japanese court poetry ” H u m a n i t i e s
Please follow the guidelines by articulating on this specific experience according to the assignment:
Use the learning experience from myself not getting into my dream school (UCLA) directly out of high school. The week following viewing the rejection letter led to moments of sadness, confusion, regrets, and even more uncertainty of the future. Following that week, I was able to focus on directing my intentions without the interference of my emotions. As part of the healing process, getting over the curve of emotions made me able to establish my high educational standard of performance in community college. Knowing that doing very well community college will give me a great second chance into landing into UCLA.
you can talk about this… all the guidelines are down below!
for this paper, it must be 2 full pages, MLA, and double spaced
Course: World Arts and Cultures
This weekly assignment invites you to acknowledge and explore your emotional life, tracing the
roots of your deeply felt, innate, visceral responses which underlie, motivate and ultimately
shape your actions.
In each weekly 2-page paper, please begin by describing a moment of awareness when
something strikes you and you feel a sudden new level of understanding, or conversely an
unexpected level of confusion, disturbance, anger, or loss. Describe and explore the feelings
that emerge from your moment of awareness. Then, notice and describe how those feelings
become thoughts, ideas, opinions, convictions, or intuitions. Finally, describe how those
thoughts trigger and result in actions, instantaneously or across time.
Each week, you will take yourself from awareness, to feeling, to thought, and to action in the
course of two pages. The idea of moving through the same process of recognition and writing
each week is to generate a new habit energy in your life which becomes stronger, more natural,
more satisfying, more insightful, and more readily accessible with each paper. Hopefully across
the term you can become more alert and more conscious of the way your emotions are
functioning, and increasingly more skillful in shaping your life experiences.
None of these papers should be formal academic papers with official topic sentences and the
usual apparatus. This writing is meant to be as personal as possible and can take the form of
notes, mental and emotional leaps, flashes of inspiration, questions you suddenly want to
examine, or a flashlight that lets you search out and peer into dark spaces in your life. Please
write in a way that connects you most fully to your feelings, to impulses, to your thought
processes, and that lets you see your actions from the inside and from the outside.
In the passage from “An Introduction to Japanese Court Poetry” (see previous page) that we
read at the end of class in the second week, the two terms that are vividly put forward are
kotoba and kokoro. Kotoba means words, diction, a verbal translation of the sights before your
eyes, or the sounds reaching your ears. Kotoba is about language, imagery, sound, and rhythm,
and indicates that
language is sensual, alive, vibrating with color, taste, touch, experience, and therefore, active.
Kokoro means heart, spirit, feeling, or conception … cosmovision. In the words of David
Carrasco, what is the cosmovision in your heart?
This class is focused on ecological civilization, eco-activism, environmental racism, and
environmental justice, in the context of moral action. Please try and ask yourself: When do your
actions take on and accumulate moral force? When do they abandon principle and become
empty of moral force or in fact become immoral? Please start each paper with a moment of
awareness of the interpenetration of the human and the non-human. Recognize that
everything that is human relies on everything that is non-human, and everything that is nonhuman is in our highly industrialized moment of invasive technology now at the mercy of
everything that is human. Every action in your life is creating a balanced ecological civilization
or a system of exploitation, damage, and destruction. Understand the difference between
damage and extinction, or repair and renewal, in every one of your actions.
Start with simple and immediate relationships—your pets, or your lunch, your clothes, or your
car—and gradually become more ambitious and look more deeply. How many beings have to
sacrifice their lives so that you have one more day on earth? What are the sacrifices that you
are willing to make so that other beings have another day on earth? What is the difference
between violence and sacrifice? Where do you fit in the cycle of violence and where do you fit
in the cycle of sacrifice? A tree was cut down violently to create the chair you are sitting in. Do
you recognize the sacrifice? In what ways will you repay and restore the sacrifice of a tree? In
what ways will you honor and earn all of the sacrifices that have made, and will make, your life
possible?What is your relationship to neighborhoods and populations of fellow human beings who have
been targeted to live in extreme environmental degradation?
What is your relationship to
people in the parts of the city and the country who are drinking tainted water, eating poisoned,
industrialized food grown in poisoned earth, to people who are developing respiratory
problems from poisoned air, or cancers from downwind, radioactive waste carried in the air,
the rain, the snow, and in the milk they drink? In what ways can tragic and unjust decisions
taken by previous generations be remedied and reversed? What is your role in awakening
yourself and your fellow citizens to the lethal implications of environmental and human
degradation that were allowed by previous generations? The last year of Covid-19 has made
clear that no one will be safe until everyone is safe, and that the degradation and exposure of
one population will swiftly become the exposure and degradation of us all.
These are our starting points. Since this class is called Art as Moral Action, please write with art:
with grace, with insight, with equilibrium, with courage, with imagination, with responsibility,
and with a willingness to undertake both the possible and the impossible. Write with beauty
and personal investment. Write with your best self, recognizing your worst self, with hope, with
hard work, and with real pleasure.