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The Fallacy of Philanthropy Literary Analysis

Thoreau’s Views & Charity

By Rylan Chandler and Andy Barton

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“If you should ever be betrayed into any of these philanthropies, do not let your left hand know what your right hand does, for it is not worth knowing” — Henry David Thoreau

    Supporting philanthropy does not make a good person unless you give yourself with your money. In the chapter The Fallacy of Philanthropy, by Henry David Thoreau, Thoreau argues that “If you give money, spend yourself with it, and do not merely abandon it to them.” 

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The Power of Place #2

Helping Me Through a Stressful Morning

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“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” — Maya Angelou

 

    A place can change the way you feel. It can calm you down if you’re stressed. When I enter the gym, I feel at home and relaxed. It calms my nerves and puts me in the right mindset. On a young Thursday morning and I had a math test that I had been stressing over. I had studied hard throughout the week, but I was still nervous for the test. When I arrived at school I was overly worried because I had my test in less than an hour. I didn’t want to cram in some last minute studying because I knew the material, but I was still stressed. I knew that I had to calm down, in order to focus during the test. I knew that talking with friends wouldn’t help calm me down, so I decided to go to the gym and play basketball in hope that it might distract me. The moment I entered the gym I felt at peace. The gym is a distinctly familiar place to me which I  associate with comfort and fun. Playing basketball in the gym calmed my nerves and made it so that I could focus during the test and perform well. Having a place that I can rely on to cheer me up or calm me down has been extremely helpful during my time at Fenn. I have counted on it several time and it has always helped me in some sort of way. It is important to find a place that can do different things for you. For me, the gym is a source of fun, but also relaxation. It’s comforting and makes me feel at home. It can completely change my day in seconds. Places are much more powerful than you might imagine.


A Moment of Reflection

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein

 

This weekend I set aside some time to walk alone in the woods behind my house, for the sole purpose of reflection. Being in nature is relaxing to me. I can just sit down and listen to the birds. Being in a calming environment helps me think. I love watching for animals, especially gophers, that walk by. It’s always entertaining to see squirrels chasing each other, jumping from tree to tree. I sat and reflected on my life. I thought about the wrongs and right of this year. What I should strive to fix or improve in the future. I was by myself, just me and nature, thinking about me. It was nice to get away from my busy life. I have been going and going for months on end. It was amazing to be able to truly relax, by myself, yet surrounded by nature.


Three Poems

Who is this kid in the mirror

 

Dressed in Under Armor 

From head to toe,

Who wears shorts all year round

Because he isn’t bothered

By the crazy New England weather,

Who is this kid in the mirror

That wakes up early,

Every morning, 

To go to school,

Just like everybody else.

 

This poem wasn’t terribly hard to write, but I made it harder on myself by trying to find the perfect words. By the end I realized that if I strive for perfection in each and every poem I write, I will never be able to feel good about my writing. I decided to stick with my gut and just write, not worrying about having a perfect sentence.  

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