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A lovely bit of cabin fever

HW 23 – COMMENTS ON BIG BIG STORY PRIMARY SOURCE SUMMARY & ANALYSIS

My mentor was very busy this last few days and would post her comment as soon as she can.

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I feel that your writing keeps the reader engaged. I enjoyed it.l iIke wise agree wite your metaphor to The Wall by Pink Floyd, a presantation of the tourtoured mind of humanity. Your refrences heigten your over all message and I feel that your writing expresses actuall intrest in the topic instead of simpley being a mindless dron.

followed by my reply
    Thank you for your comment. I had a hard time understanding your comment considering that most of your words were not completed and the grammar errors had made the sentence dense. Thank you never the less.

Mohr

Simon

Simon

Comment on his blog:

I appreciate how you immediately detached yourself from the suspicion that you think how Nietsche’s mind works. I felt that your both summery and analysis (which I assume is few isolated lines but I am not sure) lacked depth and originality.  Try adding more insight in future analysis.

Mohr

Reply to comment on my blog:

Thank you for both caring that you missed some of my blogs and for pointing out my improvements. I am sorry that my writing had seemed pretentious, and I am doubly so based on the irony of the situation. While I do feel that life is pointless I did not want to sound too dramatic and over the top. I want to reassure you that I do not think that I comprehend the teaching of an acclaimed philosopher better than him and it was not my intention appear pretentious.

Mohr

Naomi

Comment on her post:

I was very interested in the history surrounding the Talmud.  However I felt like you could have elaborated more about the Shabbat, what are the laws surrounding the Shabbat and what’s your opinion on the matter. To me the majority of your sentences felt like bullet points and I recommended trying to relate the sentences to one another.

Mohr

Reply Reply to comment on my blog:

Thank you. I do feel that this post was the most cohesive one I wrote lately considering that while writing the other posts I was exploring my big story. I will try to keep my posts less wordy in the future.

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EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES – GOOD STORIES (ON FILM) ABOUT HOW TO MAKE A GOOD LIFE

Movies tend to portray a good life as the protagonist being able to achieve a form of stability and success in his or her life. This recurrence in movies is a response to the audience’s demands to see a familiar and comforting story play out on the screen. People want to see films about those who are able to prevail regardless of any hindrance that had befallen them. Both Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist and Alexander Payne’s The Descendants are able to not only fulfill the audience’s demands but also deliver guidance toward making life easier. Based on recently released films a good life is being able to stabilize turbulence in one’s life and achieving personal success. This perception of what a good life is seen in both The Artist and The Descendants through the usage of character development.

The Artist portrays the protagonist experiencing a good life by showing his struggle to attain stability and personal success. The movie takes place over the course of five years during the late nineteen twenties early nineteen thirties. The story follows a silent film movie star’s, George Valentin, struggle of maintaining a career during the dawn of the sound films era. As the movie progresses George becomes a former shadow of himself as he gradually loses all of his studio investments, his job, his fame and publicity, and his will to live. With the help from a famous actress, who had admired him since the begging of her carrier, George was able to find motivation to continue living and was able to re-shine on the silver screen once again. The fictional story of George Valentin is an example of someone experiencing a good life because George was able to reach a form of mental stability and success in his career. Like many people who are struggling in life, George became an alcoholic and had started to develop suicidal thoughts. However, by the end of the film George was able to not only terminate his drinking habits but he also banished all thoughts of suicide. In addition to his mental stability, George was also able to succeed with his acting career. Throughout the film Hazanavicius, the director, was promoting a life lesson to the audience that stubbornness and pride are a person’s most paramount weakness. This was seen during George’s most deplorable times when he had pushed his only friend away from him out of self-pity, pride, and stubbornness. The film The Artist illustrates a good life by portraying a character that is able to find stability and success.

