I do not disagree or agree with the statement “government is best which governs least” because over many years I have learned a lot of things and one thing that I certainly learned is that government can be helpful, but it does not mean it is good. I learned this while I was in Bolivia and if you think that our government is too involved with our lives, I don’t believe that you should be angry or at least not right now because what the US government is just trying to do is make the US the most powerful country. This was very different compared to the Bolivian government because most of the people who work for the government wanted to get all the money that belongs to the people into their pockets. Well, at least the U.S government knows that if they want to become powerful they first have to get the support of the people or they are not going to get anything done. Government is defined as a system of people, laws, and officials that define and control the country that you live in. The Government is responsible for people’s affairs and it tries to assume certain outcome or forms of behavior considered desirable by those who use political authority. I believe that we need to refuse certain laws of governmental if you want to stand out and tell people in authority what you stand for. For some laws do not belong to us. I believe this is very effective because other people can easily stand by your side without actually committing a crime.
The connections that I made between Thoreau’s thoughts and Emerson’s were that they both believe solidly that by living with nature we could discover the physical aspects of what it truly means to be a man, our soul would be closer to God, and our imagination would be uplifted to change our lives. Thoreau was trying to point out the concept of what he lives for and the goal of his life was to live deliberately as he stated “To front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” In the beginning, Thoreau’s talks about all the places where he was looking to settled down. Then he found the perfect spot to settle down which was the Hollowell farm. He was about to buy when the wife decided to change her mind and decided to it which Thoreau was not upset about it. He realized that the choice the women made might have been for the best. Instead of buying the place he decided to settle down at Walden pond were he build his house close to a stream. Thoreau decided to stay there because it was far away from society and he wanted to come something out it. As he said “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world.” In the conclusion, he talks about how he left the woods because he wanted to do something else instead of staying in the wild for the rest of his life. He felt like he was doing the same thing every day which he did not like, he believes that people had the right to follow their own path. If I want to the woods by my self to get me closer to the “world”; I think I could not be able to stay their very long, because I could miss my family very bad especially the ability to talk with them.
Independent reading was created to encourage people to read eight books over the period of the school year. To me, this does not sound much because I usually read about two books every two weeks. I do not do this because I love reading, but because I know that reading can boost your intelligence, and can make you become more empathetic, which could improve your memory and your IQ score. This does not mean every book in the library is “good” for you. Studies had shown that people become less empathetic toward other people if they read horror because their brain becomes used to death, desolation etc. I believe the best way to encourage and make reading fun is by rewarding people who read books. This will bring more people to read and it will help them later in their lives especially when the time come for them to make their own decisions. We should do this by putting a container in front of the class and as the student read a book they can get a ticket and they can put in the container. At the end of the market period, there will be a drawing and the winner could win a movie ticket or a free past for a blog. This, I believe will make more people want to read more and give the opportunity to enjoy too. To be truthful I’m very concerns about the book trailer because I still do not know how I’m going to do it. I’m also hoping that it will not take a lot of time, but overall I’m very excited about it!
Even though, after reading the excerpts and discussing in class, I’m still confused on what the word Transcendentalism means. Initially, I thought it was a word describing a person who went through many changes to become someone better or wiser. It is a well-educated guess, even though I just I went by how it sounded instead of what it actually meant. After reading the excerpts from “Nature” and “Self-Reliance” I got a better understanding of the meaning of the word and its purpose. For example, in “Nature” we learned that if we let go of all the materials we have stored in this world and instead focus more in our natural world we will immediately see a lot of changes in our lives. If we start to focus more on the natural world than the things that our society made us belief which is called egocentrism then overtime egocentrism will disappear from our thoughts. As the text says “I become a transparent eyeball. I am nothing. I see all. The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part of parcel of God.” When the time comes to choose between deciding whether humans are naturally evil or inherently good, I can’t choose between both of them because base on past experience I have met many great people and at the same time I have met many evil ones. The first type of people I’m going to talk about are the ones that want to be your friends only because of how well known you are or because they want something out of you. But when the time comes when you are in trouble they will just turn their back on you and actually start talking bad about you. I have met many people who are like this, but it does not mean that our entire society is “fake” or should I say evil. Throughout my life, I have also learned a very valuable lesson and that is; no matter how evil someone might look, they are always something good inside all of them and even if it is just a speck of goodness. I personally believe that the people who have trouble being themselves or being a true friend. They are like that because they do not know better. But, I do believe they naturally contain some sort of goodness inside.