Friday, February 20, 2015

Roger Ebert

Last week I learned a lot more about Roger Ebert than I would have known. I love this unit because I can tell I'm going to learn a lot about inspirational, important people that I otherwise wouldn't have taken the time to research. Roger Ebert is truly an inspiration because he's proven that no matter how bad things get, there can be a silver lining. I love that he realized that even though he lost his ability to speak, he didn't lose his voice, and that he could write more than ever. "There is no need to pity me" was my favorite quote; he's basically getting other people to realize that he's exactly the opposite of miserable.

I feel like the main reason that Ebert was able to transcend his illness was because he was because he was able to see the ray of light. He didn't let his illness define him, and didn't want others to do the same. I think people who completely break in devastating situations see no hope anywhere else; they focus on nothing but the devastation, and don't realize what else is going for them. It was Roger Ebert's passion for life and writing that got him through it all, and that's a wonderful thing that I took away from knowing his story. <3

Friday, October 17, 2014

Passion Project Progress 2

See, I'm honestly having qualms about these Passion Projects… both of them. Don’t get me wrong, they’re both great topics and I know they would benefit myself and everyone in the class. They would be great projects for anything else, but here…. I feel like they’re too “vanilla”. Of course I’m still going to work with them, perhaps I should think WAAAAAYYYY outside the box and expand on the topics so that neither of them pale in comparison to the Passion Project standard. However, I am seriously considering a third party idea. Until I come up with ideas that are absolutely fantastic (If I’m able to come up with ideas at all), I will stick with the two ideas I already have at hand; I can ditch them if I come up with something better. Or maybe I could find a way to incorporate one or both of them in one mega project. I’m going to have to put a lot of creative thinking into this. I’ll work on it in these next weeks. <3

Monday, September 29, 2014

Achieving Empathic Sociability

In current events, some of the most shocking topics in the world consist of violence, inequality issues... simply put, problems that stemmed from an utter lack of empathy. The current ISIS threats display the Islamic States' (Iraq and Syria) violent, uncaring attitude towards the world as a whole, not just America and the countries of Iraq and Syria themselves. Our country's attitude isn't much better; most of us see the best solution as simply bombing the whole of the Islamic state, while we dismiss any sympathetic (and empathetic) feelings for the innocent bystanders who have nothing to do with conspiring against the world. Another issue I want to bring up is the Mike Brown shooting in Ferguson... the unjustified shooting itself and the police department's attempts to quell the riots are examples of 1) not bothering to put yourself in someone else's shoes in a controversial situation and 2) racism and intolerance; the police have that "Us versus Them" mentality that we as humans do in fact develop in our modern society. In my opinion, I don't believe we will achieve harmonious empathy, yet I do recognize that we have the capability of empathizing with one another during times of danger or tragedy (as with ISIS and Ferguson).

Passion Project Progress

Last Friday and the Friday before, I considered myself to have made a pretty good start to my Passion Project. Currently I'm working on BOTH of my ideas, because I really can't decide which one I think is better! Both are so helpful and relatable, but when the time for presentations comes up, I will choose whichever one I have the most material for. For the leadership project, I began categorizing different types of leadership styles, and I made a chart of captains and club officers I have known so that I can evaluate their effectiveness. This Friday I want to actually start evaluating those leaders, or otherwise predict how effective I might be as a captain. For my procrastination project, I simply documented interesting instances of procrastination with famous individuals (Matt Groening's story of how the Simpson's actually came to be was very funny!). Next Friday (or rather, over the course of this week), I want to start documenting my work ethic and time management. Overall, I want to continue working effectively like this so that I can make my final project decision early (or make time for some third, brilliant idea, in case that happens).