By showing a protagonist who is capable at achieving stability and personal success the film The Descendants was able to depict an example of a good life. The Descendants follows the story of Matt King and his dysfunctional family. Matt is a middle aged lawyer, a father of two girls and husband of a woman who just entered a coma. In order to strengthen the family’s bound Matt brings his rebellious teenage daughter home from boarding school. However, the plot thickens when his daughter tells him Matt’s wife, Elizabeth, had been cheating on him. The family decides to try to find Elizabeth’s lover and to tell him that Elizabeth is in a coma. As the movie progress Matt learns more about his daughters, about himself, and what he wants to do with his life. This movie depicts a good life because it shows Matt stabilizing his relationship with his family and him being able to succeed at doing what he thinks is right. When the family is first introduced they are presented as three people who live together but know nothing about each other. However, as their journey progressed Matt was able to bridge the gap he had with his daughters.  Matt was also able to achieve a personal success of making decisions that he thinks are right. Matt is first introduced as someone who works hard and earns money because he is expected to. By the end of the movie Matt has to make a decision of either selling some property, which will ultimately benefit Elizabeth’s lover, or not to sell the property. Matt originally planned to sell the property because he thought he wanted to earn money. By the end he succeeds at choosing what he thought is right, which was not to sing a contract that would benefit someone who his wife was cheating with. The film also delivers the message of showing respects to your enemy. Even though Matt was angry and loathed the man who his was cheating with, Matt had never any intension of attacking him, either verbally or physically. The only reasons Matt wanted to see him was to tell him that Elizabeth was in a coma so he would know to visit her. The Descendent demonstrates a good life because it shows a man who was able to achieve stability, with his family, and personal success, making decisions he thought was right

Some would argue that The Artist and The Descendent do not actually depict a good life since both movies only show a sample of the protagonists’ life; which is an insufficient amount of data for determining whether they are living a good life or not. However, if this argument were to be mad it be based on a misinterpretation of the films. The films argue that a good life is finding stability in one’s life and succeeding on one’s own personal goal. The films only showed glimpses of the protagonists’ life to show that they are able to obtain and experience a good life. This means that they would be able to undergo the process of achieving a good life a second time, if they will ever need to. By showing the characters’ ability to endure the struggle they were faced with (which leads them to eventually experience a good life), the films suggests that they would be able to do it again.

The Artist and The Descendants are significant because they serve as an encouragement for people to continue reaching for a good life. Many people have to face different challenges throughout their lives. However, people feel encouraged to continue fighting their challanges when they see other people who are able to waddle through all of their obstacles until they reach a form of stability and success. By watching movies about fictional characters that are able to experience a good life people feel better about themselves and their lives.

Many current films promote the idea that a good life is finding stability and  achieving one’s personal goal. This was seen in The Artist when the protagonist was able to achieve mental stability and succeed at returning to the film industry. In The Descendants the protagonist was able to stabilize his relationship with his daughters and succeeded at making choices he thought were right. While some would argue that the films were unable to define what a good life is because they only show segments of the protagonists’ life. However, those people are wrong because the films were showing that the characters are capable of experiencing a good life suggesting that they can do it again when needed. Films that depict a good life are significant to the public because they work as encouragements when life gets tough. There are many films that depict a good life in which the protagonist is able to achieve stability and success and there are many more films with this message that have yet to come.

 

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HW 22 – PRIMARY SOURCE FOR BIG BIG STORY

The Wall by Jean-Paul Sartre is about the mental deconstruction of three prisoners who are waiting for their execution. The story could also be viewed as an allegory, wrapped in a representation, and presented on a silver platter of stimulates for the mind. The story is an “allegory” because it delivers a message through the usage of a hypothetical situation. The message, or moral, all of life’s opulent distraction (personal pleasure, pain love, emotions etc.) have no value when skimming the surface of death. The story is a “representation” because it is written in a first person; however this is only the author emulating a person’s reaction while incorporating his own thoughts and believes into the text. The story is a new leathery and slick shoe that was just give to the pup of the mind to be gnawed on. Once striped of its characters, plot, and any sympathetic aspect the story is just raises the question “hypothetically speaking, what would a person who does not believe in an afterlife or religion, but does believe in code or life style he chose for himself, do when faced with the knowledge that he will soon reach a painful and humiliating death?”.

Analysis

I personally cannot read a physiologically stimulating story entitled The Wall without relating it to another wall; The Wall by Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd: The Wall raises the argument that social interaction is meaningless because people, no matter how close they are to you, will always misunderstand you and will ultimately hurt you (which will turn you into a neo Nazi rock star). The Wall by Sartre argues that the relationships you built with people throughout your life do not matter. When asked if he would like to write any last words for a loved one the narrator says that he has no one he wants to write to, even though he has a woman that loves him. He  states that “Last night I would have given an arm to see her again for five minutes…. Now I had no more desire to see her, I had nothing more to say to her. I would not even have wanted to hold her in my arms”. His sudden disinterest in wanting to see the woman he loved, and loved him back, was a result of the realization that it doesn’t matter if he will never see the woman again because he will die and she will move on. He recognized that even though he may have created a dent in someone’s life that dent would eventually be mended, new dents would be made to replace his mark and eventually he would be forgotten. While the story does not necessarily argues that interaction with people is profound because they misunderstand you, it does argue that the interaction with people is profound because you will eventually be forgotten.

