Bus Monitor Bullied

After viewing the Bus Monitoring getting bullied clip, I was disgusted to see the children’s audacity as they openly insult the bus monitor. Some of the things that I found unacceptable about their behaviour was the name calling, poking, and teasing, they made of things like her weight, appearance, age and attitude. Another thing that I found unpleasant was the way they surrounded the woman as they insulted, this promotes that pack mentality as they could feel safe about what they were doing in numbers. This just shows the childish immature behaviour of the school children.

One other thing that came to my mind was role of the other people on the bus. These people would have been bystanders to the situation as they sat back and watched as the lady was being bullied. You would think that these people would do something to intervene instead of just sitting there as they watch. With my personal Christian Values, I would think that I would intervene, but can’t be for certain until I was in that exact situation.

I believe that the reason why the bystanders chose not to do something is because they were afraid that the same thing would happen to them. As mentioned before, the students were bullying as a ‘pack’ meaning that the situation can become much more intimidating for the bystander. This group might have been fairly popular at school and could ruin the bystanders reputation. Another reason may be because the bullies might have quite a ‘colourful’ history.

Some similarities that I see between story and the Good Samaritan Parable are that the bullies attacked the lady just like the rebels attacked the traveller. They did this as a pack, stripping the women of her dignity or leaving the traveller stripped of his possessions.



In our current society, one of the main characteristics that we judge people by is their physical appearance. We fail to interpret our initial opinion about someone on their tries inner beauty in comparison the external characteristics. To learn about this issue, we watched a film called ‘Beastly’ where the popular protagonist, Kyle Kingson is transformed, replacing his outer beauty with a ‘beastly form’. This transformation made Kyle realise that his looks are not all that matters. Before the transformation, Kyle was self centered and egotistical, but soon changes his ways as he left with nothing and finds true love using his internal beauty.

Throughout the film we start to see how Kyle changes as a character. At the beginning of the film, we get the sense that Kyle is very self centered because of the abuse of his father. His father is a very successful businessman, meaning that he would;t leave much time to spend with his son. This is where Kyle got this personality but soon becomes less selfless after the transformation. At first Kyle thinks that his life is over, but son finds a way to live with himself as he finds someone that loves him for who he is, on the inside.

The film Beastly has taught me that beauty is not external but internal. Although it comes across as being a very Hollywoodised, extreme circumstance, the movie in a mysterious does get the message across effectively.



Who is my Neighbour?

In the globalised society that we live in today, we no longer have neighbor in our street or village but in our suburb, state, nation and entire world. We no longer live within a small community, but instead an interconnected world where we can communicate and form relationships with people on the other side of the globe. For this reason, we need to treat everyone in this world equally and help the less fortunate who are going through a rough time in their lives.

Throughout our religion in the last week, we have heard a number of stories about how our neighbours are in need. In class, we heard a story about how our neighbors in Bangladesh are suffering in poverty. We heard about how a whole village is a brothel, located off the side of a highway coming out of Dakar. This was truly confronting to hear about how these woman are exploited and held there by their will. The worst bit was that the children of these women growing up in the brothels, exploited to this lifestyle and destined to join the business in the near future.

Following this task, we were asked to research some of the companies that take advantage of workers in these third world countries. Many textiles factories, shoe companies and other low skill occupation industries are involved in activity like slavery, child labor and exploitation of workers. One example that I found was the creation of Persian Rugs in East Asian Countries. These workers are definitely exploited and held against their will in these factories.

After hearing these stories, it made me think about who my neighbor is and how I can help. I has made me realise that we support this activity by purchasing cheap clothing and products that are made by these factories in third world developing countries. We should be more like the Good Samaritan in the Parable and try not to be sucked into buying this cheap clothing just because it is great value. Edmund Burke one said ‘Evil triumphs when good people do nothing.’


Sydney Jewish Museum

Visiting the Sydney Jewish Museum last week was a very enjoyable whilst also reverent experience. Not only were we able to gain information about the Holocaust during World War II but also here personal accounts from a survivor and learn about the personal moral responsibility of individuals during the event.

When we arrived at the Sydney Jewish Museum on Tuesday the 15th of October, we were instantly shocked by the graphic images that were displayed throughout the museum. Hearing information from our passionate tour guides, we were confronted by the severity of this event. We learnt about thing like the ghettos, cattle trains, concentration camps and death camps. One of the things that really confronted me, was the children memorial in the museum, this was a room with walls filled with photos of children that died in the holocaust, this was very moving and showed how these Jewish people were normal human beings like you and I, but were just so unlucky to have a nasty ruler that hate their kind just for their heritage.

One of the highlights for me in the day was listening to the personal story of Joe, a Holocaust Survivor. He shared his remarkable story with us of how he traveled through the Hungarian Tunnels and even escaped a death camp. This was truly inspirational to hear about the courage this man had and how he coped with the things that he had seen, heard and done.

One thing that really struck me was the personal moral responsibility, many questions are to be answered by the Germans, like how the general public just stood by as they witnessed and were apart of the killing of thousands of innocent Jews. After smelling the stench of dead human flesh and the witnessing of how these Jews are treated, it is quite disturbing how no one had the courage and morality to stand up against Hitler. This made me wonder where the line between loyalty to authority and personal moral responsibility lies. In our modern day society, we conform to the rules of our government and do as they say in the fear of punishment. If I was in the shoes of a Nazi Soldier, is it my responsibility to do as my superiors say – just like I do in normal circumstances – or do I have the moral responsibility to go against the government and risk punishment. My generation is very lucky not to be exposed to war so I don’t know what I would do in that position, but what I do know is that if I don’t stand up for my personal morals and do not fulfill my social responsibility, how could I live with myself knowing that what I am doing is wrong.


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