A professor at the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT, Sherry Turkle talks about how kids today are attached and somewhat obsessed with technology in her article called “Growing Up Tethered.” Turkle interviews with many different teenagers about the different types of technology they possess and how it impacts their everyday life. She talks a lot about how technology can do away with our privacy and also how people feel the need to be constantly connected. Turkle mainly focuses on the point of how there is a constant need for connection and people are obsessed with knowing who is on the other end of a phone call or waiting for a text back. In her article, she interviews teenagers who are willing to lie or put themselves in danger in order to stay connected. People have lost the meaning of a true relationship and it is very evident in Turkle’s essay that people are too connected with technology to connect with the people around them.
You can only succeed a risk if you have confidence. One line from the chapter A Boy and a Man that supports the theme risks are apart of life is “Then he pulled, one by one, at all the knots he had made: between staff and
Putting yourself in danger to save others takes a huge amount of courage. This is called sacrifice. In the book Peak, by Roland Smith, every character experiences different types of sacrifice, whether they are endangering themselves, their reputation or other people. From Peak sacrificing himself so that Sun-jo would be safe, to Josh sacrificing his job for Peaks safety, and the Sherpas and porters sacrificing their jobs so that Zopa would be set free. Every character has a choice in this book and it’s up to them if they want to risk losing everything they have, including their lives. In the book Peak, it gives great examples of arduous challenges and characters showing many acts of bravery by sacrificing themselves, their reputation, or their
Risk is when someone is taking a chance where there is something to gain or lose. For many people, like Chris McCandless and Jon Krakauer, are willing to take those risks even if there was a chance they would have to die for them. This quote was written by Krakauer describing the time he went to Colorado and planned to climbed Devil’s Thumb. “As I formulated a plan to climb the Thumb, I was dimly aware I might be getting in over my head. But that only added to the appeal” (Krakauer 135). He was much like Chris McCandless when it came to their ambition and willingness to take risks. They both took potentially fatal risks because it made them feel alive and that they had a purpose in life.
According to dictionary.com, the word risk is defined as, a situation involving an exposure to danger, an injury, or a lost of something or someone. In Among The Hidden a novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix, readers meet Luke, the main character that is forbidden by a population law. The readers will find that Luke takes hazardous risks and bold actions that change his life by gaining new friends and freedom.According to the novel, risks are worth it because one risks help people build relationships, and two risks help people with making others happy and joyful.
People are drawn to others with confidence, people who are confident enough in themselves to do what makes them happy, not what society expects of them. Chris McCandless was no exception to this. This is why people like Jan Burres, a drifter; Ronald Franz, an eighty year-old widower; and Wayne Westerberg, the owner of a mill, were greatly impacted by Chris. Each of these people are merely a few of the many who were impacted by his unique outlook on life and risky behavior. Most of those who has met the young man were intrigued by him, wanting to know more about his philosophies and his drive that had gotten him so far. Chris’ determined and risk-seeking attitude left a strong and positive impact on most of those who had crossed his path. Of
The book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen focuses on a curious boy who finds himself helping out owls that are being pushed out of their homes due to a construction taking place. Roy is on the bus one day as he is being bullied by Dana Matherson. Roy’s face gets pushed against the window as he see’s a boy running beside the bus. Roy was curious to know who the running boy was and why he was running, Roy later finds out that the running boy does not attend to any school near which then makes Roy interested to find out who the running boy is. The book Hoot by Carl Hiaasen consists of simile, imagery, diction to convey that always do what’s right it’s better than doing what’s wrong therefore the person will create a positive impact. Throughout the story, we learn that one always has a chance to make the right decision.
No one should ever put themselves in harm 's way. Most of the time people don’t know what they are doing. Most people try things and try to attempt many reckless and dangerous things without knowing exactly what they are doing in those situations. That’s why you are responsible for your own actions in a life-or-death situation.
“ Just as risk leads to more risk, life to more life, and death to more death.” Pg 83
So why bother taking risks? Typically the reward for risks is much more higher than to make a decision with a guaranteed result. This is proven through texts such as Beowulf and Ronald Reagan’s speech about the space shuttle the challenger. In Beowulf, the protagonist takes risks by fighting dangerous in the pursuit to gain glory and fame in his society, and readers can learn that taking risks such as these can lead one to discover their true strength. In Reagan’s speech he discusses the risks that Sir Francis Drake took as an explorer of America, and he himself takes a risk by continuing a space program after a tragedy, justifying it by stating there is more exploration to be done. His message regarding in risk taking is that failure will happen, but that shouldn’t stop someone in the quest for exploration. Risk-taking does not just stop at this though, there are many more risks to be taken by daring people with hopeful
“We only regret the chances we didn’t take,” (Lewis Carroll). In Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing, Jerry shows us that some risks are worth taking. Jerry shows us that even if the risk in life threatening that we must try. Some risks are worth taking while others are not, however, we take both kinds of risks. Sometimes we mistake what we want to do what others want us to do and take risks that are unnecessary.
People are afraid of change, we normally don’t know how to react towards it. Tomasen who wrote “Love, Laughter and Leukemia”, gave us their point of view of how to see the world in a positive way. Throughout this essay Tomasen talked about a lady, Emma being diagnosed with Leukemia, she didn’t know why God made her go through that phase but it was out of her hands. All she could do is embrace it and look for the good moments that have and had happened to her. When she found out she had Leukemia, she didn’t know what to do or how to take that news. Sometimes she didn’t have the energy to be motivated, she felt like she was too weak. She started to value each day, each moment because we never know up to when we will be alive. Her baby gave Emma the motivation to fight Leukemia. I choose this essay because, I feel that no one is mentally prepare of what can happen next. We just have to go with the flow. Take a risk as many say. Life isn’t always joyful, we experience good and bad times. We should always value life every minute.
‘127 Hours’ directed by Danny Boyle is a miraculous drama/thriller film based on the true events of Aron Ralston; a skilled hiker who craves solitude. One scene that depicts a breaking point in the film is when Aron Ralston makes the choice of amputating his arm to extricate himself. Particular film techniques is used to convey a breaking point. This shows that despite the strength of the human spirit, everyone has a breaking point.
In life, we are faced with a lot of choices. The poem “Ulysses” is based upon decisions and choices. The choice you pick could be beneficial or it could be one of the worst decisions you have ever made in your life. Responsibility plays a big role when making decisions about life. Whether people notice it or not, the choices that we make today will affect tomorrow.
There has been some speculation about what causes risk perception in regard to low probability, high risk events. There are many individual difference factors in particular that can go into how risk is perceived. Race, age, gender, geological features, religion, and personal upbringing can all influence an individual’s perception of risk (Slimak, 2006)