Sunday, February 6, 2011

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, A Modern Prometheus Anticipation Guide

  1. The key to all emotional healing can be found in nature.
  1. Nature is filled with harsh cruelties.
  1. A person’s priorities should place family before work.
  1. Enjoying life is more important than pursuing fame, glory, and knowledge.
  1. Those born with social and financial advantages have a responsibility for those who are not.
    -Disagree. Everyone is born with their own responsibilities for themselves and their families, if they have one. Just because someone has money doesn’t make them more superior and in charge of other people’s lives. If someone is rich and likes to help the poor people then it’s a different situation because they’re willing to share their wealth with others but no one is forcing them. Otherwise, everyone depends on themselves. People don’t always suffer because of financial issues; some may have issues with their family, loved ones or even disliking their jobs, that maybe an issue. Those who are “born with financial advantages” can’t do anything about it. As people say “money can’t buy happiness” and that’s one important issue people face. Whether they’re rich or poor. The social advantages depends on how people would interpret it but if its for having connections with important people and being able to call a friend and get a job for someone then that maybe an aspect where wealth and connections make someone responsible for another. Yet again only if they wanted to do something good for a person, they’re not inclined to do so. If nobody asks for any favors then these fortunate people have nothing to worry about other than themselves.
  1. Ignorance is bliss.
  1. The pursuit of knowledge is a volatile quest.
  1. Someone’s ego (over-inflated sense of self-worth or superiority) will cause a tragic fall.
  1. Children learn their behaviors by watching and mimicking adults.
  1. Most people are basically cruel.
  1. Society makes a person whatever he becomes.
  1. The “disenfranchised man,” who finds himself unable to live within society for whatever reason, is someone for whom we should feel sympathy or reverence.
  1. Rejection and mistreatment can manifest themselves in a person becoming rage-filled.
  1. If a person or an animal is treated with cruelty, he will respond to others in the same way.
  1. Those people we deem “monsters” in today’s society are merely misunderstood.
    -Agree, not every person we consider a “monster” is bad. They may have issues and take them out on others but that doesn’t mean that they are not human or have feeling just like everybody else. In our society we think that bullies are cruel, monstrous and dangerous but in reality they suffer from insecurity and other issues from their past. Yet at the same time we think that there is a good side to them, they don’t mean what they do and there’s potential in making them better people. Well I believe that applies to everyone in our society. Especially the ones who have certain defects like pedophiles and most delinquents. We just judge them and consider them bad because we do not know enough about them. We haven’t lived their past. We misunderstand them and treat them rather harsh thus they have no chance of developing the good side inside them and that’s what encourages them to keep doing bad things. In my opinion that most caused defects are due to problems growing up for example child abuse makes the child himself violent as they grow older and gives them satisfaction from causing pain to others. Even though there is little chances of helping them, instead we could try preventing that by raising awareness and trying to put ourselves in their shoes.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Perspective Piece TKAM

Reverend Sykes asked me to take Scout home; I was so focused in the case that I didn’t bother replying ‘till he asked the second time. I muttered to Scout to take Dill and go home since I was so absorbed in thought and didn’t bother me much if they’d stay or go. They were jus’ lil kids not like they’d get anything anyway. But usual lil Scout always challenging me, making me scoule furiously, she knew I didn’t wanna leave. I told Reverend Sykes that “it’s okay she doesn’t understand it.” Then Scout’s usual lil self interrupts in and says “I most certainly do, I c’n understand anything you can”. Right that minute I told her to hush and repeated that “she doesn’t understand it, Reverent, she ain’t nine yet”. I could tell Reverend Sykes turnin’ anxious and he asked “Mr. Finch know you all are here? This aint fit for Ms Jean Louise or you boys either”. All I could do was shake my head and say that he couldn’t see us this far away either, it was all right. We were safe I thought to myself. I would not leave now either, not when I am anxious to know what will happen next anyway.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

TKAM Thinking Map

Monday, October 25, 2010

TKAM Anticipation Guide

2. It’s never justified to hate another person.
Agree: There is no reason why anyone would or should hate another. It won’t do them any good and hate is a very strong feeling and is usually caused by holding on to grudges for too long. Most people forget what the problem was in the first place yet continue to hate which is really unreasonable. That also could lead to extreme reactions like hurting or killing the hated ones. This causes the problem to get bigger and worse. Most people wouldn’t hate a person they may just strongly dislike them but like to express it as hate. No matter how big an issue is there should not be such thing as “hate” it doesn’t even make sense. Whether it’s over a big issue or not. Hating does not solve anything in fact it makes matters worse over time.

For example if someone hates another for saying something bad about them then they do the same and telling other people that she hates her and she hates her back. This shows insecurity and the problem just grows and gets totally out of control. All because someone said something bad and the other couldn’t accept an apology they had to take “revenge” which is another major factor of hate. It’s like a little sequence of events building up. Also people get bored of hearing the same story over and over again, they finally give up on trying to help solve the issue and just pretend that they’re listening but actually they’re dreaming. The more hate is expressed the less people would like that person who is going on and on and on repeatedly about the issue. Others would think that the person has nothing better to do other than talk about their problem with that person and why they hate them. After a while it gets really annoying. Therefore personally I think hate shouldn’t even exist. It causes a lot of pointless issues and arguments over nothing. It won’t do you anything good if your bragging gets others bored of you and you end up losing friends attentions.

