Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer Assignment #1 & Summer Assignment #2


 Summer Assignment #1

RUBRIC

How do YOU define imagination?   
When are you the most imaginative?
How will you show us your version of imagination?

Demos of Imagination on first day of class!  This is intentionally open-ended!

SURPRISE US!

These are mere suggestions or consider combining 2 together:

Original Video 
Languages
Historical Eras or Figures
Original Musical Compositions 
Drama 
Athletics
Artwork
Dance
Speech
Poetry
Experiments
Mathematics Problems


Summer Assignment #2

After watching the video, choose one of the following quotes and write a commentary.

Post your commentary on the blog & respond to a classmate by Friday 11:59 am

Reminders:  anon, first name only


Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.
William James

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
H. L. Mencken


80 comments:

  1. Tunji

    The quote I am choosing is, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” by Martin Luther King, Junior. I feel that this quote fits in best with this episode of Twilight Zone. Mr. Goldsmith relied on an “old man in the cave” to get answers on what he should do and not do to continue to survive in the post apocalyptic time period. With the help of the “old man in the cave” and staying faithful, he has helped his people survive ten years in the post apocalyptic time period, leading them step by step up the staircase successfully. In the first ten minutes of the show, I thought the “old man in the cave” was going to be Jesus. Since this is fictional, I thought Mr. Goldsmith goes to the tomb of Jesus and ask Jesus for advice to continue to survive. I also thought it was Jesus because faith was the focus of this topic and people who are christian keep faith in Jesus to get through rough times. This was false, but I thought of it as a strong prediction. To continue, a band of soldiers arrive in town and starts questioning Mr. Goldsmith. The leader of the band questions why he has so much food. Mr. Goldsmith says that the “old man in the cave” says the food is contaminated. The leader does not believe in it, and request to be taken to the “old man in the cave.” On the first trip, they do not get into the cave. When they get back to the town, the leader of the band eats some food, which then convinces Mr. Goldsmith’s people to eat some food also. This was the climax because Mr. Goldsmith’s people have changed their ways due to the arrival of a band of soldiers. His people changed their direction on the staircase, deciding to go down, faithlessness, rather than up, faithfulness.
    The leader of the band again request to be taken to the cave. Mr. Goldsmith’s people have now gone against Mr. Goldsmith and are now on the soldiers side. The people are now opposing Mr. Goldsmith, the man that has helped keep them alive for the past ten years due to the rebellious attitude of the leader. This time when they go to the cave, Mr. Goldsmith is forced to open the cave, which he does. The “old man in the cave” ends up being a computer system, which I believe Mr. Goldsmith used to communicate with other survivors around the world to decide what is safe, what is not safe, and what the weather will be like. I believe that Mr. Goldsmith gives the computer system the codename “old man in the cave” to keep his people safe and calm. The government does not tell us everything to keep us safe and calm. If the people would have known the “old man in the cave” was a computer, they would have been rebelled against Mr. Goldsmith. They have lived a boring ten years of life, they want to be able to enjoy their lives. Sometimes, enjoyment is risky, and it also represents losing faith in what you already know in the context of this show. Mr. Goldsmith’s people destroy the computer and the leader of the soldier says they are free now The next day, Mr. Goldsmith discovers everybody dead. He is the only one alive due to continuing to listening to the “old man in the cave.” His people turned around on him on the staircase, even after how far he has led them. They blindly sided with a leader of a band of soldiers who have barely been with them for a day rather than the man who has kept them alive for ten years. I understand that they were tired of the way they have been living, but sometimes you just have to continue doing the same thing and something good will eventually come. At the end, Mr Goldsmith said that the chief method of execution is faithlessness. His people lost faith even after how high up Mr. Goldsmith has lead them in the staircase. Sometimes, you just have to have faith in what you are already doing, even if you feel you do not know what was going to happen next.

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    1. Nnedi

      I agree with how you thought the old man in the cave was a heavenly figure because that was the first thing that came to my mind. It would have made sense for it to be that because of how high of prestige we hold on our faith and principles we learned as a child. People use their faith to guide them through circumstances and in this case, Goldsmith was so confident in his faith but it turned out to backfire him. So the question I have is why people have so much confidence in their faith if they did not or have not seen who they worship? Where is the evidence and proof? A book cannot personally sway me.

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    2. I agree with your assumption that the man in the cave was Jesus and I also came up with this theory, however i do not think the leader of the town was already aware that the old man in the cave was a computer since he knew ow to enter and exit the cave freely. Faith plays a big role in how we live our lives even in the smallest aspects. People in the town had faith in the old man in the cave and so they were able to hold back their hunger and believe the food was spoiled. Similarly I believe that every wrong deed you commit will come back to haunt you so i restrain myself from many activity's that may have negative repercussions for me in the future. Faith is not so easily broken as when the soldiers came to town, so I don't think the townspeople have had much faith because for all they know the computer had been very accurate in its assumptions and they even had proof of it, however they all ungratefully lashed out and died because of it.

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    3. Tunji, as a more responsible (since you have been in TOK for a semester now), is your statement about Christianity solely in this context fair? Is faith tied to religion only? Widen your definition/understanding of faith. Faith is applicable in a variety of ways.

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    4. stanley (i forgot to put my name the first time)
      I agree with your assumption that the man in the cave was Jesus and I also came up with this theory, however i do not think the leader of the town was already aware that the old man in the cave was a computer since he knew ow to enter and exit the cave freely. Faith plays a big role in how we live our lives even in the smallest aspects. People in the town had faith in the old man in the cave and so they were able to hold back their hunger and believe the food was spoiled. Similarly I believe that every wrong deed you commit will come back to haunt you so i restrain myself from many activity's that may have negative repercussions for me in the future. Faith is not so easily broken as when the soldiers came to town, so I don't think the townspeople have had much faith because for all they know the computer had been very accurate in its assumptions and they even had proof of it, however they all ungratefully lashed out and died because of it.

