This dark reality leaves the reader with a motivation to make the most of life as we encounter it. Herrick, with his avid fascination of ancient philosophies, developed an appreciation of life and wrote to motivate readers to live life to its fullest. No matter what we achieve in life, no matter how great we become, we are all destined to die. In the end, what we achieved matters little; the quality of life should not be measured in the successes but rather in the moments that we
I feel like money is often mistaken with happiness so people worry less about what makes them happy than what makes them money. I can’t bring myself to do this so I am here to prepare myself for my future career and not my future job. I’m not going to say that my education means everything to me but it is very important. It is the one thing I need to achieve the things that I have planned for myself. It is the difference between having a career and having a job.
But now that we have shopping malls and so many choices, people go to the mall and there are so many choices that people do not purchase what they really want because they never have an opportunity to see it. I believe that the more choices we are faced with then the harder it is to make a decision and eventually we just go with a gut feeling or a previous choice we have had before. There is an emphasis on the relationship between well-being and choice throughout this book. It seems to show its face in every chapter and in every example. According the Barry Schwartz most people will avoid choices unless they absolutely have to.
So for me, Sociological imagination is a process of understanding and analysing the social problems and changing it for the benefit of a country. The societies that have lacked sociological imagination have experienced lagging behind what we think of as modern cultures. Industrialization, freedom, and equality are all things that the individuals in these societies lack or are just beginning to obtain. Those societies that have enough sociological imagination like in The United States of America, they are experiencing equal men and women rights, no slavery, and religious freedom. This is because they are embracing the sociological imagination and they have found the root of their problems.
“But dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of” is a word of wisdom from Poor Richard to procrastinators (Ben Franklin). Some people say that time is relevant and this is true in a more scientific view of the universe, but in human life, time is essential. I, like many others, have a bad habit to procrastinate. This only gives temporary enjoyment before beginning to stress over getting things done that have piled up. Procrastinators spend more time stressing over things that are due than those who get their work done before hand and can enjoy any extra time stress free.
Masses according to Adorno are perceived by the culture industry as objects for calculation. The consumer is certain that media is adapted to his needs while in fact the culture industry produces this sentiment in order to strengthen its influence. "the voice of the master" – the rulers of the culture industry – transmits humiliating content to the public that all have to do with the ruling ideology, with little critical resistance by the masses. According to Adorno in "Culture Industry Reconsidered" the culture industry's interest is to preserve its affinity to the narrowing cycle of capital as its source of living. For Adorno, media's influence, its lack of objectivity and monopoly should not be taken lightly.
It’s very difficult to cultivate compassion when we are constantly distracted by work, bills, school, etc. We go around cursing people out if they cut us off on the road, we get mad if the person at the restaurant messes up our take-out dinner, or we get frustrated when we have to wait too long in line. Those are just some examples of non-compassionate thoughts and actions. Now, imagine if we would practice compassion instead. We would be able to transcend our daily actions and thoughts towards others and understand that all we are seeking is happiness in one way or another.
Work Hard, Live Happily: modern world's view on work In the modern world, an increasing number of people approach the word "work" with more psychological pursuits instead of moneytary needs. In the article, "Why Do We Work?.... ", Brian Dumaine and Ann Sample clearly show the transition of people's mindsets toward the purposes of work -- from material needs to psychological pursuits. In another article "Work/Life Balance: You can't get there from here", Paula J. Caproni introduces her failure in pursuing the work/life balance which is greatly promoted by organizational scholars, and she eventually turns to set living a fulfilling life as her life goal. Although the two articles discuss different topics -- purposes' of work and work/life balance -- the articles are similar in that they show a change in people's attitude towards work.
“If I were to wish anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for passionate sense of potential—for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.” (Kierkegaard) Danish philosopher Soren Keirkegaard reflects on the issues surrounding unlimited wealth and its tendency to bore and disappoint. He implies how the determination and progress to one’s dream is far more rewarding then the dream itself. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald reflects the essence of this statement. F. Scott Fitzgerald uses various characters to portray how social society’s obsession with class dilutes the foundations of humanity, because the high society essentially has nothing to work towards.
Tian Kou Kou 1 Professor Puma Christopher E110 24 October 2012 Towards to Two Classic Literature Articles When we are talking about dreams, they are usually something we do not have or something we love to do all the time. Nowadays most people’s dream is money or something very realistic, there is nothing wrong because we want a better life. So the material world is becoming more and more plentiful, and it makes people’s spiritual world more and more lacking. When we look at the person who has a dream not about materials, they often has experience something really impressive. And one of the most impressive things would be the miserable memories.