The Importance Of Being Someone Who Can Say “NO!” At Will

Written by: Ruminator

Say No To Saying Yes.

Yes Men are essentially people who are willing to agree to just about any request they have been asked to fulfill as long as it makes the person asking for a favor happy.

Ironically people are never happy so they keep asking for more and more. This means that the authority figure can basically go unquestioned as well as unopposed which is an invitation for further exploitation.

The reason Yes Men are not ideally suited to some challenging leadership roles is that sometimes negative feedback is necessary. It is impossible for a human being to be correct 100% of the time and not secretly be ‘Earth’ from the trilogy Hitch Hiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

Without criticism, the person in charge will not grow as an individual and learn from his or her mistakes. Nonetheless even in the case of responding to criticism it is advisable to only take heed if it is good constructive criticism. If a Yes Man were to keep changing every time someone spoke out against him, he would be little more than a Ditto from Pokemon.

With that being said, let us take a glance at Elie Wiesel’s words.

The people taking advantage of the said Yes Men can be described using adjectives I am not currently at the liberty to use. To put it in a civil way, they are opportunists who spot people that are willing to look past their obvious faults and try to discern something good out of their characters.

Fortunately for me my mum once said, “The best trait of person X’s character is that he has no character to start with.”

These are people who will tell you what you want to hear instead of what they believe is best for you.

To effectively address this situation, you will have to learn how to say NO.

If you have a hard time saying no, I suggest you learn the ways of Grumpy Cat.

You may need expert negotiating skills, however, as Grumpy Cat says “NO” to taking on any pupils.

To conclude, the movie Yes Man is a good example of how saying Yes to new activities can introduce some fun change to life, yet at the same time, it also displays how saying Yes all the time can lead to unnecessary problems.

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Which is worse: To have too little or to have too much?

Written by: Rakimul Huq, Class XI.

Editor’s comment after reading the essay: Can we have too much of too little? Is that possible?

Also Charles Foster Kane from ‘Citizen Kane’ tried to purchase love.. but failed miserably…

Modern Lifestyle is nothing more than a race. Everywhere you go there is a sense of competition, and surely there is a lot at stake for this to be the way it is. Most societies have one thing in common, there is a competition that runs on the greed, and avarice of others for money. No matter what we do, we all have the same desire, the same goal, the same dream- Money.

They say money can’t buy you health. Yet it enables you to afford a heart or kidney transplant. Many claim that money cannot buy you happiness. Yet, the majority would prefer to cry in a limousine rather than smile on a bicycle.

Is it true that money cannot earn you love? Money itself is an unauthentic contrived attraction, which will ensure that you are overflown by false love as long as you are rich. So is too much money a good thing to have?

Too much money could also ruin your personality. It gives you a strange sense of pride and makes you lose your respect for others, distract you from your responsibilities, and fills your heart with arrogance.

Once you have it all, you become greedier, and avarice working in close conjunction with pride (as we all know) are the sources of cruelty and misery, not to mention two of the 7 deadly sins.

What is the meaning of being wealthy if you can only live for a brief period of time on this planet?

On the other hand, having too little money can never be helpful. The undeniable fact is that the world runs on money, and he who does not have it will be forced to deal with the bitter coldness of life. Every step will be a struggle and every effort made to move forward would be like sailing against the wind.

Yet, it is not that bad a situation to have too little money. Firstly, it develops one’s endurance and mental maturity. Secondly, the hunger for a better life can sometimes be the incentive to bring out the best of one’s self. Thirdly, anyone who struggles so much in life will never take things for granted and knows the true value of hard work.

The truth about money is that it comes and goes with the ebb of time. A wise man once said, “There are two things that define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.”

Speaking for myself, I would give away all the money in the world to have a true smile on my face.

Editorial: Declaration of Principles

For those of us who have had the opportunity to watch the Classic ‘Citizen Kane’, the declaration of principles will be a familiar subject. Also notice how the paper is now only ‘2 cents’ … the meaning of that has not been lost on me.

Much in the same way, in the Harry Potter universe the marauder’s map has the following pledge…

The first pledge is a declaration of good will, whereas the second is an oath to use the map for delinquency.

