Don’t Panic! SpaceX & Its Ongoing Mission to Launch A Thousand Ships

Very impressive report. Very well done. I have made

some edits in red. You will do well on the final.

writing quality is very good.

visual quality is excellent.

logical argument is very good.

analysis of event is  excellent

use of class lectures, readings and concepts could have been stronger, really the bulk of the report, but I realize that  you are seeing this from an engineering viewpoint

how one person influenced the event is excellent

use of sources is good (format is not MLA style). You have many excellent sources, however.

Quiana Major ,07/16/2018 |Team02

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“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”-Elon Musk

February 06, 2018; Cape Canaveral, Florida; fifteen hundred hours EST: a mixture of silent anticipation only broken by the occasional verbal confirmation, outbursts of vital health and mechanical status updates, and the ultimate Godlike exposition of the launch countdown. Eighty people in mission headquarters huddle over computer screens and keyboards awaiting with great fear and titillation. Every eye fixed, every number accounted for, every little contention has been checked and rechecked and checked again. To ensure that the launch of Falcon9 into Earth’s exosphere, successfully to delivering and the successful delivery of much welcomed supplies to the international space station (ISS).

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The world was watching through streaming apps like Youtube and Instagram, and on major and local news channels, and listening on radio broadcasts and podcasts covering this now seemingly widely normalized occurrence of successful space travel. I sat patiently on a bus to university that day in Florida watching a piece a history on my Android cellular device; one of twenty-two million Youtubers looking up at the stars through the medium of technology. Understanding the deeper message of technology being a window to our future worlds beyond our own rock.

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“Launching rockets to space is a high-stakes, unforgiving business, with razor-thin margins between success and failure and catastrophic consequences when things go wrong. Sometimes the smallest problems can doom a payload—and in the most tragic circumstances, an entire crew.”Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics(2018)

The Falcon9 has the advantage of reusing the same rocket for multiple mission launches due to proprietary advances in remote navigation, jet propulsion gyroscopic stabilizing systems, and aerospace materials and design sciences. the Falcon9 has the capability to, once reaching Once it reaches the mesosphere and detaches from the cargo vessel, the Falcon9 has the capability to return to Earth through the SpaceX guidance system and can land safely on seas. It can land depending on angle of trajectory or location of the ISS at time of launch to save as much fuel as possible.

With the advent of the reusable and affordable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOFL) rockets like the Falcon9 mentioned above, SpaceX is charting the endeavour of endeavoring to lay the foundations for the market of space tourism, extraterrestrial planetary colonization, and the exploration of minerals and other resources to propagate life and commerce beyond the stars. For one company to have such a pivotal role in the future of human society begs prompts the questions: what is SpaceX intrinsically, who is Elon Musk, and what does today’s pop culture think about one private American aerospace company shaping so much of what’s to come? These questions can be answered through socratic methods of rhetorical analysis of world media coverage and scientific acknowledgment of some common canonized beliefs on the sociological implications of space travel on world culture.

I was introduced to SpaceX through my studies at university as a Mechanical Engineering senior, but I have been aware of Elon Musk through his youthful ventures of Tesla and Paypal since my tender primary school days. Other than SpaceX, Tesla, and Paypal, Mr.Musk created Deepmind Technologies and The Boring Company, all of which are companies on the cutting edge of personal technology, commerce, weapons, and travel.

According to its website, SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Headquartered in southern California, SpaceX self-promotes its role as one of the world’s fastest growing providers of launch services, securing hundreds of missions that include commercial and US government missions and, by the end of 2018, ferrying NASA’s Commercial Space Crew into the cosmos, according to NASA’s 2018 Audit.

Related imageSpaceX was the wet dream brainchild from South African-American founder Elon Reeve Musk. Elon Musk is comparable to Marvel’s Tony Stark: a boy genius who grew up to use his intellect to save people. Musk is credited with having an INTJ personality type, meaning that he is one of the rarest and most strategically capable personality types there is, according to 16 personalities physiological behavioral trait testing website. People with the INTJ personality type are imaginative yet decisive, ambitious yet private, amazingly curious but they do not squander their energy. Most of what the general public knows about SpaceX is the information released by the company itself on its SpaceX website: allowing for free and open streaming of launches, tests and tours of mission facilities virtual and in person; such as the preliminary crashes of the Falcon9 and all NTSB findings that were released on what caused the crashes and what actions were recommended to prevent them in the future.  There is little manipulation of information released on SpaceX’s direct site in regards to both its triumphs and failures.

Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian professor, philosopher, and public intellectual, was most notably known for his research and publications into study of media theory. His ideas of a global village are what dictate our tech-heavy web-based pop culture today. Our popular culture offers both pathos and logos arguments to sway public opinion and influence governmental policy and economic intrigue. With the ISS having billions of Twitter followers, millions of Instagram followers as well as Facebook Page likes, space travel has become a popular topic reminiscent of the space race of the 1950’s and 60’s, when the moon was once a stepping stone to the human race expanding beyond our solar system and colonizing other planets. The development of social media platforms along with SpaceX‘s success rate has revitalized passion in exploratory space travel. SpaceX within popular culture is held in close regard to expanding the world debate on what is possible in the coming years of space travel; as we can see, the conversation has shifted from the moon to talks of settling Mars. Coupled with SpaceX’s release of detailed plots, ideas, visuals, mechanics, and government operations, pop culture gave us movies like The Martian, TV shows like Mars, and memes like America’s Creation of a dedicated Space Force military branch in early 2018.

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Although there’s much speculation and backlash in regards to the announcement made by President Donald Trump in his June 18th, 2018 press conference about the creation of the US Space Force, my personal hope is that it could function like a real world Starfleet.

The February 6th Falcon9 launch is a huge testament to how SpaceX is leading the debate on space travel. With major news circulating positive headlines of intrigue like :

Image result“SpaceX launches world’s most powerful rocket: Live updates”
By Meg Wagner, Veronica Rocha and Amanda Wills, CNN February 6, 2018
“Mission to Mars: NASA Ames Shows New Technology Being Developed”
By NBC Bay Area staff Jul 13, 2018
“SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launches successfully”
By Chris Ciaccia, Fox News
The negative media coverage also plates SpaceX as the standard for Aerospace Companies with head lines like:
“China plans ‘megarocket’ that could outperform NASA, SpaceX, expert says”
By Chris Ciaccia,Fox News
“Elon Musk: SpaceX and Tesla alive ‘by skin of their teeth”
BBC staff, 2018


Elon Musk has been portrayed as a crazed, megalomaniac dogooder (such as in this report). Although within popular culture Mr. Musk is a controversial figure, his adoration of knowledge, perfectionism, and sure will, causes for the occasional conflict and public romantic challenges. An example is the recent public Twitter controversy in which he was labeled a petulant instigator after the rescue mission of the team of boys found trapped in a cave in Thailand. Not only did the rescue mission not use the sub that Mr.Musk specifically designed for the safe removal of the boys but they discredited the capability of remote rescue vehicles. This led to accusations of pedophilia from Musk directed at the British  rescue team leading the effort at the time.

Image result for spacex mars“Our Earth is becoming too small for us, global population is increasing at an alarming rate and we are in danger of self-destructing.”(Stephen Hawkings)

There are mixed feelings on ethos arguments within the scientific and entrepreneurial worlds. On one had there are scientists such as Stephen Hawking who has said “Space travel, having achieved a lunar landing, our sights are now set on our neighbor Mars. With private companies like SpaceX, as well as government aerospace programs, taking an interest in the Red Planet, along with increased public interest, it would seem that we are entering a new space age.” To business leaders like Bill Gates publicly disagreeing with Elon Musk claiming a sense of paranoia from the SpaceX founder.  As well as the public feud between American president Donald Trump and Elon, there is much to be said about the scientific community butting heads with industry. Even on the scientific side Elon faces criticisms from Dr. Tyson who says “We (as a people) need to reconsider the space time continuum before we start colonizing other planets.” However, I am in agreement with retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly who stated in a CNBC interview stated that “I’m not going to ever doubt” Elon Musk.

Image result for spacex mars“With exploration comes colonization and with colonization comes exploration”-Adam Rutherford


SpaceX and Elon Musk are making and have made global impacts that, as theorized by physicist Ian Crawford, would sociologically redefine the human dilemma and expand it into the universe. In Crawford‘s case, faster than light (FTL) space travel would lead to the creation of galactic empires and political or religious scrimmages based on who develops the technology to colonize the fastest. With the negative aspect of space exploration causing wars, it would also have positive economical, cultural and philosophical impacts. Economically, space travel in itself would be a new market, and the real estate industry would have an endless supply of land as long as technology can sustain life; and the mining of precious metals, known and unknown,  would make creating goods even cheaper. Culturally, space travel would unify entire planets, and skin deep racial prejudices would be replaced by planet of origin. The catalyst of all these cultural shifts are rocket launches like the February 6th SpaceX Falcon 9 launch. It is the launch that launched a thousand ships. Not going gentle into that good night, Elon Musk uses his technological medium to rage into the that good night of space exploration and pop culture.

