Monday, December 3, 2012

Exploration #12

Fresh was a very interesting documentary that I enjoyed. I enjoyed seeing how our farming system use to be and the problems that have been caused by new age farming. I also admire the one farmer who drives his chickens around to where the cattle have grazed. A direct quote that stuck out to me was “as long as it tastes and looks good…” This is honestly true amongst many people. Our minds think in a way that if something looks good then what could be the problem with it. I also enjoyed watching the big African American who had the grow house with warms and fish to fertilized his plants and break down recycled food.
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I feel like movie we watched showed us all how little most of us know about the food we eat on a daily basis. when they interviewed the farmer that had is farm in the city it was amazing to see what he could farm in the little amount of land he had and how he used other companies waste to produce new products on his farm and help them grow. i think its just amazing to see the different types of farms there are and how they are able to stay the same when the big companies are trying to run them out.

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Hannah Loper
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Mike Lohre
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In the film we watched called Fresh showed us how organic foods are healthier and better for our bodies, rather than the cheap food. In the film it interviewed many organic famers and showed how there produce is made. there was a part in the film where they were talking large crates of chicks and just throwing them down carelessly. this amazed  me because those farmers are making their living off those animals and they dont even care about them, and pretty much just sees them as a dollar bill. Some american famers feed their cows with the remains of other dead cows so that they get beefier and get heavier faster. this is unsanitary to me and very disturbing, that should not be aloud. this film was extremly educational and i really learned alot from it.

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Fresh gave us a glimpse behind the curtains of our nations industrialized agricultural sector and presented many reasons on why it's dangerous.  The damage to the environment is a very important factor to me when I consider conventional agriculture.  I feel that as a farmer you should know the land and how to care for it.  "Part of our responsibility as stewards of the Earth is to respect the design of nature". It's ignorant to think as the land as just property, especially when livelihood depends on it.  I'm interested to see if there is any legislature that is against this system of farming. No doubt that there would be heavy opposition to it on account of how much influence industry has with our leaders.

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One of my favorite quotes from the documentary Fresh is "American fear only one thing, inconvenience." I believe the most important is how they feed each other their own kind because they are dead. I believe I need to know more of why they feed each other their own kind. I know it saves on food but how could they kill animals to sell to us and feed the leftovers to themselves. The documentary just opened my eyes to what they have done and how they save on food. But is it really helping to feed each other their own kind and with all the virtues? I know they don't inject the shots needed for the animal care so is it really health for them to sell the animals for meat? All these questions have me wondering about the type of animals I need and is it really healthy for my parents and I to eat them. I found Will Allen greenhouse very effectively. All the plants he grows, he eats them and recycles the water within each other.

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Fresh reminds me of watching Super Size Me, obviously in the direct opposite direction but it takes someone to do something dramatic as killing off all of your pigs and starting over, or ordering McDonalds every day to show that the path were on is the wrong one. Fresh was extremely inspirational showing that the one man stopped raising cattle the wrong way and actually saved $14,000, which is remarkable  Even if this man did not make as much money as before when he was pumping them with steroids i would bet that he came out making the same amount of money as before but now in a healthy humane way. I really enjoyed seeing the one man rotate the cattle and chickens, I have never seen this before and doing so every thing gained from it. The cattle had fresh grass, the chickens were eating healthy in the grass just like a free roaming chicken would, and the farmer is prospering greatly off of healthy livestock. I believe it was this man that said "Find something that works and continue to use it." I completely agree with this quote because he has found that something and he looks and seems happy with his farm. I would classify this man as a true farmer that is in for the animals heath more than just the money.

