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My G.P. Literature teacher gives us two "journal questions" every day we see him. We have to answer them as best we can, and then some people can share them with the class if they want. I wanted to see how people might respond to these types of ideas. I typed them up and just printed them out to give to him. I'd like to hear your thoughts on these. P.S. One of these, I already posted the (basic) skeleton of in a thread. I've put it in here too, because I've made it a bit more specific and some people might not have seen it before. P.P.S. Some of these might not apply to you, depending on how old you are. Tell me your thoughts! G. P. Literature 22 October 2007

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1. If you could leave school now and never come back, would you? Why or why not? 2. You are one of the most successful people in the world. You and your family are selected for a special project: They, along with much of the human race, will board a giant spaceship. Your ship will head to the closest star and try to colonize planets there. You will never see anyone from Earth again as long as you live. Do you agree to it? Why or why not? 3. You have spent your entire life building a worldwide Utopian nation. Everybody loves you. You serve your term as leader and resign. The next leader is a tyrant. He kills people at random and is generally hated by the majority. There’s an extremely violent movement that forms to bring this tyrant down. Do you join the movement and wipe out this wonderful nation to get rid of the leader at all costs? Do you join the tyrant and destroy the movement, then hope to change his/her mind and restore your nation? Or do you stay back in the shadows and stand idly by? Why? 4. You are about to die. What is your last wish? Why is it worth it to you? 5. You have two options given to you by a trillionaire. Before hearing the options, you are sent to a massive prison complex. Thousands of people are behind held there in horrible conditions, and many are innocent of their crimes. You can: A. Take all the trillionaire’s money and live as you wish for the rest of your life. The prisoners will be executed. Or B. Take your life as you have it and attempt to free the prisoners (Note that there is a very small chance of this being accomplished). Which do you choose? Why? 6. You are at the mercy of a group of criminals who have broken into your home and are holding you at gunpoint. Police are nearby, within earshot, but do not yet know of the break-in. The criminals decide that you must be killed to prevent their discovery. They give you two choices in this matter. You can: A. Take a cyanide pill and die quietly, with no pain, or B. They will shoot you once in each arm, each leg, and the stomach, and you will die very slowly and painfully. If you choose option B, the police will be alerted and they will stop these criminals from doing harm to anyone else. Which do you choose? Why? 7. If you want, you can exchange your life with a popular/powerful person, such as the leader of a country or a celebrity. Do you choose to do this? Why or why not?




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#2 11 years ago

wow.... thats a lot for 14 year old to handle....


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wjlasloThe2nd;3993005 1. If you could leave school now and never come back, would you? Why or why not? [/quote] Yeah I would leave. The same people who gave us our corrupted governments, religious institutions and political policies also gave us those same educational facilities.
wjlasloThe2nd;3993005 2. You are one of the most successful people in the world. You and your family are selected for a special project: They, along with much of the human race, will board a giant spaceship. Your ship will head to the closest star and try to colonize planets there. You will never see anyone from Earth again as long as you live. Do you agree to it? Why or why not?[/quote] No I wouldn’t agree. I want to die where I was born, and by that I don’t mean the same exact same location, but at the most the same continent and thereby planet. Besides, I want no part in helping to infect other planets with the human virus.

wjlasloThe2nd;3993005 3. You have spent your entire life building a worldwide Utopian nation. Everybody loves you. You serve your term as leader and resign.

The next leader is a tyrant. He kills people at random and is generally hated by the majority. There’s an extremely violent movement that forms to bring this tyrant down. Do you join the movement and wipe out this wonderful nation to get rid of the leader at all costs? Do you join the tyrant and destroy the movement, then hope to change his/her mind and restore your nation? Or do you stay back in the shadows and stand idly by? Why?[/quote] Stand back and watch. I like watching people and societies left to their own devices, sink or swim. Mob mentalities kick ass, as people finally show they’re true mammalian colors “sheeple”.

wjlasloThe2nd;3993005 4. You are about to die. What is your last wish? Why is it worth it to you?

