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Even on the day and in the moments when my friend was about to lose his life, more people thought it was okay to stand around and watch it happen . They even thought it was okay to videotape the incident rather than to intervene and stop a boy from murdering someone . The police had known about the problems that my friend had been having with this boy, and many people in the community had known this boy didn’t like my friend Tyler and possibly that he wanted to end Tyler’s life . And even with all the murders that have taken place in Albany, no one assumed that it could have escalated the way it did . Or maybe they did assume, but the bounded being in them just didn’t care enough . My
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friend’s life could have been saved, had more people challenged themselves to adopt a relational notion of being . Although, I guess the first step would be realizing that you are in fact bounded by trivial things . I believe many people don’t know they are . Tyler’s life being taken wasn’t just his mother losing her son, his younger sister losing her older brother, or even someone losing a close friend . It was a community failing to be a community . I was people failing to adopt a relational notion of being . And because of this, a life was lost, families torn apart, and many homes being left broken . Because one action doesn’t affect one person, one action no matter who makes it will always affect others whether directly or indirectly . And you have to be a bounded being to make the mistake of thinking that . I would have to say that my biggest challenge in adopting a relational notion of being is that I know that many others haven’t and ever wont . I believe that I am on my way to adopting this notion, but it is hard when other people won’t ever be that way . You question if you’re doing the right thing or if it would just be easier to go back to being bounded because it’s not as difficult and being “different” from others . Seeing the world differently than others is a blessing and a curse . It’s beautiful to see people as equal, to see animals and insects as deserving of the same respect we give each other in terms of life, to know that my actions will have an impact on others . On a smaller scale of relational being, I am pledging a business fraternity . Initially I was working with 19 others, but three dropped and two were dropped leaving 14 of us . I have never worked in a group this big for so long, so there have been many challenges . One of these challenges is the fact that we are seen as one unit . Although, we are seen this way, we haven’t always worked together in one unit and that was reflected in our work . If one of us messes up,
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we all mess up . In tennis when I was back home, my instructors would always tell us growing up if one of us weren’t doing what we were supposed to be doing, all of us would run for it . The same goes for this pledging ordeal . Although, I was used to it, it doesn’t change the fact that it’s still frustrating that you receive the consequences from someone else’s actions . However, it’s an example of life . We are all interconnected and we all have to act as one unit, and I believe that’s what adopting a relational notion of being is . It’s thinking bigger than yourself . It’s knowing that to have a better understanding of yourself on a smaller scale, gives you a better understand of others and the world .
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  • Spring '12
  • Tyler, relational notion

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