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The idea that the farm industry has turned into making money instead of feeding quality food to people is ridiculous. Corporate farms care more about making profit than the well-being of the people who eat their products. The film showed that we need to down size our farms and have free-range live stock. Not live-stock that is crammed together 10,000 deep and disease filled. The film made me think about the types of meat and other farm products I choose to eat. I would like to know more about how much a free-range farms makes versus a commercial farm. One of the quotes that stuck out the most while watching the film was "American's fear only one thing: inconvenience." Which is utterly true.
It seems that often times what is most profitable to company, may not be what is most profitable to society. This is a idea that is prevalent in the documentary Fresh. Spraying pesticides over tons of crops may preserve and grow more produce, but it is also unnatural and unhealthy for the consumers. The easy way out is not always the best way. Not only this but foods that are grown naturally without the use of pesticides and other chemicals to support growth taste better. If for no other reason that would be enough. I once had the pleasure of eating some organically grown snap peas, and I can honestly say that is one of the few times I actually really enjoyed vegetables rather than just forcing them down my throat to escape flack from my mother.
As far as the treatment of animals go, I do think there has to be some standard. However, I also think that this isn't as important. I mean is throwing chickens on the ground going to harm the produce of raw chicken? I doubt it. Besides the fact remains that farmers are in effect, breeding these creatures to kill. What's the point of being extremely kind and gentle to a creature you're going to chop off the head of with an axe and eat for dinner? If there's some actual physical evidence for why the product would be better with more humane treatment of animals I figure why not? But the fact remains that animals are not humans so why should be treat them like they are? There's probably a happy medium somewhere between torturing baby cows and sending your dog to a hotel with room service and a 60" LCD television for them to watch that we as a society should be aiming for.

 “Every decision we make at the supermarket – what we grow, what we eat – is creating a different future for the land, the farmers, for the diversity of our crops, for the health of our bodies and communities.”

This quote was interesting to me because it explains how much control we have over the future of our agriculture and the effect it has on society.

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Watching this film, there are many ideas that seem to be important in it. One idea that stands out to me is using only grown on farm material instead of buying corporate material which has all those bad unhealthy stuff in it. I think this is important because it gives the food they make more of a freshness instead of a weak un-fresh food. Who really wants to eat something that ate another animal. I would like to know more on how farmers get away with doing the wrong thing and think that is okay to treat not only the animals on the farm this way but also the people who end up eating it weeks later after buy it from a store. Said at the start of the film "all our economy cares about is more cheap stuff" in a sense this is true but it's not the correct thing to be doing.

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I think this documentary shared a lot of great information about farms and the importance of food being fresh, healthier, and not using pesticides which helps by making the food healthier for us and more organic. Many times food will have hormones in it to make the food bigger and also it will have stuff in it to better preserve the food item that is being consumed. This documentary showed that all of that stuff isn't necessary. It's better for our body to intake natural and organic things rather than man made and one of the farmers even stated that in the documentary. I think that this was important information to know because often i catch myself going to the store and for example if i look at the watermelons i think hmm, which one looks the biggest. This film helped me change my way of thought because now i know that the watermelon could of been filled with hormones to make it look "bigger" when in reality the smallest one could be the best because it's all natural. I think some information that we might need to know more about is the upkeep. For example, does the upkeep on an organic farm take much more work than a farm that just throws fertilizer and pesticides down and hope for the best? I think that could be looked into a little more with further research. However, the direct quote that I chose from the film was "men fear one thing, inconvenience." I think this quote is very true. With our world today we have everything at the click of a button whether it be smart phones, blue tooth's, etc. If something is at an  inconvenience for us we wont go out of our way to get it. Our society is almost in a sense kind of spoiled. thats why I felt like this quote stood out to me the most.

Sojourner Truth: English Extra Credit Poem

Sojourner Truth
My name is Isabella but you can call me truth,
born on the Hardenbergh plantation without a word of English.
13 brothers and sisters in upstate New York speaking deutches,
Sold to a new master at age nine never to return to my kind.
Sold with a fold of sheep for one hundred dollars.
Is that all I’m worth to you my light skinned brothers?
Wipped, embarrassed, harassed, and abused “more,” my oppressor roars without refuse.
I pray allowed when scared and confused asking the Good Lord to come and renew.
This life hasn’t been all it’s cracked up to be, how could you understand unless you have lived inside of me?
This malice and hate I have been shown won’t keep this passion inside of me from growin’.
I’ll travel across this land of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness speaking truthfully of slavery, abolition, salvation and women’s rights until I see the light.
Ain’t I a woman deserving of respect what does it take for a little bit of courtesy, I’ve done my time in the field earnestly.
Time to put the sythe down and raise up this myth of everyone being equal enjoying liberty.
When my day comes I want to be remembered not as an outlaw or criminal but one who stands for the freedom of all.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Exploration 12: Response to Fresh

There were many ideas that were important. I believe that the most important one would have to be the downscaling of farms. Going back to more of a family farm feel and getting rid of the factory farms. One reason I believe this is important is that it is "Our duty to respect the design of nature." This means letting the animals eat grass and be out in a field not in buildings. We need to go back to the roots of agriculture. I also believe that the manufacturing process should be more like "Good Nature Family Farms." This, I believe, would give us a higher quality and a healthier product.

