For someone who has “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” I have not been living up to Gandhi’s expectations. Or even my own.

I have just learned how to think. Think about the world (or country) I live in, think of the education I am paying for, think about the TV shows I watch and the books I don’t make enough time to read.

Most of you are probably sitting there thinking, “Emily, you are 19 and are enrolled in a university and is currently leading a grand life. You do read, and you do think. So what is all this hype about?”

Well, here is the explanation:

Yes, I am, and I do, all of that. But not quite in the right way. Sure I read and analyzed East of Eden with a class. I am currently battling my way through The Brother’s Karamazov on my own. But that’s it. In 19 years, that is how much progress I have made. To me, that is not enough. I do not read any sort of news paper, and the only information I know about politics (foreign and domestic) is because my boyfriend told me. That is embarrassing. I am an ignorant American and, from what little I have learned of America in this last month, that makes me sick.

So, what am I doing? Well, I am reading, mostly. I have started with Empire of Illusion, which is a little dramatic – but very invigorating. It makes you passionately angry and America, which is pretty nice. The second chapter is very hard to sit through because it is about the pornography industry. Otherwise, it is a very easy read, 200 pages.

Also, I am removing myself from all social media sites and other things of the sort. I don’t really need them anymore anyway, and since I am perpetually complaining of mot having enough time in the day, why waste my time on Facebook?

I will keep everyone updated as my thoughts progress.


Emily Treat


2 Comments to “Crossroads”

  1. Good for you, sad for me. I am not social media. I like to be part of your life. With you so far away its the only way I feel close and included. I have found people on FB who bring me clarity, help me…bring balance to my life. Maybe you should think of FB in a different light…not negative…since a book says it is. It is not, unless you make it so. This is directly related to “Be the change…”. Keep reading, just don’t become a close minded follower. This I know you are not.

    • I understand where you are coming from, but I talk to you on the phone everyday – or at least close to. I don’t use FB the same way you do, and it is ok for people to use FB like you do. As a matter of fact, I wish everyone used FB the way you do. I do nothing on FB but laugh at jokes that I experienced in person. I sometimes catch up with friends, but I can just as easily call or text or email them. It is a decision to better my life, and is not a reflection on how others choose to live theirs. I became a trap to social media, and you are not. You use FB the way it should be used, but that is not how it was intended (by the makers) to be used.
      I love you, don’t take my choice personally please. I just want to communicate with my friends and family in different ways.

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