A lovely bit of cabin fever


A)    Family Communication: improving your ability to express yourself and your listening skills.

B)    Co-Planning with Andy Y.

C)    You all must be wondering why we asked you to gather here. Well we are here to improve are communication skills. During the next half an hour we will go over and act out simulation of various methods of expressing our emotions and improving our ability at listen to each other. By the end of the activity we want you to walk out with a plan on how to better listen and express your emotions the next time you get into an argument.

D)    I have Andy’s contact information and we have yet to determine a time for us to work on the project outside of school.

E)     We have researched two books and three articles which give various advices on how to improve one’s listening skills and ability at expressing one’s emotions

F)     In the next few days we will apply the advices found in the articles when talking to our own families. We would then record weather or not we felt like we gained a better understanding of how the other person was listening or if the person understood us. This will help us determine which techniques to focus on during the session.



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140 character respond to article

If parents are too caring->child goes to therapy

If parents care too little->child goes to therapy

Therefore a child will inevitably go to therapy

The article had alluded to Amy Chua’s memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Hence I created the Angry Mother Tiger Fighting Style.



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Mentor: I think what ever work you choose it will be a value to the labor force. To work not for material necessity or scarcity but to contribute to society, experience satisfaction and experience creativity…value the work you do whether paid or unpaid

My Reply: thank you for your comment and for encouraging me to purist work not for the sake of payment bur for the sake the work itself.

Protégé: do you feel that the contrast between constantly being surrounded by kids vs. constant solitude may suggest that neither job actually matches the amount of social interaction you need?

My Reply: thank you for your invoking comment. Since I tend to be drawn to the extremes of situation I will take your warning into.

And now the amazing duo blog act:

 My comment on Simon’s blog:

your blunt honesty all ways makes your blog a joy to read. Your plan to achieving your job is strategically enough and leaves little room for improvement. I think that by acknowledging the fact that very few people actually make a difference creates a great perspective for how people should view their chances at succeeding. Nevertheless, I think you’re a competitive person which should give you a bit of an edge at getting your job.

Simons retort:

Thank you for commenting, I’d like to think that if people looked at their lot in life a bit more pragmatically, it would save them a lot of heartache later on in life.

Simon’s Comment on my blog

Hello Mohr, long time no type.
Major problem detected! The average salary which you are applying to yourself factors in tenured teachers, who make noticeably more than their non-tenured counterparts. Furthermore, the U.S.A. is currently experiencing a surplus of teachers, that means if you want to move a lot you are going to have a very, very, difficult time staying employed. You should put some serious consideration into the logistics of staying gainfully employed.
Other than that I didn’t find anything worng with the post, you could of gone into a bit more detail on why you want to be a teacher, but that’s really it.
Overall it came off as a little bland and rushed, but it fulfilled the criteria you were given.
Also, I noticed a disturbing lack of motion in your video. I’m not sure if a cartoon is an acceptable substitute (ignore this comment if you’ve talked to Andy already, if you havn’t I recommend speaking with him post-haste) for a 2-3 minute video.
Best of luck with your future endeavors,


My feeble response:

thanks for pointing out my statistical error. I personally lack any form of expertise in researching statistic. In audition thank you pointing out also the competitiveness of the teaching filed.

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Based on various surprisingly accurate personality test and personal reflection I realized that a well suited job for me would be teaching kids art. I am currently heavily invested in two things wanting to see various locations across the United States and contributing to this generation artistic culture. However, I am plagued by a dispersing need for basic necessities such as food, shelter, an affordable health care, etc. that are attained through money. As an art teacher I would be able to contribute to students’ understanding of art and culture, also I would have an easier. Also, as an art teacher I would have more time to work on my own projects than I would have if I were to work as an office clerk. There are many schools across the U.S., since teachers teach at school I would have a possibility at working at various locations around the country.

In order to have a chance to attain my “ideal job” I will need to do certain things. For starters I will need to finish my high school education. This would be followed by attaining an undergraduate degree in art, and a graduate degree in teaching art. For my plan to reach its full effect I will need to achieve both of these degrees while refraining from taking as much student’s loans as I possibly can. Another obstacle I would need to overcome would be competition for a position as an art teacher. While I won’t be competing against people from other countries, I will be competing against every U.S. citizen who is looking for a position as an art teacher. Based on the average employment per thousand jobs for the states with highest employment is 0.964 and the average Employment RSE is 1.7%. In addition, as a result of possible energy decent over the years it would be harder and harder to attain imported art supplies.

