Tuesday, May 23, 2017

HOPE


Image result for hopeHope. Hope is "a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen". Some examples of having hope would be hoping that you good a good grade on a tests, hoping that you go to six flags. In my opinion, I feel that hope is just like a wish. They're almost identical to me. Some people might say that hope and faith are the same thing, but i beg to differ. To me faith is believing in something or that something will happen and hope, like I said, is like a wish; but that's a different topic. Hope comes from desire, wanting something to happen. Hope can be threatened when people talk down on what you hope to happen and make you feel like the thing you hope for are dumb. In all honesty I'm not quite sure what gives me hope.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

"The Ones Who Walk From Omelas"

Image result for the ones who walk away from omelasIn the article "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas", Ursula Le Guin, writes about a place called omelas. In this story the characters very happy people. Well at least they claimed to be so. Their lives were practically perfect. But there was one thing that made their perfect little world not so perfect. The people have a basement that is not roomy at all and in this basement, there is a kid. The kid never leaves the room. It barley eats, or gets up and walks around. It's constantly just sitting on a chair in a corner of the basement and never moves. No one ever really talks to the child or visits him much either. The kid is just very miserable. The people of Omelas also claim that they cannot give the child even the slightest experience of happiness. They say if they let it have a little bit of happiness that it would interfere with theirs. I believe that that's just silly, but in their world I feel that they give the child all of the negative things in life so that the rest of them could be happy. The kid is basically their sacrifice to get endless happiness, as if it was a deal with the devil. When people do come to visit the kid, to see what all the talk is, they're normally adolecants. This is because they have the least understanding about the child and why he has to stay down there. There are some adults/older people that go and visit the child. MOst times they're practically scared, mentally from seeing the conditions the kid are in. Those people sometimes won't talk or leave their house for weeks or for years. The ones who leave Omelas I believe are the ones who are the most scared or are just the ones that think that it's completely wrong to have that child trapped in the basement like that.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Social Justice

Image result for social justice Social Justice is justice in the terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society. Social justice is a major problem in society and I feel that it has always been. This topic should be made more aware of because no one really pays much attention to it. If we knew more about social justice and did something about the issues we had, it could bring more peace to the people in our society and possibly our country.
Several people like to believe that the issues in social justice have been resolved many years ago. For example, when segregation had ended. People think that since people with color have been able to be in the same place as white people or once they were able to even conversate with each other, that all racial issues were resolved, but in reality they haven’t been. People of color are still being mistreated by society and police, they have higher risks of being incarcerated than white people do, just because the color of their skin they seem to be more suspicious and mischievous. These people are of different races, like black, Mexican, and middle eastern races as well. These ethnicities have been targeted a lot lately, especially with our new president. Other issues we have in our society related to social justice are things like LGBT people. In the TED Talk “Social justice-- is it still relevant in the 21st century?” that was presented by Charles L. Robbins, he says something along the lines that yes, in most states of America gay marriage and such has became legalized, but that hasn’t resolved the issues with LGBT people. They are still being looked down upon, bullied, getting assaulted, threatened, and some have even taken their own lives because they were afraid of letting people know the real them or they were being bullied so much they didn’t want to deal with it. Although these issues have been resolved at a minimum, doesn’t mean they have been addressed 100% and resolved completely.
A concern I have lately is the problems with trying to deport everyone who is here from Mexico or any other country. My reason for this is because people who aren’t from America seem to really look up to the life styles people have up here and aspire to get to that place in life. These people come here to live a better life, get better jobs, and have more freedom than they would back home, but they’re now starting to be banned from coming to our country or just deported. Not all of these people are harmful. Even if most of them were, it wouldn’t make a difference if they were caucasian. But since they aren’t it has been seen as a huge threat for our country for them to be here. One of the major things about these situations that bother me is that becoming a citizen of the US is not an easy process nor is it a fast one. I had read about a guy who had to wait 28 years for him to become an official citizen of America. This is why I feel like it’s wrong to be sending these people out of our country because all they want to do is do better in life, which is a process, and they’re being sent back having to restart all over again.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Birthmark

