GCD Reflections on Wellness

  1. Being a part of the school sports teams during the school year has helped me to improve on balancing my time I spend on friends and school work. Since the training sessions take place 3 times a week, which leads me to be home at around 7:30. Not that 7:30 is late, because if I spent that 2 and half hours after school hanging out with friends, I would not be as tired as I would be if I practiced the sports for that amount of time. This means that I have less time to spend with my friends, and therefore would increase my need to spend time with friends during the week. I think that this is one of my most challenging parts of being on the sports teams. On top of this, my ideal time to go to sleep is around 10:30~11:00, giving me about an hour and a half to two hours to complete my homework and get ready to go to bed. I think that this year has been a good opportunity to learn my mistakes and prepare myself for next year.

Charlie Hebdo Newspaper Editorial

 

In reaction to “I am Not Charlie Hebdo” From the New York Times on January 8th, 2015.

As we cross half way until the second decade into the 21st century, more and more people are starting to become open minded and are able to cope with how others believe in certain aspects of life. This is because more people are revealing themselves, and are not ashamed to wear something as a banner of who they are. I believe that it is almost impossible for every single civilized and educated human to alter their mindset so that they are completely in belief of that disbelief of theirs. Acceptance is something that is factored from certain kinds of cultural backgrounds, and there will be flaws that conflict with each other, so I think that through these setbacks like the Charlie Hebdo, we are able to learn and accept not only from the point of view of the victims, but the attackers as well. Taking in this case as a wake up call to end speech codes would not be an efficient way of resolving this, because societal groups cannot learn to be tolerant against hate speech out of scratch.

Sourced from Teaching with the Online Resource : The struggle to Define Free Speech – Source E

THE BREAKDOWN : Nurse Angelica reveals unspoken secrets behind Verona incident

For those who were curious as to what really went on last month in Verona, we looked into Nurse Angelica, who knew and understood Juliet and how she felt about Romeo better than anyone else. To dig deeper into the big time Capulet and Montague incident, we were able to get in contact with the nurse and had agreed to talk to us about it.

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A single teardrop   –   Photo by Anil Kumar    (source)

Q. Tell us about how you grew up, and how you ended up working at the Capulet house.

“As a child I grew up in a very poor home as a single child with a single mother. I’ve always wanted a child of my own but it was quite hard, suffering from lack of money in hand even during my youth and post-youth ages. One day I met a man and I gave birth to a child. I could not be happier until he had left me after an argument, and not long after my daughter had passed away from illness. From that point and on I almost gave up on life and even considered taking my own life, until a few years later I decided to wonder off and expose myself to the outside world a little bit. I visited Verona and there I saw a man in the streets advertising a new job as a caretaker of the new coming baby of the Capulets.”

(follow up about Juliet? – focus on childhood – she was joyful… story in play about J playing in the garden)

Q. How did you feel about Juliet later on when she grew into her youth years, compared to when you first started working at the Capulets. 

“I’ve always adored her and loved her by who she was from the moment I held her in my arms, regardless of how others like her mother wanted me to treat her.”

Q. How would you describe how your relationship was to Lady Capulet? Did you truly have a close relation?

“To tell you the truth my friend, I never really liked her although I tried not to let that idea stick to me because I obviously worked for her and Juliet was all I had in my life. I wish not to get into any more detail about that.”

Q. Rumors have said that the Capulets didn’t have the best reputation when it comes to employment, what were your thoughts on that? 

“Yes, in fact that rumor is one of the very rare rumors about the Capulets that are actually true, and gladly for me it was not as bad as how it was interpreted in the “rumors” but I did my best to keep a living here because for one thing I did not want to lose this once in a life time opportunity to work at the Capulets and to be with dear Juliet.”

(After hesitating to finish her sentence, a single tear ran down her expressionless face)

Q. Were you satisfied with where you were in terms of your work position? If you had the chance of changing your position of employment, would you have taken it? 

“How could you be so insensitive? Did you really just ask that question after answering all those question before? I have absolutely no comment.”

– Do you mind if I ask you just one more question related to Juliet?

(She had stared into space for around 10 seconds)

“Yes, you may..”

Q. We heard that you were against the idea of Juliet marrying Romeo at first. Can you explain what was wrong, and what made you change your mind? 

