Wednesday, April 26, 2017

7#

Hope

When I think of hope I always feel something inside me. It like the deja vu feeling when you realized something was wrong but then you try to get it off in the back of your mind. Trying to tell yourself otherwise because you know how it ends. That's how I feel when people ask me about hope. Now, you can very much tell that I do not have the highest regard for hopes. Even sound like I'm scared of it. Probably. Reading this you might have though that I do not see hope as something I can hold on to, will you are right. People for some reason need hope to live or really live. I'm scared that my hope will then one day will disappear. Every day I work in hope of having a happy life, I fear that what  I do isn't enough, that I have to do better. Life is not easy and any living working adult knows that. I am not a very sociable person, I hardly have anything to talk about with people, except homework, and college choices, and some few Korean tv show and Korean music as well as Japanese. And people need a connection to survive or be a very good at what you do. Money might look what I'm after, but no it's not money that makes me happy it is the fact that with money I have the power to help my brother and sister. My hope in life is to live a happy life where my family is safe.

Hope is like a lyric you made up in your mind but realized later on that it's gone. It's something you can't hold on to or depend on because when you try to depend on it too much like any old item you use it will become rusty and broken. Hope, is like walking a thin line where you don't know if you can reach the end or fall. 

What is hope? 

Hope is something that helps you survive. It's something that gives you strength to not give up. 

Where does it come from?

Hope can come from anything. It's when you find everything disgusting, horrible and annoying but because you have (food, family member, dream, or promise) it makes up for everything. 

How may it be restored?

You find something that challenges all your beliefs, that tells you you're wrong, that tells you there is always another way? I don't know? go find it, no one will tell you until you figure that out yourselves. 

What threatens it?

What threatens hope is probably being taken away or disappearing. For example, it's the end of your favorite manga or show or your food not being produced anymore.

What gives you hope?

Not done

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#6

"The One Who Walk Away from Omelas"
    In the short story "The One Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula Le Guin. Many questions arise as to whom are the people that walk away, what is the significance of the child, and the parallels between the society in Omelas compare to our own. 
       In my opinion, I think that the significance of the child in the basement is the reality. The child who was so different from the people of Omelas, the child that could no longer smile like everyone else, the child that will destroy the smile of the people of Omelas because once the child is out they know that they will have to face reality, that not everyone is happy. The people fear that once the child is free something horrible, something not ordinary will happen in Omelas. 
       The child is the source of Omelas happiness and there hiding guilt, everyone knew that the child was in the basement but they kept smiling knowing that the child is in the basement. They also have mentioned that the people of Omelas do not have guilt (2) then on the last page of the story it said "To exchange all the goodness and grace of every life in Omelas for that single, small improvement: to throw away the happiness of thousands for the chance of the happiness of one: that would be to let guilt within the walls indeed (Guin 4)." Maybe people of Omelas did have guild maybe the child is the guilt and the source of their happiness. To prove this theory Guin said 

"It is the existence of the child, and their knowledge of its existence, that makes possible the nobility of their architecture, the poignancy of their music, the profundity of their science. It is because of the child that they are so gentle with children. They know that if the wretched one were not there sniveling in the dark, the other one, the flute-player, could make no joyful music as the young rider line up in their beauty for the race in the sunlight of the first morning of summer." 
- Ursula Le Guin
The knowledge of the child in the basement might have given them the happiness they have now, knowing that the child is their they treated people so nicely and so different from the child to get away from the pain or the guilt. They were able to compare a sadder life to there and created wonderful music to get away from the pain. The people of Omelas from the very start was never happy. Maybe not in the way people idea of happiness. Their happiness comes from pain and guilt. "They know that they, like the child, are not free (Guin 4)."

