Gigism

I. Core Beliefs

a. 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.
My core beliefs are listed below:
1. You should treat others the way you would want yourself to be treated.
2. All people are equal.
3. Sharing ideas is positive.
4. The way you view yourself is more important than how other people view you.
5. Be an individual.
6. Everyone has the right to be different in their beliefs. i.e. I believe in God, but you may not.
7. Remixing is okay if you cite the source.
8. Follow through on your promises.
9. No one claims an idea (Aznism)
10. Pobody's Nerfect.

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b. How do you act differently because of your beliefs?
I don't really cuss because I try and follow the Bible. I also try to be an individual because sometimes I'm stereotyped for being a twin. And no, I don't really have telepathy! I also try to accept everyone.
c. What is the purpose of life according your –Ism?
The purpose of life is to accept others and share your beliefs.
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?)
Not everyone is a Christian. Also, some people have hard times trying to think that everyone is equal. I wouldn't necessarily say I'm right; this is just what I believe. I keep my beliefs because I understand others don't share my views. This project is about standing firm on our beliefs and having confidence for what you 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)
I think the idea of being Christian. Everything else just falls into place.
f. What beliefs do you you share with others? (What common ground do you see between your -Ism and others' -Isms)
I believe that no one owns and idea. (Aznism)
I believe Stevism's claim that copying should be illegal.
I believe that you should live life to the fullest. (Amazingism and Nickism)
I believe Eleanorism's idea that you shouldn't be ashamed of what you really like because other people don't think it's cool.

II. Role in Society

a. What is your role in society according to your -Ism? (How do you fit in among your peers?) I try not to use profanity, even though a lot of other people might use it. I don't really like it, but just live with it. I also try not to judge people. I don't want to make fun of anyone because everyone's equal, and no one really deserves it. I know I might be scrutinized by others but no probably shares my exact beliefs. Treat people the way you want to be treated!
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 can relate to people if I know what they're talking about. For example, I don't listen to rap that much, so when people talk about artists it makes me raise my eyebrows. I see myself in a group, but it's also important to stay an individual and not be stereotyped.
c. How much do you care for yourself vs. other people? (Is your –Ism more concerned with selfishness or giving?)
Giving! You can share your beliefs with other people, and give off a positive image. I think it's important to give because in the long run it can pay off, and in short term it can give you a sense of satisfaction that selfishness can not. As long as people respect and cite ideas, it's okay to give and share.
d. How do you envision the power structure (machinery) of society? (What power do you have? How do you gain power or lose power? )
The adults are the people that are contributing to society right now: the working parts of the machine. Children and teenagers are the parts waiting to be used, getting tuned up to their job. Kids don't really have that much power because they don't have as much of an influential role as adults do. You gain power by getting your beliefs shared, but you lose power because your voice in society because you aren't included in the machine yet.
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.)


f. How do you view major social institutions (government, welfare, religion, etc.)?
Government could be tweaked a little bit; there's a lot more progress to be made than what's happening right now. Religions are good, and even though they differ from one another, everyone has a belief. Welfare definitely needs to be improved; citizens need better healthcare and social security. Even though these can't turn out perfect, we have the ability to change these things.

III. Solving Problems

a. What are the “societal goods” that you promote, and how does it promote these? (charity, equality, etc.)
Charity is a societal good. People promote these because they know the cause is worthy. Equality is also good. It promotes the idea that no matter how you are, anyone and everyone is equal to you. It's not dependent on skin color, gender, or any other boundary you can think of. (Is it just me or is this starting to sound like last year's utopia project?)
b. What are the “societal ills” that you try to solve, and how do you solve these? (racism, stress, etc.)
If you try and solve it, there will probably always be one person who will support societal ills. The best thing you can do is speak out against them to try and create a utopian sort of society.
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)?
First of all, Patriarchy is kind of a chauvinistic claim. Males do not run society; after all, everyone is equal. If you are pressured to be successful, people have to understand that "Pobody's Nerfect". I think that all you can do is try and be successful and work hard. The pressure to be cool. Hmm. The thing is, who is really classified as "cool"? Everyone is an individual, and you can't change the fact that one girl has big ears or someone else wears glasses. No one should be pressured to be cool, but there is always that constant 'wanting to be accepted' feeling.

IV. Debate

a. What are the debates that you are concerned with waging? Why? (Abortion, Equality, Truth, Etc.)
I think it's important to protest abortion. It's taking a life that had potential and basically throwing it away. I think we need to address these issues because people discuss them but don't really take the initiative to do anything. If no one does anything we will always be bothered by these problems.
b. How would you frame these debates so that only your ideas would be seen as right?
I don't think it's possible. Everyone has their own ideas, and it's practically impossible to convince someone to only follow your beliefs. I think that you could set up your views as correct to you; other people will never fully see eye to eye with you, though you might share some beliefs.

V. Your Head

a. How does your –Ism influence the way you see everyday sights, events, and objects?
I think my -ism influences the way that I think about things. I might be really angry but I won't suddenly explode because I'm feeling that way. I don't base my opinions on what people look like.
b. What is a day in your life like because of your -Ism?
I try not to judge people, and I think about what to say to people because I don't want to screw up. I also try to treat others nicely even though they may not be nice to me. It's a challenge, but everything can't turn out perfectly.

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?
The other beliefs I have are in this grazr:








Belief Statement Essay

I am a Christian. That is my core belief. It’s simple, it’s compact, easy to remember and understand. This is what I believe.
I remember sitting down in Sunday school. There were a few things I learned: Jesus is always the right answer, memorizing bible verses gets you prizes, and so on. The teachers would tell us, “Do unto others as others would do unto you.” I guess that means be nice to everyone, so that’s what I did. It was an easy enough philosophy to follow.
Then I got to 6th grade. It was harder than I thought, but not because of my schoolwork. Apparently being part of Discovery meant you were a nerd, and you had to suffer because of it. A few girls targeted me and my friends.
Then came seventh grade. This is when my little philosophy struggled to cope. Some person, for reasons unknown to me, continued to tease. I felt so bad; I kept asking God why he would let someone do this to me. I thought: All people are equal, so why did some assume more dignity and tear others’ apart? Hey God, why are you letting this happen? I tried to ignore them. Even though they said they were Christian, I disagreed. What good Christian would do that?
Being a Christian is more than just saying you're Christian. You have to follow those beliefs. You have to hold your tongue if you're tempted to be cruel. You have to look beneath the candy prizes and find the real meaning. (Not like candy isn't good, but you get the point.) I believe you should follow your core beliefs and all the aspects included. You have to follow what the Bible said, even though it can be challenging. This may sound similar to other belief structures, but consider this: While other beliefs make you follow a strict set of rules in order to be happy, Christianity will accept you for who you are. All you need to do is welcome Jesus into your life.
I still see those people in my current school, and my philosophy still has stayed the same. Treat everyone nicely, even if you really despise what they might have done to you. Because that’s one of my beliefs. Maybe I don’t go to church as often as I would like, but I try and act like a Christian. Maybe I don’t thank God as often as I should, but I try and appreciate what I have. Maybe other people disagree with me, but this is what I believe.

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