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The problem I have with people today is just how negative they are. Everything seems to be the end of the world lately. Especially when it comes to mankinds future. People are just too dreary about what the future holds. You always see those posts on social media sites such as facebook and twitter of horrible stuff happening in the world, whether it’s a picture of a refugee child or a video of a cute puppy being kicked that people use as justification to explain why our future is apparently doomed because bad stuff happens in the world sometimes. Well I’m sick of it. Our species has so much potential pushing forward and the future is looking blindingly bright.

My justification for being so hopeful of the future is due to a large amount of factors that are emerging. According to the HDI, the human standards of living is rising rapidly (Roser, Max. HDI. Ourworldindata.) For those that don’t know, HDI is a system that accounts how developed a country is by taking into account factors like education, life expectancy, per capita income, inflation and a lot of other factors. According to this index living conditions have been steadily getting better in these fields for a lot of countries. African countries, for example, have recently had their HDI rocket upwards because of the recent investing campaign China has started in Africa. These investments have led to massive infrastructure projects like hospitals and schools becoming widespread throughout Africa.

There’s also the fact that world poverty is declining at a rapid pace (Ospina, Esteban. “World Poverty.”). In 1988, over 80% of China lived in extreme poverty (making under $1.80 per day.) In almost 30 years that rate has declined to 11%. In a similar time frame Iran has gone from 20% to under 1%. This decrease is also a worldwide trend, in 1970 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty, in 2015 it has decreased to 705 million, a staggering decrease. South America is also facing a decrease of about 1% a year, which is giving the continent a sense of hope. We also shouldn’t ignore the fact that world hunger is slowly being defeated. In just 20 years we went from 19% of the world being undernourished to 10%. That is a massive change in percentage in a short time span. If all of these factors didn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism for the future of the human race this should. The world is just plain happier, and we keep getting happier. According to a Canadian-led UN Project that aims to measure the happiness levels of each country, there’s a steady trend of global happiness rising everywhere (Brean, Joseph. Is the world becoming a happier place? National post.) I’m not asking you to stop noticing the problems we have going on, such as the impending global refugee crisis from global warming destroying all hospitable farming lands, or the superbug that is going to be formed because of our over use of disinfectants, or the massive wealth inequality that is emerging in first world countries.  That would be irresponsible and just plain ignorant. What I am asking you to do is to be positive for once.

Works Cited

China’s Investments in Africa: What’s the Real Story? Philadelphia: Wharton, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/chinas-investments-in-africa-whats-the-real-story/&gt;.

Human Development Index-HDI. N.p.: Investopedia, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://www.investopedia.com/terms/h/human-development-index-hdi.asp&gt;.

World Poverty. N.p.: Our World In Data, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <https://ourworldindata.org/world-poverty/&gt;.

Brean, Joseph. Is the world becoming a happier place? Contentment has nudged up around the globe, UN report says. N.p.: National Post, 2013. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world-happiness-report&gt;.

 

Drafts

This I believe, Draft 1

People are too negative. Everything seems to be the end of the world lately. Especially when it comes to our future as a species. People are just too damn negative about the future. You always see those posts on facebook or twitter of bad stuff going on in the world, be it a picture of a refugee child or a cute puppy being hit that people use as justification to explain why our future is apparently doomed because bad stuff happens sometimes. Well I’m sick of it. Our species has so much potential going forward and the future is looking blindingly bright. The reason I believe this is because of a large amount of factors that are emerging. The first being the rapid rise of the standard of living across the world, also known as the HDI (Human Development Index.) For those that don’t know, HDI is a system that accounts how developed a country is by taking into account factors like education, life expectancy, per capita income, inflation and a lot of other factors. According to this index things have been steadily getting better in these fields for a lot of countries. African countries have recently had their HDI in an upward spiral because of the recent investing China has brought to the continent. These investments have led to massive infrastructure projects like hospitals and schools. There’s also the fact that world poverty is declining at a rapid pace. In 1988 , over 80% of China lived in extreme poverty (making under $1.80 per day.) In just 30 years that rate has declined to 11%. In a similar time frame Iran has gone from 20% to under 1%. This decrease is also a world wide trend, in 1970 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty, in 2015 it has decreased to 705 million. We also shouldn’t ignore the fact that world hunger is slowly being defeated. In just 20 years we went from 19% of the world being undernourished to 10%. That is a massive change in percentage in a short time span. If all of these factors didn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism for the future of the human race this should. The world is just plain happier, and we keep getting happier. According to a Canadian-led UN Project that aims to measure the happiness levels of each country, there’s a steady trend of global happiness rising everywhere. I’m not asking you to stop noticing the problems we have going on, that would be irresponsible and just plain ignorant. What I am asking you to do is be positive for once.