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Works Cited StarMan (Pual) (16 personalities) (Twitter fued) (Nasa Audit) (stephen) Bill gates) ( Neil Degrass Tyson Elon Musk interview)
Crawford, Ian Andrew .Some Thoughts On The Implications of Faster-Than-Light Interstellar Space Travel. London,UK , Journal Article of Royal Astronomical Society & NASA Astrophysics Data System,[1995], 2018
Bort,Ryan.Trump’s Space Force Is Almost a Real Thing. The Rolling Stone Magazine. New York,New York .18/06/2018. Web.
Vance, Ashlee. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future.New York, NY Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017] (kelly)





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Pecha Kucha Darkweb Reflection

Pecha Kucha Dark Web Reflection

Team 02 |07/16/18
Quiana Major 4592312
Tamara Telfort 5608546
Sarah Ramdin 5867532
Sarif Ahmed 4852197
Kelsi Amberson 4971372
Dorelys Falcon 5674986

For our Pecha Kucha group assignment, we discussed doing our project on the dark web, as horrifying as it sounds, it was exciting to do such a dangerous subject. Discussing with the team and how we would gather information on this subject proved difficult since gathering or even attempting to dive into the dark web, can be dangerous. To find the hidden mysteries of the dark net we divided the team into groups of different sections that best determined who had skills with computers and virus’s, VPN’s and gathering information. To present our project as informed as possible, keeping it short, yet, at the same time, being able to add key points and the ability to inform the class on the dangers as well as benefits that can come from the dark web.

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Other members gathered images on the project to properly show what we were going to speak and address the matter about. Alot of the images that we had gotten were from the upcoming movie “Unfriended 2: The Dark Web” where a group of friends find a laptop and the original owner finds out who stole their laptop, containing vile and inhuman things that really happens in the dark web. Some of the difficulties that we faced in the assignment was using the tor browser, and the slow speeds since it cuts a layer off each of the onions to mask the IP, thus protecting you from other viewers seeing who you are, yet making the connection speeds so slow which made the process of gathering information almost unbearable.

Some of the positives was there was just so much information to be gathered and so much to see. Usually most of the information on the surface web is hard to find legit information, where as the dark web, it was easy to find multiple sources of information that led to great amount of content. But a big flaw came when we tried finding the same source since the URL changes each time the websites are visited, thus protecting the websites and making them hard to find a second time. That part was possibly the hardest part of the project, finding the source or going back to the source which had a good amount of information since the URL changes. While doing the pecha kucha assignment, we saw that we had limited time, other presentations done in the past, where you can choose what slide to talk about what and how much time to spend on each slide, this assignment, we were given a limited amount of slides as well as time on each slide, making it difficult to find and form what to say on each slide with the limited time frame given.


Sarif & Quiana: dark web surfing, gathering information

Dorelys & Sarah: writing scripts, ideas, bullet points on what to say and speak about

Tamara & Kelsi: Gathered images similar to the topics picked.



For an example of the growing popularity of the Dark Web we have added a link to the NY times article about its very own onion service browser. ( DO NOT CLICK ON THIS nytimes3xbfgragh.onion LINK WITHIN THE ARTICLE !!)

Don’t Panic! SpaceX & Its Ongoing Mission

The thesis needs an argument. What idea do you want to

sell us? What is the point you want to make about it?

How have media been influencing the Space X project? What do we believe

about it? What’s real and what’s fake in the information we have been

getting about it?

Please see the thesis below.


Don’t Panic! SpaceX & Its Ongoing Mission to —

By Quiana Major  | Team 02| July 14, 2018

“The thing about humans is that we have an imagination and the night sky has always been the great mystery.” George Lucas

The launch

February 07 2018 ,Cape Canaveral Florida 0800 hours , a mixture of silence anticipation and the occasional  break of verbal confirmation, vital health and mechanical status updates and the ultimate launch countdown. Qoute from Mission control


SpaceX Falcon 9 vertical takeoff and landing (VTOFL) Rocket has launched

into the known space of Earth’s gravitational orbit. SpaceX will transform

the market for space tourism, colonization of other planets, and exploration

of minerals and other resources for life on earth.

