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Why ain't he talking? My name is Jeff. That's Jeffe, man.

Response to Peter Boghossian

What do you think about Boghossian's arguments? How does it affect your ideas about next year?

I personally completely agree with Boghossian's arguments. While the intention of the Social Justice warrior movement certainly are noble, their way of achieving this is quite frankly horrible. I do not believe that these morals should be indoctrinated in the education system, but we should rather utilise Boghossian ways of teaching. Everyone should be able to form their own views, whether people like it or not. Allowing others to share their opinions, even though you might not agree, is the best way to become more open-minded. It allows people to agree with new opinions, but also to enforce what they believe. They can create new opinions, which is impossible in a system where everyone has to follow a certain way of thinking. This SJW movement within the education system has gone too far, and it is seriously affecting the quality of our education. We shouldn't be indoctrinated to harass people because they think differently. People like Boghossian shouldn't be persecuted for trying to show and teach that differences make us stronger. We must get rid of this woke wave, before an entire generation is brainwashed into this dangerous authoritarian ideology.

The whole movement in general reminds me of the 'thought police' from George Orwell's 1984. You are immediately targeted for not agreeing with the masses/party, something that outright scares me. Reading that even the professors are not safe from this persecution, makes me rather nervous for next year. I want to follow political studies, and I'm worried that I will fall victim to cancel culture and persecution by others who do not agree with my personal views. I have been confronted in the past by these people who are very active within the social justice warrior community. My views were different than theirs, and I was branded as a racist, homophobic and other horrible names just because I had another way of thinking. I've also been called a "Nazi", which I find quite ironic as I am not the one persecuting others for having different believes. In general, I am hoping that my experience in college will be conflict-free, but if a situation arises where I am the victim of the woke movement, I will not hesitate to defend myself or others. Free speech and free thinking is the foundation of a democracy, and it should be protected no matter what.

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Under the hard, tough cloak of the struggle for existence in which money and enormous white refrigerators and shining, massive, brutally-fast cars and fine, expensive clothing had ostensibly overwhelmed the qualities of men that were good and gentle and just, there still beat a heart of kindness and patience and forgiveness
-John Okada, No-No Boy

Discuss:

  1. He believes that money has corrupted mankind's hearts. Humans their best qualities have overwhelmed the qualities of men that were good and gentle. While it isn't exactly a hatred towards money, there is a sort of petty for people who have been consumed by money present in the text.

  2. Under the hard, tough cloak of the struggle for existence in which money had ostensibly overwhelmed the qualities of men that were good and gentle and just, there still beat a heart of kindness and patience and forgiveness

    Money details:

    - It would downplay the importance of money and does not have the same effect on how it is corrupting humans
    - No supporting the statement that money overwhelmed the qualities of men that were good

    People details:

    - /

ENG essay: Summer

History has always been one of my passions. While my classmates in Primary school were playing games, I was "storming the beaches of Normandy during D-Day". Luckily, I share this passion with both of my grandfathers, who are History junkies just like me. At the start of the Holiday, one of them had provided the entire family with some old pictures of our ancestors. While all of them were interesting, one of them caught my eye. It appeared to be an older man wearing military decorations, presumably from the First world war. The picture was rather old looking (from the 50s), and the man in the picture was already pretty old. Thus, eager to find out more about this mysterious soldier, I set out on a conquest to find out more about this man.

The first step that I undertook was posting the picture on a Belgian History forum. One history buff was nice enough to identify the majority of the medals, and he recommended me to look up my last name in a book dedicated to WW1 veterans. That's where I found out about Leonard Gobbaerts, my great-great-grandfather. As soon as I found out, I contacted my grandpa, and explained what I had found. He was very interested and said that he would go to the military archives to find more documents, as I was still living abroad. This would later be extremely useful, as it allowed us to look into his role in the army during the first world war.

After examining all the documents, we came to the conclusion that right before the start of the war he was drafted into the 6th line regiment, a normal infantry regiment. He would stay in that infantry for more than 1 year and a month. This means that he most likely fought in the defense of Antwerp, the battle of the Yser and that he lived in the trenches for several months. Afterwards, the military documents state that he underwent a training to become part of the artillery regiment. He finished it within a month, and from then on he served there for the rest of the war. Another thing that I noticed was that he was evacuated to a medical center, due to a disease. Unfortunately, the name of the disease was not mentioned anymore, so we can only speculate. He was eventually discharged in 1919, completing over 5 years of service.

After finding out, I created a document wherein I could assemble all the info I could find. Seeing this document grow over time was amazing, and it gave me a sense of achievement and accomplishment. It includes maps, schedules and other information about my ancestor that allowed the entire family to get a clear view of what he did 100 years ago. At the moment, it includes possible other ancestors who would have fought in WW1, but I'm still working to find out whether they are direct relatives, or if they are distant family.