Go Back to Where you Came From!

1. Before watching this program I believed that asylum seekers were doing the wrong thing. They shouldn’t risk everything for no guarantee of even getting a better life somewhere else. I believed in this because coming across vast oceans to a new land with the chance of being capsized or even taken by pirates.

2. Of the six participants i believe that Darren Hassan had similar views to myself. He wanted us to send the boats back because until we do that they wont stop coming. He also believed that risking everything to get on a boat is to much of a risk.

3. The scene where the participants went on an old looking boat was very interesting. They were curious to see what it would be like
but at the same time were scared to embark on a journey like thousands of people have done. This scene was very challenging for Raquel in particular because she was very afraid of getting on an unsafe boat and believed that we don’t have to go through all of that because we live in Australia.

4. I have learn’t that many asylum seekers leave their countries because there lives are in jeopardy. Some would rather die then live in their countries because they could be tortured and even killed. Living in war torn countries and politically run countries is like living in hell for some people.


The Process of Moral-Decision Making

Morality is a system of rules that modifies our behaviour in social situations. It’s about the doing of good instead of harm, and it sets some standard of virtuous conduct.

When asked about morality, people say “It’s just about your personal opinions” But if you look at the way in which moral values actually work in our everyday lives, you’ll see that this is not the case. Personal intuitions are important, of course. But morality generally comes into play when people interact with each other. This suggests that morality is a system of “shared” values which “justify” actions. As such, morality is about deciding on best courses of action in all situations. As you’ll see, there are quotation marks around the words “shared” and “justify” for a reason.

Moral values are generally shared values. If we did not have an values in common, it would be exceedingly difficult to agree on any one course of action. But since there is often disagreement as to what is the right thing to do in any situation, we can see that in fact, various values are shared to a greater or lesser extent. On some values there will be nearly unanimous agreement. On others, there may be considerable disagreement.

There are a number of moral values on which there is extremely wide agreement. For example, all cultures that I know of place value on truth-telling, and place strong restrictions on lying. As another example, all cultures of which I am aware have rules against doing unnecessary harm to other people. Other such shared values include (among many others) loyalty, justice, and promise- keeping.

There are many people who agree and disagree with the morality of others and we all have our own opinions about eachothers morals but it all depends on how we were brought up and what our beliefs are. This is what makes our Morals differentiate.


Personal Moral and Responsibility Reflection

The two quotations i will be blogging about are

Matthew 7:12-“Do to others as you would have them do to you”
St Mary Mackillop- “Never see a need without doing something about it.”

Matthew’s quote is something Jesus told his disciples and those who followed him. That quote is the way Jesus wants
us to live our life. Do to those what you would have them do to you. Jesus is guiding us to be better people to eachother
by being kinder and caring.
People are expected to have these sought of morals being a follower of Jesus/God. The Church tries hard to teach
these values to all the parishioners that go to church.

The other quote by Mary Mackillop refers to us people helping out others when they are in need. If you see someone you could help
why not help out it is what Jesus would want us to do for eachother. If everyone helped eachother out the world would be much
better today.

People are expected to act with these type of morals because it is what the bible and the gospel in particular with Jesus’ teachings.

Beastly Film

In class we watched a filmed called Beastly were a boy named Kyle was the most popular kid in school and thought
the world revolved around him just because he looked good. He was rude and thoughtless to people he thought were ugly
and below him. He was cursed and made ugly by a girl he had been rude to.

He went on a journey to become a better kinder person and to not judge people by the way they look.
Kyle went through a one year process or redemption by changing his outlook on his life.
At first he was depressed and he couldn’t cope then he just learn’t to live with it. In all of his struggle
he met a girl he liked and slowly went on the path to redemption.

He eventually got a girl to love him for his kindness and caring, not for his looks on the outside. Kyle learn’t to not judge people
for the way they look but once you get to know the person. This was a valuable lesson learn’t in this film.

Global Warming

Global Warming has become something that is effecting our planet.

Global warming is already having significant and harmful effects on our communities, our health, and our climate. Sea level rise is accelerating. The number of large wildfires is growing. Dangerous heat waves are becoming more common. Extreme storm events are increasing in many areas. More severe droughts are occurring in others.

We must take immediate action to address global warming or these consequences will continue to intensify, grow ever more costly, and increasingly affect the entire planet, including you, your community, and your family.

In October, we already had bushfires. We had bushfires in the blue mountains which last year in October was snowing. How could we go from snow to extreme heat in just one year. Global Warming.

“Bus Monitor Bullied”

The elderly lady on the bus was bullied by several children in America. People sat on the bus and watched as they teased and upset
this women for no reason. This is a form of injustice in our world today. The women just wanted to be left alone but these children wouldn’t let up and kept on teasing and upsetting her.

The lady shouldn’t have been bullied. The way the students acted was unacceptable. The by-standers made all of this acceptable by just watching it all happen and doing nothing. They may have been worried that if they intervened they could have been bullied.

This is very similar to the Parable of the good Samaritan. The by-standers allowed this form of evil to happen in both scenarios.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

The parable of the good Samaritan is a story Jesus told his followers to show the correct morals people should have
to. In this story there is a normal man travelling along a desert road when he attacked and robbed by bandits. He is left powerless on
the side of the road. Three people pass by crossing the road including a priest but one good Samaritan stopped to help this man.
He put the man onto his donkey and took him to the nearest medical centre where he could get treatment. He payed for his health and left him to recover.

This is a story of the type of follower Jesus wants us to be.

Knowing ow Jesus wants us his followers to be is one thing but actually putting these morals and values into our life is another one.
In our modern world it is becoming harder to keep these morals and people worry more these days about themselves more than others. Jesus is forgiving and we shouldn’t forget that it is ok to change our ways now than never.

The Sydney Jewish Museum

On Tuesday the 14th of October we went on an excursion to the Sydney Jewish Museum.
Going to the museum i had a brief idea of what lied ahead but i was shocked to find out the real story of what has happened to these people.

We had a guide named David. He wasn’t a very religious Jew but he still maintained a connection with his spirituality. David like many Jews read the Torah when he turned 13, he participated in Jewish rituals and maintained a connection with his religion.

As he took us along our tour he showed us key things in the Jewish religion like the star of David and the sacred Torah. As we walked through the museum we got towards the most shocking event in human history, The Holocaust. As we went through the museum furthermore we looked at many confronting images. We looked at an image of hundreds of deceased Jews being put in a huge hole to be buried. There were over 10 of these holes at large concentration camps. I also learn’t that over 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust. I had no idea that it was that many innocent people killed because one nation under a man called Adolf Hitler decided that Jews didn’t deserve to live and attempted and nearly succeeded in wiping an entire race out.

We also heard the story of a Czech Slovakian man who is 94. He spoke to us about his experience in the Holocaust and how his whole life was destroyed. He had lost his parents and everything he owned. His life was luckily saved by Russian’s who helped him back to full health after his time at the concentration camps.

Going to the Museum really opened my eyes on what humans are capable of and to think that 70 years ago this was all going on.
I really enjoyed this excursion because it had meaning in a way no other excursion has ever had on me.

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