In the name of Culture…

The Chinese Civilization flourished and thrived beside the Yangtze and Huang He for centuries, the protection and preservation of this culture is one of the duties of a Chinese citizen. The government also takes great pride in spreading and celebrating this culture, but does the preservation of this culture justifies the extreme measures it is using?
Wayne Williams in the picture Old Wall New Wall explores the gentrification happing right now in Chinese society, especially in Beijing. The Chinese government is ruining people’s livelihoods in the name of preserving culture, although some may argue that Chinese culture is made of its people. This question is still being debated today.

Should we, in the name of culture, destroy people’s lives?

Should we, in the name of culture, send a newborn’s family out onto the streets?

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Two of the most important questions in history: Where did we come from? Where are we going

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In Dan Brown’s book Origin he attempts to provide answers to two of Histories most important questions, Where did we come from? and where are we going? These two questions have enthralled researchers for thousands years, but we have still not found an answer. The debate right nows is between Religion and Science, did god create us? or did evolution create human kind? Dans Browns interpretations of where did we come is only half the story though, the question where are we going is far more important. Technology has influenced our actions, as human kind, very deeply. Technology, and technological advancement nows seems to grow exponentially, it is indeed the 7th kingdom. This is a newspaper cover for the day Edmond Kirsch released his discovery, if a scientist now released real physical evidence of these two questions, as like Edmond,  it would cause an uproar.

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The War that Changed China

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Chinese Cultural Revolution

This is a Common Craft Video on the Chinese Cultural Revolution, this revolution was caused by Mao Zedong, the famous Chinese Chairman.  Mao Zedong believed that the governmental system was the only thing preventing him from achieving a true communistic China and he called upon the peasants to revolt, as explained in the video. I believe that everyone should learn about Chinese culture, for it is becoming a world superpower and an understanding of its culture might help you get along with many Chinese citizens. The video explains many of the important figures in the revolution and how it developed. The revolution represented an important time in Chinese history and changed the way China acted forever.

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The Brutality of Children

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Lord of the flies is one of the best-known books since 2013, and many fan-made book covers have been released. In this book cover of lord of the flies, a man in a suit is standing in a dark forest, this is a symbolization of Ralph. Ralph is a civilized and smart being, he known that going crazy and hunting is not the solution to living on the island, and seeking for help is the only way. Hence, he is in a suit, in the picture he is overshadowed by trees, casting darkness over him, these trees represent Jack. Jack has been consumed by the notion of hunting and creates chaos all over the island, influencing everyone on it, including Ralph. Ralph is facing a light, the light of civilization and the light of order, he is seeking that light and waiting for it to arrive. In the book, he is seeking for a way out, and can only wait for help to arrive. I believe that this book cover accurately represents the situation in lord of the flies.

 

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The Darkness Inside Of Us

Darkness is a part of the human nature, it is festers in us, in forms like greed and jealousy, and in the book Lord of the Flies human nature is what William Golding is writing about. She writes about the darkness within us, she writes about how all of us, even children, even the ones which society perceive as innocent, can kill. She writes about how easy it is for one individual to let loose and join the stream of darkness, started by others; at first, it’s a trickle, then a stream, then a roaring river so wide and powerful, it becomes unstoppable. The theme of this books is darkness is a part of human nature. Elise Golding weaves together a wonderful tale, surprisingly bloody, and haunting truthful.

The book is set in the middle of a war, when a group of young English school boys, about age 7-11, takes a plane to evacuate, but they are shot down onto a deserted island, now they are waiting for help. This group of boys are by themselves, no adults, no supervision. Ralph and his friend Piggy find a conch shell, they use this shell to summon all the boys together. They elect Ralph as leader and Jack as lead Hunter. Ralph proposes that the only way they will rejoin the civilized world is by building a huge fire and that the smoke will signify passing ships. Jack was determined to start hunting. Life was good at first, then the little ones started to see a monster on the island, that caused panic among them. Eventually, the two sides split up and Jack became an independent tribe. Jack’s independent tribe spent all day hunting, and having a good time, eventually people from Ralphs side got attracted into Jacks tribe of so called “Warriors”, Ralph and Piggy were thinking of ways to keep the fire going without starving, the only way the kids could start a fire was with Piggy’s glasses, but the fire needed to be maintained, and that could not be done with 2 people. That night, Jacks tribe came in and stole Piggy’s glasses. Now Ralph was furious, he marched to Jack’s camp fire and demanded his glasses back, a fight broke out and Piggy was murdered. Ralph was on the run, Jack and his hunters scoured the island hunting for Ralph, eventually they came up with an idea to burn Ralph out. The fire caused smoke, and a passing ship noticed and came to the rescue right before Ralph was murdered too. This book is signifying the darkness of the human mind.

