Should strangers make your decision?

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In this weeks lesson, we have been talking about visa documents and how different factors decide who can enter a country. When we were shown some of the facts, I was disappointed with the lack of information we recieved about each person. For example, one of the applicants said that they had been arrested once before. I think that we should be told what the crime they commited was. To explain, what if they had been wrongly arrested? Imagine this, someone had stolen something from a store that had no CCTV. You walked out with the same thing they had stolen and you get arrested. Then, years later, you loose the chance to enter a new country because of that. Would it be fair? Also, I believe we should have been told about what the student wanted to study. For example, you can now study a degree in surfing. Imagine if that place was given to someone who studied surfing rather than a person who wanted to study medicine.

After thinking about this, I thought about how the people that make the decision are complete strangers. They know nothing about you. Sometimes, facts about you do not show the real you. For example there are outdated stereotypes about different people. For example, people who do martial arts are immediately labled as tough and scary. I know this because I am a black belt in karate. Now, I am a very soft and light-hearted person. If someone judged me just because I was a black belt in karate, I would feel very upset and offended. This shows that sometimes paperwork and grades do not prove everything. However, if a person who knows you judges you, they understand the real you.

However, I understand that we do need this system. This is because ,if we did not have this process, then there could be escaped convict coming into the country. We do need borders otherwise the world would be in chaos. I also understand that if someone who knows you judges you, they could be biast and lenient. However, if a person knows nothing about you, how can it be a fair ? Would you want the most important decision of your life to be made by a stranger?

Information found at https://www.savethestudent.org/extra-guides/10-most-unusual-uk-university-degrees.html

Let me know in the comments what you think.

Comments (17)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 13 May 2019

    What an interesting post, and something that I think sparks an excellent discussion. This is why I have made it an 'Editor's Pick'.
    I gave you a star for your reasoning, and you have showed open-mindedness in the final paragraph. Your karate example is also a great way to support your point.
    I wonder if there is a third option. So, rather than a stranger OR someone you know making the decision, could there be a different way to decide? What are the systems used in different countries?

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg admirable_bee
    Morley Newlands Academy 13 May 2019

    i think this is an amazing post i like the way you have described about you're karate belt and i think that a stranger should not make your decision because they could put your life in danger and they do not know you like u have said in ur post
    Alfie and his partner

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg admirable_bee
    Morley Newlands Academy 13 May 2019

    i think this is an amazing post i like the way you have described about you're karate belt and i think that a stranger should not make your decision because they could put your life in danger and they do not know you like u have said in ur post

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg plucky_tsunami
    Morley Newlands Academy 17 May 2019

    I think a stranger should not make your decision because it is up to you and they don't know you. As well as this, they could put your life in danger like you said in your post.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg incomparable_orange
    Morley Newlands Academy 17 May 2019

    no because it is a free country

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg articulate_situation
    Morley Newlands Academy 17 May 2019

    I agree.I think no stranger should make your decisions as it could lead to bad results.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg approachable_blackberry
    Morley Newlands Academy 17 May 2019

    If we really didn't have borders (walls), the world would be in complete destruction, mayhem, chaos and disaster. Walls are very important and usual to keep chaos out of the way.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg adventurous_papaya
    Morley Newlands Academy 17 May 2019

    strangers could make the decison as if the want it doing and most people do it would make the decison

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg broadminded_honeydew
    Morley Newlands Academy 17 May 2019

    i agrree I also like how you did your last paragraph

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    Napoleone Colajanni 20 May 2019

    I agree with your opinion

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg enlightened_apricot
    Evelyn Street Primary School 20 May 2019

    I do not think that someone should make are own diecons because what if you had a big thing to think of and then a stranger made that for you there are so many other reasons why random people sould not make are decions

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg honorable_conclusion
    Weston Favell Academy 21 May 2019 in reply to Olivia @ the BNC's comment

    In the United States, there are specific rules about who can be given a VISA. For example,they need a paid visa fee to be able to schedule an interview. Also, they need a passport, an application form and two photographs of themselves. The people who make the decisions are staff at the TravelAssist. This is unfair because there is no references to there personality or life. In India, they use an e-visa where all you have to do is pay and enter the application form. This is also not fair as they do not even meet with you and get to know the personality. In Australia, you can also apply online. Of course, these are all companies so they are different to the government but this is still similar.
    I think that each country should ask for references from previous employers or universities. This is because they would have got to know the person and would be able to help. Also, if a person is not old enough to have either of these, then they should be accompanied by an adult with these references. Also, if possible, the people giving the visa's out should interview some friends to get an idea of their personalities ;however, they should not be people that are also leaving else they could be biased. Therefore, I believe their should be references and interviews.
    Interviews found at https://www.indian-onlinevisa.org/en?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsNjd1oGt4gIVBrXtCh2-6ASdEAAYAiAAEgIorPD_BwE,https://visaguide.world/us-visa/requirements/ and https://www.etaaustraliavisa.org/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7LThvIKt4gIVTLTtCh3H7QtWEAAYASAAEgI-6vD_BwE.

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  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC 22 May 2019 in reply to honorable_conclusion's comment

    Well done for researching this and explaining the difference. What barriers might someone face with your suggestion of an employer or university reference?

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    Dante Alighieri 22 May 2019

    No,because i am not want stranger. I am want my life normal

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg persuasive_moth
    Ormiston Bushfield Academy 22 May 2019

    I disagree with the fact that strangers shouldn’t vote for your decisions. This is because whatever happens whether people can vote or not, strangers are still making these decisions for you. You may know of Donald Trump, you may know that he is the president but you don’t really personally know him and you don’t know what he really like behind the scenes. This is the same as someone you could see in the street. You may know that they have children, you may know that they live in America but you don’t know them.
    The only reasons you don’t like strangers making decisions for you is because it’s an uncomfortable feeling. You don’t know them and you don’t know what they are like. For all you know they could be making these votes for the joke of it.

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  • Morley-Newlands-logo-250x250.jpg articulate_situation
    Morley Newlands Academy 24 May 2019

    I think strangers should not make our decisions but a stranger is already making our decisions.Donald Trump. This man is the president of America and you don't know what he is like behind the scenes. People like strangers can make really uncomfortable decisions which could lead to chaos.

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