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Respect Life is a crazy thing, you know? We're born, we live and we die. Our lives are unique; everyone is different, yet life is the one thing that we, as humans, have in common. During our teenage years we meet an assortment of different people. We have best friends, close buds, acquaintances, and those people that we never talk to. You know the "unpopular" kids, the quiet ones, and the different. Why don't we talk to them or hang out with them? When it boils down to it, its because we're afraid, yeah, yeah you've heard it a million times, the slaves were not given free rights because we were afraid of them. But think about it for a second, why don't we go sit with that kid that is always eating by himself? Its because we are afraid, we're afraid that people might see us, we're afraid because that one really hot senior might see us sitting with that loser.

But as our parents always tell us, we need to step into their shoes for a moment, that kid's name is Joey, he likes soccer and math, just like you, turns out the reason he doesn't have any friends is because in third grade a kid caught him picking his nose and no one would want to sit with a kid who picked his nose. But now back to you, you decide to take that risk and sit with this unknown kid, you talk, find out he's really cool and you become really good friends, some looser huh? Oh, and by the way, no one really cared that you sat with him and that senior; she doesn't even know you exist.

When I first came to Xavier, being a catholic institution and the good things that...