I have no last wish, that’s what my ‘will’ is for. [quote=wjlasloThe2nd;3993005] 5. You have two options given to you by a trillionaire. Before hearing the options, you are sent to a massive prison complex. Thousands of people are behind held there in horrible conditions, and many are innocent of their crimes.

You can: A. Take all the trillionaire’s money and live as you wish for the rest of your life. The prisoners will be executed. Or B. Take your life as you have it and attempt to free the prisoners (Note that there is a very small chance of this being accomplished). Which do you choose?

I’d keep the money, and hire Blackwater Mercenaries and resolve the problem and the instigators of it be they families, working men and women or whatever. Armchair war games with real world consequences. By making an example of them, and anyone connected to them, it would thwart it’s repetition. [quote=wjlasloThe2nd;3993005] 6. You are at the mercy of a group of criminals who have broken into your home and are holding you at gunpoint. Police are nearby, within earshot, but do not yet know of the break-in. The criminals decide that you must be killed to prevent their discovery. They give you two choices in this matter.

You can: A. Take a cyanide pill and die quietly, with no pain, or B. They will shoot you once in each arm, each leg, and the stomach, and you will die very slowly and painfully. If you choose option B, the police will be alerted and they will stop these criminals from doing harm to anyone else. Which do you choose? Why?

Unreal question or rather poorly defined. There are always choices, and by the vagueness of this question I’d expect rushing them, screaming your lungs out, using nearby objects as weapons or shields. Doing whatever it takes to survive.

Anyone who would choose A, deserves no less then A and perhaps more. [quote=wjlasloThe2nd;3993005] 7. If you want, you can exchange your life with a popular/powerful person, such as the leader of a country or a celebrity. Do you choose to do this? Why or why not?

I wouldn’t swap places with anyone. I’m me, and me and myself have to much history with one another to just abandon all of that.




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1. If you could leave school now and never come back, would you? Why or why not?

I would not leave school, I much rather get an education. It's all fine and dandy being a typical teenager and not wanting to go to school, time catches up with you and then soon you will not have the right skills to get a job, what with the ever advancing world humans will not be needed as much for labour, we will be doing desk and mind jobs. People with out an education will become usless. It is better for you to stay in school, school helps builds your personailty and opinions and helps you socialy and of course gives you a good education!

2. You are one of the most successful people in the world. You and your family are selected for a special project: They, along with much of the human race, will board a giant spaceship. Your ship will head to the closest star and try to colonize planets there. You will never see anyone from Earth again as long as you live. Do you agree to it? Why or why not?

I have mixed opinions, it is good for mankind to colonize the stars. But I dont think alot of people would like to be the ones to do this. I'd much rather go out for a vist then leave Earth for the rest of my life and miss its beauty and glory. Of course I also believe that if Earth turned into an apocolipse, chaotic planet with war and famine, I would choose to live manly because Earth would be lost and it would be time for a fresh start.

3. You have spent your entire life building a worldwide Utopian nation. Everybody loves you. You serve your term as leader and resign. The next leader is a tyrant. He kills people at random and is generally hated by the majority. There’s an extremely violent movement that forms to bring this tyrant down. Do you join the movement and wipe out this wonderful nation to get rid of the leader at all costs? Do you join the tyrant and destroy the movement, then hope to change his/her mind and restore your nation? Or do you stay back in the shadows and stand idly by? Why?

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ I would fight for a cause, if a country has been taken over by a tyrant I would become a revolutionest and fight for the people, not politians and corruption. Even if I would die, I would not care, knowing that I have done somthing great and done somthing for the people. Of course it would also bring the country into dispear, seeing as the government and the military would be quite destoryed and all government things would have gone into chaos.

4. You are about to die. What is your last wish? Why is it worth it to you?

My last wish is that mankind would find some way of finding peace and stop relgious wars and just for atleast one day, come together and share cultures, no hate or revenge. Just forget everything for a while and just come together out of friendship amd respect for fellow human. I would like this because maybe it would stop the end of wars and show people we are all human.

