Describe travel or living experiences in other countries? I have had the good fortune to travel to many countries around the world. I have gone to India, Russia, Australia, all around Europe twice, Indonesia, china, Japan, South Africa, and many more amazing countries. Because of my travel experiences I have been able to learn and speak six languages fluently, and adapt to many different living experiences. I have roamed the jungles of India, and slept with the animals in Africa. I have swum with the sharks in Australia, and was eaten by a hungry lizard in Indonesia. I have met with the tribes and mountain people of Nepal, and froze in the land called Russia. I have sweated half my body in Saudi Arabia, and have gone surfing on one of Japan's famous tsunamis. I have skied on the Alps, and snowboarded down New Zealand, but the one memory that will always be embedded in my mind is the HIV ward in Calcutta, India. "Hum ab yahaan se chalet hein" meaning "we will go to the HIV ward now" spoken by a tiny Sikh woman dressed in a crisp white nurses uniform, complete with a little hat perched on top of her overly styled white hair, I looked down at the nurse, somewhat shocked. I did not know or expect to be permitted into this gruesome reality. When I first entered the room I glanced at the peeling white walls, mold formations prospering in the damp corners, and than I saw thing, but not the people. I saw high metal beds, IV drops, and a rasping respirator impacting me from every angle. During this brief visit I walked over to a young woman, she was perhaps no older than myself, but her face was startlingly pale, contrasted against the dark skin of her arms....
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What is the meaning of life? Life's meaning does not need to be invented or deduced or conjectured anew in each age. It can be experienced if we begin to follow the bread crumbs dropped by those who have traveled the road before us. Countless spiritual pilgrims have felt the longings we all feel, have encountered the obstacles we encounter have devoted themselves to the truth we wish to do. It is a great reassurance to pick up their writings or teachings and begin adapting them to the particulars of our own lives. We all live in an age when the ordinary seems extraordinary: to take time to watch the sun rise, to enjoy a peaceful cup of ice-blended whilst listening to music, to eat breakfast or dinner with all the members of our family together at one time and to actually enjoy each others company. Such simple, human moments are romanticized in commercials for their nostalgia value because they have become so rare today. And we also live in an age when the extraordinary seems ordinary: a relentless pace that would bring Alexander the Great to his knees; a level of materialism and creature comforts that would exceed Cleopatra's wildest dreams; a degree of self-absorption that would make Narcissus blush. Tens of millions of us who can't keep up, or who become understandably confused or depressed, are prescribed powerful drugs to help us fall back into place. This is not just extraordinary; I think it is rather incredible. In our era, even ancient spiritual practices may be used not so much for touching the sacred but for reducing stress so that we can keep up the truly soul-destructive, frenetic level of activity. Americans for example, turn to disciplines like meditation or yoga more often through the advice of their doctors than through...
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Philosophy has existed since the beginning of time and it has since then begun to open our minds to new and different perspectives. Whether you find the answer to the meaning of life, and you have truly, thoughtfully, and adequately answered it, what exactly is the achievement? Will your life appear to be more complete now that you have satisfied your burning desire to understand your reason for existence? What if more complex questions were to arise that you could not answer? If that holds true (and in many cases it does), to continue this process of intellectual thinking, we must first be open-minded mold ourselves into critical thinkers and willing to accept the changes that philosophical thinking can bring. Living in a multicultural world, with many diverse and unique people, religions, and philosophies, the means for achieving the ultimate answer to life is compelled to have a variety of solutions such salvation, peace of mind, and perhaps even education. Although the previously mentioned aspects of life are known to bring much joy and happiness, the mystery of the pursuit to find one's purpose seemingly overshadows all. Personal experience leads me to believe that people need to know that they have a purpose for living on this earth. Self-worth is a strong feeling; a feeling so strong, in fact, that it, many times, becomes a guiding force in individuals to find some type of value in their living. In a society based on curiosity and enlightenment, it appears only natural for such an inquisitive attitude to bring life to life itself. After careful reflection and consideration, I am obliged to believe that the meaning of life is to pursue the answer to the question "what is of the meaning of life." 3 The meaning of life is quite a complex and philosophical...
