See With Eyes Closed

Articles about "light"

Forensics Tournament and Assumptions

February 15, 2020 by Benjamin Hollon

During the second half of this week, I had the privilege of participating in the SEA Forensics tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This tournament was my first time doing Forensics (Speech & Debate) competitively, and I was nervous but prepared. I would be participating in two events: Oral Interpretation and Solo Acting.

Before I go any further, I'll explain what these events are...

Read the full article

forensics, kate-dicamillo, oi, solo-acting, expectations, let-your-light-shine

Grade Comparing: The New Pillory?

October 08, 2020 by Benjamin Hollon

Why do grades matter to us? On the surface, they mean nothing. Grades are simply numbers (See The Tyranny of Grades). But on a deeper level, almost everyone feels emotionally tied to their grades to a ludicrous degree. We take these assessments of our knowledge and set them at the apex of the school system.

Now, don't misunderstand me: grades aren't bad. On the contrary, grades, when used for their intended purposes, can be excellent tools. Grades are meant to be compasses, pointing to things that need improvement.

Instead, grades have become the end goal instead of a means to an end. Society has placed the institution of grades on a pedestal as the ultimate goal of learning.

Out of this has sprung another unfortunate habit: grade comparing.

Read the full article

grades, bragging, self-worth, success, let-your-light-shine

Just Write!

March 29, 2020 by Benjamin Hollon

Whether you're bored, inspired to be creative, or just stuck inside with nothing to do, writing is an excellent pastime that offers infinite possibilities.

Writing can come in many forms. One can write stories, nonfiction, histories, or even blogs like I am doing now. Every type of writing has its benefits.

I mainly deal with writing fiction and writing in this blog, so those are the methods I'll unpack for you.

Read the full article

write, fiction, nonfiction, blog-meta, productivity, let-your-light-shine

Life Behind the Mask

June 12, 2020 by Benjamin Hollon

For the last few months, I've been purposely avoiding writing about the topic that is most on everyone's minds right now: COVID-19.

Now, there are multiple reasons why I chose not to bring up this subject, the foremost being that I didn't take it seriously enough, but the reasons don't really matter. I didn't, and that's that. Now, however, I'd like to say a few words.

I don't think anyone recognized at first how much this epidemic would mean to our daily lives. I certainly didn't. In just a few short months, we've come so far that even thinking about how we used to do things feels odd to me...

Read the full article

covid-19, change, let-your-light-shine, isaac-asimov

It's Not Selfish to Ask for Help

May 11, 2020 by Benjamin Hollon

One of the great misfortunes of life is that we often need help. We’re only human; no one can instinctively know how to brave all the trials and setbacks life throws at us.

Often, when we can’t hold our heads above water, we’re offered help, like a life preserver to a sinking child. Sadly, humans, in addition to needing help, often are too proud to accept it. We refuse that which we need so as “not to inconvenience” the one who offered it, not wanting to give in to our “selfish” wants.

Read the full article

let-your-light-shine, courage, ask-for-help, cs-lewis

The Tyranny of Grades

February 08, 2020 by Benjamin Hollon

Every day, millions of students across the world go to school, sit through classes, and frantically study for tests, hoping to retain knowledge just long enough to pass the next exam before it slips through the sieve into the abyss of the forgotten.

Most students only remember the information they learn until the class is over and then forget it, relieved to be through with the ordeal.

But what of those who remember? (I will admit that they a small minority.) What of those who work hard through every class to remember everything, not only until the next test but to remember their lessons until they might need them in real life. What recognition do they receive, what reward for their hard work?

Read the full article

let-your-light-shine, grades, bragging, self-worth, norton-juster, expectations

When the Sun Sets

April 26, 2020 by Benjamin Hollon

Darkness has something about it that inspires fear. There's a quality of the unknown, of potential enemies lying in wait somewhere beyond the threshold of sight. Often our minds tend to create fantasies of monsters prepared to ambush us if we venture out into the void.

The darkness also seems to amplify fears that are already present. For example, in I Am Malala by Malala Yousafazi, her father says, "At night our fear is strong...but in the morning, in the light, we find our courage again."

What is it about the night that steals courage? Is there a quality of the darkness that lends itself to fear and uncertainty? Perhaps it is the feeling that time has stopped...

Read the full article

let-your-light-shine, malala-yousafazi, victor-hugo, fear, darkness, light, courage

All Articles