Pretty Darn Important

“How important is the idea of covenant sanctions in the week’s readings?”

A covenant is a promise. Covenant sanctions are promised consequences for doing something against the said covenant. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I have to pleasure of telling you exactly what I was reading this week. I was reading select chapters from certain books of the Bible, King James Version. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, the King James Version is the most well recognized version of the Bible in the world. It was and still is used in churches that are more old fashion. Why was it so widely accepted? Because despite how confusing the version might be to some people, it is quite poetic and powerful. Back to the question at hand, how important is the idea of covenant sanctions in this week’s reading? Considering most of the reading was about Jesus and his parables (stories, usually confusing, that teach lessons) I’d say it’s pretty important. Almost all of the lessons in the Bible have a way of showing you both sides of the story, making it clear who is right and who is wrong. Without the covenant sanctions, we wouldn’t know the seriousness of the situations in the stories. We wouldn’t know what would happen if we disobeyed. We would be mindless hooligans who would read the Bible and think, “That was a nice story” and be on with our lives, never realizing the seriousness of the situations described. Because the Bible isn’t just a book. It’s a guide. 

English 3, Lesson 50

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Defending Animal Rights

“Why do some species only live in one part of the world, even though there are other environments which could be suitable?”

Multiple reasons, actually. One of them being that a certain species may not be able to get to the part of the world that would be better suited for them. I mean, it’s not like they can just hop on a boat or a plane and go where they need to. Another reason is because usually, wherever a certain species lives, they adapt to where they are. If you took a wild wolf from the woods and plopped it in another set of woods on the other side of the world, it would find a way to survive. That’s called adapting. Most species don’t need to move to another area unless their current home is being threatened, which is why you see deer rummaging through trashcans in suburban neighborhoods. 

Sharks travel very far distances in the water to get to different places, eat different foods, and more. They don’t necessarily live in only one part of the world unless they are majorly limited, or specifically bred, or have a certain blood type.

So, I guess some species are limited to a certain area of the world and just can’t move to another area. But then again why would they want to move? Some of their climates are perfectly suited to their needs and they don’t need to leave. Wow, I ended up defending the animals rights to stay in their natural habitat instead of explaining to you why they don’t move if there’s a perfectly suitable place for them to live on the other side of the world. Oops.

R. Biology, Lesson 50

 

The Unfortunate Tale Of William Harvey

“Explain the significance of the person you read about for Lesson 48 in 100 words”

The person I read about was named William Harvey (April 1, 1578 – June 3, 1657). Mr. Harvey is the first known scientist to properly explain how blood can be pumped from the body into the heart and brain. As amazing this discovery was, towns folk couldn’t care less and burned him at the stake, claiming he was a witch. This wasn’t as far fetched as you might think due to him studying dead witches. The people who burned his body also burned most of his books but some of his notes survived and were discovered many years later. 

Western Civ. 2, Lesson 50

 

It Does Not Do To Dwell

“How was Don Quixote’s knight-errant oath in conflict with his deathbed oath?”

The oaths he took reflected what level of sanity he currently possessed. His oath to be a knight and to go on a quest and conquer all of his enemies tells us that his mental health scale was very low. The oath to ask for forgiveness for all he had done and to be apart of the church shows us that his mental health was normal.

Confused, and mixing fantasy with reality, Don Quixote created a world where he himself could live and do what he wanted to do most of all; to be a knight. He wanted glory, he wanted adventures, he wanted to save the beautiful girl. His mind drugged by an illusion along wishes that could never be fulfilled, he made an oath and set off to fulfill it. 

At the end of his journey, that is to say his life, Don Quixote was put to rest and the real man underneath the mask of Don Quixote, called Alonso, came forth after many years of hiding. Realizing his madness and his misdeeds, Alonso made an oath to the church and repented of his sins. 

The conflict of the two oaths goes without saying. In the first, he is flinging himself into a false reality, one that he very well could’ve died from and almost did. In the second and last, he stepped through the door of reality and saw the truth for what it was. One was fantasy and one was reality. The conflict is obvious. 

Having read the story and seeing through his eyes, I can understand how easily Alonso stepped into the fantasy that was Don Quixote. With an overactive imagination and no willpower, anyone can fall into the trap of insanity. I, myself, am tempted from time to time to try to live my fantasies. As a child, this is ok but as a growing human, I must put these aside. This isn’t to say that I will never visit the realm of dreams and fantasy again, just that I shouldn’t live that false reality 24/7. In fact, I think it’s an important lesson for all of us to learn.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. Remember that.” -Albus Dumbledore 

English 3, Lesson 45 

Mannerism and Baroque

“What are some of the characteristic features of Mannerism and the Baroque?”

The articles above and below refer to a type of art style that was popular around the 20th century. I will not be showing any images here for viewer discretion. Please enjoy. 