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HW 20 – BEGIN BIG BIG STORY RESEARCH PROJECT

My father’s interpretation on existentialism: it is good to have a backup plan, but it is much better to live life spontaneously.

Existentialism is the belief that the world has no value and each individual person has to create their own meaning. When most people mentally accept this belief they often lose all enjoyments they had prior to their epiphany.  During my time with dealing with my existential epiphany earlier this year I had felt divested, nauseated, and painfully torn apart from lack of reason to do anything.

Jean- Paul Sartre, an influential figure in the progress of existentialism, states that “freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you”. He also says that “hell is other people” which is a statement I categorically agree with.

While fallowing the torrents of thought I had on existentialism, I noticed that my ideas overlapped with my thoughts on Occam’s razor (the belief that if presented with multiple options, whichever is easiest is usually the right one) and anarchy [(a society without a publicly enforced government.) Andy, no you do not need to worry that I will start a revaluation to terminate your regime as a teacher]. I would like to as to what extant can these three philosophy can co-exist?

Is there an existential version of taking someone else’s fate into one’s own hands?

How can we make our own choices while still living with in societal restrictions?

Is it possible to freely, and without any external influence, chose to follow a religion (which means following it’s big story)  as an exercises of existentialism? Is it just following that religion’s big story? Or is it just a paradox?

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HW 18 – INTERVIEWS WITH PEOPLE WHO SHAPED YOUR SENSE OF WHAT MATTERS

Is the story meant for a certain age group? Does Scrooge flippant pursuantly have different meaning based on the story’s age target?

This story is not intended exclusively for the oblivious children nor for the ageing gentlemen. It is a story meant to capture the importance of “each man being with his fellows”. Otherwise how can a man speak of his accomplishments if there is no one to talk to? Scrooge’s almost immediate change of heart strikes different chords for different ages. A young school boy would think that Scrooge is changing due to the overwhelmingness of the Christmas, joy, merriment and seeing people who are “thoroughly good-natured”. While an older and well versed fellow would argue that Scrooge change of heart is the plea of an old man losing the soundness of his mind to silly trifles that could easily be set aside.

 

Would you argue that Scrooge new found love of Christmas and was forced upon him or had he freely fell in love with the holiday?

It is understandable why one would think that the “pointing spectrum’s hand” had scared Scrooge enough so he felt it necessary to follow its message. However, Scrooge was also shown the joy and kindness one feels among his fellow man and how easy it is to make marry of the world around him. Why no one had instructed Scrooge to love his door knocker at the end of the story. Yet he freely chose to love his knocker and view it as “a wonderful knocker!”

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HW 18 – INTERVIEWS WITH PEOPLE WHO SHAPED YOUR SENSE OF WHAT MATTERS

While interviewing my father I unraveled certain aspects of his story that I agree with. His dis-acknowledgement of the idea that life connects to a big ending was best explained by when he said “I wish I had big meaning or plans, but I found out that when you try to have huge plans they don’t work out. When you do simple realistic things, the gears start to rotate. That’s life and with time you discover life lacks meaning”.  This idea that there is no big meaning that defines a person, but many small and distinct things that make up a person’s story is similar to certain parts of my own story.

My mother perception on big story differs from my father. She believes in making the best of every situation and to take the reins in your own hands so that daft elephant would stop wondering off the path. My mother statement that “in life you will be in all types of situation it, you make like some of them you may not, what really matters is how you chose to react to those situations” best summarizes her interpretation of what  her big story is.

Both of my parents’ big stories seam to orbit in around the concept of having a fluid mind so it will be able snake down the narrow and curvy creek that is life. My mother follows the idea of taking charge of your own life in order to pursuit your passions, even though they may change overtime. Throughout her life she chose the direction she wants her life to go based on her interest. I am personally affected by mother’s story because I make my choices based on my own interests. I do not let the lolling chant of previous expectation I had created for myself bare too much of an influence on the direction my life; instead I make my decisions based on my interests, even though they are spontaneous and absorb at times. My father’s story is more about molding your life into a pliant, metaphorical, substance. Instead of following one big idea, a lifelong passion, or premeditated guidelines he does things as they come to him. He doesn’t think life is a red carpet that leads to a majestic conclusion; it’s more of a busy crowd filled with things to do, thoughts to think, or self-expression to be mad heading nowhere. My father’s story had often led me to doubt my own story and purpose because the lack of meaning raised many questions that illustrated how meaningless and redundant life can be.

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