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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-OP#7 September 24, 2009

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Now or Never: Setting the Table Today for Tomorrow

Today during lunch, a friend in my class was discussing her personality from when she was young. She said, “When I was in Pre-K, This girl’s grandmother died and she was very sad. I told that everybody dies, and got sent to detention in the principal’s office,” (Lunch Discussion).

Etiquette – Top Ten Etiquette Rules

Book Review – Review of the book Do Hard Things

I have mixed feelings about this statement. I feel that it was rude to tell a girl in pain something that will make her sadder. Death is a sad thing and the principal was going in the right direction. However, the principal didn’t need to send this young classmate of mine to detention for something like that. I think that the principal should have discussed the implications of the words said by classmate and figured out a simple solution.

Discipline must have a careful balance. If you punish harshly for something minor, the recipient will feel that they are treated unfair. Still, if you don’t punish enough, the person may think it is ok to do again.

I think to fix the problem of unruly discipline, there must be etiquette rules set and understood. Teachers in schools and parents at home should teach by doing and exemplify the good qualities that are necessary to being a polite well trained person. Not enough children know what is expected of them, described in the book Do Hard Things.

Proposition: Humans need guidance to be able to be part of society but don’t like to be forced in any one direction.

IRJ-OP#5 September 17, 2009

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False at First: Truth takes Majority

The other day in Human Development class, we were discussing current problems in the Unites States that are trying to be resolved. One class mate said, “People who aren’t citizens of the United States shouldn’t get healthcare,” (Class Discussion). This struck me as a very interesting statement.

News Story: How illegal immigrants deal with healthcare now

Citizenship Info: The rules and guidelines for becoming a U.S. citizen

This quote shows an unfair argument. While it is true that illegal immigrants don’t deserve all the rights of a full American citizen, they should still be able to see a doctor to help them when they are sick, or in the future be able to go to a health kiosk. I think the criteria for getting healthcare should be, you should have a job currently or have had a job in the past 6 months. This would only be the case if you are over 18. I also think that Finland’s healthcare system for children will also apply. If this was the case with healthcare, then children would be covered even if their parents didn’t work, and if you don’t have a job for a short period of time, you can still be covered.

In this American society, we want people to work for themselves and make the American public a better place. Although we can use healthcare as an incentive for people work, they could still get a job for a week every two or three months and still be receiving health care (although that would be very tough to pull off). People should prove that they are able to keep a job for at least six weeks so that they can continue to get healthcare.

Every decision has its consequence and even with the plan suggested, some people will not be happy with it. That is a fact that can’t be changed about humans. The goal of any important decision is to make more people happy. It is beyond a happy medium, but a happy majority.

Proposition: Although humans try to make important decisions, they can’t always make other people see what they see as right or fit, because everybody has a different background.