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Running Head: Final Project: Time Capsule

Final Project: Time Capsule

Sally Hall

August 9, 2011

HU300-02 Art & Humanities: Twentieth Century and Beyond

Professor: Christine Richardson

Kaplan University

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explain the contents I would add to a time capsule to be opened in the future. The paper will include an introduction, how I define happiness and examples of a piece of literary work, a song, a piece of art, film, and pop culture items and why each would benefit adding to the capsule.
Final Project: Time Capsule

My name is Sally Hall and I live in Dallas, TX. I am married with three children (two boys and one step-daughter), two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law, one grandson and one grandchild on the way of which is due in October of 2011. My day-to-day life consists of driving my son-in-law back and forth to work at Wal-Mart, working in my garden, work, and college. I work from home in my home based business Sally Hall’s Herbal Info Depot researching herbs (cosmetics labeling, what the herbs can be used for, and chemical properties of the herbs) for cosmetic companies. I spend about six hours a day for work five days a week and around four hours a day for college. I am currently in college working towards my Bachelor’s in Accounting. There are many things I like to do with my family and on my own of which I consider to be hobbies. With my family I love going to the drive-in movie theater, going tent camping, fishing, and sight-seeing. On my own I love to do crafts. I work with cross-stitching, needlepoint, painting ceramics, and playing online role-playing games, such as, Runescape and World of Warcraft. There are a couple of customs that I grew up with and I still practice today as thanksgiving and Christmas. On Thanksgiving Day the family gathers at our parent’s house. I grew up with the tradition of decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving and they are not taken down until New Year’s Day. On Christmas Eve we go to our families houses then return home. Christmas day is spent at our home with our kids. There are many things going on in 2011. The fall of the stock market is one of the major things that is happening in our current times. “Emerging-market stocks tumbled for a sixth day, sending the benchmark index down almost 20 percent from this year’s high, as concern deepened that the global economy may stall” (Patterson and Lim. August 9, 2011). As of August 2011 the national debt reached $14,564,970,167,709.38 (TreasuryDirect. August 5, 2011). The price of gas is around $3.75/gallon, a gallon of milk costs about $2.75, a loaf of bread cost $1.25, a pack of cigarettes cost $5.25. My dream for the future is that the U.S. has stabilized in the stock market and that the government goes back to the point where the people’s voice actually makes a difference. I also hope that this country realizes how important it is for children to have a good education and that the government provides more monies towards schools and teachers.
MORALITY AND DECISION-MAKING In today’s culture has put a lot of emphasis on money; having it, making it, and losing it. There are many people who will use any means necessary to obtain their money or to keep what they feel is rightfully theirs. What comes to mind as an example of a morality and decision-making in our culture is filing yearly taxes. There are many out there that will try to cheat on their taxes so that they will reap the benefits of tax breaks and or refunds. They will inflate or deflate their income and try to take credits where there are none so that they don’t have to pay as much taxes back or so that they will receive a higher refund. ‘ These people are taking a real chance of being audited in the future, which would cost them more money in paying back this unearned money. They are also taking a chance on receiving fines, court costs, and jail time by committing fraud.
WHAT HAPPINESS MEANS TO ME My definition of happiness is the feeling of well being, having a close-knit family, and inner peace. While I know there will be some pain in living I try to live my life in a form of stoicism by learning to cope with the ills of life in a fashion where happiness can still survive. I take these times as a learning experience of what not to do in the future. I was reared with the idea that having money, as well as, love and family is what brings happiness. I am just as happy being alone as I am around others. LITERARY WORK I am adding to the time capsule a collection of poems written by Derek Mahon who has won many awards such as The Lifetime Achievement Award and the €60,000 2007 David Cohen Prize for Literature (Cotter. 2007. Para. 3). The poem selection I am adding is called “The Seasons” written by Derek Mahon (Rumen, nd.). This is a collection of four poems that cover each season that we experience. This collection should be added to the time capsule as with global warming the seasons are getting harder to determine. ART The sculpture below is called “Die Badende (The Bather)” and was created by Oliver Voss whose medium was Styrofoam and steel. The sculpture itself is 13’ high and 98’ long and currently rests in Binnenalster Lake located in Hamburg, Germany (Daily Mail Reporter. August 5, 2011). I believe this sculpture is worth preserving and included in the time capsule as it brings about feelings of relaxation and reminds you to enjoy your surroundings. It is also a unique piece of art that is not normal to see in a lake. This is an impressive work of art as the details the artist used in the sculpture bring it to life. The giant woman has been immortalized in a peaceful way by relaxing in a body of water and seems to be enjoying the view around her. The scene is tranquil and sensual at the same time.
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SONG
“The Man I Want To Be” by Chris Young (Songfacts). This song is a form of pop music with a spiritual tone. “The songs performed by contemporary singers such as Justin Timberlake, Kayne West, and Martina McBride are generally designated pop music” (Janaro & Altshuler, 2009, p. 161). This song was written by Brett James and Tim Nichols for Chris Young to sing and was released as a country song in 2009 (Songfacts). This song is about a man that has made some mistakes which have cause him and his wife to separate. He asks God to forgive him and asks that God helps them get back together as a family. I think this song should be added to the time capsule as people in todays times are losing site of what is really important in life, which is living right, love, and faith in something other than onself. The man is praying to God and knows that he has lived his life the wrong way and wants to be a better person. This is something that most humans deal with at some point in their life.
FILM
“Dear John” is a movie that was written by Jamie Linden and released on February 5, 2010. The genre of the movie is drama and romance. This movie is about a soldier and a young college student that fall in love and are separated by war (filmjabber. 2010). I believe this movie is significant enough that it should be added to the capsule as it represents the times that are happening now with the U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Families are waiting at home while their loved ones are fighting for the freedom of our country. They do not know if their loved ones will come home, or when they will have to leave again once they do come home. The soldiers do not know what is happening at home they have to believe in their family to be there when they come home.
SIGNIFICANT ITEM FROM POP CULTURE Samsung introduced the World’s first 3D DLP 3D Plasma Televisions on January 7, 2010 (SamsungUSATube. January 7, 2010). Samsung called this the Samsung Home Ecosystem which is a 3D television that has blue ray and comes with shutter glasses. This should be included in the time capsule as it is the new wave of watching movies in today’s culture. These are slim line TVs that can be hung from the wall or placed on stands. SUMMARY The items I chose for the time capsule are important and appealing to me personally. A single artifact or piece of art can be interpreted in many different ways of which all points of perspective are correct. “The humanities give us stories to stimulate our imagination, ideas to stimulate our intellect, musical sounds to excite our passions” (Janaro & Altshuler, 2009, p. 5).