5. You have two options given to you by a trillionaire. Before hearing the options, you are sent to a massive prison complex. Thousands of people are behind held there in horrible conditions, and many are innocent of their crimes. You can: A. Take all the trillionaire’s money and live as you wish for the rest of your life. The prisoners will be executed. Or B. Take your life as you have it and attempt to free the prisoners (Note that there is a very small chance of this being accomplished). Which do you choose? Why?

I would take the money in all respects, using this I could bust the innocents out of the prison, aiding those who where innocent and keeping the ones who where not in jail. I would do this because I know how it feels to be accused of somthing that you never did and its quite distressing.

6. You are at the mercy of a group of criminals who have broken into your home and are holding you at gunpoint. Police are nearby, within earshot, but do not yet know of the break-in. The criminals decide that you must be killed to prevent their discovery. They give you two choices in this matter. You can: A. Take a cyanide pill and die quietly, with no pain, or B. They will shoot you once in each arm, each leg, and the stomach, and you will die very slowly and painfully. If you choose option B, the police will be alerted and they will stop these criminals from doing harm to anyone else. Which do you choose? Why?

I'd take the rounds. I have a high chance of surviving seeing as they are only my arms and legs, they can heal including the stomach. It will get the police attenchion as well.

7. If you want, you can exchange your life with a popular/powerful person, such as the leader of a country or a celebrity. Do you choose to do this? Why or why not?

I do not want to be someone I am not. If you choose the wrong person you could cause great chaos to a family or even countries. It's best to stay who you are and not want to be someone else, wanting to be someone would just leave you into jealousy and that is a bad path to follow.




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wjlasloThe2nd;39930051. If you could leave school now and never come back, would you? Why or why not?[/quote]

No. I've just started the non-compulsory stage of education, and it's absolutely great.

wjlasloThe2nd;39930052. You are one of the most successful people in the world. You and your family are selected for a special project: They, along with much of the human race, will board a giant spaceship. Your ship will head to the closest star and try to colonize planets there. You will never see anyone from Earth again as long as you live. Do you agree to it? Why or why not?[/quote]

Depends on if I am likely to live long enough to arrive at the destination. If yes, I would definitely accept. I would be part of the next era, and a big part at that.

Otherwise, no. I wouldn't want to see long hours aboard a spaceship come to nothing.

wjlasloThe2nd;39930053. You have spent your entire life building a worldwide Utopian nation. Everybody loves you. You serve your term as leader and resign. The next leader is a tyrant. He kills people at random and is generally hated by the majority. There’s an extremely violent movement that forms to bring this tyrant down. Do you join the movement and wipe out this wonderful nation to get rid of the leader at all costs? Do you join the tyrant and destroy the movement, then hope to change his/her mind and restore your nation? Or do you stay back in the shadows and stand idly by? Why?[/quote]

This has been asked before, and my answer is the same. I'd attempt to either assasinate the leader (as this should mean minimum collateral damage, which seems different to the other rebel group's methods), or form my own group.

wjlasloThe2nd;39930054. You are about to die. What is your last wish? Why is it worth it to you?

I guess it would be that I be remembered for something good. It doesn't matter who by. But I've only put minimal thought into this. [quote=wjlasloThe2nd;3993005]5. You have two options given to you by a trillionaire. Before hearing the options, you are sent to a massive prison complex. Thousands of people are behind held there in horrible conditions, and many are innocent of their crimes. You can: A. Take all the trillionaire’s money and live as you wish for the rest of your life. The prisoners will be executed. Or B. Take your life as you have it and attempt to free the prisoners (Note that there is a very small chance of this being accomplished). Which do you choose? Why?

