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Feb 8, 2015 - Communication    No Comments

Coursework: Creative Writing

I awoke early in the morning, at the top of my tree I could admire the whole landscape. I thought to myself where in this beautiful forest should I hunt today? Which bark with the sun’s rays beaming down on it should I stain with the blood of my prey? What did I fancy today? A worm, a mole or a mouse? You see I can pick and choose what I want because nothing can escape my grasp when I am in pursuit.Or maybe I will have a quiet day and stay on my tree; admire my kingdom. My subjects’  lives are in my hands. The day is quickly running out and my hunger grows. I have decided that I will go on the hunt.

I take pride in the hunt and every hunt is successful, the outcome always the same… death. The thing I enjoy most about the hunt  is the feeling I get when I soar through the sky and the wind goes up my feathers; nothing makes me feel stronger. I am the omega and alpha in this forest and there is nothing stronger, faster or more deadly.

I decided to leave my nest at around midday. I think of all the places that are running full of potential victims of mine. I think of the lake. Many creatures go there to drink; they are vulnerable there, a perfect time to strike. The lake isn’t far from my tree so it won’t take long for me to reach my destination again. The feeling of the wind puts a smile on my face. When I arrive at the lake I take a position on a tree that has a field of view of the whole lake. I can analyse the whole lake, and find something which I can sink my talons in. I wait for about five minutes until something catches my attention. A lonely mouse has wandered down to the lake to have a drink; a perfect specimen for my decimation of him. I stare at the lonely soul for a while, such a small mouse I could break him so easily and that is exactly what I’m going to do.

I glide from the tree and strike the mouse instantly, causing a gash with the poor little mouses’ blood flowing out of it like a fresh spring. I knew the first strike was enough for the kill, but it would be a slow death for my victim if I left him to bleed, out so I put him out of his misery. Before I finished this little mouse off I listened, I heard fighting for its life breathing heavily, trying to clutch on to life but death is immanent and the poor little mouse last breath will be coming shortly. I place my feet on its neck and squeeze, I feel its bone crunch and the life leaving its body. I hear the break and one last squeal… and then silence. The hunt has been successful, I have achieved my objective and yet another one of my subjects has fallen beneath me. As I take chunks out of the little mouse I can taste accomplishment, I am the master of the hunt. You see a creature like me can pick and choose how much I eat, it is not a fight for survival for me, survival is more like a hobby and if I hunger again I shall just go on the hunt again. So I leave the corpse of the mouse and head back to my tree and nest, it grows dark and I grow tired.

I arrive at my tree I lay down, staring into the moon admiring it. I think to myself the moon is like how I am to this forest. It sits in the night sky watching the earth, it is the biggest thing in the sky just like I am the biggest in this forest.  Just like me if it wanted something it is big enough to take what it wants. The moon rules the night sky just like I rule this forest. It is late now I reminisce on my day, another day another hunt and another success. It will be the same tomorrow and the day after, in this forest I am apex and I will stay that till the days I grow old and die.

 

Feb 8, 2015 - Communication    No Comments

Coursework: Torture

In the modern society in which we live, torture is seen as something inhumane and unethical. But there have been many arguments that torture can in fact be necessary in certain circumstances. Say if someone has hostages and these hostages lives are at risk but you have the culprit that kidnapped these innocent people but the culprit will not tell you where he is keeping these hostages. I believe that in a situation such as this, torture is a viable option in to finding out where these people are and saving their lives.

Interrogation is also a time consuming process. Sometimes you will just run out of time by just simply sitting in a room and asking questions and waiting for answers you may never get. An article written in the Huffington post by a man called Sam Harris also talks about how torture should not be seen as just a sadistic way of interrogation. Harris goes on to talk about Abu Ghraib, which was an American overseas detention centre. During the Iraq war in 2003 the USA used torture methods on some off the detainees at this prison. They wanted to find out where the leaders of their opposition were hiding so they could put an end to the war. But the radicals that the USA had in captivity were simply not just going to give up the names of their superiors just like that. In order to get the answers that the USA wanted other means of interrogation had to be used. The USA did use some means of torture to these people they had in custody. This caused uproar between several human rights groups such as amnesty international and many of the US public because the methods used did violate some human rights, but my question is how many human rights would have the people that the USA were looking for broke? The answer is that these people would have broken far more than just the few that the USA broke in order to prevent this. By torturing just a few people to get answers the USA prevented a lot more deaths in the Iraq war.

My point is that I believe torture is necessary in order to save people’s lives, just like the USA did in 2003 at Abu Ghraib. If we go back to my story about the hostages why would you not want a guaranteed way of getting answers rather than a time consuming and sometimes reward less process. Why would you want to give someone doing inhumane things human rights? Or think of it like this what if one of those hostages was someone you love. Whether it be you mother or father or child or partner it does not matter, you would not want harm to fall upon them so you would want them to be saved. How are they going to be saved in time if the person who had taken them hostage won’t tell you, I am sure you would want that person tortured to find out where your loved ones are. If you look at situations like this then you will see that torture can in fact saved lives, torture can get answers a lot quicker but torture should only be used in situations where lives are at stake. Torture should only be used in situations like my story not for things for petty crimes such as theft. To conclude torture is useful for getting results and answers of people, but should only be used to save lives.

Feb 8, 2015 - Communication    No Comments

Coursework: Bare Vexed

Dear Isabelle Kerr

I am writing to you today to inform you that I agree with the points you have written in your article ‘Bare Vexed’. I too believe ‘something appalling has happened’ to the English language. These new additions, such as ‘twerking’ and ‘selfie’, to the English Dictionary are an embarrassment to say the least. Just like you, I feel this puts a bad name on our generation.

We are both a part of this generation; a generation which has contributed these vulgar words to our once beautiful language. Our generation will now just be seen as a vain and uneducated generation compared to the ones before us. This is because of these words being put into the dictionary. I do not believe slang words such as ‘twerking’ should be seen as legitimate additions to the English language. Why should our generation’s slang be added to the dictionary when many other generation’s slang has not been added? Although many people may argue that Shakespeare (a major contributor to modern English language) made up his own words, he is considered to be a genius and his words have stood the test of time. Shakespeare’s language has beautiful meanings. In all of his work he made up about 1,700 words such as ‘sanctimonious’, and ‘monumental’. Words such as these are a lot more ‘auspicious’ than ‘twerking’.

Being someone like you, Isabelle, I love the English language, and I want more from my generation. I am not happy with the contributions that my generation has made to this language. The one thing that people in our generation complain about is being judged negatively by the older generations. But how can we complain if the only words we contribute to the English language promote sex, violence and social networks – it is not a good look.

That is why i am very angry about these new additions. I do not want to be associated with a generation which, in my opinion and i believe yours, is destroying something I love dearly. I think the words which have been added should be removed. It is not only embarrassing for our generation but the English language as well.

Another reason why I am writing this letter to you is not only to complain about these disgraces of words, but also to thank you. I want to thank you because by writing your article you have shown older generations that not all of us are utter imbeciles. You have shown that not all of our generation are illiterate, that we to love this language and hate what is happening to it. I hope that by reading your article, the older generations and even our generation can be enlightened in the fact that it is not right. ‘twerking’ and ‘selfie’ need to be removed from the dictionary; it is the right thing to do.

Once again, I would like to thank you. You have let me know that I am not the only one who is outraged by what filth has been added to the dictionary. I hope your opinions rub off on other people so these words can be removed and prevent words like this being added again.

Yours sincerely,

Joe Moncur  

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