The coverage

live strem social media the medium as the message how I knoe

The company

the man how i know

the viosn for the world how I know what the world creats

“With exploration comes colonization and with colonization comes exploration”-adam rutherford

the media coverage poltical atmosphere today and the 1960s



Fake News – Group #2

Congratulations, Team 2. You are good fakers. Your article is well conceived and written. It is filled with credible facts and statistics. The photos and captions are fantastic. The reflective paragraph is good too. On the other hand, you pose a great question : So, how would public school systems support an extra day of schooling on a tight budget? But you don’t actually follow up with an answer. You write about a school that is experimenting with the plan but don’t tell DeVos’s plan for carrying out the experiment. Also, I have to give you each a team grade and an individual grade, but I don’t know who did what. Other than that, good job!

IDS 3309  –  How We Know What We Know

FIU Summer 2018

Fake News


Team 2

Quiana Major 4592312
Tamara Telfort 5608546
Sarah Ramdin 5867532
Sarif Ahmed 4852197
Kelsi Amberson 4971372
Dorelys Falcon 5674986

Headline: Secretary of Education Besty Devos Pushes for Six Day School Week Period



Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, left, joined by Education Department Budget Service Director Erica Navarro, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, before the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on the Education Department’s fiscal 2018 budget. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Citation: Carolyn, Kaster and PM rlizik|File|Filed|5/24/2017 4:44:58. “Education Budget.” 24 May 2017. EBSCOhost,


Saturday mornings may no longer be for sleeping in or watching cartoons for your kids. Secretary of Education Besty Devos is in talks to extend the five-day school week to six.

DeVos is a billionaire business woman and former chairperson of the Michigan Republican Party. In November of 2016, President Donald Trump appointed her US Secretary of Education. “I am honored to accept this responsibility to work with the President-elect on his vision to make American education great again … I am committed to transforming our education system into the best in the world,” DeVos said.


WATCH: Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing, in three minutes



Before joining Trump’s Cabinet, Devos has spent decades of her career campaigning for school choice and the expansion of charter schools in her home state of Michigan.


She is not shy to voice her disapproval of public school performance. In a 2013 interview with Philanthropy Magazine on educational reform, Devos made this comment on public school systems, “[T]raditional public schools are not succeeding. In fact, let’s be clear, in many cases, they are failing. That’s helped people become more open to what were once considered really radical reforms—reforms like vouchers, tax credits, and education savings accounts.”


Now it seems her plans to improve the system is to add more school time into the week.

In theory, additional learning time would never hurt students. Although, many view the plan as unrealistic due to Trump’s massive $3 billion cut to the department of education in his 2019 budget proposal, a reduction from the President’s $9 billion education cut from last year’s proposal. So, how would public school systems support an extra day of schooling on a tight budget?


The Department of Education’s research indicates there are more than 50 million students attending U.S. public schools during the 2017-2018 school year.


The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an exam administered every three years to participating 15-year-olds, testing their performance in math, reading and science. According to the 2015 results, American students dropped to 40th place in math, and placed 25th in science and 24th in reading in ranking among the 73 different nations and economies.



Chelsea Duvenez, upper right, works with students in her fourth-grade classroom at Olympic View Elementary School, Friday, March 9, 2018, in Lacey, Wash. Washington lawmakers adjourned their 60-day legislative session after passing what they hope is the final piece of a long-running education funding mandate.

Citation: Ted S., Warren and PM clessard|File|Filed|3/9/2018 10:44:57. “Washington Legislature.” 09 Mar. 2018. EBSCOhost,


Again, most blame the statistics on the governments continuous underfunding of our education system in elementary and secondary schools, as well as public colleges and universities.

However, Devos views the issue from a different perspective. In highly scrutinized 60 Minutes interview from earlier this year, Devos told host Lesley Stahl, “we should be funding and investing in students, not in school– school buildings, not in institutions, not in systems.”


WATCH: Betsy DeVos pushes back against criticism over “60 Minutes” interview



Some school districts have taken the extended school week for a test drive.  In New Haven, Connecticut, four schools have opened their doors for Saturday learning secessions.

