Blog 16

I somewhat agree with this and somewhat do not agree with this “Civil Obedience” excerpt by Thoreau. I think that the government should have control but not so much that it should affect the lives of the people, so much that they have to change to listen to what the government says. That would be out of hand. The role of the government is to maintain society and keep control over the people. They also have a role to help people as a whole. I think that this would be a good thing to be put in place instead of total control. As of individual citizens, I do not think they should be able to control us and our lives as individual citizens. I think the kind of government that would command respect would be a government that listens to people’s beliefs and values. It should not inflict people lives and what they are able to do with it. If the government is harming people rather than helping people, would not be the kind of government that we should have. Civil disobedience allows modern protest movements and people in those protests to exercise their right to freedom of speech and speak up about what they think is right. I do think civil disobedience is still effective today. It is completely okay for people to argue with what they want in the world. There are many movements that have happened across the world because of the people who stand up for what they want and what they believe.  Ever since the beginning of time people have always argued about things. I’m sure the cavemen even did it. I think civil disobedience was more noticeable what it first came about. People share common things and when the first person came out saying that they were against something, I am sure that other people agreed with them and that is how we got to protest.  I think civil disobedience is very important for people to know. People should know that they have the right to say what they want and protest what they want because it is what they believe. 

Blog 15

Thoreau’s thoughts and Emerson’s thoughts are very similar. Emerson thought that you could connect with nature. He believed that nature could help you see clearly and live up to your greatest potential. Thoreau too his beliefs and spent two years in the woods. They both believe that there can be a connection between man and nature. They both also hate society and the way it portrays how people should be. Emerson believes in being yourself no matter what society tells you. The main idea of Thoreau’s “Where I Lived, What I Lived For,” is that we should live our lives how we want to. In “The Conclusion,” he believes that being honest and poor is better than being a cheating rich person. He describes how being rich is not a bad thing. As long as you are happy. The benefits of leaving society would be that one would not have to deal with people who look at them differently or people that think they are different because of the way they act. In the woods, that person can express themselves in whichever way they want to. They can be who they want. Also, they could see if society is the real problem of why they feel the way that they do. On the other hand, I do not think I could live in the woods even if someone paid me a million dollars. I guess it would depend on how long I would be staying there. If it was anywhere longer than a week, I do not think I would survive. I think I could at least maybe give it a try. I feel like most people do not think that transcendentalism relates to today’s modern world. The idea of basically detoxing our life is important. You should get rid of all the negative things in your life and focus on the things that make you happy and make you who you are.  Keeping nature clean and taking care of it are big parts of today’s world. There are very important things and lessons that we can learn about transcendentalism. 

Blog 14

I do not really know what my opinion is on debating. I like to do it, but at the same time, I don’t. I guess it might depend on what I am writing or debating. At the start of this unit, I really did not care for the articles or whatever we read and had to highlight the logical, emotional, and ethical appeal in them. It just was not fun for me. I am sure it wasn’t supposed to be “fun”, but I always hope that I would not mind the class work we did. I just felt like it was pointless not gonna lie. I understand why we did it though. In the long run, it helped us realized the parts of arguments that were meant for certain feelings like emotional appeal. The arguer wants us to agree with them, obviously. When I think about why we did all this stuff before debating, it makes sense. I am sure that if we wrote a debate before we did all the practice, they would be much worse from the ones that we just wrote. I think a lot of people have poor arguments. Adults are pretty bad at arguing in my opinion. That might just be me though. I listen in on some adults arguments and I can think of many things to tell them and come at them with, but I just stay quiet. Overall, I think that teenagers are the worst arguers. We kind of, well I guess we just do, say whatever comes to our mind in the midst of an argument and do not think about what we are about to say. I listen to people conversations around school and when anyone is arguing, they mostly just say things that are completely irrelevant. I am sure everyone can relate to this, with all the conversations that are said through a single school day. Anyway, back to my debate. I didn’t think that this debate was “easy”, but it wasn’t completely difficult. I had fun learning and researching my topic which was gun control. It wasn’t that easy coming up with questions, but other than that it wasn’t too bad. Now I think that debating isn’t as bad as I used to think it was. I think everyone should learn how to debate and argue. 

Debate Topic

My topic for the debate is assault weapon ban and I have to debate pro for it. This is also my personal opinion on the topic. I don’t think we should have certain assault weapons. I do not think there is a need for them. There are plenty of other guns out there in the world for people to use. I know that there has already been a ban on certain weapons I think. I am not 100% sure. Some would argue that assault weapons are for military use only and they do not belong in the hands of people that are not in the military. The people that debate against assault weapon ban would argue that the guns are not the problem, the people that own them are. I would argue against that and say and if we did not have those guns for those bad people then they wouldn’t be able to carry out what they want. That is about all I know about the controversy. When I search this topic in Google search I get some results in the news about putting bans on them. I get results of what the Federal Assault Weapon Ban is. I also get results of what is considered an assault weapon. One way I plan on addressing this topic in a logical approach is bringing up a topic about public safety and statistics. There is an increasing amount of misuse of assault weapons. There have been a lot of school shootings that use assault weapons. An ethical approach to use would be to consider the number of lives that have been lost using them. The main emotional topic I can bring in is about the lives that have been lost to school shootings or any mass shooting in the U.S. I’ll bring in some statistics about what percent of school shootings have been used with an assault weapon. I know that if we would ban all assault weapons there are other guns that people can use in any mass shooting or school shooting, but there is a chance that fewer children would be killed. 