I am not interested in ether starting a family or financially supporting another person, hence I am not interested in pursuing a high paying job. Which is very convenient for me considering the annual mean wage for an art teacher teaching at a public school is approximately $63,860. This would place me in the middle class section of the U.S. class system. However, as long as I would live a simple life that is devoid from constant luxury I should be able to sustain myself.

As an alternative job I had considered being a park ranger. Since I enjoy being alone, doing simple and repetitive task such as hiking makes me feel happy.  In addition, as a park ranger I would be working in nature resorts, which would allow me to see U.S. nature scenery on daylily bases. However, this job is not only harder to attain than a job as an art teacher, it also pays immensely less than a job as an art teacher. As a park ranger I would have to assist tourist with trifle things such as where paths are located on daylily bases; while as an art teacher I would get to command a class room full of students.

To me it is important to know whether or not I am mentally and emotionally equip to be a teacher. If I am unable to handle the emotion strain of being a teacher there is no need for me to purist this career. The sooner I figure out whether or not I am mentally fit to be a teacher the more time I will have to look for a different job that would be fit for me.

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Job Correlated with INFJ Personality Match Job prospects Income Expectations Preparation requirements Additional notes

 Art, Teachers,


Value knowledge and competence above all else


Have very high standards for performance, which they apply to themselves


Creative and insightful


Interested in expressing oneself

–  job opportunities for teachers in general will be good to excellent, depending on the grade level, locality and subject taught

art teachers at the postsecondary level earned a median annual wage of $62,040


teachers working for junior colleges earned annual mean wages of $72,990


Teachers working at technical and trade schools received $51,500 annually

–   At a minimum, art teachers are generally required to have a Bachelor of Fine Arts or similar degree in addition to a teaching certification, in order to enter the career field


– Public schools require licensure in art education before teachers may lead a classroom on their own.

– This will slightly work against my “personality”

Because it will require me to work with others

Forestry and Park Ranger – Trust my own insight and opinions above others

– Live primarily inside my own minds, and appear to be detached and uninvolved with other people

– Value knowledge and competence above all else

– The Federal Government expect a large number of their workers to retire over the next decade.

– There is likely to be a large number of job openings for foresters and conservation scientists in government.

– In general, workers with.

-Median annual wages $53,750


-Middle 50% earn between $42,980 and $65,000.


-Lowest 10 percent earn less than $34,710,


–  Highest 10 percent earned more than $78,350

–  Generally, a high school diploma is sufficient for most forest and conservation occupations.


-Most forest develop skills through on-the-job training, learning from experienced workers.

– Forest and conservation workers must be in good health and able to work outdoors every day. They also must be able to work as part of a team. Maturity and good judgment are important in making quick, intelligent decisions when hazards arise.


Both teaching and park ranger-ing contradict my preference of deeply analyzing a problem and preference for working in isolation. However, both occupations will require a person to make instinctive and creative decisions based on one’s own judgment that will not only affect the immediate future but also the distant future. Working as an art teacher will not only allow me to express my ideas to other people, it will also give me an opportunity to study the nature of group interaction as a bystander. The majority of park rangers spend a large portion of their time traveling outdoors. When trekking I recoil into my own mind in order to analyze my life while listening to the meditating sound of my marching feet.

A tipping point between these two careers is the annual income. While teachers are paid approximately $62,176 a year park rangers tend to earn about $53,750 annually. However, I am also taking into consideration that park rangers tend to live a more ascetic life than teachers.




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Itwas my own business, I was working in the school but the parents paid me separately. So yeah I was a sort of an adjunct. It was a sort of an after school program but offered during school hours. I was working under different circumstances the parents would pay me directly, so it was an extra curriculum enrichment course. I did get a taste of what is it to not have a boss and to make my own hours. As a teacher in the states I had an eight to three…four jobs I got the summer off and some holidays off so I don’t think I am your typical worker, but we didn’t get paid as much as we needed.


America is actually a great place to start a business because it is so easy to open one. Many people only see the American market negatively and tend to take it for granted. However, it is also very easy to have your business go bank robed, but it’s okay. In America, people are easily forgiven for having their business ruined, financially and in terms of moral. I think it’s great that people have a chance to be in charge of their own business and don’t have to work as a small gear in a big company.


