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For the first lesson, I chose the principles be willing to do what others won’t and be better tomorrow than you are today. I chose be willing to do what others won’t because I sometimes avoid certain tasks, believing that i’m not capable of completing them, and they are out of my comfort zone. By being willing to do tasks that others won’t I will grow more as a leader and become more reliable. I chose be better tomorrow than you are today because this is essentially my main goal in life. I strive to improve every day, and ironically, I could improve on improving every day. Being willing to what others won’t relates to talons because during our leadership projects, cultural events, and adventure trips, we are often faced with difficult tasks, but for these events to succeed someone has to step up and do what others won’t. being better than you are today related to talons because a huge part of the talons program is trying to improve yourself as a leader and a person.

 

For the second lesson, I chose the leadership principles let the best idea win and be a friend. I chose let the best idea win because sometimes I place my idea ahead of others simply because it is my idea. This clouds my judgement, and I see only one right idea, even if it isn’t or if there is a better idea. I chose be a friend because I think that I could improve on being more open with others and showing sympathy and empathy for them. Being a friend relates to talons because we are a  close group, and since we are so close, it is important that we are friendly with one another and help each other out. Let the best idea win relates to talons because we have a lot of group projects, and of course a lot of different ideas for those projects. we like to debate and argue our own ideas bu it is best for the group if we let the best idea, rather than our own win so we can grow more and be more successful

 

For the third and final lesson, I chose the principles model behaviour and see everyone as a 10. I chose model behaviour because I could improve a lot in this area. It is important to model the behaviour you want from others because if you don’t, others likely won’t take you and your ideals very seriously. I chose seeing everyone as a 10 because I don’t always treat others like they are a 10, so I could implement this principle into my leadership style to help boost the attitude and self esteem of those who i’m leading. Model behaviour relates to talons because when we are leading, we need to model good behaviour so that others will follow along, especially during adventure trips, leadership projects, and cultural events. Seeing everyone as a 10 relates to talons because we are all working together to succeed and in order to succeed, we need to have a good attitude. seeing everyone as a 10 plays a big part in making sure everyone has a good attitude and high self esteem. Seeing everyone as a 10 also helps us see and treat each other as equals.

Wizard of Earthsea blog post #1

The statement that I agree with most is that people are their worst enemies. traits such as perfectionism and procrastination lead are self destructive and lead to people either not getting work done or becoming obsessed with making everything perfect. this can in turn lead to us isolating people which further hurts us in the long term. additionally, the decisions that we make can impact us negatively. If someone decides to skip work for a day, then they might be fired, which has profound consequences on their life. Another way that we are our own worst enemies is our greed and selfishness. Everyone, to some extent, expresses these traits, and when they are expressed too strongly, then they can damage our own well being. If we spend too much time caring about ourselves, then we won’t care about others, who in turn won’t care about us, so then when we go to them and ask for help, they will ignore us. The majority of the bad things that happen in our lives are directly or indirectly caused by us personally, which is why I believe the statement that people are their own worst enemies to be true.

Eminent Introduction

“I never had to choose a subject – my subject rather chose me.”

Ernest Miller Hemingway, my eminent person for 2018, is considered one of the greatest authors of all time. His Iceberg Theory influenced modern literature by showing authors that it wasn’t necessary to provide a great amount of detail in order to make a good story. His influences on literature can still be felt today, as his writing style is one of the most popular in the world. He was also a pacifist at a time when the world was war hungry, boldly going against the standards of the time. His writing provided a voice to the lost generation, who were tired of war and dreamed of a world where they could live in peace. His writings brought hope to this generation and contributed to the eventual manifestation of their dream. I believe that the legacy that Hemingway left behind will be remembered for decades to come as they have touched so many people in so many ways. His style will still be practiced because it is one of the most well-known and successful ever developed.

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Hemingway did face many challenges in achieving his status as a literary legend. He struggled with mental illness throughout his adult life, caused by a mix of alcoholism and concussions. He also struggled to maintain relationships, especially romantic, due to a fear of abandonment which caused him to leave his wives because he was paranoid that they would leave him. Hemingway dealt with his illness through drinking and by constantly moving, allowing him to leave his friends and partners before they could leave him. Hemingway wanted loyalty but was so afraid of abandonment that he could never pledge his loyalty to anyone else. Ernest Hemingway is worth researching and remembering because of the valuable lessons that he taught us. Hemingway taught us to be bold, to have patience, and that being successful does not mean conforming to social norms. 

