I can’t fully agree or disagree with the statement “the government is best which governs least.” I disagree in the sense that the government is here to keep the people in control by laws, and not letting everyone do whatever they may please. On the other hand I agree with it in the sense that the government can be in too much control, and try to run the lives of others. The government can try to influence others beliefs based on theirs instead of what is beneficial for the people. The kind of government that commands my respect is the kind that respects everyone, not a government that is trying to perfect the way of living. We are human, and nothing is going to be perfect nor close to it. Civil disobedience makes a difference in a way that people approach protest. It has allowed protests to become more effective in them resulting in being more peaceful. Allowing that gives the protester the higher position.
Reading “Walden” by Thoreau was a whole lot easier than reading “The Divinity School Address.” Giving my brain a break, and reading through Walden was good. Although Emerson and Thoreau are different. One, being all talk and saying how we should live our lives than not doing it. While the other is actually doing what they preach, both thoughts have the same connection with nature throughout. The thought of we is a part of nature nor greater nor smaller. The main idea of the first portion of “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” was where are you living? Where are you spending your time to find yourself? Thoreau goes to Walden and spends two years of his life there. Then throughout the conclusion, we see what Thoreau gains from that experience. You could benefit a lot by leaving society to and live in the woods. Even doing that temporarily you can benefit from that. You can find out who you truly are. Who you are when others are not around. Typically people will paint a different persona on when there are others, but can you really be fake to yourself? Not only can you find yourself but you can learn to be thankful for what you have and using the resources that nature gives to you, hence simplifying your life. Thoreau learns how to simplify his life. It’s a word he couldn’t express enough. You can learn what your real necessities in life are. The biggest thing a reader should take out of the material we have read for Transcendentalism is again, we are apart of something so much bigger than ourselves.
My perspective for arguing has definitely taken a 180 and changed over the course of this unit. Having to debate really put me in the position of the proper way to argue. Seeing people who argue in the wrong way, and making a fool of themselves is something that I don’t want to do. If I took anything from this lesson, it’s to back everything up and know what you are arguing for. The way I argued has for sure changed. I would always ramble on and blurt out any little thought that popped into my head. I never really would think about what I would say, and what could be said against my argument. Even watching my peers argue was a game changer. Right after the constructive was read, you knew who did their research and who didn’t. One of my favorite debate’s was the debate of the legalization of marijuana. Alexa was very prepared and backed everything up, and It was entertaining watching her counter-argument try and argue back. It’s crazy to think that we argue every day, it’s a daily thing, yet little do I think of the proper way to argue when I do, but I do think highly of those who are lawyers or on a debate team. Having a proper argument is based more on just emotion and opinion. It’s all about backing up those opinions with facts and not using fallacies.
I was very intrigued when I first learned we were going to be learning about Transcendentalism. It was neat to see a concept based on the term “transcend.” Something that we can grow from or become a better version of ourselves. I also liked how we used can use analogies to make connections with everyday things that we already know to make a better understanding of something we don’t know. Using those analogies were a really big help when it came to reading the excerpts from “Nature” and “Self-Reliance” by Emerson. Reading both of those excerpts were very difficult, and I would constantly have to reread both excerpts numerous times again and again. Seeing the connection of Transcendentalism to everyday life was pretty cool as well. Something that I also was intrigued with was how the topic of nature was connected throughout both of the excerpts. Reading how we are apart of nature. Were not greater nor below it. Although understanding the excerpts was difficult, It didn’t change my interest in the topic of Transcendentalism. My stance on the belief that Transcendentalists that man is naturally good is something that I don’t agree with. I agree with the belief that man is naturally evil. According to religion, we were born out of sin, and not only going by religion people naturally have bad thoughts. People covet and are greedy, which is associated with being naturally evil. We need things such as laws to keep people in a civil matter. I can see how people argue for the belief that people are naturally good. People who aren’t considered religious can argue that we were born pure, and haven’t done anything wrong. It’s all necessarily based on what you believe in
Independent reading is a good skill to have, but do you think it’s a skill I have? No. If I had the motivation and time of day to read for my own enjoyment, then I don’t even know. I have to force myself to sit down and read so I can get the points for AR, but all in all, I support independent reading. Independent reading is a base for very important skills that people use in everyday life.
As a school, I feel like we are taking the right steps to encourage independent reading, We have a plethora of different books that accommodate to the diversity of different interests that the students of BHS have. BHS’s library is also a very comfy and cozy environment. Having to keep reminding students of the benefits our library has and being in the library more often should allow students to browse for much more than an AR book.
Going to the library and picking up a number of different books, I selected the book ‘Release’ by Patrick Ness. It is about a boy who is gay and is faced with the struggles of living with a very religious family. I was drawn to this more than the other books I looked through due to how this book can relate to a friend of mine. I could connect with this book because of that friend, and see how a book can depict her situation, I can receive a better understanding of what she is going through. After reading the first paragraph of “Release” we see that the protagonist, Sam, lives in a strict household. He is getting ready to be going to a going away party. Sam wants to escape this small town in Washington, and my expectations for this book are going to be his journey of leaving Frome, Washington. My initial reaction to the first chapter of “release” was how relatable it was. Being a teenager and living with strict parents was pretty relatable.