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  2. Lashawnda

    I believe the twilight zone episode is anchored upon this quote “faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible”. This is because many individuals have believed in this man who delivered messages from the supposedly “Old Man in the Cave” or a computer. The idea of faith in this tale has been embedded as a misery yet a benefit within the messenger and the villagers. The messenger not only had to keep the trust among the villagers but trust in this machine to never fail them. The villagers had no where else to turn and even if they did the curiosity of “what If” existed in the back of their minds. However, they have seen how long they have survived and how much of a leap of faith they have taken. This is also considering that the messenger could have been stirring them down the wrong path this whole time. There is so much faith it what could have manifested as opposed to what was happening. In which, I believe really clouded their vision and made them take faith in the “organizer” or strong rebel that was truly in their hearts. The quote truly wraps up the take away from the episode on how much trust plays a factor in everything that they conducted and were involved in. In that, I believe wherever doubt is possible, the idea of a leader and agreement exists. The more this exists, the more the notion of good and bad is established and curiosity sparks. The sense and of a basis one would have, the more of an agreement of followers would have came along with it. Each leader had their mark in time where they made sense, while the messenger had with how long he kept them alive with the “Old Man in the Cave” and the more the villagers believed in it, it eventually became true in their minds. As for the organizer, he topped it off with how they would have to see something in order to believe it or even give it trust. As for the villagers they were at crossroads to either go after what their heart desired or followed what kept them alive. In that, one of the villagers had said that they survived but haven’t “lived”. It only took a matter of seconds before the villagers were in the hands within the organizer because he took over one thing that the messenger could never get a hold of, their heart. He had only gotten to their minds, where surviving was the only possibility and chance. If you notice, many of these leaders had points, and the followers fueled the engine. At that point in time, they were already in doubt it was many of the few who needed a leader who truly felt the same way. This quote and the moral of the story goes hand in hand with the belief in God and religion, in which the same concept is intertwined. In fact, God and religion is the biggest lesson in how to understand this idea in a realist stance and although many would not believe me from a Christian stand-point. It would all relate back to curiosity, good and bad.

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    1. As a said to Tunji, as a more aware knower...why does faith only pertain to Christianity? Religion? Faith in other AOK require belief in something unseen as well....does it not? So we need to expand our understanding and applicability of what faith is outside of the context of religion.

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  3. Stanley
    "Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase."
    The screenplay from the twilight zone closely relays faith the way Dr. King describes it. The belief that the villagers had in the old man in the cave was one that was sure to arouse suspicion. For 10 years there have been enough rations to feed and nourish all of the villagers. However because of one man’s claim that there is a man in the cave who says all of those rations are radioactive they are drawn not to eat them. The likelihood of anyone man knowing for sure where to plant and what to eat without so much as looking at the rations or the land is extremely farfetched, however because of their survival the people kept their quarrels in their hearts. The man who claimed to be of authority served as an antagonist to question the villager’s faith. His taunting's and questionings must have been exactly how the villagers felt on the inside but never had the courage to express. Ultimately their lack of faith led to their downfall. Martin Luther King’s analogy of the incomplete staircase is an accurate example of the villager’s situation for they knew not if they would survive if they ate the food the “man in the cave” called contaminated. All they knew was that they were hungry and tired of living n scarcity; however the rest of their staircase was not one that was pleasurable. In connection to the real world Dr. Kings analogy of faith plays big roles in the decisions we make in life, whether it be as minuscule as a new haircut or as life changing as quitting your job to start a business.

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    1. Ephraim

      I agree with how you thought that “The Twilight Zone” episode was closely related to Martin Luther King’s quote. I agree that there had to be suspicion since they had enough food to last for a long time. Also, the old man was never seen by the townspeople except for Goldsmith. I also agree that the townspeople’s lack of faith in the old man led to their downfall. The staircase was incomplete because of the uncertainty of the living of the old man. Finally, a lot of our life altering decisions involve faith because we do not know what the end result will be.

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    2. Stanley, I appreciate your broadening of your understanding of faith as it applies to starting a business. Can you imagine what kind of faith it takes to start that process. Who would that person need faith in? themselves? the process?

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  4. Alicia
    The quote that I chose was the quote by Martin Luther King. I do believe that this quote is true and it is proven by the video. The man who went to go see "the man in the cave", I can't remember his name, was the only one to have faith in what the man in the cave was saying. He didn't know where his next meal would come from or if it would come at all, which would be the next step on the staircase to re-civilization, but he had faith that the man in the cave, of whom he never got to see, would keep him and his people alive, the way he has done in the past. The other people in the town didn't really have faith in the man in the cave, but rather the man who it seemed as it they appointed as leader after this war/bombing. But even with that, they did not really have faith in him, they just trusted and followed him since the only other option was death and there was no other leader to follow. This is proven by how they follow the army guy so quickly, even though he hadn't been where they have been. The mere fact that he was still alive proved that he had been doing something to keep him alive after the war and the people figured that by following this other guy, this complete and utter stranger, of whom we have JUST MET, we will be able to get what they want and live. Their lack of faith was majorly displayed when they ate the food that the man in the cave said was no good. But the man who didn't eat it, the only one who had faith in the man in the cave, even though was mocked, tested, his sacred "man" was destroyed, showed at the end of the episode, when everyone else who are the food were either dead or unconscious, I really couldn't tell...but I think they were dead. So I say all of that to say that I do agree with the quote, and evidence is shown here and also in a similar story that occurred in the bible, when Moses went to go get the 10 Commandments and the people were worshiping idols.

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    1. Jocelyn N.
      I agree with Alicia towards the idea of relating what occurred The Twilight Zone towards what occurred with the issue of Moses . I never actually thought about how the bible could relate to faith for the Twilight zone and the quote , even though faith is so closely related to religion . I would also like to add on that the Twilight Zone also showed the idea of peer pressure and how one person could make you start to believe what your inner doubts have been telling you . In The Twilight Zone , the people were probably giving in to their inner doubts , as food was right there but they couldn't eat it based on what one man was telling them , which later turned out to be a computer. Therefore, I also have the question of : to what extent can one combat their inner doubts when there is so much evidence to support that inner doubt ?

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    2. In what other ways can faith be applied Alicia outside of the bible? Scientific faith? Mathematical faith? Artistic faith? Our job as knowers is not only to explore our beliefs with respect to faith, but the explore beliefs that are different from our own to refine our own understandings.

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  5. Catherine O.

    "Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."

    This quote represents a great deal of what the people in the town were struggling with. In the beginning of the video, many of the people were frustrated. For a long time, they had always had faith in the "old man" and destroyed whatever food they said were contaminated. However, you can still see that there was a hint of doubt in many people. It only took one soldier who pointed out the logical reasoning and made their doubt grow more and more until they had no more faith. It is true that faith may be illogical. I can see why the people were frustrated, they haven't had a full meal in years. It seems foolish to believe in something that does not seem possible. However, the people should have realized that they were alive. They don't need a full meal or bottles of alcohol to survive, they could have lived with the diet they were on before. The people could have had faith that they were going to survive and be satisfied with that. Unfortunately, they were not satisfied and felt that they had to have more to be happy. It may seem illogical to have faith, however, at times it can be the only resolution to conflicts that we have with ourselves.