            One thing that I would like to know more about, however, is the steps that have been taken towards achieving more of this agricultural roots system. If I were to research more about this topic, it would be the steps that are or have been taken to create a healthier environment for these animals. I believe that large scale farms can achieve success even with a more grass roots approach.

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             I feel that the line from the beginning of the documentary sums up the root cause of the problem discussed throughout the film. That is “American’s fear only one thing, inconvenience.” This reason is why we are raising animals and crops the way we are. It is easier. But is it really? Now we are fighting diseases and have to constantly be treating for these diseases. It might have started out as being easier by raising the animals and crops in a large group, and not using a variety of them, but that is just causing diseases, weeds and bugs to adapt to what we are doing and become much stronger. Nature doesn’t like monocultures. It likes when a variety of animals and crops are grown together, not all the same kind. An example of this is the Mad Cow disease, which never existed before we started raising cows all together in a feedlot.
            Fresh also points out that many people do not even know what they are eating, and how that food got to their plate. There are companies that have most of the control of the food chain, and they have part in it from the seed all the way until it makes it to the plate. This just seems like it could cause a huge problem in the years to come.
            I feel that this documentary has opened my eyes a lot to what is going on. I feel that we need to work to correct this, by doing more research on how monocultures cause problems, and ways that we can reverse these problems.

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Fresh is an interesting documentary about where food comes from. From the video this one guys makes a very interesting point by stating that "American fear one think... inconvenience". Which is a true and funny thought. Americans are always on the go, sure sometimes the direction their going may be a wrong direction when it comes to what they eat. It was shocking to see how some of the animals were being treated. The shot of the farm hands literally throwing the chicks onto the ground seemed ruthless and unemotional. On the other hand I thought it was very crafty of that one guy to make a green house in the middle of a big city, and have people take some fresh produce and some compost home with them. I think that is very important to be able to know how to grow your own food. Mainly because it is a valuable resource if anything were to happen to you. I think that some more in depth research should go into finding what really does happen at big farms that mass produce animals. I know a little about how to grow my own crops, but I am no where near capable enough to grow enough produce to feed the nation.

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In the documentary, Fresh a guy said all our economy cares about is “more cheap stuff, more and more cheap stuff.” After watching this documentary I know I am not one of those people who just cares about cheap stuff.  Many parts of this documentary disgusted me but also inspired me. Seeing the nasty and harsh conditions the animals we eat live in inspires me to someday attempt to run a small farm. I have been interested in farming for quite a while but have not found a way to make it a fiscally responsible move since I would be starting from scratch. Yet after watching this, there seems to be a need for better farming tactics before the majority of our nation’s food becomes poison which makes money a less significant factor. Anyway, this movie also brought forth a couple of questions I feel need to be asked. What stores sell food that is naturally grown or raised? The video made a comment that if all farms grew the vegetables and raised the meat in a natural way it could produce enough food. The question is; if these methods are so much healthier and can produce enough food then why are major farms not doing it this way? This to me just does not make much sense because even if there would be less food being produced it would not cause the businesses to loss money; lower supply would simply cause higher prices which would even itself out over time. 

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Some of the ideas that I found most important while watching Fresh, were the lack of knowledge in regards to the food we eat, Americans obsession with cheap convenience, and another case of big business vs. small business.
The first two ideas mentioned go hand in hand.  In order to satiate our desire for cheap, convenient food, these industrial farms go to great lengths to mass produce these food products.  “Part of our responsibility as stewards of the Earth is to respect the design of nature.”  I am pretty sure that packing live-stock into extremely cramped conditions was not the design of nature. I was alarmed by the amount of medication used to treat these animals in order for them to survive in these “monocultures”.  I was even more disturbed to hear that a lot of diseases we fear when preparing our food were the result of factory farming and their insistence on non-traditional farming techniques. Anything to pad the bottom line, right? I cannot say that I will make sweeping changes to my diet, but after watching Fresh I feel like I owe it to myself and my family to at least re-evaluate it.   

