Trust is a Tricky Thing

Last time I blogged about my goal of finding more time to read; I'm happy to say I have accomplished this goal to a certain extent. I have been spending more time reading after dinner and as a result I finished After the Woods and have devoured a good chunk of Lord of the Flies by Willam Golding. This time I want to just set one more goal for the rest of the school year; I want to finish reading Lord of the Flies and completely finish one other 200+ page book. With the AP World History test out of the way and spring football slowing to a halt, I don't see this being unrealistic. The year is coming to an end and I can't begin to explain how excited I am with the unfamiliar feelings of free time.

In Lord of the Flies, after a plane crash numerous kids are left fending for themselves on an island uninhabited by adults. Anyone could begin to imagine the types of problems that would arise due the lack of a matured adult. Naturally the kids have to elect a sort of leader to represent an adult and take charge of the group. Ralph becomes the elected leader, but for reasons that seam trivial. When other members, like Piggy, had obvious leader qualities such as intelligence Ralph got elected for a "stillness about [himself]... his size, and attractive appearance, and most obscurely, yet most powerfully, there was the conch" (19-20). This basically boiled down to him being elected because he was calm, he was attractive, and he was in possession of a shell. He was under qualified for the leadership position, but the results did not reflect that; the children trusted him. This parallels modern society in many ways. Most notably this seems to mirror last year's presidential election. Whether you wanted Trump or Clinton to win, it should be undisputed that out of the two Clinton was the more politically qualified; however, the results did not reflect that. Now obviously Donald didn't win because he was calm, good looking, and in possession of a conch, but the same idea still applies: he was elected because the majority of America agreed with/ liked his qualities and what he had to offer; they trusted him above all. Whether people like to acknowledge it or not, the brain is not always the most logical when making decisions on who to trust. For example, did you know you are more likely to trust someone based off of what they are wearing? It's true! The brain responds more open-mindedly to someone dressed up in a suit and tie than someone in day to day street clothes. The brain is wired with shortcuts to make living easier even though some of these shortcuts could potentially cause us harm. For that reason I think it is worth noting that before making important decisions it is never a bad idea to double check your first thought.


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  1. "Now obviously Donald didn't win because he was calm, good looking, and in possession of a conch, but the same idea still applies..." made me LOL!

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  2. I liked the connection with human nature and the parallel to the 2016 election.

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