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    1. Constance

      Catherine mentioned something that I didn't take into consideration when I was watching the episode of The Twilight Zone. She mentioned that there was always "hidden doubt" within the village. This was a big factor in the show because it was the primary reason the military leader was able to turn the villagers against the man who brought back news from the man in the cave.

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    2. Asia

      I agree with Catherine when she explains that the people had lost faith, and that they felt as though they needed more food in order to live a better life. I agree with her because as I mentioned, The people had gone 10 years without eating full meals and I can understand how frustrated they could have been trying to feed the entire family every single day for 10 years. Their lost have faith in my opinion was illogical because they were still able to survive as a result of them believing both the computer and Goldsmith.

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    3. This is an interesting post Catherine. So faith is applicable with the struggles with inner conflict.

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    4. So Asia, should we just merely survive or live? What are the differences?

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  6. Nnedi


    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    There must be certainty before using faith to justify your actions. We must have a feeling of certainty to know that even though we are not able to see the whole staircase, it is there mentally. Although our naked eyes cannot see it, there is much hope of it being there. The hope and certainty allows us to take the first step because without those components, there will not be a complete staircase. One’s faith can sway them into believing that something is there without actually seeing the idea. It’s like believing something exists mentally, but in reality the belief is unforeseeable. For example, some people question the existence of a God because they haven’t seen him. They have faith in what they physically see because there is no truth without perception. If one is not able to physically see and touch something, is it really there? In the video, Gosmith was a true believer of the old man in the cave. Despite Major French’s opposition, he was able to take the first step even when he did not physically see the old man. Gosmith knew someone was in the cave because the old man sends out notes but he was not sure it was an old man. After all, it was a computerized box and he was shocked. His assumption led him to believe that there was an old man in the cave, but he did not have hardcore evidence of its existence. Many people use religious faith to determine whether or not to proceed with an action. For example, hardships and failures always come to us but faith is what holds people together. Because one believes God has their best interest and is always by their side, they will act on what they were thought. They will keep in mind that “God always answers prayers “, and they will pray without knowing whether or no he will answer negatively or positively. This is what Martin Luther King Jr meant by this quote and it is used as a basic foundation of the Christian faith. Believe what is told and written, and never question God’s existence because he is the one who created man.

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    1. Ashley G

      I agree with Nnedi,that we must have a feeling of certainty to know that even though we can not see the whole staircase, it is still there mentally. I agree with this because we can apply this to the bible. The feeling of certainty that God exists is through the bible and through unexplained "miracles." When things like the unexplainable occurs, we have nothing to explain it with, so we use "supernatural things" to explain them. That kind of gives us the certainty or some kind "proof" testimonies, and stories of miracles. I thought it was interesting where Nnedi said that "his assumption led him to believe that there was an old man in the cave." This makes me wonder CAN faith be confused as assumption. Is faith just a euphemism? A word to brainwash and fool people. I also agree where Nnedi said that "Many people to use religious faith to determine whether or not to proceed with an action" I feel that is where the term WWJD: What Would Jesus Do. People use their religion as a guide to be a "good" person or make right decisions. They think about what decision would be good, and what God would do.

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    2. Is the quote about faith just applicable to Christian faith or just religion? Faith takes places in other settings and it is our responsibility as knowers to expand our understanding of faith under different areas of knowledge.

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    3. To Ashley, do we need religion to make moral/ethical choices? Within our capacity to reason wouldn't human beings intuitively know that some actions are wrong because they hurt others?

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  7. Ashley

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I agree with this quote, and can clearly see how it can relate to the video. When one puts their faith in something, there is a sense of sacrifice that is present. There is a sense of vulnerability as well. You are relying on the unknown, what you can not see or predict that will happen, therefore you are sacrificing your own sense of logic, and you are vulnerable because you put your own emotions and time towards that faith. Like in the video the people put their faith in something that they could not see, or did not know even existed. Usually people begin to have faith in something when they are desperate. When they feel hopeless, like reality/logic can not do anything for them.The people in the video were scared, and confused, and needed some type of guidance, so they put their faith in the old man in the cave. They have never seen this man before, they do not even know if he truly exists. But since they could not help themselves, and the world they lived in was risky and filled with toxins, they were scared to make decisions for themselves that could possibly kill them. They could not make it better for themselves, so hopefully someone else could. So why not put their lives/faiths into something that could make all the right decisions for them. All they wanted to do was to survive, they did not have the knowledge or capabilities to do it themselves, but saw that this mysterious man in the cave was helping, they put faith towards him, hoping that one day things would be better, then gradually it helped them survive and kept them safe. Even after taking the first step people still fear the unknown because as they continue to follow the staircase they are still left oblivious to the outcomes, they will never know if the results are positive or negative. That is where the term blind faith has developed. In the video the authoritative man was so curious as to who this man in the cave was and why the people of the town put so much faith into him. He thought that they had an abundant supply of food and drink, why would they sacrifice their hunger for what a mystery man had said, someone they had never seen before. That is why they need to stay focus and continue to have the blind faith. But if things such as distractions, or logical reasoning powerful enough to sway their faith they begin to lose their faith and path up the staircase. People are afraid of the unknown, so when things that they can understand come along, they will tend to grab anything that is familiar to them. When people see that there are no progressions and nothing has change, they begin to question and have doubts. But even when people do see progression and received what they wanted they begin to discard faith.

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    1. Jocelyn M
      I completely agree with Ashley because in a sense when you have strong faith you turn completely blind sided to reality and your actual goals in life become weary. I had actually not realized how much the towns' people relied on a man they thought was there to protect them but in fact the man did not even exist. Therefore the people in the town centered themselves around this small shell where they felt comforted and safe. As Ashley had said, without knowing the whole staircase they confined in the strange man they thought was their new sense of hope since they had much desperation. In conclusion, all logic is left when people rely more on their instinct, emotions and faith. The towns' people knew the food had been contaminated but their faith told them other wise, if it was not for their faith, they would still be alive from my perspective.

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    2. Ashley, your point in the latter part of your post is very interesting. Our sense perceptions are so important that if something is tangible, then it is more believable and gives us certainty and validity. If faith is not based on logic, then what is it based on?

