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Community Engagement

Fall 2016

Week 5 : Marthe

Hi there, here is an overview of my thoughts on the articles. I have no clue if this is what we strive for but I just wrote down my unfiltered thoughts.

The article of Jensen to me is about schooling and how this makes us into similar human beings. This is indeed very interesting. In my opinion, the American university system has a paradox,  one one hand they try to promote and show variety in their offering of many clubs and extracurricular activities for different students with different backgrounds, ambitions and interests, whereas at the same time they synthese their academics into one input and output: giving out material to study and testing it without designing space to criticize and reflect on what we are actually studying. Shouldn’t our academic system reflect society, in which there are indeed many differences and many different opinions. A society in which we have to deal with people who might think extremely different about various topics.

The Drum Major Instinct to me is about everyone’s underlying wish to be better off which strengthens sense of superiority, the idea that the grass is always greener at the other side. The reason why we use the concept FOMO and what really affects us in daily life.The Lovers of the Poor talks about philantrophy. It is really popular for Western-European young woman to take a gap year helping out at a foster care in a third world country. It has long been proven that social work in those centers is not good for the children at all. They’re newly build relationships are only temporary and there are often language and culture differences.Why do we still do those things? Why do we want to ‘do good’.Do we do those things to do good or to feel good about ourselves. Isn’t being or doing intrinsically good only possible once we do not need to engage in such activities to feel good about ourselves.The Lesson talks about differences. Differences in backgrounds, financial situations etc. and especially the inequities these provoke.

What in my opinion binds and connects these three articles is the will to pursue our happiness to a maximum. Whatever financial or educational possibilities we have we always want to feel good or be better. Are there differences in society because people try to do this but some people had the possibilities to pursue there happiness over other people? All three of the articles talk about inequity: your drum major instinct makes you want to create an inequity, in the lovers of the poor the inequity is trying to be bridged but not tried to be diminished – maybe holded back by drum major instinct, because if we diminish differences no one can feels better than the other -, in the lesson we see the inequity between social classes and accompanied financial possibilities.

 

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Week 5: Fatima

I liked the quick story. It really brings to light the harsh comparison between the wealthy and poor within a few pages. It describes that crucial moment in which someone realizes they are not part of a form of lifestyle that can afford $1000 toys.

Derrick Jensen: Schooling; Gwendolyn Brooks: Philanthropy; Martin Luther King Jr.: Cultural Conditioning in a Capitalist Culture

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