Discussion 1 Over the years, one of the main focuses of the Humanities has been the “struggles” of many of the historical figures and all that they had to go through to become the giants that they were destined to be. Some of these figures suffered from mental illness, depression, and drug addiction. They had to overcome a number of obstacles. Overall, they suffered as they created the art that we have come to know and love. Some of those figures include, Vincent van Gogh, Emily Dickinson, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Ray Charles, and Elvis Presley. In addition to struggling with their personal demons, some of these artists were only recognized posthumously (after their deaths). Many would argue that today’s artists, entertainers, and writers have to face few struggles, if any. Today’s entertainers became overnight sensations because of vehicles like YouTube and shows like The Voice and American Idol. Instead of spending years as a “starving artist,” one million views on YouTube can catapult a virtual unknown person into the spotlight. Once a video goes viral on the Internet, life for the featured “star” of that video will forever be changed. In light of today’s technology, is there such a thing as a “struggle” anymore? Explain your reasoning by giving examples. Discussion 2 The scientific method allows us to pose questions, test questions, and analyze results. Ethics is always inclusive of research, as we must protect participants and be aware of appropriate methods for obtaining information. Through observation and research we begin to understand the world around us. Consider research you have read about or been a part of: Was the scientific method followed? How? What ethical considerations are important to research?