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So I ask my students on their exam, “What is the relationship between nationalism and warlike aggression?” Most of them could barely define nationalism, and to define warlike aggression was to just put the words in a sentence (if that makes any sense at all). But what I was really surprised by was the fact that none of them actually wrote about the relationship between the two. You would think it was obvious if you heard how I presented it in class. This is the kind of answer I was looking for:
"Nationalism is the belief that one’s own nation, state, or country is superior to others; a more extreme version of patriotism. When a person or group of people becomes extremely nationalistic, their inclination to go to war over minor grievances against their home skyrockets. Warlike aggression is unique to humans, as is the notion of a nation or state, and tends to come with the territory of nationalism."
Most of my students have experienced nationalism; in general, we all did after the events of 9/11. Sometimes my husband tells me that I’ve never really seen him angry, and that one of the only times he’s been blind with rage was around that time. That is something I was hoping my students could tap into, but what do I know?
My birthday was fabulous. I convinced Joe to buy a new computer, then we went to the nursery and bought basil plants. Next we went to the mall and bought girly fun stuff and new tennis shoes, and then I got all ready to go out tonight. We had a fabulous dinner at St. Clair’s winery and my friends came to my apartment, where the party continued with appearances made by Beatles Rock Band and Twister. My friends are great, and now it’s time to join Joe in bed, where he’s already asleep!
And that, my friends, was my 24th birthday, in a nutshell.
Just a note. Why do some people feel the need to date people who are terrible? Most of my friends have awesome ones (evidenced by those who came and celebrated my birthday tonight). Another who claimed me as a best friend is now dating a girl from a group who ostracized me during a hard point in my life…
I’ve devoted the last five years of my life to studying the United Nations, from several different angles. I’m one of those “MUNerds” (Model UN nerds). I’m going to keep this short because I have work to do, but when I saw that writeoneleaf had a prompt about the UN, I couldn’t resist. I love what the UN has done, and being a liberal institutionalist, I tend to think it is an avenue for us to do amazing things.
But now I have an in-depth understanding of how it does and doesn’t work. Overall, it’s a good thing when government works slowly, but this isn’t a government. It’s got the backing of some of the most powerful governments of the world, but they don’t cede their power to the UN. I wouldn’t call the UN ineffectual, because it’s done amazing things for impoverished and war-torn areas. However, I know now to look at it with more objective eyes and not be upset by people criticizing it. In fact, I take it as a good thing that people are skeptical of the UN, but sometimes I wish people would have just a little more faith.
Is the fight for women's rights limited to women or does it include intersex individuals and people with alternative genders?
My understanding is that a fight for women’s rights is a fight for human rights. While I thought this question would be difficult to answer at first, when I remembered that simple fact it became simple. A fight for any set of rights is the pursuit of freeing up that which we understand basic to our existence. If we look at it from a “feminist” point of view (which seems to be different for a lot of people), the basic idea is that gender is mutable. Now if you agree that feminism = women’s rights, then absolutely, it includes inter/trans/gender/sex individuals.
I’m inclined to be all-inclusive if it means the promotion of human rights for everyone. But it’s also a matter of strategy for feminists to include or exclude where they see fit. I guess what I’m really saying is that it all depends on who you ask, but for me it really doesn’t do the issue justice to call it a women’s rights issue. It’s a human rights issue.
When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a child I wanted to be a giraffe. I went through the gamut of “usual” things- architect, president, astronaut, teacher- but giraffe really sticks out. My father was 6’5” and in comparison to my mother (5’), I thought he was pretty tall, which is just like a giraffe. So at the age of 3 I started telling people that that’s what I would be when I grew up. That, or the person working the window at Hardee’s because I looooved me some Hardee’s.
Well obviously, the answer is Han Solo. But let us look further into the matter. Han shot Greedo first, but why would he feel threatened by Greedo at all?
Greedo brought it upon himself; in trying to lessen the cost of his own ship’s repairs, he stole power couplings from the MILLENNIUM FALCON. Han Solo, in return, stole Greedo’s rancor-skin jacket. Greedo was understandably angry, but in my opinion, got his comeuppance. He should have learned after this that he ought to quit, but Greedo swore further revenge on Solo.
Unfortunately, luck is with the Corellians, and not the Rodians. Greedo stole from the wrong guy, and in initiating all of this, he spelled his own demise.
give us an idea of what you want for your birthday
Money Bottles of wine to fill my wine rack Wine stoppers The West Wing Season 2 (If you’re feeling generous) John Lennon-model Rock Band Guitar Anything giraffe-related Butterfly Flower items from Bath & Body Works I Love Lucy (seasons 5, 6, 7) A whale A new iron (my favorite that recently started having problems is called “Protor Silex”) Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi #4: Backlash
I’m not really asking you this, I’m asking me. I used to listen to music when I wrote. I used to write, but I only just started doing so again today. I think it all stems from a lack of regular classwork. With only three credit hours of classwork, I just kind of skim through my schoolwork, and then I focus on Model UN and GOVT 160, the two classes I teach. I didn’t really think I’d be so heavily in charge of Model UN this year, but it’s taken everything from me. If it wasn’t for Model UN, I’d have so much time in my life… I could do more things I love, and more of the things I expect out of myself (like write my thesis). I don’t ever truly regret my involvement in it, because it has given me so much, in the long run. But it does mean you sacrifice a lot of other things.
I used to love to create things through graphic design and writing. I loved new music with a passion, but I feel like I’ve become an automaton listening to the same music over and over. I do love the Beatles and John Mayer, but I feel like it shows a lack of effort to get the most out of life.
So this is it. Today, I officially began working on my prospectus, and I want to have it done before the week is over, if not earlier. And I’ll listen and enjoy things again… and let other people worry about Model UN, since the really hard part of preparations is now over. Time to focus on me for a little while…