Diving Deeper and Discovering More- #4

This week I did something a little different. I decided not to close any doors and open more. Which is something that I do often in my life. By diving even DEEPER into climate change and the human overinvolvement in nature as we believe nothing matters except us. Meanwhile, I also explored some new topics that my cohort mates are interested in. I investigated political satire, refugees, and mental health.

While reading Gabe’s piece on political satire. I gained a new respect for the media. They try to inform us in such an intelligent way while entertaining viewers. Many of these shows are developed for younger generations. But don’t miss the mark for older generations. They give the facts in a twisted way that people can relate to yet give a basic understanding. Allowing space for the viewers to decide what they think about the idea. Somethings I wondered was if this a national issue? or a Vermont issue? and if it’s a national issue can it be narrowed down to just Vermont? The country has a political satire lens that we are able to see out of. There we are given very little access to use that lens in a local sense. While this topic helped me spread my wings to new ideas I’m not entirely sure if this topic is to narrow for a local impact. I’m also not sure what I would desire to change within this topic with hopes to make a change socially.

On another note, I read a piece on refugees. Where Ella reflected on refugee in Vermont and how country wide decisions have impacted Vermont’s ability to become more diverse. This is a super interesting topic for me since I’ve lived in more diverse states. Where the idea of accepting refugees was never mentioned. But was an apparent issue everywhere else. This just shows how much Vermont cares about others within this world. Even though I wondered if this truly a Vermont issue? or more of a country issue? While this topic is super interesting I have so many different thought on how this would be a tangible outcome.

Finally, I read Rea’s blog on mental health. On kickoff day I had the opportunity of being introduced to her thinking about this topic. Her thoughts really stuck with me. By reading this blog post I wanted to know how could you dive deeper into this topic within Vermont? Would you consider neurologists or counselors? While this could be a global issue how could the scope get narrowed to Vermont? Also, stigma comes with this issue when it comes to personal experiences. Mental health is definitely something that is becoming a wider spread issue. With research that is developing and more people getting answers to complex health issues. That all link back to mental health.

Within the past week, I have spread my wings to discover new topics that I find interesting. Some I can see a potential. Others after further investigation I’m not sure if they would be the best fit for me. I’m happy that I looked into new topics but I’m not sure if one will stick.

Meredith Gove

4 Responses to “Diving Deeper and Discovering More- #4

  • Meredith,

    Good for you to explore other areas outside of the one that is your current focus for the blog. One area to consider is whether or not any of these other areas of interest can make a natural connection to your focus of climate change.

    Climate change has become a very polarized issue, with some people believing with every fiber of their being that it is a real threat to our world, and others believing with every fiber of their being that it is a hoax. Can you make some connections through these other ideas that would challenge people on either side of the issue to reconsider their position?

    I firmly believe that young people will be the ones to change our minds – and blogs like yours give continue to give me that hope.

    Keep thinking, keep pushing, keep blogging!

  • Rebecca Gove
    2 years ago

    Well done Meredith,
    I really like your mind map. It is a piece of art work. You are doing a great job gathering important pieces and parts to your story.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Hi Meredith,

    I liked your connection between Vermont being one of the least religious states but one of the most environmentally conscious. Why do you think that is? What is it about religion, do you think, that prevents legislators from taking steps to stop global warming? Do you think religion is also part of the reason people are reluctant to accept global warming as fact?

  • Abigail Bartell
    2 years ago

    Hi Meredith,

    Your mind map is extensive, beautiful and contains so many ideas! I really like that you said you chose to “not to close any doors and open more”- I feel like this is a really important mindset to possess when considering various (and often differing) points of view. To fully examine any subject, we must consider all views (even if we don’t agree with them!) Isaac Asimov said, “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.”

    Seeing you and the student-researchers of What’s the Story begin this process of “scrubbing off” assumptions, and previously held beliefs is really exciting. Your process of thinking, writing, changing your mind, opening doors, more writing, researching and reading is exactly the way to delve into a subject (or subjects).

    All the subjects you have been looking at connect in one way or another. I am looking forward to seeing how and what connections you choose to follow in your documentary work.

    Keep up the amazing work!

    -Abigail

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