Love Kindness, and walk humbly with the Lord Our God. That we should become a Good and Faithful Servant. I have just started this Journey, but you can do this too, to apply what you learn to your life, whether it be through reading the bible, listening to a sermon, or even through your buddies. Micah 6:8 is a great verse that is repeated through the scripture multiple times, and gives us valuable information on how we should live our lives.
So why don’t you Apply What YOU learn in your life?
Thanks for Listening

Memento Mori: Why Christians Shouldn’t Fear Death (Speech)

Honorable Judges, Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Matthew, and today I will talk about why we Shouldn’t Fear Death.
Now, next to all the people I know fear death, some of the main reasons being that it is the one permanent thing in our lives. The one thing that can never be stopped. The one thing that is certain. Death is also scary because us humans fear the unknown. We fear death because we don’t know what will happen, and when it will happen. No one knows for sure what it’s like. We might fear death because we don’t know how others are going to fare when we are gone, or just because everything we worked for or wanted to, would all be gone. That it is the end of everything.
But the great thing is, for Christians, that is not the case! Because we will always have Jesus, who has already beaten death through his resurrection, and who has prepared for us a place in heaven.
Another thing is that we are all strangers in this world, aliens. Only to stay here for a little bit, then to go on and live in heaven with God forever after. To be in a place much better than where we are now.
We should not fear death because, for Christians, death is not the end, life continues on in heaven, much much better than now. And… our God has defeated death already, what is there to fear? Another very important thing to remember is that God does all things for our good, and that we always can keep in contact with him through prayer.
But the thing is, many people, even Christians, do their best to avoid the topic of death. In fact, it is important to realize that we must die one day, we must face it one day anyways. Just, take out your hands, and look at your palms. If you look carefully, you hands will have creases that look like an M. Monks used to look at their hands and meditate on the two words, Memento Mori, Latin for, “Remember, You Must Die.” Those are the four words that we should repeat every single day of our lives. In fact, the bible tells us to do this. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Which literally means that we should realize that life is short, and to learn to live life well.
It is important to remember that time IS running out. You cannot relive former moments, or spend 100$ to get 1 more day. TIME IS RUNNING OUT. We don’t have plenty of it left. There is no guarantee that there will be a tomorrow, or a someday. As Pablo Picasso said, “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die left undone.”
Knowing that we will die gets us to value our possessions less, making us realize that we can’t take any of it with us when we die. We start to use our possessions to help form relationships and experiences, and other things that actually matter, such as forwarding God’s kingdom, and earning eternal treasure in heaven. Wasting time is a big thing. We might think that we don’t have much time here on earth, but that isn’t so. In fact, we have a lot of time, but the thing is, we waste most of our time doing useless things. So with knowing that the future is uncertain, we start to waste time less, and to work on what we think really matters in our lives.
And, by doing all this, our fear of death will gradually fade away, and our lives will slowly improve. You see, knowing that life is not certain and that it is possible to die next week, or even tomorrow, is when we can truly improve our lives.
In Conclusion, not only do Christians not have to fear death but can find comfort in the thought of death. That we can be truly united with our God again. But still, we have to daily repeat those four words, “Remember, you must die.” And to live our lives to the very best we can. You see, in life, we don’t get a second chance, so don’t let it slip away.
Thanks for listening.

How I should Prepare Myself for University. (Speech)

Hi, I’m Matthew and Today I will talk about How I should prepare myself for University. Now University is a big step up, even more so than preschool to primary school, or from primary school to High school, University is the time where you choose which pathway you want to take in life because your major will usually determine what jobs you will get.
The first choice I will have to make is to choose which pathway I will walk, that is, which major I’m going to choose for University. Then I will have to find a school which offers this course, and also to find out what I will have to do to get into the course. To get into university, budgeting time, working hard, and doing extra will be what can get me into a difficult program.
The program I want to get into is Computer Science, and one of the universities I’ve considered is the University of Waterloo. Their requirements are that you have lots of knowledge in Math and English, and can also program really well. Therefore, to do extra, I will do multiple math contests, have written more than 200 essays on my websites, and also will do programming side-projects. Another important thing is to have self-learning skills. That is why I use the Ron-Paul Curriculum and Khan Academy. Both are self-taught curriculums which will teach me self-learning skills.
I also recommend taking a major which actually interests you, because then you won’t just waste the majority of your life doing something you hate. But then it is important to consider that you also need a job which can bring food to the table. It is also important to take university seriously because it will affect the rest of your life. Of course, there are people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerburg who all dropped out of University, but they truly knew what they wanted to do, they had a dream.

Thompson’s Theory of Relationship Between Sanctions and Slavery

Recently I’ve been reading an autobiography by John Thompson, who was born a slave in Maryland, 1812. He was one of 7 children, and later in his life managed to escape slavery and become a free man.

Now Thompson was a Christian and did not hate slavery. What he did hate, however, was when owners abused their power and treated their slaves in an unjust manner. He believed that those who treated their slaves well were rewarded by God through prosperity and those who didn’t were punished. Thompson describes in his autobiography, that the owners who treated their slaves well, had much more co-operation with their slaves than those who didn’t.

I believe that this applies to our daily lives as well. For example, a Boss who treats his employees in an unjust manner, and makes everyone hate their job only gets those under him to perform as required. While a Boss who treats those under him well, and gets everyone to love their job manages to get high performance out of his employees. While positive sanctions usually achieve a much higher result, negative sanctions create tension and retaliation. I believe that this is Thompson’s perspective.

Thompson believed that treating slaves like actual people, and applying positive sanctions, they would, in turn, help you much more than if you applied negative sanctions without cause.