Thousands of years ago, people thought of nothing but understanding the world and making life easier for those living in it. We are capable of reading about the ancient Sumerians, the Greeks, the Mesopotamians, the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Japanese, the French, the Amazons, and other famous contributors to the pool of knowledge of the world. Up to now, we human beings are still trying to decipher the forces and phenomena of nature, writing them in mathematical and scientific equations, and making sure that everything is in logical order. Scientists of the past and of the present have made numerous scientific breakthroughs in all possible fields of knowledge. They have succeeded in making life easier for us. Inventions have been produced left and right, improving the quality of life. We have made improvements in terms of leisure, home preparations, transportation, and other scientific areas. Now the quality of life is improved for all ages: better, with more effects, television shows and movies for children, as well as toys, the playstation for older children, inventions for leisure for adults. Let's not forget However, do you not think that as technology progresses, the quality of being human declines? We lose the central concept of the essence of a human being. We merely exist, going about our regular routines with these inventions of science. In the future, probably scholars will begin to want to go back to the ways of the past, where being human is what is important. In my opinion, we have to reestablish the meaning of life....
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The best example of terrorism in the present day was the attack on the Americans on September 11th when the world trade center was destroyed. It certainly caught the attention of the world and succeeded in its goal. Terrorism is defined as using terror-inspiring methods of governing: is this a productive political strategy? Terrorists usually campaign for their political view to be enforced. By drastic, extreme methods, such as the September 11th attack, terrorists are able to inspire fear and make their views known in effective ways. USA civilians mourned the loss of life on September 11th but they also mourned over their loss of faith in the system that protects them from any attack. This fear was created by terrorism. Action taken by terrorists is made more significant by the inevitable publicity terrorists crave. Gaining the public eye allows terrorists to emphasize the political point they are campaigning about well, which is exactly the desired effect of terrorist attacks. It is evident that terrorism is a successful means of displaying a message because US President George Bush made clear the motive of the suicide bombers on September 11th. He advertised their cause for them. A “war on terrorism” is almost impossible as terrorism is what might be called an abstract concept. Terrorism cannot be demolished through plain hand-to-hand combat, as the USA discovered in the Vietnam War against the communist guerrillas. Terrorism can only be abolished by the causes of terrorism being abolished, making the world a place free of grievances, which is almost impossible to achieve. Certain terrorist movements can be combated by intelligence agencies. However, terrorist operations ensure that their plans will not be known by many people, so it is extremely difficult for the intelligence agencies to find out what they are doing. This method of terrorist organisation is...
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History has shown that developing countries face many obstacles, one of which is disease. Diseases have had devastating effects on civilizations. The Roman Empire, Great Britain, China, and The United States all have had historical plagues that have killed thousands. The diseases that were so devastating to our past civilizations can now be seen in new civilizations, but in other forms. In the world today, nations like the United States and Great Britain have developed to a level where disease can be fought and prevented. Unfortunately, other nations have yet to develop to such a level. Even with treatment from other nations many nations still cannot afford the treatment needed. But, as millions die in South Africa each year, who is socially responsible or more importantly, who is going to pay for it? The South African government appears to be the reason for much of their problems. The South African government has failed at any attempt to stop their epidemic and has resisted their need for help. Since the South African government has neglected its own people outside measures appear to be needed. This has left the social responsibility to the world. The costs and efforts of this battle are tremendous and will take years along with billions of dollars to fight. In order to take on such a battle nations will need to unite and fight as one. Organizations like the United Nations and World Health Organization have already started this battle. With the support from pharmaceutical companies and their nations, the battle can be won. In doing so, the needs of all the groups must be considered. No burden should be left on the shoulders of any single entity. Pharmaceutical companies appear to be willing to cut the costs of their drugs to a rate that is not beneficial for them,...
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Describe your career aspirations and why you have decided to enter Laurier's MBA program at this time.Admission
Describe your career aspirations and why you have decided to enter Laurier's MBA program at this time. Upon graduating from university with a degree in mathematics, I embarked upon a career in consulting. I continued my education by enrolling in the Association of Investment Management of Research’s Chartered Financial Analyst program and successfully passed the first of three exams: Level I. While preparing and studying for this exam, I was concurrently gaining some exposure to the Financial Accounting division within my company, Hewitt Associates, and realized that my strength was in finance. I quickly became passionate about the subject and with much introspection, I realized that my true interests lay in the path of finance and accounting. Having a mathematical background, I have always been engaged with numbers and I believe that finance, coupled with accounting, would be an excellent outlet for my creative abilities. One might ask, “But why would you need an MBA?” My response would be that without the education and specialization that comes with a Laurier MBA-CMA, it would be quite difficult to enter my role of choice: Financial Accountant Analyst at Hewitt, which requires a CMA designation and prefers an MBA degree. Furthermore, the leading companies, like Hewitt and Ernst and Young, typically require an MBA and/or a CMA degree for managerial positions like Financial Planning & Analysis manager. Without the specialized financial accounting and management skills that would come with an MBA-CMA, I believe that it would take a long time to make my career move. My research of the school (from the Canadian Business’s most recent survey of Canadian MBA programs and What’s in a MBA? The Complete Guide to MBA and Executive MBA Programs in Canada by Rebecca Carpenter) has indicated that Laurier graduates speak highly of the specialized and integrated nature of the...
