All posts by Kaelin

PW- technology

The average American spends 4 to 6 hours on a device every day. Technology has become essential in our everyday lives, so much so that we humans depend on it. Technology has improved the ease of our everyday world, but it has started to destroy our communication abilities and human interaction skills.
We use technology for entertainment, educational and work purposes. Technology has completely revolutionised education and job fields. Technology is so involved in our everyday lives that smartphones and tablets are usually in hand. Technology enables people to talk to friends with texting and social media; it also causes them to make this decision over talking to them in person. Technology deteriorates our human sense of continuity. Since technology has created a more straightforward and more officiant form of Communication, our desire to talk in person has dissipated. Often a group of teens can all been found in a circle all on their phones. With the use of drones, smartphones and computers, people can communicate and see the world around them. The internet and social media allow us to use technology to learn and connect. All this with the touch of a few buttons. Well, we can learn all these new things from technology the internet and social media also come with more distractions, exposer and stimulation. We have all done it, you’re supposed to be working on homework, or in my case schoolwork but, an hour later you’ve done nothing, but instead you’ve been watching YouTube videos or scrolling through Instagram. A doctor recently completed a research study on gaming, and it noted that some teens game 8 hours per day, thus contributing to social isolation and obesity. There are even gaming treatment centres in the United States. As a teenager, a lot of importance is placed on social media, the likes you get, the followers you have; these things are able to determine someone’s social status. To post about something and show everybody what you’ve down or what you have achieved instead of living it yourself and appreciating the memories you are making. Somebody’s self-worth and self-confidence can be determined by how many people liked their photo. We don’t yet know the long-term effects of social media to us and our generation, but we do know whatever we post, type or share is there forever, and sometimes we forget that. Technology allows us to share, but it creates a society where values are placed solely upon looks, and achievements. Technology helps us grow, learn and interact; yet injures our privacy and communication skills.  Of course, technology is beneficial to us, as technology shrinks our small world and allows us to use social media to look for and find anything we need or want, well providing a unique sense of entertainment. Ultimately, technology is a two-edged sword, it has in many ways better our world. However, it can also hinder our society in unfavourable ways if we are not cautious of its capabilities.

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idrj- sapiens

Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, is a “brief” account of our species past and how modern-day life came to be. This chapter is called “There Is No Justice in History”. It explores the idea of imagined orders in society. And as the chapter title states, these imagined orders are unfair and unjust, but most stressed not based on facts of biology. This chapter faces questions like, what is the biological difference between slaves and slave owners? Rich and poor? There is none to be factual. So at what point in time where these people considered lesser than and deserving of so much less?

“Unjust discrimination often gets worse, not better, with time. Money comes to money, and poverty to poverty. Education comes to education, and ignorance to ignorance. Those once victimised by history are likely to be victimised yet again. And those whom history has privileged are more likely to be privileged again.”(Chapter 8) P.161

A sad but true statement. History has a tendency to repeat itself, and if not repeat, the negative aspects have a tendency to reiterate in society’s way of functioning.

 

 

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IDRJ Sapiens A brief history of Humankind

Sapiens A brief history of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is a nonfiction book. This quote is about the rise of farming and agriculture. And the effect that the increase in population had on crops. At this point only small improvements where paradoxically being made. Tiny enhancements to make life easier, which all eventually added up to milestones. In this case, substantial miscalculations where made because people could not fathom the possibilities of consequences from there poor decision-making skills. A small mistake, like deciding to hoe the fields instead of scattering the seeds, had catastrophic effects on their lives and history itself. It was assumed that if they worked harder, it would lead to a more substantial reward and cause them to prosper more significantly in the future. In this particular case, the opposite happened there, increasing the amount of wheat and population led to a mass weekend immune system. Not only this, but the result of the enhanced crops led to an increased number of thieves, causing walls to be built and more enemy’s to be made.

“The pursuit of an easier life resulted in much hardship, and not for the last time. It happens to us today. How many young college graduates have taken demanding jobs in high-powered firms, vowing that they will work hard to earn money that will enable them to retire and pursue their real interests when they are thirty-five? But by the time they reach that age, they have large mortgages, children to school, houses in the suburbs that necessitate at least two cars per family, and a sense that life is not worth living without really good wine and expensive holidays abroad. What are they supposed to do, go back to digging up roots? No, they double their efforts and keep slaving away”. – p.87

I chose this quote because it demonstrates precisely what I enjoy about this book. It takes a topic such as overcrop inflation in the agricultural evolution and relates it to my everyday life. So I can fully understand what I’m learning about and why. I also believe this statement holds great truth. We have turned life into somewhat of a production and consumtion cycle.

 

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Personal writing/Does being fair mean treating everyone equal?

As a society, we have changed our views to relate fairness to equality when, in actuality, we should be comparing it to equity. With equality, we try to place everyone on a level plane field. Everyone receives the same thing and is granted equal opportunities, regardless of whether they are wanted or needed. True equality is only possible if everyone starts from the same place.  Contrarily, equity, by definition means “the quality of being fair and impartial.”  Under equity, the same possibilities and opportunities are available to everyone. Before equality can be created, equity must be acquired.

As a society, we strive for equality, among races, sexes, and ages. Is this truly all we think it is and is it what we desire. Yes, we (women or those of different socio-economic backgrounds or cultures) want equal pay. No one should be judged or stereotyped for race or gender identity, but we genuinely do not understand the meaning of equality. If we all came from the same background and granted the equal opportunity’s, how will we grow as individuals and society? I am not saying that being treated as less is a good thing, or that we should be happy we are un equals. I am merely stating that we will never all start on a level plan field. Somebody will always have a leg up, whether its money, connections, or personality, it is not human nature to try and achieve perfect harmony. Each individual starts in a different place and has a unique end destination in mind. Unfortunately, the world is not a fair place. People live separate lives and ask different things of you. To treat everyone the same or “fairly” would take an interior shift in society that sadly, most are not willing or knowledgeable enough to make.

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The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared

The 100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.

Allan Karlsson is living in a nursing home, the place that he had believed would be his final destination. Today, Allan is turning a 100 and a big celebration is being planned, but Allan has a different agenda and makes the rash decision to climb out the window, and escape. With only his wallet in pocket, and slippers afoot, he decides to embark on what he describes as “anyone else’s adventure of a lifetime.” But not for Allen, with his larger-than-life backstory.

After his master escape, he heads to the bus station and is waiting to board his bus when a young man, who is described as “A rather stocky, unimpressive build of a man” strides towards him and requests this.

“The young man wanted Allan to keep an eye on the suitcase while the owner relieved himself. Or as he expressed it:                                                                          -I need to take a dump.” [8]

“Allan looked at the bus and then at the suitcase, then again at the bus and then again at the suitcase. It has wheels, he said to himself. And there’s a strap to pull it by too. And then Allan surprised himself by making what- you have to admit was a decision that said “yes” to life.” [9]

“The driver put the newly stolen suitcase in the baggage area” [9]

These quotations are a clever demonstration of foreshadowing Allen’s personality. It gives indications that even at 100 years old, there is still a playful and almost perilous aspect to his choices. It signifies his newfound hare-brained sense of life. Making choices not based on future consequences, or repercussions, but off pure impulse. The child-like feel to this old man’s decision leads the reader to a feeling of innocence where one should not exist but is appreciated. Demonstrating that even at a hundred years old wisdom might not lead are choices, but that is ok.

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