Monday, December 3, 2012
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
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.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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.
This one connects to our discussions of social media, and unrest in China.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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.
|Tibetan Monks protesting in Nepal in front of a Chinese Embassy.|
Monday, November 26, 2012
I found my information on:
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.
|Events directly related to China's rule over Tibet.|
"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.|