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Muffmanstiffski’s A Hopeless Romantic

A Hopeless Romantic

By Muffmanstiffski

So I was sitting around thinking of how much DMR makes me want to smile when I thought to myself, “The only thing that’s better than writing about romanticism is blogging about it”.  Thus, here I am.


People are always (and by always, I mean whenever we study romantics in English class) arguing about which is better: romanticism or realism. Is it better to dream or to do? To wish or to work? To love or live carefully? I’m here to tell all dozen or so of you that read this that romanticism is the way to go.  And I’m going to do this in a way that oddly resembles a list.

  1. 1.      Nature

Disclaimer: for those of you who haven’t been to Wyoming, sorry. You may want to skip this part as that’s a lot of what I will talk about.

2nd Disclaimer: for those who have been to Wyoming, you may want to skip this too.  Just writing about it made me want to go back there more than anything.

Nature, to me at least, is the strongest indicator of God’s existence.  Just seeing the vast expanse of the world reminds me of just how small I am.  But at the same time and more importantly, it reminds me of just how big God is, big enough to handle the trivialities and petty conflicts of life, conflicts that seem huge (pronounced “uge”) to us but miniscule to him. And Wyoming was when I felt God’s presence the strongest in nature.

Wyoming: home to more horses than people. Apparently the horses didn’t catch on to civil rights.

So what does this have to do with Romanticism? Well, finding God in Nature was to romantics what half-assed-tiora is to Mark Groszek: their mantra if you will.

Shut Up!

Realists look to nature and see a pile of rocks or a bunch of trees.  Romantics see God at work.  Now, I’m no treehugging liberal (just ask Zac Reid. All liberals go to hell.), but what’s wrong with being a little dreamy and just looking at the mountains, or the stars, or just walking in the woods?  Probably sounds a little gay, but those who’ve been to a place like Wyoming know exactly what I’m talking about.  The mountains are surreal, the stars bright, and the presence of God tangible.  Never will I forget standing among the clouds atop Big Whiskey, and never have I felt closer to God.

  1. 2.       “The spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings”

What makes a person human?  Is it our brains? Or is it the fact that we have the ability to feel beyond physical pain or pleasure? I’d go with the last one.

Me too

Personally, the feelings and emotions I have are what remind me that I truly am alive, both the good and the bad.  Romantics understand that you have to take the good with the bad, the beautiful with the ugly, and the heavenly with the earthly.  But they also get that the good, the beautiful, and the heavenly are worth every second of the bad, the ugly, and the earthly.  I mean a year with Johnny Ploehs is more than enough to get me through year with Dave “I Hate the World” Reiring.  People, myself included, need to understand that feelings and emotions are what make life worth living.  Of course with high emotion comes high risk for pain and suffering, but also the chance of extreme happiness. What would you rather have? A protected life or one with risk? One that is bland and dull or one full of vigor and ecstasy? (Yes, literally the drug ecstasy).  I choose ecstasy even if it comes with a crash here or there.

  1. 3.       A Youthful Optimism

One way that I try to live my life is with the belief that everything happens for a reason and that because of this, everything will work itself out.

Sorry, Scotty, not that kind of lifting:)

By the transitive property, gah, why worry about life? Yes, some things require thought and time. You got me there. But I’m talking about all the stupid stuff.  Life will eventually work itself out.  It may not be the way that you thought it would be or the way I thought it would be.  But things will work out the way they SHOULD be and that’s what matters.  The Big Man upstairs has a plan for everybody, and sometimes that plan may not be what we want at the time.  I think God probably will win that battle at least 9 times out of 10.  Against Pikachu, God’s odds drop to about 6 out of 10.

He doesn't know English and he gets it.

Realists have a hard time seeing past the pain and suffering in life.  Well, personally that sounds like a pretty shitty way to go through life (pardon my French).  Life’s not bad! In fact, I’d venture to say that most people who take the time to read this entry probably have a pretty good life.  I know I do. It would do everyone a little good to look at the glass as half-full.  Even if the glass is filled with cheap beer or watered down Kool-Aid, it’s still half-full.

Well, I think I’m going to wrap this up now.  Thanks to those who made it through my terrible jokes, run-on sentences, and attempts at being philosophical.  To close, I’d like to leave you with a little advice from the man, the myth, the legend, the Wizard of Western Hills: John Ploehs. “Follow your bliss, but use your head.” True words from a true romantic.  Who knows? If people take these words to heart, the world may not be half-bad to live in.



What is Happiness?

By: ZachaReid

Happiness? What is it? Some say it’s the feeling of contentment or accomplishment. Others say it’s getting what you want when you want it. But happiness truly can never be fully described in words; it can only be felt. I believe the only true way to feel happiness is to experience pain, because happiness in reality is the absence of unhappiness.