In this book, the children forgot the concept of law and order, they become wild with their freedom and lets basic instinct rule. The reader eventually realizes the monster that terrorizes the children on the island is just a representation of the darkness in man’s heart. The book also describes a sort of hunting ritual that Jack devised, once they start the ritual, they become so frenzied that they mistake human for pig, and murder the human. People can get caught up in a frenzy or a trend so easily, and they just don’t worry about the consequences, from big things like murder, to just a fashion trend, people just get caught up. At the end of this book, all-out war a waged between Ralph and Jack, this war caused the death of Piggy and was a second away to causing the death of Ralph. Darkness is a part of human nature, we have turned everything we have created into weapons, from the first wooden clubs to gunpowder to atomic bombs.

Darkness is a part of human nature, but do not let it rule you, accept that it is there and control it. Lord of the flies perfectly demonstrates how that, once you let yourself get caught in that frenzy you will never escape it.

 

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The life of Abraham Lincoln

 

Imagine a world in which one man can capture and enslave another, the owner has complete control over another, the man captured is reduced to nothing, they are vermin to the owner. Of course, we do not live in such a society now, but if you look back 150 years ago slavery was a common practice, who ended this? Abraham Lincoln, he was the man who ended slavery. Lincoln by Russell Freeman is a photo biography that accurately describes Abraham Lincoln life and presidency, it a fascinating book full of facts of the most remembered U.S president Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln was born on 1809, February 12th In the Kentucky, he was born the son of a humble worker. In 1816, when Abraham was just 7 his father decided to move to Indiana, they set out with just two horses, and they were going to travel 100 miles. Later in life Abraham recounts that was the hardest experience of his life.  In the spring of 1828 Abraham finally set out to see this world, A local merchant hired him to accompany his son to New Orleans via boat. This journey was 12 hundred miles and it gave Abraham Lincoln his first look at this world. “The two boys floated down the Ohio River and into the Mississippi, maneuvering with long poles to avoid snags and sandbars”- Freeman (p15) When he returned he found out that his family had moved to Illinois and he paid a quick farewell trip there. Abraham was now 22, he was of legal age, free to do whatever he wanted, He decided to go to New Salem. It was there when he first found a place among the towns intellectuals, he joined the New Salem Debating Society and found that he was a fine natural speaker. He tried to run as a small-time politician, but failed, so he decided to try his luck as a frontier merchant. He was always drawn to law though, and in 1834 Abe Lincoln ran for state legislator again, this time he placed 2nd and was one of the four men elected to the Illinois House of Representatives from Sangamon County.

He now moved to spring field and was ambitious to get ahead, he partner coached him on the finer points of court room law and he himself was a fast learner. At that time, he also married a woman, Mary Ann Todd. They had 4 children, Robert, Eddie, Willie and Thomas. They bought a house with Financial help from the Todd family and lived comfortably. But, in 1848 Eddie was taken away by disease, Mary feel into shock and Lincoln buried himself in his work. It was then when Lincoln was exposed to the horrors of slavery. He felt disgusted and started to campaign against slavery. While campaigning against slavery he rose is the republican party and in 1858 he won his new party’s nomination and delivered a rousing speech against slavery. He warned his opponents that slavery must stop it westward expansion. “I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. A house divided against itself cannot stand.”- Abraham Lincoln (Freeman P55). In 1860 Abe Lincoln ran for president, and on November 6th, he won.

