I still get goose-bumps when I hear those immortal words.
I still get goose-bumps when I hear those immortal words.
Yes, it’s Superman! That is a part of the American lexicon as anything any linguist can tell. you.
Why would I post this trailer about a PBS Superheroes telecast on my World History blog? Well, if you have the opportunity to view the program, you may come to this realization. Our imagination created these ‘heroes’ from our experiences and the aspirations we have for our society. Our fears become cloaked as villains, and our better angels assume “mild-mannered” alter egos.
How far removed would Homer, Shakespeare, and Mallory be, in our times, from those great comic book authors and illustrators we’ve come to admire? Is there not space for Stan Lee in the same sentence containing Homer? Are the tales of Odysseus, Hector, Arthur, and Hamlet not born of the human condition that breaths life into the Green Lantern, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and Superman?
Superman is the single most influential comic book hero in my life. He is born from the minds and hearts of two young persons living in a very-real world with a rising Nazi threat. From the expanding shadow of darkness in the 1930s comes hope for all that is good in Man. For The United States, what better example than from an immigrant (alien) who left everything behind to adopt and defend the ideals espoused by our Founding Fathers. This is a ‘true’ American tale.
Why don’t we all watch this program and dream of things Not as they are, but as they OUGHT to be.
While viewing this TED Talk by Mike Rowe (“Dirty Jobs” host on the Discovery Channel) I could not help but think of the Hindu (& related) philosophies.
Traditional Hinduism places great emphasis on people living their lives within groups that they were born within. These groups, or Castes, can be further subdivided into specific occupations: Teacher, Mortician, Domestics, etc. You are taught to pursue livelihoods in those fields. So important is this rule to stay within the group of your birth, that to violate it has religious, and thus eternal, ramifications.
In the Western World, we think of these traditions as uncivilized, primitive, demeaning, misogynistic, abusive, etc. However, as a lover of History, I have been taught by my teachers to investigate both sides of every issue and do so from a macro and micro perspective. Rather than finding the answer to “why do these societies do this?”, we should also attempt to explore the ramifications if such a system did not exist at all.
South Asia, home of the Hindu philosophy, has been one of the most-invaded places on Earth. What we know is that invasion occurred as early as the 16th C. BCE and have continued to do so up to the present day with US Special Forces infiltrating Afghanistan and Pakistan via ancient mountain passes. I am willing to bet money that invasions have occurred prior to the Aryans and will occur again in the future.
The turmoil generated by events such as this has brought down great civilizations in the past (Babylonia, Persians, Graeco-Macedonian, Roman, Ottomans, Han Dynasty, and on and on…) and continue to change the map of nations today (Central Africa, Former Soviet Union, Armenia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and on and on…). But, Hinduism and its people appear to have found a remedy for the negative affect of Human aggression. What if everyone knew what role they are to play in society from the very first day of life? What if they spent the rest of their lives perfecting their occupational skills so that they can do their work to the best of their ability? In times of chaos, those who survive will still have their skills and still know what their social roles are. Society can rebuild and resuscitate itself in the absence of a central governing authority. To put it in perspective, the Hindu culture has seen every single one of the civilizations listed above come and go. In the ‘lifetime’ of Hindu philosophy and culture, much of what makes us what we think we are has occurred. Yet, the only thing that remains is Hinduism.
Mike Rowe’s talk made me think of all this. All work; all occupations; have vital roles to play in our daily march through time. Their is no shame or loss of respect because your job requires you to get your hands dirty or mine restricts me to an office. Both contribute to the success and longevity of our society, our culture. The United States has lost this perspective. We teach our students to believe that one type of occupation is a mark of success, while another is proof of our failure. This is wrong. In many ways, the Hindus knew of this before the era of civilization.
Yes, it is true: History teachers have no social life. To think that a person would have all these thoughts flashing through their minds while listening to a speech about a mundane topic like ‘Dirty Jobs’, will challenge modern sensibilities. Now I know why many of my friends and family don’t want to see a movie in a theatre with me. While they want to enjoy a shoot-em-up action flick, I will see how that film is reflective of human societal degradation.
I guess that’s all for know. Enjoy the video below and allow yourself to think deeper thoughts. I, instead, will go to the movie theatre by myself.
This was a Financial Literacy Summer Institute sponsored by Columbia University’s Teachers College and Working in Support of Education (WISE). The goal was to develop strategies, centered on the use of case studies, to initiate and/ or expand the teaching of financial literacy to our students.
The initiative is not limited to dedicated financial literacy courses. It is also for the integration of financial literacy concepts into main-stream core courses. It is in that realm that I intend to exploit this knowledge.
High school teachers to teach financial responsibility | Video | 7online
If you’re human, you should watch this. If you’re an American citizen, you must watch it.
An excellent opportunity to get the latest information on Human evolutionary theory. You know Mr.V will be watching and updating his materials for the incoming class of 2013.
by Claudia Puig, USA TODAY
Published: 11/08/2012 06:40pm
Its title notwithstanding, Lincoln is an absorbing, intellectual look at the political machinations involved in abolishing slavery, not an exhaustive biopic about Honest Abe.
A trio of truths stand out in this stately film (* * * 1/2 out of four; rated PG-13; opens Friday in select cities). First, Daniel Day-Lewis so completely conveys the dignity and shrewd intelligence of Abraham Lincoln, it’s as if historical footage has been unearthed and we’re watching the Kentucky-born president himself. Second, it’s glaringly clear how divisive and hard-fought the effort to end slavery was, not only on the battlefield but in the halls of Washington. Third, and most important, Lincoln was, above all else, committed to the principles upon which the United States was founded.
The film is based in part on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin’s 2005 book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. No revelations about the man surface; mostly, we are privy to the politics of the era and get a compelling view of Lincoln’s determination, as well as his ability to surmount hurdles and trounce the opposition in service of a greater good.
Copyright 2012 USATODAY.com
As the Earth undergoes changes and those changes impact our societies, knowing as much about our oceans as possible becomes ever more critical. Logically, as with our land explorations, mapping the area is the foundational task.
Check out this video on YouTube! It offers a few suggestions on how the massive Easter Island statues may have been moved from their place of chiseling to the platforms that have supported them for centuries. Matching the technique to a myth that claimed the statues ‘walked’ to their platforms is very creative.
To access the map directly, click on the ‘full screen’ icon below.