Take the money, use it to free the prisoners. Money is extremely powerful in these circumstances. [quote=wjlasloThe2nd;3993005]6. You are at the mercy of a group of criminals who have broken into your home and are holding you at gunpoint. Police are nearby, within earshot, but do not yet know of the break-in. The criminals decide that you must be killed to prevent their discovery. They give you two choices in this matter. You can: A. Take a cyanide pill and die quietly, with no pain, or B. They will shoot you once in each arm, each leg, and the stomach, and you will die very slowly and painfully. If you choose option B, the police will be alerted and they will stop these criminals from doing harm to anyone else. Which do you choose? Why?

The second option. But I'm not under pressure while making the decision - if I was my answer might be different. [quote=wjlasloThe2nd;3993005]7. If you want, you can exchange your life with a popular/powerful person, such as the leader of a country or a celebrity. Do you choose to do this? Why or why not?

Dunno. I don't think I'd want to right now.




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1. If you could leave school now and never come back, would you? Why or why not?

[INDENT]I'm studying for my Masters degree at the moment and I spent most of my 'school' years not going to school anyway. I did go back for a couple of years to do my A Levels and most of it was the biggest waste of time it's ever been my displeasure to endure. Just the same the school paid for me to take my A Levels so I wouldn't have left.[/INDENT]

2. You are one of the most successful people in the world. You and your family are selected for a special project: They, along with much of the human race, will board a giant spaceship. Your ship will head to the closest star and try to colonize planets there. You will never see anyone from Earth again as long as you live. Do you agree to it? Why or why not? [INDENT]Fuck yes. I don't see most of the human race anyway, what does it matter to me if I'm not seeing them on earth or if I'm not seeing them on some distant planet?[/INDENT]

3. You have spent your entire life building a worldwide Utopian nation. Everybody loves you. You serve your term as leader and resign.

The next leader is a tyrant. He kills people at random and is generally hated by the majority. There’s an extremely violent movement that forms to bring this tyrant down. Do you join the movement and wipe out this wonderful nation to get rid of the leader at all costs? Do you join the tyrant and destroy the movement, then hope to change his/her mind and restore your nation? Or do you stay back in the shadows and stand idly by? Why?

[INDENT]Surely if my nation was such a utopia it would prevent the person from gaining this sort of power in the first place... That said I wouldn't be prepared to let some piss ant moron break something I'd worked for so I'd join the movement. If I were the sort of person to have helped create such a nation in the first place which I'm probably not.[/INDENT] 4. You are about to die. What is your last wish? Why is it worth it to you?

[INDENT]That there is a good afterlife that we all go to. I guess the reason is I'm scared of a Christian or comparable god existing. Though I think I've done alright by my own morals I think that such creatures are fundamentally immoral by nature and that the afterlife they'd give to most people on earth would be eternal torture or servitude to some twisted will. At the same time I don't want to cease to exist either and I'd like it to be a good afterlife since, well if the nature of the place wasn't fundamentally good then putting humans in it would just recreate earth, forever, and I don't particularly fancy that either.[/INDENT] 5. You have two options given to you by a trillionaire. Before hearing the options, you are sent to a massive prison complex. Thousands of people are behind held there in horrible conditions, and many are innocent of their crimes. You can: A. Take all the trillionaire’s money and live as you wish for the rest of your life. The prisoners will be executed. Or B. Take your life as you have it and attempt to free the prisoners (Note that there is a very small chance of this being accomplished). Which do you choose? Why? [INDENT]A. I could do much more good with the money than I could by taking an almost negligable chance to free a bunch of prisoners. [/INDENT]

6. You are at the mercy of a group of criminals who have broken into your home and are holding you at gunpoint. Police are nearby, within earshot, but do not yet know of the break-in. The criminals decide that you must be killed to prevent their discovery. They give you two choices in this matter. You can: A. Take a cyanide pill and die quietly, with no pain, or B. They will shoot you once in each arm, each leg, and the stomach, and you will die very slowly and painfully. If you choose option B, the police will be alerted and they will stop these criminals from doing harm to anyone else. Which do you choose? Why? [INDENT]B. I'm a bloody minded bastard and if I'm going to hell I want to drag whoever's sending me there down with me. It'd hurt like fuck, assuming I died from the wounds for a moment. But at least I'd die taking some people out with me.[/INDENT]

7. If you want, you can exchange your life with a popular/powerful person, such as the leader of a country or a celebrity. Do you choose to do this? Why or why not?