       The people that walk way from Omelas, are the people that face their fear of not having the normal life they could have, though it's true that they walk way and not save the child, it is the start of saving the child. They didn't turn their back on the true, they didn't ignore that there is a child in the basement, they recognize that the child is in their, they could not smile like they use to, they can't live their life knowing that a child is in the basement while people are happy outside. They don't know what to do because they were told that once's that child is release everyone would lose their happiness. The people that walk away in my theory are the people that realized of the injustice of their community and can't just accept it, thought they don't know how to fix it because they can't take away the happiness of the other but they can't accept that the child will be unhappy.
        The parallels between the society of Omelas compare to our society is that somehow some people have to suffer or have to up hold responsive for the happiness of many people. An example of this insurance, in JROTC we learned how insurance work. When you have insurance and you're rich, your money is being taken away from you more than the people that are poor that have insurance who pay less. Not only that, when the people who have less money than you, for example, had a car accident, the insurance company since you are rich will take more from your pay check to pay the car accident that the other person can pay.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

#5

Criminal Justice
Feb. 22, 2017

Social justice is a "justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society (Google)." Without social justice, the life of the people will be ranked base on the wealth and races of the people. Social justice maintain the balance of the world to make sure that people are safe and that the constitution is being followed. That all man are created equal. So yes, social justice is indeed very important so therefore people must value it.

In the ted talks "Social justice - is it still relevant in the 21st century?" by Charles L. Robbins stated that out of all the developing countries the United States has the second highest rate of crimes as well as the highest rates of child poverty. As a person that have been told as well as believe, that the U.S is the most freely and safeties countries of all countries, I never knew of this true. Though U.S might be better in some way's than other countries, it is still unexpected that a country envious by many are losing its own future. And by what I mean is child poverty. Child poverty "refers to children that come from poor families or orphans being raised with limits or in some cases absent, state resources (Google)." Just like what Mr. Robbins have said in the ted talks, kids living in poverty have no future and this is not just because of their behavior which is by the way cause by their environment and such but because they do not have the ability to rise as they do not have the money to go to school; a way out of poverties and mostly because many people believe that the kids living in the poverty are meant to cause crime. Kids in the poverties are expected to be selling drugs, drinking alcohol as well as stealing, though in some ways it might be true it still something that created conflict that might encourage these kids to actually take or act up to others expectation. These children who don't have anything to lose or gain will surely commit a crime.

In another ted talks "A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system," by Adam Foss claim there is a better way for people to be judges. Mr. Foss stated that teens are likely to commit a crime, he also said that most of the teens didn't have to go to jail for it. He said that people get prosecuted without having the ability to speak up for themselves and actually speak off their side of stories and that the only time they are allowed to speak out is to say, "I pledge guilty" or "I do not pledge guilty." Foss argue that if you look deeper into the stories there is almost always another way for things to go the right way. People who are mostly judge are black or brown and the one that's judging are the light skin people. If you haven't figure out what this means, Mr. Robbin mentions that U.S is the highest child poverty and children that are more likely in this situations are black and brown skin well at least for the people that are being prosecuted. Basically, what I am trying to say is that stereotype base on skin or color is still not gone, and people that have a poor background and has dark skin are most likely not treated as gentle as the other who have lighter skin. Mr. Foss mention Christopher a teen that steal a bunch of laptops and sell in the internets. He have explained what this kid life would be if he went to jail, and that is losing years of school, being unable to find a job because he have a criminal records, he won't be able to get a house as well as a car if he has a criminal records, which also lead to having his kids if he have one in the future become a kids who lives in the poverty. This type of outcome always happen in every teen case, where they commit a crime, pay for the crime dearly and by what I mean is your whole life in a mess and out of control because everyone will judge you for your criminal records even if you serve your jail time you're still gonna fell like your not free because everyone will remain you that you did something wrong so you are not allowed to do such and such. Mr. Foss argue that rather spending money on putting these people in jail way not spend the money on helping the people, like what he did for Christopher who is now I believe a successful person that earned money more than any average person earn. This, of course, won't have happened if Christopher has a criminal record which of course he didn't because Mr. Foss instead of putting him in jail help him get out of it by giving back the laptops that were stolen to the company and did something else to pay off the already sold laptops. If prosecutor keeps putting people in jail without knowing why the people commit the crime, then the rise of poverty won't stop, as well as drug use, child abuse, women's abuse, and gun use, as well as stealing because it all started with having nothing at all.

Work Cited



Foss, Adam. "A Prosecutor's Vision for a Better Justice System." Adam Foss: A Prosecutor's Vision for a Better Justice System | TED Talk | TED.com. Ted.com, Feb. 2016. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.

Google. "Child Poverty." Google. Google.com. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.

