For the philosophy projects we took the second semester to learn more about what it means to be us. Some students chose to focus on success, while others focused on existentialism. My project was trying to answer the question “What is my purpose on this earth?” and I gave my answer through a video. Ever since the beginning of the year I have wanted to make this film. I didn’t know what it would be but I had inspiration when I heard a song called Mansard Roof by vampire weekend. This song drove me(haha pun) to make this film. When the project rolled around I decided that I could use my inspiration from this song to fulfill this project. I heard another song, “End of the movie” by cake and that song led me to create my film called “Late”. I named my film this because I am late for a lot of things; school, work, coming home, etc. The perspective I developed is that my meaning wasn’t set, and that no one or no power chose what I was going to do. I have to do what I want to do and what gives me meaning.
Reading the books we read(1984 by George Orwell and The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan) lead me to have a lot of “food for thought”. Reading 1984 over my Christmas break shed some light on the conspiracies of the world and how easily controllable we are. Omnivore’s Dilemma showed me what we eat, and being a person who uses food for many benefits, this scared me. Both of these books showed me what corruption is taking place in our world, both past and current. I have come to question a lot more, and while I have come to close some of my existentialist questions, my raving conspiracy theories are being heightened because of these books. While I am scared for the world I live in, I also see it as an opportunity to explore whatever I want to. I learned there are other possibilities than just living a normal lifestyle, that what may seem stupid to one will be a way of life for another.
I do now wonder about food now more than ever. I won’t be able to look at food the same again and I will always question what I eat. I also do question religion more, and if it’s just a crutch for comfort or a legit thing, but I do not think I will ever be sure. I also wonder if there is an afterlife, that has become more relevant with this project(sort of questioning religion still). Sort of off topic but I question how other people view life differently than me, I wonder what it's like to have their morals and what experiences they have, but that is something I can never recreate for myself.
Deconstructing America: Rhetoric, Ideology and the Democratic experiment.
America is very politically divided, especially this election. For this project, us students chose a political issue that we are passionate about and researched both sides of this issue. After our research, we began a 5 part assignment , 4 of which were essays and one an art piece, showing what we had learned. The first essay was our knowledge and bias before research, the second and third parts were the either sides of the issue, the fourth part was an art piece and the fifth was a Reflection of our project and research.