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Hello! September 5, 2009

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IRJ-Reflection#22 February 28, 2010

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Things to Be Found: Animals over Humans?

Just the other day, a killer whale killed its trainer at Sea World, the marine themed water park. Because of this sudden event, pro animal rights people came out to say that the animals at Sea World don’t receive proper treatment and care, and they can’t be cooped up in the small water tanks they have. These statements are irrational.

The whale was not trying to hurt its trainer, said other around at the time of the scene. The whale was not used to people in with him and his excitement to play turned ugly. In reality, the things that trainers and employees of Sea World do for the animals stimulates them and keeps them in a healthy environment.Apart as One

The core principles that the accusers base their principals off of make little sense. They say that animals should be treated just as humans; some say even more than humans. This cannot be done. Science shows that the mammalian brain of animals, such as those in Sea World, has developed to be inferior to those of humans. Mammalian brains, although able to feel some emotion and personality, reflect decisions based on instinct, something other humans cannot comprehend.

Although animals deserve rights, just as any living organism, the attacks on humans by humans can be interpreted better than “attacks” made by other creatures on humans and should thus be taken just as seriously. Let humans finish perfecting how they treat other humans before they take on treating the animals perfectly. Once the first is achieved, the second will follow soon after.

IRJ-Reflection#21 February 4, 2010

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To Steal the Point: Lying Spikes the Graph of Life

When Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, hears that he will give his blessing to Esau when he gets him wonderful foods, she tells Jacob to pretend to be his twin Esau to get his father’s blessing. Jacob deceives his father with trickery and claims the irrevocable blessing making him the heir to the covenant God made with Abraham. Lying destroyed the relationship between the twins.Happily Lying

When a person lies, they conceal the absolute truth from the world. The absolute truth encompasses the entire story. If a person were to tell a white lie by concealing part of the story, people still consider it a lie, therefore the name. Lying has side effects as well.

Lying causes relationships between people to fall apart because trust holds together relationships. When people don’t feel safe around another person, they lose faith in them and the distance between them grows bigger.

Because people satisfy themselves with their security, a liar stands out and causes people to second-guess the other. Liars cause insecurity through the surprise and sudden awareness of lack of security. This surprise causes negative emotions, deepening the pit that the liar gets stuck in, leaving them prepared for others to capture.

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IRJ-Reflection#20 February 2, 2010

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Within the Child: Looking Beyond the Source

In Chapter 21 of Genesis, Sarah, Abraham’s wife, sees the child Ishmael of Hagar playing with her son Isaac. She decides to kick out the slave woman and her son so that they may not inherit along with her son. Sarah acts contrary to what she said earlier.

Before Sarah could have Isaac, she told Hagar to have the child Ishmael as Abraham’s heir. Now that she has given birth to a child, she decides that the other child no longer matters.

The birth of Isaac and childbirth in general influences Sarah’s decisions. Sarah’s views of how the covenant God made with Abraham will continue have changed drastically. Childbirth, because of the immense pain and joy, distorts a woman. The fun she has playing with him bringing her wishes or a son’s inheritance to live, leaving Ishmael behind.

The names of both of the son’s also show a slight difference about the way people treat them. Ishmael means “God has heard” while Isaac means “he laughs”. Isaac refers to the way he receives attention, while Ishmael, whom Sarah had paid interest to before, doesn’t receive notice.

All this favoring occurs because of the differences between the classes in the story. The slaves at the bottom lead to the women and then to the men. Sarah overpowers her slave, and therefore her son overpowers her slave’s son. These tensions between the different classifications of people lead to rash decisions that seem rational. Sarah decides that, if she thought about more, she would have realized that Ishmael could inherit from Abraham just as Isaac would. Sadly God agreed with her side and so Sarah must follow through.

IRJ-Reflection#19 January 29, 2010

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Our Neighbors are Our Makers: Young God’s Willingness to be Mean

When God creates the world in the first chapter of Genesis for seven days he always finds afterwards that he makes good. God famously says, “‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good;” (Genesis 1:3-4).

God's Light

God creates light, something that the reader immediately pictures as good. Then the reader finds that God is not guided by divinity, but by guess and check; he creates with uncertainty.

This uncertainty that a person may attribute to God occurs early in The Bible, in the first four lines. Unlike the way the New Testament portrays God, as a perfect, divine deity, the Old Testament depicts him as extra ordinary, perfectly human.

