Human Life Essays


Abortion Pros and Cons Essay

Abstract Abortion refers to the termination of the pregnancy and most members of society tend to feel strongly and often myopically about their opinions of abortion. This paper will examine the complex and multi-faceted history that the United States has had with abortion as well as the pros and cons of this procedure. This essay will take a long look at the reasons that motivate those who support abortion and those who do not. It is hoped that this deep analysis will not only strengthen one’s ability to think critically, but allow compassion and common understanding to thrive in society. Continue Reading...

Research Approaches in Maritime Security

of ways simply to protect the port facilities together with ships, and probably the human life (Klein, 2011). Since the establishment of the ISPS Code much has changed within the maritime security (Mcnicholas, 2008). Such changes, although not directly linked to the introduction of the code, are because of the implementation of the code in various sections of the world. Security is a needed subject in all corners of the world, not only on the mainland but also within shores and deep into the sea. Thus, as the threats linked to human and facility life keeps increasing, there has… Continue Reading...

Use Of Self Images in Baroque Art

a book. The painting features a snuffed candle, a skull, and an hourglass, symbols signifying human life's temporariness.[footnoteRef:17] [17: Ibid] Rosa emphasizes a melancholic regard of death, evidenced in his attire and circumstantial evidence, indicating the darkest year of Rosa's life, when he was forced to part from his mistress, Lucrezia, and son, Rosalvo. Fearing Church persecution as they lived in sin, Rosa sent the two to Naples, where they resided with the artist's family. However, the 1656 plague that ravaged the city claimed the lives of Rosalvo and Giuseppe (Rosa's brother), somewhere in July or August of that… Continue Reading...

Aristotle’s Philosophy

nature is required to discover the end or aim of human life, through examination of highest abilities of human beings. A human being is a social and political being by nature and cannot live in isolation, as is evident through their ability to speak and converse with others and also by their natural craving for friendship, "since man is born for citizenship" (33). Thus, man needs these associations for a good life and good action to achieve happiness, as a "happy man lives well and does well" (34). Therefore, in Aristotle's opinion, human beings should try to achieve goods… Continue Reading...

Enhancing Ship and Port Security Globally

to protect the port facilities together with ships, and probably the human life (Klein, 2011). Since the establishment of the ISPS Code much has changed within the maritime security (Mcnicholas, 2008). Such changes, although not directly linked to the introduction of the code, are because of the implementation of the code in various sections of the world. Security is a needed subject in all corners of the world, not only on the mainland but also within shores and deep into the sea. Thus, as the threats linked to human and facility life keeps increasing, there has always been a… Continue Reading...

Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

according to Soren, is meant by leading a wholly human life? The widely-accepted founder of existentialism believes existence primarily represents a thing that needs to be molded. Those who wish to be unique should make themselves so. Such self-realization can't be avoided, just as one simply can't avoid oneself. In fact, in Soren's opinion, 'self-realization' and 'self' is one and the same thing (Obinyan, 2014), for the self will not be able to be itself until it creates itself. Thus, since one needs to form oneself, our existence is clearly a task. To Soren, human existence is hence a… Continue Reading...

How Stem Cells Can Help Spinal Cords

have protested the use of stem cells taken from human embryos, which raised ethical concerns about human life. Other concerns were raised when cells were taken from aborted fetuses, etc. Now, however, these controversies are less of a concern because scientists have learned to make adult stem cells act like embryonic cells. Moreover, embryonic cells when injected can cause tumors because they begin producing cells in every direction, essentially. Moreover, there is risk that the immune system will reject them. Adult stem cells are more likely to be accepted by the immune system when they are taken from the… Continue Reading...

