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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Trump Is A Hump

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.  His viewpoints on different topics have sparked outrage throughout many minds across America, because some of his opinions are very offensive towards others.  Since he is a famous business icon, it seems very unordinary and out of the blue for someone like him to be running for president.  He claimed "I don't want to be president.  I'm one hundred percent sure.  I'd change my mind only if I saw this country continue to go down the tubes."  He has mentioned his avoidance to running for president on several occasions, but now he has swiftly changed his mind and states that he will make this country great again.  Now I'm not a very politically active individual, although I have become very attentive to the things that Trump has said, which make me upset.

For example, Trump continually mentions how he wants border patrol to be much heavier, by having the Mexicans pay for a giant wall, which will "protect" from illegal immigration.  This arguable topic is very unethical and gives no assistance to benefiting our country.  The issue at stake is illegal immigration, which is clearly unconstitutional, and should be taken care of.  But Trump is focusing on Mexican immigrants as a whole, including those who are legal citizens of America.  Trump claims that these immigrants are ruining this country, by taking jobs from other Americans and dreadfully affecting the American working class.  The counter arguments to his allegations are very strong and give information to why he is wrong.  Immigrants are the foundation of American society and built this country together.  People work their hearts out in order to pursue a better life, since America is country of opportunities.  Immigrants all over the world besides Mexicans dream of becoming American citizens, which shows how corrupt it is for a person like Donald Trump to discontinue their chance of freedom.

Another topic that angered many Americans around the country after a press conference question was handled very poorly by Trump.  Trump was asked how to deal with the biggest problem in the nation, Muslims.  The random questioner continued to state that there are camps around the world that are in training to kill us and he also claimed that President Obama is a Arab.  These inaccurate and disrespectful statements gave a vial image to how uneducated some citizens are about our country's problems.  In response, Trump did not correct the man who asked the question and even replied by saying, "We'll be looking at a lot of different things."  Trump's negligence to the man's false claim, just showed how wrong he was when giving a response.  A similar question was asked by a woman to John Mccain about 7 years ago.  She claimed that Obama was an Arab as well, which caused Mccain to take the mic away from her and started to shake his head.  He stated, "He's a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that's what this campaign is all about."  This intelligent response showed how a presidential candidate should truly respond to a question like that.  He was very calm in the situation and gave an ethical reply to how the woman's statement was inaccurate.  Republican, Democratic, or whatever, America is a team and every person should be cooperative towards one another, although from my point of view, it seems as if Trump has an individual stance on the election.  He even stated that Mccain handled the question more harsh than he did.  This was the second time he had questioned Mccain's status, since he has earlier stated that, "He's a war hero 'cause he was captured.  I like people that weren't captured."  Trump's controversiality gives enrage to many Americans and shows how ignorant a man can be about specific issues that the country is currently dealing with.




My Unique Passion

There is a theory known as "The Butterfly Effect," in which a small change or decision can result in large differences in the future.  I am a firm believer in this philosophy, as well as destiny and how every detail in an individual's life can contribute to their fate in the universe.  It is difficult to fully comprehend how destiny can be true, since there are so many unique outcomes that can transpire.  Despite the complexity behind it all, one must make appropriate decisions that will assist in defining their individuality.  This means that everyone must attempt in improving their futures by knowing what kind of person they are and how they want to leave their mark on history.  I was faced with this type of situation a few years ago, which sparked inspiration for my passion and became a vital turning point in my life.

When I was in 8th grade, I was the type of person that was safe and conservative with my social and extracurricular life, which was based on athletics.  I never thought it was essential to explore different things or to step out of my comfort zone.  I always had my mind set on the future occupation of becoming a director because of my love for films, although I never gave thought to pursuing it at such a young age.  My life's interest was being protected by a conventional environment that was about to be exposed.  My mother had continually requested that I try out for the school play, throughout my middle school career.  This was a reoccurring proposal, since I always sang and acted around the house.  As energetic as I was, I always disregarded her recommendation, since I always kept myself shielded by the ordinary atmosphere that surrounded me.  Without my knowledge, my mother signed me up for a singing lesson with the director of the play.  Nervous of course, I had no idea what to do and did not take advantage of the opportunity I had.  Given my embarrassment, I felt the need to redeem myself, because I knew that I could succeed in this field.  I sensed that my audition went rather smoothly, and I subsequently discovered that I got the lead of the show.  Coming off as a surprise, as well as a gleam of excitement, I knew that I had to seize the moment.  As time went on, I found difficulty in having to balance both being on the basketball team and have daily rehearsals. It was also a tough process of adjustment, since my friends and peers would poke fun at me because my new found interest was so contrasting to what I normally did.  Even though it was difficult, I had the best time of my life and an astonishing performance, which affected the rest of my life.