It is a shame to see economies of scale creep into our lives on our dinner plates.  However, anyone who has ever taken an economics class knows that big business will almost always justify the means by the end product.  The end product in this case being convenient, inexpensive food.  Although sad, it is not surprising that these industrial farms have taken the same models used to produce general merchandise and applied it to the farming industry.  It was refreshing to see that these smaller farmers have counter acted the comparative advantage of industrial farms by forming co-ops.  Perhaps it is our duty as consumers to support these healthier food products even if it means paying a little more at the register.  As suggested in the movie, if it is not paid at the register, it will be paid somewhere.
My final thought is how much I enjoyed hearing the smaller farmers discuss the differences in their products.  While they informed you of the dangers of producing and consuming mass quantities of live-stock, they seemed more interested in championing their methods rather than condemning industrial farming.  It was nice to see people so passionate about what they do.

Exploration Number 12: Fresh

Cattle Grazing in a Green Pasture

In class this past Wednesday we took some time to watch a documentary on Fresh, which focuses on the industrialization of the farming industry through the eyes of current participants, consumers, analysts and many more. I learned a lot through this documentary and my eyes were opened to this whole other dimension that I spend little time even considering in day to day life. I live in such a day and age and in such a country that I'm never in want of anything, food especially. How accessible is our food in this day and age, hardly any of us need to put forth any effort to satisfy our hunger. What I learned here is that there is a lot more behind the McDonald's burger I chose to eat than what may meet the eye. I found it especially discouraging to see how the animals where treated not out of respect of their uniqueness and value but as profit and convenience, thus many animals lead very sad and manipulative lives. Also, if we continue down this road of abusing this rich land and the animals God has given us we will reap what we sow if we don't change the way we do things. Judgement for our actions is already being carried out upon us as crises over the spread of diseases, and unhealthy food sky rocket. These poor creatures of this earth live miserable and agonizing lives which we continue to ignore.

But, we see that some farmers are choosing to do the right thing and go back to the basics. They take good care of the land and treat the animals with respect and do whats right for them by giving them clean living environments, proper sustenance, as well as greater pastures to roam on. When we step back and let the God inspired nature run its course things work so much better than when man steps in and tries to improve something that the Almighty has ordained. Beyond this, I see the need for me to learn more about what I can do to help support such farmers as stated above who are doing the right thing in how they cultivate the land. I will certainly look into such organizations and local farm markets.

"Americans fear only one thing: inconveince. All we do is want, want, want."

How powerful are these words. And sadly they are so prevalent in my very own life! Too often I take for granted all the blessings that God has poured out into not only my life, but on this country. But, let us not rest assured in all our past success but look at ourselves right now and take an honest criticism of what we do and how we can improve. Lest we forget that God will not continue to bless us if we keep leading lives that are counter to who He is and what He expects from us.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Global citizens means global reading

We know we need an awareness of what's going on in the world to understand the world.

Here are some links to short and medium length articles and opinions on events past our borders.  They are all thought-provoking.  The one on the woman who was murdered and found yesterday in Mexico is heartbreaking and inspiring.

Take some notes as you read.  And yes, I know you are not used to doing that, but give it a try.  It will help you for the Quiz on Monday and believe it or not, I do want you to do well.

All best,


This one connects to our discussions of social media, and unrest in China.

These two cover the murder in Mexico of this very brave politician.  Feels great for the U.S. to be Mexico's number one customer for drugs, doesn't it?

Maria Santos Gorrostieta
These two deal with religion and environment in China.  They are both huge issues of concern in the West and East.

Enjoy, and learn!

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My favorite passage was #18 from Nelson Mandela’s speech.  “In relation to these matters, we appeal to those who govern Burma that they release our fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, and engage her and those she represents in serious dialogue, for the benefit of all the people of Burma.”  The reason this passage was my favorite was that on a day when he was receiving such a distinguished honor that the Nobel Peace Prize is, he was thinking of others facing similar struggles that he had endured. 

