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A lot of time, some “unexpected” leaders come into our view. It is like the Green party suddenly won the election because the Northern and Eastern provinces supported them. People don’t have power, and they don’t have a voice before the printing press. The real impacts in our world is usually made by kings and leaders. They may decide to start a war, or give the people more land. This could all lead to social change, economical and technological downfall or uprise. Even in the old days, the spark, a new leader, may decide to change the leadership group or military leader. Which leads to society reformation or outcry. Then economical, technological, vise versa.

The example I have is that of president Obama. Although slavery is no longer executed in America, the typical white people still have, more or less, a discrimination. The colored people were viewed as a dumber, more physical people. The election of President Obama showed many people that colored people also have a high intellectual capacity. This means that people would be more accepting of colored people, which then creates a social change. After this, some employers start hiring colored people, and this leads to a economical change as the GDP may go up. Finally, new people lead to new ideas being thought of and put into use. Everyone has different ideas, and the people who don’t have the resource to achieve it before, can do it now. People that have a different perspective on things, can think of things that we would not usually think of. For example, some people like to drink herbal medicine soup, but as a western nation, we don’t drink herbal soup. This way, there may be no technology available locally for those people, and their soup cooker can’t function with a different plug design. If someone who knows this need is given the resource, new technology could be created.

Looking from another perspective, the “reign” of Adolf Hitler also fits in the sequence of this wheel. Whatever was the spark, it led to Hitler’s coming into power and persuading the people into following him in his scheme. After that, with enough supporters, Hitler plunged into war, with his citizens turning into weaponry manufacturing industries. The economy went down, but is still supported by the wealth of conquered land, as is said in a book called “Nazi War Finance and Banking” published in the 1940’s, although the information may be biased because it is written by an American. In turn, money more high tech weapons were invented, like nuclear powered submarines, etc. After Hitler’s downfall, a new leader replaced him and reconstructed the social order and the economy, as seen in the “Wirtschaftswunder” (economy miracle).

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— Richard Reichel

Shadow by Tony

The Sun was going down in front of me, the shadow behind me dragging me, telling me that I’m nothing but a withered old leaf that waves in the wind, in a remote corner of the picture. It tells me that my time is up.

All are born with a task, an impossible task. I was, too. Many stumbled and failed, broken apart. Most lived on, not knowing the underlying purpose of their actions, or the cause for their stress. But some discovered it, and they are those that got the most out of their lives.

From the day I was born as a purplish, minute baby, the shadow had always accompanied me. As a small, fearful kid, looking back, I could see the everlasting and reddish-yellow glow of the morning Sun, rotating around the earth like the hour hand the in a clock, blazing with light and energy and emitting a warm but dry beam on me. It made me think of the so called “compliment” of parents, “You’re-smart…so-you-have-to-get-A.“ Turning my head back to the front, a long, slim shadow have appeared in front of me. I may not have realized it yet, but I know that I have a long way to go.

I am a youth now, and the shadow is still there, urging me to become the better, silhouetted version of me. Yet I know that every time I struggled forward, the shadow would move forward with me. Every time that I improved, thinking I could match my counterpart, it just moved with me. I spend hours thinking about who I am, worrying about who I have to become and wishing my shadow would just go away. All the same, I still have live on, swallowing my fears and stress, hiding it in the deepest bottom of my heart.

The Sun is going down in front of me, the shadow behind me dragging me, telling me that I’m nothing but a withered, old leaf that waves in the raging wind like a boat shivering in a storm. Swoosh, swoosh, ready to return to the earth like how I was born out of earth. You might call me an old but still comfortable article of clothing that doesn’t fit the fashion anymore, that isn’t “cool”, that from the outside, looks broken and wrinkled. People look at me and tell me I can’t, so while I can, I can’t.

No one will ever know you like you do, they don’t know your capabilities or your strengths. Don’t be constricted by the shadow, for you are you, and they are them. Sometimes, your shadow is as far away as the Andromeda Galaxy. The shadow pushed us to success through our deep thirst for interpersonal relationships. We want to make others like us, trust us, believe us. Sadly, then they will expect better, bigger, smarter. Master the power of the shadow, but never be overwhelmed by it.

I am someone who doesn’t like compliments.