Brave New World by Aldous Huxley tells the story of a dystopian futuristic society and how many weird things that we dont have in our society like using drugs to be happy, reproductive technology, human cultives, and more, are completely normal things in their day to day lifes. At the start I was really confused, I didnt know what was going on or where it was going, but after a while I got the hang of it. Some thing that really got me thinking is how they outcast others just because of their different preferences, for example Bernard didnt like always having sex with anyone or taking soma at the start of the series, and people didnt like him, we do the same thing in todays society, even if we dont notice it, Brave New World is kinda similar to our own world in different ways. Overall this book really gets you thinking of where you are right now, living in the “perfect society” we are in today, isnt much that different from the one mentioned in the book.
Personal Writing #6 – My Chihuahuas
My chihuahuas are the best, I love them, no animal comes close to the certain amount of cuteness they hold. Simona and Rafa are my 2 chihuahuas, Simona loves to come next to me when im in my computer and sit with me in the chair, she also loves to relax in the sun all day, she’s 9 years old and grumpy, always growling and stuff, shes still my favorite. Rafa is a 4 year old chichuaha, he was born with his tounge sticking out, so hes funny looking, he doesnt like me much like Simona does, but I still love him, he likes to play chase with me and simona and my other dogs, he thinks hes the leader of the pack(I have like 6 dogs), he isnt, he could get killed by the other dogs, but they dont because hes weak, Rafa should start doing cardio. I miss them everyday wishing I can convince my mom to bring them, but they would die because its too cold here, they are my second reason to go to Mèxico. Get a chihuaha, they are nice dogs.
Personal Writing #5 – Antman Quantumania
Last weekend I went to the movies with Dylan and Aidan to go see Antman Quantumania. It started off good, as always Aidan was early, me and Dylan got there like 10 minutes before the movie started, we bought the tickets, got some popcorn and drinks, and skittles. We sat down, talked a little bit before the movie started, halfway through the movie some guy burped really loud it was funny. There is this character in the movie called M.O.D.O.K, he looks like a cube, just wanted to mention it. When the movie finished we were talking about how now we have to wait 2 years for the next one. We were waiting for out parents and we decided to play some table hockey, the machine didnt work, we called some staff and got infinite plays, so we payed like 2 bucks for something worth 20 bucks, apparently Aidan is really good at table hockey, and then we went home.
IRJE #6 – Fire and Blood
The book im reading Fire and Blood tells the story of the family the Targaryens, and their rule over the land of Westeros, so far its been really good. In the book so far after the death of King Aegon II, his brother Maegor, decided to just take his brothers place as king even if he couldnt, told his entire family that he was the king, because he wanted to be, then tamed the strongest dragon, had 3 wives, and ruled the land for 6 bloody years. One quote I really like when I was reading was this one:
Maegor, the First of His Name, came to the throne after the sudden death of his brother, King Aenys, in the year 42 AC. He is better remembered as Maegor the Cruel, and it was a well-earned sobriquet, for no crueler king ever sat the Iron Throne. His reign began with blood and ended in blood as well.
This depicts Maegors rule really well since everything he did, every step he took, every decision he made, was made at the cost of blood, didnt matter who, didnt matter what happened, someone would die gruesomely. Eventually his rule would come to an end when his nephew declared rebellion against him, every lord joined him except a few, Maegor was furious and one night was found dead in the throne with blades through his wrists and neck, no one knows who did it, but his nephew would now rule the land.
¶ Brave New World
Im finding Brave New World boring, its not my type of book but its whatever, the book is about a modern society where technology is really important and ideologies are really different from ours. In that place there is a factory where they produce humans, clones, all are the same and divided into different “classes”, Alpha’s, Beta’s, etc. But these clones are taught differently then what you would think, they are taught that having sex with everyone is ok, they are taught that nature isnt good, they are taught that falling in love isnt accepted in their society, and so on. For example, this quote really stuck with me.
Primroses and landscapes, he pointed out, have one grave defect: they are gratuitous. A love of nature keeps no factories busy. It was decided to abolish the love of nature, at any rate among the lower classes.
Here it’s said that flowers and landscapes and nature itself should be abolished, it isnt ok, and that’s whats taught, that nature isnt ok and they shouldnt like it, I wonder in the end what it will lead to and what the final outcome of this book will be.
Unit 1 Reflection
Solid term, not too shabby, couldve been better, but it wasnt, huge bummer, anyways I live with it, lets hope for a B+ this term, wouldnt be bad. Honestly I find my essays so good, but everyone has their own opinions, for my second language, I do good, cant complain.
Personal Writing #3 – Mèxico Middle School
When I lived in Mèxico I obviously went to middle school, my middle school was huge, I have a lot of good memories of it. The school was had big football fields and cafeteria were they sold all types of stuff, and on the week they would have special days like, sushi tuesday, mollete wendsday, tacos dorados lunes, etc, everything was really good, props to the chefs. Some of the best moments I had in this school were for example when a friend sticked a note in my back that said dumbass or something like that, and I went to the bathroom and some kids were laughing at me and I didnt know I had a note on my back, so yeah. A kid vomited next to me one time, I wasnt hit thankfully. But the best thing about middle school in Mèxico was that with my best friend we had history together,and the history teacher loved me, but disliked my bestfriend(thats what he says) so the funny thing is that I would sit with my friend, do nothing and the teacher would say I did a good job, but he always said my friend needed to improve and stuff like that when he did all the work(we worked in groups of 2), and she would walk around the class all the way to my friend which he was in the farthest corner to say he needed to improve, it was really funny. I also remember sitting with all the boys in lunch and roasting each other on everything, now my friends have some horrible nicknames. I would also talk to my friends of playing videogames after school and we did. The end.