This article was interesting to me because it was a present day take on FW de Klerk’s opinion of Nelson Mandela.  It is only a surface level view, but the article is basically stating that FW de Klerk’s disagrees with the public perception that Nelson Mandela is a saint like figure.  He does not go into great depth as to why he believes this, but nevertheless it is interesting given that these two men shared the Nobel Peace Prize almost 20 years ago.  There is also a link within this article of FW de Klerk trying to justify his position that apartheid was not “completely repugnant”

Tibet is a region located in China. China became a Communist nation after the end of World War II in 1949. Prior to this transition to Communist Rule, the region acted as an independent country remaining autonomous from The People’s Republic of China despite their proximity. After an invasion of Tibet in 1950 by the Chinese government, the people of Tibet were now considered a part of the rule of the new government of China. The people of Tibet practice Tibetan Buddhism; their Spiritual Leader is named the Dalai Lama. It is the Tibetan Buddhists’ belief that when a current Dalai Lama dies, their spirit is reincarnated into a new body; the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama then becomes the current Spiritual Leader of the people. Based on the standards of their religious culture, the people of Tibet believe the current leader of their country to be the 14th Dalai Lama – Tenzin Gyatso. It is their religious belief that the process of reincarnation chooses the next Dalai Lama, not political practices. This is a basis for the strife between the people of China and those of formerly independent Tibet - the Tibetan people believe Tenzin Gyatso should rule as decreed by their religious beliefs; however, the people of China believe their current political leader’s rule is ultimate. Needless to say, this has caused much strife and conflict between the two areas. There is currently no resolution to the political power struggle. After a failed Tibetan uprising in 1959, the current Dalai Lama fled to India and has led the Tibetan Government-in-Exile there ever since.
The Dalai Lama pictured here in India. He has been
                                         in exile since 1959.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is considered a spiritual leader for Buddhism in Tibet. For many years Tibet has always been apart of china and never an independent country. Currently there is some tension that is being created between the Tibetans and the people in China, the Tibet people want independence  from China and the Dalai Lama wants to give the Tibetans a little bit more of self government to some extent but the Chinese people find it very strange that the Dalai Lama wants change all of the sudden so they refuse to negotiate with the Dalai Lama and want to continue to rule over Tibet.  The Dalai Lama strives for peace and doesn't believe in violence, this makes it hard because China wants to fight with Tibet but the Dalai Lama hates violence, which creates a struggle for the Tibetans.

This is a picture of the Dalai Lama in a recent interview with Obama. The Dalai Lama is telling him what is occurring over in Tibet and China and also telling the president what has been said back and fourth between him and Chinas president. 

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One of my favorite passage from the essay, "The Revolution of Spirit" by Aung San Suu Kyi, would have to be "'To live the full life,' she says, 'one must have the courage to bear the responsibility of the needs of others . . . one must want to bear this responsibility.'" This is important to me because all my life, I blamed others for my lifestyle and I never took responsibility. I never had courage, until recently. I have now taken the responsibility for myself and the needs of others. I understand now, reasons why everyone turns to God for help and for prays. I have turned to God when I need help when times are difficult. Also, I have learned that if I take the car out for fun and the car gets damaged, it is my responsibility for everyone in the car and the damages done to the car. I have grown up to understand why my parents do what they do and why it is their responsibility to teach me right from wrong. I have been responsibility to tell my parents where I am and who I am also, I have taken responsibility to donate clothes and money to those in need.
I found interesting that Aung San Suu Kyi's mother Aung San, Burma's independence hero, was assassinated when she was only two years old. Aung San Suu Kyi campaigned for the NLD and was banned from personally standing in the 1990 election. Also, she was released in July 1995 after being on house arrest for five years, she faced restriction on travel. When Aung San Suu Kyi's husband, Michael Aris, died of cancer in London on March 17, 1999, he petitioned the Burmese authorities to let him visit Aung San Suu Kyi one last time and they had rejected his request even though he had not seen her since Christmas of 1995. In 2000, she was on house arrest again for attempting to leave the capital, Rangoon, again. When she was released in 2002, she was able to travel the world. She traveled the country and holding meets for thousands of people turned out to see her and hoping of the Generals that during her long period of detention the people would have forgotten her.

Dalai Lama is a the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the the survival of their identity, culture and religion. The tensions created in China, was when the Chinese started attempting to eliminate Tibetan religious and culture to earn control over Tibet. When Dalai Lama was exiled, tension increased. The Tibetan Nacional Assembly decided that the Dalai Lama should leave Lhasa immediately because in their view, his life was in danger. The Tibetan government was dissolved and China was in direct control on March 28 and the Dalai Lama was on his way to India when he establish his new government in exile.

