Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"Hey mom and dad! It's me...again!"

"I did everything that I was supposed to do to succeed in life," he said. "And I did it while working predominantly full-time."

Cory Stine, 24 years old, has always been a go-getter. He acted in high school and college theater, mastering the complicated accent of Fagin in Oliver and Einstein's German dialect. He has an active social life, pledged an academic fraternity, and spends time with his family. He took six years to graduate college - one year at a community college in Maryland, followed by five years at a state university. He worked 80-hours per week between school coursework and his retail job in a local mall, as well as additional hours of work required for his major. Cory graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.7 GPA, excitedly clutching a degree in Electronic Media and Film. Today, he lives at home with his parents.

Cory isn't the only one moving back in with dear old mom and dad, a recent PEW study finds. Among young people between the ages of 18 to 25, 53 percent currently live at home with their parents. This so-called "boomerang generation" consists of young adults (like Cory) who often return home to live with their parents after briefly moving out to live on their own (or never moving out to begin with).

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Like oil and (holy) water

The thing you don't realize when you're younger is that the things you do/say will most likely come back to haunt you in a few years.  No one discovers this faster than a politician running for president.

About a month ago, a clip of presidential hopeful Rick Santorum in 2008 was discovered.  In it, Santorum was asked about Christianity and liberalism.  He said that there is no such thing as someone who is liberal and Christian. "You’re a liberal something, but you’re not a Christian," he said.

So I started to think about this in light of everything going on in politics right now.  When Rush Limbaugh is calling a law student a slut because she stands up for women's rights, where is the line?  Is there a line?  And most importantly, is Santorum right and we're all just kidding ourselves?  Is liberalism the oil to Christianity's (holy) water?