B.R.A.W.L: Brief Reflection About War Logic

The title isn’t really what B.R.A.W.L stands for. B.R.A.W.L is a debate that we did in my English in an original way over the book All Quiet on the Western Front, By Erich Maria Remarque where we form groups of four and we have ten questions to answer together. After that the teacher chooses one question and two groups (each formed of two people of the original four) go up and debate on that topic against each other. We had two rounds, this was for the first round The second round was the same except with a different set of ten questions and something new that was added, three buzzers that the other groups can use if they want to add something on what the other two groups said or argue against them. It was really interesting although I didn’t use the buzzers. I wish I did.

I learned from the B.R.A.W.L was more of a discussion than learning in my opinion because we already learned stuff and we applied what we learned in the B.R.A.W.L, it wasn’t meant to teach us a lot maybe we got a fact from here or there but personally I believe that the main purpose of the whole debate was to be able to apply what we learned in an academic way where we can combine more than one fact into an idea of our creation. My group worked a lot on finding outside sources and we discussed every question together. We agreed on everything together and Katrina, one of my partners had a lot of videos as sources for the second B.R.A.W.L because she really likes music and other than that we all tried to link the questions to as much real life examples and logic solutions to situations as possible so that we can back up our opinions on each question with real evidence. We didn’t really take pictures of the first B.R.A.W.L the one in which I went because we didn’t have an account set so yeah that is why we have a picture of the music video my group was showing during the second B.R.A.W.L.

I did as much as I could, I added a lot of real life examples that we actually included in our scripts for each question. My famous line that I was supposed to say in the first B.R.A.W.L “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” since I speak French I didn’t get to say because we got a different question. I was so prepared to say it so that is why I wish we were able to choose our own questions as all the questions are on the same difficulty level anyways. I contributed with most of thinking in the first B.R.A.W.L and for the second B.R.A.W.L we divided up the questions where we answered four questions in class and it took my share by answering two questions at home. I took notes of our plan and also when other people presented as well. I don’t really like to talk about myself a lot in group projects to be honest but I really enjoyed the experience even though my B.R.A.W.L was bad because I only thought we had to go back and forth twice and not beyond that but I had a lot of stuff to say. The second B.R.A.W.L’s technique was better but the first one’s questions were better.


Happy with money?

Can money buy happiness? This is a very important question that no one cares about because based on what I see in the world around me, most of the people who have money search for happiness and most of the people who have happiness search for money. This is a strange relationship but it is usually true. However, it is always stated that:

“Money can buy happiness, if spent in the right way”. -Mitchell Moffit

In my opinion, poor people pass in certain challenges while rich people pass through different challenges. They both think the challenges are hard but they can overcome by knowing the source. This is the hardest problem, trying to decide what they need to do in their lives. As long as you have a goal that you are trying to achieve and you do it, you are going to have optimism in life. Also why can’t people help each other out? If you are someone who is extremely rich why don’t you try help someone who is poor? You are going to ask what am I going to get in return but that is wrong because you are going to receive a lot in return, even if you are not going to get anything in return you made someone’s life better than before. Studies have shown that if people spend money on others, this act of giving will make them a happier person at the end of the day. For example, if someone sleeps on the street everyday and you offer them not an expensive apartment but a cheap dirty small house, they are going to be as happy as a clam and this is going to make your day!!!

This is the mentality of both poor and rich people, poor things their lives are useless while the rich try to find new ways to improve their lives. People, either rich or poor are scared to lose a dollar from their pocket because poor wouldn’t be able to provide the primary resources of life like shelter, food, etc. and rich would be so afraid that their funds may decrease if they give the poor. Rich people may argue, but that is why there are still homeless people everywhere.

A very special thanks for Melissa @http://melissabrozz.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/can-money-buy-happiness/ for inspiring me to write this