It was VIP day or very important person day in kindergarten; I had invited my great grandmother (Grandma B) to be my VIP. The day was just taking off and was already off to a great one. Grandma B was my idol through childhood and even today, so I was just excited to spend time with her. We were playing games and becoming more acquainted with one another. We were doing group activities and little competitions with the other pairings of students. Not to brag but we were dominating these tasks. We were on the last worksheet of the day and finished it in no time. For the last half hour of class we were allowed to have free time.
Grandma B and I decided that we would try to build something in that last half hour. We started building a skyscraper of sorts and as more groups finished the worksheet they saw our magnificent building and just had to join in. With the end of class approaching we had nearly half of the class either watching or helping build. So with the masterpiece almost built one of the kids nudged the building then it all tumbled down. I was so upset that I refused to help pick up the blocks. Then Grandma B being the wise lady that she was said “When invited somewhere always leave a place better than when you arrived.” This did not make sense to me at the time however it was enough to let me know that I should do what she is telling me. I picked up the blocks and went about my business. Later I understood what that statement meant.
This is a perfect example of how something taught to you when you were young can still be valuable throughout your life. The statement my Grandma B said when I was younger has been embedded in my head that even today I will think about it when I am visiting someone or am invited somewhere. Even though you are the guest they invited you there, you should do something to thank their generosity. While this may be a timely lessen it can still be expanded on. This statement can be used for many other scenarios as well, not just when visiting somewhere. A great message like this could be used on visiting anywhere, anyone and for any reason. Just because it was intentionally stated one way, if another use comes into play take it.
However not every lesson can last through time and actually make sense or used to the same extent that it once was. Whether it needs to be updated for today’s environments or completely needs to be exhausted from the use of the population.
In the article Lakoff is trying to show how Orwell stated people can change through enough of the truth in good prose is not necessarily true today. He doesn’t completely discount the idea however he does believe that this cannot necessarily be achieved through the method he uses. Lakoff said that we know a lot more about the brain and mind and how it doesn’t work the way he stated.
Some of the ideas that we follow and use today should not even be in circulation today let alone at all. These proclamations and objectives people use in everyday life are so...