What do you think Faulkner might have meant by the caption that is around his neck in the image at the top of this blog?
Being better than other people makes your development reliant on the other person. It limits you. If you are already better than your contemporaries or predecessors, and you are competing against them, you don’t feel the need to improve and work on yourself. On the other hand, if you try to be better than yourself you are constantly working to improve yourself. Its progressive, the more you improve yourself, the higher the standards get. In the caption around his neck, I think Faulkner is telling us to try to be the best possible self, if there is room for improvement then there is room to grow. And there is no better way of knowing how much you can improve unless you compete with yourself and know how much you can evolve as a person and how much potential you truly have.
DU BOIS “The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line”. What do you think Du Bois means? (p.885)
“The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color-line” I believe that Du Bois is referring to the obvious racial discrimination that the was prevalent during that time and even today to some extent. Du Bois elaborates how he looks into Not only does this discrimination create a “hate-culture” it also risks the success rate of people who are discriminated. A recent example of this is the 2016 presidential election of the United States of America. A lot of racial dispute arose from this election. The color-line Du Bois mentions is the racial profiling some people face or the stereotypes imposed on people just because of their background. Unfortunately, the problem of the Twenty-first Century is also the problem of the color-line.
I believe that ‘Nature ‘ is the biggest gift that humankind has received. We are who we are because of the gifts that we have been given but also because of humankind’s resourcefulness and the will to survive any obstacle. The Native American sense of the importance of nature reminds me of the religion which I grew up in taught me. Hindu’s have a similar sense of the importance of nature, but instead of it being one almighty they see the divine in individual things. Everything is a representation of a god. And we respect or at least try to respect everything accordingly. Leading 18 years under similar circumstances to the Native American sense of the importance of nature. It has its pros and cons. Although I am not trying to claim that these in any way are the exact same, this thought came across to me during the lecture. And how two different religions that developed under two different circumstances could be so similar. It could be possibly the true human character. I cannot answer the question if living like the Native American sense of the importance of nature will make our lives more whole and meaningful because the definition of more whole and meaningful is very vague and subjective; things that I find whole and meaningful may not be the same as the third or the second person. In my opinion, religion itself is a way for people to find meaning and purpose, and the Native American’s values may also serve this purpose.