Why do people see history differently?

People see history differently because their priority is different. People’s priorities are different because everyone grew up in different environment, and we were all taught in a different way, and even if we were, we are constantly looking at the same thing in a different perspective, in a different way. In english, we were taught that, “Truth is relative and depends on who is telling the story.” Because we see things in a different way, we would act in a different way, the way we usually think that is ‘right’. But the concept of acting right is also different for people.

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Friend, Jeffrey. Perspective-hacks. Digital image.Http://www.smallstepsbigchanges.com/. Small Steps Big Changes [SSBC], 12 Oct. 2013. Web. 26 May 2015.

There were lots of cases that in America, the cops killed the African-American people because they thought that they were going to harm them, or were doing illegal things. Some people were even killed when they were not doing any of them.

One of it was the police mistaking a toy gun and killing two African-American victims. You can think of this in 2 perspectives. The cops were afraid of the African-Americans shooting at them because they thought the guns were real. However, you can also think that the African-Americans were just holding toy guns and playing around, and they were not doing any harm.

Another example is when a man robbed from a shop because he was starving to death. If you look at the story from the man’s perspective, it would seem okay because the man had to do it to live. However, if you look at it from the shop which got robbed, stealing is against the laws.

What would you think about bullying? Girl A was being bullied, and changed schools, then the bully, girl B occasionally goes to the new school where girl A is going present. Then girl A bullies girl B at the new school because girl B bullied girl A at the past school. If you were at this school, what would you do? Ask your peers, and the answer of the action will possibly be different.

Just like that, people have a reason why they act the way they act. For the last example, girl A decided to act the way she acted because of her past of being bullied. Just the same way as perspectives, people view history differently.

How I think about the unit about the world

In this unit in humanities, Globalisation, we learned about what globalised is, and we thought about how globalised Yokohama is. I learned that globalisation can mean many things, and I think there is no right answer about how much Yokohama is globalised. Before I did this unit, I thought that globalisation is good because we can enjoy other cultures without going too far, but now I think that it is good, unless it goes too far. My opinion changed because if globalisation goes too far, none of the original culture would remain.

About big projects, I learned that we need to use time wisely and effectively. In this project I tried using time effectively, and I think it worked well. I am really happy that I didn’t leave all my work until the last minute, because if I did that, I don’t think I would have the same quality of work than if I do a little each night.

I am proud of myself that I didn’t leave it until the last minute and rush, because I thought I couldn’t use time wisely and I would leave it until the last minute. I am also proud of not being lazy and not doing my work, and instead advancing myself. I also like that I got to express my research through part 2 and 3, and I discovered that I like expressing myself visually than using texts.

World Development

In my humanities class (Individuals & Societies), we are studying about world development. We were told research using gap minder, about a More Economically Developed Country, and a Less Economically Developed Country. I chose Japan for MEDC and South Africa for LEDC, and by looking at gap minder, you can see the development visually.

The first two indicators I used to look at the differences and development is birth rate and population growth. The birth rate is the amount of live births per thousand per year. The population growth is the change of the population, which includes birth, death, immigration and emigration. On the x axis, I put the population growth, and on the y axis, I put the birth rate. The trails will show the change in time.
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This can also show the difference between the MEDCs and LEDCs, but you can also see the how South Africa is developing faster than Japan, but still not caught up.

Another two types of indicators that I used was all the deaths in newborn and the GDP per capita in US dollars. GDP stands  for Gross Domestic Product and it is how much the country makes products and also how much services the country do. On the x axis, I put the GDP and on the y axis, I put all the deaths in newborn. On gap minder, there was only information about 2008, but you can see the differences.
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You can see the differences in the countries, and it is also clear that most parts of Africa is in the LEDCs from where it is on the graph, and Japan, America, Europe, and some other places is in the MEDCs.

There are more indicators, such as HDI, which stands for Human Development Index, and the fertility rate. The HDI is about the over all development of the country. The fertility rate is how the amount of children per woman. On the x axis, I put the fertility rate, or the amount of children per woman, and on the y axis, I put the HDI.

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This is also like a scale showing the MEDCs at the top left corner, and the LEDCs and the right bottom. If you look at the trail, this shows that the LEDCs are catching up to the MEDCs faster than the MEDCs developing, so I think the LEDCs will catch up to the MEDCs in the future.

The last two indicators I will be using to compare the countries will be the literacy rate and life expectancy. I chose the literacy rate of the 15 years old and above of women. The literacy rate is the amount of people who can read and write, or educated properly. The life expectancy is the average of the age that the people in the country will live until. I put the literacy rate in the x axis, and the life expectancy in the y axis.

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In gapminder, there wasn’t data of Japan for literacy rate, but looking at the rest of the MEDCs and by researching, I found out that Japan will be about in the top right, where most of the MEDCs are. For South Africa, this shows that there South Africa is developing fast in literacy rate, but not much for the life expectancy. I think this might be because that of people dying because of some diseases, and they don’t have medicine to cure themselves.

I think there are differences, but I think the LEDCs will catch up to the MEDCs in the future.

 

Buddhism Blog Post

 

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One of the World’s Most Beautiful Buddhas, Shrine, Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, Seattle, Washington, USA. Digital image. Flickr. Wonderlane, n.d. Web.

On wednesday, September 24, for the last 3 periods, we went to the auditorium. There, there was a buddhist priest, who was a graduate of YIS. There, we learned about buddhism and we learned about lots of things.

We talked about a lot of things, and also, we shared how we thought and how buddhism people thought.  For example, he asked us, “What does life mean to you?” Since we were in groups, we discussed about in our groups about what we thought, then one person in each group announced what we thought about life. At the end the priest told us how buddhist people are taught.

After that, we tried meditating on the chair we were sitting on. We put our left hand on top of our right hand, palms up, and put our thumbs together. We were told to leave our eyes half open, and looking around our knees. We sat there for about 5 minutes. At the beginning, there was a bell signalising that the meditation begins now, and another at the end.

We also copied the sutra, which is a writing in Chinese, that  buddhist people copy sometimes for peace, or for a prayer. We had a copy on the bottom, so we copied that with a tracing paper.

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Copying sutra…

I learned a lot about buddhism that day, for example, the fact that there are lots of ways to meditate, and some buddhist people copy the sutra when they want peace. I enjoyed copying the sutra because I liked making the ink, and I also liked tracing the sutra because it was fun. I think buddhism has effect on our lives because in buddhist countries, they celebrate buddhist festivals, so even if you’re not buddhist,  you have holidays that day, or you can also celebrate it.