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Wednesday, March 18


To what extent does apocalyptic fiction make us live better, with more integrity--and with more concern for the well-being of humanity and the Earth? Write 300+ words.

18 comments:

Jaeden Spurling said...

I think apocalyptic shows us what not to be. It shows us the good and the bad in the worst situations. People who still believe in humanity and people who have completely lost their way. But, it also shows us the severity of what really could happen and what you have to do if you want to survive or just defend yourself from people who are out there to kill. In an apocalyptic situation I would try to be as humane as I could. It would be difficult in a situation where you really don’t have anything. You have sand, dirt, and the open road. It would be really hard to live and survive in such a wasteland type place. No food, water, shelter, or safety. But, in the movies I have seen, and the books I have read, it is not impossible to do. No one ever said it was easy, but it is possible. There may be things in life that you would need to do that you wouldn’t do in your everyday life now, but if it is what you need to do to survive or defend yourself then thats how it is. Killing others to eat them, is not how to keep the humanity in the world, but killing others that are trying to eat you, is. It may not be right but it is in certain situations. There is no such thing as shoplifting in a wasteland world. If you find food, you take it. If you find water, you take it. If you find safe shelter, you take it. In a world like that, it isn't inhumane, it’s life.

Dylan Decker said...

In my opinion I think that these kind of movies can be geared tward trying to show that even though we may think that we have it bad when in reality we have the greatest life anyone could ever wish for. Even if you don't necessarily come from a good background you still have a chance in this life to live better than the kings and queens use to a long time ago. Now that to me is a pretty cool thing to think about. This film or these type of movies can also be predicting what is going to happen in the near future. I am almost certain that sooner or later there is going to be some stuff that is going to put a hault on the human race and thats kind of a scary thing to think about. We take this whole world for granted and on day we are going to wake up and we will be out of food or water or even room. We breed way too fast for our life span and with people living way longer these days theres going to be less and less space for us to use. Either that or we will most likely piss off another country before than and end up blowing eachother to shreds in a nuclear war. I am predicting that in the next world war there is going to be some heavy damage done by the human race fighting over something that is most likely very stupid and pointless. Thats why I don't really care about the future anymore because I know that most likely its going to be hell to live in within this century. I hope im wrong but the way things are going its going to end very soon which is a bad thing.

Caleb Van Hemert said...

Apocalyptic fiction makes us live better because it helps us realize how bad this life could be if we don't take care of it. They show us how some people would start to live like savages if the get the chance to take advantage of someone else. It shows us that we should never take anything we have for granted. We should especially never take the simple things for granted like family, food, and water. We only truly know how important things are until they are ripped away from us and we no longer have them. This kind of writing allows us to realize that this world may not be always sunshine and rainbows. This kind of writing also lets us live with more integrity because it shows us how important everything is that we have. It lets us see how the earth could turn into a fire pit and the majority of people won't care about it. There will still be people that care about what the world looks like and we would need more of those people. It is way better to stay a good person with good morals and values than be a bad person with no morals or anything. I would hope that everyone would have the common decency to not kill each other in an apocalyptic world. It also lets us realize that people will do anything just for a gallon of gas in a world with complete chaos and ruin. It lets you know that you may have to do things that you would not normally do to survive. You might have to kill someone that want’s to kill you or your family. If you killed someone that is trying to kill you or your family I do not think that is immoral or bad because if you don’t do anything you and your family would die.

Joshua White said...

For me seeing these apocalyptic movies it makes me want to believe that this is crazy and just hope this won’t ever happen to the world population now. Also I wish to never be like the people in this movie neither good nor bad, I fully enjoy life how it is now and I would never wish to change it. This also makes up realize how bad life could be one day and how when the people that get stuff handed down to them, they will have no idea how to survive without their parents. I feel that everyone one day will have to be independent at some point in time in life because you can’t always rely on someone to buy you something, drive you around, do things for you, etc. Also people seem to be scared of these movies because they try to think that if an apocalypse happened they would be the good guys but in reality you never know until you are in there shoes in that setting, for all you could know is you could claim that you will be the good guy but you may be brain washed and turn into the bad guy. Also another thing to realize is you are at a higher risk in an apocalyptic scenario to lose your close friends or relatives so you may have to learn how to take death in a good manner because it’s bound to happen in an apocalypse. In an apocalypse you will have to make smart choices and make decisions that will help you not decisions that will help the bad guys because the bad guys will be bad guys and the good guys will be the good guys that simple. Lastly I really can’t say if I would be a good or bad guy in a situation that max is in, to be honest I really wouldn’t want to live alone in a scenario like max because I may make bad decisions and having a second person could make those decisions better before they get really bad. Just like Andrew the other day said he would stay in his garage and build a car but you will never know if a bad guy is coming up on you. A bad guy could just enter Andrews garage and let the jack loose and bye bye Andrew.

zach thomas said...