Struggle Between Gods and Demons

provide meaning and context for the ongoing struggle that characterizes human life. The myths offer structure to human struggle, and also show the methods by which gods and demons make their decisions and the ethical reasoning that underlies all divinen behaviors. Enmity offers literary tension as well; for there would be no Mahabharata or any other epic without conflict. Hindu mythology describes a universe that is complex; far too complex to be resolved with simplistic endings to divine conflicts. The canon of Hindu literature testifies to the struggle between light and darkness in human nature. Works Cited Doniger, Wendy.… Continue Reading...

The Things They Carried by Tim O’brien

in which O'Brien and his fellow brothers-in-arms in Vietnam lived and the little regard for human life are the most evident themes in the story. A Working Class War The book's title is in agreement with one of the major theories that O'Brien postulates. The soldiers in the book carry a lot of stuff. Guns, ammunition, food, water, survival gear, personal gear including comics, sweets and letters from loved ones left behind at home, make up the physical load carried by the soldiers. However, they are more burdened by the emotional and psychological load of visions, goals, past nightmares… Continue Reading...

Culture and Organization

conduct work, their approach to solving problems, and so on. Culture affects literally every aspect of human life. This means that the nature of social interaction in an organisation would most likely reflect the underlying culture preference. In an individualistic culture, for instance, relationships revolving around non-work issues may not be prevalent as individuals would tend to be more focused on work as opposed to social relationships. On the contrary, social relationships in a collectivist culture may be more widespread as individuals tend to value group cohesion. Therefore, culture may affect the value attached to social interactions at the… Continue Reading...

Drone Strikes and Politics in Movies

drone warfare from the levels of senior leadership, is the fact that human life is quantifiable. When Colonel Powell, for example, estimates the statistical probabilities of civilians -- in some cases specific civilians like the little girl -- dying in the strike, they are doing so for rational and arguably good reasons. The audience, and those critical of drone warfare, will find Powell's assessments dehumanizing. There are no easy answers. On the one hand, drone warfare is dehumanizing, placing a gulf of psychological distance between the parties who use surveillance and then kill, and the parties who are being… Continue Reading...

Ramayana Mahabharata Divine Incarnation

almost exclusively on the political and social domains of human life. Those domains are best preserved and consecrated through patriarchal marriage and community life. In fact, Vishnu incarnates as a human, Lord Rama, rather than as a divine being, in order to underscore the human psychological and social dimensions of the moral lessons being taught in the epic narrative. Chastity and monogamous commitment in a heterosexual marriage are established as premier social norms. Sita is the avatar of Lakshmi, Vishnu's cosmic counterpart. As above, so below, as the husband and wife team incarnate as a couple together to deliver… Continue Reading...

Communicating Effectively for New Couples

and Barriers to Effective Interpersonal Communications Communication represents an inescapable aspect of human life. One can't just "not communicate" -- this phrase has been typically employed for illustrating the fact of constant inevitable human communication. Even when you aren't verbally expressing your views, feelings, etc., your body language, clothes, and facial expressions are visible to you partner, who will derive meanings from them (Braithwaite & Schrodt, 2014). Further, communication is an irreversible process, which means you cannot retract any offensive or hurtful words you said at a later time. All you can do is feel remorse and say sorry, but… Continue Reading...

Pacific Island and Aboriginal Art 1980

and other physical features distinguished sacred spaces, where spiritual energy could congregate away from the profane elements of human life. Men in positions of power could become divine conduits, but female artists also become conduits for mana during the creation of art in the Pacific. Dance rituals required the use of a plethora of artistic elements including body panting, which was temporary and distinct from tattoo, which often ascribed the person's genealogical lineage. Headdresses and other clothing ornaments also designated the person's status, and provided essential mana during ritualized periods of time. Similarly, items used for war would become… Continue Reading...

How Confucianism Impacted China

really a religion at all but rather a philosophical outlook. Confucianism also taught the value of human life over that of material things: this represented the principle of the sacredness of life, which could also be seen in the rule that Confucius taught (similar to the Golden Rule): Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself (Hongladaroom 173). The main idea here was that fairness and even-handedness was a virtue that should guide all one's dealings. The Chinese were very responsive to this because for them it was a strong philosophical tenet that made logical… Continue Reading...

