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Facing Adversity

Introduction to ideas and concepts related to the theme of this semester's unit.

Laura Smylie

on 9 November 2011

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Transcript of Facing Adversity

Adversity: is a state, condition, or instance of serious or continued difficulty or adverse fortune.
Words Related to Adversity:
Evil is the exercise of power to intentionally:
Harm (psychologically)
Hurt (physically)
Destroy (mortally)
Commit crimes against humanity
Evil is a word that we associate with extreme atrocities (such as terrorism). Philip Zimbardo, an American psychologist that specializes in this particular field of psychology, believes that some people have assumed that evil is an "empty word that should surely have withered away by now."
When I "Googled" evil on October 1st, 2011, the data told a different story.
For a term that we assume has withered away, why did I receive 137,000,000 results?

Has evil in the world withered away, or do we prefer not to think about it?
Whom do we point our fingers at? Who is to blame for evil?
The answer is not always a simple one.
Reframe Question:
What is responsible?

It could be the WHO
It could be the situational forces in the certain circumstances.
"If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law."
-Henry D. Thoreau
"Slippery Slope of Evil"
Making somebody less human by taking away his/her individuality, his or her creative or interesting aspects of personality, or their compassion or sensitivity towards others.
Diffusion of personal responsibility.
Uncritical conformity to group norms.
Blind obedience to authority.
Passive tolerance of evil through inaction, or indifference.
-Philip Zimbardo
You may be thinking, "What does all of this information have to do with me, the Holocaust, 'Night,' or anything else of that matter?"
Mother always said, "Stay out of it, it is not your business!"

Well, I say no mom, humanity is my business!

True heroes are not superman or wonder woman; they are everyday average human beings that ACT while others are passive. Everyone is a hero in waiting, all it takes is ONE opportunity to step up and face adversity when a circumstance presents itself.
Wesley Autrey "Subway Samaritan"
“I don’t feel like I did something spectacular; I just saw someone who needed help. I did what I felt was right.”
Facing Adversity
Good and evil actions are not always going to be "black and white situations." There is a grey area between the two that we need to consider before reading "Night."
Today's Objectives:
Discuss topics related to the Holocaust, current issues with adversity, and concepts related to the abstract term, evil.
Interpret media and relate it to the content presented today and in the future
Respond to the ideas presented today in writing
What you will need today:
A sheet of loose leaf and a pen.
Nothing else needs to be on your desk!
"What does not destroy me makes me stronger"

How have you responded to adversity in your own life experiences?
First They Came for the Jews
By Pastor Martin Niemöller

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out —
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the communists and I did not speak out — because I was not a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me —
and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.
The flower that blooms in adversity is the most beautiful of all.
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