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Created: January 11, 2006
Latest Update: January 11, 2006
Canela, Maria D.:
Message 9034:First of all I sure hope your feeling better; you had us all worried. I am posting a response to lecture number six entitled Labeling Matters. I must begin by saying that Barbara Bush's comment on how people that struggled from the evacuation after Hurricane Katrina were better off, only demonstrated a great amount of arrogance and ignorance on her behalf. She said something absurd that proofed her to be inconsiderate of others' suffering. By labeling a population of people as underprivileged, it only perpetuates their status. Barbara Bush lacks character for stating that the "underprivileged" were better off evacuating rather than staying in their home. She attempt to justify her feelings by labeling the evacuees as underprivileged, when in fact them being "underprivileged" should only make the tragedy more intense, because they already encounter a lot of forms of suffering, more so than the "privilege". Ultimately, a person's label of status does not measure the severity of a tragedy nor the amount of suffering they've experienced. It is extremely powerful to generalize a group of people as "underprivileged", more so when it comes from a family member of the person in power; that is just scary!
Reply:Maria, I'm doing well enough to get up all the postings of learning records, thank you. I like your analysis of using the label "underprivileged." I agree, the label tells us they've already been disadvantaged, and John Rawls teaches in Justice as Fairness that every decision one with the privilege of status or power should be of service to the disadvantaged. If Barbara Bush didn't understand that the disadvantaged weren't served by living in temporary and inadequate evacuation centers, then she sure doesn't get Rawls, does she?
December 27, 2005
Message 8375:I am proud to say that this election I participated a lot more than I have in the past. Usually I only vote, but for this election I decided to motivate close friends who are non-voters. Their main reason behind not voting was simply because they weren't familiar with any of the propositions on the ballot. In order to show them the importance of voting I went on-line and found brief descriptions of each proposition and e-mailed it to my friends. Three out of four friends decided to vote after realizing the effect many of the propositions would have on California. As for future elections I would like to become more involved. unfortunately due to my work and school schedule I was not able to participate more, although I would have liked to.
Reply:Even if you can't participate as much as you'd like, Maria, this experience is helping to prepare you. Stay aware. It matters.
December 22, 2005
Message 7102:Hola Jeanne!
I strongly believe that people should not restrict themselves from a loving orentation in fear of forming a commitment that cannot always be provided for. I once heard comedian Jerry Seinfeld say, "The problem with shaking someone's hand is that you are now committed to shake that person's hand every single time you run into them". For many people having a loving orientation requires a great amount of effort. In actuality, it is quite effortless to portray a loving existence. Unfortunately, it is difficult for some individuals to even greet someone they know, let alone someone they have never been acquainted with. This fear causes people to build a wall and with time not be able to express sympathy for someone else's pain. Love should never be limited to those that are part of your every day life, but should extend to every human being you come across. In regards to Rob's message, although the social problems of today are quite complex, we as a human beings should worry,and it is our social responsiblity to extend a helping hand to those in need; in anyway possible.
Reply:Good point in recognizing the difficulty a loving approach represents for some of us. I have found that things as simple and small as guelph cards or greetings help over time. That's one of the nice things we learned this semester.
December 20, 2005