Vertigo; Blog 19

The movie is different, and it’s keeping my interest. I’ve been racking my brain to figure out what the twist ending could be, and now I’m so intrigued that I can’t wait to finish it. I like the relationship between John and Midge. Midge is probably my favorite character because she just does her own thing and she is funny.I don’t mind John’s character but there seems to be something off with him. Madeline, I haven’t figured out if she’s actually possessed, crazy, or making the whole thing up. Now the relationship between Madeline and John makes me uncomfortable. One, she’s like half his age. Two, she’s married, And three, they barely know each other. He’s just some random guy who saved her, and she’s his best friends wife. What is their relationship based on? Because as far as I can see, they’re strangers. Also, how has she not noticed he’s been following her for days? He’s in the same car, he follows close behind her, and many times they’re the only two on the road. I really like the idea of her being possessed by a dead relative though, it’s interesting. Also the similarities between them is a cool touch. I also liked the painting Midge made, even though John didn’t find the humor in it. I’m not really sure what the end will be, but the whole possession thing might be a lie and she could’ve just made up the entire thing to get away for her husband because she hates him. Or the husband could be drugging her, because he wants to mess with her so he can take the family fortune. Or perhaps John could have actually fallen off the roof, and he made up this entire scenario in a comatose state. I really like the movie so far and I can’t wait to finish it. I think, for the most part, it’s perfect.

Blade of Grass; Blog 18

I love the symbol Walt Whitman uses for society. I have never thought of society, and individual people as in depth as Whitman. Transcendentalism really shows in his work and takes each ideal to heart. It’s honestly beautiful. I also really appreciate the humor he incorporates in Section 52. It’s amazing to read someone’s soul. Many times when we write, we try to sound perfect, we try to sound like someone else. Whitman on the other hand, openly confesses to contradicting himself. He wasn’t trying to incorporate confusing language, and lengthy lines. He was simply telling his thoughts. His path to transcendentalism, and I find it beautiful. Section 52 was perhaps my favorite section. Possibly because he invited humor into his writing, but also because it’s real. He is saying that he has given his writing to the world. And as he returns to the earth, his writing will remain. He is dying, he has spent years of his life, dedicating himself to this poem, and this section perfectly captures his hope and ideals. The questions he is asking. Everyone has asked these questions. You can see this every day. Everyone is asking questions about who they are and what they’re doing. You yourself has asked these questions. Maybe you are still asking these questions. Maybe you have even found the answers. I know teenagers and young adults are trying to find the answers to these perpetual questions that weigh on each individual and society as a whole. Also the practice of talking instead of doing. Everyone seems to have an opinion about what should happen or what you should do, but when it comes down to it, they do not take their own advice. Asking questions instead of trying to find the answers. it’s much easier to ask someone else, or find someone else’s answers and opinion instead of forming your own. Especially with the entire world at our fingertips, laziness has skyrocketed. And also the practice of following instead of leading. Of course it’s easier to follow a path than make your own. Honestly, I do not really have any questions or concerns, and I’ve expressed all my thoughts already. I think we talked in depth about the poem, and for the most part I understand it. Or maybe I don’t understand it at all and this confusion runs so deep I can’t formulate a questions. Anyway, I wouldn’t rate this poem. It’s a beautiful piece of work, and to “rate” it would diminish the integrity or it. Although, the poem was stunning.

Blog 17

In history class, we are currently learning about the Great Depression, and the incompetence of Hoover.  So at this time, Hoover enforced a hands off type government, as in he didn’t develop a strong government, which aided the suffering of the people.Don’t worry, I’m getting to the point. Without the governments help, the people struggled and until FDR came in and introduced the New Deal, which provided government help for the people. I think a strong government is helpful, of course, maybe a government smothering all aspects of life could be detrimental to each individual. A government should provide help and structure as a whole, which extends to the individual. In the world, there have been so many different types of governments ranging between dictatorships to anarchy. So what works best? There is no answer. Each individual has different needs and different opinions. Some feel one person being in charge such as a monarchy, someone who they associate with god, is the right way to go. They feel safe with one mind controlling what happens. Others want a more open government, a type of government where everyone has equal political power, such as an isocracy. Some want no government at all, they want anarchy, everyone meets their own needs and demands and there are no laws in which to live by. There are some that fall onto medium grounds, like a democracy, where everyone votes for one person to be in charge. Personally, I think everyone should be equal, we should all share and work together with the belief that everyone and everything matters. Not really communism, or socialism, but maybe democratic socialism. A protest that breaks laws, but is structured and organized as to not harm any individual or system is very effective. Peacefully demonstrating your beliefs and or voicing your beliefs, though doing it in such a fashion that it draws attention yet doesn’t harm anyone. This is the type of protest that has created movements throughout history. Today you can find protests and rallies all over the place. Although when rules are being broken, such as civil disobedience, it can effectively bring a debate or belief forward. If one is willing to break rules yet be civil enough to not harm anything in the name of their belief, a sort of moral standing is developed, one that gains respect of others and possibly convinces them to have a similar mindset as yourself. Sometimes you must break a few rules to get your point across, but you do not have to fall into anarchy.