However, ironically it was Charles Foster Kane who used his paper ‘The New York Inquirer’ for his own ends instead of furthering the public interest while Harry Potter attempted to use the marauder’s map as a force for good.

A tool is neither good nor bad, such traits of morality should not be applied to it. It is either effective or ineffective. The way it is used is up to its user.

Having said all that,

here is a pledge of our own:

Here at Inkuisitive Mind we realize that it is highly unnecessary to have an opinion about everything. From hence forth it will be our policy not to take everything seriously and in a literal sense but to focus on esoteric knowledge nuggets instead of rants lacking constructive criticism which can be found in en masse in most social media comment sections.

Amen.

~This post is not intended to cause offense. If you are offended… please watch the pink panther movies to cheer up. Johnny English should do the trick as well.

Game Review: Run, Escape From Runescape!

*The player in the featured image is None other than the Legendary Runescape Youtuber Fatwrecked who passed away in the year 2008. He made this game a funner place to be, so I begin this review by saluting him.

A link to FatWrecked’s (Ash Miller) biography.. it was authored by his parents…

One Puddle Too Many

When I first began playing Runescape in 2008, things were dramatically different. For one, character creation had far fewer options! My cousin who went by the name Rauen Vik guided me through the tutorial which at the time took place in Tutorial Island. I remember how proud I was to kill my first level 2 giant rat. Yes, it’s not something one forgets. After learning the ropes I was teleported to Lumbridge where my real journey would begin.

Being a resourceful player the first task I set out to do was craft my very own armor. I bought a copy of the map from the general store and found my way to the Lumbridge swamps where the mine was situated.

lumbridge

There I mined copper and tin ore and smelt them into copper bars so as to forge bronze. I know what you’re thinking ‘what a total noob’, but hey in my defence, I was one proud noob! Man, I’ll never forget what it felt like to equip the bronze scimitar which I had made all by myself :’)

cows

Next on my list was cow killing time. Not only was it a good way for a noob to level up in combat, but also a reasonable source of food. The cows dropped beef which could then be cooked after chopping down a tree, and starting a fire.

Shortly after, Vik joined me and proceeded to give me a full iron set. Clad in Iron plate mail, I followed him and with his assistance finished the restless ghost quest.

The best part of Runescape is that while leveling up skills may get repetitive, all the mini games offer a more interesting way to gain levels. Furthermore, I have often skilled and read e-books at the same time. The trick to is to have a keen ear. For example when cooking, as soon as the sound of roasting lobster fades away, I use the menu to repeat the action and continue reading.

A must see for any Runescape player was Tehnoobshow’s Runescape God’s Exposed series featuring the three main gods of Gielinor. Saradomin (Good guy), Zamorak (Bad guy), and Guthix (Neutral Guy).

Gunthorian may not have been a god but he was by far the most entertaining character of the series.

I was fortunate enough to have my account hacked several times which meant that I got a chance to do all the different tutorials over the years.

Learning the ropes was the second in the long line of tutorials Runescape would have… and while it did not lack in action, for some reason or the other, I always felt that tutorial island was where it all should begin.

Unstable foundations soon became the successor to the former tutorial and featured how to get rid of foes without having to directly engage them in combat.

Troll Warzone became the latest tutorial after the introduction of RS3 and Evolution of Combat. This was far more interactive that the previous tutorials and had good CGI to boot. Also, for the first time in history, the town of Taverly had been opened to Free Players! It was truly a historic moment.

The most interesting tutorial till date was the one recently unveiled by JaGex(Java gaming experts owners of Runescape)

It was set in Ashdale a completely new town. The boss of the tutorial happened to be one tough cookie to beat..but I managed to do it without any food… my trick? I pray flashed! 🙂 it means click on the prayer button just at the right time in order to avoid taking any damage and conserving prayer points simultaneously. Prayer functions as both as an offensive and defensive tool in Runescape and can come in handy during most boss battles.

So why did I mention all these different tutorials?

I just wanted to show you how dynamic of a game Runescape is. It never sits around. The tutorials keep changing so it can adapt to the current style of play.

Runescape has branched out into three different games now:

There is Darkscape the dystopian version of Gielinor. (Player vs. Player)

Old school Runescape for those who like to live in the past and create a brand new future.

And RS3 for the ones who are fond of all the changes Jagex have brought to the game. 

