Laughs and Lies or Knowledge and Truth?
December 8, 2008By: Emmanuel Lopez
I always wanted to be remembered greatly in someone’s life, so I saw this little kidlicking an ice cream, I ran towards him and smashed the cone in his face. I said “you remember me for the rest of your life,” and ran into the woods. Think that was funny? Here’s another,walking with my brother in the park one day, we see some ducks playing in the pond andquacking around. There were people feeding them, so we decided to go try and feed them aswell. One of the kids feeding the ducks started throwing rocks at one of the ducks trying to mate,when one of the rocks hit the duck it jumped up with feathers flying all over the place. He threwanother one and missed; the duck saw him and decided to run after him. The kid jumped up, andstarted running as fast as he could while screaming for his mom. He headed towards a statue inthe park to climb on top of it, his foot slip on the base of the statue, fell flat on his face and got bitten by the duck. Everyone there was laughing so hard that they couldn’t even breathe. Idropped to the floor laughing and my brother did too. As my brother stands up, I start laughingeven harder while pointing at my brother, he had lain down on a pile of duck feces and had itsmudged all over the back of his shirt. From that day on all I ever really wanted was to have people remember days like that for the rest of their lives, either by making them laugh or justhaving fun while they’re around me.Whenever I see a comedy show I don’t really laugh at what they are saying, but I take indetail what they are saying and how it actually relates to our world to actually make someonelaugh at those jokes. My favorite kind of stand-up comedy is when comedians try to push the bar on topics like racism and politics. In my lifetime I have been noticing how our lives seem to besurrounded by idiots and run by them too. For example how our country has been in totaldisagreement with each other on immigration, and comedian Carlos Mencia, coming fromMexican and Guatemalan descent, jokes about his childhood and growing up in Los Angeles. Hisfather wanted him to act like the “white man” and only speak English around the house becausethey are in America. It shows that not everyone feels the same about any one thing but mighthave similar views on a topic with quite different details toward it.Since the day at the park, seeing and making people happy has become a hobby to me, allI really want to do is make people happy and forget all of their worries and fears with the magicof laughter. That is why I would like to go to college and major in Psychology, maybe if I knewhow people think, I would have a greater chance of helping people be comfortable, happy, andlaugh while with me. I always thought that if you are good at something then be even better at itthen you are now and since I really love doing that maybe I thought I could make a career of it.Hold up. Those three paragraphs you have read were written as a draft for a collegeadmission essay on June 22
, 2006 while I was in UW-Madison for the PEOPLE Scholarship