Personal Writing #3 – Champions League
In 2016 my dad told me he was going to Europe with some of his friends to go watch Real Madrid in the Champions League Final in Milan, I ended up going with him, I think I asked him I dont remember. So we went to Europe to go to Milan, It was a long trip but we got there and we explored Milan at it was the best thing ever, the food, the agriculture, the icecream, the ice cream was so good I remember I ordered lime ice cream, it was the best ice cream ive ever had. The day finally arrived when we got to see Real Madrid play against Atletico de Madrid, I was finally gonna get to see the team me and my dad followed through the television and was gonna get to see my favorite player, Cristiano Ronaldo, we put our Real Madrid jerseys on and headed to the stadium. The stadium was massive, we got to our seats and were happy to be there, the match started and back then I wasnt the type to scream a lot I was very shy, so I didnt move or do a lot throughout the match but I was very excited, my dad and his friends were screaming the entire time, and next to us were some people from the other team and they seemed concerned to say the least. In the end Real Madrid won through penalties, it was a really good time to be alive.
IRJE Fire & Blood
Fire & Blood by George RR Martin is the prequel to his famous book Game of Thrones. It talks about the targaryen family, from when they conquered Westeros, which is the land the story takes place, to the start of Game of Thrones. So far ive read up to page 53, from page 1 to 53 it talks about Aegon the Conqueror, who lived on a castle called Dragonstone with his two sisters, Rhaenys and Viserya, Rhaenys being the youngest, Viserya the oldest and Aegon the middle child. To keep the bloodline pure, the Targaryens would have incest…yes, incest. One day Aegon decided to conquer Westeros, so he did, the Targaryens are famous for taming dragons, all three siblings had one, Aegon had Balerion, the biggest and strongest of them all, Visenya had Vhagar, and Rhaenys had Meraxes. Aegon and her sisters fought many battles with their armies, and conquering all of westeros, except dorne, which was to the south of Westeros. After conquering all of westeros and everyone bowing down to him, he was proclaimed king and created a new palace, Kings Landing, there he made the Iron Throne where the king sat. After becoming king Aegon fought Dorne for it to surrender, in the end it was around 10 years of war when Dorne finally surrendered, thats what ive read so far, it is a really interesting book which I encourage everyone to read.
“I will not fight you, nor will I kneel to you. Dorne has no king, tell your brother that”
This was said by the queen of Dorne who was 89 years old or somewhere around that to Rhaenys. I like this quote because it talks about how even after a newcomer arrives, conquers all lands, and is the most dangerous person alive, they wont bend the knee for him.
Personal Writing – Veracruz
Around 1 and a half year ago, One of my close friends decided that for his birthday he would take me and 2 other friends to Veracruz. Veracruz is a 2-3 hour drive from where I live, Puebla. His little brother, mom, dad and an chacha came too. On the way there we played on our nintendo switches, which is a portable console, Me and the friend that planned the tripped were playing a brand new game that came out like 2 weeks ago at the time, this made my other 2 friends very anxious. Once we got to Veracruz we went to a sushi restaurant, I dont remember what I got but I remember my friend ate a lot of wasabi, this didnt end well for him. We got to my friends parents apartment and got all set up, there were 4 rooms, 1 for the chacha, 1 for the parents and the little brother, and the other 2 for us. After getting everything set up we all just chilled for a bit then went to the pool, it was really fun, I lost my slippers sadly. Everyone decided to head back to the apartment and get ready to go to the mall, when we got there we went to a really good seafood restaurant, we ate next to a great view to the sea, my mask also flew off sadly. We strolled around the mall for a bit, I got ice cream and then left back to the apartment. After joking around for a while we went to sleep, me and my friend turned the lights off an hour later, and had a deep talk about women for the next hour. The next morning we woke up to the beatiful sound of waves crashing against the sand, tho I saw my friend still asleep, I woke up good that day so i let him be, I went to my other friends and saw they were still asleep, I went to the couch and waited for them to wake up. When everyone was awake we had breakfast, and then me and my friend played on our nintendo switches, one of my friends decided he couldnt wait anymore and bought the game we were playing, now only one guy didnt have the game. We didnt do much that day, except that night we went to an enclosed theme park and gokart racing, this is where tragedy struck. I was carrying my phone with me, and i put it in my pockets and got inside the gokart, my dumbass didnt leave it behind, the race started, i was halfway through when I noticed my phone was about to fall and be crushed by the wheel, I reached for it, but then I hit the wall. My phone was cracked, I was pissed, I cannot bear this type of stuff, I was so mad, and I didnt even win the god damn race, after the gokarts we just had fun at some arcades in the enclosed theme park and headed home. That night we were in the couch playing on our nintendos, until the last friend that didnt have the game, acquired it, so we all joined the same party in the game and had a great time, then we went to sleep and talk. The next morning was going to be the best day, because it was my friends birthday and his parents friend had a yacht and we were going to use it, so we did, we met with my friends cousins and uncles too. We went to a mini island and found lots of stuff, like fishes or sea urchins, we also jumped off the yacht into the water. We then later chilled and went to the sea and jumped in, we then went to the front of the yacht and had deep conversations again for the thirth time. We then headed to the apartment and got him a cake and smashed his head into it, We then played the same game again and went to sleep instantly after. The next morning we packed everything up, went to have breakfast, I had pancackes, and headed back home. This memory is definetly one of my happiest memories I will always cherish.