In the past Runescape Classic mode was open for paying members but I regret to inform you that the 2002 version of the game has been closed down for good. 

Here are a few reasons to play Runescape as a free player:

Runescape USED to be the number 1 FREE MMORPG.

F2p is like a trial run. It’s better to give it a shot before seriously considering getting membership.

Runescape Wiki

Use the Runescape wiki to get to know the lay of the land.

Grand Exchange Prices

The link above shall give you a general estimate of prices in the Runescape Economy. If you are the type of player who has solid merchanting skills, open your world map and head off to varrock where you will find the grand exchange. The rest you can figure out through intuition and dumb luck.

What to stay away from

As I mentioned earlier I lost several of my accounts. Scamming has long since trickled away and what few drops remain are hidden in the shadows, however, it can’t hurt to know what to look out for.

Fortunately for you, Jagex introduced the Jagex Account Guardian and Phone Pin code which should under most circumstances keep your account secure. With these measures in place, you won’t have to worry about being hacked.

One of the things that will stay with you long after you’ve quit Runescape is the music. Trust me, the sound tracks are excellent, and as you explore Gielinor more and more soundtracks will unlock. If you get 300 you unlock an air guitar emote \m/

Before I forget, there are holiday events on occasions such as Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween, so be sure to tune in during those festive times. Holiday quests last for a whole week and are more fun than normal everyday quests.

One major improvement from past iterations of the game is that Jagex killed off bots using its bot killer technology. Their method was pure genius. They recruited a bot maker for their J-mod team and got the former bot maker to figure out a way to get rid of bots. xD ‘Keep your friends close and your enemies closer’ 😉

The lore is immersive. Recently Jagex allowed the gods to directly interfere in the affairs of man and they have been much more active. Two battles have already taken place, one in Lumbridge and the other in Falador. The players can directly alter history through their actions. Zamorak has ceded defeat to Saradomin but at no great cost while Bandos lost his life at the hands of armadyl. Guthix was slayed by Sliske who ascended into Godhood.

For those truly interested in the Lore, T.S Church has authored a few novels which can be bought on Amazon.

Moreover, by introducing bonds into the game, they found a way to get rid of Real World Trading (trading in-game gp for real money)… in the past people would pay 10 million Runescape Gold coins to get membership for a month, now they can directly buy a bond from the Grand Exchange in place of 9 million coins and get membership. This acts as a cash sink and keeps the currency deflated.

Lastly, Runescape features tens of mini-games, my personal favorite being clan wars and fist of guthix. A great way to make friends is by playing mini-games, before you know it, you’d have formed your own clan.

If I had to give it a rating…

7/10..

I feel like Jagex are trying to cater to too many people at once…

If you start playing now, know that you don’t have to deal with the goblin yelps and his squeal of fortune since players like me lobbied to have him removed… there was a whole forum movement to get rid of the mascot of Micro Transactions…

not to worry, since then Jagex has become more mature and smoother when it comes to MTs ingame.

I hate to say this, but seeing yelps all beaten up makes me grin. That goblin gave me nightmares.

Runescape never ends, so it might be time for you to begin.

Highschool Is Where People Feel Low

Penned by: Jawad Mahruj Khan

High school is a critical time in the life of young people. On the one hand, teenagers are eager to enjoy their freedom and independence. On the other hand, they must be disciplined enough to keep their priorities straight. In my opinion, three social institutions impact high school students the most at this vulnerable time – the family, peer group and school.

First and foremost, the family plays the central role by providing the backdrop in a young person’s life. A positive family environment provides love, support and encouragement for the student to do his/her best. Simultaneously, the family aims to instill discipline and ambition in the child. The influence and expectations of family members remain paramount at this time and throughout a young person’s life.

However, don’t forget that as a child turns into a teenager, the peer group begins to play an increasingly important role in his or her life. The friendships one develops at this highly sensitive stage can affect ones attitude to studies, authority, society and the world. In the right company, young people can get involved in positive activities that support their academic performance. With the wrong crowd, teenagers could develop a host of unhealthy and dangerous habits which impact not only their grades but all aspects of their lives.