[INDENT]Nope. If I exchanged my life with them I would no longer be me. Ergo I would be commiting suicide by doing so which sort of defeats the point of changing my life with them in the first place. I choose to exist which is something I can only do as me.[/INDENT]




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#7 11 years ago

1. No... 2. It depends, what are these planets like? If they are desolate and lifeless despite being capable of supporting life, then no I wouldn't want to go and leave the beauty of this world behind for a dirt ball. 3. Forge my own movement and work my way up bicariously through friends in the government, slowly gaining allegiances until I would by able to strike down the enemy. If everybody loves me, then it can't be that hard, can it? 4. That God forgives me of my sins and that I am sincere enough. Other than that, I'd wish that my life did something to better the world 5. Take the chance, I can't accept any more guilt at this point, I would try to free the prisoners, and steal the money with the riot. 6. Take the shots, I'd want them not to be able to do the same to others 7. It depends, if you keep my conscious state, but transfered bodies, then maybe, it'd at least solve some of my physical limitations. However I'd never want to place those horrors on someone else.




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wjlasloThe2nd;3993005 1. If you could leave school now and never come back, would you? Why or why not?

Well, ideally I would like to as I know with the level of knowledge I have now I could perform a good job right now, but I know that without a degree no one would likely hire me so I would have to answer no to this question.

2. You are one of the most successful people in the world. You and your family are selected for a special project: They, along with much of the human race, will board a giant spaceship. Your ship will head to the closest star and try to colonize planets there. You will never see anyone from Earth again as long as you live. Do you agree to it? Why or why not?

As long as I have my loved ones with me, and they agree to it as well then definitely. All I need is my family(I'm assuming wife and children sort of thing going on here) and I would LOVE to explore space, even if I only ever see the insides of the ship and never reach my destination.

3. You have spent your entire life building a worldwide Utopian nation. Everybody loves you. You serve your term as leader and resign.

The next leader is a tyrant. He kills people at random and is generally hated by the majority. There’s an extremely violent movement that forms to bring this tyrant down. Do you join the movement and wipe out this wonderful nation to get rid of the leader at all costs? Do you join the tyrant and destroy the movement, then hope to change his/her mind and restore your nation? Or do you stay back in the shadows and stand idly by? Why?I'm done with the world at this point. I would step back and find a nice quiet place to live the rest of my life in solitude in the wilderness. If he personally tries to screw with me then I would join the resistance at that point. Call it self serving, but I accomplished more good in this situation then anyone else, so I have no obligation to put my neck on the line AGAIN for this supposedly Utopian society that is stupid enough to elect a tyrant.

4. You are about to die. What is your last wish? Why is it worth it to you?

To live forever. for obvious reason. Though assuming I can't have this I would request to see space at least once. I want to see Earth in all it's beauty, without seeing the face of war, hatred, and corruption by looking down upon it from space.

5. You have two options given to you by a trillionaire. Before hearing the options, you are sent to a massive prison complex. Thousands of people are behind held there in horrible conditions, and many are innocent of their crimes.
You can: A. Take all the trillionaire’s money and live as you wish for the rest of your life. The prisoners will be executed. Or B. Take your life as you have it and attempt to free the prisoners (Note that there is a very small chance of this being accomplished). Which do you choose? Why?

Though I came across as self serving in the Utopia question in such a direct scenario as this I would let the prisoners live. I cannot choose a path which will knowingly kill thousands.

