Thursday, May 19, 2016

Viewing History From One Perspective

Viewing history from one perspective can be utterly devastating. Like in the case of the Native Americans. If history was only shown in the point of view of the Europeans, we would have known how the Native Americans saw things. Viewing history from one perspective can leave a stigma, stereotype, or prejudice towards the other group.

In this image, two Native Americans are saying that we are honoring one terrorist, yet we are also condemning another. In this case of the image, we are honoring Columbus and condemning Osama Bin Laden and they're saying that it doesn't make any sense. It doesn't, what Columbus did to the Native Americans when he got here was completely horrible. Yet in some textbooks, Columbus is portrayed as a hero when in truth, he isn't. So viewing history from one perspective isn't great because we can't see things from a different from another group.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Does Humanity Win Against Evil, Or Does Evil Triumph?

So what happens when you put good people in an evil, uncivilized place; does humanity win against evil, or does evil triumph? Well, from the Stanford Prison Experiment, college students were placed into two groups: the guards and the prisoners. The experiment would last two weeks. But, the experiment only lasted six days due to what the experiment was doing to the students. They were all good kids, but once they were placed into those groups, that's when things started going differently. It seemed like the power was going to the guards's heads and started to treat the prisoners badly. They all knew that this was an experiment, but given the situation, forgot that. They were supposed to not harm or physically hurt each other, but did after time of abuse. The prisoner put his hand on the guard's throat and backed him up against the wall, and the guard hit him with his baton and that's when they've lost their humanity. So from this example, when you put good people in an evil, uncivilized place, evil triumphs.
 In the book Lord of the Flies by William Golding, kids ranging from ages 6 to 12, all boys, got stranded on an island. Unlike the Stanford Prison Experiment, the boys didn't know how long they were going to be on the island, and when they would be rescued. Over time, the boys have turned from civilized to more savage. Near the final chapters of the book, you can see how the boys have become more savage, and how it got two people killed. So like the Stanford Prison Experiment, when you put good people in an evil, uncivilized place, evil in the end does triumph.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Negative Aspects of Mob Mentality to Lord of the Flies

There is negative aspects to the book, "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding and it applies to the characters on the island. An example of a negative aspect that applies is when Robert is tormented by Ralph, Jack, and the hunters in chapter 7. They were hurting Robert all together, and Ralph participated in the tormenting. He has lost his self-awareness and given in to mob mentality with the hunters. Another negative aspect is in chapter 9 when everyone except Sam, Eric, Ralph, and Piggy attack Simon thinking he's the Beast and kill him. As said, there is negative aspects to Lord of the Flies, and in my opinion, I don't think there's any positive aspect of mob mentality to this book at all.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Lord of the Flies Ch 6 Figurative Language

"... but there were other lights in the sky, that moved fast, winked, or went out..." (95)

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The light is being personified from this quote because it is given human-like qualities. Golding uses this figurative language at this time to show the light in the night sky as something more. Since it is World War II in the book, the lights in the sky is not only the stars, but it is planes being shot down in battles overhead. Golding was using light in the night sky to personify not only the stars, but the shot down planes. I chose this image to best reflect the quote because it has a shore as the book does. There's also a light that is moving downwards like a star, or in this case, a plane serving their country one last time.

Thursday, February 25, 2016


Do you understand another person and accept them for who they are? Well, not everybody does. "Can you teach people to have empathy?" by BBC Magazine, shows that you can teach people to have empathy, and that it's not really hard. Radical listening, looking for the human behind things, and becoming curious can teach you to have empathy for others, and to understand them more. Radical listening is one thing that can teach people to have empathy for others. "Let people have their say, hold back from interrupting and even reflect back on what they've told you so they knew you were really listening." (Magazine pg 3) It's not hard to really listen to someone, and what they've said. All people have to do is listen, and that helps with learning how to have empathy. Looking for the human behind things can teach people to have empathy. (Magazine pg 3) "So when you have your morning coffee, think about the people who picked the coffee beans. As you button your shirt, consider the labour behind the label by asking yourself: "Who sewed on these buttons? Where in the world are they? What are their lives like?" "  By asking some questions about where the everyday things come from, it can teach empathy. Becoming curious can also teach empathy to someone. Especially if they become curious about strangers. "... having conversations with strangers open up our empathetic minds. We can not only meet fascinating people but also challenge the assumptions and prejudices that we about others based on their appearance, accents or backgrounds." (Magazine pg 5) By doing this, people can learn to have empathy, even towards strangers.
I think that all of these things work on learning empathy. Without empathy, all of us wouldn't care about each others feelings, and we would be selfish, self-centered people. I think that the quote on radical listening really tells us on how to do this, and that we really have to listen in order to feel that empathy. The quote on looking for the human behind things, I feel, is that for everything that we have, someone else had to do some labor in order for us to have that. I feel like the quote on being curious about strangers is great too. I could be curious about them, but when it comes to talking to them, I don't see myself doing that because of my shyness. If they were to come and talk to me, then I can see myself talking to someone I don't know. So, the article, "Can you teach people to have empathy?" by BBC Magazine, shows that people can be taught to have empathy by radical listening, looking for the human behind things, and becoming curious about strangers.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mental Illness

People with mental illnesses are all around us and we don't notice. But the article, Mental illness sans cliches by Susan Brink, has an intention. Her intention is to inform people about mental illnesses and she lists some examples from tv shows that do this. In the article, she mentions shows like Monk, The Sopranos, and Cold Case. Page 2, paragraph 4 says, "Truthful portrayals of mental illness and its treatment may be getting better, but television still has a long way to go." This means that tv shows are getting better at showing mental illness properly, and that the treatments are realistic and possible. With this article by Susan, we wouldn't be sure that tv is portraying mental illnesses better. Also in page 2, the last paragraph, it says, "If a guy like Monk can make it through the day, and capture the bad guy to boot, just think what any of us might do." Susan's saying that if someone with a mental illness can triumph, then think what we can do. Page 1, paragraph 2 states, "...they are also lawyers, doctors, mobsters and detectives -- not always lovable folks, but increasingly understandable human beings." This states that people with mental illnesses can be anyone, especially ones with tough jobs. So, Mental illness sans cliches by Susan Brink, has an intention to inform people about mental illnesses, and how tv shows portray them, and how they live with it. Even though some people have a mental illness, it doesn't make them any less than others.