This I believe, Draft 2

People are too negative. Everything seems to be the end of the world lately. Especially when it comes to mankinds future. People are just too damn negative about the future holds. You always see those posts on facebook and twitter of horrible stuff happening in the world, be it a picture of a refugee child or a video of a cute puppy being kicked that people use as justification to explain why our future is apparently doomed because bad stuff happens sometimes. Well I’m sick of it. Our species has so much potential going forward and the future is looking blindingly bright. The reason I believe this is because of a large amount of factors that are emerging. The first being the rapid rise of the standard of living across the world, also known as the HDI (Human Development Index.) For those that don’t know, HDI is a system that accounts how developed a country is by taking into account factors like education, life expectancy, per capita income, inflation and a lot of other factors. According to this index living conditions have been steadily getting better in these fields for a lot of countries. African countries, for example, have recently had their HDI rocket upwards because of the recent investing campaign China has started in Africa. These investments have led to massive infrastructure projects like hospitals and schools becoming widespread throughout Africa.There’s also the fact that world poverty is declining at a rapid pace. In 1988 , over 80% of China lived in extreme poverty (making under $1.80 per day.) In almost 30 years that rate has declined to 11%. In a similar time frame Iran has gone from 20% to under 1%. This decrease is also a world wide trend, in 1970 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty, in 2015 it has decreased to 705 million, a staggering decrease. South America is also facing a decrease of about 1% a year, which is giving the continent a sense of hope. We also shouldn’t ignore the fact that world hunger is slowly being defeated. In just 20 years we went from 19% of the world being undernourished to 10%. That is a massive change in percentage in a short time span. If all of these factors didn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism for the future of the human race this should. The world is just plain happier, and we keep getting happier. According to a Canadian-led UN Project that aims to measure the happiness levels of each country, there’s a steady trend of global happiness rising everywhere. I’m not asking you to stop noticing the problems we have going on, that would be irresponsible and just plain ignorant. What I am asking you to do is to be positive for once.

This I believe, Final Draft

People are too negative. Everything seems to be the end of the world lately. Especially when it comes to mankinds future. People are just too dreary about what the future holds. You always see those posts on facebook and twitter of horrible stuff happening in the world, whether it’s a picture of a refugee child or a video of a cute puppy being kicked that people use as justification to explain why our future is apparently doomed because bad stuff happens in the world sometimes. Well I’m sick of it. Our species has so much potential going forward and the future is looking blindingly bright.

My justification for being so hopeful of the future is due to a large amount of factors that are emerging. The first being the rapid rise of the standard of living across the world, also known as the HDI (Human Development Index.) For those that don’t know, HDI is a system that accounts how developed a country is by taking into account factors like education, life expectancy, per capita income, inflation and a lot of other factors. According to this index living conditions have been steadily getting better in these fields for a lot of countries. African countries, for example, have recently had their HDI rocket upwards because of the recent investing campaign China has started in Africa. These investments have led to massive infrastructure projects like hospitals and schools becoming widespread throughout Africa.