Robbins, Charles L. "Social Justice -- Is It Still Relevant in the 21st Century? | Charles L. Robbins." TED-Ed. Ed-ted.com, Web. 23 Feb. 2017.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Post #4

Birthmark


In the short story "Birthmark" by Miranda July talk about a woman who erases her stain or tried to at less. In my opinion, the reason why the main character regretted her decision to remove her stain, is because she lied to the people she meets and she didn't stay true to herself. She lied to the people she has meets because she was hiding her stain, though that many people view her as more beautiful, she wasn't really, because she has to hide a part that was given to her naturally; her own uniqueness. Her own uniqueness that made her different from many, that made her who she was and meeting other people without her stain feels like she had betrayed those people and made her fell guilty and unhappy. She was guilty of devising her husband who might not have married her if she had the wine-stain. She has lived fifteen years of her life hiding the fact that she had a stain on her chick from her husband and the other people that only meet her after she removed her stain. Not being true to many people might have probably made her incomplete and to believe that she is unworthy of being happy, therefore when the stain came back she was happy because a part of her came back, her uniqueness came back though it might have only last 30 minute. So when his husband so this part of her, he accepted it, it was something he could live with in fact it made him fell that they are complete. He probably feel that his wife was hiding something, and that's made them both incomplete, they weren't true to each other, but when he found what was missing that something they both scared to see they learned they both accept that stain that it was part of her and that he would still love her the same in fact more. This is probably why he thinks that they could have a baby, a happiness that's born from loving every part of each other. That why I think this short story is trying to give out.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

#3 Blog Post

Happiness # 2
Robert Waldinger in the ted talk, "What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness," claim that having a connection with the people is what makes one happy. Waldinger supported his claim by starting off with a statement that "We forget vast amounts of what happens to us in life, and sometimes memory is downright creative (2)." This means that most of the things people do in their life are not so vivid or something a human could keep for a very long time without adding something that didn't really happen. The author then talks about a study they created in 1938 about watching over kids growing and how the study developed, now "We interview them in their living rooms. We get their medical records from their doctors. We draw their blood, we scan their brains, we talk to their children. We video tape them talking with their wives about their deepest concerns (10)." This show how they conduct the study to find what make this people happy. Then Waldinger said that "So what have we learned? What are the lessons that come from the tens of thousands of pages of information that we've generated on these lives? Well, the lessons aren't about wealth or fame or working harder and harder. The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period (11)." This show that from all the 75 years of study the answer they have come to is having good relationship keep people happy and healthy. Not only that another evidence of his claim is that "It turns out that people who are more socially connected to family, to friends, to community, are happier, they're physically healthier, and they live longer than people who are less well connected. And the experience of loneliness turns out to be toxic. People who are more isolated than they want to be from others find that they are less happy, their health declines earlier in midlife, their brain functioning declines sooner and they live shorter lives than people who are not lonely. And the sad fact is that at any given time, more than one in five Americans will report that they're lonely (12)." This proves that being alone or isolated is affecting the people negatively and that having people around you is making people happy and live longer than they should. The author's purpose is to show that being alone or isolated by yourself is actually damaging people and that people naturally need other people to live in order to kept from interacting with people instead of isolating themselves to the world.

As I read and hear Waldinger ted talk, I have come to agree to some of his statements. I notice that as a kid I was more happy rather than I did right now. I came to a realization that as a kid I go outside more, and have more friends than what I have today. Though I also found that I had more horrible memories than what I have now. It's true that having people around you is a good thing, for some, however, might not be all that true. So yes, I agree that having connection with people migth make happy and health but

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

#2 Gilbert's Talk; Summary and Reflection

Summary 


Dan Gilbert in the ted talk, "The Surprising science of happiness" claim that when people have less choice or freedom to choose they are more likely can become happy. Gilbert started off by talking about how the human brain evolves by gaining new structure and a part called the frontal lobe or pre-frontal cortex, which act as an experience simulator "Well, it turns out when brains triple in size, they don't just get three times bigger; they gain new structures. And one of the main reasons our brain got so big is because it got a new part, called the "frontal lobe." Particularly, a part called the "pre-frontal cortex (2)." This provides that the human mind evolved over time, meaning that mind could change and there is no telling if a mind could stay the same as times pass by. This could also mean that happiness can also be change. The author also then talked about impact bias which is "the tendency for the simulator to work badly. For the simulator to make you believe that different outcomes are more different than in fact they really are (9)." Meaning that when one think of what would happen if he/she pick the other choice they didn't pick. It a type of thinking that always make people believe that there is gonna be a difference if they pick the other choice they didn't which could sometimes lead to unhappiness. Then after that, the author then explained what synthetic happiness is "I'm better off physically, financially, mentally ... "I don't have one minute's regret. It was a glorious experience." "I believe it turned out for the best." This show that synthetic happiness are happiness that is not planned nor expected. Synthetic happiness is found when you do not get what you want. This is called psychological immune system "A system of cognitive processes, largely non-conscious cognitive processes, that help them change their views of the world so that they can feel better about the worlds in which they find themselves.(11)." This show how some human react to help them cope with such result however, some doesn't react this way. Like the impact bias reaction where the one think of the other outcome that they choice that usually leads them to unhappiness. Therefore, that is why Gilbert believe that having no or less choice would actually be a much easier for people to find happiness.https://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy/transcript?language=en#t-270663 Work CitedGilbert, Dan. "Transcript of "The Surprising Science of Happiness"." Dan Gilbert: The Surprising Science of Happiness | TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript | TED.com. N.p., Feb.-Mar. 2004. Web. 31 Jan. 2017.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Happiness?

Happiness?

In my perspective happiness is something that could only be found when one become expose to great depression or loneliness. Many people don't see what they have until it is taken away from them, or is at a point where they could lose it completely. An example of this important thing that bring joy or happiness to someone are; relationships, position, items, career, or identity. This is what most likely what bring happiness to people through sometimes people takes things for granted. 

People are greedy, they want to take more, they want more than what they have and sometimes it blinds them to the point they forget what they do have. However, people couldn't be blamed for become greedy. In the world, we lived in today, in order for some people to make a living, they must pursue buyer to buy more, to make it seems like people need something in order for them to be happy. Some of them succeed and made many people buy their product, but then there is also a possibility that because of how good they sell their product some people become obsessed with getting it (the product that sold well) to the point that the people might ruin their relationship with family or friends because they neglect their responsibility such as; they didn't pay the borrowed money they have to a friend because they bought a new bag that will impress and make everyone jealous or forget to pay their bills. 

In other cases, some that failed to sell their product might be facing problem such as; getting fired because no one needs a person who can't do their job or family might leave them because they can't afford food or house for them to live in. Additionally, when kids see what the adults around them are doing, it might also affect them by thinking that it is what they should do. The kids would look up to their parents, they would then think that it's the norm way of things in life. For example, if their parents wasted money to show off, their kids might adapt such actions and might also do the same thing their parents do when they grow up. Then as they grow up they would damage their personality as sometimes such attitude lead to; not having real friends because it was all about who have the best things, or loss of identity because they got to caught up wanting peoples to see something which I presume as wanting people to see that you are inferior or that you want people to like you. They would lose the chance of having a happy and joyful youth because they would be competing at who has the best things.

When children become a teen who always chases the approvable of other, can usually lead to losing their true identity. Identity will surely influence how teens would make friends and life chooses. Some peoples in this age usually pick friends for the purpose of hiding who they really are, which sometimes leads to unhappiness. The positive outcome of this is that for some when a source of happiness comes their way, they would then realize it because it's the first time in a long time or the first time. In my opinion, I think that in order for some people to find happiness or realize it, is when they have experiences not having happiness; being alone or isolated. As human people need interaction, they need a companion, someone to talk to, someone to be there for them. Even though sometimes people might seem distant or more likely don't want anyone near them they would need some interaction in some way. It is hard to say who would be unhappy or happy in the world. Not every alone person is sad not every people who are surrounded by people is happy. 

My happiness is something that I didn't realize until when it was gone for me. An example is when I was younger, my family would always eat food together, we would talk about what we would eat when we have money, and the future ahead of as. I didn't treasure it that much because I thought that nothing will change, I only realized that I was happy at that moment no matter what food we were eating that it was enough as long as we were all together. Now I have a nice food to eat, I have a great future ahead of me, but it was never the same anymore we would always eat separately. It was something normal for us now, I myself become use to eating by myself, I didn't mind eating alone but I won't mind eating together. I think that is why my happiness is so simple, for me, it's being together with the people I love, and being able to see the people around me smile for real because I become so use on people being so intense and always fighting. 
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