Both of my interviewees have and do not work for a huge corporation. However, they also both acknowledged the fact that not everyone can be their own boss, or work separately from a company.

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Even though I had analyzed the ideology of existentialism and my triangle partner’s had asked a plentiful amount of evoking remarks, I do not believe that the end of the unit challenge had altered how enact my big story. If anything had resulted from this process is I now have a better definition as to how I incorporate my big story it to my life. I realized that I am not living a simple binary oppositional story but rather a more interwoven story of ideas that I find comforting. On a final note I would like to clarify that I did find this process inciting but not necessarily enlightening.

This challenge has finally proved to me that the triangle partners system can actually be beneficial to our writing and not just to our grades. The challenge’s writing process had showed me how one’s writing and thought process can drastically improve after being reviewed by multiple editors. I personally think that my writing had improved mostly because of “external efforts” and not my own “internal editing”

My T-shirt is now in the washer and or just plainly missing so here is a representation of me and my T-shit


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HW 29 BIG STORY CHALLENGE (or why I am a colossal clot)

I would first of all like to say that what i have written on post 28 is actually my revised draft and not the original one, which I changed after reading Simon’s comment. Hence my first draft,which i never saved on my computer, is now forever lost. I suggest using Simon’s comment as an indicator to how horrible my first draft had been. Once again sorry for the inconvenient mistake and I hope this would not alter my grade too much.

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                  Mentor:Pithy! I love the reduction of an essay into a 140 word gist! Not an easy task.

                                     A unique and interesting angle of the sculpture which may reflect how you also see the world.

                 Protege:you say that a good life is “finding a purposeful & personal way to spend time” don’t you also relay on other people so it cant be completley personal


   Hello Mohr, Simon here once again. I’d like to start by complementing you on instilling something so monolithic into such a small space, you summed up your big                 story well and provided a feasible and interesting reason as to why you adhere to it.
That being said, There are about 173 characters in the abbreviation, significantly more than the assignment limited you to (almost 19% more in fact). I also find it difficult agreeing with your conclusion. You are not an existentialist, at least not according to this. According to this you are living in what I would refer to as “escapist fantasy/straw nihilism”, you understand that life has no meaning but still cannot convince yourself that you can live without meaning, thus you create a pretend philosophy as shelter from your true belief.
Your 3-7 word “catch phrase” is 12 words, that’s (on average) more that twice the amount you were told to use. It is also unrelated to your supposed belief system, it symbolizes boredom and angst, where your version of existentialism is more hedonism and forced ignorance. It is also a quote which greatly reduces its intrinsic value as a summery of YOUR belief system, you are trying to uplift your state of awareness, not absorb the dogma of others.
Overall I would say that you should
1. Try to either except the truth of the belief or except that your philosophy is flawed and work that into your writing.
2. Don’t waste writing on definitions, use your space wisely.
3. Be poetic, this should come from your right hemisphere.
4. Finally, come up with your own phrase, do as your big story claims and give meaning to nothingness.

P.S. I am aware of the inherent hypocracy in some of the things I say, I understand that I am not the one to tell you how to live your life, I am just trying to provide my opinion, what I write is in no way the be-all-end-all.

Good luck,


My Comments on:

                     Simon’s blog: hello, i was wondering why you chose the word immortal of all words to describe people’s motivations. Is it because people strive to be immortal, think they are immortal, are under the illusion that an immortal being had created them? I suggest to either change the tense of relentless to relentlessly so there would at least be a correlation between relentless and immortal, or you can just replace immortal with a more self explanatory word.
I thought that your 3-7 words sentence seemed heavily influenced by futurism, however I did not feel that the idea of trust in the machine was that evident in your paper, hence making it unclear if the sentence is suggesting if this is how you see humanity or is this how nihilism views humanity. Lastly i think you choice of picture did not only break away from the all cliches but also clearly and simply explained nihilism. I personally connected it to the Cthulhu Mythos which often goes into great depth about how insignificant human beings are to the cosmos.

                     Naomi’s Blog: hi i just want to say that everything about your 140 words and 3-7 words highly contradictory to your essay. Your essay mentions on numerous occasions that you want to be a mom and a psychiatric for the criminally insane. How can you preach people to be free to attend and accept when you want to be some one who molds people, and labels people.