There’s also the fact that world poverty is declining at a rapid pace. In 1988 , over 80% of China lived in extreme poverty (making under $1.80 per day.) In almost 30 years that rate has declined to 11%. In a similar time frame Iran has gone from 20% to under 1%. This decrease is also a world wide trend, in 1970 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty, in 2015 it has decreased to 705 million, a staggering decrease. South America is also facing a decrease of about 1% a year, which is giving the continent a sense of hope. We also shouldn’t ignore the fact that world hunger is slowly being defeated. In just 20 years we went from 19% of the world being undernourished to 10%. That is a massive change in percentage in a short time span. If all of these factors didn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism for the future of the human race this should. The world is just plain happier, and we keep getting happier. According to a Canadian-led UN Project that aims to measure the happiness levels of each country, there’s a steady trend of global happiness rising everywhere. I’m not asking you to stop noticing the problems we have going on, such as the impending global refugee crisis from global warming destroying all hospitable farming lands, or the superbug that is going to be formed because of our over use of disinfectants, or the massive wealth inequality that is emerging in first world countries.  That would be irresponsible and just plain ignorant. What I am asking you to do is to be positive for once.

References

China’s Investments in Africa: What’s the Real Story? Philadelphia: Wharton, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/chinas-investments-in-africa-whats-the-real-story/&gt;.

Human Development Index-HDI. N.p.: Investopedia, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://www.investopedia.com/terms/h/human-development-index-hdi.asp&gt;.

World Poverty. N.p.: Our World In Data, 2016. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <https://ourworldindata.org/world-poverty/&gt;.

Brean, Joseph. Is the world becoming a happier place? Contentment has nudged up around the globe, UN report says. N.p.: National Post, 2013. N. pag. Web. 16 Oct. 2016. <http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world-happiness-report&gt;.

 

Profile, Final Draft

I’m not an original man. I can’t come up with creative ideas anytime I want. It’s a challenge to let my imagination take hold and just produce ideas. My lack of originality is why I decided to profile one of my roommates. He was born on the seventeenth of September, 1997, inside Peel Memorial hospital, Brampton Ontario. James was born into a family with French roots, although you would never know it because the only French word he can say fluently is “fromage.” According to the horoscope astrological system, something James swears is one hundred percent accurate and true, he is a Zodiac. Which means he is a shy, artistic person, who hates being disturbed or disturbing others. I can’t verify the validity of horoscopes after this revelation. James is a self-described average guy. He has light brown hair, green-ish blue eyes and stands at five foot seven. He almost always has some slight beard growth on his face, but I’ve never seen him trim it or try to maintain his facial hair. When asked about why he doesn’t just shave it fully or grow it out I was met with a predictable response “Dude why the hell do you care so much about my facial hair.” A good question I ask myself as I type this out. Every morning he wakes up as late as class allows him to, rolls out of bed and then proceeds to brush his teeth and shower. After that it’s time to get clothed. The clothing I’ve seen him wear the most frequently is khaki jogger pants with a white shirt, and maybe a flannel is he’s feeling extra creative that day. Overall, a very average outfit for a young man around his age. Once he’s presentable he’s ready for class, breakfast is not necessary for this young scholar. It’s fall in Peterborough and as such the trees around the town are turning crimson and orange, this transformation in the foliage leads to quite a visually pleasant walk along the campus’ pathway for James as he makes his way to class. Each grueling day he finishes he gets one step closer to finishing his program of choice, Customs Border Services. The reason he chose this program over the others was because of the variety in everyday tasks he believes it will offer him, no day is the same. This is an appeal for an adventurous soul like James. When pressured into disclosing if the financial benefits of the job had any sway in choosing this program over the others he let out a confident, reassuring “I don’t know man, sure.” James is a simple man, and money satisfies simple men. But who can blame him? Not I! for I too have the same lust for wealth. After graduation James hopes to secure a job in the CBS and if he is fortunate enough, be stationed in Vancouver, where he dreams of settling down with a British woman, angering his French family. After a long life of working hard he wishes to retire and move to Sydney, Australia. Where he will live a simple life, no longer having to be annoyed by him roommate asking him very personal questions.