In the short story "Birthmark" by Miranda July, I feel like the girl had regretted getting her port-wine stain removed because she had sensed a loss in herself. For example when someone had told her she lost her "accent". I believe it made her feel like she was basically a new person and was missing a part of herself that she didn't even know existed. Also possibly because the new people in her life wouldn't get to know the person she had been with her port-wine stain. I think to others it represented that she was different, she was beautiful, but that stain had made her different and made her who she was. To herself I feel like her stain makes her kind of ugly and not as beautiful as the other women that don't have a port-wine stain on their face/body parts. I think that when her stain comes back, the reason why her husband feels like they can have a child now because he had that "loose" feeling when it reappears and I believe this was because the girl was okay with it coming back and to me that is a sign of her starting to love herself and being content and accepting of her stain. In my opinion this means that since she has become okay with herself and has possibly learned to love her face the way with is, with or without the port-wine stain, that she can now instill that love into someone else, which would be their kid(s). I say this because when you have a kid I feel as if you need to show your kids to be accepting of themselves the way they are and love themselves as much as they can, which means you yourself should have a majority of acceptance for the way you are. For example, I know someone with something similar to this on their face as well and they honestly has a lot of self love and acceptance of it and themselves, they're okay with it and is very confident of themselves. They are also constantly giving other people advice like about self love as well. So in my opinion this is a reason why I feel like they can have a kid, because she has accepted herself for who she is and can now instill the same acceptance into her and her husbands children.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Happiness

Image result for ron gutmanFor this blog I chose the ted talk “The Hidden Power of Smiling”. Ron Gutman TED talk , “The Hidden Power of Smiling” asserts that smiling will lead to healthier, happier, longer life. Gutman supports his assertion by comparing baseball players and their pictures. He showed about three baseball players from the 1950’s. The first player had a fairly large smile on his face, the second had a slight grin, and the last had no smile at all. He researched all three of the baseball players and the one with the biggest smile lived the longest out of the three. He lived for 79.9 years, the second one lived 75 years, and the player with no smile lived the shortest amount of time, 72.9 years. The author’s purpose is to inform humanity that smiling is very beneficial to us all. It mildly increases our happiness. Being happier is obviously very good for our mental state. Being happy motivates you to do things somehow, which could mean you’re being more active. All in all smiling is good for us and leads to a fairly long and healthy life.
There are other things that stimulate your mind as well. For example, eating chocolate; but Ron Gutman did research about that as well and studies shown that smiling can make you happier than eating multiple bars of chocolate. Studies even shown that smiling makes you happier than even winning money. Seems kind of odd that even winning money won’t make you as happy as smiling.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Surprising of Happiness

Image result for ted talk dan gilbertDan Gilbert in the TEDTALK, "The Surprising Science of Happiness" claims we can be happy without getting the things we really want. Gilbert supports his claim by telling the crowd we have synthesized happiness; when we find happiness in even the most miserable moments. He gives an example of when the drummer of The Beatles got dumped and they picked up a new drummer and the drummer did his own music and claimed that he was happier doing his own thing than he was drumming for The Beatles. This happens because we are convincing ourselves that we didn't need the things we had lost, we're better off without them. The author's purpose of this talk is to show people that we can be happier when things are taken away rather than always getting what we want. When people get everything they want they're not always happy and feeling fulfilled, but when you are given minimal choices you're more appreciative because you feel like it wouldn't have been happier with anything extra.
People can interpret many things from this talk and have their own things they have picked up from this talk. In my opinion people constantly look for happiness like it's something we're missing, but in reality happiness is apart of human nature. As humans we constantly make happiness out of things sometimes without even trying. Also what I interpreted from Mr.Gilbert's talk is that in a way "synthetic" and "natural happiness" are the same. I say this because we naturally synthisize things, like it's a regular thing that happens. So basically no matter what, if we get what we want or if we don't we make something good about it and I thin kthat's a beautiful trait we have, to always find the good in things.