6. You are at the mercy of a group of criminals who have broken into your home and are holding you at gunpoint. Police are nearby, within earshot, but do not yet know of the break-in. The criminals decide that you must be killed to prevent their discovery. They give you two choices in this matter.
You can: A. Take a cyanide pill and die quietly, with no pain, or B. They will shoot you once in each arm, each leg, and the stomach, and you will die very slowly and painfully. If you choose option B, the police will be alerted and they will stop these criminals from doing harm to anyone else. Which do you choose? Why?

I'll take the painful route. I die either way but at least by taking the pain I help others.

7. If you want, you can exchange your life with a popular/powerful person, such as the leader of a country or a celebrity. Do you choose to do this? Why or why not?

I'd exchange lives with Kim Jong Ill and end the misery that pervades North Korea.




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wjlasloThe2nd;39930052. You are one of the most successful people in the world. You and your family are selected for a special project: They, along with much of the human race, will board a giant spaceship. Your ship will head to the closest star and try to colonize planets there. You will never see anyone from Earth again as long as you live. Do you agree to it? Why or why not?[/quote]Nah, I'd much rather stay here on Earth, especially if it's a less crowded place. But obviously that only applies when Earth's beauty is not completely destroyed by deforesting the rain forest, global warming, etc.
wjlasloThe2nd;39930053. You have spent your entire life building a worldwide Utopian nation. Everybody loves you. You serve your term as leader and resign. The next leader is a tyrant. He kills people at random and is generally hated by the majority. There’s an extremely violent movement that forms to bring this tyrant down. Do you join the movement and wipe out this wonderful nation to get rid of the leader at all costs? Do you join the tyrant and destroy the movement, then hope to change his/her mind and restore your nation? Or do you stay back in the shadows and stand idly by? Why?[/quote]Well, if there's a tyrant, it's hardly a wonderful nation. I'd join the radical movement against the tyrant, but I would not do so if the group's policy was pro-terrorism (as in attacking civilians). If that is the case, I'd start my own group.
wjlasloThe2nd;39930054. You are about to die. What is your last wish? Why is it worth it to you?[/quote]Hm, nothing really. Possibly a last meal, but that might be, because I am hungry right now. :p [QUOTE=wjlasloThe2nd;3993005]5. You have two options given to you by a trillionaire. Before hearing the options, you are sent to a massive prison complex. Thousands of people are behind held there in horrible conditions, and many are innocent of their crimes. You can: A. Take all the trillionaire’s money and live as you wish for the rest of your life. The prisoners will be executed. Or B. Take your life as you have it and attempt to free the prisoners (Note that there is a very small chance of this being accomplished). Which do you choose? Why?
I'd attempt to free the prisoners. Capitalists suck and I couldn't live a happy life knowing that innocent people are oppressed and killed. [QUOTE=wjlasloThe2nd;3993005]6. You are at the mercy of a group of criminals who have broken into your home and are holding you at gunpoint. Police are nearby, within earshot, but do not yet know of the break-in. The criminals decide that you must be killed to prevent their discovery. They give you two choices in this matter. You can: A. Take a cyanide pill and die quietly, with no pain, or B. They will shoot you once in each arm, each leg, and the stomach, and you will die very slowly and painfully. If you choose option B, the police will be alerted and they will stop these criminals from doing harm to anyone else. Which do you choose? Why?
I'd try to convince them how wrong their current action is and then take the cyanide pill, if necessary. At least let the mofos live on with a feeling of guilt. [QUOTE=wjlasloThe2nd;3993005]7. If you want, you can exchange your life with a popular/powerful person, such as the leader of a country or a celebrity. Do you choose to do this? Why or why not?

I'd choose not to. I'm a misanthrope really, so not being able to walk across the street without people around me would be horrible. Regardless, celebrities suck.




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#10 11 years ago

Sorry for the double post, but I made the post more than 30 minutes ago. Perhaps a mod could merge my posts?

WhiteShark;3993686I'd try to convince them how wrong their current action is and then take the cyanide pill, if necessary. At least let the mofos live on with a feeling of guilt.

Alternatively I'd try to attack the criminals and take out as many as possible and die defending myself.




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