Blog 12: Changes

I think a current issue that could be debated is if teachers should be allowed to have guns in school as a protection. On side of the issue would be that teachers could have guns in school hidden from the students as protection if someone came into the school and was trying to harm anyone. The teacher would have to be trained to use the gun. The other side to the argument would just be against it in general. I am on the side that is against it. Although I could argue both sides, I don’t think it is completely safe for guns to be in the hands of teachers. There are some students that have the idea of shooting up the school and they could easily get the gun from the teacher. If the student knew where the gun was then that would just be a plus for them. I know that the other side to this they would say something along the lines of if an intruder came into the school someone could easily shoot them before they shot any of the students or teachers. But, there are also other ways that you can protect yourself from getting shot like hiding or fighting back.

The 2018 school year was pretty okay for me. It obviously had its ups and its downs. I might have only had one mental breakdown, but I’m sure that I might have one soon if I don’t start this essay for IR. One major thing I would like to change and improve on is my ability to time manage and get my work done, so basically not to procrastinate. I struggle a lot with procrastination because I have my phone 24/7 and I watch tv when I get home. Something that I can do this week or even today to change it is to make time at night to do my work or make my mom take my phone away so I’m not tempted to go on it. The main thing that would prevent me from making this change is my phone. I’m pretty much an addict to it. I would much rather go on y phone or watch tv then do school work. I don’t know who would disagree with me. I hope I don’t procrastinate any more in 2019, and that is my resolution. 

Virtues

I’m really not sure if I would actually take the time again and follow Franklin’s virtues or just take the time to look at them and think about which ones I followed. I do not think these virtues apply to all people even though everyone could probably follow them. I personally didn’t have a lot of problems following these virtues. On Friday, I went out to eat at the hibachi restaurant and might have overdone it a little bit but not too much that I couldn’t function.  Another virtue that I violated was order. I never really have a schedule for everything that I do throughout the day. I mostly just go with the flow of everything. I plan my nights out more than my morning and afternoon. After school, I go to practice, go home, eat, do homework, and go to bed. Sometimes things pop up that don’t go along with that schedule like maybe Netflix. I think i followed frugality. I bought gifts for my friends for Christmas, so I’m not sure if that follows the virtue or breaks it. I’m almost 100% positive that it follows it because the definition is to only do things that benefit you or the people around you. I would say that buying gifts for my friends benefits them. I think the virtues that were the most easy to follow would either be cleanliness, sincerity, or silence. It is not that difficult to go home and take a shower or just to simply put deodorant on before you go somewhere, for example, like school. Sincerity is also not that difficult to follow. All you have to do is be thoughtful to the people around you and let what you say be intentional. Lastly, for silence, it is not that difficult to keep your mouth shut when you want to say something mean to someone or make an obnoxious comment about something. There are somethings that do not need to be said at certain times. Overall, I did not have a tough time trying to follow these virtues that came from back when dinosaurs were alive.

Back to Analysis

Whatever happened to “No more poetry”? When I found out we were reading another poem, my first initial reaction was “Oh no.” But when I opened up the poem, I saw that is wasn’t very long so that was good. I read the first couple lines of the poem and thought that it was going to be a pretty easy poem to read. Little did I know, the words got harder. I don’t think I even knew how to say a couple of them. It is true when people say that you will understand poems better if you read them out loud or read them a couple times. I started to understand it a lot better the third time I was going through reading it. This person in the story is making a model of their own world but in a perfect way. This person worries about the small details of the city or town that they are building. In regards to the theme, I feel like it should have something to do with this person worrying about their made up world and not their actual world. I really think that this person is depressed and is very antisocial. The only thing I did not really understand was the second stanza and the couple lines after that. They really confused me for some reason. The Sound and Sense questions for this poem were a lot easier to answer than “Eldorado.” I feel like there were more details and more interesting things in this poem than there were in “Eldorado.” While reading “The Dodo’s Conundrum”, I was looking for answers to the Sound and Sense questions while I was reading the poem. When we read “Eldorado”, it was harder to answer the questions because they were new to me and I didn’t really know what to look for. Overall, writing poetry has affected the way I read this poem because I look for rhymes and the way I read the poems due to the iambic formation that I used in my poem. I think I actually like writing poetry more than analyzing and reading it. 