Zach Thomas
Pd.4
3/18/15
The apocalyptic fiction I believe will get are so what ready for it to happen or at least close. The apocalyptic things could give us more integrity. I believe some people will just live there life the same as it was before but some people will change. Humanity will definably change because no one will have a huge amount of food or clean water in their house unless they are ready for it. My life will not change because I will still do what I am doing now and keep on with my life till the day I die. So people will have troubles living there lives because they will not know what or where to go if they have no jobs. Many of our people who are leaders or just government in general will lose power because they will not know how to run our world unless they plan for this way in advance. So people will turn into savages and some people will stay the same and not go and kill people just so they can eat. Some place should still have food and water because of how industrial they are. Like me I will either hunt a deer or something just so I get my food to eat and have a good meal. Others will just go kill humans and make it harder on families to deal with the apocalypse. Even now it is starting with people raising dogs to kill other humans. I feel the people in the military will be fine because they can shoot anyone they can. People in our lives will have different feelings about things that happen in our lives. Apocalypse will not be happening anytime soon hopefully. But we will have people will different feelings on this subject.

Alisha Elznic said...

Apocolic films helps some of us live better in many ways. They make us see the way things could be if we continue to live the way we do. They show us things that we can't always see or are too stubborn to see for ourselves. Like in Wall-E it teaches us how if we don't start recycling and taking better care of our world how everything is gonna be covered in trash. They also teach us that maybe its not such a bad idea to plan ahead and create a safe house in case anything Apocalypse happens so you can keep you and your family safe. It shows you what you should grab in times like that and the best ways to get to safety. In a way they warn us to look out for people who aren't all that good and who are looking to harm you in times of need. At the same time though it teaches you how you should be the bigger person though and help others out, and never be greedy. Take only what you need in desperate times because theres always another family that could be starving or in need as well. One of my favorite Apocalyptic films is I am Legend. In the film it shows how Will Smith loses all his friends and family including his wife and daughter. He ends up living live with no one but his trusty dog for the longest time. He gets so lonely that he starts building manakins and talking to them to keep him company. This part makes me really appreciative of all the friends and family that I have now. Theres always someone to talk to when I get lonely, so I never have to worry about being alone. It also taught me that no matter how tired I get of them I should never wish that they weren't there, because if they weren't I don't know what I would do

Jacob Leonard said...

I think that when we, as humans watch/read apocalyptic stories or movies, it makes us learn/understand what can happen when things get out of hand from power struggles of who has the most nuclear weapons, or who has the biggest army. And it is up to us to make sure everything is in check and join together to make sure none of this happens, or else the world will be like it is in Wall-e, or maybe even "The Road". So my overall theory is that why cant everyone just get along and not fight, and i dont just mean one country, I'm talking about the whole world. Because even though someone may be bad on the outside, there may be a little ounce of good deep down, they just need a spark to ignite that good side of them. The world only has a limited number of resources, and is too Unique to waste over a matter of who wants to rule this and be leader of that. Overall, I think we should watch more apocalyptic movies to realize what a beautiful planet would end up like if we, or the whole world went to war.

taborr ellenbecker said...

Apocalyptic fiction makes people live better individually because when some happens like that everyone will become selfish. You won’t want anyone getting close to your belongings. People can say that they won’t become cannibals when something happens. People will get desperate and will need something to eat and drink. No one’s actually knows what they will do in these situations.
If someone offers you something you best be careful because they could put poison in it to kill you. People are sick and sick minded. Even in today’s world. People will do things because they are desperate. Not cool to thing about but it happens. Life will bight you in the ass if you are not ready and you will get desperate because you are not ready for what happened.
It also makes us live better because you can be prepared for something that can ruin your life. Like the tv show dooms day prepress. Those people are prepared to the max but there are little things that some don’t have that could make them go down with out a fight if you know what I mean. If you are not prepared just expect the unexpected. That’s the least you can do to live longer.

