Belief System Essays


Violence Against Women in Macho Paradox

learn how to dominate the other." (Katz 227) Katz explains that the belief system ingrained in men early on is what perpetuates violence against women as noted by Rodriguez and Wejnert. "In a male-dominated social set-up, more often men are involved in decision and law making, management and administration where the role of women is confined to obey the rules and regulations." (Rodriguez and Wejnert 42) Male dominance and the need for men to show dominance over women creates the tension that inevitably leads for some to violence. When a man rapes a woman, according to Katz, it is not… Continue Reading...

Klemperers Diaries and National Socialism

[10: Ibid., 12.] [11: Ibid., 9.] Despite all of this, Klemperer remained true to his identity and belief system as a Reformed, liberal German. "The Jewish communities today in Germany are all inclined to Zionism," he wrote, "I shall go along with that just as little as I do with National Socialism or with Bolshevism. Liberal and German forever."[footnoteRef:12] By liberal Klemperer meant liberal in the classical sense of an ideology which embraced a concept of citizenship based upon individualism, not upon a particular allegiance to a religion and which also supported economic free choice. He still held true for… Continue Reading...

Japan and Confucianism in Art and Society

When Neo-Confucianism arrived in Japan in the 16th century, it built on the pre-existing ideas of Confucianism that had already been imported into the island centuries earlier (Tsutsui 104). As far back as the 5th century, the Japanese had mixed with Confucian ideas about society and the role of the person in the world. Confucian ideas taught the Japanese about what it means to be a moral person. However, the Japanese also incorporated Buddhist concepts into their culture -- and these focused on the metaphysical side of nature and how to define reality (or unreality). These two systems of thought,… Continue Reading...

How Confucianism Impacted China

had not developed over the years (Parker 200). Of course, not everyone in China embraced this Western belief system and some of the practices of the Chinese in making ritualistic offerings to the emperor struck some in the Christian Church as being a form of idolatry. In China, Confucianism taught that one of its core tenets was the importance of rites -- as Confucius himself learned and taught (it was one of the Six Arts). This was a very old custom and deeply ingrained practice among the Chinese and was part of their culture of showing respect to authority figures… Continue Reading...

Comparing Different Cultural Views on Aging

how one should treat others. Views towards aging are based in this belief system. In my culture, which is Western, aging is viewed almost as an evil in the sense that it is something that is regrettable and we are sad that we even have to deal with it. Our culture really values and promotes Youth -- and even older people try to dress like they are still young and get surgeries to make themselves look young even though they are obviously aging. As they get old, many of them end up in homes where professionals are paid to… Continue Reading...

Using Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Emotional Intelligence and the Role it Plays in Project Portfolio Management One of the most important and essential qualities of leadership needed in today's multigenerational business world is Emotional Intelligence (EI). EI is a "people smart" type of intelligence -- it enables an individual to read a person and provide the right kind of emotional feedback and/or responses to that person's needs. Leaders who demonstrate strong emotional intelligence are able to improve project performance because they focus on the individuals within a team rather than simply or exclusively on goals and procedures (Cacamis & Asmar, 2014). EI allows one to… Continue Reading...

Taming the Measurement Monster

pointed out by de Lancer Julnes (2008), organizational culture plays a vital role in shaping the belief system within the health care organization. Therefore, through this model, the healthcare organization can change its culture so as to have its performance-based management system attain full potential. Part of the aspect of applying the model for performance measurement is to consider the internal politics of the organization. Therefore, it will be necessary for the managers within the healthcare organization to comprehend the manner in which such political practices and procedures have an impact on the organizational change within its environs (de… Continue Reading...

Immortal Life: the Body and Science

live forever, I feel like they are disregarding these belief systems, especially the Christian belief system which holds that the body will join the soul in the resurrection and indeed live forever. So perhaps there is a lack of faith on the part of scientists that they feel they must make the body live forever without respect to the God Who created it. Of course, if the scientists do not share in that specific belief system it is not likely that they would feel compelled to accept its doctrines on faith, mortality, sin, immortality, etc. So I can understand… Continue Reading...

Why Transcultural Nursing Theory Is Applicable

not apply to another patient of a different culture, background or belief system. A nurse trained transcultural nursing will have a developed sense of these differences and will be aware of indicators and of questions to ask that will prompt the appropriate responses in patients regarding cultural preferences in a way that does not come across as offensive. The article is applicable to all types of nursing practice, especially in the providing of treatments. Interventions can be based on a number of assumptions, but those assumptions can be misleading if a patient's own culture does not share them. For… Continue Reading...

