What would you give up?  Write a one-page journal entry. Would you be willing to give up the use of a vehicle for a year in order to protest against the oil company’s profits?    What...

What would you give up?  Write a one-page journal entry.

  • Would you be willing to give up the use of a vehicle for a year in order to protest against the oil company’s profits?   

  • What cause (for example animal cruelty, anti-war, human rights violations, ending genocide in Africa) would you be willing to take action to promote awareness and help foster change?

  • List three items you would be willing to give up in order to support a cause or show your commitment.  Explain why you chose each item.  

  • Think of a time where you sacrificed something for principle. In other words, describe a time when you gave up something because it violated one of your beliefs or moral standards.  If you are unable to think of a personal experience, write about a situation where you would sacrifice for one of your principles.

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crmhaske | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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This is really a personal response question that nobody can really give you any correct answers for.  It is something that you need to think about and decide for yourself.  I can tell you what I would do, but you really do need to sit down and decide for yourself what you would do.

Would you be willing to give up the use of a vehicle for a year in order to protest against the oil company’s profits?

I don't have my driver's license, and as such, I do not own a vehicle so I have no vehicle to give up for a year; however, that said if I did, I believe that I would.

What cause (for example animal cruelty, anti-war, human rights violations, ending genocide in Africa) would you be willing to take action to promote awareness and help foster change?

There are so many causes I would readily take action to promote.  These days it has been the right for homosexuals to marry and adopt children.

List three items you would be willing to give up in order to support a cause or show your commitment.  Explain why you chose each item.

I became a vegetarian many years ago to support animal rights, and to this day I am still a vegetarian.  I won't provide three, but that's to give you an idea of the kinds of things you could be thinking about.

Think of a time where you sacrificed something for principle. In other words, describe a time when you gave up something because it violated one of your beliefs or moral standards.  If you are unable to think of a personal experience, write about a situation where you would sacrifice for one of your principles.

I quit what was for all intents and purposes my dream job because I was treated poorly, and expected to do things that were beyond the scope of my job.

Good luck with your personal exploration! :)

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous thoughts were right on for this.  This will be as subjective as it can be.  No one out there can nor should compose this for you because all of these bullets impact each person differently.  We can offer our thoughts, and you can absorb them, but I think that the onus is going to fall on your shoulders.  The question about oil dependence is a fascinating one.  Certainly, individuals have a role in this paradigm.  Yet, the overriding issue present is whether or not our political interests will diverge from oil consumption and profit.  Can we, as a political nation, divorce ourselves from oil money?  All individual action can be taken, but I think that a more substantive discussion along these lines, representing a transformation of belief system is needed in addition to individual measures such as protesting the profits of oil companies.  The remaining bullets seek to find where one’s socially active breaking point lies.  I think that it is a bit vague in its call to “take action.”  What exactly this entails is of vital importance.  I sense that it can take many forms, but if the question is seeking to find where the compass of moral action is directed, then I believe more specificity is needed as to what type of action is being sought.  Action can take many forms, such as posting thoughts on the web, starting a blog, or can morph into a grass roots type of movement and even physical action.  I think that when we define “action” we are clear as to what is being sought.  Writers can take action, protestors can take action, even terrorists take action.  Where is the exact type of “action” being sought?  While the answer to all of these bullets will be based off of personal experience, I think that being able to draw a distinction as to the specific nature of action being sought is a critical part of the process of composing one’s thoughts on the issue.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I am assuming that you need to choose one of the following and go from there. I would not be willing to give up the use of a vehicle for a year in order to protest against oil company profits. This would be impossible because I need my car to get to work, get food for my family, etc.

The option that I like the most is giving up specific items. I would be more than willing to give up three items to support a specific cause. For example, to show support against the use of animal testing I may give up items that test are tested on animals, such as certain shampoos. laundry detergents and cosmetics.

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