The revised (and only existing) draft: 

140 (~ish)-words abbreviation:

Existentialism=attaching personal meaning & choosing how to live regardless if life has no meaning. Good life=finding a purposeful & personal way to spend time

3-7 words abbreviation:

Everything is nothing with out us

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140 (~ish)-words abbreviation:

Existentialism=attaching personal meaning & choosing how to live regardless if life has no meaning. Good life=finding a purposeful & personal way to spend time

3-7 words abbreviation:

Everything is nothing with out us

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There is no reason for us not to live passionately and authentically just because our surroundings are meaningless, boring, threatening, anxiety provoking, and overall unpleasant. Existentialism seems to be a philosophy of commitment and confronts us with the notion of freedom and the responsibility to it. I believe passion and desire move us to act. Motivation to act is a source of internal human energy that starts our creative engines. Motivation is connected to mood, as these two aspects of human experience affect our ability to act and function. One needs to be in a mood to be motivated to do anything. Mood, or disposition to act, is closely related to emotional state which we experience as internal and uniquely individual. Some people believed that mood is a link between life and thought. We all have a freedom of choice to a certain degree. What does one do with choses that can lead to feelings of guilt?

You mentioned “Matrix”, and it reminded me of another movie with Keanu Reeves, “Devil’s Advocate” where his character becomes the Devil’s lawyer, and uses his free will to escape the devil’s clutches by choosing death and taking his own life at the end. Freewill was a pass out of this impasse because it allowed Keanu to be the master of his own destiny albeit nihilistic. This story is connected to an idea by a well-known psychoanalyst who once said that “it is better to be a sinner in a world ruled by God, than to live in a world ruled by Devil”. Is this an also an example of existentialism?


you said that each person has to create there own meaning to life, do you think that this ability to create our own meaning is hindered or benefit by our interactions with other people?


What is the primary big story in which I play the role of my life?

Throughout my brief and continues existence I have noticed that I have been following a particular set of believes that apply specifically to me. These said believes all indicate that I constantly try to add my own personal meaning to the world around me, hence making it liable for me to say that the big story I interact with is existentialism. Existentialism, very briefly, means the world and life have no value, however it is up to each individual person to create their own meaning to their surrounding. An even more simplified and poetic explanation of existentialism is the poem, A Summer Day , by Mary Olive. The narrator of the poem challenges the reader to “Tell me [the narrator], what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” The reader is reminded to take into consideration that everything dies in the end.

Two of the most common misconception about existentialism is that existentialist are depressed people, who are strictly atheists and view the world as meaningless. While existentialists do think that there is no pre-determined meaning to life, such as an afterlife, they do believe that everyone has a right to choose their own meaning in ways that are relevant to them. Many existentialists chose to find meaning by joining a religion, not because they were told to but because they found a deep spiritual connection relating to that community.

How does that big story compare and contrast with other big stories?

Since existentialism is the concept of being able to attach a meaning to one’s life almost every big story is relatable to existentialism. One of the big stories presented to us in this unit was “service to others”. As an existentialist one can still find meaning in helping others if it is something that one values. One of the big stories that completely contradict existentialism is nihilism. While existentialism claims that life has no big meaningful picture yet it is still possible to create meaning and purpose, nihilism claims that in fact nothing we will ever do would be meaningful.

What led me to this role and this story?

For me there has never been a pivotal moment in my life that made me realize that I am a part the “existentialism big story”. My whole life I have questioned my surroundings, purpose, and its relevance toward my life. For instance, lately, I have been baffled by the SAT and its connection to the meaning of life. I know that the SAT allows students to get into college, which would than possibly allow them to have a stable job and earn money; this raises the question of is getting a stable job what people want from life? To me this seems a very shallow and unfulfilling purpose, which makes me not want to take the SAT so much more, however I do acknowledge that other people find meaning in this goal. This is just an example that illustrates how I constantly view my surroundings through an “existentialism lens”. Which ultimately proves that neither a person nor an event had led me to this big story, but rather this is how my mind interprets and navigates the world around me?

Part 2: Implementing my Big Story

According to the big story I’ve been enacting, how should I live?