Christian World View Ethical Dilemmas Of Pornography

about social issues, there may be no straightforward answer to the dilemma. It mainly depends on one’s belief system: for instance, while Christianity prohibits sexual sin, atheism does not. All in all, in spite of diversity in belief systems, it is imperative to consider the possible negative consequences a deed could have on the society.   Continue Reading...

Other Cultures Xenophobia and Understanding

The world is more interconnected now than ever before, both with technological tools and also with population migrations that are occurring on an unprecedented scale. People who grow up in pluralistic, heterogeneous societies like the United States, India, or Canada take cultural diversity for granted. However, many people around the world live in homogenous societies with little contact with other cultures other than through what they read about or see in media. Plurality in a diverse society does not, however, automatically lead to social harmony or understanding. In fact, the United States continues to struggle with racist elements in its… Continue Reading...

An Explanation Of the Definition Of Science

Science is a “way of knowing,” meaning that it is one way of ascertaining the truth about the world. Although it is not the only way of knowing, it is the most reliable way of knowing the physical universe because it is based on systematic, rigorous methods of testing, experimentation, and calculated observations. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists (2017), science yields “unbiased and verifiable information to make important decisions,” (p. 1). The scientific method is used to acquire and analyze information. Using the scientific method, it is possible to test hypotheses again and again, to come up with… Continue Reading...

Trade from the End Of the Axial Age to 1500 C.e.

a new understanding (new names) and passed on to new people. The Jewish people maintained their own belief system during this era and though they experienced captivity in Egypt as well as exile during the rule of Babylonian times, they were given their freedom by Cyrus, who allowed them to rebuild their sacred temple, which they held until it was destroyed by the Roman emperor around the year 80 CE. The Jews were then dispersed and the Jewish diaspora contributed to the spread of Jewish beliefs across the globe. Prior to that, however, the Christian religion had formed and taken… Continue Reading...

The Tourism Industry in Mexico

the matter is that the idea of Manifest Destiny has always been part of the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) belief system in America, and that belief system has allowed a racist and ethnic and culturally-biased view of Mexicans to dictate policy. The WASP belief system perpetuates the stereotype that Mexicans are slavish and as Mexico’s leaders do not dissuade that identity and attempt to instill internal order in the country, the stereotype persists. In other words, the tourism industry does not make Mexico strong; it makes Mexico weak. In the chapter “The Beach and Beyond,” it is seen that… Continue Reading...

Universal Religions and the History Of the World

Universal religions have grandiose political and social schemes. Unlike smaller-scale spiritual faiths, universal religions are those that seek to expand their locus of power and control over larger areas, such as through proselytizing or linking with political rulers. Universal religions also extended deeper into more areas of individual, family and community lives. For example, universal religions propagated specific social norms, morals, and ethics, and became one of the fundamental means of establishing laws. Universal religions also became linked with culture and ethnicity, providing a means by which people forged collective and individual identities. Yet unlike ancient religions, universal religions did… Continue Reading...

Secular Humanism

Son of Man. Certainly, an element of faith is an essential ingredient in any belief system, but the faith that secular humanists place in the ability of mere people to adequately cope with the exigencies of the human condition is not only misplaced, it is spurious and uninformed from the outset. Indeed, as the Savior made clear during his first coming, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,”[footnoteRef:20] and secular humanists are missing out on the salvation and redemption that could make their lives complete and everlasting.… Continue Reading...

Personal Self Assessment and Self Awareness

Professional Presence Different Models of Health and Healing Models of health and healing influence patient attitudes and lifestyle, and also impact health seeking and healthcare behaviors. Often, the concept of healing a patient has will come from cultural or religious beliefs However, healthcare workers also operate within their own models of health and healing, which could conflict with those of their patients. When nurses become more aware of the different models, they can better communicate with patients about healthcare issues. Physical Body: The Mechanistic View The rise of empiricism and the triumphs of modern science gave rise to the view… Continue Reading...

Mindfulness Health, Healing, and Self Awareness

Professional Presence Different Models of Health and Healing Models of health and healing influence patient attitudes and lifestyle, and also impact health seeking and healthcare behaviors. Often, the concept of healing a patient has will come from cultural or religious beliefs However, healthcare workers also operate within their own models of health and healing, which could conflict with those of their patients. When nurses become more aware of the different models, they can better communicate with patients about healthcare issues. Physical Body: The Mechanistic View The rise of empiricism and the triumphs of modern science gave rise to the view… Continue Reading...

Effective Communication Letter Of Advice

Introduction Relationships are all about communication: something you have probably heard before. But did you know that social science research backs up this claim, and can also provide you with the practical tools you need to minimize conflict and maximize harmony in your relationship? For example, research shows which barriers to communication might arise, why, and how you can overcome them. Research also shows that your self-concept and self-image have a strong bearing on how you comport yourself in your intimate relationships. Using appropriate levels of self-disclosure and emotional intelligence, you can improve your self-esteem and improve your relationship with… Continue Reading...