 

 

Reading Blogs

He hammered a hiking buddy to death, passage.

“It is a beautiful and serene place, an open-air cathedral for religions yet unnamed. Although the cliffs rarely rise above 40 feet, they seem taller, looming overhead and creating a shelter from the wider world.” I picked this as the visceral quote not because it gives a overly detailed description of a violent incident like most people would think the word should be applied to, but because it appeals to deep inward feelings. The first two words already appeal to something every human wants in life, beauty and serenity, both of these words immediately bring positive connotations to whatever would follow. The author then follows that up with a description of the area as an open air cathedral, giving it a sort of holy presence. Immediately I think of a marble walled, monument to god painted with renaissance era tapestry, appealing to humanities need of a higher power and the assurance that comes with being somewhere holy. The second part of the sentence is also appealing because of the fact that it gives off the idea that the forest is protecting you from the corruption and problems that you’d face in your daily lives. Almost like you’re entering into a new realm of peace when you step into the cliffs. This is appealing for obvious reasons, everyone has their outlets when they want to escape, and having the ability to turn to nature to release all of your stress that you built up just seems like a peaceful and healthy way to escape.

Shitty First Drafts

I wish I could relate to this wonderful piece of writing but I can’t. The difference between me and Anne, is that no matter how shitty she feels when she starts writing, she still enjoys the experience. She still manages to find reward at the end of the shitty first drafts tunnel. I don’t. I don’t like having to sit down and express my thoughts through text, I’d rather let them out vocally. I don’t enjoy putting myself through the stress of having to make sure that every single sentence is coherent and flows together. I don’t like freaking out about deadlines because I can’t figure out if I should use a oxford comma or not. But I do it anyways. Because it’s important to improve literary skills. I realize that if I want to excel in school and the work place i’ll need to get accustomed to sitting down and grinding out some incoherent paragraphs and tweaking them until they’re acceptable. Maybe I could change this attitude of negativity if I started writing more and changed the dread into optimism. I could start small with this blog and weekly entries and then I could eventually branch out into a fantasy novel. This probably won’t happen though because I’d much rather spend my free time reading other peoples work or pursuing another hobby like music or film. I guess I can relate with the feeling Anne experiences though. I know what it’s like to run into a challenge and the feeling you experience when you overcome it. It’s pretty great.

 

 

Other Class Works

Political Cartoon Assignment Part 2

Matthew Macrae

Section 003

November 15, 2016

Ralph Ashford

Background

There is a lot going on in this cartoon which leaves it up to personal interpretation on what the main issue the cartoon is trying to focus on. The first thing I noticed was the Climate Treaty that Trudeau seems to be holding. It doesn’t directly specify what treaty it is referencing, but it would be a safe bet to assume that the piece of paper is supposed to be representing the Paris Climate Agreement which has had talks going on since December of 2015. The reason this agreement would be relevant is because Canada has recently decided to be ratified to the Paris Agreement, which means that our country is now legally bound to the conditions set out in the treaty.

The cartoon also seems to be referencing the carbon tax and economic regulations that were promised and promoted during election time, but have seemed to be swept under the carpet recently under Trudeau’s time spent in office.

The last major theme that appears in this comic is the man wearing the “action” shirt. This doesn’t reference a certain event or promise, but instead it seems to encapsulate the general attitude that a lot of people recently have of Trudeau not really following through on his promises.  There’s a lot of examples of Trudeau not fulfilling what he said, currently the most prevalent event sparking this recent negativity to Trudeau would be his sudden change of heart in reforming First Past the Post, a voting system where the winning party does not need to attain a majority of the electoral votes to seize power, like was promised during the election. The native community in Canada has also had some growing anger towards the Liberal party, for their abandonment of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Trudeau’s approval on the construction of a dam on Treaty 8 land. Trudeau’s inaction seems to be recurring and prevalent theme of this political cartoon.