Platos Myth Of the Cave and Technology Today

internet is the computer. Today, the computer is the centre of human life. Virtually everything is dependent on a computerised process -- from telecommunication and banking to customer service, air traffic control, airport management, health care, transport, military, manufacturing, agriculture, and so forth. Even everyday household appliances are controlled by computerised applications and processes, such as microwaves, dishwashers, laundry machines, television sets, and home theatres. Computers certainly have made our lives easier. Every day processes are now automated, reducing the time, effort, and cost needed to accomplish those tasks. But have computers blinded us from the underlying dangers? Nicholas… Continue Reading...

How Hong Kong Responds to Fitness Clubs

set the tone and visual goal for individuals seeking to model the presentations of human life and beauty put forward by the advertising agencies (Cederstrom, Spicer, 2015; Tavel, 2013; Kasson, 2001). Without these agencies showing Westerners how they could and should look in order to best embody their Western ideals, the fitness industry would have found no receptive audience when it came to the market to offer its products (clothing, gear) and services (club use, sports). As Tavel (2013) indicates, advertising plays a fundamental role in shaping the way people of a culture view both themselves and the ideals/goals… Continue Reading...

Incompatibility Between Islam and Human Rights

right to life. Quran states that the first basic human right is to respect human life. The Holy Quran states: "Whosoever kills a human being without (any reason like) man slaughter, or corruption on earth, it is as though he had killed all mankind. .." (Quran 5:32). In this case, no human being has the right to take the life of other human beings. Despite the Quranic teaching, the world has witnessed the issue where human life is taken in the Islamic countries without a respect the Quranic teaching. In Iraq, conversion from Islam to other religions carries a… Continue Reading...

Global Warming in 21st Century

we human beings are somewhat determined to make this planet unfit for human life in the future. There is no doubt that we, the present generation, have an obligation to preserve the planet for our future generations. We must do whatever it takes to ensure the planet is inhabitable in the future -- we must stop clearing forests, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and be more environment-conscious. Achieving environmental sustainability, however, comes at a cost. For us to shift to more sustainable energy sources and more environment-friendly infrastructural designs, as well as reduce our vulnerability to storms and other… Continue Reading...

The Human Condition and Its Diversity

geared towards demonstrating how machine have not only influenced human life but also become an integral part of the growth and development of humans across the globe.  An example of such an art is the Human Condition of 1960 that was created by Rudolf Hoflehner, an Austrian artist who lived between 1916 and 1995 (Campus Art par, 1).  The artwork was an expression of the Hoflehner’s concern regarding the burdened relationship between the social and industrial worlds affecting human life.  Secondly, visual artists express or exploit the various aspects of the human condition through the use of divine symbolism… Continue Reading...

Immortal Life: the Body and Science

regenerate and take part in "endogenous healing" (Tippett, 2010) have advanced the way we think about human life on this planet. As Krista Tippett, Host of On Being, describes in her interview with Dr. Taylor, "a new and dramatic discovery about the human body" is now in our midst, though that discovery has been "politicized" in a way that throws a moral question over the research (Tippett, 2010). Dr. Taylor explains that a lot of fear in the public about the use of stem cells comes from the fact that most people think of aborted fetuses when they hear… Continue Reading...

Ideals Of Utilitarianism

science, and human perception and innovativeness attaches its consequences on the nature of the utilitarian approach to human life. Science looks for truth that must be exposed. Every action brings about a particular ending. The endings are diversified based on the action taken. Thus, the consequences of every action are founded in its ending. They speak much about its course or the process of the action itself. Rationality seems to have a grounded theory that proclaims the best for all. This means the actions at bay have to be considerate of the results. Perfection comes with the achievement of… Continue Reading...

