A curious person finds things interesting and desires to know more about certain subjects. This desire to learn leads to more knowledge about the world we live in. To cultivate curiosity means to always question things in life and try to find the answers to them. When these answers are found, one should try to question further to gain a greater understanding of a topic. This research project helped me develop a habit for curiosity by learning that there is an abundant source of information in the library database on almost every subject imaginable. This project taught me how to find credible information I can use as fact and apply this information to everyday life. Whenever life brings me to question something in the world, I now can use a source other than the internet for information. Most times, the information in the library database is much more credible than what can be found on the internet.
I found that I have not addressed the story of the fisherman and how he was happy regardless of how much money he made. I included information that happiness is affected by how we percieve our neighbors and how much income they have. In my story, I added that the fisherman was likely to have been surrounded by other poor people that did not not have much money. This in turn did not make the fisherman be disappointed with his own life seeing that his neighbors were just like him. This explains why people can just as happy as rich Americans when living in a poor country. This is called relative wealth and has a considerable impact on our happiness. This information i have included fitted well with a counterargument for how money has no impact on our happiness when the people around us are living the same lifestyle.
I learned from Professor Stukenberg’s comment on my rough draft for Essay 4 that my introduction story of the fisher was in contrast to my final thesis. I just realized that I had not made an effort to address the story of the fisherman to my readers. This story completley disregards money as having much value in life and how the fisherman was completly happy without it. Also, from the activity done in class, I learned that I have included too much of “I say” in my paper and need to include about half and half with what “they say”. By using more information from what my sources say, this lets my readers know that they are reading information from credible sources in the field and not just from me. I also learned from my peer evaluations that my conclusion needs to make a lasting impression on the reader. One reviewer likes how I didn’t use many counterargument because he despises counterarguments. I prefer using this method. I can talk about what the other sides of my subject are and make my conclusion at the end with my reader knowing where I am coming from. By agreeing with both sides some way can also aid in seeming less biased in the question of if money really does make us happy.
When writing my rough draft, I did what Professor Stukenberg had advised me to do. I put away all my research I had done from Essay 3 and just started writing a story I had come across in my research. I have never used this approach before, but I found it helpful in putting everything in my own words and only information I found really stuck out as persuasive information. It went better than I thought it would go. I found myself writing much more easily and found myself having four pages in almost no time. A question I have for my peer review group is how I can be more persuasive in making my point and how I may have lost you while reading my paper.