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...

Death and Meaning Of Life in Tuesdays with Morrie

.....deathbed, Morrie reflects on his life, and relays several messages about the meaning or purpose of life. Ironically, one of the main messages of the story is that life does not necessarily have a greater or cosmic meaning. Meaning is found in what is immediately before us, in the day-to-day existence and especially in relationships with others. life's meaning is found in accepting life for what it is rather than wishing it could be something else. The meaning of life can therefore be best understood by… Continue Reading...

Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Emily Dickenson

not the end of anything, but the beginning of eternal life. The poet addresses death directly, presenting death as a character without going so far as to anthropomorphize death. Death is a "he," but he also appears as more a disembodied spirit or abstraction than a person. Nevertheless, the speaker is on intimate terms with death, who is presented as a kind companion or counterpart to life. Death is contrasted with life, with the latter being fleeting and the former being eternal. Whereas life is hurried and harried, death is calm and slow. Death represents eternity, whereas life remains… Continue Reading...

The Eucharist and the Laity

and Blood and that whoever ate would have eternal life (Pitre). Since that time, Catholics have celebrated the Mass around this act. Priests are permitted to perform this ritual once per day except on special holy days and in matters of necessity when they must say Mass in multiple places (missionaries for example may say many masses on a Sunday). But Catholics are only obliged to partake of this meal once per year, during the Easter time. Those who are encouraged to participate in this meal are the priest and those Catholics who are in the state of grace… Continue Reading...

Dual Enrolment Implications for Community College Leadership

students for the realities of college education and socialises them into the norms, attitudes, behaviours, and expectations of college life, in addition to reducing the time and cost of college education. However, challenges such as difficulties in credit transfer, little or no confidence in dual credit courses on the part of colleges and faculty members, lack of a strong policy framework, and ensuring equitable participation abound. These are concerns that college administrators must handle if dual enrolment is to be more successful. It is particularly important for the leaders of community colleges to adjust structures, processes, and practices at… Continue Reading...

Eucharist and Different Models Of Sacrifice

level 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… Continue Reading...

Reviewing the Sexual Assault Policy

is able to recover and continue with their college life, there is need to have a change in policy to ensure that the perpetrator and the victim have separate classes, and facilities. There should be no contact between the two parties for as long as the case is ongoing. This would allow the victim to feel more secure and not have to face their perpetrator. The victim would also be better placed to continue with their studies, and their academic performance would not be affected. The college could also have a study break for the victims to enable them… Continue Reading...

Christian Worldview

three-year-old child believes that the world revolves around them. Equally, a secular humanist’s life is driven by the belief that only the material world exists. In essence, everyone has a worldview – whether conscious or unconscious. For Christians, the Bible is the ultimate influencer of their worldview. Christians believe that the sole reason for human existence is to serve God. This means that every action, decision, and emotion is driven by the desire to serve God. That is the fundamental attribute of a worldview – it influences every aspect of an individual’s life. It affects how an individual interprets… Continue Reading...

Compare and Contrast Childhood and Adulthood

with each person exhibiting a different personality, attitude, and outlook on life. Environmental factors including wealth and social status, culture and ethnicity also play a role in how the child develops a self-concept and interacts with others. By the time children become adults, they are much different beings than they were even a decade ago. Adults change too, but not nearly as dramatically as the transitions between childhood and adulthood. The main differences between childhood and adulthood are biological, psychological, and social. Biologically speaking, children are growing. Their bodies are resilient, especially when compared with adults. If an adult… Continue Reading...

Religion and the Bible Sermon Development

are better than the goats. It is because Heaven and eternal life are only available to those who belong to Christ. Only those who have given their hearts, their souls, their lives over to the will of God are capable of being raised up, carried by God into the Kingdom of Heaven. We learn this throughout scripture. The Kingdom of Heaven is unlike any earthly domain. It is not a Kingdom ruled through force, or through wealth, or through any of the other trappings of political power we are used to here on Earth. Rather, God rules in Heaven.… Continue Reading...

