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HW 26 BIG STORY CHALLENGE PROJECT PART 2

Part 1: Describing my Big Story

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. 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.

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 expecting 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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HW 26 BIG STORY CHALLENGE PROJECT PART 1

Comments on my blog from Simon 

SIMON: Hello there Mohr. Let me begin by congratulating you on having the guts to give meaning to nothingness. After all, is that not the incarnation of existentialism? Other than some minor grammatical errors, the piece flowed quite well and came off as quite eloquent.
My only concern arose from the lack of emphasis on the hedonistic nature of existentialism. Also the “questioning my big story” section seemed to imply that you were settling for existentialism.
Don’t you think you should follow the truth?
If life has no meaning, how can we make meaning, your statement on paradox seems only to contradict your belief system.
I’m not telling you to believe what I believe, or to change who you are, but I think if you dug a little deeper into your mind, you may come up with something that sounds less strained.

ME: Thank you for the comment. To respond to your two questions at the end I understand why it may seem paradoxal trying to adding meaning to a meaningless life, however I proably have not properly explained that I am not trying to give life meaning but rather add meaning to what’s around me. Also I don’t think I clarified properly that I find it hard to find motive to do anything with the knowledge that in the end everything I do adds up to nothing. Hence I chose to live in denial .

My,not so beneficial, comments on Simon’s blog 

ME: Hey sorry for not writing sooner.
I think your explanation of how you enact and connect to your philosophies would be stronger if you A) clarified a bit what is your philosophy is about and B) where do you stand in the retrospective of your philosophy (do you agree with it a 100% is there some aspects that don’t apply to you [something along those line]).

SIMON: This philosophy is my creation, it is the manifestation of my belief. Also, could you please further explain what you mean by “clarify what my philosophy is about”. Is there something in particular that you think I should add?

ME: You should probably explain what nihilism is, because as you pointed out not that many people know about it.

SIMON:also as to defining nihilism in my paper, that is paragraph 3 (“… nihilist believes that nothing you have ever done, are doing, or ever will do, has any meaning/purpose”) Sorry for posting this here, but it wouldn’t let me respond to your response on my “wall”

ME now that I re read it I did notice that you mentioned it, I hope you can exuse my sleep deprived brain.

 [we also had a brief exchange in school in which I told him that I was unable to find to many noticeable flaws and that I personally agreed with his belief hence I could not come up with challenging questions]
Simon’s and My collaborated response to Naomi’s post
ME:
Hey Naomi. Overall I thought the writing styles were very informal and some sentences could be taken out. While reading your blog I came across some issues such as:

-On the first paragraph third line what did you mean by “just showing up”

-You should distinguish between the things you want to the future and what/who you are now. Example: in the third paragraph you said “through my work (as a psychologist)”; also on the fourth paragraph you said I want to provide that for my children as well.”

-Try not to generalize service to others to much, you should elaborate more.

-In what ways is your story about being in the wilderness, in the fourth paragraph, relates to the rest of the paragraph and/or your big story?

-If you are living the American dream do you think what you really want is “to have enough money to provide for my family and myself, so that I can be assured there is always food and shelter for my family and myself”? Don’t you think that you many want more than just basic necessities

-I think that your assumption, on the first paragraph of part 2, that just because “you are a psychologist” you will have a close knitted family is naïve. You should probably consider that A) most psychologists do not have that much free time and B) how you being a psychologist can negatively affect your family.

-On the second to last paragraph of part 2 you said “ Just trying your hardest is enough for me which makes my big story achievable for me”, you should probably elaborate on what happens if you try really hard and fail.

Lastly this is a question your big story in general: you say having a family is a big part of your “big story” but why is that? Why do you want to dedicate your life to people that have yet to exist, whom you have yet to meet, and in probability will not like?

SIMON:

Hello there Naomi, while reading your essay, there were several points of interest which stood out to me. First, there seem to be some “gaps in perspective”, in order for me to comment on this post fairly I feel they need to be corrected. As Mohr commented it seems unlikely that you are currently a psychologist for the criminally insane. A little revision would go a long way. Try to clear up what is and what will be. Also a proofreading or two would serve to eliminate the few grammatical errors I noticed. Overall your essay isn’t bad, it just lacks a direction, try to tie all its pieces together with a common theme, fixate on that theme, then proof-read it once or twice. Once you have your ideas refined I’m sure your writing will reflect your effort.

Questions:

Do people really ask you why you should be kind to others? If so, they probably need to see a certified psychologist.
How does psychology tie into your big story?
What do you believe comes after death? How does that coincide with your big story?
As you yourself mentioned, how do you propose to excel in the field of psychology considering:
“…I ask myself is do I really want to go through that much school? It seems almost impossible for me to become a psychologist sometimes because I struggle with focus. I don’t know if I want to go through all the schooling you need to become a psychologist.”
If you don’t want to become a psychologist, than maybe you should look into that a little more. Psychology seems to be a big part of you big story, if you don’t believe in it that strongly, than maybe you should reconsider some of your other preconceptions?
Here is a practical (albeit humorous) video on the success of the clinical psychologist, it may help you (or hurt you) feel free to have a look (note: it focuses on attaining a doctorate in clinical psychology, even so, I feel it is still relevant):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZaLipDgFZQ.
You want to “spend my [your] life working to help the really crazy people try to overcome and understand their psychological issues”, but what is sanity, can you truly judge what is healthy or unhealthy mentally? Just because someone has a different perspective, that does not mean they are wrong or ill.
best of luck,

