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For me to openly connect with a piece of literature and take away a lesson, it requires that I feel as though I, as a reader, am not being attacked and that my ideas and values are not disregarded. In addition, for this connection to occur, I also have to be able to find a way of relating the ideas back to myself and understanding all angles of the story, not feeling as though I am only being fed one side of the whole story.
High school, to me, most closely resembles a marathon that someone else signed you up for and expects you to finish. But then even when the marathon is over, it's effects are everlasting, like that toenail that never grew back or that hamstring that never healed again. In this sense, high school sets you up for the rest of your life, but the experiences you gain from it are strictly dictated by the school district or school administrators.
I never really understood the term “Ecology” outside of a science context. I think the biggest lesson I’ve gathered from a semester of this class, is the usefulness of the ecological thought and how we approach the world. I’ve learned how the critical thought and analysis in the humanities are just as important as the critical thought and analysis done in the sciences. Combining the two is necessary in order for solutions to world problems to reach all avenues of understanding, not just simply emotional or scientific understandings. I really appreciated the section “Invitation into the world beyond Ourselves,” in Elizabeth Callaway’s presentation, A Space for Justice.