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“Consider the Lobster”

After reading “Consider the Lobster” I found it quite interesting what Mr. Wallace is trying to convey. He explained how the cruel of animals is never okay or acceptable in today’s society. But people still partake in this action, in the eating of general meat. In today’s society Lobsters serve only one purpose in life to us and that’s consuming them. Even though it is wrong to boil alive a living animal we must look out for ourselves interest. That interest meaning Lobster is one of many ways how people can consume meat. It’s not the only one, but very popular among seafood consumption. Other seafood make up the seafood meat category; including shrimp, catfish, and tuna. Lobster is consider to pricier then the foods listed, but that doesn’t exclude the fact boiling them alive at Maine’s Lobster Festival is wrong.

The meme expressed in this Article is if it is okay to boil alive a living creature for the ability to satisfy one crave. To be honest, I do enjoy the pleasure of eating Lobster, but Lobster is just one example. Meats like cow, pig, buffalo all go threw the same process. Hunted, killed, processed, and feed to humans. Is this right or wrong? The meme suggests that it isn’t, due to the fact that its animal abuse. Food and cats are animals but we don’t eat them…but we eat lobster? How does that make sense when they are both animals and we ignore the fact that two serve a purpose in human culture and one does not. Either way the meme suggests that if the animal doesn’t serve a positive impact on humans, it deserves to be ate. To again make people happy.

The argument and ethical reasoning are incredibly related. Do we have the RIGHT to catch the animals and eat them? As describe in the Rights Approach, the individual rights and group rights may always be negotiable. I’m not saying that we should negotiate the right to eat cat or dog, but the are animals and so are lobsters. What if the roles we reverse, we took lobster as pets and would eat cat or dog? It all boils down to what is acceptable right by society. If society approves the usage of such animals then the Rights approach serves this meme well. That rights should be given to all aspects of life, to those aspects that cannot protect themselves.

Margaret Mead-Post

In Margaret Mead’s article of “Warfare is Only an Invention–Not a Biological Necessity”, I realized that we have been fighting a battle. A battle over death, a battle in between humans that are rarely ever necessary. In theory, the civilized world is peaceful and people neglect the idea to be violent.

The meme that is expressed in the article is the need to be violent in order to have a successful outcome. In other words, person to person the use of a siege on others seems to be the first act when we look to see results. Violence occurs once we can’t solve a problem diplomatically and the last resort is indeed warfare. Approaching the digital age a new meme will occur, and that meme in my opinion is terrorism. Us humans choose to ignore the idea harmony, due to the fact that people are different. They have different morals, religions, and ethnic backgrounds. With that being said when people incur a problem with each other and don’t agree, that’s when violence take place to claim their dominance.

Ethics, determining right or wrong is strongly represented in this article. As Mead said “war is inevitable”, due to different moral philosophy in the world. But the fact of the matter is, warfare is a invention. I don’t mean that kind of invention referring to a car, TV, or a phone. But the concept of using violence. She expressed that we invented warfare, but warfare can be shown in many ways that can only be seen in action. Which comes back to ethics. WE created the invention, but an invention is only created when society seeks to ease life and comfort. Is warfare really comfort? It could be either just how ethics are established. The United States spends more money on defense then the next 26 nations combined. Why? Because we use warfare to keep our own safe, but then killing of humans that threat our safety.

The ethical argument that seems fit for this article is the Utilitarian Approach. Dealing with consequences and whatever does that most good. In the title of the article it says “Not a Biological Necessity”, but the relation between cultures today are in horrible standings. In the region of the Middle East, war is never ending and it is all because of religion. With that being said, to one side of the fence they think they are doing a right, and vice versa. This approach clearly defines what is happening in the world today regarding violence. Between two opponents of each think they are performing a good but their enemy see’s it a wrong. It all depends on who has the resources to come out as victorious and stay that way until a new breed of inventions takes cultures by storm.

