Brawling was a very fun experience that I would never forget. I liked how in group we got to discuss about questions that were very interesting and deep. For example one of the questions that was hard for me to come up with various ideas was “When is it okay to put your own needs before someone else’s life?” This question you had to think deeply and thoughtfully because overall us, humans, are already selfish. However, when is it necessary? when is it a life or death matter? the only answer we came up with was when the person was on the verge of dying. It is true because what else can a person do when the other person is already dying. How much of a possibility is there that person to survive? It may sound cruel but that is reality. I know it’s easier to say than to actually experience it, but that’s life.
When discussing with my group, I helped my group to come up with possible ideas for the questions and come up with answers to it as well. We made a google doc and put all of our ideas into one.
I interacted with the novel, All Quiet On The Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, by saving my favorite pages to specific quotes that I liked like,
“While they continued to write and talk, we saw the wounded and dying. While they taught that duty to one’s country is the greatest thing, we already knew that deserters, no cowards— they were very free with all these expressions.” (Pg. 11)
This reminded my of this more interesting book called, “Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo” how people back in the days thought that war was all fun and games when actually it’s much more painful and heartbreaking. Both of these books have taught me that war doesn’t give you anything. They say that you will fight for your country when you are actually just trying to survive each and every single day. As for today, people tend not think before they talk. I am guilty for this too. You may think that teasing is so much fun to you but actually those little words can be kept in the back of the other person minds forever. For example, when people point out things they find “weird” about that person it becomes the other person’s insecurities. Just one act can ruin it completely for that on person for the rest of their lives. I know that some people just want to tell them the “truth”, but there are good truths and bad ones. It can be hard to keep in mind which ones are good or bad. So we should always ask ourselves would we want to be pointed out like that or say these things to us?