Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

Inability to change.

Contributed by Riley

Description

When I was on a mission’s trip in Atlanta, Georgia, we went to visit a refugee housing area where many of the children there didn’t have a positive role model to look up to. Many of the parents of the children could hardly speak English, and the children relied on themselves to satisfy their basic needs for most aspects of their life at such a young age. It was really sad to see the circumstances that these children had, and it wasn’t their fault, they had no control over it. When we were getting ready to leave, one of my friends was telling the story of one of the girls she had made friends with while we were there. She said that just last night, there was shooting in her own house. Her father, who had gotten into an argument with her mother, had put 3 bullet holes in her wall, while she was hiding under her blanket from all the drama going on in her house. After hearing this story, it made me realize how lucky I am to be in a safe environment, surrounded by the people that care so much about me.
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Why is this a Humanities Moment?

This is my humanities moment because through this experience, it made me very thankful for all of the things I have in life: a safe place to live, a caring family, and lots of opportunities change my circumstances. Meanwhile, these children who were much younger than me, were stuck where they were at, with little to no hope of changing it. We were their hope.

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Title

Inability to change.

Subject

This is my humanities moment because through this experience, it made me very thankful for all of the things I have in life: a safe place to live, a caring family, and lots of opportunities change my circumstances. Meanwhile, these children who were much younger than me, were stuck where they were at, with little to no hope of changing it. We were their hope.

Description

When I was on a mission’s trip in Atlanta, Georgia, we went to visit a refugee housing area where many of the children there didn’t have a positive role model to look up to. Many of the parents of the children could hardly speak English, and the children relied on themselves to satisfy their basic needs for most aspects of their life at such a young age. It was really sad to see the circumstances that these children had, and it wasn’t their fault, they had no control over it. When we were getting ready to leave, one of my friends was telling the story of one of the girls she had made friends with while we were there. She said that just last night, there was shooting in her own house. Her father, who had gotten into an argument with her mother, had put 3 bullet holes in her wall, while she was hiding under her blanket from all the drama going on in her house. After hearing this story, it made me realize how lucky I am to be in a safe environment, surrounded by the people that care so much about me.

Date

June, 2016

Contributor

Riley

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