Death Anxiety and Fear

is the end of one’s identity or it is a doorway to another life” (Neimeyer, 2015, p. 125). Those that view it as the end of existence, tend to live in the present moment. Whereas those that believe in reincarnation and karma, try to be careful in how they live their lives to prepare for the next one. I would ask my relative what they think happens when one dies. If my aunt for example believed in reincarnation, I would attempt to alleviate her death anxiety by saying that this is just one step in many and will only… Continue Reading...

Preaching the Bible to a Modern Audience

New Testament offers some confirmation of the principles outlined in Ezekiel, but with some important differences embodied in the life of Christ. Matthew echoes Ezekiel with the imagery of the shepherd separating the flock into sheep and goats, symbolizing believers and nonbelievers. “All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats,” (Matthew 25:32). However, the stakes seem higher in Matthew’s model. Justice means either eternal punishment versus eternal life. Of course, eternal life can only be located through faith in Christ. Both the… Continue Reading...

Anthropological Observations at a Salad Bar

that salad bars, as conceived of in Whole Foods, are uniquely suited for modern life. They allow for quick dining between activities. People can even take part of the meal to go to eat for later. Salad bars allow everyone to choose exactly what they want to eat, in the proportions they desire. There is no fighting and no need to compromise. There is also no need to wait to be served, as people serve themselves. The food is relatively expensive at Whole Foods but the quality is good and because of the variety, people who can afford it… Continue Reading...

Mental Health Problems Experienced by College Students

students. Based on the article, when students begin their life in college, several of them come to experience anxieties, face a difficult time to adjust to life in college, and possibly plunge into austere depression or self-destructive feelings and points of view. Owing to this issue, the Chancellor of UCLA, Gene Block, proclaimed that the college is offering charitable mental health screenings to all students entering the school including transfer students and the freshmen students. In acknowledgement of the stress that income students face as they begin their college life, UCLA purposes to screen for depression to aid in… Continue Reading...

Growth Vs Fixed Mindset

unique perspectives and beliefs they use to get them through life and life’s obstacles. Some have a fixed mindset, while others have a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is when someone believes they have fixed traits, things like talent or intelligence. For them, there is no need to develop, but rather, document. A growth mindset on the other hand helps someone generate productivity and motivation in the areas of sports, education, and business. It is the growth mindset that allows people to innovate and develop their skills and traits to reach their potential. Not everyone is suitable to a… Continue Reading...

Abortion and Ethics

Abortion is an important topic in society because it deals with the matter of life and death. It also deals with the matter of personal rights. Does a woman have the right to terminate a pregnancy? Or does abortion contradict ethics and moral standards that govern society and human beings? The conflict at the heart of the abortion argument is one of rights vs. ethics. On the one hand, those who support for abortion rights say that a woman has the right to choose. On the other hand, those who do not support abortion rights,… Continue Reading...

Sledge Hockey in Canada

athletes participating in the sport over the past several years. As Sport for life (2017) points out, “physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” When it comes to sledge hockey at the local, provincial and national levels in Canada, it is one of the most popular sports for disabled athletes as it allows them to participate in a game that is essentially very similar to the national pastime (ice hockey). There are youth leagues, associations, and paths to training so that youths with disabilities… Continue Reading...

Life Of Arthur Koestler

Perhaps the most apt descriptor of the life and times of Arthur Koestler is the term extraordinary. Koestler would author scores of works of literature, including one relatively early on in his career which enable him to remain financially secure for the rest of his life (Menand). He was also a Jewish person who lived through both World Wars and endured firsthand persecution during the Spanish Civil War--an event which helped presage the Second World War. A man of both political and religious conviction, Koestler remained active on both… Continue Reading...

Biblical Worldview

a biblical worldview and a Christian philosophy of education means that the instructor views life, life’s purpose, and all of history from the standpoint of the Christian religion. For such an instructor, the Incarnation is the most important moment in all of history, because it is the moment in which God became Man and the beginning of the redemption of mankind was initiated. The biblical worldview incorporates into such a teacher’s perspective the Old Testament conception of human nature: the fall of man, through the first sin; the loss of the kingdom of Heaven; the consequence of sin being… Continue Reading...

