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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Blind Side

The term “Blind Side” is defined as to tackle, hit, or attack (an opponent) from the blind side. In relation to the film the term “blind side” is exemplified such as this statement, the quarterback was blindsided and had the ball knocked out of his hand. The Blind Side is a classic example of a rags-to-riches story. I believe The title of “The Blind Side” isn’t strictly about the game. It’s about the way the world might have ignored the lead character, Michael Oher’s talents. And it’s about the colorblind determination of the Tuohy family to cross the racial and economic barriers to reach him, not to mention his own willingness to accept and adapt a world that is rather alien to him. I believe that is the true meaning of the title of the movie, “The Blind Side”.

                If you die trying for something important, then you have both honour and courage, and that’s pretty good. This statement sparks various images of morally correct images in my mind and the most distinct image that I see is also the most recent act of courage that has piqued my interest. This act of courage I wish to enlighten you about happened on the Freedom Flotilla. The Israeli–Palestinian conflict is the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. It forms part of the wider, and generally earlier, Arab–Israeli conflict. The remaining key issues are: mutual recognition, borders, security, water rights, control of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, Palestinian freedom of movement and legalities concerning refugees. The violence resulting from the conflict has prompted international actions, as well as other security and human rights concerns within both and between the countries.

The Gaza flotilla raid was a military action by Israel against six ships of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010. The flotilla, organized by the Free Gaza Movement and the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH), was carrying humanitarian aid, medical supplies and construction materials, intent on breaking Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip. Five of the ships were apprehended without loss of life but the passengers did have severe injuries. On the MV Mavi Marmara, clashes broke out after activists resisted the Israeli forces. Nine activists were killed, while dozens of activists and seven Israeli commandos were wounded. I admire these activists because they fought for others who were not receiving the rights they deserved. These individuals had the right to turn a blind eye towards the injustice and the sadness that plagued the victims of the Israeli-Palestine conflict. These individuals were willing to sacrifice money, time and most importantly, themselves for a righteous cause such as this. It is sad to see such great individuals perish, for the world needs much more that are willing to do the things these unsung heroes have done. Due to the deaths of these great individuals, the world has started to take a greater interest into the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Now, the victims of the conflict have a higher chance of receiving the rights and peace they should have been having throughout the conflict. These activists wanted to bring humanitarian aid, medical supplies and construction material to help the victims of the conflict but instead were able to help them further by attracting global attention to the plight of the Israeli-Palestine conflict and by doing so, allowed the victims to gain further support in the fight for their rights.

I take this issue rather personally as some of those activists who died in the flotilla raid are acquaintances of a close friend of mine. I also relate to it because I truly admire the courage and determination shown by these perished heroes and I wish to develop that same kind of courage, determination and honour to further improve myself. I try my best to exemplify these selfless individuals with the means available to me. After that incident, I began donating and participating in events that aid human rights and various other causes that intends to improve the quality of life. Based on the reasons stated, I greatly admire individuals who die trying for something important as they do not intend to earn fame but instead for another individual’s happiness. That is true courage

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