Veronica B.
   Political leaders think that through war we can eventually obtain peace. How many lives have to be lost before we realize that this is not the case? In my artwork, “Only the Dead” I used yarn and hot glue to create my scene. I used sadder colors like red to symbolize death and pain. I created a scene of a sunset in a graveyard and wrote one of my favorite quotes by Plato, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.” War is a scary subject, so I wanted to create a scene that makes you think and matched that emotion. The gravestones obviously symbolize those who already served and died in wars. I included the sunset because I thought it added to the effect and it can also symbolize light and hope. If we all want to live on this planet together and accept each other we have to stop fighting. There are some peace organizations that are trying to get through to politicians and leaders. Organizations like Greenpeace are constantly working on getting their point across to UN leaders. We are all people, we should be united and work together. This is important to me because I don’t want to grow up in a war torn world with my friends having to go serve and possibly die in some faraway place. The worldwide significance of war is that it never affects just one country.

Even if it is a civil war, the neighboring countries may be affected by a sudden increase in refugees, overpopulation, being asked to be involved in the war as well, and other problems.

Cities tumble,

Countries burn,

Political leaders never learn,

That “an eye for an eye makes the whole word go blind”,

And that we are all really intertwined


03/01/2012 9:41am

I agree and hope that soon enough more then just the dead can see the end to war and we can have less of war.


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    Emily Erickson Cook

    _National Board Certified Art Teacher
    Technology Specialist Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach middle school art in the suburban Chicago area. This project has allowed my eighth grade students to confront global issues and to have an artistic voice that expresses their concerns and passions that one day just might change the world.

    Amy Weiss

    Global Perspectives Teacher
    World History, U.S. History, and Social Studies Endorsed
    Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed

    I teach with Emily Cook in a Chicago suburban school. While my students have learned about global issues in the past, this project allowed them to see that these are not problems that people in other places in the world have to deal with, but rather, that these are world problems, and since we all have a civic responsibility to the world, these are our problems too.


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