Considered the “Father of Western Philosophy”, the great Aristotle is quoted as saying “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” This is something that, a young intelligent man in the early 1990’s took to heart, as he set out on a great journey to know himself. Chris McCandless, this young man, however took a different path than most in terms of discovering himself by attempting to abandon society and live off the land in rural Alaska. Chris’s journey throughout his brief adulthood, should be celebrated due to his pursuit of self discovery, and finding the source of true happiness. However we must acknowledge his decision to go into the unforgiving wilderness ill-prepared and the way he rejected true companionship in his travels pre-Alaskan adventure should not be ignored.
One of the principal that Immanuel Kant known for is Categorical Imperative where he had variations of it and Immanuel Kant said one of directs us to Act always on that maxim or principle (rule) which ensures that all individuals will be treated as ends-in-themselves and never merely as a means to an end. This principle can be applied to Barnard Madoff simply asking the question of weather Madoff did rational? This can be easily argued but personally I feel that it is not rational at all. First of all he was running the Ponzi scheme and everything was going great he must have known eventually someone would catch on and find out everything he was doing. Also, According to Heather Salazar article Bernie Madoff: Greatest Ponzi Scheme in U.S. History she said Madoff was not making rational decisions (Salazar).
In the beginning of The Giver, Jonas was missing the quality to that would allow him to fight against the government. However, after becoming the receiver of memory he began to obtain that quality. “He would need those to help him find the elsewhere they were sure existed. They knew it would be a very difficult journey.” We can tell that because he was willing, nothing would be able to stop him from rebelling, even though he could die.
Turner believed that life in the frontier shaped the American characteristics, “That coarseness and strength combined with acuteness and inquisitiveness;” (Turner 1136). However, Jack London shows that it is more than a man surroundings that shape the characteristics, that it is the man’s ability and will to learn and adjust to survive in the wilderness. Both authors view the frontier differently, their ideas would build the foundation of important works that shaped American
However, the work Buck carries out builds on his reputation, spreading his name throughout Alaska, signifying fame and heroism. The novel shifts from a focus on the work itself to a sense of adventure. Buck’s new reputation foreshadows the role of “ghost dog” that he later takes on, alluding to London’s legacy left behind as a well-known writer. Auerbach then summarizes the main points of his essay, and concludes with insight to the topic of true joy within the wolf. This source would not be useful when writing a research paper because the complex wording makes some of the concepts difficult to
He wasn’t afraid of not coming back alive. So when he went into the wild in Alaska, Chris felt like he was for sure going to come back and publish the book that he has written throughout his journey to show others that taking risks like this is totally okay. Unfortunately for Chris it wasn’t okay. I believe that he did not intend to “kill himself” for going into the wild with basically nothing.
Overall the American dream is the pursuit of goals. However, those goals are different for everyone. In the book The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s goal was to make something of himself and get Daisy, the girl of his dreams. Gatsby did achieve his dream of making something of himself, even if he did make his money illegally.
Chris was a strong man who wanted to escape his life and adventure off to Alaska. Unfortunately, Christ died from starvation. There are many people that have different opinions about Chris. For instance, Shaun Callarman is convinced that Chris McCandless was intelligent but unenlightened. He believed that Chris’s expedition was ludicrous and he never thought about the consequences.
Although finding Ada is his main goal, Frazier portrays Inman’s ultimate question, which is a difficult one to answer. Inman contemplates his purpose in life and reconsiders the meaning of war and the purpose of fighting. Inman believes that this journey is they only way to answer his questions, for “Cold Mountain . . . soared in his mind as a place where all his scattered forces might gather.
Chris McCandless was a very determined individual, he set out to invent a new life for himself and there was no stopping him. Chris finished his four years of college and he could’ve continued to further his education and go to law school but instead he set his mind on going to Alaska and live off the land. Getting to Alaska involves great determination because along the way to getting there Chris could’ve changed his mind and returned home but he was determined to get there one way or another. People often confuse stubbornness with being determined , for example, as cited in Into the Wild, “Once Alex made up his mind about something, there was no changing it” (Krakauer 67).
In the article of “The American Blindspot”, the main point is to show the differing interpretations of the Reconstruction era that arose between Foner and Du Bois. Du Bois poses the idea that the slaves are to be seen as humans and argues the side of the slaves whereas Foner argues from the side in which views the capitalistic side of Reconstruction. In Du Bois’s argument, he makes sure to clarify that he sees the slaveholders as owners of capital rather than just the wealthy elite. In turn, Foner describes the slaveholders as the ruling class and stays away from calling slaves the working class or proletarians. Foner places Reconstruction as a bourgeois revolution whereas Du Bois views the era as having two Reconstructions.
Maitin-Shepards’ essay is a better scholarly source than Istvans’ because he has more credibility, it is located in a text book, and the content is more cultured. Maitin-Shepard has more of a stable/logical background in the topic of morality and artificial intelligence while Istvan has more of an opinionated background. Maitin-Shepards essay is located in a textbook which makes it more credible because the school would not give us a book about false information, unless it were clearly stated as false information. Istvans essay is on a website, which is the Huffington post so it makes it seem more credible than it truly is because Huffington post is a popular name. Maitin-Shepards content is more believable because it is more factual than Istvans because Istvan is mostly writing about his opinion.
The story Tenochtitlan and Popocatepetl and Ixtlacchuatl are interesting stories. They have contexts that are the same. Even contexts that are different. These stories share many things in common and not. From reading these two stories, I can tell the differences and the similarities pretty easily!