Forget society, be one with Nature- Blog 16

Thoreau’s writing style is a stark contrast to Emerson’s writing. The topic’s they write about are in the realm of Transcendentalism, although they bring these ideas into their writing through different methods. Emerson and Thoreau both think of Nature as ultimate and a place where everything is equal and simple. They also both think the writer of your story is you. They one who determines our lives is ourselves, and we must count on ourselves and no one else to achieve absolute. The first half of the excerpt is simplicity. Live life using only the bare essentials and cut out all other unnecessary things that clutter true happiness. The second half of the excerpt, or the conclusion, is about Thoreau drawing conclusions from what he did in the woods and how he lived, to what he learned. I think a major benefit of living in the woods is truly appreciating what the world has to offer and not taking little things for granted. You could find use in the smallest things that you once overlooked. You could get back to nature and connect with the earth in ways you never did before. You would learn to cherish the earth and nature and the animals and the land. I would miss my family and my friends and especially my dog. I would also miss indoor bathrooms, running water, funny cat videos and the ease of modern life.  Honestly, you never know what kind of person you are, or what you would do in a specific situation until you’re faced with it. I could say I’d be able to leave behind society to live in the woods for two years, maybe  for the reason of evading taxes… but until I am faced with the decision to throw society to the wind, I can’t really say. I would like to think I could. Nature is beautiful and I’ve always loved the woods, although, it could prove too difficult for me to sustain living in the woods, but it does sound very appealing. Hopefully someone today would read a transcendentalist work and realize that we, human kind, are not above anything else in this world. We are one, we are Nature, and we should see the beauty in it, and see it as our equal. And also, be able to recognize that we should rely on ourselves, not other people to find our way.



No wonder you’re not a math teacher… Blog 14, again.

A long, long time ago, in a land, far, far away, a man whose name I shall not say, created accelerated reader. And thus started the decline of adolescent happiness. On one hand, the introduction of graded reading could open children’s small minds to a world outside of this little box of reality that society allows. On the other hand, children may decide they hate reading because it’s been forced down their throats. And after school, may actively avoid cracking open a book longer than a few chapters, in fear of reliving the horrible pain inflicted on then during their childhood. Although, in my own opinion, I truly love reading. Except I found my love of reading outside the crushing walls of classrooms, and away from the droning voices of teachers. The overall concept of reading being instilled in schools is not crazy, in fact, I think it’s wonderful and helpful to children. Not only does it help you, the reader, become a stronger writer yourself, but it also gives insight into other opinions, and topics you may never have thought about. The book I chose for independent reading is called Even The Darkest Stars. I chose this book, wait for it… by the cover. No, actually, the title drew me in, mostly because I love astronomy. When I read the title, I thought it would be a very interesting book to read, and it was different from other books I have read, which is always nice. Okay, so I have already read well over half the book, so give me a moment while I reread the first chapter. So after reading the first chapter, I was really intrigued by the setting developed. The entire book is set in a fantasy world where there are dragons, and magic, and mythical creatures. I thought that the main character would try to meet the royal explorer and make a fool of herself. Which, inevitably happened. I really love how this book is different to anything I have read prior. I am not really sure how I will add in all the events and elements that are in this book. The amount of special effects that would have to go into a trailer is outrageous. Though I will try my best.


Good, or just resisting the urge to be bad; Blog 14


I think transcendentalism is a very interesting belief. With this belief, everyone is connected, and everything is connected. We are just a small part to a whole. I personally believe that everyone and everything is connected and a piece of something larger. Are we each a small part of god? I’m not sure, but each of us has a role in life, whether each person’s destiny is mapped out or not. Both “Nature” and “Self-Reliance” resonated with me. Each in their own respected ways, but both none the less. Now on the subject of humanity as a whole being naturally good or evil. It’s a concept many people have struggled to find an answer for. There’s not one answer that can be applied to humanity, as each person is different in many ways. On one hand, many believe we are born good. Although, there are children who are “evil”. Some are psychopaths, and destructive, and violent, and malicious. But before we explore this topic, we should break down what “good” and “evil” really mean. Someone who is “good” may be kind, and helpful, and have humility, and integrity. There actions have good intentions, and help people just to help them, because they want to. Now someone who is “evil” may hurt people because they want to, their intentions are bad. Also, we can’t separate people with


