Image: I chose this image, because this class was really all about who you are as a person and your moral beliefs. Although in this class we learned about different philosophers and were able to read other classmate’s posts about what their moral beliefs are, we were also asked to explore our own moral beliefs. Before posting what I wrong I would sometimes look at other people’s posts and we would have completely different moral beliefs. But, as we continued throughout the semester I realized that this is what makes us all unique. Throughout the class I stuck to my moral beliefs and really shared what I think by staying true to myself.
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Reflection Questions 1:
My favorite post I did was on Down Syndrome and whether or not it is okay to abort because a child is diagnosed with this. I think this is my favorite post because of how strongly I feel about it. I have worked throughout my life with those with special needs and think that this is a lot of the reason why I can have such a strong viewpoint on this. I think in this post more than others, I was able to really open up and express my beliefs. There were posts in this class where I had to think about my view on them, but for this one I already have had such a strong belief about abortion. Also since this is something I am focusing on in my area of study, I liked how I was able to read articles to include in my media. This helped me to be able to back up my views and also showed me why some people would disagree with my views. I also really liked my picture with the boy and his t-shirt which said “Keep calm it’s only an extra chromosome” because this is exactly the point I tried to get across in my post.
Looking back on my posts I would say my least favorite was “Who is to Judge?” As I look back on this post, I think the one thing I would want to improve would be to gather my thoughts better in order to get my point across. Although a lot of the comments made it seem like the post was understood, I think it would have been more effective to explain myself more when it comes to what is wrong and right. In the end, it might have come across as anything goes whether it is right or wrong because it is a person’s own culture. But, this is not what I believe so I think I should have explained this more and been clearer throughout this post. If I were able to improve it now, I would build off my ideas more and also make my ideas clear as to what is right and wrong.
The post I had the most trouble writing was my Introduction Part III. Beginning the course, I never thought I would have the most trouble writing about myself, because that is what I know most about is who I am. But, I had the most trouble writing this post because I am not used to opening up to people and that is what this posted asked of us. I think another main reason why I had the most trouble writing this post because I really contemplated whether or not to include my Dad’s experience in this post. Although I knew it would be a great example and I would be able to include all of the philosophers in this example, not many people know about my family and what my Mom is going through in dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. Diagnosed back in May, it still has not become easier to talk about with people and it was troubling to me to sit back and just take a minute to think about how far she has come and how much it has changed my family. I took the chance and put it in my post after really contemplating whether or not to, and after I was glad I did because I was finally able to open up about it. After posting this and reading the comments, I smiled because there was nothing but positivity from people which came out of it.
I think the post I learned from the most was my post on friendship. I think I learned from this post the most, because it really made me look at the friends I have had in the past and made me realize that quality is so much more important than quantity of friends. I think through this post I learned how much my view on friendship has really changed as I grew older. In high school I thought that it was so important to have a lot of friends, but now I see it from a whole new perspective. In my post I talked a lot about how important I think it is to have a give and take relationship with a friend. I have had one friend who has been my friend since middle school, but the rest of my close friends I have met in college. Coming out of this post, I realized that as I am growing older, I am beginning to look at the world differently. When it comes to friendship my view has changed so much and I think I learned so much in this post because I can look back at just a few years ago and see how far I have come in my views on friendship.
Reflection Questions 2:
I think the most interesting thing I learned in this course was the beliefs of the different philosophers. I think this stuck out to me as most interesting because some of the philosophers I had never heard of. What I found most interesting about this class was when I found philosophers who I seemed to have a lot of similarities with. In particular, I found Pojman to really stick out to me. He says; “In a sense, we all live in radically different worlds. Each person has a different set of beliefs and experiences, a particular perspective that colors all of his or her perceptions.” Not only is this how I view the world and all of the people in it, but I think it perfectly sums up our class because I do not even have to think of it from the perspective of the world but even from looking at our school. We are all taking the same course and have all different beliefs and experiences with life, but what makes us unique is that we can all have these beliefs which might make us look at the world differently.
I know that I learned it because I am able to look at my own life and agree or disagree with the different philosophers. Throughout the class we were able to bring our different opinions to the table. While sometimes I know I might have viewed a philosopher differently and agreed with them, others may have disagreed with the philosopher. But, I know that I learned it because I was able to incorporate the philosophers into my own beliefs and better understand their views and how they might be similar or different than mine.
I think that this knowledge in the future will help me in other courses, my job, and with life in general because it will help me be more open to new people and new beliefs. Although I will not always agree with certain beliefs, just like I did not agree with every belief in class, I will be open to hearing others beliefs and sharing my own beliefs. In doing so, I will be able to incorporate different philosophers and really have an educational conversation with someone if I am asked about my beliefs or if others share their beliefs with me.
Reflection Question 3:
I do not think my moral viewpoint in any way has changed, but in a way I think I have become stronger in my viewpoints. I see myself as having very strong beliefs and when writing my posts this is something I realized. Sometimes although I feel like I have firm moral viewpoints, I am not always able to express them because they do not come up in conversation or in other classes a lot. But in this class, I was able to really talk more about my moral views and right them out in a way which made me think, but also expand on what I was thinking. If anything, I think my viewpoints have changed because I have been able to look more into them and relate them to other philosophers and other people who might have the same viewpoints. Even when others had different viewpoints, I respected them but in the back of my head I still knew what I believed and why I believed it.
Reflection Questions 4:
If I was teaching this course, I would honestly not teach it any differently or set up anything differently. I think that all of the topics were very well thought out and they made me think. I like the setup of the course and how the expectations were laid out from the first day. It was very organized and that is something I really like when taking a course because I know there will not be any curve balls thrown my way throughout the semester. I think it would be interesting if the topic of family were included in this course. Although I know we did talk about friendship, I think if family were somehow incorporated into the class we would be able to tie all of our introduction posts together because I know in a lot of them I talked about my family.
Out of any of the classes I have taken throughout college, this is the one I would most recommend. This course really made me think more than any of the other courses I have taken. I like how personal this course is and how we were all open to what everyone else had to say, despite having so many different opinions. This comfortable environment the class brought really made me feel like I could open up and would not be judged for my opinions. I think the reason I would recommend this class to everyone is because it is unlike any other courses offered and it really helps you to open up and explore more into your own beliefs while being able to compare them to other philosophers and others students in the class.
Thank you to everyone who commented on and read my posts throughout the semester with an open mind!