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I am drawn to Hemingway mainly by his unconventional views and life. For someone so famous to be so different from everyone else was rare and often despised by the public, yet Hemingway maintained a respectable reputation throughout his life. This showcases one of the qualities I most admire about Hemingway; his boldness. Hemingway never hid his beliefs from others and was always willing to defend both his beliefs and the beliefs of others. A quality of Hemingway’s that I wish to emulate is his patience. As he once said, “I never had to choose a subject – my subject rather chose me.” Hemingway took his time with all his work, making sure that it was all done to his impeccable standards.

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I may not be as patient as Hemingway, as I feel like I’m trying to rush through life a lot of the time, but I would like to slow down and develop the same patience that he had. Hemingway was always raising the bar for himself and his work, and I think this is very relevant to one of my overarching goals during my time in the Talons program. My goal is to always be improving, and Ernest Hemingway is the embodiment of this goal. I am similar to Hemingway in many ways, but I face a couple of barriers in portraying him. The Table below shows some of the similarities and differences between Ernest Hemingway and myself.

Ernest Hemingway Jackson Cyr
male male
Caucasian, American Caucasian, Canadian
Spent most of life in eastern U.S., Europe, and Cuba Spent entire life in western Canada
Upper class Middle class
Lived in a period of war and instability Lives in a time of peace
Pacifist Pacifist
Had a passion for the outdoors Has a passion for the outdoors
Had Married parents Has divorced parents

He was an upper-class citizen his entire life, whereas I am middle-class, so I have not had the same financial experiences that he had. He also lived in many different places throughout his life, while I have only ever lived in Coquitlam, again providing me with different experiences than Hemingway had. I will address these barriers in my speech by focusing more on his characteristics and personality than his actual living conditions. My next goal in researching the life of Ernest Hemingway will be trying to find someone who knew him and interviewing them to gain more firsthand knowledge of his life.

How might we begin to reject the single stories in our lives?

In the digital era it is very easy to be flooded with stories and stereotypes. With this overwhelming amount of information, it is easy to base our knowledge on just one story, but, as Chimamanda says, it is dangerous to buy into a single story, because then you only get a part of the whole picture. This is why we need to reject single stories. We can do this by looking at multiple sources before reaching a perspective on a topic. However, when we are only exposed to single stories, we begin to buy into them. A good example of this is when Chimamanda recalled her early writing about white, British or American characters. She did not write about them by choice, but rather because she “did not know people like her could exist in literature” (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2009). If she had access to African literature as well, then her stories probably would have featured a mix of British and African characters and culture. We must also avoid buying into the stereotypes of our own communities, as they can be just as dangerous. This is best exemplified by Chimamanda’s story from her time studying abroad in the United States, at a time when illegal immigration was a prominent topic. She bought into the single story that all illegal immigrants were lazy and criminal. She decided to visit Mexico, and was surprised that there were hardworking Mexicans, who demonstrated traits and behaviours similar to those of typical Americans. Although some Mexicans may fit the stereotype, listening to the single story that says that all Mexicans fit one stereotype would make us think that all Mexicans are lazy and criminal. None of this means that we should avoid single stories altogether, and we must remember that the personal biases of an author will always be reflected in their writing, so we should look at multiple sources before coming to a conclusion.

Independent Novel Study: Response #1

In the first scene, I was very unimpressed with the meekness of Jim Hawkins, especially when he let the old sailor walk all over him and demand things without paying. I was, however, impressed by how he protected his mother when the inn was ransacked by marauders. This scene revealed that one of the weaknesses of Jim is his meekness, as he is still young and has not yet learned how to stand up for himself. It also revealed that he is very curious, as he is very interested in the tales of the old sailor. Jim wants to help his mother and fears the friends of the sailor coming and causing trouble at the inn. Jim has an internal conflict, as he wants to maintain order at the inn, but fears the sailor, as he is very unpredictable, as shown when Jim says “there were nights when he took a great deal more rum and water than his head would carry (…) and force all the trembling company to listen to his stories or bear a chorus to his singing” (11). There is not much development of Jim in this scene, but he does become a bit more confident when he is protecting his mother, which seems quite realistic. I don’t agree with Jim’s actions, as they appear cowardly, but I think if he was more confident than he could be a role model. I can connect with Jim because he doubts himself and lacks self-confidence. I have also doubted myself in the past, and when I have felt unconfident, I have asked for support from those close to me, as Jim does with his parents. Jim’s main conflict is with the sailor, as he lures bad people to the inn and poses a threat to his stability, and I think that he goes about dealing with this conflict too softly. I would directly confront the sailor instead and force him to leave.

