According to Breel (2013), in the video Teen’s TED talk on depression goes viral, depression is real and has led to the loss of lives of many people throughout the globe. Fundamentally, acknowledging the problem is the first step to respond to the problem involving depression. However, while I accept the arguments that acknowledging the problem forms the basis for responding to the issue, I see it fit to assert the fact that it might be challenging to recognize depression, especially during the early stages. Accordingly, other people’s interventions in addition to the individual effort are essential for acknowledging and responding to the problem (Breel, 2013). Though depression may be mistaken with sadness or the period of unhappiness when things go wrong in life, it entails being sad when things are going well in life. Depression forms a massive problem that though ignored have had the huge effect on the lives of many individuals. According to Breel, individuals who may not be facing the problem argue that it constitutes another people’s problem and thus it is inconsequential to them. I accept the postulation that inability to share the problem leads to suffering and therefore sharing the issue is vital to solving the problem. However, not anyone in the community may be willing to respond to the problem regarding depression because the stigma associated with the problem. Consequently, I feel that individuals should not talk to everyone regarding depression but instead should reach professionals and other experienced individuals who may offer real solutions to the problem. I agree with the fact that one should learn to love themselves and learn to live with depression as they seek solutions (Breel, 2013).
Besides, depressed individuals do not share their feelings with others out of fear that they will be seen as the week (depression). While I admit that depression symptoms and possible causes should be shared, I see it fit emphasis that sharing depressive symptoms with the professional therapist is the most appropriate response to the problem. Depressed individuals suffer enormous consequences including the fact that they are unable to use their brain maximumly. Depression leads to poor decision making, suicide ideations, distort ability to make the decision and may lead to the inability to live up to one’s expectations. However, although I support the declaration that individuals willing to help a depressed individual should take care of themselves, out of the fact that individual intervention may not be fruitful, other safer methods of protecting the victim should be adopted instead of playing safe and leaving the victim. The actions that may include calling emergency number, persuasions, encouragements and referring the victim to the professional therapist or other individuals who might help (depression). I support the fact that depressed individuals should not be ignored, challenged, shocked, surprised or subjected to any form of stressing argument.
According to Philip Zimbardo (2008), in the video the psychology of evil, growing up in the bad environment may lead to the acquisition of evil characters. Human beings can transform from good people to corrupt people. Similarly, evil entails the exercise of the power to intentionally hurt, hart, destroy and commit the crime against humanity. However, while I agree with Zimbardo postulation that humans may transform from good to evil, I object to the postulation that lousy environment may lead to the acquisition of evil character. For instance, Zimbardo gives an example of acts of violence committed by the American soldiers at a prison in Iraq. The soldiers did not commit the acts because the environment allowed them to do so but they committed evil acts because they were already having evil thought within themselves (Zimbardo, 2008). Although I accept Zimbardo postulation that the system and situations create the legal, economic and political condition in which individuals could be corrupted, I object to his assertion that the system, though active and influential, can wholly influence human character to the extent of controlling their behavior. According to my view, individual behavior constitutes the values that they believe and cherish and that situations and other forces from the system can only be adopted if individuals allow. Changing situation or the system cannot lead to improving an individual’s behavior.
According to Patterson (2009), attacking individuals because they are Latino constitute a hate crime. While there are various responses that individual may choose to adopt during an attack against another person, failure to act shows that bystanders let their values and concerns to override the concerns of others. Some individuals choose to either watch or leave the scene without making any attempt to help the victim or at least intervene and negotiate (Arizona University). Although responding to such a crisis does not require physical ability, as witnessed from one of the females who intervened, people who fail to intervene fear that by intervening, they may be injured in the process. Although I agree with the fact that intervention is valuable, to save the life of the victim being attacked, I assert that it might be hazardous to the third party and thus keeping save distance would be much better (Patterson, 2009). Besides, calling for help from police officers, as the sizable percentage of the bystanders may decide to would be the most appropriate option for a bystander.
Correspondingly, hazing, expectation before joining a group that may degrade, humiliate or risks physical or emotional harm irrespective of willingness to participate, is inevitable (Hazing). It is agreeable that it is necessary to intervene and help the victims who have been humiliated, harmed or embarrassed. The reason is that intervening leads to a solution brings new traditions to the problem and entails participating sharing feelings with others. Accordingly, I see it fit to emphasize that individuals of good will should always act in response all acts of injustice including sexual assault, relationship abuse, alcohol abuse and acts emanating from anger among others.
Though individual’s race, sexual orientation, behavior, and identity may be different from that of the other people, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, and other unfair acts should be avoided out of the fact that they constitute unfair categorization (Adams, 1997). I recognize the views that, to appreciate individual differences, people should learn to respect other people’s opinions, listen to their experiences, avoid criticizing others and forcing values to others. Moreover, people ought to develop trust and openness with each other. Besides, individual should be judged as independent entities and not as a group. This approach may eliminate discrimination, prejudice, and stereotypes. However, I object to the postulation that one should learn more information regarding a particular group to enable them to understand an individual in such a group. The reason that learning more information about a group and using such information to understand or appreciate an individual may enhance discrimination, stereotypes, and prejudice.
Various steps that are necessary before any interventions are acceptable including the fact that one ought to recognize the view that discriminatory statements are inevitable. Consequently, one should be prepared to handle such issues arising from discrimination, stereotypes or prejudice. However, I emphasize that any responses should be based on the facts. Biased behavior should be appealed or responded to accordingly (Adams, 1997). Although all the steps necessary during making responses to specific behavior are necessary, the portrayal of the society as violent and increasingly discriminative is inappropriate. The reason is that, though there are numerous aspects of discrimination, violence, injustice within members of the community, it does not go beyond livable experiences or the level that cannot be tolerated.
- Adams, M., Bell, L., & Griffin, P. (1997) Teaching for diversity and Social Justice.
- Arizona, University. A Prosocial Behavior/Bystander Intervention Program for College Students. Retrieved from https://www.dropbox.com/s/2bageti6o49rarb/Introduction%20to%20Step%20Up%20On-line.pdf?dl=0
- Breel, K. (2013, October 8). Teen’s TED talk on depression goes viral [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.today.com/video/teens-ted-talk-on-depression-goes-viral-52661315935
- Depression power point
- Hazing Power point
- Patterson, S. (2009, March 20). ABC What would you do? Latino Hate Crime Episode [You Tube Video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru1F29vuVKI
- Zimbardo, P. (2008, February). The psychology of evil [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/philip_zimbardo_on_the_psychology_of_evil?language=en