Biological Diversity Of Today

their importance to humans. Firstly, bumblebees play an instrumental role in the pollination process, which enables flowers and plant life to continually thrive year after years. Bees help to carry this pollen and help it germinate. They are responsible for the production of honey, which is used for both medicinal purposes as well as for culinary uses. Aesthetically, bumblebees are not very aerodynamic. However, they are still able to fly. This fact helped man in some of his attempts to develop craft that could fly. How to slow the loss of biodiversity To slow biodiversity I can firstly become… Continue Reading...

Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink the Power Of Thinking Without Thinking

the lessons of the book and to apply them to his or her life. In today’s information-saturated age, it is indeed important to remember that more information does not always result in better-quality decisions. But simply going with an emotional response to an event can also lead to bad decisions, as seen in both the election of Warren Harding or snap, stereotyped judgements (like the assumption someone is a “dumb jock” because he plays football). While Gladwell makes a persuasive case about the risks of focusing too much on factual information, such as the fixation upon taste versus brand… Continue Reading...

The Bible Zetterholm and Pauls Teachings

Jewish teachings. It is possible to reconcile Paul’s teachings with both Judaism and modern life. For one, God did intend for mercy and grace to be embedded into the bond of the covenant. Second, no amount of mundane effort can replace the spiritual mechanisms of divine grace and mercy. Furthermore, faith requires the effort of selflessness and willingness. Our culture sometimes conditions us to “do it on our own,” and not develop a relationship of interdependence with our God. We live in a fiercely independent, selfish society and one that eschews anything that exposes our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. As… Continue Reading...

Mongols History

know whom the father was. Perhaps because 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… Continue Reading...

Physician Assisted Suicide and Ethics

if the patient requests medical assistance in terminating his or her own life? Introduction In the U.S., the Supreme Court ruled in Washington v. Glucksberg (1997) that physician-assisted suicide is not protected by the Constitution. However, in other parts of the world, physician-assisted suicide is accepted socially and legally; and in the U.S., a patient who is terminally ill may engage in assisted-dying procedures, which are legal in six states and are legally differentiated from suicide (Buiting, Dieden et al., 2009). If one sets aside the legalistic parameters differentiating physician-assisted dying from physician-assisted suicide, can one say that the… Continue Reading...

Exegesis Of Psalm 1

entire book. It brings forth a general and basic approach to the life if human beings and presents life in a parallel manner. The parallelism is seen in the promise of blessings for the righteous and the suffering of the evil or unrighteous. This is the subject matter that runs across the entire book of Psalm. Literary context of the chapter In the context of this exegesis, the focus will be on the subject matter of the chapter, the message it puts forth and the relevance of the same to the life of readers of the Bible and those… Continue Reading...

Women Coming Of Age in the 50s and 60s

others that did not want to be constrained or pigeonholed into that way of life. The emergence of the Shirelles and the other female acts that followed in their footsteps was just an eventuality that came to pass. It was an eventuality that was inevitable some level. It was just a matter of when, how and who (Douglas). Conclusion The first chapter of the Douglas text sets the tone for the rest of the book. What was considered verboten and illicit in 1957, the year pointed to in the first chapter, is mind-numbingly tame compared to what passes for… Continue Reading...

Super Highway 8 Descriptive

worthwhile this journey is by creating an idea of a life free of this addiction and dependence, and the newness that can be created by such a path. For addicts, this image can evoke a notion of rebirth and renewal: the freshness of spring shown in the photo, the reliable and clear well-worn path of the picture. In a comparable fashion, this photo is also the main image of the website, Tria Health Behavioral Services, a company which helps people better improve and better understand behavioral health issues. This is a private health provider company that offers help when… Continue Reading...

Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics and Virtue Ethics

believed that it is most important to be a good person, and to live a good life, than it is to ascribe to some external moral code. Two virtues that are important to living a flourishing or successful life, in Aristotle’s sense, include magnanimity and temperance (“Traditional Theories of Ethics,” n.d.). Magnanimity is best understood as understated confidence, evident in behaviors like good sportsmanship whether one wins or loses. Temperance is moderation in all areas of life: not going to any extreme. In fact, Sandel (2004) addresses both of these virtues in “The Case Against Perfection.” Sandel (2004) talks… Continue Reading...