Spirituality Mind Body Spirit and Transpersonal Psychology

I believe that meditation aligns itself with a Christian worldview and my personal belief system too. I also believe that meditative movement, whether walking in the woods or doing yoga, has a profound impact on the body, mind, and spirit. These are all practical activities, which are not inherently “spiritual” and thus neutral in terms of their not requiring any ideology or belief system. Meditation is about mindfulness, getting in touch with emotions, sensations, and thoughts honestly. Knowing oneself through insight meditation or mindfulness meditation, one comes closer to wholeness and healing. Movement meditations also liberate the body from… Continue Reading...

Mel Gibson

Biographical Background Born Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson in January of 1956, Mel Gibson is one of the most controversial but well-known actors and filmmakers in America. When Gibson was a teenager, his parents moved the family—including Mel and his ten siblings—to Australia, ostensibly to prevent their children from being drafted into the Vietnam War (“Mel Gibson Biography”). Mel Gibson completed his high school and university education in the Sydney area, where he also became involved in theater. His forays into acting eventually earned him a role in Mad Max, his first major acting role. The first Mad Max movie came… Continue Reading...

Physician Assisted Suicide Arguments Both Sides

Assignment 1: Is physician-assisted suicide morally acceptable when a person is suffering from a painful, incurable, terminal condition?  Premise 1: Physician-assisted suicide is not morally acceptable under any circumstances. According to the American Medical Association (2018), “permitting physicians to engage in assisted suicide would ultimately cause more harm than good,” (p. 1). The reasoning behind the AMA’s position is threefold. First, the AMA (2018) claims that physician-assisted suicide is “incompatible with the physician’s role as healer,” (p. 1). Second, the AMA points out that there are too many ways the process can be abused. As alternatives to physician-assisted suicide, the… Continue Reading...

The Role Media Plays in Relation to Gender Stereotypes

Introduction By being born a man or a woman signals to bearing certain clear sexual characteristics. Socialization takes individuals through a path that inculcates certain norms and codes of conduct depending on whether one is born a male or a female. In other words, the rules that one adopts and follows are guided by whether they are biologically male or female. Therefore, one’s communication, expression and behavior is shaped by the preexisting cultural and social norms including non-verbal language. Consequently, people’s behavior may differ because they are shaped by cultural and social norms from varying socio-ethnic and cultural setups. All… Continue Reading...

Cultural Identity Essay

be a result of a range of factors one is exposed to in conjunction with one’s belief system regarding culture. It is crucial to emphasize that a degree of choice does exist within cultural identity. There are numerous cases of people rejecting the cultural identity of their families or of their surrounding environments and that is an acceptable right of the individual to use at their discretion. For example, some people born to Catholic families in predominantly Catholic neighborhoods find themselves rejecting the teachings of the Catholic Church as they find those teachings in opposition to certain rights they’d… Continue Reading...

Film the Help Review

The Help: Film Review and Discussion The film The Help (2011), which was adapted for the screen and directed by Tate Taylor from the novel by Kathryn Stockett attempts to tackle heavy complex subject matter from a questionable perspective. The film is set in the 1960s in Jackson Mississippi, two details that make the film as loaded and complex as it can possibly be. The 1960s were the Civil Rights era in America, and Jackson Mississippi was a dangerous place. It was home to the confederacy and was a place where hundreds of innocent blacks had been lynched, among many… Continue Reading...

Organizational Leadership Styles and Approaches

Organizational Leadership Part 1 It is important to note, from the onset, that organizational culture can be a rather difficult concept to comprehend for most. This is more so the case given that it has got to do with the interactions between individuals in an organizational setting and how these interactions and behaviors are governed by the prevailing beliefs, values, as well as shared assumptions. In an attempt to help in the evaluation as well as assessment of the relevant organizational culture elements, Edgan Schein came up with a model that we could utilize to assess organizational leadership effectiveness. According… Continue Reading...

Syncretism in Art and Public Art in Tucson

a reflection of mainly, the beliefs of the Yoruba people of the currently Nigeria. The belief system of the Yoruba and other West African communities is founded on a number of deities known as orishas. However, in Santeria, these spiritual figures have been syncretized with Catholic saints (Olmos & Paravisini-Gebert, 33-4). One of the examples is Chango, the male god of thunder, lightning, and fire who is identified with St. Barbara. Even though Chango is a male orisha, syncretism is brought in because of the similarities between St. Barbara as well as the Yoruba traditions involving Chango. Description of… Continue Reading...

