Part One: Editing
Standing in her kitchen in downtown Toronto, Chopping vegetables for dinner, Pat Guillet was aware she was entering a battleground. "Whenever you go grocery shopping, or into your kitchen, you're in a war zone you have to really be prepared before you go in," she said. She decides, in advance. Exactly what she is going to eat, and she forces herself to stick to the plan. Because she knows she is just one sweet mouthful away from a descent back to hell Pat Guillet is a food addict. "I ate to the point it hurt to move. And I would just lie in my bed and wish I wasdead," she said. She has finally wrestled her addiction under control. Now she counsels other food addicts to avoid processed food. "Yeah, just the sight of the packages will trigger cravings," she said. Cravingsdo not just happen to food addicts. Most people have experienced impulses. To seek out and consume a favorite packaged snack food. On one billboard, recently put up in Toronto. The intention to make you reach for another one is prominently declared. In large letters that tower over the city street it's a picture of a box of crackers, and the promise "You'll be back for more."
Part two: Writing Response
Over the years, the world of technology has faced rapid advancements. Generally, this has affected how we socialize and interact. Today social media has revolutionized what we share about ourselves. To some extent, individuals have turned to the digital ‘storage’ of their lives. People post pictures of their social life especially their happy moments. The effects of social media are diverse and differ depending on the society. There is rampant growth of social media bullying. These essays looks at social media as a new form of bullying under the following subtitles: The impact of social media bullying on our children, the extent of social of the spread of social media bullying and Lastly, steps that can be taken to reduce social media bullying.
Accordingly, this type of bullying is very different from the traditional form of bullying where it is manifested physically. The impact of social media bullying touches our emotional aspect. These emotional wounds are manifested physically through actions such as taking one’s life. These emotional wounds come from the acts such as abuse and spreading of rumors or posting compromising photos of a person. Such acts buy the bullies are targeted towards people who may threaten them intellectually or physically. Some of the fatal consequences of social media bullying are fatal shootings of students by other students. Parents should observe their children for any sudden change in behavior that is not normal.Some people knowingly and unknowingly do it to others. Some users of social media use it to spread rumors of friends or people they hate. It has also been used to mistreat and demean others. All over the world, youths are grappling with social bullies. As technology penetration deepens, it is also bound to increase and take other different forms.
As human beings, we are in constant battles with our self and others. Society puts so much pressure on young people who constantly do thinks to outsmart the other. This competition is everywhere, and we see it every day. At home, where there is sibling rivalry, in school academically and at the offices. This attack on our emotional part of us leads us to feel shame. Shame is a feeling of unworthiness and disgrace. When people post photos of themselves in exotic places, this puts pressure on their friends to also post.An epitome of this can be found in the Dick Gregory’s autobiography. At some point, the autobiography goes into depth discussing the development of a relationship. Dick describes how he loves a certain young woman called Helene because of her popularity, goodness and cleanness but feels unworthy to approach her. He does everything to impress her and gain her attention.
Particularly, the acts of individuals seeking attention are rampant on social media. Individuals post their materials in the hope that others would notice them. This is done to gain one's attention if not reciprocated the other persons feels unworthy and craves for recognition.Additionally, individuals may use offensive language and comment harshly on ones update or photo. This tends to hurt the other person and lower their self worth. From dicks autobiography because of the shame he felt he was unable to relate effectively with other in class, and no one took him serially. When people post nude and private pictures of another person this is bound to shame him or her. This acts end up stirring self pity and remorse in individuals; for letting things get out of hand. On this aspect feeling unworthy and pity for oneself are two diverse occurrences. A little shame is also not bad because the thought of being ashamed prevents us from doing some acts. This is a very essential part of being human. Shame is what differentiates us from others. Shame in a way builds our character.
