How would you live your life if you had a week to live? How would you live your life if you had 5 years left to live? How would you live your life if you were going to live forever? Should there be any difference between these time periods?
Many people today are talking about the growing gap between the rich and poor. However, today’s poor (in the United States, at least) are much better off than most people (not just the poor) a century ago. Does it matter that there’s an increasing gap between the rich and the poor if the standard of living for the poor keeps going up?
Can we ever be sure that our perception of things is right – without consulting other people? If we do consult others, how are we to know whether theirs is true or if we’re both deluded?
What is the difference between people who do not yet exist (future generations) and people we do not know? Can we harm the non-existent? Example: If we eat a lot of tuna now, there may not be enough tuna restocked by nature for others who follow us. So does our current hunger justify using up all the tuna? Or if others would like tuna, or will be hungry, is it our human responsibility to save some of the tuna for them? Do we owe first to those who we do not know or those with us?
We imagine the drama in our life as being unlike any other person’s drama. Our tragedy is far greater. Hurts more. Our problems are far more devastating that the next person’s. But is our drama so different? Or has the same type of dramas, uncertainty, or hardships always been part of life? Has there always been danger in the environment, and people who do bad things to others?
If so, then, is this then the human experience? How do you explain the feeling that your drama is worse than another person’s?
Using some of the techniques learned in reading They Say, I Say, students selected will pick a topic at the beginning of the week (Monday). The students will then present their critical thinking on these topics the following class period (50pts.). The balance of the students will listen to these presentations without rebuttal. Again, using the techniques from They Say, I Say, they will offer a written journal response of 1-2 paragraphs placed in the appropriate class area on the website http://www.djadamson.com as a comment to the verbal journal given in class (10 pts). Note: written responses will not be accepted late.