Faith Like Potatoes: Jeremiah 29:11

Considering Angus in the start of the movie to the end he changed quite a lot. At the beginning of the movie Angus acted like he needed no help, nor wanted anyone to help him. He acted out and got angry very quickly over the little things. When a man cut him off driving Angus got very mad and he hit the guy. by the end of the movie Angus’s attitude had changed, he had learned how to control himself a lot better.  He realised he did need help in order to be successful. Angus let more people into his life and he looked for help from God.

The first question from God to Angus was, are you prepared to be a fool for me? This to me means God is asking Angus if he is prepared to go out of  his comfort zone in order to have God help him. God is asking Angus if he is prepared to do things God asks of him even if it means Angus could feel different or unsure about it. God will not hurt Angus, but Angus needs to have trust in him that God will not make him do things that could hurt him.

Are you prepared for people to persecute you because of my name? this was the second question god had asked Angus. God is asking if Angus is prepared to follow him and tell people that he is a follower of him. In doing so, following God, it will bring God closer to Angus. When God becomes closer to us he helps us with what we need.

The final question God asked Angus are you willing to spend less time with your family? This meant if he wanted Gods help God would need to be put before others, even the ones who are closest to him. Angus would have to take time away from his family and work in order to pray and speak to God.

 

At the beginning of high school my plans were quite different then how they are now, at first I thought I knew what i wanted to do. I wanted to stay close to home and I wanted to be a nurse. Now as i’m getting closer to the end of school I want to move far from here and go on a adventure to a new place, I want to go into the heath industry but not sure what career in heath.  If God were to ask of me the same three questions I am not sure how I would respond, I would continue to pray to god and try to be close with him. I would not necessarily care how others thought of me going to church i would be proud of it. Taking time away from my family in order to come closer with god would be okay and I would be proud of it.

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Psalm 100

This psalm talks about how god is always with us. God will always be with us when we have faith, we can talk to god anytime during the day and he will be here to listen to us.this relates to the movie because many times angus will pray to god and god will always be there to listen.

It also talks about how god is our creator. God created us for a reason. We all have a purpose on this planet and something that god wants us to do. Before Angus planted the potatoes he prayed to god, and listened to what god had to say. All the other men in the movie told him that it wasn’t a good idea but god told him to plant and he was very successful.

This psalm also shows us how god can control us. God leads us to the right path in life. He can control us by us having trust in him. If we have trust in god he leads us to do what is best. When angus trusted in god he prayed and when he pulled out his first potato it was huge and a amazing success. He put his trust in god and god helped him.

This psalm to me means if I put my faith and trust in god he will lead me down the right path in life. he will always be here for me when I need him. prayer is a way that I can become closer with God. We can  become successful with the help of God, we just need to put our trust in him.

Many religious groups trust in this psalm the believe that by following this he will help them. They believe going to church and being in a place when they can truly connect to god can make them relate and be closer to god.

After chapter 3 writing assignment

Bernard Marx is a shy, humble, sweet, likes to be alone… alpha plus. Bernard is quite different the the others taking place in brave new world, he does not enjoy casual sex or soma which makes him stand out. Bernard works in the Psychology Bureau. He is looked as a outsider and found weird because he does not choose to participate in the casual sex, besides this difference Bernard does have one thing in common with the others, he very much dislikes having to deal with the lower castes.

Bernard and Lenina are two completely different people, so it is quite odd that they have a relationship. Bernard is shy and enjoys taking in the little things where as Lenina is always looking for ways to get involved in something. Bernard shyness tends to make him not want to have sexual relationships where as Lenina is always wanting to have sex.

A huge topic we can really focus in on is consumption. Consumption is the using up of a resource. In Brave New World the games are a way that they can get children to increase tier consumption, a game that they play is  Centrifugal Bumble Puppy. In brave new world some of them are conditioned to think that the more they consume the more successful and the more in power they will be.

I personally would not want to live in a world state. A world state is a place where everything is controlled, there is one government that controls everything.  The motto of the World State is “Community, Identity, Stability”. this type of world as almost no freedom, they do what they are told and they are conditioned from the time they are babies all the way till they die. to me family is a very important aspect of my life and not being able to have that would be very disheartening.

There is quite the amount of vocabulary in this book that can be hard to understand at some moments, but by researching the words I can get a deeper, fuller understanding of what they mean. A caste is the groups you are split up into when you are born based on your level of smartness, the higher the caste the more opportunities you have.   Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon are the names of the castes in brave new world, They’re the first five letters on the Greek alphabet. Each of these castes wore different colors and have different roles. Hypnopedia is sleep teaching. Soma is a drug used kind of like alcohol. Centrifugal Bumblepuppy. A game in which children fling a ball onto a platform. The ball then rolls down the interior and lands on a rotating disk that flings the ball in a random direction, at which point the ball must be caught. Bokanovsky’s Process is a fictional process of human cloning. Consumption the people within the WorldState constantly consume because of the conditioning they received while they were young. Conditioning was caste-based, designed to teach basic behavior suitable for an entire caste. Malthusian belt is an important accessory worn by women and girls. pregnancy substitute is a set of injections and pills that women are given to simulate the effects of being pregnant. Decanting Room is where the embryos are to be poured out, into the daylight. utopia perfect world. dystopia horrible, unplesent world.

Q/A Chapters 8-10

  1. Has Linda adjusted to savage life?

Linda hasn’t adjusted to the savages way of life because of her conditioning. On the savage reservation Lenina gets judged and whipped for sleeping with more than one guy because they can only or should only have one guy

  1. Why does Bernard have a different reaction to the savages?

Because he is more open minded and doesn’t judge them for their appearance, he likes how they can do what they want and they are free.