His opponent Douglas had warned that a republican victory will result is a war of sectors, North against the South. On 1861, the America Civil War started. As we all well know Lincoln Led the North to victory and Abolished Slave trade. This was a momentous step In American History. At the end of the bloodiest war in American History, all men were truly considered equal and all slaves were freed, America was now truly the land of freedom. As we can all see, Abraham Lincoln played a giant role in the forming of America. He is considered one of the most important men in history, also one of America’s most influential president. History will never forget President Abraham Lincoln.

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The man who destroyed slave trade

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Abraham Lincoln was one of the most iconic people in history, the world will forever remember him for what he did, he ended slavery. Slaves suffered for years, they suffered the injustice done to them by Lincolns people and when Lincoln became president, he ended this injustice. In the end, he was murdered for what he did. He deserves a spot in history, he deserves to be remembered by all of us, these posters are a rendering of his campaign leaflets and his assassination headlines. Lincoln on the night of April 14th He was brutally murdered by John Boot, America bemoaned his passing and centuries later so do we. Lincoln had a tough time in the American Civil War but in end he led his armies to victory, he ended slave trade, and is, to this day, the most influential president in American History, Abraham Lincoln deserves to be remembered by all of us.

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The unstoppable force of change

Change is not something you can stop, everything changes, people change.

In the ever-changing world of high school, you need something to hang onto, a constant in the messy and sometimes bizarre times of high school. Paper towns written by award winning writer John Green is an exceptional read filled with lost love and interesting and colorful characters, John Green certainly paints for us a beautiful story of expectation, love and courage.

Quentin “Q” Jacobsen the protagonist of this story has always loved one person unceasingly, Margo Roth Spiegelman. But he loves her from afar, never daring to approach, years passed and now they find themselves in high school, about to graduate. Quentin notices that the distance between him and Margo has widened and hangs on to the memory of the years ago when he and Margo were still friends. It all changed one night when Margo invited Quentin on a journey, they end up spending all pulling pranks on the people that hurt Margo in her years of high school. The next morning Margo disappears and Quentin is seriously worried but then he finds a set of clues that lead him to Margo. Obsession is not even an adequate word to describe Quentin feelings toward Margo, But the more Quentin knows Margo the less he sees the girl he knew all those years ago. “I thought maybe if I could be confident, something might happen between us. I was wrong”- Quentin (Green, 58)

Quentin always remembered Margo as he wanted to, he remembered her as perfection. “What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.” (115)  Quentin must have known she changed, the only thing was he did not accept it, he chose not to accept that Margo changed. He wanted Margo to be perfect, because he wanted to be in love with something that is perfect, he saw what he wanted to see. That night when Margo sought him out she already proved that she changed, he still refuses to accept it, if Quentin had accepted that Margo has changed may of the conflict in this story would not have happened at all, sometimes a peaceful life is just accepting change. Quentin is chasing a dream when he tries to find Margo, a dream in where he will find Margo and she will transform back into how he remembered her when he was young, a wild dream. He became like Margo when he tried to find her, it alright to dream but chasing some dreams just don’t work out “At some point, you gotta stop looking up at the sky, or one of these days you’ll look back down and see that you floated away, too” (129) Change inevitable and to change is the natural order of thing sometimes it takes a long time to realize someone or something has changed, but once you the problem now turn to whether you accept it or not.

John Green paints for us a beautiful book of love, expectation and choice, it teaches a lesson to all of us and it teaches us a little about ourselves and our troubles. Margo and Quentin are on the opposite sides of the world but in the end, we are all human and we change and grow. You cannot stop change the matter is whether you accept it or not.

                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who is she?

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Margo who has always been an enigma has now become a mystery- John Green. This Magazine features Margo as a fashion model but also tries to delve into her shady past. Why a magazine? Because I suspect that if she ever went to New York she would be enthralled in this line of work, also because that a magazine features one person. A magazine allows to really consider the character of Margo and do a characterization post. The quote above also outlines the how Margo functions in the book Paper Towns. She has changed throughout the story and the book revolves around her. The title of the magazine: “Change” is a nice touch in two ways, one it shows that Margo has changed throughout the book. The second is that if you are a fashion industry you know that fashion changes quickly and “Change” is an appropriate world to describe fashion now

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