Meeting the standards of a human

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The novel Utopia is constructed of having two different sides of the world one good and one bad. On each side lies to different communities filled all with the same thing just different aspect, it’s all filled with people. In this book, it is using a lot of words to set a feel of dehumanization among all of the people of the “outside”. Making these people sound like a waste of space or animals scavaging through life one drink or drug at a time. these people are in bad shape but for reasons behind the story. isolation from the real world has taken a toll on these people and made their appearances not so great but something that was out of there control yet still are given a title of an animal or nonhuman like figure.

“they pretend their eating meat, and pretend that they’re drinking alcohol, and of course they pretend they’re drunk and have forgotten their problems. they pretend they have the right to err and sin. They pretend to be human.” (37)

Made me think of society today and what we consider human. Every living person on this earth has a right to be called human, we breathe, we walk, we eat, we laugh, we love and we all have the same beating heart as everyone else does in this world. HUMANS ARE HUMANS!!! They keep saying over and over throughout the novel how much people aren’t human but what makes a person human? we are all living breath creature fending in the f*&%$ up world around us.

“looking for bits of food thrown in the rubbish heaps. Then they’ll die of tuberculosis one day and they’ll find them beside the wall. That’s their lives” (pg. 92).

In our world today I see it similar to Utopia by society looking at homeless people the same way. just because homeless people don’t have homes and don’t have food or nice clothing we look down on them as if they don’t mean anything, I have witnessed people physically hurting homeless people for no reason just because they feel like they don’t mean anything. Homeless people live on the streets get dirty possibly do drugs or drink and are treated so badly for something they might not even control. homeless people are humans just like us. the ” outsiders” were humans just like the “utopians”. Makes me think what if the wall around Utopia was broken down and the world was put together giving the Outsiders the opportunity to show how “animal like they really are”.

Just because you drive your nice car, have a nice warm bed to sleep in, eat daily meals and can say that you have enough money to support yourself doesn’t give you the right to sit and dehumanize the people who don’t.

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I AM WHO I WANT TO BE!

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Being born into a place that you can’t escape to me is torture by itself. you’re trapped in the society that you may not belong you may feel like an outcast and you know that it’s not the right place to be. you’re born in a place or you feel like you have to be someone you’re not you have to do the things that everyone else does follow the rules and go along with life like nothing is wrong. I feel as if humans should have the right to do and say as they wish, well to an extent. This book Utopia was very eye-opening and relatable to a sense of you can basically look at it as real life even though there was a lot of fictional characteristics about it. Two Worlds separated by Bob wire fences and security Two Worlds that are so different and so alike in so many ways. you have Utopia that is Rich and let’s just say never going to go hungry, then you have the outside that is filled with sickness poverty and danger. if you put this in the sense you can see this in any City state Etc. you have your bad side and you have your good side such as the one where I’m from in Bakersfield just like you have your Southwest and then you have your East Side there’s a lot of barriers between two worlds in any aspect. but like I said before these people are born into somewhere they might not even belong. rich kids being taught to be perfect, go to college, be successful… when in reality they might just want to be like everyone else fit in like everyone else and play a normal role in society. then you have your bad side the people that get the shity end of the stick the ones who grow up in crack houses or bad neighborhoods. the people who are giving parents that abandon them or grow up in families and neighborhoods that are just bad influences. these people 90% of the time genuinely don’t belong here and wish to have a better outcome in their life.

 

”In Utopia, where death retreats behind barbed wires and becomes nothing but a game that adolescents dream of…”(6)

If you were in this position what would you choose where would you want to go what would you want to be? the better question is who would you want to be? In this reading is very easy to distinguish what side was what considering all of the different aspects that took play.Utopia being rich and All of your dreams come true apparently and you have no worries. but why reading I thought to myself is this really what people want. I understand that having no sickness and being very wealthy no danger sounds good and all but I feel as if the people in Utopia were put up to be people that they didn’t want to be they were searching for so much more.  And the “outside” people were discouraged by where they were and taught they cant be anymore then just a dirt feel disease infested society with no meaning. 

“What can you do in this artificial paradise? You sleep, you take drugs, you eat until food makes you sick, you vomit until you can recover the enjoyment of eating, you have sex (it’s weird that you notice how boredom makes your sexual behavior aggressive and sadistic)” (9, Khaled).

A character mentions that this sense of boredom and repetition through his life makes him go crazy and act the way he does. what if that’s the way these people feel today and we just can’t see it. I feel like the people in our world are walking zombies who are pushed so much to be someone they aren’t meant to be and will eventually be pushed them over the edge. The eyes of people in today’s world need to be opened up and taught that people are people and they need to be able to fly like a bird when growing into the adult and human they wish to be.

