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BERKELEY'S NEWS • NOVEMBER 26, 2022

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Let happiness burn

Only recently have I registered how carefully I hold joy in my hands, clutching it, eyeing it, cautiously awaiting its disintegration. 

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I resisted obsession of boy bands and MagCon boys, avoided indulging in makeup until I was in high school, and certainly didn’t claim pink as my favorite color. But why? Why was it necessary for me to avoid these things?
I resisted obsession of boy bands and MagCon boys, avoided indulging in makeup until I was in high school, and certainly didn’t claim pink as my favorite color. But why? Why was it necessary for me to avoid these things?
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It’s an embarrassing and dangerous place; we've all had moments where we were thinking with our dicks instead of our brain.
It’s an embarrassing and dangerous place; we've all had moments where we were thinking with our dicks instead of our brain.
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Why are certain things considered hobbies, but not others? How come watching movies is a hobby, but watching TV is not? Why is playing video games a hobby, but not watching YouTube? Cooking is a hobby, but eating good food is not?
Why are certain things considered hobbies, but not others? How come watching movies is a hobby, but watching TV is not? Why is playing video games a hobby, but not watching YouTube? Cooking is a hobby, but eating good food is not?
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Only recently have I registered how carefully I hold joy in my hands, clutching it, eyeing it, cautiously awaiting its disintegration. 
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Only recently have I registered how carefully I hold joy in my hands, clutching it, eyeing it, cautiously awaiting its disintegration. 
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I resisted obsession of boy bands and MagCon boys, avoided indulging in makeup until I was in high school, and certainly didn’t claim pink as my favorite color. But why? Why was it necessary for me to avoid these things?
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I resisted obsession of boy bands and MagCon boys, avoided indulging in makeup until I was in high school, and certainly didn’t claim pink as my favorite color. But why? Why was it necessary for me to avoid these things?
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It’s an embarrassing and dangerous place; we've all had moments where we were thinking with our dicks instead of our brain.
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It’s an embarrassing and dangerous place; we've all had moments where we were thinking with our dicks instead of our brain.
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Why are certain things considered hobbies, but not others? How come watching movies is a hobby, but watching TV is not? Why is playing video games a hobby, but not watching YouTube? Cooking is a hobby, but eating good food is not?
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Why are certain things considered hobbies, but not others? How come watching movies is a hobby, but watching TV is not? Why is playing video games a hobby, but not watching YouTube? Cooking is a hobby, but eating good food is not?
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When time warped in on itself and I stepped into another dimension, I didn’t anticipate the whiplash that demanded to be felt.
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When time warped in on itself and I stepped into another dimension, I didn’t anticipate the whiplash that demanded to be felt.
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I think I wanted to learn how to play chess once but, most importantly, I always wanted to "do more unreasonable things, like make plans on a Tuesday." 
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I think I wanted to learn how to play chess once but, most importantly, I always wanted to "do more unreasonable things, like make plans on a Tuesday." 
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It is dystopian for a kid to bear the responsibility of other people’s biases and hatred, so, instead of sending thoughts and prayers, we must act to realize the things we pray for.
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It is dystopian for a kid to bear the responsibility of other people’s biases and hatred, so, instead of sending thoughts and prayers, we must act to realize the things we pray for.
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My identity felt fluid and contextual. Depending on where I was or who I was with, a different aspect of my identity would come forward. When people ask about my name, Aviva, I am Jewish. When people ask about my parents, I am Indian and white. When people ask where I’m from, I say San Francisco.
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My identity felt fluid and contextual. Depending on where I was or who I was with, a different aspect of my identity would come forward. When people ask about my name, Aviva, I am Jewish. When people ask about my parents, I am Indian and white. When people ask where I’m from, I say San Francisco.
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I’m sure you know where this is going — maybe you’ve found yourself in this exact same situation before. You start to confront someone with a problematic viewpoint (let’s be honest too, it was probably a “real” grown-up) about their disagreeable views on politics.
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I’m sure you know where this is going — maybe you’ve found yourself in this exact same situation before. You start to confront someone with a problematic viewpoint (let’s be honest too, it was probably a “real” grown-up) about their disagreeable views on politics.
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There’s another term for breech babies in Malaysian Buddhism and mythology — lotus children. We’re believed to be particularly blessed by the gods themselves, already seated in an upright, meditative pose in our mothers’ wombs.
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There’s another term for breech babies in Malaysian Buddhism and mythology — lotus children. We’re believed to be particularly blessed by the gods themselves, already seated in an upright, meditative pose in our mothers’ wombs.
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