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1.) Do you agree that “that government is best which governs least?” What is the role of government and what is its role in relation to the individual citizen? I would say that I don’t agree with Thoreau’s statement because right now, the US government has already been completely ineffective in getting anything done, especially since Drumpf’s presidency. The most recent examples being the Parkland shootings (ongoing lenient gun laws) and the two government shutdowns (that did accomplish something, but took millions of dollars to do). As a country, it seems that we’re also not making any progress in moving forward when it comes to social issues. For the most part, we’re actually moving backward and the government hasn’t taken the initiative to change that. The role of the government is to make sure its citizens are being taken care of. The government is supposed to create a safe environment and try and benefit their citizens as much as possible. 
2.) Thoreau states that “Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it. . .” What kind of government commands your respect? Why? A government that is open minded and beneficial to the lives of all its citizens is the type of government that commands my respect. It’s obvious that government = corruption. Many times the average citizen is taken advantage of and the rich just get richer (which is only a small percentage in the US). People who are morally good and accepting of everyone have always been respectable in my eyes because it shows that they are open to new ideas, not just their own.
3.) Thoreau’s essay has influenced major figures such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. in the way they approach to protest, which has, in turn, become the guide to modern protest movements. What is the role of civil disobedience today? Is it still effective? Why? The role of civil disobedience today is to allow people to be able to voice their opinions on issues with hopes that they get heard.  I do think it’s effective because when people cause a stir (even if it’s peaceful) others just walking by or seeing it on the TV will wonder “what’s going on?” and most likely look into the topic and what it is. This then makes people more aware and possibly can influence them into becoming fellow believers. With a huge following, the government will eventually listen. 

Blog 15

Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s ideas were very similar in the fact that they all revolved around nature. The main idea of the first portion of the excerpt “Where I Lived and What I Lived For?” and of “The Conclusion?” was that simplicity is key. If I were given the opportunity to go live in the woods all by myself for two years, I would decline the offer. I am a fairly social person and that just seems like it would be super lonely. Just having to talk to myself and only hear my own voice every day would drive me crazy.  The only benefit I could see coming out of that experience would be the fact that I would probably develop a deeper appreciation for nature.

Stuff I would take with me:

  1. my dog
  2. Funyuns (my fav veggie)
  3. solar powered charger and phone
  4. farm
  5. tiny house equipped
  6. leprechaun
  7. pope francis
  8. shoes
  9. internet
  10. wardrobe
  11. Duba
  12. chocolate milk
  13. satellite TV
  14. foam mattress
  15.  soap
  16. eating utensils
  17. a tree (to put in my tiny house)
  18. a camera
  19. eyebrow comb
  20. tweezers
  21. toothbrush
  22. toothpaste
  23. shampoo
  24. conditioner
  25. hair brush
  26. lots of toilet paper
  27. loofah
  28. towels

The modern reader would learn that transcendentalism is cool and intellectual. They would also learn that humans are not the center of the universe and nature is what makes the world what it is.

The end.

Real Blog 14

Image result for gifLet’s be honest: the majority of students probably wouldn’t read if they didn’t have to. So independent reading forces students to have to read so their grade doesn’t drop a whole letter grade. Now I know, reading is good. It exercises your mind and entertains the reader in a far better way rather than watching a screen, which requires very little thought. I don’t really know any tricks that BHS could use to encourage it’s students to read because I normally just don’t have time to read. Honestly, AR is just a huge inconvenience and is just more added stress. It really doesn’t make me enjoy reading anymore then I already do, and if I find the right book I can read it in one day. So  BHS, just let me read when I want to and can actually be able to tolerate the book that I’ve so carefully looked for and researched.

The book I chose to read is a memoir called “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed. I basically just chose it because at one point it was really popular and raved about, and it seemed a lot more interesting than the cheesy teen drama garbage that I was finding a lot of (@BHS library and Mr. Burrell: that wasn’t a dig at you, I was just lazily skimming the titles in the limited time I had to find a book). In the end, I’m guessing the speaker is probably going to find herself spiritually, and have a huge life altering change for the better after she finishes hiking the Oregon Trail. So far the first chapter was a very detailed description of how her mother died from lung cancer so it was extremely depressing, but it sets up the rest of the story and also shows the beginning of her real-life character development. I have no concerns about making a movie trailer because I’m a boss and will rock the socks off of Mr. McGarry.

Blog 14

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My first thoughts on transcendentalism were that it seemed very pretentious. That is probably very unintelligent of me to say, but I do not care. I think I felt that way because I was ignorant to the subject at hand. Now transcendentalism really is not that bad,  because after I  reviewed it a little bit more, I came to understand what Emerson was talking about. “Nature” and “Self-Reliance” were both very interesting and intriguing because Emerson was very descriptive and although you had to take a minute to interpret the many metaphors, it wasn’t hard to decipher.

According to transcendentalists, man is naturally good, but in my opinion, it depends on the environment that they grow up and live in. It also depends on the rules of the society that you live in. If society taught children that it’s okay to harm or hurt other people, then the child would grow up believing that idea. This can already be seen in countries that have child soldiers. People will naturally follow the “wrong” and “right” way that they are taught. There are very few exceptions that people break away from the rules and do whatever they want. If there were no rules in society, most people wouldn’t do “evil” things based their own intuition or self- conscience, but there are the psychopaths of the world so there is always that small exception. So I do not have a concrete answer to this question because the question, in my opinion, is a bit more complicated than a “yes” or “no” response. Sorry if my response is confusing though, hopefully, I explained my thoughts the best way possible.