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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a hero is "A man (or occasionally a woman) of superhuman strength, courage, or ability, favoured by the gods; esp. one regarded as semi-divine and immortal. Also in extended use, denoting similar figures in non-classical myths or legends."

But that definition seems to have evolved. No longer is strength or courage a sign of being a hero. Today, it seems that for many people being a hero simply means doing the right thing.

On YouTube, there's a series called "What Would You Do?" with hundreds of thousands of views. The show presents scenarios in which people have the opportunity to do the right thing. Famous examples show teens bullying another teen who stutters, people being racist or people being downright mean.

In some of these situations, the people might have been heroes; however, in several cases, they were simply people doing the right thing.

Human decency didn’t used to be synonymous with heroism, but today that seems to be shifted.

A junior high teacher recently asked her eighth grade class if certain acts made somebody a hero. They were asked if being nice to somebody made them a hero. They all said yes. It was the same response when they were asked if telling the cops they had burnt down the town would be heroic.

While these can be considered heroic actions, it seems like they were merely doing the right thing.

When what used to be considered to be human decency shifts and changes to be considered heroic, I think we have to question the moral of society. Being a decent person isn’t “heroic” at least it shouldn’t be; it should be a person being a good person.

Being a hero should extend to more than showing basic human decency. Heroism should mean going above and beyond simply being a morally decent person.

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Bullying seems to be another buzzword these days, but when we think of bullying, often we think of bullying in high school or middle school. Certainly not about bullying in the workplace.

Recent studies show that 72 percent of the time bosses react in a way that is unhelpful to the victim of bullying and only 12 percent leads to the actual elimination of bullying from the workplace.

We all seem to have heard the phrase about sticks and stones, but studies are increasingly showing that bullying has a longlasting effect on victims.

Victims have increased risk of sucidality, depression, and mistrust of their peers. 

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With college tuition currently on the rise, many students are now questioning whether obtaining a college education is even worth it any more.

With the recession in the recent past, young adults are concerned with landing a job after graduation. Severl students now say that it isn't worth it to spend thousands and thousands of dollars just to graduate and ge a twelve dollar per hour job that they could have got without a degree.

With debts rising and not much of an increase in salary, a college education doesn't make much finanical sense.

However, people still claim that obtaining a college degree provides its alumni with better opportunities and better job offers. They might not be landing their dream job out of college, but they claim college is still important. 

Other people claim that to get a job in today's market people need to get a master's degree as everybody seems to be getting a bachelor's degree these days. 

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According to a Gallup Poll referenced in The Atalantic, 23% of Americans said they didn't read a book in the past year. This is up from the 8% who didn't read a book in 1978. However, the increase isn't as high as one might think. 

From 1990 to current day it's consistently stayed around the percentage of non-readers as hovered in the upper teens and lower twenties.

According to Quora, the average user reads about 15 books a year which breaks down to little over a book a month. People cite many reasons as to why people are no longer reading. Ideas range from people caliming it has to do with the culture of instant gratification. Others claim it is becaue people watch too much television.

Nobody has a consensus, but the reports show that Americans aren’t reading.

One business insider claimed that CEOs should read four to five books a month. The dichotomy from the average to the ideal CEO is drastic, but trends show that the nonreaders will continue. Newspapers are already suffering the consequences, and everybody has their eye on the book industry. The only question is what the longlasting consequences will be.

 

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Initial estimates of the presence of settlers in the Cairngorms had pinned them down to being in the area around the year 5000 BC, though since these findings had always relied on tentative dating of quartz and stone tools which have been found over the years.

Additionally, since the region that these finds have been made in is very cold and inhospitable today, according to the Herald in Scotland (9th July, 2015) the conditions in the much harsher climate of 5000 BC made it seem unlikely that habitation would have been possible before that.

Recently, however, archaeologists and researchers from universities in Aberdeen, Stirling and Dundee, working in conjunction with the National Trust, have been able to verify their findings with radiocarbon dating to find that there have been human inhabitants in the Cairngorms from as early as 8100 BC.

"The earliest dates found by archaeologists come from a site in Glen Dee, at a key stopping point for travellers moving through the highest points of the mountain, between Deeside and Speyside, with links back to north-west Scotland and the North Sea coast."

This news is exciting because it has shown that people inhabitated or at least passed through the area of the Cairngorms up to three thousand years earlier than we had first supposed, when first we had assumed that area to be largely uninhabited during prehistoric times.

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Certain neurologists have now taken scans of the brain showing that obesity like drug addiction can shrink the brain.

In past years, brain scans have shown that drug addictions shrink the brain. Scientists are now showing that obesity behaves in similar ways.

Obesity seems to be a buzzword as people grow increasingly concerned over the rates of obese individuals in the world. According to the CDC, over one third of United States adults are obese.

Obesity leads to severe health problems, but now scientists claim it leads to a shrunken brain. What do you think? 

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