I gotta say, i’m loving the deep and thoughtful excerpts we’ve been reading. I’m probably the only one who’s said that, but nonetheless i still think its interesting. One connection between Emerson and Thoreau’s thoughts that i immediately noticed is the nature concept. They both look at nature in a spiritual manner.The main idea of the first portion “Where i lived and what i lived for” is that the land he wishes to build a house upon already has a history of previous owners with their own lives and struggles. He also mentions seeing future inhabitants who will live their lives there. The conclusion is how Thoreau comes to the realization that a person who confidently strides in the direction of their dreams will succeed much better than they had originally imagined. The benefits of Thoreau’s experiment include a simple break from society. After living so long in society’s conformity, it must be satisfying to break away and live in the rule-less woods for a while. I personally don’t think i would miss anything. Living in the woods away from society seems like such a peaceful and stress-free life. I would definitely be able to do it. Some things a reader should take out of transcendentalism is that some of its concepts should be taken and implemented into some of our lives, especially the nature concept. We should better understand that we all should be sharing the nature and planet, rather than claiming territories.
While reading Civil disobedience, i began to question things in our society, mainly in regards to the government. I personally believe that the government shouldn’t be as involved as it is, but i still believe it should at least exist. The role of government is to control us, its citizens, and keep us under its control. That’s also its role to each individual citizen. to control things and keep things in order (even though they fail at that half the time). i believe that a government that commands my respect is one that is a constitutional one. they make the rules, and they expect us to simply obey them. the role of civil disobedience in todays society is to obtain things without violence, such as marches. its meant to disrupt people’s daily life so they become aware of the thing the people are marching for. i believe that its effective because people are going to notice if their day is being disrupted because of civil disobedience. it makes people listen, and consider.
Over the course of this entire debate, my views of argument have changed drastically. Instead of mindless bickering back and forth, i have learned that an argument is much more complex than i had originally thought. It taught me how to better form an argument, even for small things. Instead of just coming up with a weak argument, i can better formulate one. At the beginning of this unit, ill be honest. I thought it was stupid, pointless. When i found out we were actually debating one-on-one, i panicked. I hated the fact that it was one-on-one, because i instantly felt pressured to not embarrass myself. I didn’t really take the debate seriously until my turn to go was around the corner. Thats when i really started to get it together and prepare. The experience of debating in general has helped me become better at it, and it kinda helped my social anxiety, too. Now, coming up with everything in the actual debate was rather difficult. Im the type of person that prefers knowing whats going to be said, and whats going to happen, but i didnt have that choice in this debate. So writing the debate was kinda hectic for me. But overall, this entire thing has been an experience. Its taught me important elements to an argument, whether it be one in everyday life, or its a professional debate.
i think that the purpose of independent reading is to try to show students just how fun/interesting reading a book can be. to encourage students to read, you could expand your online ebook selection, because some students dont get books simply because they lose them easily. For my second quarter book, i chose the rose and the dagger. i chose this book because i personally like the series. after reading the first chapter of the book, im not sure what exactly is going to happen. the first chapter is just a flashback. i liked the book as soon as i started reading it, and i couldn’t put it down. As for the book trailer, i don’t really have any concerns, except my lack of ability to create videos (im assuming the book trailer will have to be in a video format.) Otherwise, i don’t have anything else to say about it in regards to concerns.
i’ll admit, i actually enjoyed reading this excerpt. It was incredibly deep and meaningful, albeit hard to understand at times. i believe that man can naturally be good without rules of society. half of the time, society is the thing that causes people to misbehave. Without the norms of society pressuring people, people wouldn’t be so evil. most of the time, it’s society around them that causes them to act evilly and violently. For example, a kid at school may do something violent to a fellow classmate who had previously bullied them. if people weren’t confined by the laws of society, the bully wouldn’t have bullied him. i know this because a lot of people who bully or injure people have been hurt themselves, whether it be emotional or physical. if humans weren’t forced to follow the rules of society, the world and people around them wouldn’t have been treated so harshly. people are influenced by the environment around them, which may pressure people to become violent, like some are today. the rules of society are to blame for this happening. its created judgement and bias throughout the world, the very things that cause people to lash out and be violent, and act in evil ways. thats how i would argue that man itself is not evil, and that society rules have played a large factor in shaping people to be the violent and evil people they are now.
Throughout the entire debate process, i don’t believe my views on gun control have changed. It hasn’t because i just always personally believed that there should be more gun control. The most interesting piece of evidence for my side of the argument, which is pro gun control, is that people still deny it works, although other countries implement it and it works for them. It should be interesting to others because its a common argument with this entire subject, that gun control doesn’t work. Its interesting because although people have evidence to show it does indeed work, they still deny it does. I didn’t know this fact too well before i did research, because i was uncertain on whether or not it actually worked. One source that i always went to was procon.org. There are a lot of sad and depressing emotional elements in my topic, the big one being that children are getting killed every day for no reason. My topic activates these emotions for the audience because its a very real situation. Anybody at any time could be shot dead for no reason. This topic is obviously emotionally charged for reasons iv’e stated above. The debate about my topic is important because it happens often, an innocent person died because the wrong person got a hold of a firearm. Many ethics factor into this debate, in particular right vs. wrong. We are giving dangerous people access to these harmful weapons, and that is wrong. There is only one ethical topic that goes against my debate topic, which would also be right vs. wrong. I personally believe the most important appeals in my argument is the emotional appeal. Emotional appeal is probably the most common on both sides of this debate. i think the most important thing iv’e learned about creating a valid argument is that you need time, and a lot of research. You can’t just waltz in there with nothing prepared and expect to win the debate. it’s a tedious process. this will affect future debates/arguments i have because now i know how to properly form them.
