I. Core Beliefs

  1. All people are equal, no matter what race or gender.
  2. If you have an opportunity, take it.
  3. Live each day to the fullest.
  4. Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  5. Don't judge a book by its cover.
  6. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and opinions.
  7. Strive to become a better person.
  8. Building off others' ideas is a good thing, but you should cite where you got it.
  9. Only your opinion of yourself matters. Don't worry about what others think of you.
  10. Remember to keep God at the top of everything.

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What are the essential truths (belief statements) of your -Ism? You should have between 5 and 10 belief statements that outline the goals of your belief system. (i.e., I believe that all humans have the capacity to make the world a better place. Or, I believe that people are essentially evil and must be made good through a well-structured society. You may use Standpoint or Standpedia for this question.)
b. How do you act differently because of your beliefs?
Well, I try no to judge others, although I know I probably will. I don't worry about what others think of me because there are many other things that I could be worrying about.
c. What is the purpose of life according your –Ism?
The purpose of life according to my -ism is to be your own person and be able to fight for what you believe in.
d. How does the rest of the world differ from your core beliefs? Why are you right? (Why do you keep your beliefs in the face of others who do not share them?)
I am a Christian, and I know that many other people aren't. Some other individuals also think that they are superior to others, while I think that everyone is equal, no matter what race or gender. I keep my beliefs in the face of others not sharing them not because they are important to me as an individual. Our -isms are about a whole belief that is important to us, and like it said on the home page, you want us to be sure about who we are and be willing to stand up for what we believe in.
e. Which core belief do you think is the central one that all other beliefs revolve around? (You can create a concept map of one of your Core Beliefs using Mindomo, Inspiration, or Gliffy)
The belief that you should keep God at the top of everything. In the Bible Jesus didn't discriminate people just because of the way they looked or how sick or poor they were. He respected them and treated them as equals. This coincides with my beliefs that all people are equal and that they shouldn't be judged by the way they looked. Also, as a Christian, you strive to become a better person morally so that you can serve God better.
f. What beliefs do you you share with others? (What common ground do you see between your -Ism and others' -Isms)
• The fact that all people are created equal, here are a few- Hockeyism, Mooseism, Gigism, Happyism, Sapientism, Sarahism
I think that this is such an important belief because our own country struggled to get slaves their own rights and give women the right to vote.
• Having God as an important part in your life. Eleanorism talked about this and I agree that no one should be idolized but God.

II. Role in Society

a. What is your role in society according to your -Ism? (How do you fit in among your peers?)
My role in society is to try and make it a better place, or at least to have some kind of influence. I don't swear, I try not to judge others (the only reason I use "try" is because I know I do without meaning to), and I don't worry about what others think of me because it can really stress you out.
b. What your method of connection to others? (Are you part of a greater whole? Do you use emotions? Are you able to relate to others through a common experience? Do you see yourself in groups or cliques?)
I usually can relate to others from a common experience because they were at the same event or they like the same thing. I also use emotions to relate because I might be really excited about a movie I saw, and they'll have the same amount of enthusiasm. I see myself in a small group, but I still like to be myself and try to talk to other people.
c. How much do you care for yourself vs. other people? (Is your –Ism more concerned with selfishness or giving?)
My -ism is more concerned with giving. I'm OK with people using my ideas, but not without permission.
d. How do you envision the power structure (machinery) of society? (What power do you have? How do you gain power or lose power? )
Everyone has the power to change the world, it's just if we choose to or not. You have the power to try and change the world by putting some of telling people about your what you believe. You gain power by trying to get others to agree with you and having them want to make a difference. You lose power because you don't have as much of an influence as someone like the President or Al Gore.
e. What is the prevailing metaphor or image that you would use to describe social and economic progress? Why would you define your –Ism with this image? (A ladder, a mountain, a treadmill, etc. Feel free to get an image from flickr or describe this metaphor through a bubblr strip.)
It's kind of like a bouncy ball. What goes up must eventually come down. There might be a time where a large amount of people lose their jobs and are out of work for awhile, but then new opportunities open and they're back on their feet again. A bouncy ball is also like social progress because people keep contributing new ideas to society and making it better, like dropping one hundred bouncy balls instead of one to get a bigger thunk.

