I think the scene in “Go Back to Where You Came From” that can best fit most of the words from the discovery rubric is the raid scene. The raid scene is so flexible that both the participants and the viewers can discover new things. For instance, Roderick, one of the participants, was so shocked by what he discovered from the raid that he just kind of disappeared. The absence of Roderick can mean many things to the viewers, like the possibility that he was overwhelmed by the emotional discovery of all the refugees crying as they were being taken away. This discovery can be confronting to him and his beliefs about refugees, it can also be sudden and unexpected for Roderick. In addition, during the raid, Raye said that the refugees there “could easily be the Chins” and after that the narrator explained that the refugees could face “jail time, corporal punishment and deportation.” This juxtaposition is intended for the viewers to feel the emotional connection with the Chins before the raid and imagine if the Chins were being punished, after all they have been through. This makes the discovery very much emotional to both the participants and the audience. It can also challenge the beliefs of the audience who think raids are for the best since the scene shows the real things that happen during the raid.
In everyday life, there are in fact certain experiences that shape our perception of discovery. For me, there was one discovery that had a huge impact on what I think about discovery. This is the story about the time I travelled to several islands in Indonesia for the first time. It is a fact that I am a city person. I was born in a city, grew up in a city and so did my parents. I’ve never really known what it is like to live outside the city in Indonesia if short retreat trips are not included. Last vacation, my parents and i went away from the buzzing city of Jakarta and went to this small town, almost a village near the sea. Unlike the city, the town was very small and very forlorn looking. The worst part was that there was no wi-fi. This is every teenager’s nightmare, staying for a few weeks in a place without wi-fi. However, this suburb life made me discover the beauty of Indonesia’s islands. Instead of looking at my phone, I looked at the Indonesian island with jungles and hills. I did not expect to discover all the quirky animals and the spectacular views. There was a peaceful moment there when I stayed there instead of the city. it changed me and I understood after that discoveries can be absolutely beautiful and life-changing. I discovered peace outside of the city and I hope that I can go back there soon to find more beauty in nature.
Significant things that people have today is not due to sheer serendipity, but it is due to deliberate planning that results in these discoveries. This is reinforced by the presence of crucial discoveries like the capturing of murderers. For instance, in London a murderer called ‘Jack the Ripper,’ was on not yet arrested until recently the murderer has been found due to the discovery of DNA evidence. The discovery of the murderer due to DNA is done from a process of very careful planning and it cannot simply be an act of serendipity as it may lead to wrong convictions. To add to that, water purification is also discovered from deliberate and careful planning. Without water purification, people would not be able to drink clean water and they would suffer from terrible diseases. It can be seen that deliberate and careful planning has made such gigantic breakthroughs in the world. Without these kinds of discoveries, the world we know today may not be the same.