English Culminating 2017
Hey, my name is nick and this is my grade ten english culminating project. I was forced to read a book by my two teachers, followed by a graded assignment on a “moral” topic that relates to it. Well it was up to me to pick the book from a list, of which I chose the shortest book possible. Now I would be lying if I said I chose this because it was short, the real reason is because I didn’t think either of my teachers would have read this weird book about animals taking over a farm, in which case I could get away with not reading.
Well this plan slowly went down the drain when we were told that what seemed like every class we would have a socratic, harkness, whatever they call it discussion about the themes and morals of our books that we read. On top of this we would have to write down day by day our progress on how far we are on the project. This plan, wasn’t going to work too well… or is it working perfectly right now?
So I had my idea for which moral topic I was going to write about and now I should probably introduce it to you given that I am on my third paragraph into this written piece and haven’t given you a clue what it could be about. So here we go,
In the book “Animal Farm”, by George Orwell what creates the first dispute of the book was the farmer. Now, this man wasn’t any farmer, he was a drunk, he owed money and treated those around him poorly. One day farmer Jones, was his name, went out with his workers and friends for some drinks. As he gets home late at night, he forgets to feed his animals who work so hard for his success on the farm. I could go on and tell you about the outcome of the situation and the farmers future, but that is not what I am here to talk about.
I want to connect the status of power on the farm, to the real world. Here’s what I mean. The farmer (boss, leader, coach) is a lazy man who misuses his power. And I know common situations arise often in our society such as when people have power, without earning it, or being fully qualified. Further on this note I want to determine the difference between the winners, the losers, and the averages.
If someone doesn’t earn their place in the world, should they ever be there in the first place? We see this right in front of us here at school, where there are students who could not care less what grade they get in this class, or if they get kicked off the team, or if they are looked at like a bright kid. To my knowledge, the reason for this is because at one point in their life, they will be handed down power. Power that they didn’t earn, power that will be used carelessly. Whether it’s money, staff, or friends, does this kid earn to have what was given to him? After all, would you really work hard in high school if you know you will be a millionaire when you turn 21?
How about when we see Youtube stars, who can film themselves for 3 minutes a day, and earn millions of dollars. Over the person that faces an enemy while fighting for a country’s peace, earns less that 100 thousand? There are people all over the world that have “earned” great success and achieved astonishing things in their life without once putting in work for themselves.
But the truth is, our society is constantly being faced with people who are doing much better things with their life than us, and make it seem effortless or like its normal. Like when that add pops up showing a 15 year old CEO billionaire, Or a video about this amazing teacher who spends 25 hours a day at the school helping their students strive in all aspects of life! Lets face it, that is not the reality, and if you’re not one of the lucky ones, you DO have to work for success and power, and I want to know what separates the people who will put in the work and achieve their deserved power.
I follow a podcasting account which posts in a way, motivational tracks that you can listen to, in order to strive for success. While listening to one the other day, I understood the biggest part of being the type of person who EARNS success. What this man was explaining was that there were two types of people that followed his series.
The winners, and the losers.
The second group (the losers) are the ones who are searching for stuff. Materialistic's. They were the ones that grew up in a 3 floor household, had a mother and father to drive them to school, had someone to help them when they wanted something.
The first group (the winners) were the ones who were self aware. They knew themselves, their morals, and their core. Rather than operating for money, they work for their values, their morals and what they know they need to do.
Losers, don’t stand for anything. This is why, when people are moving to take the next step of their life, they aren’t trying to take you with them.
“My core values say you may be smarter than me, but you will not outwork me” -Eric Thomas
After doing more in depth research, I found that there is much hatred on millennials. So apparently we are lazy, self interested, in need of instant gratification, and even job hoppers. And this was the cause for why companies are getting frustrated with employing this generation. So I chose this article as one of my five resources because I thought it could open up perspectives on the reason why we see so many lazy people in the world, who are literally growing up learning how to misuse power.
According to Simon Sinek, there are four reasons why millennials are operating with issue in the workplace. Parenting, technology, impatiens, and environment.
The problem was, too many children were growing up being exposed to failed parenting strategies, where they were told that they were special, constantly reminded that they were special, and could have anything they want in the world, just because they want it. And you can guess the problem that hits when these kids are sent into the real world and find out that their mothers can’t get them a promotion, you have to work for your allowance, and you can’t just have anything you want.
Yet, we are learning how to show how perfect we are, whilst growing up through a facebook, instagram world where we can put filters over everything.”We’re good at showing people that life is AMAZING, even though I’m DEPRESSED.” -Simon Sinek.
The problem is that this drug that is released while using technology is called “dopamine” and it is the exact same drug that we feel when we drink, smoke, and gamble. We know it’s highly addictive, yet we have no age limit on cell phones like we do on other addictive materials or substances… “It’s the equivalent to opening up the liquor cabinet to the kids.”
Notice a difference? It takes us out of our own body, our own mind and happiness.
After all this, they still expect instant gratification. And just about the only thing that they now can’t get, is job satisfaction and strength of relationships. Because of this, we are seeing increased suicide rates, accidental drug overdose deaths, and more people dropping out of school and taking leaves of absence, because they are depressed. When people of such background are then thrown into an environment that cares more about the numbers than the employe, more about the year than the lifetime, how can we help them?
As you can see, the world is full of people who don’t know how to live their lives as soon as they leave their parents wing. This can only lead to the creation of a detrimental society, or a world of misused power.
It’s just something to think about..
Brandes, Max. “What do you think about my topic” Roommate interview. Friday April 28.
Burkus, David. “The Real Problem With Millennials at Work.” INC, may 24, 2016. https://www.inc.com/david-burkus/the-real-problem-with-millennials-at-work.html Accessed on April 1, 2017
Griffin, John, and George Orwell. Animal Farm, George Orwell. Harlow: Longman, 1989. Print.
Maplethorpe, Jerad. “The Four Types of Millennials” Medium. https://medium.com/@maplethorpej/the-four-types-of-millennials-2f75793ae667 May 1 2017.
Sinek, Simon. “Millennials Question- What’s wrong with Millennials” Youtube, uploaded by Le Viral, Dec 31, 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPaQPWfqjmw&list=PLeh_KX5DP5AQf9BCvh4FOw_0LFXvQmY6d&index=6
Thomas, Eric. “know your core” Thank God It’s Monday, September 1, 2014. https://www.spotify.com/ca-en/ Accessed April 24, 2017