The extent of social media bulling is slowly spreading as technology penetration deepens. More software’s and applications are being developed based on improving social interactions between people. This is because as we work more we find less time for leisure to be with friends and family. Therefore, social media creates a platform that removes the gaps. Through not very much prevalent social media is slowly replacing physical bullying. The steps taken to address social media bullying are aimed at empowering the users of social media. Some of the users are actually bullies but they do not that their actions are categorized as bullying. A lot of civil education in schools needs to be done to help people identify social media bullying. Most people are actually victims of this upcoming vice; in one way or another.However, we cannot be blind to the fact that every positive thing has its shortcomings. If these shortcomings are not addressed, they may do more harm than benefit .We should strive to harness the positive aspects and find solutions to the negative elements. Social bulling is alive and if not nipped it may turn into a monster that will haunt us.
In a nutshell,technology, and in particular social media,exudes great benefits to the society in case it is used in a constructive manner. However, we cannot be blind to the fact that every positive thing has its shortcomings. If these shortcomings are not addressed, they may do more harm than benefit .We should strive to harness the positive aspects and find solutions to the negative elements. Social bulling is alive and if not nipped it may turn into a monster that will haunt us.Wounds from physical bullying may heal, but emotional wounds scar us for life. Social bullying may lead to suicide because of the feeling of unworthiness. This is further complicated by the pressure society places us. Parents should be able to read signs that may manifest one is a bully or is being bullied. They should also build their children’s self-esteem by frequently appreciating them. This builds their children’s confidence and in case of bulling they can cope with such situations effectively.Children should also be socialized on how to identify and handle social bullying. Some of the children actually do not think one can be bullied through social media while in actual sense, they are victims or are perpetrators though unaware that they are actually doing it.
Part Three: Essay Two
In the candian city of Perth, Ontario, a very brilliant model is being used to fight hunger. In the model it is not just about giving food to the local community, they also provided other services such as community empowerment. As such, this essay aims at determing whether and how we can riplicate the same model to help the poor in developing countries. This will be looked at from three perspectives namely: the sustainability of the model in order to help the poor in developing countries, how can the model it to cater for the needs of the poor in developing countries and lastly the costs of adopting the model to help the poor in developing countries
On susutainability we can borrow some positive ideas already in practice in Canada. In Canada the model is haeavily based on community involvement. Particularly this is seen by how fathers and their kids go to the kitchen every Tuesday. New moms, pregnant women and their partners cook and share nutrition advice. This can be replicated in poor countries by using existing and efficient social structure that exist such as the churches and non governmental organizations. This is because the churches have networks all over the country and in particular at the grassroot level. Community involvement and empowering are key to sustainability. When the community is invoved they own the projects and will find solutions to problems that may come up. Sourcing of food stuffs should be done locally in order to empower the farmers in the areas. By sourcing locally you create a market that was not originally present.
We can model the programme to not only meet the needs such as food but also water and sanitation programmes to improve health. It is ineffective to provide food to an ailing population. Just like in Canada where it provide it advocate for affordable housing and improved public transist we should be able to tailor it to advocate for water. Sanitation and education that are not adequate to meet society needs. The construction of food banks for the community will allow them to store their food when they have a bumper harvest, this is because most of the food produced goes to waste due to poor storage. The progrmme can also be tailored to ecourage farmers to adopt modern, sustainable and productive farming methods.
Cost are a very crusial part of a projects implementation. If the project proves too costly it cannot be rolled out to impact the masses. Costs may be minimized in the project by ensuring community participation. The community can volunteer labour to come serve in building the storage facilities. Those who have knowledge on farming can share their knowledge with the rest in seminars. The programme can also train the community in income generating activities such as bead making and weaving. The procceds of this venture can be used to run the progrmme and widen the reach.
The progrmme in Canada is a noble idea, however it cannot be implemented as it is in Canada. This is because the needs of the people in developing housing lack water and sanitation their counterparts in Canada do not. Therefore, it is imperative to makes sure, the programme is tailored to meet the community needs. The programs should still share the same objectives, which are fighting hunger, empowerment, community involvement and advocacy for the community’s needs and rights.
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