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On Feb. 14, a former student went into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and killed 17 people. In response, President Donald Trump tweeted that “no child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.” That would be a nice sentiment, but the problem is that this was the 18th school shooting in the United States in 2018. The problem is that no one is surprised when these shootings occur. The problem is that nothing ever changes.
The notion that “men should stop flirting with women” is something that will undoubtedly draw immense criticism, as people rationalize that without the action of “flirting,” there would be no people on Earth. “If your father hadn’t at one time approached your mother, you wouldn’t have been born,” they will tell me, a statement that is true but also leaves something out.
This past Super Bowl was an incredibly strange one for me. As someone who was raised with American football being blasted on television in the suburban Texas Gulf Coast, and her mother hollering at the television when her team made a horrendous play, I felt like I was betraying my upbringing by simply not caring who won. Even stranger, not even the Super Bowl commercials appealed to me. Well, none of them except the commercials that mentioned Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in passing. This is why whenever natural disaster strikes, we should focus on the mental well-being of others as well as their physical needs.
Once again, celebrity news about reality stars giving birth or getting married eclipses an event that could have real repercussions on our everyday life. Cape Town, South Africa, one of the world’s biggest “green” cities, is approaching “Day Zero,” according to the Skimm. Day Zero is the one thing you hope to never hear happening in your city; in the simplest of terms, the city is running extremely low on water and is steadily approaching the day where they must turn off the taps and do extreme conservation to the point where most will go without water. Instead of eating Tide Pods and flipping out over celebrity news, let’s put our focus on the impending decline of resources in the world.