Unit 2 Final Blog

I choose this image to symbolize the effect of family displacement during the catastrophe of Chernobyl in 1986. This image shows outdoor bumper cars that gave the city of Chernobyl the ability to enjoy in the leisure on their free time. But, it hasn’t been used in over 25 years. Not only does it represent family displacement, but it shows how what type of effect the meltdown had on the city-life activities Chernobyl had. At the time, Chernobyl inhabited 50,000 and not to mention the other 85,000 people that were also affected by the disaster in. Pripyat. Which was the main city that was affected; cities in Belize were also affected.

In relation to my topic of how Chernobyl impacted more families than any other nuclear meltdown in history, this image shows how the erosion and loss of environmental life that took a toll of the disaster. As you can see in the picture, the cars are eroded and the pavement have a myriad of cracks. In addition you can see that the building providing shelter for this once lively arena that has slowly rusted over in a brown-like color. Grass and leaves cover the bumper car floor as weeds grow through the pavement. It looks like almost right before the meltdown inhabitants of Chernobyl were participating in this thrilling game. You can see how in the front of the picture, two bumper cars went into a head on collision and in the back, four more are in hot pursuit of each other. It seems that the game was interrupted when the siren went off, and people scattered, leaving the last bumper car game ever to happen in that arena.

Chernobyl Bumper Cars

The connection between this image in relation to Radioactive, is expressed in why I choose this image. Bumper cars is a fun, easy, thrilling activity that many families experience during the growth and expansion of family relations. The effect of Marie Curie discovering many components in nuclear science (radium & polonium) had an effect on her family life, and thus effected these families. During her non-stop interaction with innovating nuclear aspects, she forgone her relationships she had with her daughter. As said in the book, Marie never had a strong relationship with her family until her daughter (Irene), both entered into WWI as nurses. Her lack of companionship with her daughter was due to her discovery of nuclear ingredients that eventually had an effect on families of Chernobyl. The determination of Marie Curie discovering nuclear components, and the result of them, both took a large toll on Marie Curie relationship with her daughter, and the families affected of Chernobyl.

 

For my second blog post, I wanted to pick a picture that incorporated what my topic is, family displacement, and the disaster that took place at Chernobyl. Out of all pictures I’ve seen related to the disaster, this one is the most powerful image I’ve seen. It shows a doll, a broken doll with a gas mask laying on top of it. Symbolizing the importance of how family displacement at the time of the disaster. It was incredibly hard, and stressful that families had no other way to inhale their future. I recently looked up some statistics of the Chernobyl disaster, and some were incredibly shocking. Today, “the Chernobyl accident was equivalent to 500 nuclear bombs detonating at Hiroshima in 1945, and the disaster touch more than 17 million lives. Whether that was contaminating humans, or making people pick up their lives and move away from the zones of radiation.  To this very day, 1.8 million people living in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, are still defined as “contaminated””. (Chernobyl Facts, 2010) The disaster happened nearly 30 years ago, and people are still suffering from radiation, and are living with the consequences. This picture also speaks volume in relation to my last post of bumper cars, which I said represented family life outside the home. This picture represents now both, out and inside the living quarters of these families.

The affiliation between “Radioactive” and this picture, is somewhat along the lines of my second post. How Marie Curie’s discovery of nuclear elements affected her relation between her daughter, and the result of how families of Chernobyl received that same consequence. Marie never had a strong relationship with her daughter during her daughter’s childhood, and children of Chernobyl did not have a strong relationship with their ability to grow and become stronger as individuals. In other words, families at Chernobyl paid the ultimate price of this disaster. The picture shows a doll and a gas mask, and together the gas mask outweighs the doll in terms of how it affected the families. The doll shows happiness and the innocence of a child, but the gas mask shows death, and evilness. As said by Mikhail Balonov the Chernobyl Forum scientific secretary in relation to the psychological effect of children and their families, “they are doomed, some live in fear, while others pursue a devil-may-care lifestyle: eating mushrooms and berries from contaminated soil, abusing alcohol, or engaging in unprotected promiscuous sex.” (Stone, 2010) If picking up their lives and moving wasn’t enough, the aftermath was something no one ever expected. As some children became unstable, as most were extremely depressed and their only outlet was being a rebel.

