Nature versus nurture—hereditary factors versus the way in which someone is raised—is a long-held debate within the field of psychology. In John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, Lee, a Chinese servant in America, a western society, hails from a lineage which instills the values of their ancestral land throughout his childhood, influencing the way he responds to various situations and relates to other individuals. Although a skilled social interpreter, Lee chooses to defy against societal stigmas of choppy English and a stereotypical Chinese hairstyle, while continuing to practice and recognize the values of his ancestors. Through his comprehensive dedication to cultural studies, Lee encounters a group of Chinese philosophers whom he seeks assistance from in order to solve a task that troubles him: how to define the word timshel. After several years of solitary investigation and two additional years with expert guidance, timshel receives a concise meaning, and Lee begins to share this optimistic and omnipresent principle with those who yearn his advice.
He graduated from Sanford University and lived in China for a time aiding in humanitarian efforts during the Boxer Rebellion. He was eventually appointed as the head of the Food Administration by President Wilson. He served in other influential roles before being selected as the Republican nominee in 1928. He was elected the 31st President of the United States. “His election seemed to ensure prosperity.
Ancient China, just like the rest of the world, was shaped by people. Everyone from the lowest class to the highest nobles played an important part, but some had an especially significant role in changing history’s path. One of these people was a man named Kong Qui, or, as he’s better known in the Western world, Confucius. He was born in 551 B.C. in the Lu state of China.
Paul is a kind-hearted 19-year-old soldier, but his time in the war forces him to disconnect from his feelings as acknowledging them would release too much pain. Like Ged, Paul coped with Kemmerich’s death, along with the death of anyone who was important to him, by accepting it and moving on. When Paul is telling Kemmerich’s mother about her son’s death, he thinks, “Why doesn’t she stop worrying? Kemmerich will stay dead whether she knows about it or not.” (Remarque, 181) Paul cared about Kemmerich, but he has accepted his death and has already stopped worrying about it. Like Ged’s parents, Kemmerich’s mom coped with her son’s death by being told that they died bravely and did not suffer.
Lao Tzu, also spelled Laozi, was a philosopher in China in the sixth century BCE. He is very influential in the East also has some influence in Western culture. Little is known about his life and history, but his writings that have survived the trials of time are insightful and provide humanity with extensive knowledge of his personal beliefs and intuitions. His writings have become so influential in Asia that an entire religion has been based off of them -- Taoism. Lao Tzu was born in Henan, China in 601 BCE.
But in Donald’s case it was the total opposite. He went to the hospital with his mind already made up to die, which goes against what the doctors have being taught to do, and the principle of beneficence. The doctors decided to reject his autonomy because they knew he had an immense possibility of having a happy live and not just simply acting in a paternalistic way. In the end the doctors decisions was the right choice, when Donald stated, “I am enjoying life now, and I’m glad to be alive” (Munson6). Which proves that the doctors knew what they were doing, even though his autonomy might have being rejected; at the end it turned out to be a greater benefit to Donald because he was able to live again as a normal man.
Davis’ opinion of what the goal of life is to die. The end of Mr. Matlock’s epigraph basically says if we don’t live for ourselves we have nothing to look forward to but death. Davis Matlock makes a good point, but if people solely life for themselves not preparing for the next generation or helping others s/he is pretty selfish. A health balance needs to exist between helping oneself and helping others in order to live a fulfilling life. Davis reached his goal in life of death obviously because he wouldn’t have an epigraphy if he didn’t die, but I’m not too sure if he ever got to “live it out like a god” as he wished.
Imperial China was a superpower in the ancient world. China was governed by dynasties who gained power through warfare and maintained its superpower status through diplomacy. In China, governmental power was given to the emperor, who was thought to be chosen by the heavens, they were the top of the power hierarchy. Additionally, the emperor passed down power through their family. The chain of rulers from the same family came to be known as a dynasty and the history of imperial China is organized as so.
Because of this assault Melibee takes the law in his own hands, instead of waiting of the leaders to make a decision, and seeks council from his close friends, not God. His wife, Prudence, is displeased by his willingness to take vengeance on his enemies. She, instead of joining him, met with his enemies, but not in secret, she first asked her husband to not listen to the counsel from those who pretend to be his friends or spoke one way in public and another in private, but to pray to God. After much debating between the two, he agreed to let her speak with his enemies. When Prudence learned that they were scared of their punishment she sympathised with them.
From the text, one can understand that morality and religion were closely linked; therefore, I will treat the moral and religious aspect of suicide as one. In Hamlet´s days, suicide was considered a sin by the church, and people who died due to this would not receive a proper Christian burial. In Hamlet, Ophelia is only buried at a graveyard due to her status and her family´s close ties with the royal family. The priest still refused to treat her death as anything but a suicide, and this only emphasises the role Christianity played in society. Faith and righteousness were two things one could not live without, and the religious norms were to be followed.