As the title suggests, my topic is gun control. The position I got was in favor of gun control, and i’m not complaining about it. I already supported gun control in the first place, so that’s a bonus I guess. I’m rather against senseless killing so i’m rather glad I got this topic. I already know the basics of this, less guns means less deaths, which is pretty cool. I mean, i’m not complaining, I’d like to know I can walk down the street without getting shot because someone “felt” like it. That’s a bonus. But other than that, I know that a lot of people aren’t really for gun control, which is stupid. The first thing that pops up when I google search it is something about Virginia’s laws with Medicaid and gun control. i don’t really know what that’s about. I’d approach this pretty logically with the same thing i said before, less guns means less deaths. I don’t think it can get any more logical than that, it’s not rocket science. An ethical issue i think people would have with this is what the constitution has to say about it. It says that people have the right to bear arms, but I think a law restricting that would be a good thing. Some people should not be allowed to own a gun, simply because if a gun gets in the wrong hands, a lot of people could potentially get hurt. A strong emotion i can bring into play is sadness. Many families have lost their family members due to unreasonable murders with guns, and this is one big reason why there should be more gun control. People shouldn’t have to be afraid to step outside because of unreasonable deaths. That’s why there should be more gun control.
Well, i didn’t exactly do good in regards to following the virtues. i wasn’t very good at following silence, because im always prone to creating awkward small talk. i dont even think i couldve followed this virtue considering how awkward i am anyways, so failing to follow this one is not a surprise to me. industry is an obvious fail for me because i tend to waste my time a lot, especially when it comes to video games. i have a habit of procrastinating, so this one was rather difficult. tranquility is also another obvious fail, i always get mad at the little things. its very easy for me to get angry, even when theres no reason for me to be. if im in a bad mood, people breathing could tick me off. i didnt fail the other ones as badly as these, so i did better than i had expected.
i thought that the poem “Smile” was a very deep and meaningful poem, with good word choice, structure, and style. it was very well written and thought out. it was very visual, and it had great diction. my reaction to this story was rather sad, i felt the emotions of the character so clearly. the imagery helped me better understand how the character was feeling, and why. A few questions i have for this poem include what inspired it? what does the author mean when he says that “the house is empty? how did the author choose such perfect allusions that fit so well? i think that this poem could possibly be about depression, and that the character can’t find his smile. the character says that hes constantly stuck in quiet desperation, and he seems to feel hopeless about his situation. i think that some allusions are most important to the work, including all the Eagles allusions. they’re important because the song Hotel California is about struggling with drugs, and while this song may not be about drug addiction, it seems to reflect upon the characters personal struggles of life, and not being able to find his smile due to depression. i also think that the allusions regarding the sirens is also important to the poem because it shows that the character feels pathetic and unwanted to the point that even the mythical mermaids, who are known to lure in random men to their deaths, wouldn’t even bother singing out to the character. one last allusion i thought was important was “Thoreau’s quiet desperation”. i think its important because the character often reflects on his life, constantly waiting for something to happen, and being expected to be told what to do. the allusion is important because the character feels lost in this, the quiet desperation, and it might be because he expects everything to be simply explained to him. i also thought the allusion “dynamo of night” was important because the characters depression seems to be caused by a multitude of things, including the forced conformity of society. the character seems to feel trapped by this, and unable to express themselves due to society’s judgement.
The 6 word short story that i chose was ‘Please, this is everything, I swear.’. I chose this quote because i decided that it was dramatic enough for the part in my story where the protagonist approaches his family about something. What he’s approaching them for, i don’t know yet, but it just sounded too dramatic for me NOT to put in. As for what its about, that’s currently a jumbled mess inside my head, but ill try to piece it together for you. The story is about a boy named Joshua who lived in faction York, a futurized version of what is now New York. Joshua and his family live in the poverty section, unlike the elites who bathe in their own riches and success. Joshua and his family, as well as thousands of other people, live in the slum-like area because of generations before them committing crimes or going against the previous presidents of the faction. Once these crimes are committed, all of the next generations are left to suffer in poverty and lay in the shadow of the elite. During this time period, the lunar eclipse that occurs symbolizes the change of ruler ship, and the son of the last president takes control. During this eclipse, Joshua tries to do everything in his power to take advantage of the distracted faction, so him and his family can escape to a close faction nearby that isn’t as cruel as faction York, and offers a better chance at living for him and his family. I don’t know how i came about this story, i kind of just thought it up while trying to write my old story, so this is the brainchild of it. Originally my story was about a technology take over. i also didn’t intend on a happy ending but i suppose that changed too. i don’t know what happened to the original technopocalypse, but this is the brainchild that stemmed from it. The characters haven’t really changed that much, aside from the newest president being more evil. Well, I hope you enjoyed my rambling about the short story i’m trying to write, (and will probably rethink over and over again in a viscous cycle).