Semantics · Writing

Scaffolding

Speech

In regards to Eaton FPC Mission Trip to Blue Knob, PA 2017

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight. 

On this Mission Trip, we focused on 4 important names of God. Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.  Individually, each of these names are outstanding characteristics that make up our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and with these traits, we build and break and remodel ourselves. We scaffold.  Constantly life can break us or build us.  Constantly we run into hardships but also find our greatest hopes in life. This week was our full of week of scaffolding.  We sweat bullets, wore down our bodies, scraped our skin (particularly by an evil bench) and bruised our veins.  But from all of this hard work, we witnessed God and he did truly straighten our path. Through our friends and strangers, we felt him and used the strength he gave us to help others and carry on our progress to a better cause.  Personally, this week is single handily the best week I have yet to experience.  At the very beginning I knew only a small handful of people …and by the end of the week, I was laughing with my new family. I’ve never experienced a community this close… I’ve never experienced such hard working friends who will fight to love and care and make this world a better place to live in.  I was meant to be here this week and experience God in this light. I can quite honestly say that this is the one time I have truly felt at home and with God.  This is Scaffolding.  You, me, God.  Scaffolding will never disappear. We’ll see it throughout our lives and through others because we will never stop working on ourselves…. Just like our Wonderful Counselor who guides us, Our Prince Of Peace who calms us, Our Everlasting Father who loves us, Our Mighty God who will never stop working with us as well.  Thank you all for this experience you’ve given me, thank you for helping me find God in such a beautiful light and thank you for helping me find a family.

 

 

Semantics · Writing

What do we really know?

Since childhood, the people of the world are taught what to think, say, feel, and even believe. Since then, we have stood alone yet the social norms latch us all together.  The Weeknd presents to us Losers; that maybe we all do ¨make our own sense¨ (The Weeknd 7)  and that to have a different perspective of the world does not make a person unintelligent. Just because we may think and perceive life differently, who is to say what is normal or not?

The lyrics of this song obviously rely heavily on Pathos, as most songs do.  Ironically, this only strengthens the argument of the theme.  This shows us that how we feel and what we think is real, as well as what all of us as human beings believe to be real, isńt necessarily true.  We all believe in something, even if that belief is that nothing is real… That is an opinion, and technically most of the scientific theories around us are as well.   Abel’s (The Weeknd) way of showing this to us is in the lines ¨So what can you show me, That my heart don’t know already?¨ (The Weeknd 9-10).  Again, we see it repeated in the lines ¨They can’t teach what they can’t prove” (The Weeknd 15).  

In an odd way,  the Pathos also provides Logos to this song.  The theme of this song is that we don’t necessarily know what is true and what is make believe.  While it isn’t technically Logos, it relates to it in an important way.   How can we fully know and comprehend something that is based on a guess? In reality, how can we rely on anyone but ourselves to make decisions and provide theoretical knowledge? This is implied in the line, “We did it all alone,” (The Weeknd 29), and again in the line, “So what can you show me, that my heart don’t know already?” (The Weeknd 9-10)

All of these things lead us to the last method in Aristotelian’s model, Ethos.  The Weeknd mentions several times in his songs “And you’re qualified to me.”(The Weeknd 8)  This is a perfect way to explain the Ethos in his theme.  The credibility of this message cannot be proven, and that is his entire point.   “They can’t teach what they can’t prove”, (The Weeknd 15)  and again,  “Come put this inside a test-tube” (The Weeknd 16) represents thoroughly how one will create test after test to hypothesize a theory.

And this links us to our conclusion …While the Ethos and Logos can technically be counted as the same ideology (and the song mostly revolves around Pathos), all these three theories combined connect and link together to create one single theme. This theme is to show how we think and contemplate our ideas and our emotions and finally,  not every idea is the exact same.  Perception is your own personal reality.

Semantics

Important Bee’s

In all truth and honesty I think the majority of us could probably claim that they couldn’t care less about the nuisance we call “The Bee”.  From their bright and ugly yellow color, to the times we’ve been stung over and over, the human population can all agree that we hate bees.

However, Bees provide an extreme importance to our earthy environment.  “They pollinate a whole third of everything we eat.”  “From sunflower seeds, to cocoa beans, to even the fodder that our cows eat, the bee plays an important part in our everyday plate of food.”