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  8. Jocelyn N.
    "Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase."
    Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I had to constantly watch this video over and over again to try to figure out what connected faith and this episode of the Twilight Zone. I was then able to see that while listening to the computer, the townspeople did not fall ill from eating foods that were not approved of by the computer or what they originally believed was the old man in the cave. According to the quote by Martin Luther King Jr., one has faith when they make a decision without seeing the staircase, where a staircase can be seen as the fate of the eating of the food in "The Old Man In The Cave". The quote can also define how the townspeople felt when they followed their own idea and ate the food. Even though it had a negative affect on them (resulting in their deaths), they still followed their faith in believing that the food would serve them well. It confused me in terms of seeing : if the people believed in the old man in the cave, why did they not follow the computer? This connects me to the idea of rebellion/anarchy. With a rebellion and those following the rules, both are following the path they believe is right, which can come with pros and cons. Both have arguments where one can say "I told you so" (such as Mr. Goldsmith) but the people can say well you would have never known if we did not try. It leads to the idea of which is better: safety or finding new information.

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    1. So ignorance was really blissful with the townspeople. Was Major French a false idol?

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    2. Jocelyn N.
      Yes, Major French served as a false idol as well as the one who made it clear that there was doubt in the townspeople. They originally treated the "old man in the cave" as if it was giving messages from a higher power. With Major French, the idea of a higher power was destroyed as he kept pounding in their heads that there was no point in listening to the old man in the cave.

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  9. Obichi

    "Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible."

    I find this quote very intriguing. Faith is, indeed, believing in something when you have reason not to believe in it. The video about the old man in the cave embodied this quote. In the video, doubt was not impossible; the people had every reason to doubt that an old man was omniscient and had survived in an impenetrable cave. Yet, these people remained on the verge of starvation for ten years because of the messages the “old man” had relayed to them . According to both the video and the quote by William James, faith can technically be considered irrational. An outsider to a faith can be dumbfounded by it and question why people could possibly believe in whatever it is they choose to believe, even with evidence that should refute the belief. Because the foundation of faith is the lack of evidence, faith is not impenetrable. In other words, it can be changed because, as shown by the video, people who believe in something because they are told to, rather than out of a personal conviction, can easily be persuaded to believe otherwise. The concept addressed by the quote and video can be connected to the faith that fans have in an athlete. No matter how good an athlete is, doubt and failure are always possible. Yet, the fans continue to have faith that the athlete will continue to produce good outcomes. The concept can also be related to the ongoing 2014 Ebola outbreak. There are numerous doctors committed to helping ill-stricken people in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Liberia. The disease, which is also classified as an epidemic, has as low as a ten percent survival rate, which should render doubt in the survival of its victims inevitable. Yet, there are people risking their lives to care for the hundreds of victims, and having faith that the victims will recover. This particular example stresses the importance of faith: without the faith of all the doctors, volunteers, and organizations, where would the death toll be, especially without containment of the disease? 2000, 3000? Without faith, in something or someone, where would any of us be? Exactly how big a role does faith play in defining who we are as individuals?

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    1. Alyssa

      I agree with Obichi because she does pose very interesting points that I had thought about saying, but changed my mind because i felt the quote i chose, the first one, could not only relate to the video but to my own understanding of what faith should be. On the other hand I also agree with the point that sometimes even when someone had strong faith they can have doubtful thoughts and sometimes I think its inevitable. i think it might just be a part of human nature to worry because we know all to well that things don't always turn out how we want. However, sometimes people can see through that doubt and it can prove to be helpful. For example the volunteers and doctors helping those with Ebola. like Obichi said, people probably would have been a lot worse off without there help. They had faith they would be able to help even when faced with so much adversity. i think the question she asked about the role faith plays in defining us is a very important one to think about

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    2. If we were to continue with the notion with the athletes, we put faith up so high that when we are disappointed, we turn. The townspeople were disappointed when they realized it was a computer. Why? Why do we put so much faith in an athlete, but when they make a mistake we turn? Does faith require us to be idealistically blind?

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  10. Asia

    "Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible"

    In the video, citizens believed Goldsmith when he was telling them about the old man in the cave giving warnings about the poisonous foods. The citizens believed both the old man and Goldsmith as they had proof of what they were saying. One of the citizens mentioned how the planted tomatoes had became rotten after the old man said that they were going to rot. The citizens also realized that the "old man" was telling the truth when they saw that the carrots had became poisonous. In other words, the citizens had no reason to doubt about what Goldsmith and the old man were saying, but when major French first appeared, he gave everyone reasons to doubt; the people had never seen the old man in the cave, and it has been 10 years since they have had a good meal. This makes since as to why the people would all of a sudden become doubtful even though they had seen the effects of their foods. Since they had not eating a good meal in 10 years, they had faith in what major French was saying. This faith in him relates to the quote since everyone except for Goldsmith had faith in the fact they wouldn't be miserable and malnourished anymore and they could finally live a better life by eating a large, "quality" meal.

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    1. Lashawnda
      I agree with her explanation because everything that is built up and broken down has dealt with curiosity. Curiosity is what questions the mysteries, perspectives of the world, and solves some of the greatest. This story has channeled how our human nature and curiosity can ruin us by taking what we know better and turning it in ways so our bodies would desire more than our minds. Sometimes, our heart can over rule what we should focus on, and eventually creates certain circumstances that place us in a position where we weak minded. In this story it was a matter of differentiating between survival and living. Keeping in mind, their minds were being taken over by their bodies, they no longer thought with faith or intuition but with practicality. In addition to being very weak minded, they were susceptible and gullible to anything. Many people look at practicality because it is reality. Reality is believed to be the truth and nothing else, yet what people don’t realize it takes faith for the belief in reality as truth. The individuals were missing this concept because if they were to believe it enough it would have came to pass.When the soldier came it was a decision between what they wondered for years versus what they have been doing, and they chose what they were yearning for because its in their nature. Curiosity exists in nature, it is what makes up society. Curiosity is like a never-ending tale that will never leave you alone unless you explore it. In that, it is other wise known as what it keeps us alive and eventually kills us.

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    2. Asia, why not stay faithful to the old man? Because Major French was tangible?

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  11. Jemuel
    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
    When I hear the word faith, I immediately think religion. People devote their whole lives to a book that says that a certain person exists and they worship that person. Even without actually seeing the person, they praise him. They have faith that this person actually exists even without them being able to see him. They are only able to see the first step which is the bible but they believe that the whole staircase is there. This particular type of faith is something that I can’t say I fully have as I am still struggling with this belief. The video demonstrates the same belief that people have with religion. They trust the leader’s words because they have faith that this man in the cave is real. They have never talked to him personally or seen him but they believe in whatever the leader says that he said. That is, until the soldiers came and broke their faith and made them question this “man in the cave.” In there, they did not find a man, but a machine. They destroyed it and did not follow the orders and ate the foods that were infected. As a result, they all died except for the leader who kept his faith intact. They stepped down from the first step and ceased to believe that there is a top of the staircase. I don’t know if I can blame them because they were starving and there wasn’t any other proof that this person exists. First, they watched as the soldier ate the food and he did not die after they were told that they were going to die if they ate the food. Then, they find a machine instead of a man inside a cave where this all-knowing being is supposed to reside. They have been pushed over the edge and they have been suffering for too long so they gave in to the temptations. To me, proof is essential to believe in anything so to be disappointed continuously definitely would have broken my faith. If I already do not see the whole staircase and this staircase has failed me multiple times, why should I keep thinking that there will ever be an end or a top?

