A Prehistoric Message — 65 Million Years in the Making | By Rahul


https://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/almost-factual-news/2013/jul/29/dinosaur-rampages-through-downtown-san-diego-killi/

Jurassic Park. A familiar story for most. A classic about men with great power. Men with ambitions which may go too far. In the end, these characteristics boil down to disaster. “God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs… eat Man…” Today, we have found cutting edge technology. We obtained the power to control everything. We have found so many different means of getting around. However, in all these cases, we have harmed the environment. When you look around you, you are dying. You are dying quicker than expected. Who do you have to blame? Us. Yourself as well. Humans create technology. Technology eats humans… We all know that a human being controlled by technology is not in the best position. Nonetheless, how are we related to Jurassic Park?

Most people say that “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton tells us that “life finds a way”. However, there is a much deeper story that is being conveyed in the plot of “Jurassic Park”. The famous “Jurassic Park” from 1993 was a warning from Crichton about the twenty-first century. He had told us that something that we create will bite us back in the years to come. Wondering what creations of ours backfired? Well… here they are.

The internal combustion engine (ICE), energy gathered from coal, and oil used to power cars. The various innovations of ours which have had horrible consequences on the environment. These are our dinosaurs. We have engineered them to make money for us, and to give us the luxuries of modern day life. Behind our back, like the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park started breeding, technology has begun to harm the world around us. Once the operators of Jurassic Park took action, it was too late. In the present, we have not yet taken sufficient action. People will only take the required amount of action when it is too late. The dinosaurs will kill. Technology too, will kill. Michael Crichton’s book tried to communicate these issues to us. It told us that in the 21st century, it would be too late. When you ask experts around the world, many will tell you that we have passed our deadline. We have not done our homework. We were warned, but we will be turning in our work days after the due date. Just as Jurassic Park did. Something Michael Crichton’s world famous novel conveyed. However, dinosaurs are not the only creatures that played a part in telling us we might be doomed.

One of the most famous quotes present in both the Jurassic Park book and film, is “You wield genetic power like a kid who’s found his dad’s gun”. Here, Ian Malcolm is referring to InGen’s (the company running the park) idea of creating a ‘Biological Reserve’ as an irresponsible act. A common stereotype is that kids may not always be the most responsible little people in the world. The child may not know how to handle a gun, or may not know of the consequences the gun has. In Jurassic Park, the scientists from InGen create dinosaurs. The geneticists have almost no idea about what these dinosaurs can do. Can they breed without males? Can they swim? We have done the exact same thing today. We created petrol, diesel, and coal plants. We had no idea about how much the oils would pollute. We had no clue about the limits to which we could control the world around us. We are an irresponsible little kid who has found their dad’s gun. We were an uncautious little child who does not know that guns kill people. “Jurassic Park” is telling us the story of 21st century. The story is telling us that we have lost control. The scientists of Jurassic Park made errors in their calculations. Dinosaurs escaped. In the modern world, we did not anticipate that petrol my warm and pollute the earth to dangerous levels when they were advent. This shows us that Crichton made a story which told us that disaster is imminent. The book was a sign, reading: “Proceed with caution!”

Michael Crichton really did warn us. One of the best selling books in history has warned us. The book had all the sentences and phrases in place. There were so many predictions about the modern world. Dinosaurs were just secondary. Sure, ‘life finds a way’. However, the real meaning of a book is always found deeper in the text. In this book, the author wanted to tell us that something was wrong, but not scare us by saying it explicitly. The plot of “Jurassic Park” is set up in a way which is relatable to real life. The book had the plot of the modern world. The book was an example, a warning, about the modern world. It is important to realise that something may not have been intentional, but they still make it into a book. The chances of Michael Crichton warning us on purpose are slim. However, literature allows for themes which even the author did not know about. In this way, “Jurassic Park” warns us of the future (now present) which is (or has already come) to come.

New York Fruit

Arrival

My body was pulled forward as I felt the ship come to a halt. Arbitrary sounds flooded into my ears like water into a breached ship. Once I got out of the barrel, my nose reminded me of the brown stuff Mamma puts in the garden—manure. Is this really New York?I thought to myself. The whole city was pushing me back out to sea, drowning me in its depths; however, I know how to swim. No matter what I would make it through. Go home t… go home… said the thoughts in my head. Just as the pulling stopped, I felt a cold hand yank me back, like a bird swooping for a doomed fish; the tearing of the fibres in my shirt shot into my ears. I tried to get up, but the more I tried, the more skin I felt tearing, burning my leg like if it was lit on fire. Before I knew it, I couldn’t feel anything but the breeze of the air, a hair dryer blowing into my face. I remembered what Mamma told me back home: Mamma said America would be good to me. Just before I turned 3 again and tears built up in my eyes, everything went black…

Gully

A single ray of light warmed me up as the blur in front of me cleared. I felt the energy pulsing through me. I tried to move, but I wouldn’t obey. All I felt was a pin in my back, like someone had been trying to pierce through my skeleton. Without knowing, my hand reached back. Suddenly, my legs came to life; with pain. I thrashed out at the my prison, hoping to meet my mamma again. I remembered my mamma’s last words when I stepped on the boat: America will be good to you. My legs started to die again. My eyes bulged as the world turned into a pure white. A figure watched down on me through the light. His cold eyes froze me in place. He prodded at me, as if he was checking if I was alive or not. Everything went dark again. A panel moved like a door, and the light attracted me as if I were a bug. A man waited outside. “Welcome” he said as his hand extended towards me. Seeing another human being shut my mind off, as I ran into his hands, missing his cold blue eyes. He squeezed me so hard, the air inside of me felt like it was squished out like a fly under a swatter. The devil of the darkness came upon me again.

