Soon we’re be graduating and off to university. I still remember the first day I came to ICS, which was two years ago. To be honest, I was quite nervous on the first day I came to school. Everything was new to me, new teachers, new friends, new classes, etc. I had to adapt to new changes, and it some situations it brought me out of my comfort zone. This experience thought me that change is not always a bad or scary thing. I ended up making some very good friends and unforgettable memories together.
I idea of graduating made me scared, because it will be another big change in my life. I think that I didn’t spend enough time at ICS. The first day I came to ICS felt like yesterday. Since it is the last week of school, I want all of us to cherish the moment as much as possible. I know that some of you might not want to come to school anymore, but believe me you will regret not spending the last few days with your friends. It had been I long journey for all of us, and I hope we will meet as class of 2019 again.
I think the one thing that we can see as the overall picture in the book is our society we are living in is not perfect. We all have our own struggles whether it’s internally or externally. Some people have problems that can be visible or some might struggle with their thoughts. Everyone has their own problems to deal with. One of the things that is portrayed in the book is the biblical view. I shows how human nature goes through a cycle of falling and healing. The process is known as the universal story of humanity. I think this is the biggest message I have seen when reading this book. The authentic and relatable sense of the book made the message more interesting. It shows how everyone is fighting their own war, and living a life full of challenges. When we face a tough problem, sometimes we feel like giving up. One thing we have to remember is after falling their is only one way, which is healing. No matter what problems in life you face, know that there will always be light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes in a current situation we may think that nothing is going to get better, but as time past if we over come these challenges the more stronger we get. Life is all about overcoming obstacles and growing from it. The book incorporates christian view into the structure of the book. I think it is important to incorporate the biblical perspective, because it really teaches us lessons about life. The christian view gives us a better outlook on how we should deal with our internal struggles.
In my opinion a person working as a doctor should prioritize helping people before anything. When Che stated that we as humans should go out and help people, I totally agree with that. In this world there are many people who didn’t even get a chance in life or is struggling really hard. As a person who is considered more lucky than others, I think we must set out and help the less fortunate. For example, doing charity work might be a good option. There are many things you can do rather than to just see the issue and ignore it. Being in a society where people can be selfish, I think it will be best if we start from spreading the positive mindset. We should show people that giving doesn’t mean that you need something in return, it should be about wanting to help others.
I think one of the main reason why people travel is to get new experiences. One of the things you would get from traveling to other places is getting to experience new culture. Every place where you travel have a different culture that is unique of the other places. One of the thing to always keep in mind when traveling is we must respect other cultures. Some cultures might have different values as us, so we should try our best to have prior knowledge about the place where we are traveling to. One example that I could think of about cultural differences is foreigners who come to Thailand. Many time when I would go to famous temples I would see tourist entering the temple with inappropriate clothing. This means that the person is having the skirt about their knees or wearing very open clothing. In Thai culture how we dress is a way to show respect to the place where we are going to. I understand that sometimes foreigners who travel to Thailand might not know this, but it can be prevented by doing prior research. Following the culture shows that you respect the people there and will make you have a more welcoming experience.
Bangkok is one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Unlike other big cities Bangkok has part of it that would be considered a rural area. In the outskirts of Bangkok you would find a more calmer atmosphere to the city. Bangkok is a very diverse city with visitors from all over the world. Making it one of the most visited tourist destination. In my opinion one the the most fascinating thing about Bangkok is the culture. The Thai culture can be expressed through many forms in the city of Bangkok. For example, in temples you can learn about the long history of Siam. Even on the streets where you could try traditional and authentic Thai cuisine. When tourists come visit Bangkok they get the full Thai culture experience just by going around the city. Although Thai culture is very prominent in the city of Bangkok, it is a very modernized place. With hundreds of tall buildings and world class architecture it shows different aspects of Bangkok.
The social problem that I found most intriguing in this unit is how women are lead into prostitution. It is surprising how poverty can lead women to do such harmful acts to themselves. In my opinion, going into prostitution is like putting yourself in life or death situations. Women in prostitution has a higher chance of getting raped and physical abuse. This is a very prominent topic in Thailand, because of all the prostitution that is happening here. Reading the book No Way Out gave me a new perspective of why a women might want to go in to prostitution. The society, family, and many other situations may contribute for a women to might take the wrong path. I think society should change the view of prostitution. People should understand that sometimes they might not want to become a prostitute, but they have no choice. Before judging someone we should try to understand the choices they have or the circumstances they are in. There should be more laws regarding prostitution in Thailand. In my opinion prostitution in Thailand is so widespread that it seems like it’s legal even though it is not. Personally I think that prostitution in Thailand should become legal in order for it to be highly regulated. In many countries where prostitution is legal the industry is highly regulated. Not only does it make it safer for the prostitute but also the people who are using the services. In the case that prostitution becomes legal there will surely be less unreported case of rape or abuse in the sex industry.
