For the Better World Project, we were tasked with choosing and researching a topic which related to making the world a better place. This topic could either be an injustice that we wanted to fix, or a good quality we saw in our communities. With this topic, we had to find a variety of different sources in which it was the focus of. We analyzed these sources and created an array of different responses. I chose to do selflessness, a good quality found in people throughout the world. I chose this because I believe that through selflessness, we can make the world a caring and just place. It's also something I am very passionate about, as it is something I strive to implement into my everyday life.
I hope you enjoy, and maybe even learn a bit too!
My name is Avery, and I am a freshman at Hilliard Davidson High School. Recently, while studying our injustice unit in English, we looked at the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech. I noticed that one issue in particular, addressed in the speech, still hasn't been fully resolved. This is the issue of police brutality targeted at minority groups.
Police Brutality is still a big problem in the United States. I do realize that not all police officers participate in this. In fact, most don't. However, there are some police officers that abuse their power by beating people, which is utterly unacceptable. One example of police brutality is the Robert Davis case. Davis, an African American school teacher, was beaten brutally by white police officers, who thought he was intoxicated. He was on his way home after Hurricane Katrina to check on his property when the incident occurred. Investigation of the event conclude that Davis was in fact not drunk. Another instance was with Frank Jude, another African American. He was beaten, even stabbed with a pen, by officers, who thought he stole one of their wallets. In both of these cases, the officers’ charges were dropped, and the victims were left in horrible condition, bruises and cuts covering their bodies. Our friends and families, people like Robert Davis, that teach our children, are being treated like punching bags by some police officers. This is unacceptable, and it needs to stop. As proven, police brutality is still a problem in the world today. A police officer has no right to beat on anyone, African American, or not. Their job is to protect people, not to be violent and put people in harm’s way. There is a solution though. I propose that police are required to take courses in tolerance, and even anger management. I also think we should be more severe with the punishment of police officers. We need to have a no tolerance policy when it comes to violent acts of intolerance; some officers need to know that we mean business.
Police Brutality is still a problem in our world today. It is still mainly targeted at minority groups. There is a solution however. We can not let our people, our brothers, be beaten, and targeted by authority figures. We can accomplish this by setting up tolerance and anger management programs for police officers. We can also establish a no tolerance for intolerance policy. Together with the support of each other, we can make the streets of our cities, towns, and neighborhoods safe.
What is cruelty? I think cruelty is being mean to other people, or wanting them to suffer for your own amusement or pleasure. An example is laughing at someone when they fall down, or pushing someone because you are mad, and want them to suffer like you. I think cruelty is sometimes just a natural thing humans do. Sometimes we may even be subconsciously being cruel. For example, we don't think to ourselves, "I really want to watch them suffer," when we laugh at someone falling down the stairs. It's just kind of what we do. On the other hand, cruelty, other times, is intentional. People sometimes feel better, when they're really mad at someone, when they push that person down.
Today in class, we had to write a short story about a time we did something cruel. This is my short story:
It was Christmas Eve night. Everyone had gone to bed, except for me; I was still awake. How could I go to sleep? Christmas morning was in seven hours. Seven hours until new toys and hours of endless fun and joy.
I leaned over to my brother.
“Jonathan,” I whispered.
He didn't answer. I looked around the room. Ugh. I had to go to sleep. I knew that if I just got some sleep, the time would pass much faster. I closed my eyes, the sound of the wind blowing outside filled my ears. White fluffy creatures danced across my eyelids. Sheep. One. Two. Three. Four. I opened my eyes. This wasn't working. I was just too excited. I decided that maybe if I walked around some, stretched my legs, and got rid of some of that energy I would be able to fall asleep.
I sat up and tiptoed over to the door, being ever-so careful not to make a sound. The floorboards softly creaked and moaned as walked. And then, just as I was about to reach my destination, a loud CREEEEEEEK erupted from the floor boards. I looked back at my brother and my eyes were met by his.
“Where are you going?” he asked.
“I can't fall asleep, so I'm going to walk around a bit,” I replied.
“Oh ok,” he said, suspiciously, closing his eyes.
But just as fast as he had woken, he was back asleep.
I slowly opened the door and walked out. The smell of gingerbread cookies and fruitcake filled my nostrils. I tiptoed down the hallway, into the living room. The warm glow of the Christmas tree lit up all of the presents below it. I closed my eyes and imagined what Christmas morning was going to be like. I imagined all of the smiles and laughter there would be. My eyes scanned the presents, until they stopped at the big one in the corner.
Ah yes. This was the one my parents had gotten my brother; it was his big surprise. They didn't tell me what it was, as I was a bit of a blabber mouth. I hadn't really been too curious as to what was inside, but at that moment… At that moment, that's all I could think about. I suddenly had the urge to open it and take a peak.
It's tall stature was covered with a deep green wrapping paper, sprinkled with snowmen. A bright red ribbon, glowing from the Christmas lights, was wrapped around it and tied into a big beautiful bow on the front. It shimmered in the light of the tree, calling my name. Calling me to open it. But I couldn't. It wasn't Christmas morning yet, and besides, it wasn't mine.
The two sides were warring within me. It was as if an angel had appeared on one shoulder, and a demon on the other, nagging back and forth. The craving to open it increased every second, the urge to do the right thing increasing with it. My head started ringing,
“Yes. No. Yes. No. YES. NO. YES!” until I could no longer take it.
I ran to the tree, grabbed the present, walked to the other side of the room where no one could see me, and started to open it.
I meticulously lifted the tape at the sides of the package, being careful not to rip the paper. The crinkle of the paper rung in my ears. Then I slipped the box out of the paper.
I stared. My eyes lit up. No way. My heart pumped vigorously. Blood rushed through my veins. Jonathan was going to be ecstatic. I had to tell him. I had to! I quickly put the box back in the paper and back under the tree. I ran back to my room.
“Jonathan! I know what your present is!” I said in a stage whisper. And before I knew it, I went on to tell him.
But just as I said it, I knew that I shouldn't have. I suddenly felt a rush of regret and shame fill my body. My stomach started to twist and turn. The good side had gotten revenge on my selfish act.
Jonathan’s eyes blinked...
There is huge controversy surrounding the creation of artificial intelligence. Is making AI moral to us? How about to the machines? The fact of the matter is, nobody can agree on this; there are lots of pros and cons concerning the issue. What we have to realize though, is that this is a real thing, and not too long from now, artificial intelligence will be apart of our everyday lives. These are some of the pros of having artificial intelligence.
There are some good things about artificial intelligence. First, they can help us. In fact, according to David Waltz, the Vice President of the Computer Science Research Division of NEC Research Institute in Princeton, NJ, and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, they already are. In his article about artificial intelligence, he says that artificial intelligence is currently being used to authorize financial transactions, configure hardware and software, diagnose and treat problems, and schedule things to be manufactured. These are all really helpful things that artificial intelligence can do faster, and with fewer mistakes than humans. AI can also help us do and discover things that humans can't. John McCarthy, one of the founders of artificial intelligence, says just this in one of his articles about artificial intelligence. This would be good for humans because we would be able to advance and learn new things. To conclude, there are upsides to having artificial intelligence.
In summary, we still aren't sure yet as to if we should be creating artificial intelligence. We do know, however, that there are a lot of good things that come from artificial intelligence, and machines could help us go to the next level. So what do you think? Should we have artificial intelligence?