Mannerism 

“While technically masterful, Mannerist compositions were full of clashing colors, disquieting figures with abnormally elongated limbs, (often torturous-looking) emotion and bizarre themes that combined Classicism, Christianity, and mythology” -Shelly Esaak, ThoughtCo.

When you think of angels in art work you most likely think of the chubby, naked cupids with wings, halos, and a long silk cloth covering their lower abdomen. This is an example of Mannerism. With humans lying in uncomfortable positions that couldn’t be maintained in real life, this art style was very popular. They would use the light to their advantage, casting shadows or making the art piece seem to glow.

“Landscapes suffered a similar fate. If the sky in any given scene wasn’t a menacing color, it was filled with flying animals, malevolent putti, Grecian columns or some other unnecessary busy-nes” -Shelly Esaak, ThoughtCo.

Baroque

“The Baroque is a period of artistic style that used exaggerated motion and clear, easily interpreted detail to produce drama, tension, exuberance, and grandeur in sculpture, painting, architecture, literature, dance, theatre, and music.” -Wikipedia 

Baroque was another style people used during and after this time. Particularly found in statues, this art style portrayed people looking fierce, displaying emotion not only through their faces, but through their body. You would likely find more depth in these pieces of art (in my opinion).

 

Western Civ. 2, Lesson 45

Don’t Sneeze

“What were one of the main key ideas of mercantilism?”

Mercantilism was the twisted way of thinking when it comes to sales in a market. Let me set the stage…

 

A young woman is walking in the market. She should be working but she was dismissed because she caught a small cold, poor thing. Looking for something to lift her spirits, she goes to the market to find some lemons. This wasn’t a good idea (to go to the market I mean) because of the new law that was passed, but this young woman, whose name was Mary, didn’t care in the slightest. She needed lemons and that was final. So, sifting through the crowd, she searched for lemons. Many people called out to her, trying to get her to look at their wonderful produce, their lovely dresses, their fantastic books, but Mary had her mind set on lemons. Just then, she felt a sneeze coming on. Worried about the new law, she looked for a spot to hide. But there was no alley way she could sneak into, there were only shops and booths and crowds of people. And it was just her luck that just as the crowd parted, she stopped in front of a shop selling shoes and let out a loud sneeze. Sniffling, Mary looked up to see an angry shop owner hurrying towards her. “Do you ‘ave any idea what you’ve just done?” asked the man who was selling fresh beans. Just then, Mary noticed that many people had gone to look and go into the shoe shop. Mary felt so ashamed but there was really no way for her to prevent the sneeze! Another shop owner bustled toward her, “‘ow many customers you’ve just cost me?” she was saying. Poor Mary tried to assure both shop owners that she didn’t mean any harm. After all, it was really the governments fault for enlisting such a terribly inconvenient and silly law. ‘It’s against the law to sneeze in front of a shop’ oh, honestly! One little sneeze isn’t going to direct the attention of everyone.

You just read an example of one of the ideas of mercantilism. That ‘you can’t sneeze in front of any shop because it might make people look and go to the shop instead of shopping elsewhere’. I know, ridiculous. Imagine if that were the case today; someone sneezing in front of a Walmart and the owner of Target coming over and picking a fight with the customer. Just be glad this idea has died out over the years.

Western Civ. 2, Lesson 40

 

My Thoughts

“Discuss your own personal thoughts or questions about the function of DNA and biotechnology.”

Hello! Here’s a post you don’t get to see very often! I get to share my innermost thoughts about these two things with you! So, what you’re about to read are un-edited thoughts from my brain (by un-edited, I mean I’m just being open. I will edit this so you don’t have to stare at my grammar mistakes). Let’s begin! 

Where to start?! How about DNA. Did you know that it stands for Deoxyribonucleic acid? I didn’t know that until I saw it in my biology lesson. This week has been a true eye opener for how complex and amazing the human body is, and I’ve only been looking at DNA and Cells. Studying this stuff makes me wonder why anyone thought we just simply evolved into being, because our bodies are WAY to intricate for that. I can’t even explain how incredible it is that when you get a cut, your body starts to heal itself immediately. We seriously take for granted so much, including our own bodies. All we want to do is make them stronger, make them thinner, make them fatter, make them tinnier, make them bigger, make them look like someone else, ANYTHING. We stuff harmful chemicals into our body and it’s a miracle that we don’t die as soon as we do such things. Which brings me to my next point–biotechnology. Biotechnology is the study of trying to make cells in certain things do different things. Take for example, fermentation. If you are a little lost, fermentation is the process that makes substances into wine, or batter into bread. We take one thing and make it do something to create something new. It’s biology and science mixed into one neat little bread loaf! It’s interesting, it’s scientific, it’s epic! And it’s fun!

So, yeah those are basically my thoughts on those two topics. Like it? Want more? Then go pester my teachers to give me more assignments like this. See you next time!

(Anyone else have MAJOR deja vu?)

Rev. Biology, Lesson 40