So the next time your eating at a picnic and a bee lands on your blanket, go ahead and freak out, but remember, that ugly little fellow is important to each and every one of us.

Source: largeAlison Benjamin “Why are bees important? You asked Google – here’s the answer” http://www.theguardian.com Wednesday 17 June 2015
Semantics

The Word Umbrella

um·brel·la
ˌəmˈbrelə/
noun
  1. 1.
    a device consisting of a circular canopy of cloth on a folding metal frame supported by a central rod, used as protection against rain or sometimes sun.
    synonyms: parasol, sunshade

    “they huddled under the umbrella”
  2. 2.
    a protecting force or influence.
    “the American nuclear umbrella over the West”
    To me the word ‘Umbrella’ has positive associations.  To shield and protect.  To help and to show kindness.  All of these things are important to people.  They can change perspective and offer friendship.  The word umbrella may be an object you use to shield from the rain, but it can also be a symbol for safety and so much more.
     The word Umbrella reminds me of a time when I was young and the song “Umbrella” by Rihanna had just came out.  It reminds me of a time when my step-sister and I sang and dance and stayed up till 6 in the morning, playing our notorious game of “Night Club”
Reading · Semantics

Reading Responses: Return to the Wild

 

If you were going to categorize Christopher McCandless and his life choices as one of two opposing extremes, which would you choose? Was he a brave soul who embraced the notion of non-conformity to the fullest and lived according to his own determination of what mattered most in life? Or was he selfish, cruelly disregarding the feelings of those who cared for him most as he foolishly followed an overly-idealistic worldview and perished due to his naivety?

I definitely think Chris had good intentions in his choices, and I definitely can relate to his situation.  In my best guess, I feel it’s your frame of mind.  Some like to live in the city, some in the country.  Some people strive for normalcy and a family in the suburbs of a town, some want to live the wild life, but I believe that Chris’s frame of mind is my own frame of mind.

I worry about being consumed in a world of phonies and normalcy.  I believe he could have achieved these things in a different way, but maybe that’s what felt right to him.  He had to leave, he wanted to see the world.  But coming from someone who can’t stand to be alone I have a hard time relating to the fact that he wanted to leave for quite so long a time.  Maybe this was his fatal flaw, his want to be alone.  However, maybe this is what helped him actually live and enjoy his life.

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He has inspired me in this way.  I want to live other than just existing, and maybe in the future I will do something to this crazy extent.  That is go somewhere I’ve never been and experience it alone.  But maybe not for a whole 4 months…

 

 

Reading · Semantics

Open and Closed-Ended Questions Regarding “Self Reliance”

“Self-Reliance” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Three most thought-provoking questions from other students

  1. Does being misunderstood mean you’re different in a good way?
  2. What does he mean by “Everywhere there is conspiracy against manhood?”
  3. If we can only experience ourselves, our mind, and no one else’s, then wouldn’t mean that all actions are carried for our own selfish reasons?

I believe these three questions could lead to a very thought-provoking conversation with another.  They are all very thoughtful questions which couldn’t be answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’.

Two questions from students that wouldn’t be considered thought-provoking

  1. Can cowards get work done?
  2. When was this written?

Maybe I misunderstood the purpose of these two questions, but in my personal opinion I don’t believe these questions could lead to anything really “thought-provoking”.  The former I don’t believe makes much sense, but maybe thats due to miscommunication. The second is a very closed-ended questions that could only be answered by a specific date, which happens to be 1841 in this case.  However, maybe they asked in regards to why the text was written in such a way, or maybe why Emerson thought in this perspective?  Both could be answered with the fact that it was written in a different time period.

One random question and response to it…

  • What is Transcendentalism?
tran·scen·den·tal·ism
ˌtran(t)ˌsenˈden(t)lˌizəm/
noun
  1. 1.
    an idealistic philosophical and social movement that developed in New England around 1836 in reaction to rationalism. Influenced by romanticism, Platonism, and Kantian philosophy, it taught that divinity pervades all nature and humanity, and its members held progressive views on feminism and communal living. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau were central figures.
  2. 2.
    a system developed by Immanuel Kant, based on the idea that, in order to understand the nature of reality, one must first examine and analyze the reasoning process that governs the nature of experience.

    (Taken from google)