While secretary of state, current presidential runner, Hillary Clinton used her private email to send and receive classified information. She later wiped her computer, denied doing so, had her people plead the 5th in court, and continued lying to the American public regarding this issue. Recently the FBI launched an investigation into the scandal, and since then, they have found dozens of Clintons emails deemed to be classified.
“We all decry prejudice, yet are all prejudiced,” said Herbert Spencer, a famous philosopher. Prejudice is frequent everywhere and difficult to stop. It is very difficult to destroy something in someone’s mind, and it will inevitably be expressed through various methods with different degrees of subtlety. Any expression of this can hurt. Subsequently, in Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, the main theme is that prejudice is everywhere, and can be of varying degrees.
Shame is a very powerful and social emotion that has been also classified as a form of physical pain. According to Alan Fogel, Ph.D., “When people feel emotional pain, the same areas of the brain get activated as when people feel physical pain…” Additionally, it requires an audience: someone cannot actually experience shame without having people around them. Shame is an evident theme that occurs frequently in the novels: The Joy Luck Club and Flight. It is apparent in both literary works that shame is universal. It embraces both genders and all cultures. Shame crosses all borders and generations. More specifically, just how it affects the relationships between the mothers and daughters in The Joy Luck Club, and how Sherman Alexie portrays Zits in the book Flight. Zits is humiliated by the blood shared between him and his father.
Shame and guilt can go hand in hand, as seen in; Flight, The Glass Castle, and The Joy Luck Club. As the three novels progress, many of the characters suffer with inner shame and guilt. While the characters suffer with these things, it somehow seems to shape and change them. Through the characters hardships and struggles, the theme of shame and guilt emerges.
Civil disobedience does lead to progress, just like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. disobeyed the laws which gave African Americans more rights.
After reviewing Leslie Steiner ted talk: ‘Crazy Love’, I found it to be an eye opener as well as a life long lesson. As I was evaluating her speech, I thought she did a good job overall, although some areas could have used some minor adjustments and/or improvements. Starting with her Topic selection; I thought it was a great topic considered it appealed to the audience who looked like they were between the ages of 20-45, just around the age she had mentioned for domestic violence victims. I thought her introduction were missing a few elements that could have made it that much better. I felt her introduction could have been more confident and including an audience adaptation could have made her introduction that much stronger. I found her
During the discussion, I didn’t talk as much as I should have because for the questions that I didn’t raise my hand for I didn’t have an opinion for the discussion at hand, or at least I didn’t have a solid response that could be backed up with the text or generate more discussions among the group. For the two times that I did respond to someone’s response, I felt that I had a view worthy of being shared among my group, and this was supported when some of my peers agreed with the point I made and added their own view on top of mine. But for my second response, it was more like two responses which were included in one as a result of my wanting to respond to something that was mentioned before but that I wasn’t called on for, and for the most recent response at the time.
As our final assignment for cornerstone we were tasked with revising our rhetorical analysis. I received a B, 81%, and by the end of my revisions have “A” quality work.
Cecily Strong is a comedian of the famous and popular show Saturday Night Live on NBC. She often works with her coworkers to made fun of what happening in the world. As a comedian, many of her jokes fall into the category of dry sarcasm. So, it is important to take that into consideration when watching the speeches she gives. In in April of 2015, she gave a speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner at the Washington Hilton.
Imagine a person, lying on his or her deathbed. Throughout life, this person accomplished nothing whatsoever because there was no instance where he or she needed to leave his or her comfort zone or figure out life. Often times, situations like these can happen to people because they spent their entire lives avoiding scenario after scenario. In Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen, one of the central topics addressed in the novel is finding solutions to problems in life. The protagonist, Cole, overcomes serious problems he has and, in turn, makes his life more agreeable. Not only does Cole tackle tough situations, but other supporting characters such as Peter and Cole’s mother do so as well. Peter has to overcome the damage that Cole has inflicted
Hillary informs, “over the past 25 years, I have worked persistently on issues relating to women, children, and families.” (speech) this shows she has experience and background in this topic. She gives contribution to the many types of women that are victims of inequality. She gives examples of groups of women such as those who “come together in fields and factories, village markets, living rooms and board rooms.” (speech) this shows the variety of positions the victims may have. The list of responsibilities and positions she mentions shows proof that women are capable of doing. Twenty years later, Hillary is proving that women, indeed, have the capability of doing by rerunning for president and becoming the Democratic nominee. She adds, “my running for president is a way of a sending a message.” (article) With this statement, she is giving women power and motivation to achieve bigger and better goals.
The power of the voice is underrated. The ability to speak up for oneself is a vital tool, and without this ability, one is powerless. Victims of rape are often left voiceless. Laurie Halse Anderson tells the story of a silenced rape victim, Melinda, in her realistic-fiction novel Speak. Melinda is raped by an older boy at a party the summer before her freshman year of high school. The impacts of this event are socially and psychologically devastating for Melinda. Her declining mental health renders her physically unable to speak about being raped over the summer. She is unable to cope with her trauma, and forced to suffer alone. However, she eventually becomes empowered to speak up for herself and about her experience. The novel emphasizes how
One of the major principles of the United States government has always been the freedom of speech given to its citizens, but what really comes with this freedom? Does this founding principle make it socially acceptable to create uncomfortable environments and use words to injure others? I think this right has limitations anywhere you go. Countries like Israel are making the word Nazi outlawed. And this isn’t because they’re trying to limit and control freedom of speech but rather because of its symbolic meaning in history. (Thane Rosenbaum page 165) And I believe this limit is crucial especially in places of diversity and higher learning such as college campuses. There is a difference between “trying to persuade and trying to injure.” (Rosenbaum page 166) So while many people believe that freedom of speech on a
I thought I knew what it meant to be equal. I thought I knew what it meant to have equal rights. I genuinely believed that everyone in this country was equal to one another. I know now that that is not the truth. I learned that I have more privilege over others because I am of the middle-class, I am getting an education, and I am white.
Shame, vulnerability, Empathy, and Blaming are all signs we are unsecure with ourselves and that we are afraid to grow and expand being who we are. All these feelings and actions take a toll on our interpersonal relationship and our perceived self without us even knowing, this changes our self-worth our confidence how we show ourselves to the world. Not only do all these take toll on our mental health but also on or physical action. Let’s look at shame vulnerability empathy and blaming a little more.