Mulberry

The street. Mulberry Street. The crowd is fog, closing in on me so I can’t see . I make a dash for my ‘cab’, and as I feel the comfort of the seat, my pocket seems to loose all its weight, as if I were suddenly an astronaut in space. I reach out to grab the squirmy little kid, but he too disappears… disappears into the fog. Although I know there is no hope, I rush into the fog scanning peoples faces like a guard making sure that no criminal entered his master’s gates. Finally, the fog clears, and I see the boy running as fast as he can. Then, he suddenly disappears—a bird flying into the safety of its tree. I turn to where I saw him last—nothing. Now trudging back to my cab. As if the day couldn’t get worse. There is no cab. The light rain above my head quickly worsened, and I was drenched in torrential rain. Everything is lost. Miles away from home, and everything I had, was in that cab. I was warned not to come to this street—Mulberry Street; but when I was told I acted like a little kid. Defiant and stupid. Now, like a little kid, I wish I had listened. Listened to the warning about Mulberry Street.


Photo Credits:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliyah

Makerspace Mosiacs

         Our Ancient Greek unit is near its end with our project. We,were given a choice to make either a mosiac, jewellery, or paint on vases. I felt that this was a really enjoyable way to learn about Ancient Greece. The Mosiacs were hard to make, but I found it completely worthwhile! Something I might change is my planning. I came to class with my refernece, but should have probably sketched out the shape on a paper at home and and then put tiles in afterwards in school. Learning about Ancient Greek culture through art was an amazing experience! A improvement for next year would be being able to draw a Greek scenario on a piece of paper, for those who love drawing.

Makerspace Catapult Reflection

         My experience with the Catapult project was amazing and really helped me experiment with my knowledge of physics. I enjoyed this project, and felt good taking a break and building something. This was also my first time in the Makerspace. I also enjoyed working with a few different people than usual. Something that could be improved is the amount of materials each group gets. If everyone had the same amount, we could see who makes the most effective Catapult from those materials. This might make it more challenging and interesting.

Monarchy and Oligarchy

         Monarchy was a form of government during Ancient Greece, where the king could tell his subjects to do anything he wanted. In Monarchies the leader was decided by hereditary means. Oligarchy was another form of government in Ancient Greece where there would be a group of leaders who discussed matters among each other before taking action. In this form of government anybody who highly supported the Oligarchies, either Aristocrats or Middle Class could join the leadership system. 
         The advantages of a Monarchy are the following: A high level of discipline, at least somebody is in control and not all is chaos, high organization, and no effort in choosing who the next leader is since Monarchies were hereditary. The disadvantages of a Monarchy are the following: No public choice, no rights, paying the king high taxes, nobody can go against the king’s bad decisions, if something bad happens the king can blame anybody.
         The advantages of an Oligarchy are the following: Not all the weight of power is on one person, the Aristocrats who did not rule had an advantage since they were friends of the rulers, if one Oligarch made a bad decision the others could stop it, you could run away since it would take the Oligarchs time to decide what do with you if you did something bad. The disadvantages of an Oligarchy are the following: There is a lot of arguing which might lead to a war, peasants have less freedom since the Aristocrats are the Oligarchs friends allowing them to ask for more money, the arguing of the leaders could lead to them being unaware of possible threats.
         As we can see, both forms of government had a sufficient amount of disadvantages and advantages. Monarchies however, in my opinion probably had more reliable defense. Monarchs did not have to argue with anyone so they could be aware of possible threats. In terms of fairness, I would have to go with the Oligarchy form of government because theoretically anyone could be one. Also a bad decision could be ruled out in Oligarchies while in Monarchies they could not. Both these forms of government however, declined over time, and new types of government were introduced.

Service Day Reflection

         During the ice cream simulation, I noticed that the chocolate group was desperate for space and always wanted to migrate to a new ‘ice cream country.’ I also noticed that the strawberry group raised the fee for entering higher and higher every time they expanded their city. The vanilla group seemed to be very confident, as they could basically control where the chocolate group went. The vanilla group also seemed to be working more peacefully than the other groups. The vanilla group also worked on 2 different cities and got money for building schools, banks, and universities. My biggest takeaway was that being middle class was very comfortable and less stressful, but the rich are always greedy and have no problem with the poor going bankrupt. In the middle class, I found myself trying to convince our leader to let the chocolate group through our land.