“Everyone’s coming in with a lot of energy,” said Dan Hicks, a sixth-grade English teacher. “I think we’ve got a group of teachers who bring the energy and the kids feed off of that.”

Surprisingly, most students approve of Saturday school due to because they can interact with their friends more and sit in on their teacher’s interesting lessons.

On the other hand, not all students feel the same way. Sixth-grader Nya Johnson has this to say about waking up for Saturday school, “I wanted to just sleep.”

Whether the green light has been given to this education reform project is yet to be determined. When asked to comment on the matter, the White House declined to provide any further information.



Reflection Paragraph

This assignment proved that contrary to commonly held beliefs, it is much more difficult to tell a lie than it is to tell the truth. Initially, our fake news article was on another topic. And while it was interesting and good for a giggle, its details were not substantial. Going this route, I feel the story is more realistic and mimics the essence of a real news article. I attempted to construct this article based on logical appeal, avoiding outlandish details and ‘click bait’ headlines, and instead aimed for a more reasonable approach to this assignment. I tried to remain unbiased and did not exert any of my opinions on those mentioned nor framed anyone in bad light.


All quotes, examples, cases, and statistics in this article are real. These are actual words Betsy Devos spoke herself. Trump is indeed planning on reducing the education budget by another $3 billion. A few schools in Connecticut have actually tested six-day school week. However, the concept of Devos extending the school week is obviously not real because this is a fake news exercise. The topic for this article is suited for the general public; however the target audience was school children, or rather, parents of school children.

The idea came to me from real life rumors I have heard. When I was in elementary school my cousins would threaten me all the time that school would become six days a week; especially after hurricane Wilma in 2005 when Broward schools were out of secession for nearly three weeks. This solution would make up for the time we lost during the storm.

During middle school and high school I did attend Saturday school in the form of FCAT Camps, which in fact helped me to score better on exams and performance school. It was a great reinforcement opportunity in core subjects provided for free by the school for four hours every Saturday.

Maybe the concept is not so bad. If it helped me, it could do the same for others.




All multimedia aspects (images/videos) of this article were designed to replicate those found in real articles, like the stories featured in the New York Times. Its purpose was to embellish the story with supporting materials. They are separate elements from the text itself.

Images were found using FIU’s AP Archives Database. Citations are found below each picture.

Annotated Bibliography

Excellent bibliography and thesis, Dorelys.

Your grade will be on next week’s grades, not this week.

(You don’t have to read the whole book.)



Thesis Statement:

A family consists of parents and children living together. It’s not a family if they are not all together. With the “Zero Tolerance” policy that Donald Trump has implemented, he is destroying hundreds of families. Separating kids from their parents is not only inhuman but not healthy for the children’s development. Most of the children that are being separated from their families are between the ages of 4-10. They are not fully developed. They struggle emotionally with anger and sadness which leads to isolation, loneliness, and social difficulties. They also suffer a lot of anxiety and stress. Later these stress hormones can start killing off dendrites, which are the the little branches in brain cells that transmit messages, very important for the brain development. The stress can start killing off neurons and wreaking dramatic and long-term damage, both psychologically and to the physical structure of the brain. In the long run, this separation causes them to have many struggles in life. Children are the future. They shouldn’t have to suffer any of this. Parents shouldn’t be penalized for wanting their kids to have a better future. At the end of the day, they have to risk everything, including their lives, for their families to have a better life.

—————————————————————————————————————————————-1. Work Cited: BOCHENEK, MICHAEL GARCIA. “No Way to Treat Children Fleeing Danger.” Harvard International Review, vol. 38, no. 3, Summer2017, pp. 18-23. EBSCOhost,     

The article talks about the problem that causes the separations of many migrant families, how parents get their child taken away. It mentions how it impacts the children’s protection claims and the effect of migration detention on mental well being.

-2. Work Cited: Rubio-Hernandez, Sandy P. and Cecilia Ayón. “Pobrecitos Los Niños: The Emotional Impact of Anti-Immigration Policies on Latino Children.” Children & Youth Services Review, vol. 60, Jan. 2016, pp. 20-26. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.11.013.

The purpose of the study is to show the perceptions of Latino immigrant parents on the emotional impact of anti-immigration policies on their children in the state of Arizona.” It explains how immigrant children suffer many emotional impacts. Because of  many anti-immigrant policies, they cause them to suffer from anxiety, depression, fear any many other emotional sickness.

