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Discussion Question #9

posted Apr 27, 2010, 10:48 PM by zacklapuz@yahoo.com

    In my opinion Ram's yearning to experience the Western culture is another form of escapism due to the circumstances he is placed in. Among poverty stricken societies, it may be common to have a fixed perception of the Western culture as a pinnacle of prosperity. For some, fantasizing about experiencing these so called “luxuries,” things of which are common to us, allow them to forget and escape the complications life bring.

Discussion Question #4

posted Apr 26, 2010, 9:43 PM by zacklapuz@yahoo.com   [ updated Apr 27, 2010, 12:36 AM ]

    Are watching movies simply a form of escapism or do they carry a more significant role in the Indian culture?
    In my opinion watching movies is a form of escapism because it is an activity or type of entertainment that allows a person to look past certain unpleasant aspects in life. It creates a rift between fantasy and reality, allowing us to focus only on the present rather than something that happened in the past or something that may happen in the future. In my opinion, a lot of the things we do can be considered as escapism. Things as simple as, going to the mall, hanging out with friends, sleeping, and playing video games, are all subtle acts of escapism. In fact, we do it so much that we probably don't even notice it. 
    It is easy to say that escapism is generally experienced only by cultures that are affected by poverty, but no it is not. Using entertainment as a form of escapism is true for every culture. Like I said, escapism may come in many different forms. Some subtle, some bold. It is a fact of human nature that we do it and I think doing it keeps us sane. That is true for me.

What do you think America’s role should be when these terrible things are happening around the world and innocent victims like children are suffering and dying?

posted Mar 21, 2010, 11:00 PM by zacklapuz@yahoo.com

    Despite America's wealth and economic prosperity, I don't think we are capable of helping other countries with bigger issues such as, economic or political instability. With problems such as immigration, a flawed school system, terrorism, corruption, etc. I think we should be focusing on fixing our own problems before helping others. If we put our efforts in our own country's development, I think that our support would have a bigger effect on other countries' growth. I'm not saying we shouldn't help, I just don't agree with helping another country when we, ourselves, are experiencing our share of hardship. Why help others when we can't help ourselves? However, I do think we can lend a hand with problems that are smaller and manageable such as, natural disasters, famine, etc.


How did this book make you feel about your own life?

posted Mar 2, 2010, 9:52 PM by zacklapuz@yahoo.com

    They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky is a real eye opener. It shows how fortunate I am to have basic necessities such as food, water and shelter. It taught me how to be grateful for the things I have , because, while I complain about my food tasting "nasty" there are children like the lost boys who worry about making it through the day which shows that there are bigger problems than just my own. I feel very lucky that I wasn't born in this situation. I don't how I would handle being parent-less, under a country experiencing a civil war. As unrealistic as it seems, those were just a few of the lost boys' problems. At a very young age they had to deal with displacement and extreme weather conditions. Reading this book showed me how naive I was and how much more I need to learn. It made me feel very thankful for what I have, even for simple things such as clothes, shoes, school, etc.

What's up!?

posted Feb 18, 2010, 1:06 PM by zacklapuz@yahoo.com   [ updated Mar 2, 2010, 9:49 PM ]

    Hi! My name is Zachary Lapuz. Call me Zack. I'm fifteen years old and I go to school at Kearny DMD. I was born in Caloocan City, Philippines and I lived there for about eleven years before moving to the US. Although having siblings is something a lot of people despise, it is something I would love to experience. Yes, I am an only child!
    On free time I like play to basketball with my friends. I also like listening to music. I listen to a lot of hip-hop, but is open to all types of music as well as old names such as, believe it or not, The Stylistics. I'm sure Mr. Oskin knows what I'm talking about. Just kidding! In fact, I love music so much that I make my own tunes. Although I've been only doing it for a year or two, I believe that it is something I could do all my life. Playing video games is also something I love to do. Hopping on Modern Warfare 2 for a quick game is always nice. 
    


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