Framing the Dialogue

Archive for April, 2014

Divergent

DivergentSo imagine a society that divides into factions to avoid the chance of another, future devastating world war.  Author Veronica Roth has done the work for you in Divergent, the first of her trilogy.  The Factions are Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (fearless), Erudite (learned), Candor (speaks the truth), and Amity (earthy).  Children are born into the Factions of their parents, but the story revolves around the practice of a Choosing Ceremony; when sixteen-year-olds get to choose which Faction they will join.  The Heroine, Beatrice Prior, has to make her decision that will set the course of her entire future.

Public Housing

The problem with public housing is that the residents are not the owners.  The people who live in the house did not earn the house, but were merely loaned the property by the actual owners, the taxpayers. Because of this, the residents do not have the “pride of ownership”. That comes with the hard work necessary to become owners. In fact, quite the opposite happens.

Engineers

engineerUnderstanding Engineers #1

Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?”  The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”  The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, “Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn’t have fit you anyway.”

Understanding Engineers #2

To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.