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Being truly democratic is something I hope we can achieve in my lifetime. To me, it means that every person has an equivalent vote no matter their socioeconomics and that it doesn’t apply to entities like corporations. But the reality is people are fighting against democracy in different degrees because of the fear of loss of their wealth, power and status.

For the majority of my life, I didn’t care about politics because I didn’t feel my small voice or vote wouldn’t have any sort of impact. This still holds true to a significant percentage of American’s who don’t engage, as it requires effort to understand how the “democratic” systems work, how these systems are flawed, and what we can do to change them for the better. …


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I remember not long ago — the 90s to be exact — when the internet felt so much safer and having an online private life was a lot easier. That sense of security vanished when I learned of companies using my data for profit, banking on outdated laws to find loopholes.

Today, the wheels are starting to get kicked on a lot of services/platforms like Facebook and Twitter that used loopholes in laws such as the (CDA), set up in the early days of the internet. This law allows these companies to dodge accountability for content published through their networks while assuring they can still harvest all of this content for sale. …


We all have moments in our lives when we need time for ourselves. I’ve had plenty of moments like this. Sometimes it’s a few hours alone and sometimes it’s several weeks. This has often given me time to realign and knowing that I have family and friends that I could reach out to have made a significant difference. It’s helped me have smooth reentry back into society but even so, I’ve had moments of feeling isolated and depressed.

As I get older and relationships come and go, friends pass away and life happens. It has become more apparent that having family and friends is an important part of life. When we’re young we are very often oblivious to this. I know I was. Understanding the importance has helped me create a better relationship with my 91-year-old grandmother who lives far away. Over the past several years we have created a better relationship by talking on the phone learning things about each other's lives which I have found have helped me better understand myself. …

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