He means that if the venture needs you to be anyone else but yourself, it will lead to no good. This reveals to me that Thoreau believes strongly in the individual, being yourself, and seeking your own path. This quote is also applicable to modern life because many ventures nowadays require you to conform for some purpose. The second aphorism I remembered is “Our life is frittered away by detail...Simplicity, simplicity.” Thoreau means that our focus and attention to detail now in society and culture do nothing but to waste our lives away needlessly. He believes simplicity is the better choice.
Cracks in Perfection If you were to develop in a world where no concept of love is given, does that mean you cannot necessarily find it anyway? In Brave New World, the characters have no concept of love or any other passion and actually scorn the idea. The goal is to avoid emotional instability. The characters are supposed to find artificial happiness in eternal youth, the comforts of technology, and soma. There are however cracks in the perceived happiness of this seemingly perfect society.
We cannot judge God, nor his actions because he is a non cognitive being. Only God knows the future, and therefore when it is appropriate to intervene. Therefore, through miracles he is not favouring some of his creation over others, but the good of the whole creation itself. Furthermore, our free will stops God from intervening in every situation, because according to Swinburne, if we do not have the capacity to damn ourselves, we are not truly free agents. However this does not necessarily overcome the problem of God favouring his creation because by having the ability to intervene, but not at every moment he can prevent evil from happening to some but not too others.
In “An Essay on Man” Pope delineates the importance of living according to God’s plan, or the Great Chain of Being. Like K’ung Shang-Jen he emphasizes man’s transient life on earth and confirms that humans are unable to judge their outcomes simply because they know that they have lived virtuously. Both authors suggest that human’s should live their lives knowing that their circumstances are unpredictable; even so, it is necessary for humans to appreciate what they have been given rather than long for what they think they should have. K’ung Shang-Jen correlates Hou and the Fragrant Princess’s inability to judge the fate of their relationship with the varying phases of the peach blossom fan. K’ung Shang-Jen introduces the simple, yet thought provoking, fan as a symbol of how the hero and heroine should live their lives.
Delbanco’s interpretation that Thoreau creates world that we both need and fear is basically saying that Thoreau creates the perfect world that we would need to best survive and would strive the best in; however this world is something that we as people are not used to and have never experienced so we would be skeptical and scared when it is presented to us. I definitely agree with Delbanco’s statement about Thoreau’s world. Although it would be nice to love in a world where things were based on a man’s conscience rather than government, and the people played a bigger part in how things were ran; it would be something nobody is used to therefore no one would really know what they were doing and who is to say we can trust everyone’s conscience because there are some people in the world with bad consciences. In my opinion Thoreau’s world would only work in
I disagree with certain idea and issue Rene Descartes argues about in his passage. His beliefs of skepticism at points were valid at times but every human has a right to believe, do anything or create what they want to believe in their mind. To make it feel real is up to the person because we control our emotions which control our mind set to think if we are being trick to having ten fingers or to believe there is no god that created this world we call earth. The scope of knowledge in this reading "Meditations on first philosophy" by Rene Descartes is the truth of doubt. Doubt causes people to believe that you do not know something when you actually do.
Guilt presented as corrosive and ultimately destructive of the human spirit. Proctor’s sense of shame does not permit him to initially demonstrate principle conviction like Rebecca Nurse in the face of a self anointed, morally superior authority. He declares ‘let them that never lied die now and to keep their souls’. (pg 119) Proctor wants to live, and is willing to draw on the fact of his past transgressions in order to justify recanting. He is ready to be swayed by Hale’s compelling argument that ‘life is G-d’s most precious gift, no principle, however glorious, may justify taking it” (pg
Mo-tzu presented a very well thought of argument against music . This can be seen when he stated Although the body knows they are comfortable , the mouth knows they are gratifying , the eyes know they are delightful , and the ears know they are pleasing , yet they are found not to be in accordance with the deeds of the sage-kings of antiquity and not to contribute to the benefits of the people at present (Par .1 , Book VIII , Chapter XXXII In saying this , he implied that music did not have anything to do with the greatness and success of the sage-kings . that it did not fulfill the basic needs , unlike the boats and the carts that were built from the same contribution of the ancient citizens . It slowed production by wasting labor on things
This shows that the society discourages change, which also means no future growth. Unlike in present society where change and growth are considered natural and 'human', Brave New World gets rid of the chance to grow and change as well as the desire, which is an example of humanity being replaced with stability. The hypnopaedia method, which are “words without reason” (p. 28), also acts in dehumanizing societys' people. These words without reason are simply a method to instill the same thoughts throughout any numerous anount of people. Instead of having your own thoughts and own free will do what what you want, you're forced to believe what society wants to believe.
There would be nothing that you could hide or keep from someone. There may be an event in my past that I would want no one to find out about but that would be impossible with the ID cards. To close I just want to say that my privacy mean the world to me and to lose that would basically change everything about who I am and the way I act. Personalities would all be different. People would feel that they have nothing for themselves.