Apa Code Of Conduct and Watsons Little Albert Experiment

today's American Psychological Association would not permit such chances to be taken with a human life. Indeed, both legislation and an ethical code of conduct exist to prevent such possibilities from occurring. As Vollmann and Winau (1996) note, the study lacked "informed consent" -- a permission that the subject must give to the researcher before experimentation can be conducted (i.e., the subject must be informed about what he or she is to be tested on). In this case, the subject had no sense of the test. The APA Code of Conduct is clear about the necessity of obtaining informed… Continue Reading...

Legalizing Sale Of Organs

there is the concern that treating body parts like a commodity is less than optimal or good and human life would itself become more of a commodity than it already is. Conclusion Perhaps the most maddening part of this discussion is that there is no singular and clean solution that addresses all concerns, both ethical and legal. Keeping sales illegal may seem like the best course but the amount of deaths is going to remain high. At the same time, sales of organs would help a lot more people but would likely create or aggravate problems. There are viable… Continue Reading...

Licensure and Discipline Of Nurses

fulfill their duties to the consumers. How does it affect nursing practice? Nursing is a field that is attached to human life, also including the lives of animals. Everything that is done in this field has a perspective towards a promotion of human health, safety, and sustenance. Having such a body as a free world would be a mistake to the people. Nursing licensure enables the nursing body to act as a unit and with objectivity. It makes the nursing body act universally as a single unit, being inclusive and with one objective. Nurses are brought to one field where their… Continue Reading...

Fundamentalism and Evolution at the Scopes Trial

and ultimately neither one really settled the matter of the origins of human life, for it is a question that goes on today -- that is asked even now (Ben Stein even produced a recent documentary film about this very same subject -- the teaching of evolution versus Creationism in schools). The fact is that on the side of Creationism and Evolution is a kind of faith or trust or assent of the intellect that must be made. Some make that assent -- and others do not. One can certainly be a religious agnostic as much as a scientific… Continue Reading...

Impact Of the Rise and Spread Of Christianity

accepted as being a result of Christian teachings. It apparently resulted from the novel emphasis Christianity placed on valuing human life. Constantine, in the year 325 CE, issued a law forbidding gladiatorial fights during peacetime. While the government continually attempted at regulating this sport and decreasing its dimensions, this was supposedly the earliest move to abolish it. Eusebius suggests that this decision of Constantine was perhaps influenced by Christ's teachings[footnoteRef:10]. However, one ought to bear in mind the fact that the initial fathers didn't criticize only gladiatorial fights, specifically, but public shows and theatrical performances, generally. In their opinion,… Continue Reading...

Artificial Intelligence and Futurism Transhumanism

have proved itself to be fitter than human beings ever were, exhibiting all the best qualities of human life such as the ability to think creatively and critically and avoiding the tendency to view every problem in terms of a combat for limited resources or an opportunity for exploitation. The notion that AI will potentially take over the world and that human beings will be forced to cede their power to AI is a largely baseless concern primarily because human beings are highly intelligent animals and artificially intelligent life is simply that -- intelligence that is potentially disembodied and… Continue Reading...

Eucharist and Different Models Of Sacrifice

the community sharing the Word with each other. Moreover, the Eucharist represents "the message of human life redeemed and transformed by the power of God working through the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ," (Cook, 1994, p. 96). Consuming the ritual sacrament allows the believer to internalize Christ in a potent way. As a mystical ritual, the Eucharist can be interpreted and understood from multiple perspectives. The elements of Eucharistic Communing that Cooke (1994) identifies includes the gathering together of people with the express purpose of worshipping Christ, listening to scripture to hear and understand the Word of… Continue Reading...

Ethical and Legal Considerations Intellectual Property and Product Safety

the product. It can be interpreted; therefore, that all the company cared about was making profits, not safety or human life. Consequently, PharmaCARE should be held answerable for its recklessness. On the other hand, the drugs can be subjected to more tests and investigation to establish their impact on consumers. Since the company cannot be trusted in this regard, such investigation should be bestowed on an independent entity; with close supervision by relevant government authorities. Specification of both the Major Arguments that John Can Make to Claim that he is a Whistleblower and the type of protections that he… Continue Reading...

