Directions:

Fill out the Anticipation guide handout. Then, post your responses below. Remember to use the format below:

Your Name -- your paragraph response goes here.

Trevor Hoffman--A person is innocent until proven guilty.
This is not true. People are wrongly accused of crimes often, and go to jail. No one believes them because they were convicted of a crime, and the person that actually committed the crime gets off easily. The problem is that innocent people are accused, and the jury doesn't believe them when they say the reason, because countless convicts before them did. I feel that the justice system is flawed in that it doesn't deal well with innocent people, and the real crime doers get off easy.

Will H- Statement 3
This statement is 100% false. One should always maximize one's own time alive. What is the point of anything unless you are there to enjoy the outcome and benefits. To die for a cause is to undermine the purpose of existence. If you do not act in your own self interest than you might as well die for your cause because you won't be living anyway. There is no moral obligation to help hypothetical, future generations. A certainty is always more valuable than an uncertainty, and your existence is always more certain than the possibility that your cause will triumph, or that your idea will spread.


Carli Jaff-- Statement 5: "That which doesn't destroy us makes us stronger."
I highly agree with this statement because it heavily applies to my life. I have been in numerous situations where it seems unbearably hard and I feel like I can't get through it. However, I find a way to push myself, and I always come out the other end stronger than I was before. For example, I had one summer at sleep-away camp that was horrible; I've never experienced anything worse in my life. I begged my parents to take me home early in the summer because I couldn't deal with it anymore. They almost did, but decided to make me stay and stick out the rest. Now that I did, I am incredibly happy that my parents made that decision. At the time, I just thought they wanted to make me miserable, and I barely got through the rest of camp. In retrospect, I realize that they did it because they loved me and wanted to make me a stronger, better person; and that they did. I was visibly stronger when I came home at the end of camp than I was before I left. I realized that I could face situations that would have seemed extremely difficult to me the previous year now with ease. I returned to camp the following summer, and the summer after that, loving every minute of it. I am returning for my last summer this year, insanely happy with my parents and SO proud of myself for sticking out what seemed to be an unbearable situation then.



Imogene Edson- In the ten statements given I agree with six and disagree with four. One of the four I disagree with is, "There is only one correct way to interpret the truth". I disagree with this statement because I believe there are many correct ways to interpret the truth, people have different ways of understanding and have their own views on situations pertaining the truth.

- Izzy -the difference between right and wrong cant be clear because everyone has a different opinion on what is right and wrong. some people can say that having sex before you are married is wrong, they may believe that its wrong but who are they to determine what is right and wrong. its what everyone thinks is right and wrong for themselves.

Matt- Justice is best determined in a court of law because it is fair to the person being prosecuted. It would not be fair if the police just killed the suspect. They have to be taken to court and proven guilty. Without the justice system there would be no laws; there would be much more crimes. That is why we should follow it.


Grace-I agree with the statement, " It's more difficult to forgive yourself if the person you have hurt doesn't forgive you." I think that forgiveness is a hard to thing to do, especially when you have to forgive somebody else for their actions. The other kind of forgiveness is forgiving yourself and I believe that becomes easier when you know everybody around you has forgiven your actions. You are in control of what you do, but when people have the support and respect from others, it is easier to feel confident and content with who you are and what you do. I think it is a natural for humans to want approval from other people. If the people you have hurt have forgiven you, you feel more comfortable forgiving yourself.

Amanda-"That which doesn't destroy us only makes us stronger."Next to this question, I put a plus sign. There are many obstacles in life that people must face daily. Some are harder to deal with than others. There are things in this world that will knock some people down so they won't want to try any more. But there are those who don't let these obstacles get in the way. It's like exercising or training for sports. At first, it's really hard and sometimes a person would rather give up than go any further. The amount of energy and time it takes to work that hard can be so much pressure on someone that it is difficult to bear. But with enough time, the workouts and practices will pay off and the exercise that used to feel like the hardest thing in the world, only made someone stronger and able to do even more workouts with more required energy. There is more than just sports and exercise that can make a person stronger, this was just one of the many many examples.


Nora-- For number one, "Confessing to a crime you didn't commit in order to avoid punishment is wise," I feverntly disagree in one area, but also agree, full-heartedly in another. When it comes to judicial law, if you confess to a crime, you will be punished. Prison is for more extreme crimes, whereas community service or probation is used for more minor crimes. But, in today's society, if you confess to a crime, though you much be punished less then you would if you confessed much later on, you'd still be punished either way. For a child, on the other hand, confessing can be a one-way ticket to getting out of a spat with parents or getting grounded. So, really, it depends on the scenairo in which this statement is applied.

It’s more difficult to forgive yourself if the person you have hurt doesn’t forgive you. For me, if there is a situation where someone is hurt, I like to work things out, forgive, forget, and move on. However, when that person doesn’t give you, it’s not possible to forgive, forget, and move on. Hurting someone is the last thing that I would do and if it happened, I would never want it to happen again, so I would learn from my mistakes. If this person could not forgive me, I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself because I had hurt them to that degree. I wouldn’t be able to forget and move on because the fact that they can’t forgive me would haunt myself, therefore, I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself.
-Meg

Maya - 2. The difference between right and wrong is never clear. There is no way to know if something is right or wrong with out evidence. It can not be assumed that something is right or wrong. To determine right and wrong, there must be a series of events that give an understanding to how something is right or wrong. An example of this would be how a baby does not know right from wrong when they are born. but the eventually learn it as they grow older.

I am in between with the statement, "justice is best determined in a court of law." In the past, the court has wrongly accused innocent people of crimes they did not commit, which is not what justice means. The Salem Witch Trials are an example of exactly this. The court is basically an assembly of people who get a say of who's innocent or guilty. They are human and therefore capable of mistake such as mixing emotion and opinion with their decisions. Therefore, I believe that many cases like crime are not best determined in court. There are some situations, however, like bankruptcy, which are structured and most easily handled by jury. - Sara


Rachel-
#1: Confessing to a crime you didn't commit in order to avoid punishment is wise.
In response to number one, I do believe that confessing to a crime you didn't commit in order to avoid punishment can be wise, depending on the circumstances. If the circumstances are such that because of the crime you are being accused of, your status as a member of the community is already destroyed and if you don't confess and are later found guilty (which, lets face it, there is a pretty big chance of), the consequences could be horrible, then there is a better chance of you making a false confession and lets say, staying alive than being truthful to yourself and dying. Although you may strongly believe that you did not commit this crime (because well, you didn't), there are a lot of people who believe that you did. If you know the truth inside, and it is a matter of life or death, think about it this way: if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.