Journal #15

Contained within the posting given in the email, there are three separate articles. Each article being based around a different person as well as an incredible story in their life. For the first article, Jacob Needleman goes into great depth on the events that shaped him into the man he is today as well as how he learned a great deal  of information on embracing contradiction. Needleman does a great job at connecting events in his life to the various lessons he was taught. An example of this being when Needleman’s friend, Elia, passed away from leukemia at age fourteen. This event at such an early age is what truly inspired him to find the answers he would be searching for throughout his life. The second article, which focuses on a woman named Marina Abramović, discusses how she turned all of her pain and suffering she experienced at a young age into a drive to become a performance artist. To put in perspective as to how poor Marina’s childhood was, in the article she states that the happiest time of her childhood was when she stayed in a hospital for an entire year at the age of six due to what the doctors believed was a psychosomatic reaction to the beatings her mother had given her. “Deep same, maximum self-consciousness” are other things she experienced, and made it impossible for her to speak with anyone. But when she discovered art, Marina pulled a 180 and now is a completely different person. She found that through art she was able to escape into another world; a world of freedom and expression. It allowed her to leave behind the safe world that pulled her away from loneliness and sadness she was experiencing. This section of the article is extremely powerful and shows that even the most quiet, “unlikely to succeed” people can create great things. The last person is Lise Meitner, one of the main people responsible for discovering nuclear fission. Sounds like a great feat, and it WAS good enough for a Nobel Prize, but she was excluded from receiving it because she was a woman. Throughout most of her life, there were unfair opportunities for women. An example of this is when she traveled to Berlin at age 29 to study at a man by the name of Max Planck, only to find that the universities in Germany would not allow women in unless given special permission. Later in time, Lise would work with another man named Otto. The two would later discover a new process that they would call nuclear fission. The only person to obtain a Nobel Prize for its discovery was Otto; Lise being left behind. But the amazing thing is that Lise did not let this get her down. She took that negative experience and made it push her to do even more great things and live life to the fullest. The overall message is to take a negative experience and not let it destroy you, but encourage you to keep pushing forward and achieve greater things. This relates to what we are currently doing in class. because no matter how badly all of us want to smash those chairs, we must learn to accept what is currently happen and will happen, for in the end we will be able to move on and learn from the experience. This article is well organized and does a great job at getting the overall message across.

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