1. in your own words, explain what the two quotations are quotations are challenging you to do or be?
2. explain why all people are expected to act in a morally responsible manner.
3. what is the link between right action and true freedom? 

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” – Matthew 7:12
“Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” – John F Kennedy 



Bullying the Bus monitor is one of three videos about a bus monitor/supervisor who gets targeted by school students.
This video has gone viral and has received a number of video responses and news coverage’s, along with a kind donation campaign which was launched for the victim.
Filmed in June 2012, this video shows four 7th graders who attend Greece Athena Middle School harassing and attacking a 68 year old employee of the Greece Central School District in Upstate New York. Bus monitor, Karen Huff Klein was called names/ insulted, called – “fat”, “ugly”… and the list goes on.
It was very disturbing to watch this old woman get bullied/teased, i was disgusted at the immature children and their behavior, they’re lack of respect to their elders was shocking.


Beastly is an edgy teen romance about learning how to see past false surfaces to discover true inner beauty. Kyle kingson is a spoiled, shallow and incredibly popular “leader” in his high school. He (Alex pettyfer) has it all, the looks, intelligence, wealth, opportunity, and the list goes on. He mocks and humiliates classmates because he doesn’t see them as “beautiful” in his eyes, basically, it’s all about no one else but himself.
Kyle being the ignorant man he was brought up to be, he allows himself to get influenced by the idea of having so much power, being at the “top”, making him see nothing but his life. Foolishly, Kyle chooses Kendra (Mary-Kate Olsen) as his latest target for humiliation. Little does he know Kendra is witch pretending to be a high school student, with this- she enacts the perfect revenge.

Everything is about to change…

Kendra transforms Kyle into an ugly/unattractive looking human being on the outside as he is within. Now he has one year to find someone to love him, or he will remain like that forever. To break the spell, Kyle must discover a beauty who can see past the surface. His only hope, a quiet classmate who he has never noticed named Lindy (Vanessa Hudgens), may be his best chance to prove that love is never ugly.


Before going to the Sydney Jewish Museum, we were all shown a quick video clip summarising a few things that happened in holocaust, we were then briefly asked if we know anything about the holocaust, my response to that question was very vague as I didn’t know a great deal about the holocaust, but I did know a few basic facts of what happened during that time/ what was involved- i knew things such as, it occurred during WWII and the director, also known as the cause of the holocaust, Adolf Hitler was the main reason why 11 million lives were taken.

We were given a few articles, watched a few videos and were told the museum would be quite ‘confronting’.
After listening to the story of the holocaust survivor, walking through the museum and hearing background stories/facts… this was defiantly confronting. By the time we started to go through the museum and hear all the stories and facts, it was only detailed facts and information, in depth. I did enjoy my experience and i did find out new things which I had never been told.

After we returned from the museum, we were taken into groups and were asked to write about our experience. Something that interested me was that there were 186 concentration camps throughout the European region. You are only classified Jewish if your mother was Jewish; otherwise you had to convert to the religion.

What shocked me was the fact that they killed 70 000 disabled people, their own people. It intrigued me to know that there were so many unanswered questions still to this date, and so many people who to this day, we do not know their exact fate. Many would turn their nose up to the Jewish community during the Holocaust due to how many unanswered questions they had. I would like to hear more personal accounts from survivors. I would like to see more photos and hear more real life accounts. I would like to know how they felt and acted at the time. i would like to know more statistic and numbers from the events.

We were also asked to discuss the issue of balancing loyalty to authority vs personal moral responsibility. I think the time had a very kill or be killed mentality. Those who refused to kill would be killed and those who killed were saved. I don’t think their mentality was very thought through, nor was it based on anything besides the idea that what Hitler was doing was for the best. I think the Holocaust gave you a very pressing decision; Turning your friends in for personal gain and the chance to be safe, or risking your own life in order to hide them. I think those who risked their life for friends who were Jewish were very brave and showed such a selfless act.

Overall, i really enjoyed the Jewish museum excursion, it’s not what i expected but it was defiantly a great experience. The museum helped me gain a better understanding of the events that occurred during the holocaust, finding out things i did not previously know, this experience helped me see the difference between loyalty to authority and personal moral responsibility.
An example where this is shown in the museum is where we were asked whether the Nazi soldiers wanted to follow Hitler’s orders, or were they forced to. This really opened my eyes about all of this because I thought all Nazi soldiers were bad and wanted to kill the Jewish population but all they were doing was following orders in fear of their lives.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is a teaching told by Jesus and is mentioned in only one of the gospels of the new testament. Luke 10:29-37, a Jewish traveler is being beaten, robbed and left half dead along the road, he is then found by a priest, but he chooses to just leave and avoid the man, another man then comes by and does the same, leaving him stranded on the desert. Finally a Samaritan comes by. Samaritans and Jews generally despised each other, but the Samaritan chooses to help the injured man.

Jesus teaches us that christian love means loving one another, loving our “neighbours” and treating others the way you want to be treated. In this parable Jesus teaches us what it means to love and how we can relate it to our every day lives.

After hearing this story, it makes me think about my life and the situations that can relate to the story.
It teaches me a lesson, to love my enemies and treat everyone equally, the challenge in this story loving everyone, which sounds almost impossible to do because we aren’t perfect.
So often we forget about what Jesus wants for us, so often we get carried away by distractions that change how we act or the decisions we make.


Hello world :-)

October 13, 2014 | Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

Unfortunately, i didn’t get to go to the Rock climbing excursion.

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