Anonymous said...

Kallie Folk

Have you ever seen the movie I Am Legend? If not I think you should watch it, there are so many different views in this movie. It shows us a lot about the apocalyptic and how to get ready for it, in a way. Well the movie first starts off with everyone leaving New York City. Will Smith played the part of a virologist. Which he created a cure for cancer. So when they were leaving New York his family got to be the first ones out because he was so important to help cure the cause of cancer. He ended up staying in New York to work on the cure some more. Well turns out the whole New York was taken over by these Zombies. Will had a house all set up for when night came because that is when they came out. He had metal all around his house it would lock down. He also had a lab down stairs. He had a lot of food stored up in his house. He had his pet dog with him. He had this radio to try and get a hold of people in different parts of the world to tell them how he is doing on the cure. He would also make tapes about the cure. He had tons of rats he was testing it on. Will had to go out and hunt during the day and look for signs of anything. Well he ended up bring a Zombie thing back to his house and put him in the lab. He did test on him and he was so close to the cure. He found to normal people a kid and a woman. He brought them back to his house and helped them out. At one point in the movie the dog was bitten by one of the zombie things and was pretty much killed. Will took his dog back and put him in the lab and gave him the cure. You have to think about it and how to save up food and water for this to happen. Will had the chance to leave with his wife and kid but he choose to stay and find a cure. Only a strong, wonderful human could do such a thing. If this really were to happen I know I wouldn’t be able to do it, I would look up to him as my hero!

Zach Frantz said...

In the movies we watch we see a world we call as a hell like on earth. And We don't want to live like this we want to live like so called kings. We will do whatever it takes to keep peace on the earth and take care of it like its our own home. We learn to act civil and like humans. the people in the film are acting like animals. They don't have an order they do whatever they want when they want to. We see that is the wrong way to live. SO we do everything we can to live in a good world filled with happiness. Because we are scared of all the bad that happen in this world. So the movies show us all the bad and we don't realize until it's too late but i know that the movies are just as close to non fiction as they are to fiction. The only thing that is missing in the movies are that there are more normal people living with the crazies in real life. The movie has more crazys than normal people and honestly one day we could wake up and look in some inner city and find some of this stuff actually happening today. We are human and we are powerful enough to do anything our hearts and brains can imagine and we wont let anything get in our way because humans have really strong integrity. We take pride when we are the good guys and we slows start to care less around us when we are the savages. So the good guys will always do what ever they can to make sure the bad guy does not get a head and the bad guy does everything for the good guy not to get ahead of them. So its like a big game of cat and mouse and no one can ever win. They both win as soon as they learn to love each other.

Kevin Bai said...

In the movies and the books we read about the world ends, really shows what would happen if the people don't care the place where they living. In the Mad Max movie, there are always two groups people against each other, one group of people represent the good, another one represent evil, the good guys always trying to make the people's life better, always trying to make the earth start over again, but those bad people always trying to make their own life better, and they don't really care about the earth, they kill other people to get what they want, because those bad people are selfish, but they really don't get nothing. So, I think the movie showed us, don't become those bad people, and don't be too selfish, always think of others. and I think if everyone become those bad people in the film, then the world really will be end like the movie, but everyone all like those good people, I think the world only will become better.

Kevin B.

Bradley Racing said...

I believe that apocalyptic fiction makes us better because if we did not see people suffer we would just keep living our lives the way we are living them and would not even help them we would just live it day by day and that's what they do cause they have no food or water to survive they have to find food and water everyday but when they would have people trying to take everything they get and they would have to fight them off and wouldnt be able to and they would loose everything they needed to survive and then they would have to find more and that would be difficult only because they already found some and they had it stolen and they would have to move around and find more food and water or go with out anything and that would not be good. The reason going with no food or water would not be good is cause you would dehydrate and would not be able to do hardly anything you wanted to do. Also living this way would be hard cause you have to fight off anything that would try and steal your stuff or you have to find food and water and that is not an easy task in the situations they are suffering. Lastly these situations that they are in no one that i know have had to go threw hard times like these cause everyone i know has a roof over there head and food and water to live off. Also some of the people do have good days because they take stuff from the ones that find water and food and then they eat and drink the water but they have to suffer from any injury or sickness they get because there is no close by doctor or any thing.

