In 15 years, I’ll be about to turn 39. My career is difficult to imagine right now, as I feel completely lost on what I’ll do if I can’t even get down to work on my thesis right now. Will I even finish my grad program? No, the only thing I can think of is that I’d like to have gotten my family going- and basically filled out. It’s weird to imagine that I’ve lived 15 years already and in that amount of time, I could have three or four children. As for the actual “where” of it all- either near my parents, or Joe’s, and at this point I think I am desperate to be in Oregon. My dream, however, would of course be to end up in D.C. with an amazing job in politics, but that feels unlikely at this point.
I just taught about this in my class this week, in regards to why humans engage in aggression, fighting, killing, and eventually, war. There’s nothing like teaching to other people to help solidify your own opinion and knowledge on something. I believe that the way we socialize our children has a huge effect on how acceptable they see war. As Shimko, our author, noted, murdering outside the confines of the law is unacceptable, but if we draft a young man, cut his hair, and give him a gun, he’s a hero if he kills anyone.
We’ve gone out of our way to define soldiers as heroes, and this is an example of social stimulus and response. But what does this have to do with nature versus nurture? If we nurture our children to believe their otherwise bad behavior is good in war, then we are telling them that that choice is acceptable. Instincts only can account for what happens in a war zone or whatever murderous situation, but the way we wage war and encourage people to win wars instrumentally (through strategic planning, not instinct) says to me that this is not in our nature as humans.
Nature has to be something you can generalize to everyone in the human race. There are too many things that are variable in how humans respond to anything for me to believe that the way we act is anything but nurture, aside from that which sustains our life (that all animals do- eating, drinking, sleeping, pooping, etc.).
In recent years of watching the winter Olympics, I’ve learned that speed skating is the most exciting sport to watch! First of all, as with any sport, the announcers make sure we know any background stories about the skaters. Well, speed skaters are all apparently drama queens because there are always these stories of intrigue and bad blood! I can’t wait to see it again this year.
Also, the Colbert Nation now sponsors the U.S. team, so that’ll add even more awesomeness!
Hey, guess what? Star Trek, last year’s summer hit and one of the only films that impacted a large group of people my age, was not nominated for an Oscar. I hope they realize what a mistake this is. Perhaps it’s due to the fact that most of the Academy is in their 30s or older, or perhaps it’s due to the fact that everyone in Hollywood kowtows to James Cameron.
Look, I’ll agree that most of the movies up for “Best Picture” deserve it. UP is my top choice (even though it’s sure to not win). But Avatar and District 9 both didn’t live up to the hype, for me. I’m also surprised at the lack of any other nominations in the big categories for Star Trek. It could easily fit in with Best Original Screenplay.
At least a Pixar movie finally got into the big category- but only for the first time they’ve had 10 nominees in decades.