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).