In the case of The Bible, God receives many faces. He acts as a caring, uncertain ruler at some points, but a brutal destroyer when he decides to send in the floods to kill all flesh, and as he savours the smell of the burning blood and carcasses that Noah and his descendants sacrifice to him.

These several faces allowed for the universality of this God thousands of years ago. He related to the people. The people of the time looked at him as they did their wealthy neighbor, which God tells us later, matches what he wants of us.

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IRJ-Reflection#18 January 27, 2010

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Cain Is Not Able: What Happens Between Siblings, Doesn’t Stay Between Siblings

While reading Genesis chapter four about the dealings of the direct descendants of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel’s interactions play out. God asks Cain, “‘Where is your brother Abel?’”, and Cain replies, “‘I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?’”

Cain trying to hide his murder of Abel relates to the way brothers and siblings still interact today (but in much less dramatic ways). An older brother may pick on the younger brother and then act like nothing happened.

Cain says that he doesn’t watch over his brother all the time. His philosophy has both pros and cons attached to it. Without the guidance of an elder, a person cannot grow and develop. The siblings can relate the most with each other because of the minimal age difference between them, and they stay with one another for their entire lives.

In thinking that he shouldn’t hover over his brother because he may keep his brother from interacting fully with the outside world, Cain plays as the innocent one. You learn best by making mistakes and the “keeping” of someone could actually injure someone’s future.

The middle ground remains the best route; you must make sure that people don’t make big mistakes that can hurt themselves, but you must also let them attempt living in the world themselves. Cain took the wrong route completely, but we have learned the lessons of the past and won’t make the big mistakes again, just as we should have.

IRJ-QR#17 November 19, 2009

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The Judge of the Other Side: Duties of the People

In the novel The Golden Compass, Pullman creates a wise Librarian who gives insight into the nature of human kind. The Librarian tells the Master in a discussion of Lyra’s wellbeing, “[t]hat’s the duty of the old… to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old,” (Pullman 32).

The Master has been discussing with the Librarian how he worries about how Lyra will fare on her journey to the North. The Librarian points out how useless his anxiety may be. In the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Will Turner wagers an eternity of service to Davy Jones in a bet. His father, afraid of what may happen to his son, decides to protect him by putting himself into his position. After his father looses the bet, Will gets angry at him for trying to protect him.

This downward spiral results in distrust between the separated age groups and an unwillingness to be similar in the way they think. When the younger person distrusts the older person, they will not want to accept the wise advice the elder may have to offer, leading to dissatisfaction and confusion in their lives. It is a necessity for all people from their predecessors. If people do not learn young what the old learned in a lifetime, we make the same mistakes or repeat processes for information we already have figured out, giving the future the same amount to work with as we had. We must give them more.


Proposition: Humans should pass their information from generation to generation and forget about what they think others should do, and focus on what others should think.

IRJ-CP#16 November 11, 2009

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What Goes Around Comes Around: The Shame in Heathenism

“Hi Jackson Grist.”

“Good Morning Catherine Shane,” I replied as I walked through the glass doors leading into the lobby of the theatre. I should have been waiting for the teacher in class but nobody had waited with me there, and the freshmen packed the lobby. “What is everybody doing here?”

“I think it has something to do with what happened on Friday,” Catherine answered before she skipped away to say hi to Rachael. She had instantly reminded me of the incident last week.

The doors to the theatre opened and I was sucked in with the crowd. Normally we wouldn’t have a morning meeting in the beginning of the day, but the obvious pain most of my class felt needed to be addressed by the school. I sat in the seat next to Laura. I sat as stolidly and silently as possible, sensing the inevitable sadness in the room.

Mr. Jones cleared his throat to quite the other grades. He began, “As most of you know, there was an – incident in school on Friday.” The room remained silent. “A freshman was brutally wounded on her way to class, and we took swift action. Jane Reyn is still not in a stable state.” The noise of throaty gasps made by audience members darkened the news. “We want you to have all the information.” I closed my eyes and replayed in my mind what I saw.

–    –    –

I stood up to turn off the lights when the door swung open into my hand. Jane stood there, red, all over. I ran over to help her as did everybody else in the class. She whispered so only I could hear, ‘See you’, and then collapsed. The paramedics came. We all left school.

–    –    –

My memory played back at the same rate as Mr. Jones voice. He began again. “Since school was cancelled due to the fear of parents to send their children after such an atrocity has taken place, we will be having one fewer period in each class over the week’s entirety.” He paused for seventeen seconds. “You may go to A period.” The assembly rose solemnly and exited with few words.

