BC: Award-winning author Corimark Hall enlightens your mind with Life Lessons
FC: Life Lessons | With Corimark Hall
1: Lesson 1 Tradition | This story taught me how certain traditions can be harmful. Just because a group of people or a community follows an old tradition doesn't make it morally right. It seems that they just accepted it as a way of life and never questioned the reason for it. During the actual stoning, I saw a kind of herd mentality among the people. One person started and then the rest joined in a frenzy, not really thinking, just doing. This teaches not to be easily influenced by others and make your morals not other people's rules gov | "The Lottery"
2: Lesson 2 Technology | This story showed what can happen if you let technology control your life. Since technology does everything for them, the kids feel no affection towards their parents as they technically do not do anything for them and can only think about the house as their parents. | "The Veldt
3: This story taught me to do everything in moderation. Romeo's tragic flaw of moodiness and impulsiveness cost him and Juliet's life. If he slowed down and assessed the situation, he could have come up with a better solution than suicide. | Lesson 3 Moderation | "Romeo and Juliet"
4: Lesson 4 Deception | "An Ordinary Day with Peanuts" | This short story taught me to be wary the way people act. In many situations, people might have an ulterior motive behind their actions. The jolly old man is actually a sick human playing games with others' emotions. Being cautious and a little skeptical can prove to be invaluable.
5: Lesson 5 Anger | "Romeo and Juliet" | Anger is a very dangerous emotion. If Mercutio would have calmed down and thought rationally when Tybalt and crew arrived, he would not have fought him. Then Romeo would not have killed Tybalt and been banished. Controlling anger is very difficult but not doing so has grave consequences, in this case the death of human lives.
6: Lesson 6 Loyalty | "The Odyssey" | Loyalty was a key point in this story. If Penelope's faith wavered, she would have gave in and Odysseus would have lost his kingdom. Instead she remained strong and even deceived the voracious suitors by unweaving the shroud for Odysseus' father every night, praying for his safe return.
7: Lesson 7 Instinct | "The Most Dangerous Game" | As General Zarrof started to hunt Rainsford, Rainsford had to resort to his most primitive thinking, instinct. This primal thought process blurred the line between predator and prey, human and animal. Instinct is usually acting in a way to achieve a personal want/goal. Controlling instinct and rationalizing if it is wrong or right is difficult because it is a huge gray area. Instinct can also differ from person to person as well.
9: Lesson 8 Perseverance | "The Odyssey" | The idea is perseverance a large part of humans in general. Our species has survived through perseverance and adaptations. In the Odyssey, Odysseus and his crew were distracted by Circe, the Lotus plant, and many other obstacles. But even through the long and tiresome 10 year war, Odysseus persevered through the hardships in the hopes of being reunited with his family and kingdom.