Friday, February 26, 2016

Blog Eight: Freedom

One of the freedoms granted by the Preamble was to promote the general Welfare. It is supported in today's society because of hospitals, doctors, convenient pharmacies, Obamacare, etc.

My answer to the general Welfare being supported by today's society reinforces my belief in this freedom. It reinforces my belief because it gives me good details of how our society supports the general Welfare.

This freedom is not really portrayed in The Giver. It is, but it is not like our society. In Jonas' society, they have Audiologist, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, Speech Pathologist, Physiologist, etc. Most of the jobs are doctors. There are some pharmacists, but that is pretty much it. They don't have insurances from what I have read so far. Their society supports general Welfare but not like our society.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Blog Seven: Jonas' Point of View

Jonas' point of view is changing because of his Assignment. He now understands what is going on and what the Chief Elder meant when she was talking about the effects of being a Receiver. For example, the Chief Elder said, "The training required of you involves pain. Physical pain." When the Chief Elder said this, Jonas was afraid that he wan't brave enough to tackle the challenge of being the Receiver of Memory. "The Giver", though, made Jonas feel comfortable so now he kind of enjoys being the Receiver. He is experiencing and learning new things that he never even knew existed.

Blog Six: New Chapter Title

Chapter 5: Mysteries Evolving

I chose chapter 5 because I think that this chapter gives a lot of important information and it helps us understand a little bit more about Jonas. I chose the title "Mysteries Evolving" because the mystery to Jonas is his dream and Stirrings. At the beginning, he never really thought of Stirrings as this big important thing until he actually got them. On page 36 Jonas says, "Stirrings. He had heard the word before. He remembered that there was a reference to the Stirrings in the Book of Rules, though he didn't remember what it said... He had always ignored that announcement because he didn't understand it and it had never seemed to apply to him in any way." His dream was a mystery that had evolved after he figured out why he got it in the first place. At first he thought his dream was just a strange dream that he didn't quite understand. After he talked with his mother about it, it wasn't much of a mystery anymore. It went from a strange dream to a more complicated reasoning for it.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Blog Five: Choices, Choices

Imagine, living in a society where all choices are made for you. Your future is already planned out for you and you don’t have to worry about anything. The rules that follow, though, are set strict so that no one makes the wrong choices. Would you rather live in that society or would you rather live in a society where you have the freedom to make your choices? If I had to choose, I would definitely, without a doubt, choose the society where I could make my own choices.

I believe that having the freedom to make your own choices is better than having your choices made for you because you get to experience the good outcomes, you get to plan your future out, and you get to live the life you want to have. Although it sounds like a good thing, there can be some negative outcomes as well. When you get to make your own choices, there will be a time where you make a bad one. You are responsible for that choice and you have to face the negative consequences. When your choices are made for you, you don’t have to worry about that. A positive from making bad choices, though, is that you learn from your mistakes. It shapes you into a better person.

Blog Four: Unity Through Conformity?

The community’s enforcement of conformity creates unity because it makes everyone know that they aren’t different so there shouldn’t be any bad things said about one another. Plus, if you mention a difference that someone has, you get in trouble. They force the community to be nice to each another. They set strict rules so that no one gets hurt. This results in all being nice so it brings everyone together in a positive way.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blog Three: "What If?"

I think my life would be completely different without the knowledge of historical events. It sounds like a small thing that doesn’t really make a big impact in a person’s life but it actually changes a lot. Without historical events in my life, I would not have a social studies class, I would not have done projects about famous people in the past, and I wouldn’t have been able to do the Wax Museum that I did in 5th grade. The list can go on and on but these are just a few things that would have been different in my life. Without historical events, our world would not have been what it is like today. It would have been a lot worse. If the general public had no background knowledge of historical events, a lot of bad things could have happened. We learn from our mistakes so without knowledge of historical events, we would have made the same mistakes over and over again. I think that history is important because we can learn new things of things that happened before our time.

During the discussion, a lot of people said many things that brought up good points. It made me ask questions in my head about some of my own thoughts. I agreed with most of the things that everyone said because it was pretty much exactly what I was thinking. Some people said the same things I was thinking but it was just a different situation. After I started hearing different situations, I started thinking of more in my head. The discussion helped add to my thoughts.

Blog Two: Two Worlds Collide

If you compare Jonas' community to our community, there isn't that many things similar about them. One thing that both communities have in common, though, is school. They have their groups separated by age. Just like ours, only they call it Sixes, Sevens, etc. We say kindergarten, first grade, second grade, etc. Another thing that both communities have in common is that we have bikes. They can ride their bikes around the community just like us only they have their bikes given to them at 9 years old.

There are many differences if you compare our community to Jonas'. Differences that we have is:

- They have Nurturers and they say Sixes, Sevens, etc.
- They get a "comfort object" given to them when they are Ones, and they get that "comfort object" taken away from them when they are Eights.
- They get assigned a "family unit" when they are Ones.
- At 12 years old, you get your assignment and that will be your career.
- They get "released" if they break a rule.
- They can only have two children, one boy and one girl.
- They say newchildren.
- They have a Naming Ceremony where the Ones are assigned their "family unit" and named.

- We have nurses and we say kindergarten, first grade, second grade, etc.
- We can get a stuffed animal at whatever age and we get to keep that stuffed animal for as long as we want.
- Our parents give birth to us and they are our family forever.
- We can choose whatever we want as our career and we can have as many as we want. We have a say in how we live the rest of our lives.
- If you break the law, you go to jail or you get a ticket.
- We can have as many children as we want in our world.
- We say children or kids.
- When our parents give birth to us, they are our family forever. Also, we can name our children whatever we want.

            If I had to choose which society I would rather live in, I would choose our society. Jonas' society sounds like a horrible place to live in. When you are born, you get assigned a "family unit". I would not like that because the "family unit" that you are assigned to, isn't really your family. Your parents, aren't really your parents. Your brother or sister, isn't really your brother or sister. You are practically living with nice strangers. Although they are nice, they are still strangers. Another reason why I would not like to live in Jonas' society is because they get assigned a career at 12 years old. At 12 you shouldn't be working, you should be living the rest of your childhood. When you are ready, you should be able to choose what you want to do. Their future is chosen for them and they have no say in it. I am glad that our society is not like theirs because their society sounds like torture. That is why I would rather live in our society.