Religion Bible and Paul and Story Of a Rabbi

1. Confirmation ceremonies come at a critical time in the individual’s life, representing the beginning of the transition from childhood to the responsibilities of adulthood. While in some ways childhood seems more “free” than adulthood because maturity brings with it responsibility to others, in fact, most teenagers will feel an increasing sense of independence and personal freedom as they get older. Therefore, it is important to convey a strong Christian message about what freedom means, the different types of freedom, and the pitfalls of too much (or the wrong kind of) freedom. Galatians 5:1, 13-18 encapsulates the Christian… Continue Reading...

Comparing the Protagonists in Chopin and Steinbeck

chrysanthemum stems seemed too small and easy for her energy," (Steinbeck). Similarly, Louise realizes that she has wasted her life when she sees nature through the window of the room. “She felt it, creeping out of the sky, reaching toward her through the sounds, the scents, the color that filled the air," (Chopin). Nature also symbolizes fantasy and escape for both Elisa and Louise. For example, Elisa is most passionate when she speaks about chrysanthemums, especially with the man. For Louise, nature is literally what inspires her to escape as she confines herself to indoors and can only see… Continue Reading...

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf Analysis

and concepts of mental illness. Protagonist Clarissa, the eponymous Mrs. Dalloway, reflects on the trajectory of her life. Self-reflection is a lens through which she develops a cogent critique of the entire social system in which she lives. Clarissa’s reflections, catalyzed by her observations of men and women in her social circle, comprise a pessimistic point of view. Septimus’s suicide then highlights the fact that there is no way out of the patriarchal structure; there are only ways of coping with its immutable power. In Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf employs Clarissa as a vehicle for critiquing patriarchy and all it… Continue Reading...

I Am Alive Documentary

own survival. Although anthropophagy is deviant, it is just as deviant to give up on life, or to turn down the opportunity to survive when there is a clear and rational solution to the problem of starvation. 2. Conformity and obedience are not overt themes of I Am Alive, but the film does show how conformity and obedience helped the survivors maintain unity and collaborate on their strategies. The type of leadership exhibited in I Am Alive is collaborative. Although Nando Parrado does emerge as the strongest natural leader, he defers to other members of the group for their… Continue Reading...

Katherine Graham and the Washington Post

owed to her commitment to setting the record straight. Early life/Childhood From the very beginning, Graham was different from others. Her father was Jewish—his family from Alsace-Loraine (that oft-fought over stretch of land between France and Germany that was the cause of so many conflicts and wars). Her mother was German Lutheran. Born in 1917, the year the U.S. entered WWI, as Katherine “Kay” Meyer, she was baptized in the Lutheran church and raised as an Episcopalian. Her life was unlike those who made up the majority of American life—Main Street America, as it is called. Her family owned several… Continue Reading...

The Vice Commission and Chicago in 1911

that time. The study identified it as “the whole tendency of modern life” (Vice Commission of Chicago, 1911, p. 271) and argued that this tendency was leading to the development of “considerable eroticism” among men and women (Vice Commission of Chicago, 1911, p. 271). To make matters worse, department store female workers were not getting paid a fair wage: the average for them was between six and seven dollars per week, and the study showed that one could not live in the city for less than eight dollars per week. The conclusion was that girls are tempted to enter… Continue Reading...

8 and a Half Frederico Fellini

and directors like them) liberate themselves from the confining, constricting aspects of daily life. The art the filmmaker produces is completed as a means of psychic discharge and serves a secondary importance as a means of inspiring the audience to do the same: to go on a journey. The goal of the journey is not just to escape life, but also to rediscover purpose of life. Through film, life becomes more meaningful for Guido, as it would have for Fellini. In 8-1/2, the director shifts between reality and fantasy, and likewise between the objective world and the subjective world… Continue Reading...