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The Meaning of Life - A Religios and Non-Religious Veiw The meaning of life has many different connotations depending what your beliefs are. There are two main views on the meaning of life, a religious view, and a non-religious view. Even within these two groups there are many subtle differences. In this response Christianity will be compared to Materialism. Christians believe we are created in the image of God and that we have a responsibility to care for people and our environment. However a materialistic person believes that relationships are not important in themselves so long as you have a good time. The environment is viewed as a vast resource to be used and abused if necessary. Preservation and conservation would not be perceived as an important issue. Christians try to live their life following Jesus' example they promote love justice and truth. Materialists would accept that the means justify the end, and that winning is more important than justice. Love is seen as a physical reality. It is the aim of Christians to become more like God and to reach their full potential, which includes spiritual development. Spirituality is strongly rejected by Materialists, and they view a successful life as having succeeded financially and becoming a winner. Finally God is seen as the main way to achieve human happiness and fulfilment by Christians. Materialists also wish to achieve happiness but often do so expense of others. They reject the need for a God, as their God is pleasure, profit and success. Greenhalgh, John. Life's Meaning. Internet WWW page at URL: http://users.bigpond.com/john.greenhalgh/Meaning_in_Life.HTM (version current at 24 February 2003) New Studies in Religion. Edited by Terence Lovat and John McGrath. Katoomba, NSW: Social Science Press, 2000...
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It's 10 minutes to 9 and the night is dark and cold. Completely unaware of the surroundings, fear and anxiety possess within. Grasping for air, the weather continues to drop. Heart's Racing - this is it; this is how it ends. The national homicide rate in 2004 was 5.5 per 100,000. Philadelphia's homicide rate in 2004 was 22.2 per 100,000. (Philadelphia Inquirer.) Twenty-two percent of the city's population died within the past year. For every 10 seconds another person on this planet is laid to rest. Death occurs so often, that retaliation and accidents become one in definition. Ernest Becker said, "The idea of death, the fear of it, haunts the human animal like nothing else; it is a mainspring of human activity - designed largely to avoid the fatality of death, to overcome it by denying in some way that it is the final destiny of man." It's amazing; in the midst of death is when someone truly determines the value and the importance of the life they luckily still possess. Every time someone questions what they did within the duration of their life, two things will happen; you either will see them bow their head in shame, filled with regret because they feel that they have failed in not only their own expectations, but also the expectations of others. Or, you will see them raise their head in dignified satisfaction because to them, they've accomplished their goal and are ready for life's next challenge. But no matter who you are, where you're from, or what you've experienced, each and every person possesses a goal, an ambition or a purpose that must be pursued. Even so, before successfully fulfilling one's objective in life, despite what happens, within each person three characteristics will always become evident; one will always experience fear, success,...
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Changing the Gears of Life There are many instances in life in which the feeling of new beginning is sensed. Learning and discovering how to do new and exciting things can change a person and their outlook on life forever. In the case of which that is my own, I not only learned a life changing skill, but also bonded in a new found relationship. The skilled acquired here, wasn't anything rare, and yet held the strongest of significance in the smallest way. Since adolescence, I had a strange interest for automobiles and their functionality. Furthermore, it's only natural to want to drive a car along with that interest. With a house full of drivers and watching them operate cars from day to day, was amazement. It almost became a passion to learn. As the years were coming close to fill the gap in which I would be able to legally drive a car, the anticipation grew as well. The pages began to flip as my brain began to absorb all the techniques, rules and regulations that any driver needs to know in order to operate a vehicle. Finally on a chilly autumn afternoon, the time came to pour my brains out on the written exam. Nervously, the exam was completed in about two to three minutes. As nervous eyes locked a dead stare at the grader's pen a feeling of happiness began to strike and from a distance a two-thumbs up was the final verdict. On the completion of the first stage, the grueling process of acquiring the actual skill of getting on the road was still ahead. This is the point in which the best of drivers would become frightened. My father was very hesitant at first. He saw that it would be very difficult and also quite dangerous as well....
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There is a series of interesting paintings called "The Voyage of Life" by Thomas Cole at Munson Williams Proctor Institute. These paintings contain a great deal of symbolism and, in my opinion, are a perfect example of the communication theory of semiotics. Semiotics is best described as "anything that can stand for something else" (A First Look at Communication Theory by Em Griffin, page 355). In other words, an object or image can be one thing, but it can also stand for something else. For example, a picture of a light bulb over a person's head might mean that the person has an idea. The first painting in the series is titled "Childhood". It is a bright painting featuring abundant new plant growth. New plants can symbolize new life. The scene is calm and there is no danger. It looks like a peaceful way to enter a new life. In the painting there is a child in a boat with an angel behind him. The boat is coming out of a cave and this cave can symbolize a mother's birth canal from which the child emerges. The boat has angel faces carved in the side of it, and these angels stay with the person and stay with him throughout his life. The boat also has an angel carved in the front, which faces forward. This angel is holding a sand timer, which has all of the sand on top. This symbolizes that it is the beginning of this persons' life. The light towards the right side of the painting shows that the child is coming out of the darkness and into the light of a new life. The source of that light is obviously from the sun, which can symbolize Heaven. Although death will not come for many years, the child's final...
