The name of the article is "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow", and it is
written by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. in 1954. After reading the text, finding out
that the story was published in the Galaxy Science Fiction magazine already in
1954 was quiet shocking, as many illustrations are fitting for our
current customs. The name "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" comes from a
famous line in Shakespeare's Macbeth and it has got a genre of a short-story.
We found the text to be very interesting, not really realistic, but still a good read. The text is about 93 year old Emerald and 112 year old Lou. They are complaining about Gramps, who is 172 years old and, because of the anti-aging remedy anti-gerasone, does not seem to be anywhere near dying. The biggest issue presented in the text is the issue of over-population. Chicago now streches all the way to Iowa! Over-population is going to be a problem in the future. This is the theme of the text, and it is important because it is so relevant today and in the future. We do not really know how to take his issue futher, or how to prevent the over-population. We do not really think we can, so this responsibilty we will leave to future thinkers.
We discussed whether or not we would have taken the anti-gerasone, when we would start, and for how long we would continue to take it. We both agreed that we would in fact take it, if it were available. Magnus said he would start in his early twenties, and Hanna suggested she would start around 26. The question of how long we would take it had us more split. Magnus thinks it really depends on how good you do in life. Realisticly some war would probably come along and wipe a bunch of us out, however if one were successful and happy about life why would you want to stop living? Hanna would have liked to be over a hundred, from her perspective there is not really much to life after that. Although she also agreed with Magnus that it really depends on your life-quality.
In the last International English class we had, we spoke about multiculturalism in Norway. People in the class seemed to have very different opinions on the subject, naturally. Some felt Norway is receiving enough immigrants, and that Norway is a multicultural society. While others felt we are not a very multicultural society at all, and that we are not receiving nowhere near enough immigrants as we should. Personally I would say I agree most with the latter group. However I do think Norway is a multicultural society. I believe we have a duty to the world, as one of the richest and most able countries in the world, to open our borders to many more people than what we are today. I think with the right integration there are no downsides to a multicultural society. Just think of the kind of ideas we could produce!
Being a Norwegian teenager is, in my opinion, pretty great. Although the teenage years can be troublesome, if you think about it these are fantastic years. This is the time to find yourself, to experiment, to find your friends and decide what you want to do with your life, for some at least. Even though you may make mistakes, it’s completely alright. Because these are the years to make mistakes and learn from them.
Furthermore the teenage years are filled with new experiences. So even though one might feel overwhelmed by school, fitting in and being totally unreasonably upset from time to time. This time is one of the most exciting in life. You get to explore yourself, and start becoming an adult.
Being a teenager from Norway is especially good, I think. Most of us have every opportunity to do what we want. And we have the freedom to choose for ourselves. We are guaranteed education and health insurance, so we don’t have to work instead of going to school. Like regrettably a lot of teenagers around the world are forced to. In addition to having the freedom of being able to go to school, we also have the freedom to have fun. Which I think is the essence of the teenage years – having fun.
I’m not quite sure if you can call this a blog, or if it is more of a website. Nevertheless I find it super interesting, and fun as well.