So I really enjoyed writing this blog. It came surprisingly easy for me because I didn’t need to think as hard as I thought I would. I just went at it and the thoughts came easily to me. I probably shouldn’t say this but I didn’t even prepare a lot to write this blog. I just started writing and the thoughts and ideas came right out. This makes me think about one of my values..self.. like I said, when I think about self I think about how I or how someone feels and thinks within. When I wrote this blog I just let my thoughts out from within and let them fly onto my computer screen. This was a very satisfying and POWERFUL feeling. I really enjoyed writing this blog because I just let go of all the rules of writing and just let my feeling on the subject out. I like blogs because you can write whatever you feel and however you feel:)

I hope everyone liked reading my blog!!!

Alright, now I am to relate my two themes/values to my own life. Ill start with power. I feel the most powerful when I accomplish something or when I feel like I have control over my life and I feel very confident in what I am doing. When I have my life together and I feel like I have accomplished something, that is when I feel most powerful. Like I said before, power and self are connected because when I feel powerful, I feel very good about myself. I didn’t really realize before I started this project that the values I chose would connect so well together but when i started to use them as examples I realized they all blend together. I can relate to Oedipus’s story because I can recall a time where I felt defeated and embarrassed about something and instantly lost all sense of power. I was ashamed just like Oedipus and just wanted to hide. I lost my sense of self and power. When thinking about my own philosophies, I think about the way I live my life. I think about my values that I live by and my goals and perspective on my life. This all makes me think about mySELF and the value of self. Its all about how you feel and how you think and act. When I think about the values of power and self, I think about how someone feels within and I think about the fact that power and self are connected in so many ways. It seems like you can’t have one without the other. Power drives me to do things and when I feel powerful, I feel confident about mySELF.  

Philosophy is a base of something where you keep your goals, ideas, and thoughts. From this, you find your power. Everyone has their own philosophy in life and this leads to how you want to live your life. I also think that everybody or most people want to feel power from within and feel confident with their life and how they live it, this all comes from the choices we make which is essentially our philosophy on our lives. If being kind and helpful makes you feel powerful then that is your philosophy on how you live your life. It is your tool to making you feel powerful. Feeling powerful is a very satisfying thing. This thought leads me right into the idea of self. Philosophy and self. It all blends together in my eyes. Philosophy, power, and self are all connected. This is why I chose to write about philosophy, power, and self, they blend together and can be easily connected. When I think about self, I think about how someone feels and how they choose to live their life. Philosophy is how you choose to live your life and power and a feeling that comes along with your choices. Power is a response to the choices you make and the choices you make reflect how you feel in the end and this all is a result of how you live your life through your own philosophy. Wow that was a long and messed up sentence! Good thing I’m not worrying about my sentence structure and just letting my thoughts fly through my fingers.

Now its time for me to talk about my second value, self. I already explained why power relates to Oedipus the king, now I need to relate self to Oedipus. When I started to think about how I was going relate the theme of self to Oedipus the king, I realized that power and self are the same in many ways and my examples for how they both relate to Oedipus the king are kind of the same. I wrote down some ideas for self on a piece of paper and realized that my main idea for self is almost the same example that I used for power. Oedipus was very concerned about who he was and where he came from after hearing the truth about his parents from the Oracle. He was so upset and ashamed about what he heard that he physically destroyed himself. I relate self to the way Oedipus felt about himself and what he is showing of himself to the world. He was so ashamed about his fate and the news that came out about him. He hated himself and what he put his family through. He was embarrassed and ashamed. The way he felt about himSELF was terrible and after the truth came out, he lost his power and himSELF. As you can see, for Oedipus the King, self and power go hand in hand. When Oedipus lost his power he also lost himself, who he was, and the life he had built for himself.

Wow! I finally found a way where I can just write down my every thought and not have the grammar cops after me! I am really enjoying writing a blog because like I said before, I like to write and always have a lot to say but my writing form/spelling/grammar is not always in tip top shape. I realized this when I was writing my last post. I started to write and all the sudden I wasn’t really thinking about the proper way to write a paper, I just let my thoughts go from my head, down to my fingers and onto my computer screen. In fact, I’m doing it right now! This reminds me of dream writing (or whatever its called) where you just write and don’t think about the spelling or grammar of what your writing. You just get as much down on paper as you can in a limited amount of time. This is how I feel when I’m writing this blog. Everything I read/learned about Oedipus the King came back to me when I was writing my last blog. It was crazy! I like this because its casual writing!

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”

ISAAC ASIMOV

So I searched through my unorganized Comp. Lit. binder and found everything I had from Oedipus the king, which was a lot! I found every crumbled up piece of paper that had anything to help me with this project. Ill start with Oedipus the King and how it relates to power. There is no need to write a summary of Oedipus the King because we all read it together in class so I’m going to just jump in assuming all of you know what I’m talking about. I see a lot of examples of power in Oedipus the King, some are very obvious! The first example that jumps out at me when first thinking about Power and how it relates to Oedipus the King is Oedipus himself. Power seems to be one of the main themes of this story because of the disaster that follows Oedipus’s power. Oedipus didn’t always have power, but after some time he did gain power and this led to many disastrous things. When Oedipus started to hear the rumors about his past and his families past, he realized he had so much to lose, and that was his power. His reputation was at stake and he wanted to make sure that would not change from these rumors. His reputation as king was about to be destroyed and that meant his power was going to be destroyed as well. He always seemed like the brave and powerful king that everyone looked up to and admired. He had a beautiful family and wonderful life as the king. When the truth came out however, everything changed for Oedipus. Oedipus and everyone else found out from the Oracle that he had married his mother and his daughters were also his sisters. Horrid right? This broke Oedipus and his family down disastrously and immediately changed everything. Oedipus and his wife/mother were horrified and incredibly ashamed and embarrassed. This immediately took away Oedipus’s power and strength as king away from him because he fell completely apart. The family was miserable and broken. That doesn’t sound like a powerful king to me. As soon as the truth came out, Oedipus lost his power. He lost his power because he took it away from himself, he was incredibly ashamed and lost. This is a story about power and how the truth can take that power away from even the greatest of kings.

I changed my mind! I am now doing this project of Oedipus the King and the Introduction to Philosophy handout. When I was filling out the proposal for this project I started to think about the fact that I really understood and even enjoyed Oedipus the king and could connect my two pieces of writing better if I really comprehend them both! My first step is to organize my thoughts and how I’m going to connect them both to self and power! Ok.. I’m going to go do that now.. wish me luck! Ill BRB:)