Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Difficulties Since the Beginning

Slide 4

Unit Questions:
What is the role of the citizens in various societies?
What rights and responsibilities do people have to maintain balance between the individual needs and he general welfare? 
What are the challenges to creating and maintaining a democracy? 

        To end our unit in Humanities, we created a culminating slide. This quarter, we looked into the power of relationships, and how they affect societies from the past, the present, and the future. When forming this slide, I had the third unit question in mind: what are the challenges to creating and maintaining a democracy.
        Firstly, in the bottom right, there is a scale, perfectly balanced, with a group of people on the right to represent the general welfare, and an individual to represent individual needs. What I was thinking, is that a challenge in a democracy is to keep both of those focuses equal. In a society, a government cannot only direct their attention on one thing, they have to share it, otherwise some things will never improve and others will, and the society will become unbalanced. Next, similar to the equality of the general welfare and the individual needs, in the top right, there is a man and a women. In the picture, they are arm wrestling. Though, both of their arms are in the middle, meaning they can't beat each other. To me, this demonstrate that they both have the same amount of power in a society. Although in our society, it is a challenge to maintain this because people have different beliefs which could affect this. The governments job is to be able to control this, and that's also a difficulty. Additionally, I thought that the gavel represents law and order, but also power. The person who hits the gavel down on wood, the judge, decides things, by using the law, which maintains a society as well. By using the image, I'm showing three different things. Furthermore, in the top left, the American Declaration of Independence. Personally, I think this shows power because the writers, and the signers, came together to take back the power from the King, and use it correctly. This was probably a challenge, because they had to get the courage, and they had to get people to agree with them. In the end, it all worked out though, as most people know that the United States is an independent country right now. This historical event shows one example on how to create a democracy as well. The last image on my slide, is a group of women together. I chose this to simply demonstrate relationships, as this is a very important thing in society. People have to get along together to prevent conflicts, and that will help a community function better. Also, the women are all holding different objects; three with food, and another with clothing. This proves two things. The first is that people have to do specific things to help one another in he community. In the image, I'm interpreting that the women are bringing things to their families or something like that, therefore they are helping out others. Secondly, I think it demonstrates how people can have different forms of relationships, such as being colleagues or husband and wife.
        As those talked about the meaning of the images, now I'll be explaining the value of the fonts and the colours. On the slide, in a font called Berkshire Swash, I tried to represent some kind of oldness. I did this to tell the viewers that relationships were formed since the beginning of time. Also, democracies with challenges were seen such a long time ago as well. For the text, I used a subtle red to show multiple things: love and hate, strength, and importance, because these all have value when talking about the power of relationships. Another thing is that I capitalised the "P" in power. I did this to show that it has strength, and to give it "oemf." Finally, the background colour, which is grey. When picking the colour, I was thinking of a shading scale. You have black on one side, and white on the other, and then in the middle, there is grey -- a colour that mixes both. For a democratic society to function properly and efficiently, I think that you need to find balance, and that comes through seeing multiple options. Nothing is ever black and white, neither black or white. It is in between. A democracy focuses on a variety of people's opinions, not just one person's. That's why things are grey, and not black or white.  
This is challenges of maintaining a democratic society, and starting a democracy.

Links included in slide 4:
LINK to balance
LINK to women and men
LINK to general welfare
LINK to individual needs
LINK to gavel
LINK to Declaration of Independence
LINK to Greek women

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