Theory Wars

 

The lens that provides the best understanding of Star Wars: A New Hope by George Lucas is social power. The film generally focuses on conflict between the Imperials, or the upper class, and the Rebels, or the lower class. The difference in class between the Imperials and the Rebels is made very clear in many ways throughout the film. The Imperials are very uniform and organized, and have clean, shiny clothing, whereas the Rebels are disorganized, and wear mismatched, dirty clothing. This shows a clear difference in financial capability, as the Rebels cannot even afford to buy matching uniforms for their soldiers. The Imperials also have sleek, futuristic weapons and large fleets of clean, powerful ships while the rebels have old, dirty ships and out of date weapons. The Imperials also demonstrate their economic superiority to the rebels when they use their new weapon, the death star, to destroy the planet of Alderaan. The social power lens allows us to have a deeper understanding of the factors that influence a class struggle, and how the upper and lower class interact with and influence one another. Using this lens showed me how the empire uses fear to fear to control the lower classes, as shown when they used the destruction of Alderaan to scare the Rebels.  I also learned how economically and technologically outclassed the Rebels are, as in previous viewings I didn’t notice how scraggly the Rebels truly are. Additionally, I noticed how great the divide between the upper and lower class is. Most of the characters in the film who are lower class wear rags and are forced to live in uncomfortable environments, while the upper class has much more extravagant clothing and have the privilege of choosing where they live. I can conclude with the thematic statement that economic privilege often makes us feel less vulnerable than we truly are.

 

Independent Investigation #2

How did the War of 1812 help unify Canada?

Historical significance:

When war broke out, Canadians were united in their distaste towards the war, as they saw it as a conflict between Britain and America, since Britain had put economic sanctions on America that aggravated Americans and pushed them into war. Canada had had no input in this decision, and so when they were invaded, they were very upset as they had done nothing to aggravate the Americans, and had to fight a war that wasn’t theirs. Britain forcing Canada into a war unnecessary for the Canadians can be seen as the turning point in Canada confederating in 1867, as they no longer wanted Britain to control their political system. Although this war is seen as a smaller war in the rest of the world, in Canada it holds extreme significance because it united Canadians and had a major role in Canada becoming an independent nation.

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Continuity and Change:

After the American Revolution, Canada was Europe’s bridge to the new world, and during the war of 1812, the British put this bridge into the line of fire of the Americans. Canadians were angry at the Americans for invading them even though the sanctions that caused the war of 1812 were imposed by the British. The Canadians were also upset with Britain for using them to fight the war, but as the majority of Canadians were loyalists, this was somewhat forgiven and is why the Canadians didn’t try to join America in violently separating from Britain. Our lives as Canadians are quite similar to this today, as we serve as the bridge between the United States and Europe, and have been somewhat forced into this position due to our close relations with each party. Our conditions have changed, however, because there has been a reversal in the balance of power between America and England, and they are no longer enemies.

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Cause and Consequence:

The unifying effect that the war of 1812 had on Canada was mainly caused by Canadians shared distaste of war and the fact that they were all fighting under one flag to protect their homeland. Canadians had never had to fight for their country before, and were all trying to accomplish their goals on their own. The war presented an opportunity for Canadians to bond and connect over these new common interests, and the consequences from this newfound unity would be felt by the British all the way up until 1867, when Canada confederated and became its own country.

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Historical Perspective(s):

The War of 1812 was viewed in three different major perspectives. There was the Canadian perspective, which was that the war was unnecessary and was more of a conflict between Britain and America. There was the British perspective, which was that the Americans should be punished for their actions over the past few decades, and there was the American perspective. Their perspective was that the sanctions placed on them by the British were unjust and that since Canada was a British colony, they would invade as a response to these sanctions.

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Ethical judgement:

The effects of The War of 1812 on Canada’s unity is partially fair by the standards of the time, as if looked at from an American perspective, Britain forcing Canada into a war would totally justify them to unite and start to seek independence, from a British perspective, they had every right to force one of their colonies into war against an enemy and that should not justify them seeking independence.

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Social studies inquiry processes:

I can conclude, based on my research, that the war of 1812 played a large part in establishing unity and identity among Canadians because they were given a common enemy to fight to protect their land. It also sparked the beginning of secession from Britain because the Canadians were upset over being forced into a British war that they had no interest in.