Taia Tupy said...

I believe apocalyptic films can help us in everyday life by telling us how we should live and what we should do to make us become better people. Earth can become savage if we don't do something, I would like to live in a nice clean world where there is happy people and a town full of love and caring people. I feel if we lived in a savage world no one would get along and everyone would hate each other, no one would have friends and we would all live in a world full of filth like in wall-e how everyone lives in a world full of filth because they don't know how to do anything so they ride around on scooters and talk to voice activated computers. I think for a well being and integrity we should help people out and be honest, about every situation that may be in our path, a hard situation that we are honest about may get you in trouble, but it will lead you to bigger and brighter things in the end. I believe in this movie is a great film and can lead a us to situation of doubt or can lead us to situations of achievement, in this life they believe it is better to be savage then to be happy and live a life of success and freedom. Those who shall not fall shall try try again this can relate to boy in the road because even though he they are stuck alongside the road with not much on their backs they never give up they believe in faith. I think this can relate to mad max as well because even when want to give up they look for faith. I think in this movie they want to motivate you with the action and the great filmmaking they put in to this movie. Overall I think this movie was a great movie.

Riley Bennett said...

While watching the Mad Max trilogy, you really start thinking about what you would do in that situation. Hopefully, your second thought would be "how could we prevent ourselves from becoming THAT". Mad Max is meant to show you the aftermath of war and what could easily happen if we don't start caring for our planet. After watching the trilogy, you should walk away from it and make improvements to yourself. To some people, you might just see the movie and bypass the deeper meaning held within it, but I like to dig into stories and examine them. This just seems to be one of those movies with so much action that people forget to actually think about what the story means. Nearly every movie has a theme (at least I hope). Movies, like Mad Max, are meant to make you do something about the issue that they are bringing to your attention. This movie, for instance, makes you want to take care of the environment and stay civilized or mannered. Max is also a sort of role model to some. He does the right thing in nearly every situation that presents itself to him. Those are the types of characteristics that people want. People want the integrity and intelligence that Max has, so they go and change themselves. For example, after I saw the movie, Cinderella Man, I had a huge desire to box. My friends and I wanted that same strength that James Braddock had, so we went to buy some gear. Then, over the summer, we had boxing tournaments and improved ourselves. The best thing about that experience was that nobody got angry or felt a need to start an actual fight with each other because we knew that it wouldn't help anything. Overall, I feel that movies, like Mad Max and Cinderella Man, are extremely helpful because they make you want to make and reach goals for yourself or the world.

Caleb Andree said...

It has every little word that you can think of to make up the humans race on planet earth. Theres always going to be evil, Godly, and everything in between. Therese no real right to a perfect in life. God did not made who we are in life. But we are very special to him and others around us. We have the holy spirit around us that not only we can look up to but we can talk too. The kids we produce is so very delicate that us as adults we look up too there further.

Austin Sorenson said...

I think these books make us better as people because some days it kind of feels like its going turn into an apocalyptic world and by reading these novels it enlightens who you are and were you come from and we find who we really are when we read these books and by reading these novels we just learn a lot and the movies we watch many havent seen and its just tells you are you gonna be the good guy or the bad you wont know until the day comes god help me if it ends up like the book i think it would be crazy if it happened i don't want it to happen but you never know until it happens it makes us more smart and ready if it were to happen i believe out of all the English classes i have learned the most in this one for the pace that we read and the class it self has been very good.

Andrew Alexander said...

I think that apocalyptic fiction makes us realise that the end of the world is a possibility. It makes us live better by taking care of the environment so that it doesn't end up like Wall-E. Apocalyptic fiction also makes some people prepare for any apocalyptic situation. Like building fallout bunkers and packing them full of food and water. I think that apocalyptic fiction also scares people into having more concern for humanity. Because nobody wants rapist and cannibals controlling to world.

Joe Irvine said...

Apocalyptic fiction makes people better because it opens our eyes to see that its all up to us. First off it shows the worlds powers that any wars could end like this and so that they avoid that if at all possible because in the end none of the government in the world would be left it would just be nothingness. all the way down to each individual person showing them that if they want good to remain then they themselves need to act in good ways and show each other hope and show each other good so that they individually dont get treated horribly and it shows us that good will always come threw but not always right away so if we as a society want the good to win right away we have to make the bad or the bad decisions lose right away by the little acts we act now in the present.