by Jason LeBeck
Gabriel Eric Miller (Gabe McBiggie) is a senior here at Clatskanie Middle/High School, and is a self-defined “person.” As a “person” Gabe says his responsibility in life is to be as free as possible. He says that he “hates communists, racists, and football” because these things are contrary to a life lived in true freedom. “Okay… but how are the things you just listed opposed to freedom? What is true freedom and why do you, as a person oppose those things?” I asked. Gabe said, “well, I don’t think I need to explain myself for the racist part of that spheal, but in terms of the little things we seem to put so much focus on like football, it makes us forget the important parts in life - like loving one and other.” Gabe continued, “and in terms of communism, it is an ideology that limits freedom of press, speech, and expression so I (as a person) am opposed to it.”
From here I pressed on, “okay then, what do you plan to do with your life (considering your “person” philosophy and such)?” “Well, I want to play Call of Duty on Xbox Live for the rest of my life” he said. I was confused because as a “person” I thought he’d have some fanatical spheal about how he’ll cure cancer and make education an international opportunity for all children, but nope! Xbox Live it is! “Gabe,” I asked, “why do you want to play Xbox Live for the rest of your life if you have such noble ambitions?” He responded, “well, Xbox Live actually opens you up to people from all around the world, and it’s a great way to meet people and try to talk to them about their life and hopefully be a good influence in their life.” He went on to explain how Xbox Live chats enable him to enjoy playing video games and being lazy, while making a huge impact on the lives of others - thus, satisfying his love for laziness and for helping others. “Yeah, I’m kind of an oxymoron because I am very lazy but I care so much for the people around me and I really want to help them.”
At this point in the interview, I asked Gabe if he has any final words. His answer? “Nope, sorry brother, but the world speaks for itself in how messed it all is n’ stuff, but I just do me and keep on vibin’ with the flow (aye).” I said jokingly, “Gabe can you reiterate what you said in understandable words and syntax?” Gabe responded, “hey man, I ain’t askin’ you to be a flubbin’ grammer Jesus on me right now (aye); I’m vibin’ wittout no hata’s tryna frick me but I keep with tat bruddha (aye).”
Well Gabe, in your own words, “you do you and I’ll do me.” We here at CMHS really appreciate you, Gabe! Keep on being a “person” and sticking up for people who’ve been through tough things! Best wishes for your future endeavors!