Chernobyl Doll & Mask

Going off of my last blog post, I focused mainly on how children were affected by this disaster. I showed a picture with a gas mask and a doll laying on top of each other. The picture is extremely powerful, as it shows innocence and evil meeting one another. In result, evil won and has been winning since. The next picture I have to express shows a classroom with a mural of the Simpsons. Ironically enough the picture shows a family enjoying the outdoors with two nuclear reactors off in the background. In relation to my topic of family displacement the picture fits right in. After years and years of breaking down the city due to weather, outsiders, and the radiation the mural still stands colorful and all. Which again is interesting enough to say the least, because ever since the disaster family life have not been, colorful. Today, “Children born since 1986 are affected by a 200 percent increase in birth defects and a 250 percent increase in congenital birth deformities” and “More than one million children continue to live in contaminated zones.” (Facts & Figures, 2012) Innocence children in the contaminated areas are being brought into a world with a disadvantage. They haven’t even took a breath of fresh air and they already have deadly health issues that are not curable. Not only have the children been affected but also their parents, and their financial status. In the radioactive areas “1.7 million live in poverty, and 178,000 of these live in ‘extreme poverty’” (Facts & Figures, 2012) The result of the disaster left many people to pick up their lives and literally be thrown into a life that was doomed from the start. They left their steady paying job and food on the table every night to a miserable daily struggle on when they’ll be eating next. In total, the cost for the country of Belarus cost them 235 billion dollars, which could have gone to many other things. Like education, health services, and building a stronger infrastructure. All of these facts about health issues and living in poverty shows how family displacement is the absolute vial action that could ever be placed on a family. Due to the facts that the result left entire bloodline of people in despair and misery.

Marie Curie had to same type of effect that happen to this families as well. Through the creation and death of nuclear materials. Her daughter Irene died of Leukemia at the age of 58, needless to say the prime catalyst of her illness came from the exposure of radioactive materials. What happened to the Curie family also happened to the families that were in the Chernobyl disaster. The exposure left both families in different time periods the same result. Death. Not so much for families at Chernobyl but ever since the disaster they are slowly dying each and every day due to the conditions they are in. Just like how in the book Marie and Irene exposure to radioactive materials slowly killed them every day, is also happening to Chernobyl families.

Mural

For my final blog post I choose an image that would connect all my previous posts, but in a very serious manner. I choose to define and research the effects of family displacement among the families of Chernobyl and how that has changed not only their life, but their own generations to come. From the bumper cars, to the doll, and finally the classroom with the mural of the Simpsons, the same message that I have been trying to convey is present. I choose a picture of a Mary Go Round to summarize the effects of family displacement and what it meant to these families. The Mary Go Round symbolizes peace and harmony within the boundaries of family entertainment, but this isn’t an ordinary Mary Go Round, this once main attraction in this square is rusted and has been depleting all these years. And that same effect that is happening to that Mary Go Round is also happening to the families affected by the radioactive fallout. For example, in Belarus “85 percent of Belarusian children are deemed to be Chernobyl victims: they carry “genetic markers” that could affect their health at any time and can be passed on to the next generation.” (Facts & Figures, 2012) This is just one of many family displacement effects that will, and steadily affect that lives of millions for as long as they live. Not to mention that in Ukraine“6,000 children are born every year with genetic heart defects. More than 3,000 will die for lack of medical attention.” (Facts & Figures, 2012) Since there is a lack of medically trained people in countries affected by Chernobyl, many children and adults are left to die. They are being thrown away like garbage because the help needed isn’t there and most likely never will be. In relation to the book, the concept is nearly the same. In each and every waking second Marie Curie was involved with radioactive materials she was slowly dying. The Mary Go Round  represents Curie and the families, the main source was the Chernobyl fallout that made both parties wither away into darkness. Ever since the creation of radium and polonium for Curie, she slowly crippled away into a death that was certain, and same for her daughter. Marie and Irene both died fairly young, due to the constant involvement with this materials. And in result, left many families the same impact that these materials had on the Curies. Which was ultimately a disadvantaged and malicious life.