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This book is an affecting tale of guilt-haunted man and woman who learned to accept the inevitable presence of death in life. They deal with issues of death and ways to keep on living. Life After Death tells about the journey of a woman who most work through her husband's death to find out who he really was, who she really is, and whether she can reclaim her own life. Boyd Schaeffer was an obstetrician in New York who stopped practicing when a woman, a mother of three, she was performing a late abortion on died. Although it wasn't her fault, Boyd had abandoned her career. She moved to Minnesota to marry Russell Schaeffer and they had a lovely daughter, Freddy. Forty-two-year-old Russell Schaeffer seemed to have everything: money, looks, and charm... But in Boyd's eyes, he was insensitive, unreliable and a liar. "I don't want to listen to you anymore. Do me a favor, Russell. Die." Boyd said one night during a fight with her husband since she suspects him of getting drunk and briefly losing their daughter, Freddy, at the park. And the next day, Russell died of an apparent heart attack while playing tennis. Boyd thought it was all her fault. Then Boyd met Will when she came to make the arrangements for the funeral of her husband. Will Youngren, also known as "Dr. Death", ran an undertaking business. Will gave up his dream of becoming an architect to run his family's St. Paul mortuary. He's 40, unmarried and can cope with most deaths except those of babies and young children. Boyd found out that Will is haunted by a past death of his fraternal twin sister. When he was 14, Will's twin sister Signe's sled careened into a tree and she died. Will still feels responsible for not...
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It seemed as if sixteen years of my life had simply passed me by. All I was able to see was the pain and suffering that I endured due to others. I was chained down, heavily burdened by the sheer contempt I held for the doctrine of humanity. All was in disarray, my life was like an ever enduring Armageddon. As my junior year came to a close, all of this changed. Sometimes I find it hard to believe how one person can completely change your life. She is, without a doubt, an angel. She is a celestial being sent down from above to reveal to me the bright side of life. Together, we knelt down together and scooped up the shards of my shattered dreams and gingerly put them back together. We walk hand in hand wherever we go, maintaining the bond of love that holds our hopes and dreams together. My life used to be the definition of pain. From an early age, I had been abused. My parents were never really fond of each other. They were just two dumb teenagers who made a mistake...this mistake was me. For the past thirteen or fourteen years of my life I have been told that I was a mistake. I was told that the marital strife that my parents were frequently partaking in was a repercussion of my birth. Imagine being four or five years old and being told that you were never meant to be. How can somebody so young be guilty of so much? Later in life, in my early teenage years, I witnessed the death of a baby brother, an aunt and uncle who were extremely close to me, and the death of my cousin Dustin who, to this day, is a large portion of my dreams. I...
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How does othello's state of mind emerge through his language? Compare his use of language to other parts of the play.English
The play in question, "Othello", initially presented us with a highly respected and judicious protagonist, namely Othello. Despite the fact that he is of a different race and colour than that of his Venetian counterparts, he has managed to rise up the hierarchical ladder and secured for himself the position of a general. The main plot of the play revolves around his gradual belief of unfaithfulness on Desdemona's part, surreptitiously fed to him by his supposedly loyal ensign, Iago. Othello's ever mounting paranoia and suspicion adds an element of suspense as the play labours on towards its bloody conclusion, with Shakespeare effectively illustrating the dilemma Othello is going through by utilizing devices such as directing (such as Othello's epileptic fit), language and metaphors. In this essay, I will be focusing on how Othello's language and perhaps any other linguistic devices used by him to further emphasize his underlying thoughts that present themselves during the unfolding of the play. Unlike his nemesis in the play, Othello's speech, although eloquent and "laced with silver", is consistently unambiguous and lucid in its meaning, containing no ulterior implications about his behaviour. The focus of his language will mainly be extricated from Act 4 Scene 2, with comparisons taken from other parts of the play to reinforce the points highlighted throughout the essay and to reveal the significant differences Othello's language has undertaken due to the psychological torment imposed upon him by Iago. The scene opens with Othello questioning Emilia for possible suspicious occasions that occurred between Desdemona and Cassio, which would allow him to remove all traces of doubt from his mind and at least give him the peace of mind to believe that he is indeed justified in his thoughts and his imminent actions. He launches question after question at her in his attempt to break...
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