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    1. Vaskia

      I never thought people could lose their faith so easily after believing in something for so long, just because of one person’s reasoning. That is like two people being married for a decade, then saying they do not want to be together anymore because a stranger came up to them and told them they did not belong together. Showing multiple proofs and such. Then what was the point in being married in the first place? In all honesty if the people were just going to wait ten years to die, they might as well just have never believed in the old man or went to find out for themselves. Just because there was proof to show that there was no old man, does not mean the Gold Smith was wrong about the food being contaminated. The people should have looked at the facts, that other people were already dead and that the machine was keeping them alive for ten years. I felt as though fear came over the people’s lives because if they really had faith in the machine then they would still be alive. I think the staircase is never ending and it only stops when you lose your faith or perish for all eternity. Instead of stepping back I think the people fall of the staircase because you cannot rewrite history; or what already happened dealing with your faith; you can only move on pass it. I understand that the people were under weight and under feed and could not bear it anymore because Major ate the food and he did not die. All it takes is one person to change the faith of a group of people. One should keep on believing because something great may happen.

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    2. Obichi

      I agree with Jemuel to an extent, and I completely understand where he is coming from. In response to his question, I feel as though we almost need faith. Having faith gives us something to look forward to, to stand for, and it almost defines who we as individuals. Many people use their faith, which in this case does not necessarily mean religious faith, to guide the way they live their lives. In addition, two big components of faith are risk-taking and belief, and honestly, what is life without these two things? Personally, even if a staircase has disappointed me numerous times, I would still continue up it because there is always that chance that the next step will be the one that I need, or the one that I benefit from. Besides, on a slightly unrelated note, failure and disappointment are just as important as success: we need disappointments and failures in order to define the criteria for success, and vice versa.

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    3. Interesting points Jemuel... so you made me think of how the religious leaders and philosophers were asked to look through Galileo's telescope. How is the idea of faith applicable in that scenario?

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  12. Abigail
    I think that the quote that most directly relates to the video is the quote from William James. The townspeople had no evidence that the old man in the cave existed except that Goldsmith said that he did and the messages that he brought back from his visits kept the townspeople alive. Even though there was evidence that the old man existed, there was no real concrete proof either so doubt was theologically possible.

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    1. Jennifer

      I agree with what Abigail said. People tend tend to quickly lose faith whenever they believe something is not capable of helping them out just because it cannot be seen or because it is not considered powerful enough. Sometimes, what we see as less helpful, is what we tend to lose our hopes on. However, when an easy way out is given to us, we take it with no hesitation.

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  13. Kelly
    I agree with Martin Luther King's quote "Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase." Faith means trust within someone or something. Trust is a strong word and can override one's power if broken. In the video, Mr. Goldsmith had faith in the Old Man even though he could not see him. He knew that the Old Man would keep them alive. I would say only Mr. Goldsmith knew what faith was. He saw what the bigger picture looked like. The townspeople only saw what was happening at the moment. Mr. Goldsmith wanted survive while the others wanted to live. He took the first step to survival by having faith. It is hard to take the first step when you cannot see the whole staircase. It takes a survivor to see the whole staircase before they even take the first step. Good things happen when you believe in it. Why not see the bigger picture to work towards it? Death is inevitable, but one can do so much to prevent it from happening faster. Mr. Goldsmith chose to be faithful. The townspeople chose to be unfaithful. Life or death was in their own hands. It was up to them to make the right or wrong decision. There are endless possibilities to what happened in the video. A plot twist could be the townspeople had faith in happiness. They just wanted to eat the food and be free. They did not care or fear death. Mr. Goldsmith could have been scared of death. How long would he have lived anyways? Food is essential to life. Could the Old Man have really kept him alive? The world may never know which was right or wrong, but what is right or wrong when it was right to them then?

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    1. Good things happen when you believe they will? Is that what you really want to say Kelly? Be careful.

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  14. Constance


    Martin Luther King once said "faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." I believe this quote means that faith is something that can't be proven and while the skeptical stay behind, the faithful proceed for better or worse.
    In the episode of The Twilight Zone, The Old Man In The Cave, faith was what allowed the villagers to survive the apocalypse for 10 years until someone who didn't have faith in their all-knowing "man in the cave" challendged and weakened their beliefs. As a result, the most villagers forsook the advice of the man in the cave and died shortly after. The only one who survived in the episode was the villager who continued to live by the advice of the man in the cave. In the episode, faith is what saved the villager, but that was an extreme scenario.
    In the present, faith can benefit people in ways and harm them in others. For example, meditation, a common practice among many religions, including Buddhism, is usually done to clear the mind and create a sense of well-being. However, meditation can also help with high blood pressure and anxiety. On the other hand, there are who people believe that vaccinations can lead autism, despite countless studies proving that there is no correlation between getting vaccinations and developing autism. Nevertheless, the parents who strongly believe this don't vaccinate their children. Not vaccinating a child can lead to a plethora of problems with the child's health, like contracting measles or the flu, and can ultimately lead to the death of the child.

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    1. Tunji
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      I agree with Constance’s interpretation of the quote “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” by Martin Luther King, Junior because that is the same quote I chose. I like how she describes how the townspeople lost faith in Mr. Goldsmith because they were tired of not being able to be free. Mr. Goldsmith was faithful and kept his people alive for a ten year period, but when his people decided to eat the food that he said was contaminated, they took a risk, which I believe was unfaithful. A risk has a 50% chance of being successful and a 50% chance of being unsuccessful. In this case, the risk was unsuccessful which led to the death of the townspeople. The townspeople were tired of listening to the same things for 10 years, but those same things have kept them alive for 10 years. I like how Constance speaks about how Mr. Goldsmith could have possibly been scared of death. Maybe the townspeople did not care about being alive or dead anymore. Constance forget to talk about how the leader of the military group came into the town and influenced the townspeople to eat the food. When the townspeople found out that there was no actual old man in the cave, they lost faith and took an unfaithful route, which led to all of their deaths. Death may have been what they wanted, but we may never know. This episode shows that a faithful and patient person will always last in the long run. Sometimes people need to keep on taking the same steps up the staircase, even if it is just leads to the same thing every time.

