Urban Exploring

Urban Exploring

Abandoned buildings are usually seen as a problem in most major cities. They lower property values, cost money to take down, and are generally considered eyesores. However, there is an underground culture of people who have turned these structures into playgrounds of sorts. Some view them as trespassers, but they see themselves as Urban Explorers.

There’s no sure way to estimate how long Urban Exploring has been around, but over the past couple decades as economies have declined, and businesses have failed, more and more buildings have closed down and become vacant. This development lead to a huge growth in a fringe culture that has now become more well known.

Urban Explorers exist for a variety of reasons. Some for the love of history, some for the sake of photography, and some simply do it for the joy of adventure. No matter what city you live in if there are abandoned buildings, there are surely people that come for the sake of exploring those buildings.

One unique thing about Urban Exploring is the existence of a strong community. Throughout the Internet, there are numerous message boards and other websites that serve the Urban Exploring community. People exchange information, pictures, stories, and whatever else they have on their minds relating to exploring abandoned structures.

Equally important, Urban Exploring is illegal and carries a high amount of danger with it, which hasn’t stopped people from discovering structures that otherwise would go unexplored as they crumble to the ground over time. Despite your opinion on the matter, it’s nice to see that people still possess such an adventurous spirit, and while humans may have explored every corner of the earth, there’s plenty yet to see in what people from the past left behind.

A Look Into Reality

A Look Into Reality

Humanity is a mystery. Even to humans it’s hard to contemplate, humanity can seem like something detached from you, some sort of giant subculture to observe, yet you’re a part of it, without any real choice. To some people it may seem more plausible for this whole mess to be an experiment, like lab rats on a giant table in some room.

Even to articulate all of the thoughts flowing through one’s head regarding humanity can be painful to attempt, who knows what “real” is anyways. The answer to the question “Why?” comes with a saddening disillusion from everything in general. Regardless of any nihilistic viewpoint one may hold, pain is still here, and pleasure forever desired. So, as fake as we might want inevitably to be, we have to be real, no matter how much pain the world may hold.

There are countless ways to look at reality, the world, humanity, and everything around us, both positive and negative. Regardless of your opinion on reality, you still wake up everyday and fall asleep every night. To say any of it can be figured out seems to be a lie. When it comes down to it, humanity may never make much sense to all of us, but we experience it every day.

There’s no real purpose for this piece of writing besides to inspire thinking. We’re all here, aren’t we? Yet for some reason we hardly seem to ask why, or what here really is. No matter what, we know what we see, and what seems real to us, but could this be a dream? Could our dreams be reality? Or where we go after life? What does happen after life?

These are a lot of questions I think can really benefit humanity if only they were asked, more. While the answers will probably never be reached, it’s always good to train your brain to contemplate things such as your existence, and everything around you.

Modern Day Friendships

Modern Day Friendships

While most communication in 2013 is purely digital, is the way people develop and treat their personal relationships suffering because of digital communication? These days seem like most people, especially the youth, have quite a large number of friends. How many people have “real friends”? Now more than ever the amount of “friends” people seem to have is higher than ever due to the convenient, and instant methods of communication at our disposal. The quantity has certainly increased, but what can be said about the quality of friends?

Close relationships between people have taken a hit. We surround ourselves with a large number of acquaintances. How many people truly are close to those they consider friends? Regardless of how many people you’re surrounded by, and how many of them you call friends, how well do you know and care about each other? Today, it’s far more common for people to have overly casual relationships hanging out, consuming whatever forms of media you enjoy, calling it a night and going home.

When it’s easier than ever to communicate with each other, people have jeopardized close, personal friendships, for very surface, and basic friendships, but at a higher quantity. Social networking and smart phones created a lot of great advancements. Nevertheless, it’s easy to see how the way we interact with each other is much less personal, and there is a lot more distance between people. Although this may sound cliche, or a bit cheesy—one good friend is worth more than a thousand acquaintances.

Regardless of how our daily lives operate, we need to take a step back, and take a good look at how our personal relationships function.

Is Prison a Business?

The United States of America makes up roughly five percent of the world’s population, yet shockingly, twenty five percent of those incarcerated in the world are in American institutions. Even if you failed every math class you’ve ever been in throughout high school, those numbers don’t add up. Undoubtedly, America has notable crime. Nevertheless, a quarter of the world’s prisoners in a country with only five percent of the world’s population makes no sense. There are many factors contributing to this bizarre statistic, but the one that stands out may create some anger in those who don’t already know.

Simply put, in America there is money to be made from incarcerating people. Federally funded correctional facilities have existed since the 1980’s; however, more and more prisons have become privatized. What this means is that a corporation can build, or purchase a prison and that prison creates a profit for the owners. What’s disturbing about this development is the way it works. Inmates are seen as capital rather than human beings. Instead of a desire for fewer criminals, the people who own private prisons want more. When one of these institutions has a higher population of inmates, its stock actually goes up. The issue with this scenario is that when a higher population of inmates creates higher profits; then basically, crime pays.

Consequently, when prisons equal profit why would anybody making money want crime to stop?

Since the introduction of private prisons there has been a steady incline in the prison population. Nearly every correctional facility in the country is far beyond maximum capacity. With this system in place that creates cash out of criminals, there’s no real desire to lower crime rates. Furthermore, when non-violent drug offenders make up more than fifty percent of incarcerations, something is seriously wrong.

What it comes down to is right and wrong.

There are some things that just shouldn’t be evaluated from a business standpoint. When somebody is sent to prison it tears families apart, creates resentment, and a lot of times creates more criminals.

We must ask ourselves if making money from prisons is truly something that should be a part of American society, or do we want fewer prisons, and fewer criminals?

His Name Is Danny

His Name Is Danny

Eccentric, hyper, exciting, goofy―all words that can be used to describe Danny Brown. The thirty-two year-old rapper from Detroit, Michigan has become quite a big name over the past couple years, and his popularity seems to be growing. From his wild hairstyle, to his missing teeth, and his incredibly energetic music, Danny Brown has become known as one of the unique figures in the world of hip hop. Although it may seem to most that he just appeared out of nowhere, Danny has been in the rap game for a while, but not until recently did he really catch a break.

Similar to many rappers from Detroit, Danny Brown grew up in a pretty rough area. He wasn’t always collecting big paychecks from playing shows. Danny explains in some of his songs how he grew up around poverty, drugs, and violence. By the time he was in his late teens Danny was selling drugs. Eventually, the path lead to some run-ins with the law, and after missing court dates, and essentially being on the run for a while, Brown was caught and spent 8 months in jail. Once he was released his passion for hip hop music began to take priority over selling drugs. Danny went on to release numerous mix tapes, play shows all around Detroit and developed a local following.

Spending years underground, still struggling to make ends meet, Danny Brown’s music finally started to catch on in a major way. His mixtape known as “The Hybrid” seemed to be a hit, and gained the rapper a lot more attention than his previous releases. Shortly thereafter, he released “XXX,” which really put him on the map. He signed a deal with New York based record label “Fools Gold” and his name began spreading like wild fire throughout the hip hop community.

After a lot of struggling, and a lot of persistence, Danny Brown became far more than a local Detroit rapper. His unique EDM influenced brand of hip hop music began to spread across the globe. Brown is playing high profile shows all over the country, and overseas. Even though his career may have taken longer than a lot of rappers, and being over thirty, some might consider him “Old” compared to many rappers. However, Danny Brown is a prime example of what willpower can do for an up-and-coming music artist.

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