Wednesday, April 26, 2017


Hope-2-570x379.jpgHope is the thing that keeps you moving for the better. It is the fuel that pushes you to accomplish your goals and dreams. Hope is the moment in your life when you feel like everything is tumbling and breaking down, but one small experience in the phase that makes everything shine a little brighter and keep people going a little further. Hope can’t be made, of happiness, it is the cycle that occurs before you get your dose of hope. You can’t have hope if everything in your life is going right. Hope isn’t something that you get to hold on for dear life and never let it go. Hope doesn’t have a home or place to stay, so it jumps place to place to keep busy and lead people into the right direction.

Hope’s life is threatened every day by people’s actions. It sets off a chain reaction. One action can set up the downward spiral to the lost hope. Hope has no safe haven, no shelter it can take, but it does have the ability to fight back against the negativity, no matter how many time it is that it gets beat down and knocked over. It can be restored on a various of ways. Even though hope never stays in one place at the same time. It can be somebodies’ positive attitudes can affect somebody's day or life.

What gives me hope is music, I try hard to stand out in school. Not wanting to dress and look like anyone else. Whenever I sit down and listen to the Lana Del Rey, I feel like I am stepping to my beat.

A story of hope is Harriet Tubman’s guidance to and through the underground railroad getting her and the other slaves that went with her freedom. Her action gave a group of people more hope to a better life.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

" The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas"

omelas.jpgIn the twisted short story of “ The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas”, it starts with the narrator telling us about the joyous Festival of Summer and the events that take place in this festival.Then the narrator goes on telling us how the people are as complex we are, but there are things that we have in our society that makes us complex that they don’t have. So at this point they’re are this big mysterious society.It goes on to the to explaining how they are just happy and all the positive they have, and it just keeps going and going, as if there isn’t a single thing that could be wrong.Until we get to this basement, a basement that is dark and only light through the cracks of the floor that the basement is under. The room is dirty and disgusting unlike the city it is under. In this room is a child, a malnutrition, feeble-minded, and a fear filled child.

The child is shown as a representation of every wrong that happens in society, from violence to the treatment of others. The child is mistreated and scared, it is only given a food bowl and water. In a society like Omelas, where everything is good, they keep a child in this terrible room. It is as if they locked everything bad that could sacrifice their happiness in one room where one person would sacrifice its happiness. The basement is like Omelas’ very own Pandora’s box. No one can say kind things to the child or show it any type of affection, or it would trigger and collapse the happiness and good things in the city of Omelas, like that one gem in the temple. You remove, it sets off a chain reaction of traps in the temple eventually causing the temple to collapse.  So instead nobody does anything to help the child because it will sacrifice their safety and happiness.

Now children between the ages eight and twelve are exposed to the child and the basement. They feel the emotions of rage and sadness. The children are exposed to it, the child in the basement for the first time, and in this exposure you see the adults who show the children such conditions telling them that you can’t show affection, kindness, or care towards the child, or everything that they love and the beauties of the city are at risk because of that child. After the experience, most of the kids will go home and eventually forget about the child. While a few won’t go home at all. They would keep walking the streets, walking towards the mountains leaving the beautiful and magical place of Omelas.

This is paralleled to our society because when we have presented a problem or an injustice there are two responses. One is the “ oh that's terrible, but that doesn’t concern me none,” and they will ignore it. Then there the “ that's terrible and let's point that out and do something about it,” which is where the protest, the marching, and actions where things are going to be changed. This story shows how most of our society works and how the other small percentage works. The story is just the over dramatization of how the people who get everything they want and aren’t affected by the negativity are controlling the game we call of our society and how we are trying to fight against them

- Andraya Wilson

Monday, February 27, 2017

Social Justice introduction

3cb9124d12a1031eb53b45e362444829.jpgIt is important to value social justice because social justice is what makes sure everybody has a voice. No matter what the problem is, social justice provides the rallying of people trying to make recognition of a problem a group in our society has in terms of their place and safety in this world. Some prevalent issues today, just to name a few is, police brutality, gender inequality, gun control, women in power positions, and rape culture. This is only a few problems there is in the social justice category, what about the poor treatment of immigrants and refugees. I personally feel a special concern in the gender inequality( the unequal pay problem especially). Also what I have a special concern for is the treatment of women in power and rape culture( including domestic violence).

In Adam Foss Ted Talk, A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System, suggest that the people we arrest don't have to be put in jail most of the time. Foss supports his suggestion by explaining and demonstrating how we can instead of spending money on keeping people in jail for most of their life, we can honestly help these people. Foss starts his talk with everything he says is his own opinion based off of his own experiences. Then he goes on to tell his observation as an intern for three years and realized the unfairness and the position the justice system puts us in. Next, he tells us the story of how he saved the life of a young man, and how he ended as a manager in a big bank in Boston. Towards the end of his talk, he gives other examples to how his law firm and himself are helping the people they come across to avoid, get out, and prevent the return to the system.  Finally, in the end, he tells his reason why he does this service for the people.

