Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tuesday, 18th of November 2014

Hello, it's Pablo again!

Today in Social Sciences we have had a very interesting lesson.
Firstly Paqui has solved some doubts about the project about Baroque art, so now we should do it in a very good way.
Then Paqui has checked if we had our schemes about the Enlightenment which we had as homework for today. She has explained it, but we have focused mainly on the Political Thinkers (Rousseau, Voltaire and Montesquieu) because it has been the most confusing part of the scheme.
When we have arrived to the general will (the power lying on the people, who should use it directly) we have had a little debate about politicians and corruption. Does the power corrupt you? If we were politicians would we be corrupted? Everyone has had its own opinion, but finally we have reached a conclusion and it's that it depends on the individual. There are people with power who are not abusing it, such as José Mujica (Uruguay's president), who lives in his house, with a normal car and so on.

José Mujica in his humble house

We have made a correction on the book, where it said "power which they use in the elections, when choosing their representatives" we've changed it into "and the should use it directly."

We have copied a little scheme about how does social contract works.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Finally, here you have today's glossary words:
  • To compile - compilar, recopilar
  • Social contract - Contrato social
  • General will - Voluntad general
  • To weaken - debilitar
  • Sovereignty - Soberanía
  • Participatory democracy - Democracia participativa
  • Representative democracy - Democracia representativa
  • Freedom of speech - Libertad de expresión
Goodbye and...
REMEMBER to post your projects about the Barroque Art on Thursday!!

4 comments:

Stefania Nes said...

Pablo your journal is very completed.. What about you?.. If you were politician would you be corrupted?

Pablo said...

I haven't thought about that. I would like to say no, but who knows...

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Hello all,

Pablo, you don't have many mistakes, but you have to pay attention to plural and word order in indirect questions. Another thing on your journal is the verb ABUSE. In English we say : TO ABUSE ONE'S POWER, not abuse of/from one's power. In the same way FOCUS always goes with the preposition ON

Here you have my corrections:

- ... has checked if we had our schemes about the Enlightenment

- we have focused mainly on the political thinkers (Rousseau, Voltaire and Montesquieu)

- the power lying on the people, who should use it directly

- we have had a little debate about politicians an corruption.

- If we were politicians, would we be corrupted?

- but finally we have reached a conclusion and it's that it depends on the individual. There are people with power who are not abusing (of) it,

- We have copied a little scheme about how social contract works.

-Freedom of speech

And as for your doubts about being corrupted, you should be sure of that. Would you abuse power only for having it? Would you cheat the people who trusted you? This is a matter of principles. If you have them and don't like corruption, abuse and tricks, you should be an example of the opposite. I think it's not difficult if you believe in honesty and serving society, instead of wanting to have more things or taking advantage of your position on your own benefit. Think of that. I think it's an important topic to have a clear opinion.

That's all. Bye!

Paqui Pérez Fons said...

Baroque, with one only R