Lastly, the school itself is a deciding factor in the student’s academic success. A variety of elements determine how the students feel about school: the teachers, the staff, the facilities, the subjects, the text books, the method of instruction and more. All of these have a significant impact on the young person’s motivation to excel.

Overall, high school success is the product of various influences. We are all fortunate that, aside from a few unfortunate exceptions, the majority of students worldwide aspire to do well and grow up to become active and healthy participants in the world around them.

Book Review: Made You Up By Francesca Zappia

Reviewed By:  Eshadi Sharif, Class XI, Orange

MADE YOU UP by Francesca Zappia

made you up

Genre: Contemporary/Young Adult/Romance/Mental Illness

Goodreads average rating: 4.14/5 stars

My rating: 5/5 stars

“Sometimes I think people take reality for granted.” 

Alex tells her story about her struggle to differentiate reality from hallucinations. Schizophrenic teenager tries to get through high school and all the drama that comes with it. The struggle is hard and only gets harder when she meets Miles- hadn’t she seen-no, imagined him before?

An Unimportant Reader’s Opinion:

Move aside John Green, Francesca Zappia is making her way to awe the Young Adult audience. Okay, in all honesty, I was never a huge fan of John Green and I really think Francesca Zappia deserves more recognition. This book will always have a place in my heart because it was just one of those books. You know, the kind of books you read and think, “Where have you been all my life?”

Firstly, I would like to say I’m not a fan of romance but the romance in this book was very unique. Alex is an unreliable narrator and does not know what is real and what isn’t. Miles isn’t one of those boys who the main character lays her eyes on and falls in love with immediately, no. There is something peculiar about him and the colour of his eyes, they remind her of a hallucination she had in the past.

Moreover, Zappia did an amazing job with her diverse and unique characters. One thing I really hate in stories sometimes is when the story completely revolves around the main character. However, you get glimpses of every characters’ struggles with their own battles in this story. Additionally, Zappia knows how to incorporate humor in her writing. As a writer myself, I find that it’s very difficult to create different characters with their own personalities whereas Zappia did an amazing job.

Secondly, there is a lot to learn from this book. The fact that the book is told from a schizophrenic’s point of view should tell you there’s a lot to learn from here. You can learn how aware a schizophrenic has to be and nothing can be taken for granted. However there’s more to it than just schizophrenia. You come across more disorders and anxieties. Furthermore, this book has a touch of history due to Alex’s parents’ characteristics and Miles’ background.

Furthermore, another aspect about the story which I loved is the setting and how relatable the story is. The story’s setting is in her high school, obviously but the struggles, such as bullying, which Alex and Miles go through individually and together are relatable. I mean, sure, Alex has schizophrenia and is naturally paranoid but who isn’t in high school? As students, we face social politics in school, which sounds funny, but in a way is true. How many of us have tried to become or completely avoid popularity?

“But-but what if this whole place”-I had to suck in air again-“what if everything is inside my head? East Shoal and Scarlet and this bridge and you-what if you’re not real because nothing is real?”

“If nothing’s real, then what does it matter?” he said. “You live here. Doesn’t that make it real enough?” 

This has to be my favorite quote in the entire book. As a reader and introvert, I am not very fond of reality and believe it or not, I sometimes like to think that reality isn’t really real and the world in my head is. So what if the world I created in my head isn’t real? As long as I live in it, it is home.

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My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Goodreads average rating: 4.07/5 stars

My rating: 2/5 stars

When Life Gives You Lemons Just So That It Can Take Them Back

The boy who called himself No Name stood stock still like a silent specter seeing his life laid out before him for the first time and being underwhelmed by the proceedings. To add to the effect, he decided to play Saturnus’ ‘All Alone’ on the Bose Bluetooth soundbar that he had recently purchased with his parent’s money.

For those who are genuinely curious about the choice of name, let it be known that the story behind it isn’t all that interesting. No Name had simply never gotten to know anyone on a first name basis. Also, while the bullies wanted to call him names, they had deemed his existence unworthy of their attention. Hence, he was simply referred to as No Name.

This had gone on for an incalculable amount of time, as a result, even the boy could not recall his real identity. Not that it mattered! He was one of those faces you see on the high school senior yearbook without really caring to know who is behind the picture. In fact, his quote read: “I am the sum total of all that has not happened to me. Sometimes it’s the things which never end up happening which affect us the most.”

