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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.