Cast Away: a Film Of Great Humanity

who lives through the plane crash, ultimately washing ashore on an island, vacant of all human life. The bulk of the film chronicles Noland’s adventures and discoveries as he navigates life alone on the island, coming to grips with both spiritual and physical discoveries (Zemeckis & Zemeckis, 2000). Noland’s initial attempts to sail away and find help are futile, so he reconciles himself to learning how to survive on the island, via building fires, fishing, and even removing a rotten tooth with an ice skate among other survival tasks (Zemeckis & Zemeckis, 2000). Motivations of the Character One thing… Continue Reading...

Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel

iconic: it represents the moment that generated it all: the moment of human life springing into existence. [6: Benson Saler, “Supernatural as a Western category.” Ethos 5, no. 1 (1977): 38.] In conclusion, the Creation of Adam sits at the center of the nine panels that run the length of the Sistine Chapel ceiling—each depicting an episode from the book of Genesis describing the steps from man’s creation to his fall to the promise of a redeemer. The ceiling is designed to be a catechism in pictures—and that is what makes it so significant in history. It is one of the… Continue Reading...

Oral History Of the Russian People

history and communicate the actual reality: it is not always ordered or even sensible, but rarely is human life. People have the capacity for reason, as Suny demonstrates, but they also have the capacity for emotion and a respect for those things which lie beyond the art of scholars and academics to encounter and adequately define. Bibliography Alexievich, Svetlana. Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets. NY: Random House, 2007. Alexievich, Svetlana. The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. NY: Random House, 2017. Suny, Ronald. The Soviet Experiment. UK: Oxford University Press,… Continue Reading...

Abortion and Ethics

with the fertilization of the egg. Cells begin dividing and growing rapidly: a new human life is developing. Women’s rights advocates attempt to get around the fact that a new human life is developing by referring to the child at his stage as a fetus and compartmentalizing its development into stages: in the early stages, it is just a fetus and not yet a child, and therefore terminating the pregnancy in the early stages is acceptable from a moral point of view because of is not terminating a human life but rather a process of development that, if left… Continue Reading...

Mongols History

of their unruly lifestyle they had no regard for human life and for this reason they would easily kill and destroy their subjects. To make their mission even more successful they needed no food supplies because they had with them abundant supplies of Sheep, horses, cows and other quadrupeds. They would eat nothing else apart from flesh from these animals. The horses they rode on never ate burley but relied on roots. They would dig for roots. Any time they arrived anywhere they were never in need of any external supplies. This made them independent and ready for their… Continue Reading...

Capitalism Industrial Revolution and Social Change

perceived as “inexorable and cruel tyrants,” rather than as inevitable and necessary constraints on human life (Burke, n.d., p. 137). Centralization of wealth and power in church and kingdom had prevailed for centuries. Colonization of the New World opened up free enterprise in ways that liberalized markets and stripped power from the old institutions. Furthermore, Enlightenment philosophies inspired ordinary citizens to divert their allegiances from church and monarch towards free enterprise. Rousseau (n.d.) declared, “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains,” a cry to revolution (p. 181). Rousseau also called into question how political systems and… Continue Reading...

Ancient Roman Civilization and the Gladiator Games

could afford to spend lavishly on the games, waste human life and destroy the beasts of other regions; fourth was the message of opposition—the idea that not all believe in or accepted the brutality of the games, which was the motivation for the slave rebellion and the “Spartacus War” against the Roman state. All of these purposes reveal at heart a conflicted Rome: a Rome riddled with contrary impulses, whether manifested by Cicero objecting to the politicians’ use of game tickets as bribes, or manifested by the bloodlust of the priests and powerful and plebes who clamored for more… Continue Reading...