IRJ-OP#15 November 10, 2009

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Bittersweet Happiness: What We See Is Not What We Get

The other day, I was talking to my mom about how hard my homework seems this year, and how I don’t get enough time to play with my brother. She  jokingly responded, “Life stinks, then you die,” (Karen G). This statement surprised me in its brutality and bitterness.

Stress: The rudimentary science and cause of stress

Organization: Study on how human brains organize experience

‘Life stinks’, a statement to broad to determine any truth in society, groups together what people in the world focus on the most, their shortcomings. People always focus on the things they may do incorrectly. The stress people put on only fixing the things they can’t do precipitates the use of terms to force life as a burden.

In reality, life displays beauty and happiness. Happiness and beauty cannot be focused on with one eye like failure. Failure must be seen for there to be happiness, otherwise the good seems mundane.

Once people go through hard times they do not die. Death concludes people’s happiness. Only when everything they know and love wraps together into our mind and makes sense do they die naturally. Nature uses sense as a way of control because once people know what everything means people no longer see the pain of death. In Star Wars, as Yoda dies, he finally has seen what he needs to in his life and he passes it on to Luke, his enjoyment and bliss that no one else can understand. Natural death comes only after the greatest understanding of happiness, and life provides that happiness when viewed by the two eyed man.

Proposition: Humans do not see the good side of everything until their time runs short, and they seem to only understand that pain describes happiness.

IRJ-CP#14 November 3, 2009

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Follow the Wrong, Obey the Righteous: Fire Shows the Way

The old man shoved me past the girl and into a dimly lit room. He brought me over toward the platform near the side of the room and tied my hands with bungee cord to a pole sticking out of the wall. He then proceeded to lean awkwardly against the large, dilapidated, wooden table that seemed to go well with the deplorable, gray cardboard floors. The girl I had seen in the entry tried to come in, but he shooed her off.

“Jake Vertek,” the man boomed sanctimoniously. I suddenly realized that through all of what had happened, he had not spoken until now and his voice seemed torpid. “I am in need of your assistance.” He said this in a way that showed he really hated hearing those words coming out of his mouth.

“Well—,” I began to say mindlessly.

“Well nothing. Hear me out. I need you to leave this awful place and come with me to my own country.”


“SILENCE! My wicked brother has waged war on me for a lark, and you, a normal boy, have what it takes to destroy him.”

“But—.” That was the last time he wanted to hear me talk. He picked up a book from the table and threw it at me.

He continued as I winced at the pain in my leg. “As you can see, I don’t expect on taking no as an answer. I would like you to hurry, however, in making your alliance with me. My brother is nearly here to try and kill us.” That was the pinnacle of his discussion.


“Well what?”

“Well I don’t know what I can do for you?”

“It’s good that you have allied yourself with me.”

“But I didn’t—”

“Hey. Silence.”

Then I saw the girl. She had a stack of newspapers in one hand and a match in the other and was tiptoeing to the corner the old man had his back to. The old man followed my gaze, and jumped off the table toward the girl as she dropped the match. It only took a few seconds for the fire to precipitously light the walls and floor.

The old man picked up the girl by an arm and a leg with ease and swung her across the room into the wall near me, where she lay motionless. The fire was already out of control. The man sauntered out of the room calmly as the fire enveloped the table, leaving both the girl and I helpless in the corner of the room.

IRJ-CP#12 October 21, 2009

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Conflicting Ability: An Open Habitat

The current state of his room displayed his homework and papers strewn across his long stained wood desk, and his backpack carelessly tossed on the ground. On top of his school papers, yellowed papers lay waiting to be studied. In the corner beside his desk, his baseball mitt and bat were stacked, taking up as little space as possible. His bed was wedged into the opposite corner with a nightstand and touch lamp accompanying it. A metal Yankees alarm clock set to 5:30 sat on top of a Klutz Lock Pick book. An extra pair of glasses clung onto the semi-open window shade. A random pear lay on his bed underneath his poster of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show.

Hanging down from the top of his shelves full of Encyclopedia Brown, was a system of pulleys which seemed to be able to lift books up off the ground. One sock had been slid over the peg at the end of his bed and underneath, an assortment of rocks were lined up in little cubbies. Next to his sock, an open contact case was drying out. In front of his bathroom door, a folder of candy wrappers lay open on the ground.

The walls were painted a light green, and the door to his closet stood out in the low light. Next to his desk, the door that led into the hallway gave a good view of a man nearing the room.