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            The Noble Peace Prize speeches we read gave some insight to the ethical problems countries around were and are facing. My favorite passage is when Frederik de Klerk says, “We are political opponents. We disagree strongly on key issues and will soon fight a strenuous election campaign against one another. We will do so, I believe, in the frame of mind and within the framework of peace which has already been established.” The reason this is my favorite is he is showing unity between two politically opposite humans. This I feel is also important because of what it is he which made it so he got the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the one who decided to release Mandel from prison and set the foundation for a democracy in South Africa which since he is white and white people are a minority he was setting himself up to fail in the next election. When doing some research I found some very disturbing statistics from 1978 that have to do with South Africa. The statistics show that the white population was “4.5 million” and the black population was “19 million” yet the blacks only owned “13 percent” of the land. The numbers go on to compare the blacks’ “1:44,000” doctor to population ratio and the whites’ “1:400” ratio along with the blacks’ “1:60” and whites’ “1:22” teacher to population ratio (see link below).
            The 14th Dalai Lama, according to the Noble Peace Prize website “is the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people.” In 1987 he made a “Five-Point Peace Plan” that was to help free Tibet from Chinese tyrants. According to the Dalai Lama website the five parts of his peace plan included: making Tibet into a peace zone, destruction of “China’s population transfer policy,” acknowledgement of Tibetan human rights and freedoms, stopping the production of nuclear weapons in Tibet, and negotiations for future policies that affect Tibet. I found that along with many other problems that Tibet is having some priceless Tibetan artifacts are being stolen (see Fig. 1) according to the CRS Report for Congress titled, “Tibet: Problems, Prospects, and U.S. Policy.” These artifacts are important to the Tibetan culture. Chinese suppressers have been linked to some of these sales and that shows the blatant disrespect some people in China have for the Tibetan people.

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            One of my favorite passages from the speeches was on page 633 where Mandela talks about Martin Luther King Jr. He states: “Let the striving of us all prove Martin Luther King Jr. to have been correct, when he said that humanity can no longer be tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war.” This passage was important to me, because it helped to connect the situation in Burma to what happened in the United States during Martin Luther King Jr.’s time. It helped to relate the two situations, which made me understand more of where Mandela was coming from.

            One interesting fact that I found was that the government would react to political protests with severe action. Even though the protests were nonviolent, they still killed and wounded hundreds of people. If you went to trial, you were banished, killed, or put into prison for life. An additional fact I learned was that Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for life. I knew he had been put into jail for his political actions, but I did not realize that it was supposed to be a life sentence. I found this information at:

            The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He is responsible for promoting that all humans are equal. He teaches proper values humans should have as well as promoting religion and tradition. The Dalai Lama is looked at as a person that the Tibetan people can trust.
Tibetan Monks protesting in Nepal in front of a Chinese Embassy.
            The challenges that I found between the two countries were that the people of Tibet feel that their religious freedom is being oppressed. They feel like China is also trying to control who they want as the leader of their religion. In addition, Tibet people feel that there are a lot of Han Chinese migrants in the area. They feel invaded in a sense. The Chinese government claims to be helping Tibet by industrial growth as well as a better economy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

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             One of my favorite passages is on page 637, where he states that “At the root of  that responsibility lies, and I quote, ‘the concept of perfection, the urge to achieve it, the intelligence to find a path towards it, and the will to follow that path if not to the end, at least the distance needed to rise about individual limitation…’” I found this to be very inspirational and encouraging. I believe that it would be a good quote to live by.

