Thursday, February 24, 2011


Thich Quang Duc set fire to himself in Saigon, Vietnam, and Mohamed Bouazizi burned in Arous, Tunisia. Quang Duc burned because he was protesting to anti-Buddhist discrimination. Bouazizi perished for the unjust government of Tunisia. Thich Quang died while burning, while Mohammed lived through the fire, but died shortly after. Bouazizi'd burning

Both were torched in front of the public. Both of these gave people a spark to get their country's government to change. Worldwide events. the governments both changed after these incidents.

A poem conveying what i am thinking

Silence hates music
it thinks its annoying
music is snobby
music thinks silence is dull

silence likes black and white movies
music loves action
the never go to the movies together
silence yells when music disrups his sleep
making him not so silent

music is like me
silence is like my sister
one time music hung out with silence
it didnt go well.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The White Man's Burden & Imperialism

The White Man's Burden
Rudyard Kipling
Take up the White Man's burden-
Send forth the best ye breed-
Go, bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait, in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild-
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.
Take up the White Man's burden-
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain,
To seek another's profit
And work another's gain.
Take up the White Man's burden-
The savage wars of peace-
Fill full the mouth of Famine,
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
(The end for others sought)
Watch sloth and heathen folly
Bring all your hope to nought.
Take up the White Man's burden-
No iron rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper-
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go, make them with your living
And mark them with your dead.
Take up the White Man's burden,
And reap his old reward-
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard-
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:-
"Why brought ye us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?"
Take up the White Man's burden-
Ye dare not stoop to less-
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloke your weariness.
By all ye will or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent sullen peoples
Shall weigh your God and you.
Take up the White Man's burden!
Have done with childish days-
The lightly-proffered laurel,
The easy ungrudged praise:
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers.

1. Determine what Kipling means by "the White Man's Burden."
“The White Man’s Burden” to me, means the obligation that western culture has for other countries and the people of those countries.
Also, in most of the stanzas of this poem, especially the first, it exploits the idea of rupturing (metaphorically) part of the “White Man.” By part of the “White Man” I mean the nationalist mentality and heart of this character. The “White Man” knows that imperialism risks the safety of soldiers to appease the leader of an empire. I feel as though this could also be “the White Man’s Burden” because the “White Man” doesn’t want to see the people of his country obey under a monarch.
“The White Man’s Burden” could be the burden of the monarch because royalty was mostly white, and there would be a load of pressure on that political figure leading an empire.

2. Does Kipling justify imperialism? How so?

I don’t think Kipling justifies imperialism. The personality of the “White Man” seems to be nationalistic. The character wants to obey by the monarch, however, he has a difficult time excepting the consequences of always following orders.
The “White Man” also exhibits the sometimes unjust outcomes there is when you do another country’s work for them.
I think it is also frustrating to the “White Man” the fact that after his country has stepped out of their way to help another, they get slapped in the face and get blamed and hated.
By these reasons, Kipling doesn’t seem to justify imperialism.
However, I think Kipling does illustrate at the end of the poem the great accomplishment you get if you have served your empire well. He also makes a point about how people will remember you as a great leader (or official, negotiator, peace-maker, etc.).

3. Why might such a justification be so appealing?
If Kipling was to justify imperialism, it might be appealing to the monarchs because they would have power over the people of their empire.
Almost everyone somewhere in their lifetime seeks power, and it can look attractive from afar, and yet dangerous, untamable, and deadly once acquired.
I think this justification could also be appealing to people who wanted to form a legacy of themselves. Many people want to be remembered in a positive way, and they want to make their mark in history. I think Kipling writes of the emotions one would have if he/she would accomplish that.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Self-Reflection Questions

Reconstruction Debate

  1. How did I feel during planning this presentation? Why did I feel this way?
    1. I felt confident when our group was planning our speeches. The group I was in was an all boy group, but we were all good presenters.
  2. How did I feel prior to presenting? Why did I feel this way?

I felt happy that I was going to present, because I had done well on a previous presentation and I thought I would do well again. I also felt nervous because I was presenting in front of the DLC8 and I didn’t want to do bad and embarrass myself.

  1. How did I feel while I was presenting? Why did I feel this way?

While I was presenting, I felt good, but when I heard how I was speaking, I felt bad. I kept stuttering, and losing my spot on the page. When I tried to find my place in the page, I would jump to a new spot, and forget the say some stuff.

  1. What did I personally do well?

All I did well was my speech. On Friday towards the end of school, I told my group members my speech and they said it was good.

  1. What did not go as desired in this presentation?

Everything that happened didn’t go as desired. I kept forgetting what I was saying, stuttering, and trying to make eye contact, but to no avail.

  1. On a scale from 1-10, how well do I think I understood the content? Explain.

3; I couldn’t really understand what Lincoln’s Proclamation of Amnesty was saying, and the other Radical that was pointing out the errors, wasn’t who I wanted to work with, so I rode solo on my part. Without any help from the other group, it was harder to understand the content, and write the speech.

  1. How do I think my group members perceived me? Why do I think this?

I think that my group member perceived me as having a lot of information, but also being a slacker. I got my work done on time, but a lot of people perceived me as a slacker.

  1. How do I think the 8th graders perceived me? Why do I think this?

I think the 8th graders perceived me as not a good presenter, and someone that should have taken another role, smaller than the one that I had. I think this because of me not presenting well that day, they wouldn’t want me in their group to present, based on how I did.

  1. Knowing that I can only control how I act and react, if I could do this presentation again, what would I change about my actions to make it a more ideal experience?

I would practice more, so that I would know my lines better. I kept losing track of what I said, and where I was reading from on the page. Also to not look at the 8th graders, and look at only the seventh graders. That way I fell that I am presenting to the people I know, and that I won’t get nervous.

  1. What are my strengths in groups?

I can make an all right presentation, but I’m not the best. If I have enough time to practice my lines, and I really understand what I’m talking about, I can be a really good presenter.

  1. What areas do I need improvement?

I need to work on not getting stressed, and to get my work done on time. Also to prioritize.

  1. What is the most important thing I learned about myself? Why is this so important?

I learned that I need to work on my “people skills”. What I mean by this, is to not get super nervous while presenting. During TWIF presentations, I really knew what I was talking about, and I had people coming to me saying that I had the best presentation. During the Lincoln Douglas Debate, I had to fill in for another person in my group because he could not finish his presentation part. I didn’t do too well during this project, and I think it was because I was presenting in front of the morning class, and I didn’t know them too well. During this previous debate, I had to present in front of the 8th graders, and I didn’t want to embarrass myself, and I didn’t know them either.

  1. Are there any other things that I need to express?

I don’t need to work with Sinai. Together in a group, we would mess around, and not get our work done. I would like to not work with him.