“they shall not grow old”
“They shall not grow old” shows us what happened in the war, from start to end, from the British point of view. The young boys and men wanting to join the army thinking its going to be fun and have a great time, hurts to watch, those men didnt know what they were getting themselves into, the pain, suffering, and grief they would have to deal with is insane for some of their ages, some even lied of their age to get in the army. “All quiet on the western front” and “soldiers home” describes to us mostly the emotional state of soldiers, “They shall not grow old” shows us the grusomeness of the events, the dead bodies, the bombardment, every single thing that happens in the war is showed to us. We dont really see much of how they feel except at the start they are really happy and excited, later you can tell they dont have smiles on their faces anymore. Some similarities I managed to point out or think about were some such as soldiers in dispair, they knew they could die any minute, and some did die with that feeling in their chest, soldiers knowing that when they came back home they wouldnt be the same person, everything changes when you go to war. All the surviving soldiers came home to grim families(most of them), no available jobs, and some came home without limbs, eyes, or features that “made them human”. “They shall not grow old” changes your perspective on war, on soldiers, on people, in the end, everyone just wants a hug.
Scythe is about a dystopian society were one cannot die by any regular cause, hunger, disease, misery, war, age, all those things are in the past, the only way one can die now is by being murdered by a scythe, scythes are people chosen to kill others to be able to keep population under control. Citra and Rowan are teens that are both chosen to be apprentecies to a scythe, which non of them want to be, tho they must for not only themselves but their loved ones too, they learn the hardships of carrying such role in society.
The book itself has a very deep meaning im barely getting into, it talks a lot about the beauty of life and the art of taking life, the start and the end. I havent really found a quote that has hit me hard, but there is one moment at the start of the book were Rowan finds himself in a situation were he goes in a room where a fellow student named Kohl that was chosen by a scythe to die, the thing is that Rowan didnt know Kohl, he was the popular type of kid while Rowan was an introvert, even then, he was there for him and almost died with him at that exact moment, i reitirate, they didnt know each other until that very day. Im looking forward to this book.
Baumer and Krebs comparison
While both Krebs and Baumer fought in World War 1, they did not fight in the same side, but opposing ones, Krebs for the Americans and Baumer for the Germans. Baumer died back in 1918 while Krebs lived and went back home in 1919. Both characters went through similar expiriences, but both saw things differently, Krebs felt distant when he got back from the war, Baumer felt a similar when he left to war, and other examples I wont get into. Braumer and Krebs both had very hard youths, with very similar situations and feelings, but still somehow manage to have different outcomes and journeys throughout their experiences.
All quiet on the western front
I enjoyed the novel to a certain extent as it is not my normal type of book i usually read. What i do admire about it was the reality it shows about war rather than glamorizing it. Eric Maria Remarques states this many times but i was moved by this one quote where he states. “a man cannot realize that above such shattered bodies there are still human faces in which life goes its daily round.” This depicts that at the end of the day non of these soldiers actually wanted to be there and no matter if they were fighting enemies, in any other circumstance would they agree to kill other people because it is inhumane.
“We have lost all feeling for one another. We can hardly control ourselves when our glance lights on the form of some other man. We are insensible, dead men, who through some trick, some dreadful magic, are still able to run and kill.”
Here Paul talks about soldiers going back to their roots, going back to being animals. The fear of death, the thought of not seeing your wife and kids again, the depraved state of soldiers in a land that nothing matters but killing each other, such things make men, husbands, sons, the one thing society told them not to be, scared. Thus the only thing men think about, is surviving, everything else is erased, every other feeling is gone, the only thought is surviving, surviving in a battleground full of men with the same thought.
War is depicted as the thing that forges boys into men, an adventure with lots of risk, truth is its the exact opposite, its just a field where boys go to kill themselves. You could go as far as to say the goverment tricks boys to go fight for their country, when in reality they go fight for almost nothing at times, at times they do win ground or take cities and such, but we are talking about 18-21 boys that just started living. A good example is Pauls brigade, a 150 men company, only 8 making it out alive, it is truly an awful world we live in.
Hello my name is Armando im from Mèxico but I recently moved to Canada a year ago. My hobbies are playing videogames, listening to music, and watching tv shows. My hopes for this year are having great marks, writing notes, bulking, and completing my classwork. My expectations for this year are to learn something new.