The only true way to experience happiness is to feel the pain—embrace the pain of heartache. I personally am someone whose every feeling is escalated to an exponential degree. This is a benefit, but also an enormous burden. While my highs reach the sky, my lows fall into the abyss. So when something gets me down, it gets me really really down. However, I embrace this feeling. I need this feeling. One of the greatest benefits of being human is the ability to feel, for it gives us a reason to be alive, even if that feeling is sadness. One must understand how it feels to want to just give up if he wants to sincerely soar. From this, one can then feel the true heights of happiness.

It’s the filling up of that hole, the pit inside of you, which rages and controls your entire being. When someone is unhappy, often he tries to fill the emptiness with “feel goods” through sexuality, drugs, or other form of instant pleasure. This is not happiness, but rather contentment through distraction. One must fill this whole with one and only one thing: relationship.

Man is not an island, for why should anybody have to be alone. All people desire to find others who “feel” as they do. As in the Box Car Racer song “There Is”, they sing, “That there’s someone out there who feels just like me, There is.” Relationship is powered by the sharing of emotional intimacy with someone where two minds become one. This song means so much to me, not because it’s a feel good, but because whenever I am down in the dumps, it reminds me that there is a plan for me, a plan where I will form these emotionally intimate relationships with other people.

For some people, they feel “happiness” by being “better” at something than someone, but this isn’t happiness at all. This really falls under the category of being a “feel good”. I’m sure you know at least one person whose only desire in life is to constantly prove their superiority over you. To be honest, I feel sorry for these people. They try to divert the pain from their own insecurities by convincing themselves that they are somehow “better”. Nobody who carries on this mentality will ever find true happiness, for to find happiness in relationship, one must feel happy when his companion succeeds, not suffers.

People need other people to survive; that’s what makes us human. It’s our compassion that separates us from all other animals. When a baby is born, the doctors make sure that the baby experiences human contact, for if he doesn’t, he may not survive. Even Thoreau couldn’t handle being away from all humanity for more than a few years. Think about the last time you felt the deepest sense of happiness. True happiness. I’d bet that it came from relationships with other people. At this point in my life, I have but one experience that stands out as the moment of my most intense happiness. After delivering my Kairos speech, I was filled with an ineffable rush of happiness in the purest state. I felt this from the relationship I had just created with all 50 people present. I knew that those people “felt” like me in that one overwhelming moment. The compassion I felt in that one, single moment… it was the best.

Now, this is just my interpretation of happiness in a few words. This is how I feel. As I said, it can’t be defined, but felt. So I urge you, desire relationship. Cherish it. And as a close, live loving and love living.

Vincenzo el Nino Defends Oklahoma State


By:  Vincenzo El Nino

            Yadam eloquently defends Alabama’s BCS National Championship appearance, but I’m here to tell you why the boys from Stillwater are getting screwed out of playing for that pretty crystal ball. 


Now, I’m not going to be the village idiot and tell you that the SEC isn’t the best conference in college football…I mean come on. How many times does a conference have to win the National Championship in a row to prove that point?

Cam says "4"

  But I have a feeling the boys from Oklahoma State may just disagree with that. “Naw, you guys, no way! Any idiot could see that the SEC is better than the Big 12? Right? Right?” The answer is no, we can’t. Football games aren’t settled on paper, or on the TV, or on College Game Day. They’re settled on the field. So who’s to say the Big 12 couldn’t keep up the boys down South? Certainly not Alabama or LSU- they played a combined 0 Big 12 teams. What about the third best SEC team, Arkansas? Well they played a mediocre 6-6 Texas A&M halfway through the year. How much did they beat them by, 50? 100? 200? Nope, four. Four measly points separated the two teams. Well…..let’s go to the computers, certainly they’ll tell us how much better the SEC is. What’s that? The computers say Oklahoma State is the second best team? And Oklahoma is the seventh? And…..Kansas State is the…..fourth??? I didn’t even know K State had a football team. My point is, the only thing keeping the Cowboys out of the big game is the voters…and who can blame them? All they’ve seen the past five years is SEC dominance; of course they’re going to side with Alabama. But until you put Oklahoma State (or whoever) in the Championship, we’ll never break that mold.

            Now hold on, you say, Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State. How can they possibly deserve a shot for the title? Well that has a justification, as well. Iowa State is no slouch- in fact, they’re an upset machine. They’ve beaten powerhouse Iowa 8 out of the last 15 years and were host to Oklahoma State on that fateful November 18th night. Wait, did you say November 18th? Yes, yes I did, self. Indeed, that is an entire one day after a plane crash killed two women’s basketball coaches, a school tragedy that makes the Penn State incident look like child’s play. (Pun intended-I’m sorry if that’s in bad taste, but deal with it.) And when 100% of Ames, Iowa stormed the field that night after a double overtime victory, Oklahoma State should not have been seeing their dreams be whisked away by a cyclone.

Ames, Iowa....maybe?

Lastly, Alabama vs. LSU is just a lose-lose. If Alabama wins, how can you call them the real National Champions? They went 1-1 against a debatably better team. If LSU wins, well, they’re better than Alabama, which we already knew. So BCS officials, if you’re reading this (and I suspect you are) it’s not too late to change your minds and put the Cowboys up against LSU. You’d be doing us all a favor.


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