“I was against them at first… but I changed my mind.. for the sake of Juliet and her true love for him”

(Nurse Angelica then dropped on her knees and started sobbing with her hands on her face)

Tourism

• What were the top three countries in terms in international arrivals in 2014?

  1. France
  2. United States
  3. Spain

• What were the top three countries in terms of international receipts in 2014?

  1. United States
  2. Spain
  3. China

• Explain the difference in patterns depicted by your answers of question 1 and 2.

 

• Describe the recent trends of tourism in Africa.

By 2014, the amount of tourists visiting Africa has increased by 2%, which is about 56 million people. In this big continent, most of the countries are seen flat (0% increase) as only a few countries have increased by a small amount such as Morocco, Mauritius and Zimbabwe as opposed to decreases in Tunisia, Angola, Cabo Verde and Reunion. Major changes both negative and positive can be seen in some of the major countries such as Cote d’Ivoire, Madagascar and Sierra Leone which was the biggest change in 2014 as it decreased by 46%. The not so positive change seen in 2014 and the major decrease especially in Cote d’Ivoire may have been because of the deseases such as the ebola virus that spread and were all over the news at this time.

 • Describe the changes in international tourist arrivals between 1950 and 2010. (p.14)

One obvious change is the growth of it by an unbelievably large amount throughout the years from 1950 to 2014. The arrivals had started as just 25 million which even was a lot considering the time period at that time, and had grown more than 10 times to 278 million in 1980, went twice as 527 million in 1995 then finally 1133 million in 2014. Just by looking at these numbers and years, you can see that the increase in the technology industry had done it all followed by growth in general in these countries.

• In your opinion, why has tourism increased since the 1950s?

During the 1950s, I believe that tourism was just something that had started become a trend, and people started to notice and use it as a form of personal entertainment and new way of spending time and money during given free time such as the holidays. This new trend got more and more popular technology got more and more advanced as the years went by and the 2000’s came along. This was when technology became more familiar to us and started appearing in our daily lives. This caused people to make it even more convenient and efficient to go and tour where they wanted to go. After all, the spike in technology advancement played the biggest role in regards to how tourism had increased largely now compared to the 1950’s.

 

Inspiration Collage

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As a mini design task in Drama, we have created an inspiration collage on a piece of paper describing our own personal rooms that we live in. We have taken bits and pieces of used and recycled old magazines to describe the emotions and the atmosphere that the room creates, as well as things that represent my room.

Columbus Discussion

Has my perspective of Columbus changed?

My perspective of Columbus has definitely changed now that I’ve read and watched about his true actions and what really took place, compared to what I used to think of him. He used to just be this guy from Europe that tried to sail to Asia but ended up in North America, and there there were the Native Americans willing to show him around. I now know that he wasn’t a very controlled coloniser, nor was he a good person either. From a perspective of why we are here now, he is a hero, but from a perspective of who he is, he wasn’t very much of a hero.

Has my perspective of Native Americans changed?

My perspective of Native Americans have not changed, mainly because I did not have much knowledge about who they were before. Although I have gained more information and knowledge about their history and what had happened to them.

How can I read history and be aware of bias

I think that being aware of biases is all about understanding perspectives, and how different perspectives can change the way a certain story or idea is conveyed. One way of reading history and being aware of bias, is by knowing what the theme of the reading is, and from the theme I can draw out what the author or the writer believes in.

If I were to write about Columbus, what themes would I focus on, knowing that I cannot write everything about everything.

In this case, I would focus on the theme of “It is not who Columbus is, that made him a hero. It is only what he did” As I kept reading, my perception of Columbus has completely changed compared to what I used to think if him, that many peopl still think of him as I thought of him before. This is why if I were to write about him, I would want to get message across of who he really was.

What themes did your readings choose?

One big theme that my reading focused on, was that us students and people who don’t look into what actually happened are not aware of what actually took place. These people that write history books for us, have complete control over what they can make us think what happened. This represents the theme of “Our perceptions can be changed by historians”.

Nature vs Nurture Part 3

What is the difference between altruism and pro-social behavior?

I think that the main difference is if you are thinking about yourself or not when it comes to the outcome of you helping that person. For example a prosocial behavior can have different intentions and could be argued what the individual is really trying to get out of his or her act, as mentioned in the text, “Sometimes the reason for engaging in prosocial behavior is a selfish one. For example, if a person puts money in a charity box in order to feel good, egotistic motivation is behind the action.” (252)

Why do people help people?

