Friday, May 10, 2013
I would say the most significant moment in my life so far has been volunteering at Kamp Dovetail. Kamp Dovetail is a camp for children with special needs. When I first volunteered there I tended to be judgmental at first glance and pretty indifferent towards others. While I was there I realized that all the kids aren't different then us. They all like having fun and spending time with friends just like us. It's easy to notice the differences between people but if you look hard enough it's pretty easy to see that we are all more of the same. This experience has helped build relationships around me and has given me different insight to how to relate with others.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I believe the theme in sweat to be 'You reap what you sow'. Throughout the story Delia Jones would slave away at her job, cleaning the clothes of others while her husband abused her both verbally and physically, was a complete deadbeat, and went out of his way to ruin Delia's life. For the most part when Delia was abused she kept her temper in check and went about her business. This angered her husband Sykes and he continued to try and anger her by showing off his mistress in front of her and keeping a rattlesnake in the house to frighten her. Throughout all of this Delia stayed strong and did her best to continue on with her work. Eventually Sykes became so angry at her that he put the snake in her clothes that she had to was in order to poison her actually ends up biting him and Delia escaping unscathed. With bad intentions come bad consequences.
Friday, April 26, 2013
I believe in commitment. Commitment is the true show of caring and loyalty to others and it is a trait that I fear is becoming scarce. To be committed to someone means to love that person and stand by them no matter what. Being committed to someone sometimes means to sacrifice time and personal desires to support them. In being committed these actions are not done out of obligation to the person but out of devotion and love towards them. I believe in serving others needs to the best of my ability. Whenever people need help I believe it is the duty of people to help them out as best as we can. I also believe in helping them the right way and helping people in the ways they need to be helped. I believe in permanently solving problems instead of just looking for temporary fixes. I believe in my church. I believe that wherever I fall short I have a community to fall back on because my church loves me and is committed to me as much as they possibly can be. I believe that whenever I need help I will always be provided for because it is promised by God that I will be provided for. Whenever I truly need help God will reach out to me and help me stay on the path of righteousness. I believe this because not only because it is promised to me but because it has happened before. I believe in an undying love that will always reach out to me because God gave up his son to have a relationship with me. We don’t deserve the relationship with God we have all been promised through Christ Jesus but we get it all the same because of God’s love. I believe in grace. I believe that we should be thankful for everything moment in our lives because every moment is an opportunity to feel joy despite all of our sufferings, to improve ourselves as humans, to reach out to those who need a friend, and to love the way we have been loved by God. Every day is an opportunity to share a love that is to vast to possibly imagine and every day I am joyous to have that opportunity.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
There are many way to react in terrorism type situations. People can react in fear, they can become angry, they can be overcome by grief, and they can shut down and quit. The tragedy that happened in Boston leaves me full of sorrow. I don't find myself angry at whoever set up this attack because I am too focused on the people who were affected in the explosions. I am sad that the victims of the explosions will not be remembered like the people who set up the explosions. The people responsible for this will have their names remembered but the victims will be an after thought in the eyes of the media and to those who watch it. I see people across our country in what appears to me in fake mourning. I'm sad that people my age are concerned about the likes they get on facebook and instagram and the re tweets and favorites they get from twitter when they post things like #PrayForBoston instead of actually praying for Boston and finding ways they can help. Every time things like the explosions or shootings happen people act upset and angry but they never act on the emotions they want to show. So in a way I guess I'm more upset of what will come in the next days, weeks, months, and years, because to forget about these things that happened is just as disturbing as the act itself.
Friday, April 12, 2013
In the film I think you can more clearly see mans inhumanity towards man because it is acted out right in front of you on the screen. There are multiple shots during the movie seeing people dead rotting in the streets and people living amongst that. You see people being gunned down in the streets shot like rabid dogs. You see Jews enslaved by the Nazis to build things. In the book it is described but its hard to picture what he describes because I grew up in a time where these actions are so unimaginable, and so unheard of I can't bring myself to want to picture what happened. However through the movie there are people who help the people who are in need. They help Wladyslaw survive the Nazis, escape the ghetto, and provide for him as he attempts to get through the holocaust. Without the help of others he never would have survived and that unfortunately was not seen very much in Night. There is a positive that is more easily seen in The Pianist than in Night.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
While skulking into the courtroom the boy felt as if the walls of the hall were converging in on him. While sitting waiting to hear what his sentence would be his finite attention span caused him to day dream of all the things that might happen to him and juvie and he became very scared. Up until this point he felt invulnerable to the law but now he felt at the mercy of the seemingly malevolent jury and the apparently omniscient judge. Attempting to act nonchalant the boy would look anywhere but the intimidating jury. After what seemed like eternity he was expunged of his community service sentence the jury gave him after a venial offense. It was uncanny how many times he was able to get away with his petty crimes.