Say the Words (Wanting)
A song to tell us to express our love to someone who we love -MUSIC
Major of Public Administration, junior
Have you ever said “I love you” to the people around you? If you have, how many times have you said it? Most of us are not used to expressing our feelings to other people.
This song is for us who are not good at saying "I love you" to the people we love. It was written and sung by the singer Wanting, who was born in China and started her singing career in Canada. Her songs not only contain Oriental cultural sensitivity but also English and American Indie-pop sounds, so they are a balance of East and West. That is why I like her songs and I think they are attractive. In “Say The Words”, Wanting introduced the people close to her and she says “I love you” and “I thank you” to them in order for about 5 minutes. Even though these words are really simple and common in our lives, sometimes it seems that we don’t use them properly. It is maybe because some people are too shy to express their emotions or they take relationships with others for granted or maybe other reasons as well. I think we can think deeply again about something that we consider natural by listening to it. Its melody is calm and piano-driven and her voice is cozy. So, I recommend this song to you guys. Five minutes will not be a long time to listen to it. In a planned-out and emotionless society, does utopia lie there?
Major of English Education, freshman
If free-will and emotions were all to be eliminated, would that guarantee a pleasant, utopian life? In the movie, The Giver (the original book, The Giver by Lois Lowry, was a book that won the 1994 Newbery Medal), Jonas (our protagonist) lives in a world is sustained through absolute control. Each community member is carefully watched from childhood; and one's career is set by the community leaders based on their observations. Families are assigned; respective household consists of parents, a boy and a girl. It is remarkable yet quite creepy to see how meticulously regulated this society is. Every morning, people are medicated to suppress their emotions. In the long run, it turns out that this medication hinders people’s ability to see colors and hear music. This is because both can stimulate emotions, that‘s why they block these abilities. Jonas, on the Ceremony of Twelve, is designated to do the job of ‘The Giver’. It's a special kind of job; he is the only one who is allowed to feel emotions or more exactly, to contain emotions. Working as The Giver seemed interesting at first. However, as Jonas learns deeper level of emotions, he starts to question the world .Is it right to deprive people of their rights to feel and to make a choice? Is this world truly a utopia? What will be Jonas' decision? Starring All-Time-Pop Star Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites, and Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep, you should definitely check out this entertaining yet philosophical film.
The Millennium Series-BOOK
a department of chemistry, freshman
There are many weak persons around us. But there are few cases in which they overcome their weakness and succeed to exceed the level of the strong. Stieg Larsson, author of Millennium series must have been inspired by such people as victims of sexual violence, unscrupulous company heads or shareholders, and fair-weather skippers, etc. We may understand this by the sentences repeatedly shown on the every front page of the chapter: “Thirteen percent of Sweden females have experienced of severe sexual violence.”, and “Ninety two percent of Sweden females who experienced sexual violence didn't file a law suit.”
While reading this book, I couldn’t help thinking that this is one of the best books I’ve ever read. There are two reasons I would like to recommend this book to the readers. First, a lot of novels still describe female characters as passive persons. But Lisbeth Salander, main character of this novel, rarely relies on anybody, solving most problems by herself. The author continuously emphasizes that she is a conative person. Several characters shows that they were following directions what she was giving even before they were realizing it. Second, if you are looking for a novel in which lots of episodes at a fast pace, this is the right book. This novel contains lots of episodes, and these are connected with each other very well. Furthermore, you can find yourself unwittingly imagining the story just like watching a full movie. To that extent, the author described the story in detail without a skipping, or an implication.
In fact, this Millennium series was planned as 10 books. But unfortunately, the author passed away before finishing it. So right after reading the last book printed, you definitely would be eager to see the next story. So you’d better start reading this book if you have enough free time.
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