Monday, July 4, 2011

Extensive reading (chapter 1) - Gwendolyn

Depression, loneliness, heartbreaks, being different from your peers and having to put up a front are common sights in todays' society. People often make compromises for what they think is beautiful and able to help them to fit in with the 'in' crowd. All of those problems are interconnected and all of them stems from being different. Though there are people who will support you regardless of anything, there are also people who look down on these people who are different from them. You just have to look at American middle and high schools. Those that stands out the most are usually those that bully others and those that get bullied. And when you look carefully, you would notice that the difference between these two are the largest. Those that bully might be rich, beautiful and popular, having a large and active social circle while, in contrast, those that get bullied are poor, ugly and unpopular with little to no social life and the same amount of friends. To avoid being in the latter class of people, most of them would put up a front. Buying the same brand of products, doing what they do, liking what they like. They would change their entire being to make sure they are the 'same' as the popular people. However, this would mean that most of their friends are also faking who they really are and cannot be counted as true friends. They will begin to feel lonely and sometimes this could lead to depression. As you can see, the root of all of these problems is being different. As society change, the things that is causing the rift between the two classes mentioned, like skin color, financial status and sexual orientation, would not shorten but instead lengthen. Who knows, maybe in the future, the 'in' crowd would be defined as having outrageous hair styles, little to no nose and non-existing lips (Think Lord Voldemot with rainbow hair)? How would we know for sure that it would not happen?

1 comment:

  1. Your thoughts were well expressed with examples, though you didnt answer the part about what you would do about it. Could put more information about the context in Singapore instead of other countries. Language wise is all good.