War is Ugly

War is ugly. I believe this to be true because it brings nothing good to the table. The only things war brings are senseless killings, destroyed countries, and the draining of federal money. So much time, energy, and money is wasted on the war effort and this does not just apply to our country. It applies to all countries that choose to engage in war over salacious things. Call me a pacifist but I do not believe that violence is the answer. There are plenty of other ways to solve conflict other than going to war.

I firmly believe that killing innocent people is wrong. Unfortunately that’s what happens when war is involved. The only people that should be killed are terrorists and extremely abusive dictators. Other than that nobody else deserves to die espiecally not the innocent adults and children in the Middle East. Countries like Iraq, Iran, Syria, and many more used to be beautiful tourist attractions. Now they are barbaric wastelands as they are greeted with bombs, missiles, and other weapons almost every day. I have seen too many videos with dead children hiding underneath a bunch of rubble or soldiers riding tanks and firing guns in Middle Eastern communities where innocent people integrate. These people did not deserve to die under such awful circumstances. All human lives are scared. To act in any way that causes that death of others is immoral.

War does not resolve problems. It only creates bigger problems. War is like making a mountain out of a mole hill. We cannot achieve any political, religious, or social goal when we get involved in war. Instead of helping the human race, we risk losing the human race. The immense amount of causalities that are direct results of war alone is a reason why I am anti-war. Now with the possibly of  nuclear weapons being involved, nobody is truly safe. We have seen the power these nuclear weapons possess in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To think, that these weapons could be hidden somewhere and put into use at any moment scares me. The thing that scare me the most is people like our POS president and Kim Jon-Un have the power to set these off at any time. This possibly should make anybody uneasy.

America is a great country but we do have a lots of flaws. One of them is spending too much money on the war effort. Unfortunately, we have to spend money on the war effort but in my opinion, we spend too much money funding something that will ultimately destroy us in the end. We need to spend money the problems here first. Money that is being spent on the war effort could be spent on improving our school systems espiecally ones in low-income areas. It could be spent feeding the hungry or giving a shelter to the homeless. It could be spent fixing our gun laws, finding a way to cure cancer, improving our welfare programs or literally anything else to help improve the quality of life in our country. Over $2.4 trillion was spent on the Iraq war alone. Imagine if that money was spent on improving the quality of life in our country. America would be in a much better position.

Although war is immoral, I can think of two positive things about war. One positive thing that wars bring is patriotism to our country. We become united as one when we are up against another country. Another positive thing is that we know we have people to defend us when we are in trouble. These military personal dedicate their lives fighting for our country and I respect their patriotism and dedication to our country. However, I cannot respect the fact that they kill innocent people under the guise of fighting for our country. Fighting for our country should not result into destruction for another country. That is why I will never serve my country. I love being an American but I will not contribute my time and effort to anything that is related to violence.

Instead of going to war, we should try to resolve our conflicts by having meetings with the United Nations, having nonviolent protests, creating peace treaties and any other nonviolent solutions that will make our world a better place. We need to enact these solutions as soon as possible because wars have caused too much destruction in our nation as well as in other nations. I would love to see World Peace in my lifetime but until that day comes we need to fight for change to stop any wars from happening again. I am anti-war and I am damn proud of it.

The Golden Nugget

Disclaimer: this story is fiction

            It was a warm spring day. I decided to utilize this beautiful day by spending it outside and planting fresh roses in my garden. As I was planting these roses, I felt an unusual bump. I decided that it was just a rock and continued to plant the roses. All of the sudden, I see this bright, shining light come up from under the soil. I decided to go check it out. I dug into the soil where the light was shining through and realized that it was a golden nugget. A golden nugget that size of my fist. My heart leaped out of its chest. I have heard about the golden nugget in books, magazines, movies, television, and everywhere else. This golden nugget was supposed to bring me unimaginable levels of wealth. I was skeptical about it so I picked up the golden nugget and went inside. I placed the golden nugget onto my coffee table and turned  on the news.

“The search for the golden nugget is still underway”

“Yes, the nugget is said to be in the tristate area”

“What are the golden nugget’s magical powers, Susan?”

“Well, the golden nugget is the richest item in the world worth two billion dollars. If somebody finds it, they are officially the richest person in the world.”

            I sat there frozen. I glanced over at the golden nugget. It was still shining as ever. This can’t be real I thought. I looked over again and the same golden nugget that was being portrayed on the news was on my coffee table. I leaped out of my seat, took the golden nugget, and ran to my local convenience store. When I got there, I quickly ran up to the boy at the cash register.


            The boy looked once and passed out. I stood there for a minute till the manager came out. The manager stood there in shock. He took the golden nugget from me and held it up.

“I am in disbelief. It is the actual golden nugget. The one everybody talks about in the movies. I’ll cash this baby up right away!!”

Soon enough, everyone knew that I won the golden nugget. I was on the front pages of all the magazines, my face was on the news every night, and I was accounting more wealth then I could imagine. I moved out of my old house into a giant mansion. I brought five fancy sports cars, a backyard waterpark, a concert venue, a 5-star restaurant as my kitchen, all these designer clothes, and much more. I quit my job. I threw wild parties every day and night. I gained all these new friends. I lead a life of fame and fortune. I was on top of the world. But that soon came to a screeching halt.

To my and everyone else’s surprise the golden nugget only gave you wealth for a certain amount of time. Six months to be exact. As soon as the six months ended, the wealth that you earned would be taken away from you. I learned this the hard way when the two billion dollars I got from the golden nugget disappeared overnight. Everything I had slowly disappeared. I had to sell everything; the mansion, the waterpark, the concert venue, restaurant, the clothes, and everything else that I bought. I lost all my friends. My fame was dwindling to nothing. The guy who cured cancer stole my spotlight. I was just another piece of history that was not getting revived any day soon.

I had to start from the ground up. I moved back into my old house. I worked at the local flower shop for minimum wage. I restarted my garden and planted a whole new batch of roses. I looked through the soil beforehand just in case I saw a golden nugget. No such luck was found. I am glad the golden nugget came into my life. Why? Because I realized that life is about quality not quantity. You do not need to be super wealthy to have a fulfilling life. You just need a few good friends, a roof over your head, and some nice roses to smell in your garden.