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Reality; a slap to the face.

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The infatuation to live in a world with a blank stare on your face and a smile to fill the space… the emptiness within, because of your living in a world of bitterness and despair ..a world that is so cold. They call it utopia… Utopia, a novel that has done more than caught my attention. It has caught my attention to the details and pure imagery but also to the fact of how much truth lies within. A world filled with two different sides, rich to poor, sick to healthy, fake to real, reality to fantasy all opposite and so against but one key factor that is so the same is happiness. I ask myself again and again what is happiness there is no true definition because everyone has a different interpretation of it. within the reading, there is a two-sided world and Neither side is happy. It’s like your reading about people who live daily lives that are so boring and fake that they have to find things like death illness and destruction to be amused by. Is this an insight on what our world may become is the real question. 

“And now two societies have formed: one of them owns everything and the other owns nothing”.(82)

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while reading I started to think and compare how our country economic dynamics are starting to have relations to the ones in the novel. One main focus is economic separation, in utopia, they have the rich and wealthy and healthy then there are the others the ones on the outside who are sick, poor, homeless and so much more. This is a prime example of today’s society and what track we are leading on.

“There’s a social in balance that has led to the state we’re in, but it’s in balance that should continue.” (7)

just as the wall of separation in utopia there is a separation between the rich and the poor today, I know in the novel its to a higher extent but there are a lot of similarities to show that things between humans are not anywhere close to equal. division on who is significant enough to walk in todays society and be “normal”, and not dehumanized for being homeless, color skin or having a different religion etc. society as a whole is being split apart and divided to only have an upper and lower class the middle is falling out as we speak its like we play a game in real life on what side to pick but just like in the book either side is never going to be completely happy.i feel as society is being pushed to the limits of having expectations for people. The perfect person or family house or car, but HOW!? when the economic situations are so hard. yes, push and push and push me to go to college but don’t forget the part that i will be in debt for the rest of my life as well. go out and adventure to find myself but don’t forget the part to pay the extremely high hospital bill if i ever hurt myself because i cant afford health insurance. what about the most important part let me get a nice job a car a house and a family without falling into the social opinions and comments that eat me alive and make me want to be someone else just let me be me and you be you without us all falling apart. Society is breaking apart every day being controlled by people who think they know whats best for us but in return give lower class nothing, health insurance, homes, food, etc. forget about it! I love how the author portrays such a huge separation of society while making it so obvious how horrible it really is in some kind of way magnifying what our future may look like. with drugs sex and violence being the only thing to turn to while running for our lives trying not to be killed for fun.

“There’s no longer a government or no longer a government that cared about us eventually salaries were halted and services were halted and the police melted away.” (81)

Growing by the minute.

Yuri Hererra’s novel Signs Preceding the End of the World was a book that touched me in all the right ways. This book was translated so beautifully and lost little to none of its true meaning. Opening my eyes to the main characters and descriptions of the transformation of one place to another. seeing the growth of not only a person but the idea of a place that didn’t meet its potential.

“It had hardly been more than a few dozen yards but on starting up at the sky Makina thought that it was already different, more distant or less blue.”(Herrera 40)

 

Excellent image of how we can imagine grounding into Gaia. She bears witness to our right to stand, to sit, to be in this spot, now. I am alive. I am here...now. All is well.

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Many people who think of crossing the border think danger, cops, death and much more. people who come across the border are headed for a new world a new land and the hope to be able to accomplish their goals in what we call the “promise land”.You wouldn’t ever think the author would use a young girl as the example to cross not only the border but the united states all on her own.This book gives one of the most courageous examples of a type of hero and her name is Makina. Makina is a brave, amazing, loving, bad ass person. Many women arent put in the position of a brave warrior but Makina is one of a kind. I love this character and how she is perceived to be someone who doesn’t care and is willing to go an extra mile to accomplish what means the most to her. Not only does Makina have faith in herself but her mother knows she can conquer the challege as well.

“I don’t like to send you, child, but who else can I trust it to, a man?” (Herrera, 12)

 

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the author chose Makina as the one to have seen that this so-called promise land isn’t so promising. For all she is put through on her journey she knows how to handle every situation that she comes across. Makina never gives up and always pursues her goal of getting what she wants. Not only did Makina start off in the begging as a strong-minded person as the story progressed she is learning more about herself and her abilities. She is growing and there is no stopping her. I love the fact that a woman was perceived as a strong minded person who did what she had to while growing into an even stronger person as the story progress going through challenges that were relatable and deep.