-Simon

ME: to build of Simon’s last comment; at one point in the paper you said that you are interested in people having different opinions yet you want to “spent my life working to help the really crazy people try to overcome and understand their psychological issues”, in other words you want to change how they think. I suggest that you stick to one opinion so you won’t contradict yourself

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HW 25 BIG STORY CHALLENGE PROJECT

Part 1: Describing my Big Story

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 add my own personal meaning to the world around me, hence making it liable for me to say that the big story I enact in is existentialism. Existentialism, in a very brief explanation, is that the world and life has no value, however it is up to each individual person to create their own meaning. 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?” while taking into consideration that everything dies in the end.

Two of the most common misconception about existentialism is that existentialist are depressed people who view the world as meaningless, and that existentialist are strictly atheists. 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.

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

Since existentialism is being able to create a meaning to one’s life almost every big story is relatable to existentialism. One of the big story presented to us this unit was service to others. As an existentialist you can still find meaning in helping others if it is something they value. One of the big stories that completely contradict existentialism is nihilism. Nihilism claims that not only does life have no value but in fact nothing we will ever do will add any meaning to it.

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 had questioned my surrounding’s purpose and its relevance toward my life. For instance lately I have been baffled by the SAT and its purpose. 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 un-fulfilling 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 “existentialism lenses”. Which ultimately proves neither that a person or an event had caused me to interact with this story, but rather this is how my mind interprets 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 accomplish said intension. My next logical step was to combine these two believes into one belief, which also happens to be my definition of a good life. This is corresponding 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 fallowed 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. 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 that have to be fulfilled. However, this freedom comes at a hefty price which could cause 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 that accomplishment doesn’t amount to anything. Many people are able to move on from that unstable point of internal voidness and find their own personal meaning. 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 shakes people’s mental happiness.

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, all the accomplishments and meaning one creates throughout his will mostly likely be completely and utterly forgotten. If everything that will ever do will eventually be forgotten it is possible that in fact our own personal meaning hold no value. Since all of our personal meaning have no real value then life ultimately has no meaning regardless of what we do.

The precise reasons as to why I fallow the big story of existentialism because it is the most comforting while still being the most realistically reasonable big story. The majority of people’s life is centered around the idea that we all have to on keep living for as long as possible. Many people motives for continuing to live is that in fact they are living out a personal story that they have to fulfill. To me this thought that every single person has an individual story is ludicrous, because we are just a small sample of the whole universe. However, to me it is impossible to live a life in our cornet society with the knowledge that my life has no meaning. Instead I choose to find the best suitable compromise for a reason as to why I should continue living. I accepted that life has no value yet I acknowledge the fact that I can create my own personal meaning allowing me to have a reason to keep staying alive.

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. I am also able to choose what is that I personally value in life without feeling obliged to follow someone else’s instructions. Personally 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 requirement.


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HW 24 – THEORIES OF HAPPINESS – PART A

Exhilaration: When one feels an amalgam of both fear happiness and the sense of successfully avoiding physical harm. This sensation is ignited when one finishes a dangerous task fairly unscathed. This sensation intensifies when said task is finished either in the presence of other people or recorded to be posted on the internet. Activities such as Parkour or any other extreme sports are great stimulants of exhilaration

Bliss: A sense ones feel when introduced to something that is complete perfection and harmony; such as the first ten seconds after entering a warm bath or the first bite of a delicious food. Even though this sensation tends to were off fairly quickly, it is quite alright considering bliss can be achieved on numerous occasions throughout the day (simplest method is drinking an exuberant amount of water and then excusing oneself to go use the bathroom).

Comfort (physical, not to be confused with mental comfort) : Comfort is when one feels dispelled from his or her surrounding while said person’s body is positioned perfectly so no one spot is irritated. This feeling seems to be the result of a person unconsciously shifting into a suitable position while the mind is deeply focused on something else. Much like falling asleep no one can pinpoint the exact moment of sleeping into comfort, but once a person has been made aware of his surrounding he no longer feels comfortable. For those who try to achieve physical comfort try to only focus on your train of thoughts and you will discover you have shifted into a comfortable position.

As an additional note I would like to add that orgasmic sensations are also a noteworthy as stimulants of happiness. However, due to school policy’s I will not ablate on that subject

I think that what places all of these sensations under the so called umbrella of happiness is that they help us to monetarily forget about other more straining matters. Life is made up of many experiences, thoughts, and emotions. However, many of the previously mentioned components of life are not only depressing but sometimes even traumatizing. As people we are able to withstand the pressure of all the negatives emotions we are exposed to by using different stimulants to distract us. This claim is biased on my personal experience with dealing with depressing and traumatic experiences. However, I am not claiming that using emotions that stimulate happiness in order to create a distraction is the only correlation between said emotions and happiness. I believe that different people have different views on how sensations are connected to happiness, and possibly they have a more optimistic interpretation than me.

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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.

Portage

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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