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f. How does you view major social institutions (government, welfare, religion, etc.)?
I believe that the government should stop putting our parents' tax dollars towards half-brained plans and should start worrying more about national issues, like global warming. I also believe that they should stop putting their needs before the people's. America doesn't need to be at war right now, but we are to gain what oil there might still be in Iraq. Welfare should be near the top of our country's priorities because there are many elderly citizens that need health care so that they can get proper medication or operations. Our wounded soldiers also need better health care. We should be doing something about homelessness as well, like trying to construct more shelters. However, religion should stay the way that it is. America is one of the countries that gives its citizens the right to believe in what they want and not be discriminated.

III. Solving Problems

a. What are the “societal goods” that you promote, and how does it promote these? (charity, equality, etc.)
I promote charity because I know that it goes to a good cause. I promote equality because it is essential to remember that you aren't better than anyone else because we were all created equal.
b. What are the “societal ills” that you try to solve, and how do you solve these? (racism, stress, etc.)
The society ills that I try to solve are racism. One of my beliefs is that everyone is equal, and I would try to solve the problem of racism by telling them some of the things I learned from novels last year.
c. How does your –ism deal with the invisible, but persistent pressures of life (Patriarchy, the pressure to be a success, the pressure to be cool)?
I believe that you shouldn't worry so much about what others think of you because they're going to have their opinions about you, no matter what. If you worry too much, then you start losing your individuality. As for the pressure to be a success, I think that if you tried your hardest and did the best you could, then that's a success.

IV. Debate

a. What are the debates that you are concerned with waging? Why? (Abortion, Equality, Truth, Etc.)
I think abortion is an important debate. Innocent lives are ended because of abortion. I was talking to moose about this, and I remember talking about the fact that you never know what those young people could have gone onto. They could have become the great minds that cured the common cold or found a way to stop cancer or something that really could have changed the world for the better.
I don't think that equality would make for a very good debate. Either you think that all people are equal or you don't. It's a core belief.
b. How would you frame these debates so that only your ideas would be seen as right?
On abortion, you could explain that taking a life is extremely cruel. On equality, you could say that everyone is created equal, so why would that ever change throughout our lifetime? There isn't a reason why it should. But someone will probably not agree, so there is no possible way that your view will be seen as right. The most that you can do is get your idea out there and hope that eventually they will realize your reasoning for the debate.

V. Your Head

a. How does your –Ism influence the way you see everyday sights, events, and objects?
I see many things as an opportunity, so I try to take advantage of those opportunities and do the best that I can. If something is worth doing, why not do it well?
b. What is a day in your life like because of your -Ism?
Many of my beliefs are based on not being judgmental, so that's how I get through my day. I view everyone equally and respect them, even though they may not return the respect. I don't think about all the opinions people have of me because I remember everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

VI. Other Important Aspects

a. What are the other defining aspects of your –Ism that are not discussed in the other sections of this Outline?
All my projects are below.

I think that this song represents my ism because we are all just the same. I don't have anything to prove to anyone else, except that I like being myself and being an individual.

Belief Statement Essay-
I was brought up to view everyone equally and be polite and to remember the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. So all throughout elementary school, I tried to remember these important words that had been instilled in church. Then 6th grade arrived. I was looking forward to all the exciting things that middle school could offer. After a couple months of school I started getting teased by the 'popular' people. Was it because I was on Discovery and I was the new kid? Were glasses an indefinite label on your intelligence? Either way, everyone in the class told me the 'popular' people were jealous. This was something new to me. Up until middle school there were no harsh words, and everyone had seemed to follow the golden rule.
I was confused at God. Where had all the things I learned in Sunday school gone? It all seemed so irrelevant. I remember thinking about this quote from the Bible.
"But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on (your) right cheek, turn the other to him as well.
If anyone wants to go the law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile,
go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow. You have heard t that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you..."

Matthew 5:25-27, NAB
Maybe teasing was a normal part of middle school, I don't know, but it made me question why God would allow this to happen to me. And why would I pray for the people that hurt me? Now I realize that God put me through that experience so that I would turn to him.
Soon it was seventh grade. I thought that if I treated people nicer, I could avoid all the teasing that had gone on in sixth grade. Well, that didn't really work.
Now it's the end of eighth grade, and the teasing has finally stopped. And I've also taken taken an important lesson from middle school: just because you treat others nicely doesn't mean the respect will be returned to you. But you should always treat others the way you want to be treated, because when you treat someone kindly, you treat Jesus kindly.

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