Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hope

Our lives are riddled with pain and suffering. Some people experience more of these than others. We can overcome hardship with hope. Hope provides us with strength to conquer misery and despair, caused by misfortune, perhaps an unforeseen job loss, after you’ve worked long hours on a project, your boss, calling your into his office, sitting you down, saying, Your fired. Perhaps an unanticipated ending of a marriage. Your wife weeping in bed, when you’re desiring to make love. She turns to you and says, I’m unable to live with you anymore.Perhaps an unexpected auto accident A man in a rush, texting on his smart phone, crashes his delivery trunk into the side of your new  Mustang, the one you saved five years for, now being dragged away by the tow truck to the scrap yard.Hope motivates us to persevere, into the darkness, to journey onward, despite the obstacles blocking the trail of life, despite not knowing how, or when, or where, or why our life’s story will conclude.According to Charles R Snyder, a psychologist, hope includes three elements: a belief, a goal, and a path. The person who is hopeful believes that he/she will succeed. Secondly, the person has a specific goal or direction or destination. Thirdly, the person knows the route or path he/she will take to achieve the desired outcome. And so, hope is a mindset, the will and determination to believe that you’ll overcome. Hope also provides you with a map of the route on how to achieve the desired outcome.

Friday, March 17, 2017

the one who walk away from omelas

In The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas, a perfect world is described. But this isn't just any utopia, it's your utopia. Whatever creates joy and happiness but is not derived from fear and harm is in your own world. Bur what is hidden here is ugly and pitiful and disgusting. In the basement of one of Omelas' houses, a child lives. There is no light, no bathroom. The child sits all day in its tore up clothes and waits for people to come, never leaving the cold, dark room. At a certain age, young adults are brought to see the child in its misery, to understand why Omelas is perfect, why they live in utter bliss. Everyone is shocked and disgusted. But they can do nothing. They cannot make a single improvement in the child's life or else they let guilt enter the city. Sometimes people leave the city. Trying to achieve a place or a space or time where life is even less imaginable than Omelas. The author give us the control to design our own world. She does this in order to bring us into the story, to make us kin to what we read about. We make the story our own and we become tied to it. This was designed in order to provoke reactions. I know it provoked reactions from me. I felt elated while reading the part about the utopia, however when I stumbled upon the child, I felt terrible. Sadness,Guilt,and Most of all guilt. This child has nothing and fears all. By those who remain in the utopia, it is considered an animal. But it feels pain and sadness and fear. But it knows little else. It is surrounded by those terrors night and day.This allows the people who visit it to rationalize leaving the child there. Happiness is discriminatory. What makes some happy would overwhelm or scare another. And if you try to push what makes you happy on another person, you can even torture them in the process of trying to make them happy.The author allows us to make comparisons to the real world. We are able to see the news and see the torment that people around the world face daily. We are able to want to help, to be kind and then forget about them. We realize that they are better off without the help of people who can actually make a difference. And sometimes they are, however in some circumstance our help would actually make their situation a whole lot worse. Take for example the Vietnam War. We went in to "help" the people of Vietnam against a communist government, however, we ended up only extending their suffering as happiness is discriminatory.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Social Justice

In the ted talk ¨A prosecutor's vision for a better justice system¨ Adam Foss suggests that instead of just branding people who commit crimes as felons and imprison them they should get an intervention. Foss supports his suggestion by explaining that it is hard for a felon to get a job and most likely they will continue to return to their prison and never learn their lesson. Foss adds to his suggestion by giving an example of a young kid named Chris that stole thirty computers to pay for college tuition and instead of throwing the book  at him he put Chris in a position where he would not return to crime. Six years later Foss seen Chris and Chris had a good job and a family. Foss explains that if he threw the book at Chris he would probably still be in and out of prison. Foss continues to support his suggestion by giving more examples such as a woman who was caught stealing groceries to feed her children and instead of charging her they found her a job. Foss’s  purpose is to inform the audience that people who commit crimes should not be punished and they should be rehabilitated
I agree that criminals should be rehabilitated instead of punished because I have witnessed felonies ruin a lot of lives. I believe that it is important to value social justice their would be an uncontrollable amount of hate crimes against all kinds of different groups of people. There are a lot of social justice issues but these are what I believe to be the most prevalent, racism and prejudice against homosexuals. While both of these concern me the one that concerns me the most is racism. Recent studies have shown that 1 in 3 black males will go to jail in their lifetime. The black male is not more likely to commit the crime but they are more likely to go to jail. This is why I agree that we need a better justice system.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

response to Miranda Julys "Birthmark"




Image result for happinessThe story "Birthmark"  opened up my mind to give me a new perspective on happiness. Now that I have read this story I believe that no matter how you look on the outside you can still be a happy person. In the story the lady had a  reddish-purple birthmark on the side of her face and she felt as though everywhere she went people stared at her. The lady got the birthmark removed and she started to feel better about herself. This happiness that she felt was not real it was synthetic happiness. Removing this birthmark did not actually change how happy she was she, the removal did not give her true happiness. She did not notice that removing the birthmark did not change anything until it came back. When the birthmark came back she noticed that her feelings did not change. She noticed that she was finally truly herself now that she had her birthmark back. The birthmark gave her character and made her the person she was. Removing the birthmark did not make her truly happy but when she got the birthmark back she became truly happy. This story does open my mind on ideas about happiness.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Response to Matthieu Ricard:The habits of happiness