The main focus of the book No Way Out focuses on the Boonma’s family sufferings. Our idea and causes of sufferings may be different due to that we are raised upon different worldview. I was raised in a buddhist family, which makes me believe that sufferings come is caused by Karma in the past life. Boonma shares the same beliefs as me, because he talks about what he did to deserve these sufferings. In my opinion we should cope with suffering by having a positive mindset. When you are suffering through something you should keep in mind that if you think you have reach rock bottom they only is to go up. There is nothing worst if you think what you are experiencing is the worst thing. Another thing we have to remember is we are not responsible for the sufferings that are in this life time. Although if you think you might have done something bad in this lifetime, it may mean that karma is coming to get you. We should keep in mind that everyone goes to a period of suffering, it is human nature. We can’t control what will happen in this lifetime, but we can control what happen in the future. Passing through the suffering and continuing to do good deeds will make you see true happiness. All of this is just a belief and idea that I was raised upon, but not everyone view about this topic is the same.
I read about the two friends Sima and Pola. They were both raised in a traditional Jewish home and live comfortably. Everything changed when the Nazi invaded Poland. They were both forced to leave their homes and starved living in a tiny apartment. Sima was blonde and had light skin, so people didn’t know that she was Jewish. She use this to her advantage by smuggling some food to give her family members. Once, a German guard caught he stealing food and tried to make her confess that she is Jewish. The german guard ordered a German Shepard to attack her. Sima left her family and continue to struggle in her journey to freedom.
This story is a very memorable story to me because it shows the struggles that Sima had to face at a very young age. What you experience when you are young will shape you throughout your adulthood. I think Sima’s childhood has been scared by this experience. She was discriminated and tortured because of her own race and religion. I think it also show that a person must be very strong emotionally to overcome these experiences. Living a normal life after this experience must be very hard for her. It shows that during hard times your family will always be there for you and nothing can break family bond. As shown in her story she is always willing to smuggle food even though she had been caught and tortured. How painful must it be to see your family members starving although they never had done anything wrong. I think the family must have cried for help from God and tried their best in the situation.
This poem telling how the narrator is thinking about the war that is happening. It shows the emotions of the narrator of how he or she feels about the war finally coming. The word choice in the first paragraph show how the narrator is relieved that the war is finally here. It is as if the narrator is thinking that the war should quickly come and finally be over. The poem talks about the war blocking out peace and hurting the helpless innocence. It shows how the narrator is sympathetic towards the people, while also experiencing the struggles.
In the second part of the poem it talks about how God is here to help us through all the sufferings. Although, we might be suffering God is will always help us through the hardships. I think the second part talks about how humans struggle during war times and the emotions of people during the time. The emotions of the people that are mainly caused by the suffering during the war. The narrator is trying to mix his or her own experience with what other people experienced.
There are some comparisons that are in the poem. For example, the “Sandbag virtue” is a comparison to what is happening in real life. The narrator also uses a variety of words to explain the emotions of the people. I think this really made me understand more about how the people were feeling during the war time. We get to see the perspective of people that are experiencing the war during the time. This is like a valuable primary source for getting to know how people felt during the war.
Throughout history nationalism has been shown in many different ways. Nationalism can be shown as an act of violence toward others who are not a part of their nation. Having loyalty and allegiance to your nation can be a good thing, but thinking that your nation is more superior than other nations might be misleading. Having too much nationalism towards your nation can cause many bad things. For example, not realizing the flaws that your nation have. This may cause the nation to not improve politically or economically in the long run. People who are nationalist usually think they’re all above other people, so they usually insult people who don’t have the same ideas with them. This can cause conflicts among countries when they cannot agree on something. Being a nationalist can sometimes be a good thing if it’s just having pride in your nation. Having pride in your nation can lead to a more feeling of duty in the nation. In my opinion, nationalism is a good thing to have if your still accepting ideas from other nations not just your own.