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1.5 Legacy

A legacy includes the entirety of one's life.  But we can only include a tiny fraction when eulogizing and remembering someone.  Can a person's good deeds outweigh any and all evil deeds committed earlier or later in life?  Consider Las Casas, Colonization (Spanish, Portuguese, British, Dutch, French), Native Americans, and the Black Legend.

1.4 Machiavelli 1

Does the end justify the means?  Basically, if the outcome is "good" does it matter what was done to achieve it?

1.3 Eurocentrism (Bias)

Consider Eurocentrism and what you read from van Daniken and Crosby. One is covertly racist, while the other uses scientific evidence to support his theory of European (biological) dominance. Our analysis of Zinn results in an acceptance of bias, so long as it is defined and does not skew results. Simply think about all of this and try (but it is not necessary) to address it in your WIL. Basically, how has bias influenced your own life & learning?

1.2 Morality Through Time & Place

Can present-day standards of morality be applied to past people, events, and/or eras in different or similar areas?  (or, Can history be judged using current ethical standards?)

1.1 Failure

Share a time when you have FAILED at something - preferrably something academic.  Write about the whole process, but focus on the outcome.  How did you FEEL?  What did you do in order to get over the disappointment, shame, anger, frustration, sadness, you-name-it?  Did you learn anything from the process or experience (how-to, process, systemic, or about yourself)?