Image result for happinessIn the ted talk "The habits of happiness' Matthieu Ricard explains that  if we observe our own experiences, anger, hatred, jealousy, arrogance, obsessive desire, they don’t leave us in such a good state. And also, they are detrimental to others’ happiness. So we may consider that the more those emotions are invading our mind, the more we feel miserable, we feel tormented. On the contrary, everyone knows deep within that in an act of selfless generosity, we could save a child’s life, make someone happy. We don’t need the recognition. We don’t need any gratitude. Just the mere fact of doing that fills such a sense of adequacy. And we would like to be like that all the time. We have this ability to change the way we think. Consciousness is like a mirror that allows all images to rise on it. You can have ugly faces, beautiful faces in the mirror. The mirror allows that, but the mirror is not tainted, is not modified, is not altered by those images.In the ted talk "The habits of happiness' Matthieu Ricard explains that  if we observe our own experiences, anger, hatred, jealousy, arrogance, obsessive desire, they don’t leave us in such a good state. And also, they are detrimental to others’ happiness. So we may consider that the more those emotions are invading our mind, the more we feel miserable, we feel tormented. On the contrary, everyone knows deep within that in an act of selfless generosity, we could save a child’s life, make someone happy. We don’t need the recognition. We don’t need any gratitude. Just the mere fact of doing that fills such a sense of adequacy. And we would like to be like that all the time. We have this ability to change the way we think. Consciousness is like a mirror that allows all images to rise on it. You can have ugly faces, beautiful faces in the mirror.
I do agree with Richard when he explains that when we observe our own experiences with anger, hatred, jealousy, arrogance, obsessive desire they do not leave us happy. I agree with this because when i think about my experiences with being angry at people or being sad it does not leave me in a good state of mind. I used to have problems with bullies when I lived in Indiana because of my race, the kids use to tease me and say racist things and when I think about it I get angry and I get upset. I use to smile all the time even though I was not happy while on the inside I was very sad and angry this is the equivalent to having ugly faces but beautiful in the mirror. These are the reasons why I agree with Ricard.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Response to Ted Talk-Dan Gilbert "The Surprising Science of Happiness"


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Dan Gilbert in the Ted Talk "The Surprising Science of Happiness" claims that our "Psychological Immune System" helps us to synthesize happiness, so that we can be happy even when things do not go as planned. Gilbert supports his claim by listing some examples of people who synthesized happiness such as, Maurice Bickham who spent 37 years in prison for a crime he did not do and said that he does not regret it and that it was a glorious experience. He affirms his claim by explaining that our "Psychological Immune System" changes our view on the world to make us feel better when things do not go as planned. Gilbert explains that the "Psychological Immune System" doesn't only make us happy but it makes happy sooner than we predict. Gilbert explains that our "Psychological Immune System" gives us synthetic happiness and synthetic happiness is not of the same quality of natural happiness. Gilbert challenges his claim by explaining that freedom is the freind of natural happiness but the enemy of synthetic happiness. Gilberts purpose is to inform the audience that we can be happy even when things do not go as planned but that happiness is synthetic.

I agree with Gilbert that we can synthesize happiness when things do not go as planned because I have had many experiences with synthetic happiness. When my father was incarcerated me and my family would go and see him every month when we went to go see him I would put on a happy face and act as everything is okay, but as soon as I got home I would go to my room and cry because I had mixed emotions of anger and sadness. I was happy but that happiness was synthetic and I was not synthesize happiness for myself I was doing it because my father wanted to see me happy. Another reason that I agree with Gilbert is because he explains that we become happy sooner that we predicted. I agree with this because as soon as I would see my father I would suddenly become happy. In conclusion I agree that we can have synthetic happiness but it is not of the same value as natural happiness.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

How important is happiness


Being happy is a common aim that people say that they have in life, not everyone knows why it is important to be happy. Happiness means different things to different people, so it can be difficult to clearly state why being happy is important but there are many benefits and side-effects associated with being happy. For many people, happiness is all the reason they need to achieve this outcome and if you feel good, you will enjoy life. However, there are other key benefits that are associated with happiness. Studies indicate that happy people live for longer. Many things can happen which impact on your life but if being happy provides you with an improved chance of living longer, isn’t it worth trying to be happy? There are also studies which indicate that people who are happier are healthier. There are clear links between stress and illness and equally, there are documented links between happiness and healthiness. This is an ongoing area of study but when you are happy, the positive feelings in your body will impact on the chemical nature of your body. Studies suggest that this leads to an improvement in cell repair, in building strength in your body and in enhancing the body’s level of immunity. These are all key benefits of feeling happy, so it makes sense to try and be happier in life.