these labels just by looking at their actions, because someone who does a good thing might have done it for the wrong reasons, and vice versa. The concepts of “good”, and “evil”, come down to intentions. So what are humans intentions? Well, it differs from person to person. One person may have pure intention, another may have malicious intentions. Humanity as a whole can not be labeled as either “good” or “evil, because each person is different. An obvious example of this is war. When we think of war, we think bad, which is true. War itself is bad. So is everyone participating in a war bad? No. Most people in a war are fighting for their country, their freedom, their beliefs. That’s not bad. They are fighting for their families and those who can’t fight for themselves. So war is bad, but the people aren’t necessarily “evil”. Humanity as a whole is just a collective of billions of individuals, therefore, one cannot say it’s good, or evil, it just is. Each individual may be good, or evil, but Humanity cannot be. And on that note, each person has the potential to be both good, and evil. Each individual is a mix of both, they can be “good” sometimes, an “evil” other times. Good and evil are both very vague concepts, and trying to label something as either one or the other is foolish. Does anything purely “good”, or “evil” actually exist? Or is everything just a collective of positive and negative events and intentions?



Hindsight is 20/20; Blog 13


Everyone has argued about something at least once in their lives. We all have our own opinions about issues and things, and when we face someone who has a different view on that issue, an argument may emerge. Sometimes arguments can have positive effects, such as both party’s learning and understanding more about that issue, and possibly even rethinking their beliefs for the better. Other times though, which is almost everytime, neither party’s learn everything, and their argument was just verbal attacks against the person and their opinions, nothing of which is supported by facts. Arguments can range from something like the existence of Narwhals to a more controversial topic like if Donald Trump is actually a Cheeto in disguise. Yeah, that toupee is really fooling us. People sometimes have facts, but very little, and they are usually from unreliable sources such as Facebook and or Instagram. This is true not only for teens, but for adults as well. I think as a society we’ve come to just agree with whatever is said instead of doing research to see if it’s actually true. Everyone debates in pretty much the same way. We slip under the other persons bed, wait until they fall asleep, then once they have drifted off, at about three in the morning, we scream at the top of our lungs, “Your argument is invalid”. They panic and wake up terrified, although by this time we have already climbed out the window. We repeat this process every single night until, finally, their spirit has been broken, and they succumb to reality that you are correct. Or is that just me? Anyway, I think the best debate in class was probably Liz and McGarry, because it was interesting and the both people had strong arguments that were stated clearly. I would like to think the way I argue will be improved and informed, but in all honesty, it’s probably not going to change at all. I will still keep the same way I argue. At first, writing the debate was hard, and i stood in my own way, trying to figure out what to write, but after I took some time to really think about my argument, It was much easier to build a persuasive argument.

The Great Debate… Blog 12

At first, I wasn’t really sure whether marijuana should be legalized or not. After doing extensive research for weeks, I have finally come to a conclusion. Marijuana should be legalized. Tobacco and alcohol are both legal, and statistics show that they do more damage to the human body than marijuana ever could. After learning more about the effects of marijuana, both positive and negative, I’ve have research suggesting that there are more positive effects of the legalization of marijuana than negative ones. Something I found very interesting was that when smoking marijuana, users are exposed to higher amount of carcinogens than found in tobacco.And while the association between smoking marijuana and lung cancer remains unclear, marijuana smoke does contains about 50% more benzopyrene and nearly 75% more benzanthracene, both known carcinogens, than unfiltered tobacco smoke. It’s interesting because i originally thought that marijuana helped with eliminating cancer, and while studies have shown that’s true, there are also cancer causing elements within the smoke.I found this from the Alcohol and drug abuse institute. My emotional and ethical appeals tie in together in one aspect of my argument. But for just emotional, it’s also possible that legalization of marijuana could lead to increased incidents of accidental or over-ingestion, especially among children. Studies have suggested there’s been an uptick in marijuana-related hospital visits. When it comes to children, some say that as with other substances, parents should ultimately be held responsible for keeping these substances out of the hands of kids. Of course, underage kids accidentally or illegally eating pot brownies aren’t the only ones getting too high on edibles. With marijuana now legal in some states, it would make sense to see larger numbers of people who have gotten too high turning to hospitals for help, where in the past they would have been scared to admit illegal drug use. It’s worth mentioning that there isn’t much a hospital can do for these patients, besides supervise them and talk them through it. Ethically, people see drugs as bad. So of course I had to involve this, which also has emotional appeal. It’s possible that overuse of marijuana can lead to abuse and addiction, which can hurt a person’s relationships, their work and their health. It could also keep them from realizing their goals or develop themselves fully.Still, if someone’s not prone to addiction or can use without causing any great impact on their life, it seems like an allowable indulgence. Used in moderation, there doesn’t seem to be anything inherently wrong with it, but what counts as moderation? It depends so much on the person and whether they’re prone to be addicted to it.One of the problems is that you can’t really know in advance. There’s no way to know for sure if anyone will become addicted to marijuana. You don’t know what type of person you are sometimes until you start, and then it might be too late. Addiction harms the body, and we’re obliged to take care of ourselves, and it hurts those close to us. That risk is a place where the waters get muddy. You’re taking this risk that may have an impact on yourself, it may have an impact on your family — for merely an indulgence. It may turn out well, it may not, but if you can’t know, it seems to be a reason to proceed cautiously, at least. I wanted to go more logical for my constructive, but this ethical appeal was too large to ignore. I think the logical appeal to my argument, for me, is most effective. Although many just use ethical appeal, and have been using ethical appeal for years, which is why marijuana has remained illegal. On the opposite side, people use that fact that tobacco and alcohol are legal as a reason for marijuana to be legalized. One fallacy is that marijuana will lead to other, harder, drugs. One fallacy for the positive side is that, if it’s not legal, people will continue to abuse it and it will fund illegal activities. Never make up things, have everything based around facts. 



