Power of Open-Mindness

Being open-minded allows you to experience the different values of life. It allows you to be more accepting of those who are “different”.It makes you expand your horizons and do more things outside of your comfort zone. In the world of literature, being more open-minded allows you to experience a wider variety of stories and characters. There is a strong power in being open-minded. It allows you to be more loving and compassionate towards others. It allows you to give more things a chance. It is difficult to be open to everything, but it is best to try.

What do you think is the value of being open-minded.

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Most Challenging Books

This is a list of challenging books that I have chosen to read. It is a struggle to read them because they have complicated plots. In addition, the language can be tough as well.

  1. Les Misérables- Victor Hugo
  2. Don Quixote- Miguel De Cervantes
  3. Tale of Two Cities- Charles Dickens

The trick with “Les Misérables” is that it is such a brick. I read the unabridged book last summer and it is over one thousand pages. It drove me nuts when Hugo would start giving you history lessons, which would drift away from the plot. Later you would understand why he writes like that. Those sections helped me understand why France was suffering due to the aftermath of the French Revolution. I used my strong knowledge of the musical to understand the book. Some of the characterizations are different, but I found nothing wrong with that. If it wasn’t for the musical, I do not think I would have wanted to read this inspirational classic book.

When I read “Tale of Two Cities”, I was so confused by the plot. It takes place in London and France in the midst of revolution. It was hard to know whether or not I was in London or France. But once the French Revolution entered the storyline, it was easier to tell. It is about three hundred to four hundred pages, but felt like eight hundred. I decided to read this book because of my interest of the French Revolution due to “Les Mis”. Yes, the musical does not take place during the Revolution, but is closely related.

As of right now, I am reading “Don Quixote”.The book is such an enjoyable read. I have loved getting to know Don Quixote because he is tragicomic. I understand that comic and tragic elements usually come together intertwined in the same plot. They usually do not appear as one character. Don Quixote is a foolish, crazy, delusional, madman who thinks that he is a knight errant. He wants to right all wrongs, but sometimes he is unaware of the damage his actions can cause. His tragic flaws are the same things that make him comic. Miguel de Cervantes makes it hard to read sometimes due to the language. Sometimes he confuses you by having a character tell their story or has a character read a book out loud. It mixes up reality because it can be hard to tell when he gets back to Don Quixote. I think he wants to get you confused with reality to help you understand Don Quixote.

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Reflection on the Orlando Shooting

There are no words to describe what happened in Orlando. No one has the right to enter a gay club and create a mass shooting. Our country does not deserve any of these at all. Why is everyone hating each other? Hate is not the answer to anything and just leads to more and more violence. We as humans are meant to show compassion and love not hate. Prayers go out to the victims, families, and survivors of this. I want to change the world and make it a better place. I will do that by eventually working in nonprofit.

There are two quotes from “Les Mis” that came to mind after hearing about this tragedy. One shows that love is the answer to solve the brokenness of this world. The other says there will be a way to climb out of this uncalled for tragedy. That musical understands the human condition in such a truthful, honest, insightful way. That is the reason why the show evokes such a powerful emotional response. That is why the musical is the sensation that it has become. In spite of all the tragic events it portrays, it also reflects the themes of forgiveness, love, compassion, hope,  humanity, and redemption.

“Even the Darkest Night Will End and the Sun Will Rise”

“To Love Another Person is to See the Face of God”

Meet Me In St.Louis

Last night, I got to watch the movie musical, “Meet Me in St. Louis”. It takes place from the summer of 1903 to spring of 1904. This revolves around the first World’s Fair. The main character is Esther Smith, played wonderfully by Judy Garland. The Smith Family is a wonderful family. Esther has one brother and three sisters. I did enjoy the character of Tottie even though some of her actions confused me. But then again, she is only five.

The most memorable song was “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis'”. That song was just an easy melody to remember. I loved the song that took place on the Trolley. I also loved “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. It also is the anthem of the musical as well.

“Meet Me in St. Louis” is one of those old classics. It is a really fun musical comedy. The only kind of darkness that took place in the film was the whole Halloween Scene. I was surprised by how different Halloween was during this time period. It was more about the pranks instead of the candy. I loved how you could see the passage of time. There was incredible acting. I especially loved the end of the movie, which was at the World’s Fair.

 

Simple Pleasures of Life

Life is not as easy as it seems. It is more complicated then what everyone wants it be. However, thinking of the simple things can allow us to live life to the fullest.  Simple things in life can help us get through long, tiring days and really rough times in life. When you feel like you are at the bottom, just think of the basic things you have in life. Sometimes we just do not fully appreciate the little things in life. But those little things help pay a contribution to those bigger things. In order to fully appreciate life, you need to understand the importance of the simple pleasures. As long as you have loving family and friends, you are more blest then you think you are.

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Why is Music so Powerful?

 

That is a hard thing to think about. It is hard to simply explain the power of music. Music is this universal language that brings people together. It is something everyone understands. They bring emotions to a different nature. Christian Music and Musicals were the key to understanding the emotional value.

Christian music is the most inspiring and uplifting genre. It feels me up with the Holy Spirit in such a way that I can’t describe. It just lets me know that Christ will never give up on me. I am just feel like this spiritually strong person when I am listening or singing to this music.

As for musicals, characters communicate their emotion through song. This allows you to easily connect to the characters. The characters live very different lives and are dealing with different emotions. I see all musicals as part of the same universe. They are connected through the core emotions of joy, love, excitement, sad, and heartbreak. Musicals are full of innocence, vulnerability, maturity, and patience. Each musical approaches the emotions differently because of what each requires. Some want you to look at the emotions in a more entertaining way. Some want to feel them in a more moving and empathetic way. Trying to describe the emotional world of musicals is quite complicated.

When it comes to both, I am quite surprised by how far each have come. Both move me in ways I never thought possible.

What do you think is the power of music?