Aaron Jacobson

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Family is my best life blessing.

10 Rules for My Dystopian Society

1.) Everyone must report their daily activities to me.

2.) No one is allowed to leave the society!!

3.) Everyone must be under constant surveillance and cameras will be in their houses.

4.) There is only one channel on everyone's television and they must watch it for at least an hour a day. The channel will seek to brainwash people.

5.) All mail is intercepted and read by my staff. No hiding secrets!! Privacy doesn't exist.

6.) Everyone is required to have installed a metal chip inside their body, which serves as their tracker. I know where everyone is at all times.

7.) Family and friends do not exist. Everyone is individual. No collaboration!

8.) The practice of religion is strictly prohibited. All attention to me and my staff!

9.) Everyone is only allowed to take a certain amount of food from the one restaurant facility in the society a day. Eat wisely, because this is the only source of food.

10.) Every Friday at 6:00pm, everyone is required to attend the mandatory gathering in the center of the society in which leaders of the society speak and determine orders. If you do not attend, you will face the severe consequences (not even death..).

Ideals of Freedom

As a citizen of the United States, I enjoy many great freedoms. The government does not have excess involvement in my life unlike in other countries of the world. I am allowed to say what I want for the most part. I am free to practice my own religion without being persecuted. This is definitely not how it is in other regions, and I'm so grateful for being able to be a free Christian. I also have a divine right to privacy, unlike Oceania in 1984! I have a right to bear arms, the right to assemble, and the many other freedoms guaranteed to me from the United States Constitution. All in all, I am blessed in living in one of the freest nations of our universe.

The core freedom I enjoy the most is the ability to practice my religion freely! Worshiping God is the greatest pleasure in life. It is what I live for. I couldn't even imagine what it would be like being persecuted for worshiping the one who created us all and the world. That is just a horrible, sick, and corrupt thing of those who govern us to do. The second place freedom that I also enjoy is my right to privacy and little government involvement in my life. Being in a communist society would not be for the best.

In countries in which freedoms are not balanced to its people, it is very messed up. The people are very unhappy, and the government knows that. I am sure that these countries enter a continual state of rebellion for their mishaps. The citizens in the society will take place in civil disobedience and not be loyal to their leaders, for of course mistreating them! If the government is not taking freedoms away from all citizens and rather drawing class boundaries (treating different groups of people differently), then I believe that this would be even more of a disaster for the society! It could result in high crime between the classes and extreme violence. The society would be nowhere from being normal, and always in a state of continual shattering movement.

Propaganda Poster for Ms. Sibold's Class

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Are We Heading Toward a Dystopian Society?

In the future, I see a world heading towards one similar to Disney Pixar's Wall-E. I feel like there will be more welfare services over time created for the poor in order to help them. This probably wouldn't affect how our society looks now. Towns and buildings would be the same, and the physical outlook wouldn't change. However, we may see some of the less fortunate more out on the streets and more crowded areas possibly taking advantage of new technologies. We will increasingly see more and more people taking advantage of the government's services. Regarding the leadership, I don't think there will be a figurehead or cruel dictators. It will simply just be like our current government system, but with more social services created. We will still have a president of the United States, an Executive Branch, and a Judicial Branch. The upper class people of the society will still be living their lives the same way, because they are receiving no special treatment for welfare unlike the bottom class. With technologies and social service specifics, we'll probably be seeing many public facilities for those who are poor and cannot live in a household of their own. There may be funding to the poor as well, but they'll probably have more time to repay their dues since they are being supported. More free public eating facilities would probably exist, such as more soup kitchens. For people's behaviors, the upper class will probably be upset that those who cannot provide for themselves are receiving all these benefits. They may launch a revolt against the government demanding for greater benefits for their class. The lower class would be more grateful for what they're receiving. Over time, and I mean a lot of time, we may be exactly like the society in Disney Pixar's Wall-E. A chain of social welfare can continue to grow.

Author Study: George Orwell

George Orwell was born as Eric Arthur Blair in 1903 (June 25,1903). He was born from a British civil servant in Motihari, India. He had an older sister named Marjorie, and a younger sister named Avril. Orwell only lived in India for about a year, because his mother took him and his older sister to England. In his family, Orwell had a very disconnected relationship from his father unlike his mother. He never really knew him until 1912 and never developed a strong relationship with him. Orwell started off in a boarding school attending St. Cyprian's in Eastbourne, England. Orwell's primary education came from Eton. However, his family could not pay for him to attend college. Instead of going to college, he joined the India Imperial Police Force. After serving in it for five years, he began his writing career. A major book he wrote (and the first) was titled Down and Out in Paris and London in 1933. Later in 1934, he published Burmese Days. His later works include Animal Farm and 1984. These two are what he is most known for. Orwell had significant health problems throughout his life. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1938. On January 21, 1950, Orwell died due to his tuberculosis sickness. He passed away in London, New England. Orwell had two spouses in his life. He was married to Eileen O'Shaughnessy until 1945. In 1949, he was married to Sonia Brownell. In 1984 (ironically), he received the Promethesus Award for his book 1984.