Wednesday, 30 April 2014

YCJA: Touching Spirit Bear - Litspiration Post 1

If you were part of Cole’s Justice Circle, what kinds of information would affect your decision-making? What things have you learned about Cole and his life that provide you with some important clues to understanding him? How might this context affect your decision regarding the consequences Cole should face for his actions? Consider what you have learned so far about the YCJA and its intentions for youth. Explore this in a well-developed paragraph or two that includes specific supporting details from the novel as well as your inquiry (parts B, C, and D).

Who is Cole Matthews? Throughout the book I had many views that affected my decision in who Cole was. In the beginning of the book Cole broke into a hardware store and he almost killed Peter Driscal. After reading that section of the book I was furious and I personally wanted to slap Cole in the face and say wake up. However I assumed that Cole Matthew’s was bad to early in the book. Throughout the book there was an expanded character development. He talked about how he never received love and his father always abused him. I started to feel sympathy for him because it’s tough growing up in an abusive environment, you can’t really share your feelings with anyone. So I started to realize that Cole wasn’t a bad kid he was just scared that if anyone did not fear him he wouldn’t have power.

I believe that Cole deserved to go to the island and get mauled by that bear because it really opened his eyes and he finally saw reality. After he was torn about and was close to death he really saw what he did. He understood that his “fake power” was being mad at everybody and it did not help Cole become a better person. He also learned that there is a cycle in life and he had to find his place, which is an important factor if you want to discover who you are.  Six months later Edwin used Cole for an experiment I found it really interesting when Edwin pushed Cole to the ground, he didn’t attack him back. Truly he learned his place and he learned not to be mad all the time he learned to tame his anger and not to release it for no good reason. So I believe that the Justice Circle made the right choice to send him to that island because it made him reflect on his past and how he can improve in the future. 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

GINS Post 4

I will be sharing a quote from the current GINS novel I am reading "The Translator."  

“You have to be stronger than your fears if you want to get anything done in this life.” (Daoud Hari, Page 11) The book that had the quote was very inspiring to me because it consistently shows that being scared will not help, being strong will. In the book there are many examples that frequently use this quote. Daoud Hari was an intelligent man that wanted to show the world why they should be thankful to live in safe countries. Since he knew many languages he decided to become a translator for a British reporter called Philip Cox. Daoud was reluctant at first until he decided to take the job. He knew the consequences but he decided to take them head on. This is an obvious example of overcoming your fears and in this case his fear was death. I can relate to this quote because just a couple days ago during our PVA performance I decided to overcome my fear of talking in front of tons of people. After my little speech I felt great and in my heart I felt that I could do anything, as long I believe in my self.

When I feel that I have accomplished something I feel like the king of the world. So when I have tried to envision this, I see a man standing on top of the world, this is why this picture works. For words such as stronger, fears I have decided to alter the words a little bit to convey a more powerful message. I have decided to make stronger the biggest word because when the quote says “stronger than you fears” that means that it should have more significance than fears, the opposite applies for fears. Since we are conquering our fears by being strong that means that it is less significant. I also used the man in the picture to my advantage. By making him lift the word strong I am showing the viewer that he was brave enough to conquer his fear. I also color coded some of my text, red means strength this is why I used red for strong and yellow means life or birth and this is why I used yellow for life. Lastly I made some of my text rise up like stairs because life is a journey you never go back down you always go up.  

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

GINS Post 7 - Exploring Empathy

As written in the assignment: "Empathy is defined as the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions. 

The GINS novel study was designed to help you understand the human condition around the globe, and build empathy for others. In order to explore this idea, you will free write for an allotted period of time from the perspective of the main player/character in your novel." 

I speak Sudanese, Arabic and English. My name is Daoud Hari and I am a refugee from Sudan. I have encountered many miracles and people still refuse to believe that I am saying the truth. I have cheated death and got out of many unpleasant situations. I witnessed horrors one does not see in daily life. Sudan is all about survive and adapt. My country is all but a burning wasteland littered with the corpses of men, women and children. It was not until Philip Cox a reporter from BBC hired me as his translator. I accepted the job but I soon feared that I would have to return to the heart of darkness, my village. We were soon captured by Sudanese Soldiers and they did not look happy. They then blamed me for spying and treason they kept saying I was working for the other side. This "other side" was the south of Sudan the soldiers of the north was at war with them for dominance. It was months until the United States saved us from the slimy and damp cells. With the documentary Philip Cox created gives out awareness to the people of the world that they are lucky to live in a safe environment were their will only be peace and prosperity. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

GINS Post 6: Creating our Own charter of the world

As quoted from the United Nation Universal Declaration of Human Rights “Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.” This quote really spoke out because when we wrote our own universal declaration we centered it more on how everyone is equal. We decided not to include collective rights because collective rights are applied to a specific group of peoples giving them special rights. We thought that wasn’t fair because all individuals of the world should be equal under and before the law. Canada’s Charter and Rights of Freedoms has five individual rights and freedoms such as the Fundamental Freedoms, Equality Rights, Legal Rights, Democratic Rights and Mobility Rights. Our Charter changed some of these rights. We decided to change democratic rights to government rights because that would be ethnocentric. We decided to make the government rights section open and broad so that it would not entrench on the idea that one cultures was of government is better or worse than another’s. Looking back at my GINS novel study constitution assignment. I already knew that there was a universal declaration law. That is why we have included we have included basic rights in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I brought up the idea that in my book all individuals have the right to food and water. Our group also decided on shelter because we have the right to shelter but not everyone has to use it. We decided to use sub-sections in our document because we had limited time for this assignment, it is easy to read and lastly we had sub-sections to dig deeper into what the sub-section is. Our group believed that this was an efficient way to convey information. 

Godly Fundamental Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Basic Rights:
  • The right to food, water and shelter
  • The right to be free of slavery
  • The right to be free of physical or mental torture and to be free of cruel, inhuman treatment or punishment

  • Right to follow your own religion as long as it does not harm the community
  • Freedom to talk with anyone and any group without disruption, unless peace of the community is jeopardized eg. Terrorist group meetings
  • The freedom of expression of opinion unless otherwise harmful or not peaceful
  • The freedom of sexuality

Equality rights:
  • Everyone is equal and no collective groups (everyone is equal anyways)
    • If collective rights were given, it would be unfair to others.
  • Everyone has the right to be free of discrimination based on their race, nationality, religion, age, language, gender and mental or physical disabilities...etc.

Government Rights:
  • The right for countries to self-governed
  • The country chooses what type of government they want, monarchy, democratic, etc.
  • The right to choose to be democratic  

Legal Rights:
  • Right to quick and fair trial under impartial court
  • No search or seizure can be conducted without legal reasons
  • The right to be free of all types torture or unfair punishment. When under imprisonment.  Eg. Sexual assault, capital punishment,
  • Each government will create their own laws, but cannot infringe on the charter

Mobility Rights:
  • Right to move freely and reside throughout the world unless restricted by law concerning public safety, public health, etc.  
  • The right to earn a living in a different country

Education Rights:
  • In the language, culture, or country of your choice
  • Everyone has the right to education, those who cannot afford educated will be assisted by their country’s government