Humans are made naturally to help others that we care about, and it is built into us to do so when it is needed. Helping might be stereotyped as something only people with good impressions do, but that is incorrect. I think that it all depends on who the person is, or what the situation and the relationship is with you and the person in need of help. Even if it is an evil villain from a superhero show, that villain would help it’s partner when it is in need of help, because they are working together to accomplish one goal and they know that without either one of them they won’t be able to succeed. That is one case in why people help other people, but another common case is when you want to make the other person feel good because you are generous and empathetic about that person. This really depends on the person if he or she is generally a self centered person or a person that often thinks about other people around you first.

Think of a situation in which I helped others, and analyze the reason/motivation for why you did it?

On the bus ride home from school, I decided to stand up throughout the whole bus ride instead of sitting in the only open seats in the bus that happened to be priority seats. Coming home from a long and tiring day of school made me want to forget about my nice side and pressured myself to take a seat and just close my eyes, but knowing that more elderlies will come on and that it will give a bad impression of myself because the action is taken knowing that it shouldn’t be taken deep down, my culturally Japanese side kicked in and decided to save the spots for the future elders, disabled and pregnants indirectly from the lack of effort to take a spot first and give it to a person later.

Nature vs Nurture Part 2

What unethical decision was responsible for the situation described in this video?

The big unethical mistake that was caused by the decision made by the doctor, was the separation of the two twin sisters at birth. Although it is understandable to the scientific and the physiological world, it is the complete opposite speaking from a empathetic humain point of view.

Can you think of a situation when it might be justified to be unethical in the pursuit of scientific knowledge of genetics or evolution?

I think that unethical decisions come to a common outcome of the baby being traumatized in major shock of such information being dropped on it at once, and this is something that draws the line between ethical and unethical decision making. As long as the baby grows up a truthful life, aware of it’s biological relations with it’s biological family, I think that is it ok. This is mainly because as said in the video in part 2, there is no way to make up for all the years of growing up, from an infant to an adult.

What is the most powerful evidence in this video that nature is more influential than nurture in explaining, predicting, or understanding human behavior?

Nature is something that has already been built into you as part of who you are, and is something that defines your individuality, and makes you a member of your family at the same time. The fact that the two twin sisters ended up finding each other is a big piece of evidence that nature is more influential. The fact that they chose to work at the exact same field of work, with the exact same interests, studying the exact same things is another major proof. No matter how close you are with your best friend, there is a very low chance of you choosing to study and work at the exact same field. Especially in this case the type of job is a very specific one, which means you really had to be interested in the main topic and had to have a passion about it in order to get that far. You find out that your long lost twin sister that you never knew existed who you were separated from at birth, studied and was working at the exact same specific field of work. This doesn’t sound like any coincidence to me.

Bystandar effects

How does diffusion of responsibility play a role?

Diffusion of responsibility plays a role, when you are the only person engaged in the situation you are in. This is because when you know that you are the only person that can do anything about the situation, you’re real self is pressured and forced to come out and deal with it however you think is appropriate.

Social Influence

When you are in a situation where you aren’t the only person involved, meaning there is a whole crowd of strangers/people you know around you when an emergency situation occurs. This creats a big impact on how one reacts. If no one turns out to react at all whether they notice it or not, no one else will react because the person has defines the situation as “not dangerous” due to the rest of the people not doing anything about it and going on with their lives.

Audience inhibition

Social influence plays an important role in audience inhibition, although this can depend one’s personality. Some people might be too embarrassed to react to a drunk person lying on the street, when no one else is bothered to do anything about it. On the other hand, some people may have the need to help the person or try to do something about the situation no matter there are hundreds of people passing by and watching.

Mood

The effect of what mood the person is in, on how motivated the person is to react to the situation mostly comes down to the one’s personality. There can be people who are willing to help no matter how hurried or busy or how much of a bad day they are having, and there can be people who don’t want to bother to help at all.

Competence & Experience

When you are in an emergency situation, you are forced to react to the situation and your first instinct is what you can do to contribute to resolving the situation. One’s motivation of helping comes from how much experience that person has in terms of that specific situation. This can mean how much knowledge the person has about the situation, which leads them to decide how much they can do about it.