The ethical argument I choose to describe my topic is the Common Good Approach. Within this approach it states that it deals with the welfare of everyone and the quality of life they are experiencing. Even though the concept is true today, one segment of this approach clearly defines this disaster and family displacement. With that being said the idea of “the minority can suffer, but the majority are ok” describes displacement at Chernobyl perfectly. Many people have suffered from this disaster but most of the people affected have gone on to live healthy lives and persevered to success. Not all families can say this, but a majority can. Even though this disaster touch the lives of more than 17 million people, the families of that many people has sawed out new ways to live a healthy and pure life. This approach not only describes my topic, but has what my topic entails. The Common Good Approach clearly defines my topic with the simply concept of how it deals with the wellness of people. Including how it deals with how if some are lost in the battle to cure their wounds for life, then prosperity will regain footing again in the city of Chernobyl.

Mary Go Round

 

Works Cited

Chernobyl Facts. (2010). Retrieved from Chernobyl Statistics and Facts: http://www.chernobyl.com.ua/

Facts & Figures. (2012). Retrieved from Chernobyl Children International : http://www.chernobyl-international.com/about-chernobyl/facts-and-figures

Stone, R. (2010, April). Inside Chernobyl. Retrieved from National Geographic: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2006/04/inside-chernobyl/stone-text/1

 

 

Third Blog Post- Unit 2

Chernobyl Doll & Mask

 

For my third blog post, I wanted to pick a picture that incorporated what my topic is, family displacement, and the disaster that took place at Chernobyl. Out of all pictures I’ve seen related to the disaster, this one is the most powerful image I’ve seen. It shows a doll, a broken doll with a gas mask laying on top of it. Symbolizing the importance of how family displacement at the time of the disaster. It was incredibly hard, and stressful that families had no other way to inhale their future. I recently looked up some statistics of the Chernobyl disaster, and some were shocking to say the left. According to http://chernobyl.com.ua/ChernobylFacts.htm, the Chernobyl accident was equvialent to 500 nuclear bombs detonating at Hiroshima in 1945, and the disaster touch more than 17 million lives. Whether that was contaminating humans, or making people pick up their lives and move away from the zones of radiation.  To this very day, 1.8 million people living in Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus, are still defined as “contaminated”. The disaster happened nearly 30 years ago, and people are still suffering from radiation, and are living with the consequences. This picture also speaks volume in relation to my last post of bumper cars, which I said represented family life outside the home. This picture represents family life inside the home, and shows how life inside and outside the home has now been seriously affected from the disaster.

The affiliation between “Radioactive” and this picture, is somewhat along the lines of my second post. How Marie Curie’s discovery of nuclear elements affected her relation between her daughter, and the result of how families of Chernobyl received that same consequence. Marie never had a strong relationship with her daughter during her daughters childhood, and children of Chernobyl did not have a strong relationship with their ability to grow and become stronger as individuals. In other words, families at Chernobyl paid the ultimate price of this disaster. The picture shows a doll and a gas mask, and together the gas mask outweighs the doll in terms of how it affected the families. The doll shows happiness and the innocence of a child, but the gas mask shows death, and evil. As said by Mikhail Balonov the Chernobyl Forum scientific secretary in relation to the psychological effect of children and their families, “they are doomed, some live in fear, while others pursue a devil-may-care lifestyle: eating mushrooms and berries from contaminated soil, abusing alcohol, or engaging in unprotected promiscuous sex.” If picking up their lives and moving wasn’t enough, the aftermath was something no one ever expected. As some children became unstable, as most were extremely depressed and their only outlet was being a rebel.

 

 

First Image Assignment

Chernobyl Bumper Cars

 

I choose this image to symbolize the effect of family displacement during the catastrophe of Chernobyl in 1986. This image shows outdoor bumper cars that gave the city of Chernobyl the ability to enjoy in the leisure, but the said thing about it, is that they haven’t been used in over 25 years. Not only does it represent family displacement but it shows how what type of effect the meltdown had on the city-life activities Chernobyl had. At the time, Chernobyl inhabited 50,000 and not to mention the other 85,000 people that were also affected by the disaster. Pripyat was the main city that was affect but neighboring countries like Belize were also affected.