The steaks have never been higher; Blog 11

The topic I have to debate is the legalization of recreational Marijuana. I am debating against the legalization of recreational marijuana. I don’t really favor either side too strongly. On the one hand, if it were to become legal for recreational use, the government could make money off of it. This could potentially boost the economy. Although, marijuana poses possible threats of car accidents, and health problems to those who smoke it. Marijuana can effect brain development. The use of marijuana can cause lung problems such as lung infections, and lung cancer. It lowers your awareness and reaction time which could lead to an increase in car accidents. When looking up the legalization of recreational marijuana, many sites come up about which states are legalizing recreational marijuana.  Also, many sites predict which states will legalize it in the future. There really are no sites about the pros and cons of marijuana though. My logical approach to the legalization of marijuana is that even if marijuana  becomes legalized, drug tests will continue to be given, and you can be fired from your job. Also, a business can not allow both alcohol and marijuana consumption, making it illegal to smoke it in a bar. Multiple public places will still prohibit the use of marijuana, so smoking it outside could get you arrested. Marijuana can cause lung problems, mental health problems, and heart problems. Drugs are bad, ask any doctor. Almost everyone will agree that taking drugs are bad, and that they should not be legalized. Marijuana is also a drug and has an addictive nature. An emotion related to this topic could be fear. The fear that car accidents will increase, and that marijuana could make some people addicted, and could ruin lives. I think the logical appeal will be the most effective, but the ethical and emotional appeal will help to persuade anyone who is still not sure of legalizing marijuana.

Blog 10: To Believe or Not to Believe?

The first amendment to the US Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. Introducing religion in schools could potentially hinder religious freedom for students. Also, let’s not forget that there are laws in place to prevent the merge of Church and State. Religion is an important aspect in many American’s lives, although, we don’t all worship the same god. There are roughly 4,200 different religions in the world, each with it’s own belief system, higher power, and ways of worship. If religion is introduced into schools, how can we assure no student’s religion is left out? What religion would be taught? What if there is no school that shares your same beliefs? Student’s who have different beliefs than the majority of the school could be excluded from class discussions or activities, which could invite prejudice. This could potentially cause intolerance in children. Children would be separated by religion, so they might see other religions as alien and shy away from people who have a different creed. Religion can spark conflict due to strong opposing beliefs, which could cause violence, and bullying within schools. Separation of Church and State allows for religious freedom among impressionable children. There is a fine line between teaching and preaching, and if religion is taught in schools, beliefs could be imposed on students. America was built on the foundations of religious freedom, it’s why America seemed so appealing to many people. Of course, some people don’t believe in a god. According to multiple studies, the percent of American’s who do not believe in God, a god, or gods, is over a quarter of the population. Students are taught information, facts. With the amount of different religions, or lack there of, there is no set way to teach religion without discrediting any beliefs. Religious beliefs also go against some topics taught in schools, such as science. Also, with the inclusion of religion, some parents may be angered by the teachings in schools. They could want their child not to participate in religious activities due to different beliefs, which could take a toll on public schools, seeing as how they run on taxpayers. Of the American public, only 34% of people oppose separation of Church and State. Religion is very important, though to each person, that religion is different, which could cause unwanted conflict. No religion is wrong, although it may be better to keep religious teachings away from schools.