Analysis

The first symbol that really stuck out to me was Trudeau’s face in this comic. Usually he’s portrayed in a similar fashion, with the dopey face, but this artist seems to have put a lot of emphasis on his eyebrows, eye lashes, and lips, giving him a very feminine appearance. Which gives off the image of him being a pretty boy, something that’s usually not looked well towards. In the complete opposite direction, the man in the background looks more like an average Joe, a grizzled working class man who is waiting on Trudeau to fulfill his promises, showing that they are at odds with each other. Trudeau taking a selfie, a common criticism of him, is also present which can give off the idea that he’s self-absorbed and only cares about promoting himself in a positive light. Lighting seems to be an important symbol in this cartoon, with Trudeau having almost a halo like sphere of light around his head while the common man is literally being left in the shadows. The lighting around the common man is bleak and grey, perhaps trying to show off the attitude that a lot of Canadians have towards a future under Trudeau. Touching on Trudeau’s appearance again, he’s wearing a red tie which is no coincidence since red is the colour of the Liberal party of Canada and also is a power colour. The common man is also wearing a hat with a maple leaf, confirming that he’s to be seen as the average Canadian. The equipment rack is holding various tools, but one sticks out the most to me. The broom with the word regulations written on it is perhaps meant to give off the idea that Trudeau is trying to sweep away climate regulations.

 

Course Application

Based off the way the comic is drawn you would naturally assume that the artist was most likely right-wing, but if you look at his other comics he seems to satirize both parties on separate ends of the political spectrum. I think this is interesting because if a seemingly neutral artist is willing to be this harsh to Trudeau it exemplifies the growing conflict that is emerging between the Liberal party and their voter base. A lot of people believe that the Liberals are going against the party’s values, and the values that people assumed Trudeau would have, with actions such as Dam C fueling this new distrust. Trudeau also gives off the image of being an individualist in this comic, only caring for himself and not the common folk he’s sworn to help. I think it’s important to realize this and bring it up in class because there’s a newly emerging sentiment of distrust and anger towards Trudeau that seems to be bubbling and it will be interesting to see where it leads if it continues. If the emerging attitudes toward Trudeau and his government progress it could lead to a power shift with a new party like the NDP or Conservatives being elected in the future, because of the Liberals reluctance to listen to their voters.

References

 

Cheadle, B. (2016). Canada to ratify Paris climate deal while still working on national plan. Retrieved November 14, 2016, from

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-ratify-paris-climate-deal-1.3766983

 

Paris Agreement. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from https://ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/international/negotiations/paris/index_en.htm

Press, J. B. (n.d.). Trudeau announces plan to kill first-past-the-post by the next election. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/trudeau-announcing-plan-to-kill-first-past-the-post-by-the-next-election

 

 

(2016, May 13). Trudeau may be killing his own electoral reform project. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from

https://ipolitics.ca/2016/05/13/trudeau-may-be-killing-his-own-electoral-reform-project/

 

McParland, K. (2016, July 18). Kelly McParland: Trudeau’s first broken promise to First Nations people is a whopper, but won’t be the last. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/kelly-mcparland-trudeaus-first-broken-promise-to-natives-is-a-whopper-but-wont-be-the-last

 

Kurjata, A. (2016, September 23). Justin Trudeau accused of ‘bulldozing Aboriginal rights’ with Site C – British Columbia – CBC News. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/justin-trudeau-accused-of-bulldozing-aboriginal-rights-with-site-c-1.3776792

 

Treaty Guide to Treaty No. 8 (1899). (2010, September 15). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from

https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100028805/1100100028807

 

MacKay, G. (2016, April 23) The Hamilton Spectator. [Cartoon] Retrieved from:

http://mackaycartoons.net/2016/04/22/7899/

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