Occasional Paper #3

Listen, Share Your Voice, Strive for Understanding

If I have experienced one thing in high school, it's the fight for popularity...

Why do we like the music we like?
Does the fact that someone else does not share your opinion make you superior to him or her?
Which sport requires the most athleticism, stamina, balance, and coordination?
Are we as humans becoming less compassionate, less capable of empathy?

Why should we have study subjects that are irrelevant to our overall career goals?

Are we really free?
Peaches or apples? (Is it better to live in the moment, or live with the long-run in mind?)
Are communism and socialism the same thing...GO.
Should a teacher present disinformation to a class, and who will call him or here out on it?
Why does our school system continue to implement a flawed testing system?

What can we do about the negative health effects of fast food? What are the implications of scientists newfound ability to observe black holes via gravitational waves? Is the school dresscode unfair? Do you really have a choice in how where you end up in the future? Is the "bathroom bill" in North Carolina acceptable or biased legislation? What is the difference between wanting something and being greedy for it? Where does greed come from? (How) Can society curb the extent of greed, and if it were able to do so, would this lead to a more peaceful society? What if people shared emotions? "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." -Albert Einstein. Is this the world we have today?

Park Avenue: Money, Power, & the American Dream (PBS)

Park Avenue: Money, Power, and the American Dream

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States.

1. What did you like about the film?

2. Why did you like this about the film?

3. What did you not like about the film?

4. Why did you not like this about the film?

5. What did you not understand?

· Carried interest provision:

Hasn’t there always been a gap between the rich and the poor? Why is this a “hot” issue?

Do you think income inequality in America is reaching a crisis? Why or why not?

Are some communities born with a greater advantage than others? Is it possible for the very poor to ever become the very rich?

Do we (the people in this room, the average person) have an obligation to those born with less than us?

Do the very wealthy have an obligation to those born with less than them?

Who benefits more from government policies? Are the poor the only people who receive welfare? (For example, who uses highways more: Walmart or the poor in an inner-city?)