Paige Guillory

Stories from Paige Guillory

2016
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The most important lesson I have learned this semester is that everything I encounter in my daily life can be studied with a social justice perspective. I have had the opportunity to expand my passion for social justice as a whole, which has changed my perspective on daily social interactions and my desire to do good in the world, one person at a time.

Monday, January 11th, 2016

The following submission is in response to the following article: http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/i-cant-breathe-until-everyone-can-breathe and writing prompt: Like Gerald Mitchell, dig deep to identify and explain how you personally can treat people more justly. Describe what treating people fairly and humanely looks like to you. How might your actions make a difference where you live (school and community)? In greater society?

BY PAIGE GUILLORY

Albert Einstein said that “only a life lived in the service to others is worth living”2, and I prefer to say, only a life lived in complete awareness of the injustices that face others is worth living. Throughout my life, I have always made service an important part of my life because it allows me to experience people and parts of the world I would never be able to understand otherwise. I have always felt the call to service because I want to use my talents and the privileges I have as tools to help others who do not live as comfortably as I live. Through my service experiences, I have been made aware of many injustices that have continued to be problems from the past into today’s modern world, and I have been motivated to be passionate about social justice as well as service through my time at Spring Hill College. Because of the fundamental similarity in our humanness, I try to treat others with fairness by understanding as best I can each person’s unique background and life story because with awareness comes understanding. Awareness of injustices and bringing about social change takes courage, a deep understanding of humanity, and the willingness to be challenged, and I try to treat others fairly by becoming more aware daily of my surroundings and challenging others to become aware as well.

I chose to analyze a song for my media source because the impact the music we listen to has on us is very important to how we perceive society’s norms of behavior, word usage, and cultural attitudes towards certain situations. During Christmas time as I was listening to my favorite Christmas song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, I found the classic lyrics to be a little troubling falling upon the ears of a more aware, college-age current self.