Existentialism asks people to live their life with the idea that life has no value, but instead each person has to create their own meaning and chose how they want to live their life. However, many people sometime struggle with finding their own personal meaning which causes them to feel as if they are aimlessly moving thorough life.

My definition of a good life is having a purpose which will allow me to enjoy as many of my living days as possible. Since I view life as a clock ticking toward our inevitable termination, I believe that the best way to live is by enjoying those ticking moment. This is not to say that one should appreciate everything that surrounds him or her, but rather one should filter what he or she values out of the dunes that is one’s life. I also believe that as people we tend to enjoy creating scenarios in which we began by having an intension, pour as much of our efforts into getting that intension accomplished, and eventually finish accomplishing said intension. My next logical step was to combine these two beliefs into one idea, which also happens to be my definition of a good life. This corresponds to the basic ideas of existentialism, because in both cases people are encouraged to find meaning in their life regardless of what will happen when they die.

Special requirements

Existentialism asks people to reject any notion that life has a predetermined fate to be followed and fulfilled, while also accepting the fact that each individual person can create his or her own personal meaning to help them live their life in a way that is fulfilling to them. This comes with the benefit that it allows people to have the free will to choose how they want to live their life without being restricted by predetermined requirements. In addition existentialism allows people to add meaning to something that will cause them to feel content with their life. Since existentialism is the ability to add meaning to what one sees fit, one is able to have a meaningful set of believes that can lead to only feeling happiness. This theory can also be applied to other emotions and interest, such as excitement, guilt, philosophical stimulating etc. However, this freedom comes at a hefty price which could cost one’s mental happiness. Most people are used to viewing their life as if it is one consecutive story leading toward a definite ending. Many people feel as if everything they have known has been completely shattered when they realize that life is not a story but in fact just the passage of time. This realization makes it difficult to find the motive to accomplish anything, because they will never amount to anything. Many people are able to move on from that unstable point of internal voidness and find their own personal meaning to their surroundings. However, others end up stuck in a limbo of emptiness and lack of motivation. Having to accept the idea that in fact life has no meaning is the hefty cost of living a existential life because it can rattle people’s mental happiness. Another price people often pay when enacting existentialism is baring the burden of freedom of choice. Since existentialism asks people to choose their own meaning one often feels ostracized when his or her believes contradicts that of the people in his or her community. Having the freedom to choose one’s own meaning can cause a person to feel like an outlier, which can lead that person to feel lonely.

Part 3: Questioning my Big Story
What are some standard questions that people who don’t practice my big story ask to expose complexities, cartoonification, and contradiction?
What other aspects of my big story seem questionable (too simple, too complex, contradictory?)
Should I rethink my participation in this story?

Many people view existentialism in an over cartoonified light which just states that life is without any meaning. However, this is so much of simplification that it muddles the actual explanation of what is existentialism. Existentialism is the acceptance that life will have no meaning until someone creates one for them self.  However, this philosophy raises the paradoxical self-contradictory that since life amounts to nothing, people’s own personal meaning in fact have no value. Since there is no after life or a big conclusion to one’s, all the accomplishments and meaning one creates will mostly likely be completely and utterly forgotten. If everything that will ever be done will eventually be forgotten it is possible that in fact our own personal meaning holds no value. Since all of our personal meaning has no real value then life ultimately has no meaning regardless of what we do.

I follow existentialism for the precise reason that it’s slightly more comforting than just accepting that life has no meaning. As I stated in my previous paragraph, I don’t think life has any meaning to it. This raises the question of why do I chose to follow existentialism instead of just accepting that life has absolutely no meaning. To me it is impossible to our cornet society with the knowledge that my life has no meaning. I, much like Cypher from the Matrix, chose to live in a false reality because it is so much more comforting to think that I can add meaning to certain things, instead of thinking that there is nothing meaningful in this world. I accept that life has no value yet I acknowledge the fact that I can create some meaning to my surroundings which is encourages enough to continue living.

I personally think that I should not alter my big story. Existentialism encourages me to keep on finding meaning in life regardless of how much of an insignificant being I am. Existentialism allows me to choose what is that I personally value in life without feeling obliged to follow someone else’s instructions. I do not want to feel committed to one set of belief that was made toward a generalized group of people; I want to live a life where I can determine my values and believes so they apply to me personally. Existentialism, for me, is the perfect mind set which allows me to fulfill my own requirements for finding meaning and purpose.


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