Thursday, June 04, 2015

History Helping the Present

Most recent visual slide: Slide 5
Unit Questions:
1. How are people changed by conflict?
2. How can historical legacies help or hinder understanding today?
3. To what extent are modern societies vulnerable to patterns or factors that lead to historical change and the collapse of ancient empires?

First Image:

"Rainbow." Wikimedia. Wikipedia, 7 Sept. 2014. Web. 24 May 2015. 



       This image, demonstrating a rainbow, represents multiple things to me. Firstly, it shows the title of this unit to me. On the top left side of the image, it is darker compared to the bottom-right of the image. Since the theme is: power and peace, when power collides, I thought that a rainbow would naturally represent this. Next, to connect this to the first unit question, I think that this photo represents that people can be changed in two ways: positively and negatively. If the change were a good thing, the bottom-right of the picture would be more important while if it weren't such a good change the top-left would be better to represent the alternation. Furthermore, another connection I made when looking at this image, is related with the colours of the rainbow, and the natural phenomena itself. The seven colours all have different meanings, which could represent different kinds of opinions and points of view. For example, the red could represent love and kindness while on the other hand it could also represent darkness and the devil. Also, the rainbow is dividing the two halves of the picture: darkness and light; power and peace. Additionally, I can relate this photo to the conflict I did for my Humanities project: ISIS. I think that during such a terrible war, people can imagine themselves situated on the rainbow, deciding whether to go to the top or to the bottom of the image. The choice they make will eventually change their future drastically. For one, if they choose the dark side, they'd be more exposed to the murdering of (possibly) people they know, and it not, poor, helpless, defenceless human beings. Although they could also think this could be a safe option since they'd be inside the enemy, armed. However, they could also choose to stay away from the conflict, and if they're lucky, be able to escape the terrorism in the Middle East.
       As is seen, there are many reasons why this image is important to the visual slide I made. It demonstrates separation, it is able to answer one of the unit questions, and it easily relates to my project. 

Second Image:

"Thinker Thinking Person Idea." Pixabay. Pixabay, 2012. Web. 24 May 2015. 


       Thinking, by definition, is the action to produce ideas, decisions, memories, and more. (Merriam-Webster) Thinking is involved when decisions have to be made during the conflict. Any living thing has to make choices between power and peace. Relating this to the book we had read for Humanities this quarter, Watership Down, one of the characters, General Woundwort, needs to make a decision between power and peace when Hazel offers to create a shared burrow. The general gets greedy and chooses for power and in the end, the consequence is that he loses everything. Furthermore, something else we can take out from this image, is how it relates to the third unit question. One of the reasons that the Roman Empire had fallen, was due to their unprotected borders. Their city was too large and there weren't enough people to protect it. Even though this problem was an issue to be dealt with some immediately, the emperors didn't mind as much. They wanted to grow and expand their beloved empire. They choose power and expansion over peace and protection. Consequently, their vulnerable city was attacked and could be entered easily. This was one of the major reasons for the Fall of Rome. The pattern in this historical event is that the leaders got greedy, and that is something that is seen now-a-days as well.
       Clearly, this image has reasons to be on my culminating slide for this unit. The simplicity of the photo hides the meaning behind the it. 

Third Image:

Martin Luther King Jr. Wikipedia. Wikimedia, 9 June 2011. Web. 27 May 2015.  <http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/ba/USMC-09611.jpg/791px-USMC-09611.jpg>.
       In this photo, Martin Luther King Jr. is shown. I chose this image to answer the second unit question. This memorable man is definitely a historical legacy that helped our society for many reasons. Firstly, he demonstrated people have to speak up to be able to achieve things. If nobody knows how bad a situation is, how can people solve the issue? In this case, the black people didn't like the way people were treating them. Although much physical force was used, there was also a lot of speaking up and that led to the white citizens listening and changing. Additionally, Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most important historical legacies because he taught people that equality among the races is essential to create a welcoming environment. If not everybody is accepted in a society, then people won't live there. Lastly, to stop or prevent a conflict from happening it is important to unite as a community and to work together. King Jr. made sure that all the black people agreed on the solution, and he kept on promoting his cause. As a result, the blacks came together and eventually the whites came to them and they all agreed to stop the conflict (racism).
       From this major historical issue, we can see that Martin has taught us many things that has helped our understanding today.

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