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  15. Jennifer

    I chose quote 2.
    At the beginning of the episode “Old Man in the Cave,” one of the female characters began claiming that the canned food was not contaminated. This shows how the villagers are beginning to feel desperate because they need food, and want to satisfy their ‘wants.’ With the arrival of the 4 soldiers, this demonstrates how their doubts increase along with their frustration. At first, they refused to trust the soldier, but at the same time the villagers had doubts about the old man in the cave because they had never seen him before. From my perspective, I see the leader and the 4 soldiers as our conscience. At first, we have faith in something we have never seen before because we have fear; fear of being hurt. However, as we begin to grow more impatient, we begin to lose our faith and also to question what is giving us faith. We grow so impatient we begin to question what is right, and fall into the desire to satisfy ourselves for a moment, without thinking about the consequences. Sometimes, we have to hold on to our faith instead of growing impatient.

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    1. Jemuel
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      I agree with her statement about the video. The villager's faith was already being shaken by their desperation and impatience so the 4 soldiers gave them the little push that they needed to lose their sight. They lost their faith and gave in to the temptation of eating the food that was said to be poisonous. They no longer worried about the possible consequences and chose to get rid of their faith. Had they remained patient for one more day, they would have seen that the food was really poisonous through the soldier's death.

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    2. Hmmmmm our conscience huh Jennifer. That is indeed interesting.

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  16. Telani
    At the start of this video, I was very confused as to why people believed a man in cave and his predictions. Though the evidence was shown on the man being right about everything from the poisonous soil to the mutated tomatoes, I still felt that the man shouldn’t be believed. Though when the group of men came into the village, on one side I agreed with their views of the man in the cave, while on the other hand, I do believe that someone shouldn’t mess with other people faith. Those people did believe in this man, and knew that everything he was saying was true. But when the group of men came into town they made people start to doubt their beliefs. I feel as this video was challenging religion in a sort by questioning whether or not people would still believe that there is a higher being giving them direction in life. Because there is a possibility that if proof was shown that there wasn’t a higher power, people may start to doubt and fall completely off their religion path. Faith somehow brings order and basic morals that people should follow. These morals help guide people to become better and help others. The people in the village were listening to a man who was saving their lives after the “possible nuclear bomb” that could have happened in the sixties. Though these people turned to a man/machine and followed his every word, he did steer them in the right direction which resulted in their lives extending longer. So according to William James, this belief can quickly turn to doubt given the right person asking questions.

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    1. Why do morals have to be tied to religion Telani? Do we need religion to have morals?

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  17. Vaskia
    My faith in myself is what motivates me to keep on going and never give up in life. William James once said, “Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.” I often times doubt myself as the people in the Old man, in the cave episode, in Twilight Zone. The town’s people doubted the Old man in the cave after Major French arrived in town. The people did not want to believe in the slight possibility that the Old man was real, let alone correct about the contaminated food. The Major eat the food and mocked Gold Smith, by pretending he was dead for a slight moment. In turn the people lost their faith in the “Old man”. To prove that the old man was not real, the Major wanted to go to the cave, at the cave the people later found it was only a machine. The machine who had been right. No matter how weirdly profound someone’s belief in something is, one should consider there is a possibility it may be true. If the town’s people did not eat the food, they would have lived longer. When trust is put in the wrong person then terrible things occur. Those who want to lose weight often lose faith in themselves after the first week or so because the weight takes a long time to go away. With the right support they can make it through and loose a sufficient amount of weight. If the people had faith in the machine or the “Old man” they would have made it through the hard times without food. Personally I would have also probably given into the Majors words because I would think of my health at the moment. I would have gotten tired of the starvation and not being able to eat. On the other hand, I would think about not wanting to die. If the Old man was able to keep me alive for 10 years I’d continue to listen to him, even if he was not visible. Many people when they believe in themselves they achieve plenty in life. As for example, I myself did not believe I could decrease my time for cross country because I kept getting the same time over and over. Then it decreased with time and effort. Things can get worse or better with time and faith. We are human and must continue to believe in something. Although many times we may give up on faith we must find a way to comeback because it is what keeps us going in life.

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  18. Jocelyn M 3A

    'Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.'

    The people of the small town confined their hopes in one single man; hopes that composed of a chance of overcoming an epidemic affecting those around them. However, a change one day arrives where a person with authority figure characteristics comes along and changes the perspective of the town folks. These people are already living in fear and remorse for not enjoying their lives with excitement. They are simply just surviving. With this new man running the town, it gives them a sense of relief. They do not know where exactly the mans intentions stand but they know change is coming. Without considering the consequences they are already aware of, they take the chance of eating the contaminated food. This one strand of faith causes everything that these people have lived up to , to be completely lost. Therefore with faith, one may turn blind sided to our knowledge because it may cause us to feel a positivity we've never experienced before. A personal example I have of faith is when I took the chance of trying to jump off a cliff because my faith comforted me and I truly believed it would be okay, however I looked at the glass half full. I did not consider the long term consequences, nor did I think how it could affect those around me. This relates to the video because the new man thought he was doing some form of justice but did not consider if it would impact those around them. He may have gave them temporary satisfaction but left them with nothing at the end. With this being said, I agree with the quote and I feel like it is the best representation of the video.

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    1. Uchechi N

      I agree with Jocelyn. In the episode, it was humanity that was destroyed, through lack of faith, and greed. Thus, it is essential to acknowledge faith rather than ignore it, as it serves a vital role in society. In the episode, it seemed as if people's belief, especially the old man were often based on fact and necessity. Regardless of being a man made computer, he managed to keep his quote on quote followers alive.

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    2. Telani
      I agree with Jocelyn and the fact that these people were only surviving. In a situation like this, many people would have taken any kind of salvation without fully knowing what is happening. In a show that I watch, there was this place that was sanctuary for all, all is welcome. Once the characters arrive, they are welcomed with the kindness and food. But just when they started taking in the whole situation, the characters were placed in large containers with little suggestions spot hat this sanctuary may be full of cannibals. Sometimes there are times to not place your faith completely on something because it can be quickly taken away from you. Like how they say that you should never meet your heroes, because they might not turn out who you think they may be. These situations show that you only see the pretty face until it turns around and becomes ugly.

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    3. Was it the a different idea that swayed them? Something to challenge their faith?

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  19. Alyssa

    Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

    I picked this quote because I believe it clearly defines exactly what faith is. Faith is being able to put your everything, your heart, soul and mind into something, without worrying and the ability to understand that if things dont go as you planned then it wasn’t meant to happen that way. So to go along with the quote, faith is walking those stairs even when you don’t know how high they go. I think Mr. Goldsmith showed this kind of faith. The people however showed a kind of doubting faith that agreed more with the second quote. The video is a perfect example of when you don’t have full faith its easy to be led astray.

