S: Hope for the Future - Sarah Azzi
FC: Sarah's Diary | Hope for the Future By Sarah Azzi
1: Contents | Diary Entry 1........................ Diary Entry 2........................ Diary Entry 3........................ Diary Entry 4....................... Diary Entry 5........................ Diary Entry 6....................... Diary Entry 7........................ Diary Entry 8........................ Diary Entry 9....................... Diary Entry 10 and Poem....................................... | 3 5 7 9 11 13 15 17 19 21
2: 'Be the change you want to see in the world' | 1
3: 28/4/11 Dear Diary, Today was our first English lesson of term 2, and we were introduced to our topic, Hope for the Future. We were also given our book for the term, Z for Zachariah. My first thought, when I was introduced to the topic was how we need something to PROVIDE hope, such as religion. When we put out faith into a chosen religion, we have hope for the future and something to look towards after death. Believing that something is awaiting us after we die is a comforting thought. It gives us a sense of hope that here is life after death. During class, we watched a video called ‘Shift Happens’. It is amazing how much the world has changed, even since the year 2000. In the eighties, people were worried about what was to come, thinking the world would end. But here I am, writing about the future and the amazing technologies and adventures to come. Sarah
5: 29/4/11 Dear diary, During the school holidays, I went to America for three weeks. In regards to our topic, travelling to America is almost like stepping into Australia’s future. It’s like a different world there – new ways to pay, learn, travel and shop. I believe as places such as New York and Las Vegas, advance into new technologies, their past becomes Australia’s present. As we look up to countries such as Japan or the U.S, developing countries see Australia as their future. In time, I think Australia will adopt these technologies and move forward with time. Sarah
6: “The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.” | 3
7: 2/5/11 Dear diary, In English class today, we read a poem called ‘Your Attention Please’. This poem sets the scene of a society in panic, moments before a nuclear missile strike. It was quite a shocking poem, but also engaging and insightful. Next, we were split into five groups and were suddenly responsible for people’s lives! After a nuclear bombing, food and water were only available for seven of the 12 survivors. We were in charge of killing off five. This activity made us think of our decisions if this were to happen to us. Would we leave behind the elderly, or the children? Would we think of others or ourselves? We dicovered that we need to keep the next generation and give them a chance in life. However, if this were to really happen, who would we remove from the survivors? Would we save our family members before ourselves? Are we biased? Sarah
8: Love is patient.. Love is kind.. | 4
9: 3/5/11 Dear diary, Today, we had an English comprehension exam and if I could’ve submitted my first diary entry for the extended response, I would’ve aced the test! I thought some for about yesterday’s lesson and realized that in order for our world to survive, we need to sacrifice the oldest generation and keep the newest. It is a continuation of the cycle of life. In these sorts of situations, it is wrong to play God, but sometimes we have no choice. I have also found a quote to ponder on: ‘Good company in a journey always makes the way seem shorter’. In regards to this quote, when we have a hope for our future, we relieve the pressure and hardships of the present. Sarah
10: Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know. | 5
11: 4/5/11 – Nuclear War (Science topic) Dear diary, Has science really gone too far? Science is constantly contributing to our world, putting forth new technologies and theories. But science is also responsible for the creation of the atomic bomb and nuclear power as we know it today. There are many ways in which we can put nuclear energy to use, such as nuclear power. But one discovery leads to another, so in turn, we discovered the bad ways in which it can be used. These new creations lead to the atomic bomb. So, is nuclear energy a necessity? Was this discovery for better or for worse? Personally, I believe that our world could do without nuclear power, even with its benefits. If scientists have discovered an energy that can kill the entire worlds’ population 10 times over, what will scientists discover next? Sarah
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13: 6/5/11 Dear diary, Today, I thought about education and devices of the future and how they will evolve. I once received an email informing me of how Japan is exceeding the 21st century and the types of devices they are using. Things like robots and miniature computers continue to amaze us even today. As things such as books and videos become obsolete, which devices will be discontinued in the future? Sarah
15: 16/5/11 Dear diary, I have noticed a new initiative in Z for Zachariah. On page 142, chapter 13, Ann is imagining her future occupation. She aspires to be a teacher, however she is struggling to comprehend that, in her future, she will never have a job or be anything except what she does on the farm now. She needs to understand that her life will never go anywhere without a miracle, but she still continues to dream. She knows that in reality, the remainder of the world is inhabitable. Ann’s entire life could be in jeopardy because she missed one season of gardening. The pressure is mounting on her shoulders. It makes me appreciate how lucky I am to have a certain future and a dream that could become a reality. ‘ Today, you leave the today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy’. – Walt Disney. Sarah
16: 8 | "A life without hope is no life at all."
17: 20/5/11 Dear diary, Today, we listed the features and characteristics of Ann and Loomis. We were asked to examine their personalities and traits to decide who was the best equipped to survive. I have decided on Ann because her qualities and characteristics of her personality make her compatible with others and she has the mental stability to stay focused and take life as it comes. She has the physical maturity to stay on her feet as she is young and active, but she also has the emotional stability to make life decisions and she is able to make negotiations. She always maintains positive thoughts which makes her a forward thinker. At the end of Z for Zachariah, Ann makes a plan to steal the safe suit for the benefit of her survival. Decisions like this make her confident and her qualities are more accepting than Loomis. Ann remains alert and persistant, so her escape from the valley may be successful. Sarah
19: 26/5/11 Today in English class, we analyzed the amount of detail in Z for Zachariah and the emotional whirlwind Ann experienced. We were asked to write our own example of a detailed encounter: As I stepped off the bus this afternoon, I was immediately struck by a sound wave of cars on the busy street. As I continued I continued down the road, the familiar chime of the backpack key ring in the background, I could hear the wind whistling through the Autumn leaves. I turned into my quiet street, and the birds’ singing provided a simple harmony to the eruption of colour I was immediately hit by. A line of swaying trees stood before me, each a different shade of orange and a rush of Autumn fever came over me. Sarah
21: My English Poem - Flawless | Illuminated by a vibrant glow A sparkling neon light Tourists look up, locals look straight New York City by night. An electric city that never sleeps Buzzing with sophistication and flair Silent ripples down your spine Saturday in Times Square. | Taxis a symbol of the city Dominant colour yellow Chromatic vivid communities Chilled vibrations of mellow Soho. Like stacking dominos they fill the streets Traffic on midtown ridge Gateway to the Big apple itself Fragile Brooklyn Bridge.
22: Love is patient.. Love is kind..
23: My English Poem - Flawless | A pilgrimage for women alike Stores await their cue Perspective filled with energy Style of 5th Avenue Guarding, watching from afar Honouring its fallen mate Tallest of the concrete jungle Majestic Empire State | Steam arising from the street Euphoria set alight Electricity lingers in the air New York City by night.