No More Poetry

At the beginning of the topic of poetry, I thought I did not like it. I always thought that poetry was boring because there wasn’t a point to the poem or there wasn’t a story to it. Now that we have read a couple of poems I realized that they aren’t so bad after all. I used to think that every poem was somewhat alike. I have realized that one poem is nothing like another. They could sound the same, but it is highly unlikely that they would have the same meaning to them. That is one of the things I like about poetry. Poems are not like short stories. A lot of short stories are the same and have the same theme or point to them. Just like every movie out there. All horror movies are the same. All romance movies are the same. There are not many that are different. When we first started to write the first poem I had an idea of what I wanted to write about but I didn’t know exactly how to write it. I guess I kind of just typed everything that sounded right in my head.  At the time I didn’t really worry about the criteria that were needed. I just went with the flow. The second poem we wrote was much better in my opinion. It made sense and had a meaning to it. Plus it met the criteria, which was a plus. My second poem was about how friendship is like a storm. That the friendship has its ups and downs, but in the end, everything will work out.

I think when poetry is read from a visual standpoint it is much easier to understand. If there is a little skit that goes with it, it would make much more sense in my opinion. Adding images to a poems presentation can show what the author really wants you to understand and get out of the poem that has been written. I feel like if all poetry was portrayed that way, more people would like it and it would be more entertaining. 

Blog 8: Poetry

At the beginning of this, I thought that I wasn’t a person that liked poetry. I never really liked to analyze poems and really figure out their meanings. Especially when there were poems in the PSSAs. I always just skimmed through them and took my best guess. I thought the poems that we have read over the past days were not that bad. I didn’t find any of them boring or any of them putting me to sleep. In my opinion, Eldorado was an okay poem if that makes sense. I understood it a lot more when we went over it the other day in class and looked at every single line. In the beginning, when we first read the poem I’m not gonna lie I was pretty clueless of what it was about. I didn’t know why there was a pilgrim in the poem and what the point of the shadow was. But, I now realized that the shadow meant different things in different parts of the poem.  That was the one main thing that confused me when we read the poem for the first time. The other thing that confused me throughout the poem was why Poe kept repeating the words shadow and Eldorado. Anyway, I don’t think the poem that I am going to write is going to be good at all. I am writing my poem about my friendship with my friends. It is going to be about how we get along together and what our friendship is like. I have a couple lines in mind about what our lives are going to be like in the future. At the end of this, I think I only like a certain type of poetry. I like me only like the simple poetry that has a meaning towards life. There is just something about those poems that make me want to read them all day long. In the end, I hope my poem does not turn out to be bad, but it probably will. I think we’re going to do more poetry so hopefully, I get better at writing poetry.    

Book numero dos

My second independent reading book was called “The Love Letters of Abelard And Lilly”. This is another book that I really liked. It is probably one of my favorites. Wow, I am so lucky to have gotten to read two books in one quarter that I actually enjoyed for once. Most of the times that I try and read books they are too boring to finish. That is the main reason I had trouble trying to read just one book last year. Doing these blogs really helps me actually read a book for once and not just skim through one. Anyway, back to the blog that I need to write on “The Love Letters of Abelard and Lilly”. Like I was saying I really liked this book. I’m glad that I picked it. I picked it because it looked like a good book. It was in the right category I was looking for. That was the classic romance books. This book wasn’t a normal romance story though. Lilly and Abelard both had some type of disability. Lilly had bad dyslexia when she was younger, but it has gotten better as she reads more. She also has ADHD and sometimes goes off of her meds because she doesn’t like them. Abelard has Asperger’s syndrome. I feel like you don’t normally read love stories and the two main characters have disabilities. I like that the author included this because it brings character to the story and shows the characters as who they are. Lily is in one of her classes one day and is about to leave class to skip school again like she always does. She ends up getting distracted to a noise which was coming from a door that never opens because it is broken. She ends up breaking it. I found that to be pretty funny because the door was already broken. She gets sent to the principal’s office and finds Abelard to be there too. Before the principal came in Lily asked Abelard a whole bunch of question and then kissed him out of impulse. What was going through my mind was why did she do that and what was Abelard going to do. Later in the book Lily has to decide if she wants to have a surgery that could make her life more manageable.  Abelard gets accepted into a school in New Mexico. As much as I would love for it to happen I don’t think Abelard and Lilly would work out together. With Lily’s ADHD and Abelard not wanting to be touched, it doesn’t seem like a great idea. In the beginning of the book I really didn’t know what to expect of the book. I didn’t know how I would feel about it. Surprisingly I didn’t hate it or get bored reading it. At some parts I didn’t think it was that interesting, but that was only a couple parts. I’m not really sure if I did empathize with any characters in this book. Maybe I did one time with Lily because I feel like she doesn’t fit in that well and wants to skip school a lot of the time. Sometimes I don’t feel like coming to school just because I don’t feel like dealing with anyone that day. That is the only thing that i could think of.  I would definitely recommend this book to someone. If you are looking for an interesting love story to read, I suggest this one. I’m not going to lie, these two blogs were VERY difficult to write. But, I’m glad i finished them and hopefully get most of the credit I deserve.