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      I completely agree with Alyssa's definition of faith. Mr. Goldsmith put his everything, heart, soul, and mind into the Old Man. He did not have to, but he chose to. I feel that my commentary of the quote strayed away from the main point of faith and more of trust. Although, they are fairly similar items that intertwine with each other. I like how she mentioned that the townspeople showed a kind of doubting faith that agreed more with the second quote. I was going to choose the second one, but I could not put my thoughts into words. "The video is a perfect example of when you don’t have full faith its easy to be led astray." That is exactly what I think. I really like the word choice of "astray" because it is so true. The townspeople basically gave up on the Old Man to live their lives.

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    2. Jesus
      I agree with what Alyssa said about faith. She well explained what faith meant to her, it was similar to what I said i believe, when she said that if something does not go your way, then it was not meant to happen that way, there is a reason why Martin Luther King Jr. mentioned a staircase in this quote, it is to give the image that you yourself have to build on that staircase, to achieve high. Faith is depending on how much trust you have in yourself, if you are capable of going high, no being afraid of what can come at you. Having faith includes having confidence, because with confidence you feel more stronger to approach your goal, to create a new step everytime you get closer and closer to your goal. Accomplishment is one big thing, having faith in yourself can boost your thinking, giving yourself a positive mind set, to aim high, to also take risks in life knowing you might get something out of it. Not all the time faith can be good but like I said before, whatever happens is what it is. I like the example Alyssa also gave about the videoe mentioning Mr. Goldsmith where he gave his all for the Old Man and having faith in himself for something he did not know what could have happened but took the risk. Faith is different for everybody, it just takes people to realize what faith means to them and how they will be able to express it.

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  20. Ephraim

    “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Personally, I believe that faith is one of the hardest things for man. You can have faith in something that has a slim to none chance of occurring. As a result, it can be tough having faith for a long period of time without knowing what the final outcome will be. We cannot have faith and then just become idle. We have to do something about it. For example, if a person has had a bad record and they have faith that they are going to get hired for a job even before he or she gets interviewed, then they will have to do extra. This is an example of a person that took the first step without seeing the staircase. In order to be a successful person, he or she must take chances. When a person has faith in something, it shows that they are taking a chance. From the man who said the quote, Martin Luther King, Jr., he had faith as one of the leaders in the Civil Rights Movement without knowing how it will end. He took a chance on something that was not clear, but it turned out to be one of the greatest moments in American History. In “The Twilight Zone,” the townspeople discovered a supply of canned food. Then, Mr. Goldsmith said that the food had been contaminated and that it should not be consumed. Then, when Major French and his team come to the town and saw that the townspeople looked like “skeletons” and saw the canned food that was available, he started to question Goldsmith on why they were not eating the food. Goldsmith responded by saying that the man in the old cave told them. After telling Major French that the old man does not come out of his cave, he thinks that Goldsmith is “stupid.” Later on, Major French is able to convince the townspeople to eat the food. Then, after going to the cave and seeing that the old man is a computer, the townspeople destroy the computer. Eventually, everybody dies except for Goldsmith. This is faith at its strongest, which is what Goldsmith had. He had faith that the old man was correct that the food was contaminated even when everybody else disagreed. When a person has faith at its strongest, there is nothing anybody can do to take away this person’s faith. This was truly an example of taking the first step without seeing the whole staircase.

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    1. Extend that idea further Ephraim about faith as it pertains to the CRM. Even his approach of non-violence was questioned every step of the way, but he continued despite the naysayers.

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  21. Catherine E.

    I think that the definition H.L. Mencken gives for the word faith is the most concrete and most practical one, this of course being my opinion. I can easily relate this quote to the episode of The Twilight Zone. The men and women of the group of survivors having faith in an "old man" that they have never seen and had no person relation to can be illogical and i'll give an example that fits our time and date. Having faith in medical attention. To be more specific, cancer treatment. The more advance someone's cancer is and type of cancer, the treatment options are limited and the actual results of the treatment can be either helpful or harmful, and in some cases both. This is where the patient, and love ones have to choose whether or not they will have faith in their doctor, in their treatment, or whatever gets them through the day. In this scenario, what Goldsmith said at the end about ways of dying and i truly believe faithlessness could be a big contribution to not only the longevity of life, but whether or not they live life to their full potential. Faith, sort of gives us a push towards innovation and human advancement, it all depends where we as individuals place our faith.

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    1. Akorede.O
      I agree with Catherine's vantage point on faith which is the comparison of illogical faith into a "old man" that never seem to never have encountered although the "old man" has allowed them to survivor for a decade however their faith wavered when things did not seem to become better. This is important to Catherine's example of cancer treatment from a group of doctors because a doctor may help slow down the rate of cancer by delaying its affects however they may still have it and a person may become less and and less faithful in the illogical idea of surviving or curing their cancer since they would not have faith in the doctors treatments since it has been so long but no healing has been done. Thus faithlessness occurs and could shorten your lifespan like how Catherine compared faithlessness with one's longevity of life. Another example could be myself since I have been injured and I have placed into a doctor so I may do what I love to do again but it has been so long and no changes seem to be occurring thus my faith in my doctor has been decreasing gradually however I am told every day to have faith in the treatment so my faith in healing stays on a weak line since it can be swayed easily. Faith in Catherine's perception seems to be able to be swayed easily depending on what you place your faith whether it is with in a person, place or religion.

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    2. Catherine, I like that you thought of something other than religion. We do put faith in science (medicine).

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  22. Uchechi N
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    “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” This powerful quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. displays that as one goes up or down the first step of a staircase, one should be aware and have faith that there are more steps that await him/her on his/her journey through the staircase, even if one is unable to see the rest of the staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr. expresses through this quote that faith is one’s belief in starting to do something, even if one cannot fully understand why, cannot physically see the outcome, and/or cannot see the big picture in advance. Every individual goes through hard times, challenges, and moments but keeping faith is what gives one assurance that he/she will make it through. It is the perseverance of one man, Martin Luther King Jr., that changed our lives.

