In the essay, “Don't you think It's Time to Start Thinking?” by Northrop Frye, published in the Toronto Star in 1986, tells how Northrop Frye was concerned about how often students are expressing their ideas without articulate them. And for this reason, the author feels that they do not have any sense of language as a structure. At the same time it provide information about how students and people in general should start thinking.
Everyone has depression, but did you know on October 29, 1929 the whole US went into depression. People lost their jobs, people lost their homes and lot’s of other things. Every bits and piece was super valuable at that time.
In the Ted talk on "Battling Bad Science", the speaker Ben Goldacre tackles the lack of critical analysis by the public of scientific claims by debunking popular medical claims and exposing methods of borderline falsifying evidence behind claims. Science is a unique subject varying from all others in many rights, particularly when it comes to the critical analysis of its claims by the general public. Unlike politics, law, history, etc., science is given huge leeway to make uncontested claims by the public, where as in other fields their claims are scrutinized before being accepted. On the contrary, people willingly expect dodgy “scientific” claims which often contradict themselves.
We as human beings can create our own habits, and also have the will power and the responsibility to change them, and ourselves. In the book The Power of Habit, it tells a life event about a woman who by gambling lost everything she had. Angie Bachmann, a house wife found herself bored at home, and resulted in going to a casino to distract herself. Being at home, she felt unskilled and alone, so she decided to try the casino. Bachmann, however, found herself going every day to the casino and after a few months, she couldn’t stop. Bachmann eventually hit bankruptcy and was able to recover, but she didn’t stop going to the casino. She created a habit and couldn’t control it. Bachmann hit bankruptcy for the second time, and this time she lost
What do you think about being kind? Do you do random acts of kindness? Sometimes it just feels so good to get a compliment. Or for someone to do something funny that makes you laugh every time you think about it. ¨There is less kindness in public life, which trickles down and invites people to be less kind in our personal lives,¨ says psychologist Harriet Lerner. So many people these days have been hurt from others being mean. When they do not get kindness towards them, they treat others the same way. We need to spread kindness in every way we can. Even the little things mean a lot. Such as, Giving, passing on the kindness, and the little things people do for you every now and then.
“In this world, your conduct affects not only you but the conduct of other people as well.” “Letter to Susan” Margaret Banning. Some people debate whether your actions can affect others. I believe that you set an example for others and are responsible for the actions of others. Throughout my three years in middle school, I read many books that had a similar theme. The novels Lord of the Flies, The Giver, and The Wave showed how you are responsible for others actions.
In his essay, “Nonmoral Nature”, Stephen Jay Gould examines nineteenth and twentieth natural theology and its explanation of the existence of evil in nature. Natural theology, as Gould puts it, is “the antiquated doctrine that attempted to infer God 's essence from the products of his creation”. Natural theologians believed that God displayed his benevolence through his creations and attempts to find an explanation for the events that occur in nature. Gould discusses this way of reasoning through the question: “If God is benevolent and the Creation displays his “power, wisdom and goodness,” then why are we surrounded with pain, suffering, and apparently senseless cruelty in the animal world?” By pain and suffering, Gould refers to the act of predation found in carnivorous species. In nature, predators inflict pain upon their prey through their actions. William Buckland, a theologian, argued that predation is necessary for reducing the inevitable suffering that victims would experience with old age and also to helps maintain population and food resources. Gould uses the predatory behavior of the ichneumon wasp to argue against this natural theological justification. He argues that the cruelty in which the parasitic ichneumon wasp implants it young into living prey contradicts this statement, comparing the event to that of medieval torture. He argues that natural theologians’ attempt to justify the actions of the ichneumon wasp by applying human emotions and intentions is
What is the right thing to do? Ellie Wiesel believes people should do the right thing, but more importantly these should choose a side. Indifference is worse than anger, rage, and hatred as Ellie said, “Anger can at times be creative. One writes a great poem, a great symphony, have done something special for the sake of humanity because one is angry at the injustice that one witnesses”(Elie Wiesel, The Perils of Indifference). With indifference people are only punishing the victim and helping to achieve the goal of the unrighteous. This idea is not only held by Ellie, but also former president Theodore Roosevelt, who stated “In any moment of decision, the best thing people can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing,
My quote is by Margaret Mead, which states the following: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”. I choose this particular quote because, I feel that it is up to everybody to have an impact on how the world can change, in order to be a better place to live. People working together can get a lot accomplish, whereas people not working together cannot accomplish a lot.
If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” –Will Smith.
Relationships play an important role in the quest for the “good life.” According to Robert Waldinger in What Makes a Good Life, “The feeling of loneliness can be toxic” and that those who feel lonely are “more likely to have declining health and memory at an early age.” People who experience these feelings won’t have the healthy and able body that they need in order to reach their “good life.” As Professor Watkins also said in lecture, no one reflects on their experiences in life and says, “Wow! I had a great and lonely life!” Although these people may be happy in specific moments of their life, they won’t be able to emotionally reach their “good life.”
In the story “The Good Earth” by Pearl S Buck, the author uses O-Lan’s marriage as an example to show how women in the early 20th century was treated poorly and were unappreciated by others regardless of how important their role was in the family. From the moment O-Lan was married to Wang Lung until she died, she has served everyone in the family and cared for them without being appreciated. The morning right after getting married to Wang Lung, O-Lan started to do housework like bringing tea to her husband and his father. After bringing tea to the old man O-Lan returned to Wang Lung and said “I took no tea to the Old one-I did as you said-but to you I…” (Ch. 2, pg. 28). O-Lan obeyed her husband’s order without hesitation. In the early 20th century, “women were to be submissive and obedient to men.” (Wikipedia). O-Lan was obedient to Wang Lung and
In today’s world, we have a lot of information, literally that much that we hardly able to digest it, but still we can’t able to improve our life. Why?
In his timeless poem, “The World Is Too Much With Us”, William Wordsworth bemoans the state of the world and how people so ignore creation. Wordsworth was an English poet in the in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His childhood was a traumatic time as he moved from one place to another after the tragic death of his mother. As he grew older, so did his passion for poetry and he soon published in a magazine when he was only seventeen. Despite stains on his character, including a relationship out of marriage, he continues to be revered as one of the greatest poets from that period of history. In this great poem of his, Wordsworth utilizes numerous rich literary devices using a standard poetic form, emphasizes an extremely important theme, and includes beautiful imagery to convey his message clearly.
The above maxim resonates with me. I was born into a middle class family with ordinary educational background. My father was a first genration college student and took up teaching for high school as profession. My mother completed tenth grade and is a housewife. They had to work hard to put my brother and me through college but they imbibed the value of knowledge in us from a young age. I took up engineering as a career due to my innate interest but I was the first in my family to attend a univeristy with diversified community or to choose chemical engineering. So, transition into university was one the hardest things I had to do. I could overcome this and turn things around thanks to the support from faculty, friends and mentors I met later