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HUM 111 Week One DQS




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Week One
Click on the Women in Afghanistan Turn to Self-Immolation Over Abuse video link in your
Week One Electronic Reserve Readings page. Watch, read, and listen to the media
presented, which deals with domestic violence. Domestic violence can take the form of
physical assault, sexual and emotional abuse, intimidation, economic deprivation, and threats
of violence. It occurs in all cultures and knows no boundaries of race, sex, or social class.
Victims of domestic violence often find themselves dealing with a dilemma: if they run away
or denounce the perpetrator, they fear retaliation; if they keep quiet and let the perpetrator get
away with their actions, then their own silent suffering continues. What strategies could you
use to help someone deal with this kind of dilemma?
It's beyond words to describe the situation of women in Afghanistan. The fact that the police, in addition to
the society, allow women to be abused should be enough to show how bad it is. If it's not, women turning
to self-immolation to escape the abuse will. I can't even begin to imagine the feeling of hopelessness and
being that desperate for a way out. A strategy I would try to use to help in that situation is to
actually listen to the victim. Many times the severity of a situation can be lessened just by allowing the
victim, or person in the situation, to vent and express their feelings. Another strategy I would use is to
build confidence. Ultimately, the goal is to have the women in Afghanistan leave the abuse or arranged
marriage on their own terms instead of feeling forced to burn themselves as the way out. The key to that
though, is to have them feeling confident enough to do so. I would offer resources available to help them
and try to do anything they asked to get them out of their situation.
Sometimes, political leaders make statements appealing to emotion and give the impression
that holding a middle-ground position is not an option. President George W. Bush used this
type of appeal after September 11th, 2001 by stating, “Either you are with us, or you are with
the terrorists” (Address to joint session of U.S. Congress, September 20, 2001).
Identify strategies you can apply in your daily life to develop and improve your thinking, and
explain what kinds of considerations you can take when dealing with moral issues such as
this one.
A key strategy to help improve thinking is to remember to stay objective. There are very few, if any,
situations where one or two solutions are absolute and must be chosen. In most cases, being objective
can help someone to see all areas of a topic allowing them to make a more informative decision. Another
strategy that can be used is to use a method that works. Everyone has different ways of learning new
things and thinking works the same way. If driving around the block helps you think better, then do it.
Someone else may think better when they're listening to music, while others may need complete silence.
That also brings up thinking before speaking or acting. Just by taking an extra few seconds,
embarrassment or negative reactions can be avoided. When dealing with moral issues, being objective
comes back as a key element. This is especially important because it is dealing with beliefs and views
which has the potential to cause violence and wars. The way to handle these situations is to put aside
personal beliefs and come up with a solution that benefits everyone.
A child in first grade believes that she is in school longer on Thursdays than any other days of
the week. How could you help the child understand that all her school days are the same
length and improve her thinking skills?
The first thing I would do is start with the basics and try to explain to the child how the clock works. I
would teach her that every time the second hand, on an analog clock, goes all the way around in a circle
that it's a minute. Then I would explain how minutes make an hour and that she is in school for a certain
amount of hours during the day. If she didn't understand the analog clock, I would explain it with a digital

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clock so she could see the numbers. I might ask her what she does on Thursday afternoons to see if
there is something that she is anxious about. I could let her know that if she is excited about something, it
normally feels like it takes longer because she is thinking about it a lot. Relating it to Christmas or her
birthday would probably be a good comparison to help her understand the concept. Trying to find an
activity for her to do during down time could help her take her mind off of the event and then she would
realize that Thursdays are the same length as every other day.
How can building a foundation for critical and creative thinking help you advance in your
personal and professional life? Provide some action steps you plan to take to build your own
foundation for critical and creative thinking.
Building a foundation for critical and creative thinking will help advance in life by creating a more objective
point of view. It allows a person to open up to more ideas which leads to more successful choices.
Building a foundation also provides a base for us to start with to become better thinkers. It helps us
confront problems, think through any conflicting ideas, and make decisions regardless of conditioning
or outside influence. At work you could be at work and be tasked with solving a problem. By thinking
creatively and critically, you can find a solution that works and show that you are trustworthy. Creative
thinking can help make your life easier as well. That's how inventions are made. People see a problem or
issue, think of ways that would make that situation easier, and create something to apply to the situation.
I plan to build a foundation by starting with an open mind. I think that is vital to creative and critical
thinking. Without it, people will not be able to see all of the options available for each situation.
On June 18, 2009, a 61-year old pilot died in midflight on the way from Brussels, Belgium, to
Newark, New Jersey. The Continental Airlines Flight 61 carried 247 passengers and was
safely landed by the relief pilot, who took control of the plane. Passengers only learned of the
situation after they got off the plane. This situation made some passengers upset because
they could have been in danger without knowing it. Do you think the airline crew acted
morally? Explain why or why not. Explain the basis of your judgment.
I think that the airline crew acted responsibly. I happen to think that if the airline crew would have told 247
passengers that their pilot passed away, it would have caused a possible uproar. Granted, there seems
to have been no immediate danger considering there was a relief pilot, I could see if there was no pilot,
then the passengers would have needed to be informed. I think that they opted not to tell the passengers
for the safety of all aboard the plane. What happens if they are told and 1 passenger freaks out and
starts a riot of some sort? Not only is that dangerous for everybody in the air, it is also dangerous for the
pilot that is trying to fly the plane and land it safely. While being that high up in the air, there needs to be
levelheadedness, and I believe that the airline crew reacted properly.

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