The Meaning Of Peace and How to Be Peaceful

1. The organization Ceeds of Peace exemplifies a teambuilding, collaborative approach that highlights the importance of building bridges and working together. Peace is certainly something that does start within, from adopting a peaceful attitude that involves giving others the benefit of the doubt, keeping an open mind, and having compassion. However, inner peace is only meaningful insofar as it leads to behavioral change. Peace ultimately requires taking action in the world. The issues in my life that can be addressed more peacefully include mainly those that involve interpersonal conflict. When my emotions get involved, or when my ego is bruised,… Continue Reading...

Ethical Communication and Social Media

Ethical Communication and Social Media: Discussion and Implications “Almost a quarter of the world’s population is now on Facebook. In the USA nearly 80% of all internet users are on this platform. Because social networks feed off interactions among people, they become more powerful as they grow” (Gaitho, 2018). Social media has created a manifestation of a branch of society that human civilization has never had to deal with before. Due to the fact that society is experiencing and using social media as people attempt to scrutinize its impacts, it can be harder to pinpoint all the numerous ways that social media… Continue Reading...

Hannah Hoch

Introduction Hannah Hoch was an artist most known for her work in between the wars—the Weimar period, in which the Dada Movement came to the fore to challenge the sensibilities and pretensions of the early 20th century. Dada was as much a protest against the bourgeois as it was a slap in the face of the rising Fascist Movement. Hitler despised the Dadaists and the Dadaists despised him. Hoch counted herself as one among the Dadaists during the Weimar period—a period in which art and life came into intense conflict, while the universal stage was being set for the final… Continue Reading...

Understanding the Christian Faith

while ignoring their application in his life but is rather conforming his life to his belief system, that is, to the doctrines of the Church, in so far as he has developed his trust in or relationship with God. The behavioral aspect is what is alluded to in 1 John 3:18: “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” The cognitive precedes the relational which precedes the behavioral, and yet all three flow into and out of one another so that they are mutually reinforcing. This paper will show how to… Continue Reading...

Community Psychology Diversity and Social Action Research

An Ecological Approach Community psychology uses an ecological or systems approach, recognizing that individuals are inseparable from their social networks and communities. According to Dalton, Elias & Wandersman (2012), community psychology also works with seven core values. Those values include individual and family wellness, a sense of community, respect for human diversity, social justice, empowerment and citizen participation, collaboration and community struggle, and empirical grounding. Thus, community psychology can be viewed as an interface between traditional individualistic psychology, sociology, and social work. Community psychology has been called a “common sense” approach given its broad focus on the ecological connections between… Continue Reading...

Social Psychology

Social psychology is the study of human behavior in social situations, showing how social pressures and sociological variables can impact psychological phenomenon such as identity, motivation, personality, or behavior. A quintessential topic in the field of social psychology is bullying. Bullying can be studied from a public health perspective, showing how the external variables such as how a school is designed and the leadership and organizational culture of the school affects risk factors implicated in bullying behaviors or victimization patterns. Alternatively, bullying can be examined from a purely psychological perspective to reveal the factors implicated in aggressive physical or verbal… Continue Reading...

Cult Of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity

to proved that the rise of the cult of the saints was wholly organic the Christian belief system. [14: Ibid 84.] [15: Ibid 85.] I personally feel that Brown pursues his argument very well: he has precise command and control of the topic and writes with careful attention to detail, highlighting the most significant aspects of the topic and underscoring the arguments that should be considered to see why his argument holds water. He does not embellish facts or use an emotional appeal to make his case: everything is presented straight-forward and reasonably well. He emphasizes how the idea… Continue Reading...

Do We Need Globalization

Global Communication With the rise of globalization over the past century and the advancements made by communications technology, it is only natural that global communication should become a topic of concern: with so many people of so many cultures and languages coming together, connecting in the virtual space and even working together on virtual teams (Klitmøller, Schneider & Jonsen, 2015), the impact of so much interconnectedness among diverse populations was bound to become an issue. As Masoom, Abdula and Islam (2016) point out, the problem extends beyond the mere agency of language; it goes on to include the issue of… Continue Reading...

Personal Social Status and Culture

It is usually a reflection of an individual’s upbringing; which is made up of culture, lifestyle and belief system the person is exposed to. Others are gender, history, education, residency location, and disability (“Social Categories”). It is common for one's culture to be predominantly dominated by society's general customs; that, however, does not negate the existence of the personal views of life. In large societies where diverse cultures exist, it is common to see some cultures dominate others. These cultural diversities can be seen in almost everywhere with a large population made up of different subgroups. While these subgroups… Continue Reading...