What I learn from this Ted Talk is that everybody doesn’t need to be thrown into jail for their crime, but instead they need to be helped out with their problems. We can’t treat all people with this idea that they are dangerous criminals, they have a story that we need to be willing to listen to. This is where we can solve the real problems at heart. The truth is sending most people to jail will just put them back into the system when they get out. We can actually, as a people, come up with reasonable and doable solutions. I learned that people need to be helped, not thrown behind bars. I see this a great opportunity not only to actually keep the money but using the money for better more successful programs. In all honesty jails and prisons are failing systems, people are just going back out and wreaking the same havoc in our communities.  Instead of losing hope in people, we should at least put a little bit of faith in them for we can not only better them but ourselves and communities.
                                                          - Andraya Wilson

Foss, Adam." A Prosecutor's Vision for a Better Justice System." TED. Feb. 2016. Lecture

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

" BirthMark" by Miranda July

051a7afa0f788c203468e57923666f2930803c.jpgThe birthmark is a short story that is thought to provoke and connects to us on some level. Miranda July tells a story of a woman who just got her birthmark removed and living the days without it feeling a sense of loss.When on one day it miraculously reappeared, leaving us with something that would be considered as a plot twist.

When she got her birthmark removed the woman had the sense of lost.  “ And she felt a real sense of lost… it as just the birthmark, which in its density had lent color to even her voice,” (4). This quote is showing how once the birthmark was gone, she lost a part of herself. She misses how her voice had that color that was a part of her.The color was with her her whole life, and now it is gone and she probably won't get it back, she has this empty void.

The mark had meant to her, the mark was originally seen as a burden to her. The mark was something that she thought people couldn’t look past. Now it's a void to her, she lost something that was a part of her and everything unique about her left her once the mark was gone.What the marks mean to the people around her is a mark of distinction. The mark was an identifier to other people.

We can connect this with happiness because we connect happiness with physical appearances and materialistic things. So when we decide to get something or get rid of something, most likely we become unhappy again and lose a part of our identity we work so hard to obtain. We take advantage of things apart of our lives that, we should cherish and appreciate. We will become unsatisfied and unhappy because we lack something or we are looking for something to please us.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Michael Norton' How to buy happiness

happy.jpgMichael Norton in the TED TALK, How to Buy Happiness, argues that you, in fact, can buy happiness. Norton supports his argument by illustrating the everybody's perspective on money and happiness. Then he starts to demonstrate how money can actually buy happiness by explaining an experiment that he did in three different countries. For the rest of his talk, Norton explains how the experiment showed that spending money on other people actually makes you happy.

This Ted Talk caught my attention because the phrase, Money can’t buy you happiness, has always bothered me. I just thought it was funny that people always said that when in all reality it is something everyone is chasing. This talk just showed how social we are as a race, finding happiness while doing something for somebody else is eye opening. You are taught to mind your business and don’t get too involved.

So at the end of the day money can buy you happiness.

Norton, Michael. “ How to Buy Happiness.’’ Ted. Nov. 2011. Lecture.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Gilbert's TED talk

Science-of-Happiness.jpgDan Gilbert in the Ted Talk, The surprising science of Happiness, claims that within in every single one of us that we have the ability to make ourselves happy if we don't chase after things that may or at not make us happy but we can enjoy the experiences in our life. Gilbert supports his claim by explaining to how our brains evolved from our ancestors for the first 1:07 of his talk.Then he follows his talk with illustrating an interacting pop quiz. Next, for the good chunk of his talk, he is explaining to us how synthetic happiness works and how it occurs. Finally, for the last chunk of his talk, Gilbert demonstrates how our experiences are what actually makes us happy. The author's purpose is to inform his audience that we can make our own happiness by enjoying experiences not the chase of happiness so that we can hopefully start to understand that the chase of happiness makes us start to synthesize happily.

These finding had made me realize that when reflecting back to my life back after this talk that I actually enjoy the experiences I have and I am genuinely happier compared to when I am chasing after something that I think will make my life easier or happier. We are tricked into believing that getting what we want is the key to happiness when in all reality it’s the adventure or the chase and the experiences leading up getting what we want that makes us happy.

What I have also noticed a number of experiences that I can gain, then going back turning them and telling them into stories to share is the best feeling. It is the connections made within these experiences that we are actually at our happiest. We thrive off of connecting with people and that simple small spark the ignites the flames of happiness and everything connected to it.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


positivity.jpgThere are many questions that we are faced with when happiness comes around, to keep things simple the question to start with is what makes us happy. What makes me happy is sitting alone with my phone and headphones and just listen to music. I feel safe and myself when I am with my music sitting alone. I don't have harsh words being thrown at me or the dangers of our society trying to take over me. I feel this pleasant sense of calm and connection while doing this. I don't have any added on stress, expectations, and strict rules to follow. I feel free and open to thinking what I want. Music has provided me a voice that can't be taken away.

I can not honestly say what Happiness is. I am just as clueless as the next person. Therefore I cannot say how something such as happiness is important. I don't know why I can't say what happiness is or why it is important. You would think that it is common knowledge. Going on with my cluelessness on happiness, I don't know the secret of happiness.

I think so many people are unhappy is because it is easy for us to identify what makes our life difficult and confusing, but can we actually identify what we would believe makes us happy. Happiness is a state that creeps up on us and surrounds. It is sneaky in the sense of that it is unknown.

Happiness is just another mystery to us.

                                        -  Andraya Wilson