            I found it interesting that Aung San Suu Kyi’s father, Aung San, was an independence hero in Burma, and that he was assassinated when Aung San Suu Kyi was only two years old. I also found it interesting that she went back to Burma to take care of her dying mother, Daw Khin Kyi, and then she became a big part of the democratic movement. At her mother’s funeral, the large crowd that came to honor her ended up turning into a large crowd of people that were peacefully protesting against military rule. I also found it very interesting that she was actually placed under house arrest many different times, but the first time was under the Martial Law, which allows her the be held in custody for three years without even have been charged or had a trial. That just seems ridiculous to me that they can put you on house arrest for 3 years, keep you confined so you cannot see your family, and yet they have not even charged you with anything, let alone have you gone to trial.
I found my information on:
The Dalai Lama is a high ranking religious figure in Buddhism. He is believed to be the rebirth of tulkus. I found that the Dalai Lama created tensions in China just earlier this month he associated with the Japanese right-wing forces over some island dispute between China and Japan. China believes that he was doing this because he wants to split China under the appearance of religion. The article goes on to say that the Dalai Lama says that China is making it all up. This is obviously causing tension between China and The Dalai Lama.
                              This is a photo of the Dalai Lama meeting with the           
                              Japanesse, where he blamed “narrow-minded
                              Communist officials” for believing that Buddism
                              is a threat to government.

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            Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were awarded The Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.  They both worked to end the Apartheid in South Africa.  Nelson Mandela once advocated for the creation of a military wing within the ANC party after it’s banning in 1960; this lead to the creation of the Umkhonto we Sizwe.  Eventually the group’s leaders were captured, including Mandela, and sentenced to life in prison.  He spent 26 years in prison until he was finally released.  He still retained his goal but this time he strived to do it democratically. I believe this passage is a reflection on his change of methods and the hope that one day war will not be the deciding factor for control;
“We live with the hope that as she battles to remake herself, South Africa will be like a microcosm of the new world that is striving to be born.
  This must be a world of democracy and respect for human rights, a world freed from the horrors of poverty, hunger, deprivation and ignorance, relieved of the threat and the scourge of civil wars and external aggression and unburdened of the great tragedy of millions forced to become refugees.”

This link gave me some insight on Nelson Mandela’s life; not just political but some personal aspects that gave a little bit of clarity on what type of person Mandela is.

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                In Nelson Mandela’s speech the passage that stuck out the most was at the very end with the start of “let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates”. After this passage he begins three more passages beginning with “let the” and ending with “let a new age dawn”. The use of repetition makes the last several paragraphs of this speech memorable and really stand out.

                An important research finding I found on Nelson Mandela was that he was imprisoned for twenty-seven years for sabotage and other charges. After his release he led his party to create democracy in 1994 with the goal of attacking poverty and inequality in South Africa.  

Dalai Lama is a religious leader who is highly looked upon. Dalai Lama’s are said to be the “latest reincarnation of a series of spiritual leaders who have chosen to be reborn in order to enlighten others”. The conflict regarding Tibet and China began when china overthrew Tibet, forcing the exile of “HH the Fourteenth Dalai Lama into India” along with many Tibetan people. Chinas control over Tibet has been considered a cultural genocide by Tibetan people.  


Events directly related to China's rule over Tibet.

Two Great Leaders: Mandela and the Dalai Lama

One passage that was particularly remarkable and powerfully written was passage 8 of Nelson Mandela's Nobel Peace Prize speech on page 630 in the Essay Connection.

"The children must, at last, play in the open veld, no longer tortured by the pangs of hunger or ravaged by disease or threatened with the scourge of ignorance, molestation and abuse, and no longer required to engage in deeds whose gravity exceeds the demands of their tender years."

Mandela's writing here seems remarkably similar to Martin Luther King Jr.'s in his Letter From Birmingham Jail in it's similar strategy to use children, pure and innocent, to shed light on how dark the black evil of prejudice has become. Besides this the writing is very compelling through its use of words like "gravity" in a context that is somewhat peculiar for the term.

One thing I found that was interesting about Mandela was that he held a political office while imprisoned and also got degrees while imprisoned. It makes sense that he quoted Dr. King, because many of their circumstances were very similar. For one they were both imprisoned for things that they believed in, though Mandela was behind bars for a quite a bit longer than Dr. King having been imprisoned for 28 years.

Interesting Facts About Nelson Mandela

The Dalai Lama is a religious figure and the leader of Tibet. He is thought to be a reincarnation of a Bodhavissta which is an enlightened being in Buddhism. He created tensions with China by trying to gain independence for Tibet which China believes to be a western province, and not, by any means, a separate country. Admirably, he has worked for this goal peacefully, using nonviolent methods as an attempt to gain independence for his homeland of Tibet. Although the Chinese are unwilling to cooperate.

Resposibility leads to enlightenment.