Pericles’ Funeral Oration It is a practice, tradition or custom for the leader of the Athenians to give a speech to the people of Athenians, at the funeral of their people that lost their lives at war. These speeches are done because it is part of their law that was done by his predecessors for those who have fallen in battle. It is used to show respect and honor to those who had fallen and to the families who may not have a father or husband anymore. The funerals as they say are at cost to the public. It is a custom from their ancestors to have the funerals done in a certain manner.
I love and honor my country. I feel a serve of duty to this country that has been my home since birth. As I turn the pages of our country’s history, those who have spoken out and fought against those who have threatened our country’s security and ideals inspire me. Our forefathers had dreams of a nation with liberty and justice for all. They gave all they had, every ounce of strength, to make that dream a reality.
The traditional view being it is best to live a long life and accept ones triumphs and defeats as they come; however, this was not always believed and so Mr. Housman is not conveying a new concept of death but evoking an ancient belief concerning the glory of a champion. In many early civilizations human sacrifice was a common practice in religion. It was considered the highest honor to be able to completely sacrifice one’s self to one’s gods. In order to be able to properly venerate the deities served one would have to be someone of importance in order to be sacrificed. It was not enough that one put down their life if one’s life was worthless.
Gilgamesh was proud and dictated his subjects because of his supremacy while Sunjata remained humble despite his abilities and achievements. Gilgamesh’s godly powers made him unstable and as a consequence he suffered from immoderation. Sunjata’s humility is witnessed during the burial of Sogolon. The king was against Sunjata’s idea of honoring his burial. Despite Sunjata’s position as a hero before the Mande people, he humbled himself and used other ways to convince the king and he succeeded in the end.
This approach on dying gave reassurance to family members and friends that the deceased had achieved eternal life. The notion of peacefully reaching afterlife was vital to Americans at the time. It would relieve the grieving process for the family members and friends. During the Civil War this cultural notion of a ‘Good Death’ presented an immediate absence in households all over the nation when it was no longer available. The Civil War quickly diminished these traditions of a ‘Good Death’.
Antigone was right in his actions for several reasons. Although the state disallowed Antigone’s body to be buried, he did so regardless because he could not stand the fact of his brothers’ body being untouched. Despite the consequences, he buried his brother in a brave manner and placed his brother in the afterlife which was far more important than leaving him in the open world. The afterlife was important because it was an opportunity to please their Greek gods which has always been their lifelong passion. Everything they have done has been dedicated towards pleasing their gods through prayer and religious sacrifice.
It is made clear in his few opening chapters that George W. Bush is a Christian and leads a life with integrity beyond reproach and a high code of morals brought on by the Bible. For example, in a highly controversial decision, President Bush cut all governmental funding for stem-cell research because he believed that God is the designer of life, and humans should never try to duplicate or pervert God’s natural design. He is also quoted in saying that all his decisions were guided with this Christian moral conduct. As one reads Decision Points, it is hard to not find the traces and evidence of faith written in every important decision he made. As any Christian would agree, guidance through faith in God is a must in all aspects of leadership and should never be ignored, especially for presidency.
It’s not a losing of your spirit or soul. He believes that dying is giving back to nature for all the killing he has done. In the poem "Funeral Oration" the Naudessie tribe believes in death a similar way like the Puritans. They believe in the "Great Country of Souls" and the "Great Country of Spirits". The souls go to one of these Great countries after death.
Christianity is something passed down to us from our Anglo ancestors that we accept purely because it’s what we were all taught to believe. If we had grown up in Iran, Allah may have been our God of choice. Christianity has a bloody past in which people have blindly followed it to despicable
The singleness and agreement of God was greatly emphasized by the Jews and Muslims. However, Christians’ pronouncement of the singleness of God is most of the times misunderstood, for the reason that Christians believe in the Holy Trinity which doesn’t show defiance of monotheism but a declaration of the involvedness of the Divine Being. These three religions consider God as the beginning and cause of everything we see around us. They also believe that God is a caring God that is concern to all human beings. God is morally correct and has given us commandments that will help all of us live in a life that is according to his likeness.