  1. What is the significance of mescal?

Mescal is alcohol it is still a type of drug that makes you feel happy it is just in a different form, and it can give you hangovers. they use mescal instead of soma.

  1. What are the reactions of the savages to Linda?

linda doesnt like being on the reservation.

  1. What does John mean to Linda?

linda is johns mother.

  1. What is the significance of John finding the works of Shakespeare?

no one else on the reservation knows about shakspear besides him, they cant read.

  1. What is John’s reaction to Lenina?

Thinks she is beautiful , the most beautiful girl hes ever seen. but then he finds out she just wants sex and he calls her a whore.

Q/A Chapters 11 to 14

  1. In England, how does Bernard take advantage of the Savage to elevate his social position.

He starts holding parties for the upper caste to meet the savage which gets him more woman. The attention is shifted away from people making fun of his physical appearance and the alcohol in his bottle.

2. Why is the Savage displeased by the feelies?

john sees woman in a loving and romantic way and wouldn’t treat a lady like the man in the movie

3. Why does Linda use soma?

Linda takes soma because it’s an escape from her life and doesn’t give you hangovers like mescal

4. Why does Mustapha Mond reject the new theory of biology?

purpose of life might not be “the maintenance of well-being, but some intensification and refining of consciousness, some enlargement of knowledge.” Mustapha agrees with this but doesn’t want to publish it for the society to see because it will ruin it.

5.What is the group’s reaction to the refusal of the Savage to come to the party?

The guests become very mad

6.Why does the Savage want to be unhappy?

so he can experience the feeling of being truly happy.

7.Why does Helmholtz laugh at Romeo and Juliet?

laughs at the way love is portrayed in Romeo and Juliet he thinks its funny because she picks one man not many.

8.Which character foreshadows and eventually influences Lenina’s actions toward John?

Fanny influences Lenina to act on her feelings.

9. In the confrontation between Lenina and John, we see a side of Lenina that does not coincide with the training of the state. What is it?

Lenina doesn’t like to sleep around anymore. She is wants john and only john, but they are trained to like many men and loving one man is not okay.

10.What was John’s reaction to her affection?

All John’s words of commitment and love didn’t get through to Lenina she just thought he wanted her back so she tried to seduce him, which John didn’t like he gets really mad because he now thinks she only wants him for sex so he ends up slapping Lenina and calls her a whore

11.What news did the telephone call bring to John?

got a call from the hospital for the dying saying Linda overdosed on soma.  The nurses don’t try to save anyone from dying.

12.How did the children react to death?

the kids in the hospital are death conditioned. It makes them not fear death. They are insensitive to Johnand they wonder why is ugly and fat. No sympathy is given to John about his dying mother.

13.Why does Linda die with a look of terror on her face?

she mistakes john for pope and she is struggling to breathe and realizes she’s about to die.

14.What and who is the rebellion brought on by?

it is brought on by john whe he throws soma away and tells everyone it is poison and killed his mother, and will kill others.

15.What is the price Utopia has to pay for stability?

lose personal identity.

16.How does John’s reaction toward Utopia affect Mustapha Mond?

Mustapha Mond desrcibes  if everyone was made an Alpha Plus the world would be sad. Everyone would be smart and everyone would be the same.  there wouldn’t be the people to run the different jobs if we weer all alpha plus.

chapers 6/7

  1. What was the punishment the Director had planned for Bernard?

The director threatened to transfer Bernard to a Sub-Center, preferably to Iceland.

2. What effect did hearing of the planned punishment have, initially on Bernard?

Once Bernard hears that’s the Director is serious about finding him a replacement he becomes worried.

3.What were Lenina’s reactions to the mesa? Why did she react this way?

She describes the mesa as queer. Lenina despises the Indian tour guide because he’s smelly and old. In the World State no one is older than sixty which why she’s judging the people here

4. Two new characters are introduced in Chapter 7, probably to show cross influences of the two cultures and to further comparison. Each character starts in one culture but spends much time in the other (but they do not start in the same culture). The two are?

The two new characters we meet are Linda and John. Linda started off in the World State as a Beta worker but the Director left her at the Savage Reservation.

5.How is the Savage’s appearance different from others on the mesa?

fair skin, straw colored hair and pale blue eyes make him stand out compared to the others on the mesa.

6.How has the Savage’s mother’s appearance changed on the reservation – that is, what has it become?

Linda used to look ‘pretty’. she is overweight, looks old and reeks of alcohol.

BNW chapters 1-5

1. what is the initial setting of the story?

  • The initial setting is Central London, Hatchery and conditioning Centre.

2. What does the date A.F. represent?

  • After Ford

3. What are the five different classes of people?

  • Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon

4. What modern process parallels the Bokanovsky Process?

  • Cloning

5. Identify two major instruments of social stability.

  • Population control, class system

6. What was the planetary motto?

  • Community, identity, stability

7.  According to the time, what is the secret of happiness and virtue (what does conditioning aim at?)

  • Key to happiness is liking what you have got to do

8. What is the process that accelerates maturation?

  • Pod-snaps technique, mass production

9.  What is the average production from one ovary?

  • 8-96

10.  Why is this civilization broken down into castes?

  • Civilisation is broken down into castes because they rank the people mostly on “smarts” so to be an Alpha you have to be the smartest of the smart. they also have them split into minus and plus. a epsilon minus is the not very smart people

11.  Arrange the five castes from highest intelligence to lowest.

  • Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon