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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Exam Two Extra Credit

Exam Two Extra Credit
Mikayla Briggs

What have you learned, so far, about "how to live"? Have you formulated any life-lessons based on personal experience, inscribed any slogans, written down any "rules"?

I'm only 19. But, I don't believe that age says much in the way of life experience. The bumps and bruises (and quite a few concussions) that life has left me with have taught me that what really matters is people. On your deathbed, you're not going to be clinging to college transcript, or a trophy, or a paycheck. You'll surround yourself with people you care about and you'll make sure they know exactly how much you love them. People need people. We're not meant to do life alone. I've learned to be sure that I make time for the things that truly matter. I mean, I'm not saying don't do your work or that it's okay to be failing every class as long as you have friends, don't get me wrong: have priorities. But, when life hits (and it will), people are what get you through that. And when life is great, people are there to celebrate with you. Community is important and people matter. Have goals, have a work ethic, actually try in life, but make time for people too. Hang out with your friends. Get to know the entirety of a person: even the junk. Help them carry the hard stuff and celebrate the victories. Forgive wrongs done to you and ask for forgiveness for your wrongs. Live at peace with those around you. Go out and make new friends. Look up from your phone and talk to the person in line behind you at Starbucks. Learn to trust. Love people well.  


  1. Extra Credit Exam 2 Evan Luster Sec.12

    Have you ever gone out of your way to help a stranger? Did you do so because you thought it was the right thing to do, because you felt sympathetic for the stranger's plight, or for some other reason? Do you agree with Kant that dutifulness alone is morally relevant to such acts?

    Growing up as a child, I have always been a caring person. I did not think when it came to some situations because i just knew that it was the right thing to do. Being a Christian, doing things for personal gain was not my intentions. There was a situation a few years back when I was still in high school where I helped a complete stranger, and possibly saved his life. Me and my friends were out one night when we came up on an older man who seemed to be homeless. Usually when i see the homeless, I offer some money, not caring what he or she does with it. However this individual was hurt badly; i'm guessing at the time that he had been hit by oncoming traffic. After asking the man if he needed some medical help, we got him into my car and rushed him to the nearest hospital. Getting him immediate assistance was a blessing, and we later found out that he had some broken ribs and a bruised spine. There was no reason behind what we did that night other than it was the right thing to do. And yes, I do agree with Kant's theory of dutifulness.

  2. Extra Credit Exam 2 Fatima Rizvi Sec 12

    Can freedom be forced? Would we be more free or less, if the law didn't compel us to pay our taxes and behave lawfully? How would you feel, as a law-abiding citizen, if your neighbor could get away with lawlessness?

    I don't think freedom can be forced. Because if we force freedom, then it's not freedom, but then again it is freedom because we can do whatever we want. Freedom is something we do from our freewill. If I was forced to marry someone then I would not count that as freedom. But if it was forced, then I guess it could go both way. If I was a law abiding citizen and my neighbor could get away with lawlessness, then I would feel annoyed because I am following the rules while someone who isn't is not getting any freedom.