In relation to my topic of how Chernobyl impacted more families then any other nuclear meltdown in history, this image shows how the erosion and lost of environmental life that took a toll of the disaster. As you can see in the picture, the cars are eroded, the pavement have many cracks and uneven structure. In addition you can see that the the building holding providing shelter for this once lively arena has slowly rusted over in a brown-like color. Grass, weeds, and leaves cover the bumper car floor, grew through the pavement. It looks like almost right before the meltdown, inhabitants of Chernobyl were participating in this leisure game, you can see how in the front of the picture, two bumper cars went into a head on collision and in the back, four more are in pursuit of each other. It seems that the game was interrupted when the siren went off, and people scatter, leaving the last bumper car game ever to happen in that arena.

The connection between this image in relation to Radioactive, is expressed in why I choose this image. Bumper cars is a fun, easy, thrilling activity that many families experience during the growth and expansion of family relations. The affect of Marie Curie discovering many components in nuclear science (radium & polonium) had an effect on her family life, and thus effected this families. During her non-stop interaction with innovating nuclear aspects, she forgone her relationships she had with her daughter. As said in the book, Marie never had a strong relationship with her family until her daughter (Irene), both entered into WWI as nurses. Her lack of companionship with her daughter was due to her discovery of nuclear ingredients, that eventually had an effect on families of Chernobyl.

The determination of Marie Curie discovering nuclear components, and the result of them, both took a large toll on Marie Curie relationship with her daughter, and the families affected of Chernobyl.

RamPage Post 1

The topic that I have chosen to do my Unit 2 Assignment on is Chernobyl. The nuclear meltdown in Chernobyl, Ukraine was the largest catastrophe revolving nuclear energy and waste known to man. Within hours of the meltdown this once thriving town with nearly 15,000 inhabitants was abandoned. It turned into a ghost town over night and families were left nothing but yet a memory of the house they grew their families in. My sole question is how did the families transitioned from their lives of walking up everyday to a peaceful home with their loving family members to a new life that they had no other choice to endure.

Radioactive Reflective Essay

Radioactive presented many ideas and aspects to create questions around. Creating questions, my group made sure that it could be answered in multiple paragraphs and that it promoted my classmates to dig deep into the book. Meaning that the students had to analyze the book, rather than summarizing the book. The questions we made up did exactly that, looking over other questions on the exam, I feel that our questions were more along the lines of analyzing and not summarizing.

Once the questions were created and turned in, I then turned my focus onto preparing for the exam. I put most of my effort into understanding the factional information in the book, then began to analyze it. In class, during the presentations I saw that I was focusing more on basically the information that was given as I read. I didn’t analyze enough into the book, and suffered when I was giving my presentation. I then went back to the book and started to understand all aspects. Whether it was the colors of the pages, how the author describe certain events, or how events added up into the larger picture of the book. This left me extremely prepared for the exam, I just needed the perfect question that I could elaborate up to my full potential on.

Picking my question, I needed a question that would allow me to write to my full capacity regarding the book. As I said I was prepared for the exam and the question needed to be one that I was comfortable with. I picked the question along the lines of “Is the study of science unstable?” At first I didn’t fully understand what the question was asking. Was it asking was science unstable in the time period of Marie Currie? Or in the present? I chose to write about the time period of Marie Curie, because there are many examples in the book on how the study of Marie discovering radioactivity. I think I did well in answering this question, I elaborated most of my writing on the cause and effect on the discovery. The cause was the discovery and the effect was Marie slowly dying each and every time she grew closer and closer to radioactivity.

I felt very confident in the question that I chose, and now I just needed to answer it. As I previously expressed I focus most of my writing on the cause and effect of radioactivity regarding Marie Curie. The question didn’t really ask was the study of science unstable with Marie Curie, but I felt as if she was the catalyst in how I can answer the question. There are other examples in the book that I could extract from, but I couldn’t pass up on how the unstable processes Marie endured not to be elaborated about. When I started to write, I felt that it went smoothly and I was overwhelmed with information that I talked about. In result the answering of the question to my full potential left me very happy with how I wrote my essay.