“Beautiful Souls” – Defying the Group

Eyal Press presents another great example of going against the grain by using Aco, a Serbian man. He was apart of a nation that “struck churches, waters, factories… monasteries” (Press 47). They showed no mercy. Turmoil reeked amongst the Croatian and Serbian civilizations, and the Croatian people were like putty in the hands of the…

Vaclav Havel – “The Power of the Powerless”

Vaclav Havel’s “The Power of the Powerless” shows the innate lack of power that humans possess. When we are born, we are in constant need of help- help to eat, to be cleaned, etc. As we get older, our lack of power oscillates into the way we perform in society. How do we live in…

Stanley Milgram – “The Perils of Obedience”

Stanley Milgram gives a great example of a dystopia in his writing, “The Perils of Obedience”. Milgram believes that “obedience… is a requirement of all communal living”, which is true, but in slight opposition to de Waal’s idea of community (154). De Waal leans toward the act of reconciliation of others to solve issues, but…

Robert Pinskys – “Shirt”

With the description of a shirt with “nearly invisible stitches along the collar”, Robert Pinsky’s leads his readers to an elaborate and colorful explanation of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire (Pinskys 49). From the beginning of Pinsky’s poem, he subtly highlights the use of global labor when mentioning the Koreans and Malaysians. Instead of focusing…

How Can We Enhance the Fountain?

On February 10, 2017, our class split into different groups. There was a group specifically focusing on Geo-tags/Geocaching/Scavenger Hunts, an event group, and one harping on the advertisement of the fountain’s beauty (pamphlets, website, signs, plaques, etc.). The 50 minutes that we used in class to brainstorm was both successful and fun. From my idea…

Peace Fountain Brainstorm

When the idea of the Peace Fountain Project was brought up in class, I absolutely fell in love with it. I’ve been thinking about the prompt since it was given to us. I definitely would like to create a social media page to highlight the Fountain’s essentials, also providing some info in the captions. Our…

Stephanie Kaza – “Healing the Earth”

Stephanie Kaza’s, Healing the Earth, provides readers with brief insight of the caring nature of the Buddhist culture. Understanding that our Earth, as well as our body, withstands some type of turmoil each day, Kaza utilizes Buddhist teachings to educate readers on how to “move forward toward any hope of sustainability” (Kaza 62). While reading, it…

“The Lesson” – Toni Bambara

Throughout The Lesson, Toni Bambara’s use of profane vernacular and hostility sets the tone by allowing the reader to step in the scene of the socioeconomic instability that the characters are living in. It has been pointed out that when Bambara’s story is read, readers get the idea that she is trying to portray the…

Farid Esack – “On Being a Social Being”

The prompt given was: A Mercer on Mission trip which helps human trafficking victims in Thailand seems like a great way to build community. Why would Esack have a problem with this kind of work? What does he want to see instead? Esack begins his writing by explaining the Muslim religion in regards to their…

Shane Claiborne – “Irresistible Revolution” – Chapters 6 – 11

Growing up in a Christian family, where we faithfully attended church, Shane’s analyzation of Jesus and the Christian view of economics, most importantly in these chapters, the relationship between money and love is quite understandable. There has been many times where I’ve heard the scripture from 1 Timothy 6:9-11 that reads, “But those who desire…