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  23. Sunny
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    "Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
    H. L. Mencken


    what the quote mean to me is that people see faith in different ways and its on you if you believe it or not. But the quote says that faith is something that is not logical for something that is not true or did not happen.
    This quote explains the video all around in each way. Of showing how humanity destroys itself. It shows the two sides of faith from the one who believed and those who did not. The quote would explain the feelings of the citizens and troops who did not believe there was a old man in the cave helping them that their faith was not logically to what really was the situation because they believed nothing was in the cave. The video doesn't just show faithlessness but greed and desire. I believe you should trust your faith as Mr.GOldsmith did. The quote i choose by Mencken was showing the actions of the townspeople who was faithlessness were Mr.GOldsmith followed the quote of Dr. Martin Luther King “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” He was the only one who was still alive from trusting his faith.

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    1. Isn't it natural to question? Humanity destroys itself without faith? What about ISIS? They have faith and readily destroy.

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  24. Fitsume M

    Martin Luther King Jr. says, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” This episode of twilight zone spoke to me in many ways. Faith being the ability to believe in an idea or ideals that may not be physically tangible or make no logical sense. The show revealed that a fatal human flaw can be a lack of faith. The show took place in a time where a bomb of some sort ruined all of the world, this bomb caused plants not to grow and much of the food and water to be contaminated. Goldsmith the areas leader would inform the clan about incoming weather, contaminated food, and when to grow crops. For 10 years he’s been informing them and they followed as he has been told. For those 10 years they have lived fine and they followed him without regret up until the new man came. They followed Goldsmith without knowing truly where he was getting his information from, you can say they “took the first step when they didn’t see the whole staircase.” Their faith was weakened when a new outside opinion was offered by an military figure. Historically military figures are trustworthy because of their background and their ability to defend. But when you’ve been faithful for 10 year and have lived through a disaster like that then why would you change a thing. This brings we to a quote by Maurice Bishop “Our knowledge is only a collection of scraps and fragments that we put into a pleasing design and often the discovery of one new fragment would cause us to alter utterly the whole design”. Now the scraps and fragments were their old way of life and their means of determining whether the food was contaminated or not. The whole design was their ability to live through the post apocalytic time. The new scraps and fragments were the new military figures that came into town and apparently “freed the people.” The whole design, when it was changed, was eventually their demise by the food they ate due to the new fragments(the military figures).

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  25. Jazmine
    I choose, "Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase." by Martin Luther King, Jr. because when you don't have all the answers or details of a situation, and you don't know what could happen next, that is when faith is the most important and useful resource you have at the moment. It's the only thing you feel the most certain about and are able to fall back on. Especially, like in the episode, if your faith has a record of doing you well and rarely stirring you wrong, then that is sign you should stick with it difficult or uncertain situations. Along with the first step you take, you need trust in yourself and your decision, and patience.

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      I agree with Jazmine. I think it was easier for them to follow the military figure because they did not trust in themselves and were not patient. They were already doubtful of the old man in the cave so it was easier to lose faith and do what seemed logical. At that time, faith was the only useful resource they had. Everything else around them was in turmoil, as the majority of people in other areas had died. They should have stuck with their faith and continued to live. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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  26. Jesus
    I would like to comment on the quote "Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase." By Martin Luther King Jr., to me this quote has such significance where we have to realize that faith in on thing we believe in. To me, faith means that we can trust one thing or another person, such as when you have faith in someone keeping your secret. In Martine Luther King Jr.'s quote, he talks about having faith in taking a first step of a staircase when you know you don't see the staircase, but you still have to trust that those staircases will keep building on if you just have trust. For example, when you are reaching a goal, you have to set up an outline to figure out how you will reach your goal, it goes step by step. Building on to your staircase, you need to have faith in what you are doing, you complete one thing and a new objective will appear as you will be one step closer to completing your goal. Faith will play a role where you trust yourself in reaching your goal, going step by step will help you know you are going in the right direction. Have confidence in yourself that you know you will succeed, once you do that, in no time the staircase will then be right in front of you which means that your faith can give you a boost and motivation to keep going higher than ever where you know what you do is good, it is what makes your stronger to believe in that faith can be a useful thing when dealing with goals. Martin Luther King Jr. Had faith in what he was doing, he created a big staircase for himself as he stood up for himself by producing his "I Had a Dream" speech, that lead to his faith giving him reason to make a difference in the world, he took the first step even if he did not see his staircase in his mind but still progressed because he knew he had trust in himself where he could develop and achieve his goals during the time he lived. In my opinion, faith can play an important role in many situations where it can be the key to a solution, where faith can be that extra push to believe in what you know you are capable of doing.

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    1. Jazmine 3A
      I agree with Jesus when he says that along with faith, you need trust and confidence in yourself in order to keep building onto your staircase. Trust and confidence enhances the strength and effect of your faith. It would be hard to have strong faith in, let's say, a cause, if you don't trust that you will be able to be beneficial to it. You would be constantly second guessing yourself, which is taking away focus and energy you could be putting towards your faith and cause. Faith also has the power to strongly persuade and impact others. Just like the example Jesus gave, the "I have a Dream" speech, Martin Luther King's faith was so strong that others were impacted and moved by it. It was a call to action. If he had not sounded as convicted as he did, or as confident, the speech would not have been powerful or memorable.

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  27. Akorede.O
    Period 3A
    due 8/26/14

    “Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable”
    By H.L. Mencken
    The quote by H.L. Mencken defines faith vigorously. It explains that our faith is illogical, and I agree with this to a certain extent. Faith is a belief in something and cannot be proven with reason and logic. Therefore faith is driven by our personal emotions and convictions. For example I have believed that a God exists ever since I was a child and still do believe due to my strong emotional commitment. However the root to my strong commitment or faith comes from my parents and past experiences I have encountered. Everybody has some type of faith whether it is a person or thing and this “faith” is tied to the concept of trust. Thus I will also say when one deeply trusts in something it can also be considered as faith. Children usually trust in their parents or their past experiences and would never give them a benefit of the doubt thus having complete faith or trust. I did not fully agree with the quote because not everything that someone has faith in is improbable however I do agree that it may be an illogical belief because faith is tied more towards the emotion latter and not logic. The video about the old man in the cave shows us how a town full of people whom were survivors of a nuclear bomb for a decade in the 1900s placed all their faith into an omnipotent like old man in the cave in order to keep on surviving the after effects of the bombs. Nobody knew where the old man came from, where his knowledge came from, how he himself survived in a cave or how he looked like. However when a group of army men came into to town and broke the wavering faith of the towns people; mistrust began to arise and the towns people began doing everything the old man in the cave told them not to do. In addition the townspeople saw one of the army men survive from food the old man said was poisonous and instead of relying on their faith they started to use logic and eventually died of poison and in the end. However there was one survivor whom continued to have faith in the old man and bared witness to what faithlessness could ultimately do.

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    1. Good Akorede...keep questioning the quote. I like that you said you partially agreed and justified it.

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