References

Cotter, P. May 30, 2007. Ireland – Poetry International Web. Derek Mahon (Ireland, 1941). Paragraph 3. Retrieved August 6, 2011 from http://ireland.poetryinternationalweb.org/piw_cms/cms/cms_module/index.php?obj_id=9292 Daily Mail Reporter. August 5, 2011. Mail Online. Making waves! Gigantic lady of the lake who’s got the Germans in a lather. Retrieved August 8, 2011 from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2022248/A-right-old-knees-The-12ft-lady-lake-sculpture-divided-city.html
Filmjabber. 2010. Dear John (2010) Movie Details. Retrieved August 7, 2011 from http://www.filmjabber.com/movie-preview/dear-john.html
Janaro, R. P., & Altshuler, T.C. (2009). The art of being human: The humanities as a technique for living (Kaplan University 2nd custom ed.). Page 5 and 161. New York. Pearson Education Inc.
Patterson, M. and Lim W. August 9, 2011. Emerging Stocks Slump for Sixth Day on as a U.S. Cut Spurs Growth Concerns. Retreived August 9, 2011 from http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-09/emerging-market-stocks-decline-for-sixth-day-on-global-economy-concerns.html
Rumen, C. N.D. Poem of the week. The Seasons by Derek Mahon. Retrieved August 9, 2011 from http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/mar/07/derek-mahon-the-seasons
SamsungUSATube. January 7, 2010. Samsun Announces release of 3D Televisions. Retrieved August 5, 2011 from http://youtu.be/T_v8vVNO8i8
Songfacts. N.D. The Man I Want To Be by Chris Young. Retrieved August 8, 2011 from http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=18896 TreasuryDirect. August 5, 2011. The Debt to the Penny and Who Holds It. Debt Held by the Public vs. Intragovernmental Holdings. Retrieved August 6, 2011 from http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np…...

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