A Goal For a Better Place
I think we all have those immediate changes in personality that Jim displays in chapter 73, when we are accusing our parents of things when we are upset of don’t understand things. I don’t understand what my father does to support our family, or my mother for that matter. I know my dad is in sales and has worked a lot with paper in previous years but has recently made a switch, not sure what to and that my mom works for the state, training people to give unemployment. Since my dad was in sales with paper, a product that is unstable at this time with the growth of technology, I realize that when financial things come up I tend to blame him and his area of work more than I should, because I don’t understand what he is doing. There has been a lot of tension in my family recently from extended family members which has caused our family to be quieter, much like Jim, in social situations however when we are with immediate family we play a lot of the blame game to try and relieve our personal stress, which I feel like Jim is doing to Dennis here. Like Jim on page 342, we think that other people’s lives are simple and easily explained but as Dennis tells us, there is so much more than we realize. He isn’t creating bombs, which Jim thinks, my dad isn’t selling paper as I think,. Dennis is creating and designing guidance systems for precision electronic warfare. Dennis knows that he can’t control wars from happening, but he can make them impractical. We don’t realize what our parents do exactly or why, when we are upset we want to blame and not understand. We learn that our parents are real human beings and not just placed on this earth to raise us and help with our children, they have real thoughts and wants and wishes; Dennis’s for example. We know that at this point war is inevitable, but with technology we can make it improbable, as well as the fact that it pays the bills. With my father I know that he doesn’t agree or support the pollution that paper companies have contributed to our environment, especially growing up in the fox cities, but as I learned last week in an argument similar to the one Dennis and Jim has, he works with selling paper that is made clean by companies who do everything that they can to clean the rivers and messes that previous companies have polluted, and it’s something that he’s good at and pays the bills. He can work to make an impact in this world even if we don’t see it. I used to talk about my dd’s job as if he were personally dumping the paper chemicals into the rivers and environment and it wasn’t until very recently that I saw the positive impacts that he himself had made progress for as well as encouraging companies to make positive impacts to prolong the environment. The arguing just opens a world that we don’t think about and I feel even opens a line of communication that might not have been there that people do things that are good and we don’t need to know exactly what it is to assume there is good in what they do, a goal to make the world a better place in any way they can.
Robinson, Kim Stanley. The Golden Coast. Tom Doherty Associates Inc, 1988 Print.