5. Our race is not what defines us.
Agree: Some people who come from countries with stereotypes regarding ethnicity and culture are not usually the way people describe them. At least for most. It usually depends on whether a person wants to be kind, well educated and open minded or just simply closed up and disrespectful. Always negative towards themselves and society and their actions would be harmful most of the time. It’s them who decide for themselves. Unless for some political issues then they would use their race as an excuse to defend their actions. We are all equal individuals who decide their destiny by themselves. No one is better than the other and everyone is special and talented in their own ways. Some are not so obvious some are because they have been bragged about and proven to the world.

It shouldn’t matter where people come from or what their social class is. Since development, technology, maths, sciences and all the other inventions that were made were from almost all over the world. There was no country or continent dedicated to supplying the knowledge to everyone else. There was cultural diffusion between continents; everyone would learn something new wherever they would travel to. This was mostly influenced by trade. When people would trade goods they would learn something new. For example when silk and spices were discovered in Asia, the people who bought it off learned how to use it and when they gave their goods in exchange they taught the other people how to use them as well. This would be sharing of knowledge between different people. It didn’t matter where they were from or how rich they were. What matters the most was how people were communicating and learning new things from each other. Therefore race does not make a person, it may just influence some aspects of their lives like I mentioned culture but it doesn’t mean that they have to grow up with that culture and its traditions. They can come from the other side of the world but are born in Spain and they have adapted to Spanish traditions thus their race is no longer a factor of their life or it just doesn’t influence them as much.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gist Statement




In a petite town on the outskirts of Moscow, known as Uhov, lived a little 10 year old boy. Sashkin had only moved to the new town two years ago after his mother passed away. He was still struggling get used to his new home, especially since people didn’t treat him nicely. He had missed his friends a lot. Sashkin had a psychological problem after his mother and moving into the town she was born in didn’t help him either. Sashkin’s case began to worsen day by day and even though his father knew what was wrong, he decided to take his son to a normal doctor instead of a psychologist. Just because it was embarrassing for the family and he didn’t want people to think his son was going crazy. Sashkin was raised very well and was full of gratitude. He never disobeyed his father or answered back. Therefore his father decided to throw a surprise party for his only son for his 12th birthday. He invited all of Sashkin’s friends from school and their parents. One of the boys in his class was called Sasha. That was the full name for Sashkin. But Sasha was far from being kind or loved. He had an attitude and was very rude and impolite. He always disrespected people and answered back to his teachers and parents. He had a gaudy character that made everyone cautious. But where ever he went he always wanted to leave a littler reminder of him. This time there was a beautiful crystal vase-like candelabra decorated with pure gold and diamond custom made. This was a gift for Shashkin’s mother for her wedding. She loved it with all her heart and sine it was from her father in law. Sashkin loved this candelabra because it was a small reminder of his mother. He took great care of it and would always dust it or wash it carefully every weekend just like old times when his mother would always say: “Be careful with the diamonds, be gentile because it’s fragile”. The moment Sasha spotted it, he put on a suspicious smirk and made his way towards it. Sashkin realized so he called his father to offer some parents a drink. Then when his father arrived with the tray, he asked Sashkin to remove the candelabra and place it in the glass cupboard. That immediately threw Sasha off guard and ruined his plan. Ironically he walked into a table and tripped and bashed his face against the wood. Everyone was laughing but Sashkin’s father rushed to get the first aid while Sasha’s parents were helping him get up and giving him tissue to wipe off the blood. Sasha learned his lesson, what goes around comes back around. Karma will get you back sometime when you least expect it.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Teachers brainwashed by D.S

After a long, tiring school trip for a volleyball tournament, the team was finally heading back home. While waiting in the airport at Bratislava, reporters say there was a bag left at a corner without any owner’s tag or any other information. While the team’s coach and English teacher was on her way heading to the bathroom (innocently and minding her own business), she passed by the “suspicious” bag. Suddenly the bag moved slightly and caught the coach’s attention. She thought she was hallucinating for a moment but then she went to examine the bag before reporting it to airport security. As she was getting closer and closer something magical occurred, so rapid that it only took less than seconds to arise. The coach was HYPNOTIZED. Walking awkwardly and faintly she decided to go back and join her fellow students and colleague. The students noticed something different when they saw her eyes rolling towards the Nintendo D.S and cherishing it preciously. She gently asked for it so they don’t realize that there was anything wrong. While she was playing fiercely, the students were reading apart from two who were surfing the internet and weren’t affected by the spell. Thankfully this spell only lasted for half an hour if it hadn’t been for the 2 girls who weren’t hypnotized into reading or playing the D.S. Reporters also stated that the girls had informed the security about the “magical hypnotizing” bag and asked them to handle it gently while they travelled back safely.

Monday, May 4, 2009

shabanu glog