-3. Work Cited: Dreby., Joanna. Divided by Borders: Mexican Migrants and Their Children. Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.

Haven’t read the book yet, but according to the summaries, it’s about Mexican families; parents are Living in the USA but their children are still in Mexico, and they are divided by a border. How Mexican families struggle ultimately and still persevere in a global economy.

-4. Work Cited: Ducharme, Jamie. “Detaining Families May Also Cause Mental Health Issues.” Time, Time, 21 June 2018,

The executive order that was passed by Donald Trump has caused many critics, including medical experts, to talk about how the children’s mental health has been affected immensely. They are discussing that the children should have counseling services, educational opportunities, and any help that they need for them to be mentally stable.

-5. Work Cited: Sharman, Jon. “Pope Francis Calls Donald Trump’s Separation of Families at Border ‘Immoral’.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 20 June 2018,

Like many public figures have criticized Donald Trump’s Zero Tolerance act, the pope has also  said it’s an immoral act. “Populism is not the solution” to America’s immigration crisis, the pontiff said. He should create a solution not a problem. He also mentioned, Europe would be empty without the immigrants.

-6. Work Cited: “CLASP.” Young Children Suffering Consequences of Trump Administration’s Policies, Rhetoric on Immigration, 9 Mar. 2018,

ASP found pervasive effects on young children of the threats to their families and communities. The reports shows signs and behaviors of distress, as well as serious risks to young children’s healthy development. Because they were separated by force, and has cause many children  psychological harm .

Dorelys Falcon T#2








A Lie To Spite

A Lie To Spite

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Quiana Major


Team  02

Very  interesting and articulate narrative. Great graphic.


This is a truthful post on how as a child growing up in the public educational system I was repeatedly physically assaulted by other students whom I attend primary school with. As a disclaimer I must add that I am not a victim and seek no justice for the actions of the past but for the sake of this assignment I chose to share this choice I made as a fourth grader. These following experiences are experiences that made me who I am today, events that taught me how to stand up for myself and triumph against adversity without the help of the proper authorities.

As a child I was small in stature and had a social condition that did not make it easy for me to communicate with others. This obviously ostracized  me as child on the playground, thus making me a target for other children to explore their position and power within their cultural surroundings of the school yard.  A few individuals took it upon themselves to test their physical restraints upon my body repeatedly. I as a child could defend myself at a fair skill level due to having older brothers, but I did not think it was right at the time to physically exert myself and harm others because I had the knowledge to.  I had these thoughts because as a child I enjoyed reading philosophers like Kant, Descartes, and Ross. These meditations on thoughts of absolutism, moral high ground and prima facie deontology gave me pause to  both understanding and actions. So when asked by my teachers, parents or other adults where my physical contusions  came from I remained quiet. For reasons of not wanting to have negative repercussions due to inaction on my point ,my parents, my teachers, my siblings or the actions of the other students because I was unsure they deserved punishment.  I also assumed that it would give satisfaction to the other students to know that I needed help from adults to have a position of equality or power on the school yard playground. So again when pressed over the period of a school semester I remained quiet for the betterment of myself I thought saying nothing or lying was a more ethical choice than retaliation of harm for the betterment of human society.

The final event for which I chose that both the acts of lying and causing harm to the other students was that occurred during an altercation in which the kids were kicking and punching me. They asked if ” I felt pain?” I replied “No,” which was a lie to spite them. To w   When they walked away I knew that to continue to attend this school I would need a position of power on the schoolyard. I would secure the approval (?)to have the betterment of my family, the teachers other adults and the same students if I would gain power over these other children by means of communication they knew well, which was violence. and I never had another altercation with those students again.

So when I compare deontological or utilitarian decisions made by governments or organizations as long as there is a logical moral and ethical reason provided then the conclusions and effects should be justified with a somewhat correct emotional reaction as I did as a child. The best way to proceed is in recognizing the problem, repeatedly allowing for options and avenues to be considered, and seeing how and what choices would be the most beneficial to all parties involved.

Years later I might add I ran into the children I went to school with who had assaulted me, and by poverty and social standards they were of lower class than myself. They did not finish high school, had troubles with law enforcement and problematic children within a single parent family environment . I wondered if it was due to the choice I made towards them that affected every decision they made in their life after that event and  if it was beneficial to all parties involved.