Studies in Genre (Winter 2016)

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by EDion on March 15, 2016
On the website www.oxforddictionaries.com, the definition of extremism is “the holding of extreme political or religious views; fanaticism”. This definition is coherent with my original view of the word, but it definitely adds to what I thought it meant. I was not sure of the extension of this word. Now, it is very clear that it is meant for politics and religion.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by M.Martins on March 14, 2016
The definition of extremism, according to Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a “belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable.” I find this definition to be unclear due to its lack of elaboration. It provides no frame of reference as to what “most people” may consider “correct or reasonable”, thereby making the definition too general. For example, people of one religion may disagree with the belief of another religion.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by jesshow14 on March 13, 2016
According to the Oxford Dictionary of Current English, extremism is “the holding of extreme political or religious views”. Although I did not have a lot of knowledge on this subject, I previously thought that extremism was a very broad word to define extreme ways of thinking related to any topic. In other words, I did not think that it had to be specifically about politics or religion. In my opinion, I believe that the given definition is too narrow and that it should include other topics that can be seen from an extreme perspective instead of focusing only on two. 

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by K-Lehoux on March 13, 2016
                 According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, extremism is denoted by a “belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable.” Quite frankly, I find this definition too broad. I feel like the definition could be narrowed down for clarity as well as preciseness, especially since it is a dictionary’s definition. “Correctness and reasonability” are both aspects which can vary greatly from one community to another.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Yassine on March 13, 2016
The definition of "extremism" that I found was from a website called "Oxford Dictionaries". It asserts that extremism is "the holding of extreme political or religious views". Before reading this definition, I thought that extremism was more oriented towards radical acts of physical violence or threats rather than an act that can stem from a political or religious belief. Although I do think that many of us have a different outlook on this subject, I believe that it would be more just to clarify this term by simply defining it as an act of a radical view towards mankind.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Alexia1 on March 11, 2016
The definition for "extremism" I found was from Mirriam-Webster.  It states that extremism is belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider \correct or reasonable . Before reading up on this definition, I thought that extremism was a definition that was based on religion. In other words, I believed that extremism was an act of violence that people demonstrate for their religion or country. I learned that extremism does not necessarily deal with religion, although it is possible depending on the belief and support on the ideas that one may have.  

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I think Emmanuel Jal is right by saying that education is key for the country's development. Firstly, through education, children develop a variety of skills that may help them develop a profession in their future, which will therefore help the country's development. Secondly, through education, children learn critical thinking, which helps them have their own opinion without being wrongly influenced by others. This will help the nation develop since people won't make irrational decisions because of their lack of knowledge.

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Based on Emmanuel Jal's take on why music and education are important in life, and your own opinion about the subject, list the similarities and differences between both thoughts and explain them.

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Your childhood is crucial period in your life. During this period, you are learning and making sense of the world around more and more every day. If, as a child, you are surround by brutal violence, it becomes the norm. As Emmanuel said, he saw people die right in front of his eyes and did not even cry. This violence, in a sense, becomes a part of you. Children exposed to violence can learn to express their emotions in that same form of aggression and they can easily be brain washed into thinking the same violent thoughts that their elders have. These repercussions will surely have a negative influence on that person later on in their adulthood. They may unfortunately live their entire lives in a violent manner, or perhaps with the help of education, some day come to the realization that life is not suppose to be lived this way, and that violence is never the answer.

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In my opinion, I do not think that it is possible for someone who has been subject to such terrible events to stop resenting and feeling angry towards those he thinks are the perpetrators of these wars. The only way I see for him to get around these negative feelings is to understand that not every person in the religion or in the nation of the perpetrators are evil and that hatred and anger cannot solve problems and would only add oil to the fire.

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Emmanuel Jal mentions that as a war child, he resented Muslims. In your opinion, how an individual who has experienced a traumatic past can remove hatred and anger from his/her heart?

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I think the motivation behind taking on such a big responsibility stems from wanting to make sure that these kids have a chance of living a better life that doesn't revolve around hatred, violence and war.

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I strongly believe that Emmanuel Jal is right because education is known to be the key to create a sustainable society. In order for Sudan to be self-sufficient, they must first learn how life works and how to deal with the daily problems. The undeveloped countries will never be able to over come the violence surrounding them if they do not have tools to do so. In this case, education is what will provide them tools and knowledge on how they should behave and act in order to become a peaceful society. It is surely not an easy task but it is possible. From this perspective, I believe that providing Sudanese with education will empower them and ensure them a brighter future, but with an empty stomach it is hard to learn and stay concentrated. With this in mind, I believe that providing them food must precede the access to education.

4 years 6 months ago

Emmanuel Jal is right about educating the Sudanese people. First of, it is known that education is the key to empower a country in terms of development. With education, the future generations will allow a better future for the country as they will have a better knowledge in the field of technology and many other fields of study. Also, in case of disasters, the Sudanese population will have a better knowledge on how to deal with the consequences the disaters bring.

4 years 6 months ago

In my opinion, I do agree with the Emmanuel's view on music which is that it can change your perception of your surrounding and can help up though rough times. When I listen to music, it transports me to another world according to the atmosphere of song. Thus, it is easy for me to comprehend that an individual going through rough times turns towards music to make them forget or get through this difficult time in their life. Music is like a marriage, it is with you through the good and the worst.

4 years 6 months ago

Personally, I think that Emmanuel Jal is absolutely right when he claims that Education is a much better alternative to promoting Sudan's development than doing things for them. I think that education will empower future generations as they will learn to be self-sustaining. I think this is a true way to help a nation rather than giving it directly what it needs. This is a long-term solution. On the other hand, I am not against the UN's intentions. I think that dropping supplies in certain situations, such as natural disasters or others could be very helpful. In this case, I think that Jal's message is a very important one.

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