Having decided that ‘Falling Snow’ By Agalloch would be a better song to listen to before kicking the bucket, he did just that. He needed to numb himself in order to imitate the feeling which had come to haunt him in his dreams. Nothing hurts more than frostbite of the soul. Losing oneself one chunk at a time. Unfortunately, it was always sunny where he lived so he tried to make up for it by turning the air conditioner to ultra-low-temperature mode. The attempt failed miserably since his car’s batteries had died. Guess he wouldn’t be the only one dying today.

With a deadpan look in his eyes, he decided that he had stalled enough. He got out of the car, the same car whose engine had stalled as soon as he drove out of the driveway and limped towards the lawn gnome that had made its home on his property-Well his parent’s property, but let the lawyers worry about that.

After arriving at his chosen destination, he unholstered the patient gun and pointed it at his temple. Right at that fateful moment his mind went blank. Why was he doing this again?

No, he was not terminally ill. Au contraire he was in good shape as he had hit the gym so the bullies wouldn’t hit him, it seemed like the rational thing to do at the time.

He never had a girlfriend so that ruled out a devastating breakup. Besides, he was one of the few people who had seen the last episode of Tom & Jerry, ‘Blue Cat Blues’ for what it was- a joke. He knew better than to throw his life away for a relationship. Ships were meant to sink after all, the flagship being Titanic which had split into two, another way of symbolizing divorce.

His parents were neither doting nor disapproving. Once in a blue moon would they speak to him, justifiably it was a request for him to pass the salt.

True, he didn’t have any friends, but that just meant he didn’t have to be anyone’s secret Santa.

That garage band he wanted to be a part of didn’t even let him audition because his house did not include a garage. The band never managed to take off or find an audience so it didn’t matter in the end. The only audience No Name needed to play for was himself. The less the merrier.

Worst of all, or perhaps, best of all, the only person in his school who knew his name was none other than the janitor. Unlike Will Hunting from the movie Good Will Hunting, the janitor was a typical fellow.  An Honest bloke who was just smart enough to figure out when he saw a good human being, which was exactly what he pictured No Name as.

Although the lad had been forced to quit the community service club because the president had taken a personal dislike to the taciturn boy, he continued to do his part in what way he could. Every day as soon as everyone had left the school premises and the only ones left would be No Name and The Janitor, both of them would get to work.

Any lost articles which the dynamic duo bumped into would be returned within the week. However, unlike the janitor No Name would resort to indirect means to return the possessions in question. He would leave a note along with the personal effects telling the loser not to weep but to keep their possessions under hawk’s eye so as not to repeat the same mistake.

Yes, he never did get any credit, but Luca Pacioli need not always be right. Not every debit must have a credit.

Regardless of recollecting the time he had made a difference No Name pulled the trembling trigger.

The water gun splashed his face with a bitter alarm call. The lemonade he had filled it with made his eyes tear up and as he sank to his knees he could feel the acerbity in his mouth- it reminded him of his life. The sweet lost in the bitter, further enhancing the flavor.

  • Death is inevitable, suicide is optional.

Artifice Of The Artificer (Paint By Numbers)

Vibrant hues spill onto a saturated canvas

Blending ebullience with perfect despondency

An untimely exit of all shades sombre and dim

At length bring about the long awaited effect

Those who thought they’d seen the last of us

Fail to guise discontent but such is their tendency

Possessing an unnatural affinity to soak in the grim

Are craving eyes that forage for human defect

Paint was not meant to stand the test of time

Each new coat only proves palliative

Until little can be likened to the original

True Colours wane into distant memory

Surreptitious in their efforts

Vainly toiling away to thwart restoration

But old dreams have resurfaced

Leaving the finale up to vivid imagination

The Haves And The Have Nots

Written by: The Dark Angel... 
this poem inspired me like no other...

The will to live, is something I don't have
it's not something you hold, or something you grab 
It's something that comes from your soul.
to find it you have to dig deep, deep as a mole.

I never had it, that urge in me
I always gave up, and let things be.
I stayed alone, with no friends at all
With no one to comfort me, or heed my call.
as sad as it sounds, it's alright with me
with no one around, I sit alone happily.