Since then, I have been involved in theater classes at New Trier and have participated in many shows as well, including the Freshman-Sophomore musicals, senior directing projects, and Lagniappe Potpourri. This drastic change in my life made me discover the foundation of my personality, which is characteristics of being theatrical and impulsively sentimental in everything I do.  I sometimes imagine what my life would have been like, if I had never auditioned for the eighth grade play, "Little Shop of Horrors."  I most likely be struggling to maintain various sports that I truly do not enjoy and would be friends with people who are not authentic.  I can't imagine myself at that age, looking upon my future, since I would never expect what my fate had in store for me. In opposition to the fate of not doing theater, I am now taking part in many enjoyable activities that apply to my interests and I have friends from the theater environment, who are kind and reliable.  I do still manage to play lacrosse, although I do not enjoy it nearly as much as I  appreciate theater.  Without the decision that I made three years ago, I never would have explored a whole new light that would expose me to ultimate happiness.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Joe's Justice

Joe's Justice

Joe's pursuit of justice for his mother in TheRound House was not successful because his actions were immoral.  His intentions had a good purpose, since he cared for his mother so dearly.  Despite this fact, the outcome of his conduct was destructive.  Rape is a subject that ultimately cannot be justified, since it is such a cruel act of nature.  Given this common logic, it is somewhat unnecessary to try and redeem the victim of the attack of their sorrow, since the damage has already been done.  An act of violence like rape is something that is nearly impossible to put in the past, since it can have such a large imprint on both the victim's life and their family's lives as well.  Joe pursues justice for the attack against his mother, which eventually leads him to a journey of darkness and vile behavior.  The moral logic behind Joe's decision making in this novel is reasoned by consequentialist judgement, which locates morality in the consequences of an act.

Joe's ultimate thought process behind his decisions to take a troubling journey was to provide peace and integrity for both his mother and his family.  The consequences of his actions for his family and him were both rewarding, although detrimental as well.  This is because Joe surrounds his mother and father with justice, but does just the opposite for himself.  Joe's adventure had exposed him to an excessive amount of savage imagery that no one should ever experience in their lives, and especially not a 13 year old.  By the time Joe had finished taking advantage of a judicial case, he had grown into a different person than he was in the beginning of the novel.  This is because Joe attempted murder against another man because he was fueled by anger and resentment.  This build up of fury could not be tamed and it ended up having his friend Cappy get involved and kill the attacker.  This eventful and violent experience gave Joe a perception of what it is like to solve problems with rage, which will
most likely make an impression on his future, since he was at such a young age.  Joe's confrontation with his parents after "justice" had been served for his family gave an indication to how his journey changed his mental state: "I had stopped them from living in the fear cloud.  I should have felt happy watching them across the table, but instead I was angered by their ignorance.  Like I was a grown up and the two of them holding hands were the oblivious children. They had no idea what I had gone through for them" (305).  Joe had developed in an arrogant and enraged way since the truth had not become prevalent to his parents and justice had not been fully accomplished.  After all of the dirty and unorthodox work that Joe had gone through, he hadn't received the glory that he originally wished for.  This was because in the end, he was not satisfied with what he had done in order to get what he wanted.  He could never become content because the experience had contrived him to want even more, since there could never be enough to qualify for justice.  Joe's lack of justice is signified in a statement at the end of the book, "We passed over in a sweep of sorrow that would persist into our small forever. We just keep going" (317).  This indicates that the family never was the same as they were before the attack, so they must advance through the rest of their lives, trying to pretend that nothing happened, even though they all feel a deep sorrow that can never be fulfilled.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Entertainment Industry

The entertainment industry has always thrived on using true and accurate historical events in order to portray how it may have occurred.  Specifically, movies, TV shows, and plays try to illustrate a captivating version of how the experience transpired, which could be both educating or harmful towards the viewers.  When films and shows abide to the valid recordings of a specific event, this visual imagery can be magical.  Captivating the story and then transforming it onto the silver screen can give an improvement of education to students.  Film can engage the up and coming generations more intently than a reading or textbook can.  These improvements of the past give an advanced perspective of the past in many different ways.  Many different topics and analyzation strategies can be discussed because there is so much more opportunity to approach a reenactment of a historical event. The audience can be empowered by the entertainment, instead of just learning from a simple textbook that does not bring the story to life, like a move or TV show does.  Giving the tale more energy and theatrics can be a slight destruction, but overall contribute to the heart and enthusiasm behind the historical facts.  Someways that teachers may advance towards a film with their students is to analyze how the different shots bring significance to each scene, how contextualization gives meaning to the visual enhancements, and how an extension of the story's humanity grasps the viewer into the story as well.  With entertainment, the audience can comprehend a better understanding of history and become embodied by the rich and vivid story.

Entertainment can also be destructive towards the audience's knowledge of the historical event.  This is because Hollywood films often replace the truth with expressive images that do not exactly relate to the relevance of the story.  The viewers of movies will mostly take in these historical events as an authentic telling of what actually happened and never doubt it.  These cinemas are imprinted into their wisdom, even if they are introduced to false information.  In many movies such as Mel Gibson's movies, this theory becomes apparent.  In films like Passion of the Christ, The Patriot, and Braveheart, Gibson expresses his bias opinion towards the actual truth of history.  He sometimes excludes what may conflict with his beliefs and even gives an addition to misleading facts that only apply to his goal of entertainment for the audience.  Unfortunately, Gibson is not the only one that is guilty of this breach of history.  It is most likely true that every Hollywood film based on true events must do this in order to include the visual representation aspect of the cinema.  This only can be exceptional in moderation and not too much that changes the whole truth behind the story.  We are all grateful for entertainment, which brings the world enlightenment of historical developments that were in the past.  Without these movies, TV shows, and plays, the new generation would not able to have a creative representation of what really occurred and would not be given the same type of experience in culture.

Peter Seixas, "Confronting the Moral Frames of Popular Film: Young People Respond to Historical Revisionism," American Journal of Education, 102, no. 3 (May, 1994):261–85.