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John Stubbs' essay is an examination of the defense which he believes Henry and Catherine use to protect themselves from the discovery of their insignificance and "powerlessness...in a world indifferent to their well being..." He asserts that "role-playing" by the two main characters, and several others in the book, is a way to escape the realization of human mortality which is unveiled by war. Stubbs thinks that Hemingway utilized role-playing as a way to "explore the strengths and weaknesses of his two characters." Stubbs says that by placing Henry's ordered life in opposition to Catherine's topsy-turvy one, and then letting each one assume a role which will bring them closer together, Hemingway shows the pair's inability to accept "the hard, gratuitous quality of life." Stubbs begins by showing other examples, notably in In Our Time and The Sun Also Rises, in which Hemingway's characters revert to role-playing in order to escape or retreat from their lives. The ability to create characters who play roles, he says, either to "maintain self-esteem" or to escape, is one Hemingway exploits extraordinarily well in A Farewell to Arms and therefore it "is his richest and most successful handling of human beings trying to come to terms with their vulnerability." As far as Stubbs is concerned, Hemingway is quite blatant in letting us know that role-playing is what is occurring. He tells that the role-playing begins during Henry and Catherine's third encounter, when Catherine directly dictates what is spoken by Henry. After this meeting the two become increasingly comfortable with their roles and easily adopt them whenever the other is nearby. This is apparent also in that they can only successfully play their roles when they are in private and any disturbance causes the "game" to be disrupted. The intrusion of the outside world in any...
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Thin is in. Many companies, regardless of their products, use unrealistic looking models in their advertisements. They try to make a connection between beauty and their products. It’s done in TV ads, on Magazine covers, and in magazine ads. In the last couple of decades the importance of beauty has become more prevalent in society. As sexier ads became more acceptable the models started to shrink in size. The models now used are on average are 5’8” a size 4 and weigh 120lbs. This is what advertising companies portray as beauty, although really less than 1% of the population is that size. Thin instead of curvy is now seen as beautiful. Models are often viewed as the ideal female body type by both men and women. They use women's insecurities and need to be beautiful to sell their products. This type of advertising sends the message that this is what beautiful people look like, some ads even go as far to suggest that fat is being fat is unacceptable and that message can have detrimental effects on society. Most clothing companies advertising campaigns use super skinny models in their ads. These ads are stereotypical of today’s superficial society. More and more emphasis is being placed on appearance. The advertisers use these models because the clothes look good on them, which then make their clothes look appealing and help them to sell. If an overweight person were to model the same clothes they probably wouldn’t look as good to the reader. This is because society has become obsessed with thinness; which in part is due to these thin models are being held as the standard for beauty. These ads are everywhere; in fact it’s hard to find a magazine that doesn’t contain these ads. The real challenge would be to try to find...
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I Love Rock and Roll The early 1950s in America was a time for conservative teenagers. They would come home early from dates, wear their hair slicked to the side and dress in clothing so that their bodies were not exposed to the public. Until the year of 1956. This is the year when all of America changed. Rock and Roll was first introduced, and soon worshiped. Teen idol, Elvis Presley, changed the lives and attitudes of every American teenager. From fashion to morals, every teenager in America was effected by this new form of entertainment, Rock and Roll. Girls began to dress less and guys wore tight jeans with leather jackets. Rock and Roll changed a generation. If I had the chance to go back in time, I would travel back to the 50s. This decade appeals to me most because of the fashion, music and unblemished movie stars. Fashion is the essence of it all. Clothing styles was the beginning of the transition in the 50s. From the height of formality evidenced in the 40s, to an ever-increasing informality in styles that were present by the late 50s. Girls pounced around in mid-knee poodle skirts with motifs on them. They would accompany their skirts with tight fitting blouses tucked into the waist; and to top it off girls would wear saddle shoes. Summer clothing consisted of strapless or halter bathing suit tops, one piece suits and plastic shoes. The boys on the other hand, would wear plain white t-shirts, with jeans and either a leather jacket or sport cardigan and converse. The fashion of the 50s reminds me of the characters in Grease. I think it would be so much fun to wake up and dress in a poodle skirt to school. To go back in time and date a...
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The history of popular music contains many ruptures "to existing styles and genre's. Compare and contrast two such periods of "new music", paying particular regard to the factors which bring about such musical change. Your examination should consider the areas of musical influences, social relationships, technology, marketing, media and audiences. Popular music evolves from the bottom up. It is nearly always pushed forward or re-defined, from within the underground and the alternative segments of society. New musical movements tend to bubble away benaeath the surface of mainstream society until I they can no longer be ignored. Breathing new air into what was once a climate of safe radio friendly songs supporting the staus quo. Rythum and blues in one form or another had been a tradional folk music of Black Americans of rock for as long as Black Americans had been brought to America as slaves. It was this music that eventually influenced and redefined music as we know it today. Creating what we now as Rock and Roll. "The rhythm and blues….laid the foundation for Elvis, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones , Led Zepplin, the Sex Pistols and most other rock and roll groups" The birth of Rock has undoubtebly been the largest transformation of Popular music. However within Rock there have also been massive amounts of ruptures and emergence of new music. Two of these ruptures have been the acid rock/ pscycadllia movement of San Francisco in the late sixties and conversely the Punk Movement of England in the mid-seventies. Although worlds apart in their music their beliefs and their look, both sub-cultures began as an underground movement that started small but grew to capture the worlds imagination. Both were rebelling, although in completely different ways, to the staus quo. Both set about to bring about a change within not only...
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"ELVIS" Is he still the King? Just yesterday I was watching television and a new Toyota commercial came on. What struck me about the ad was not the car, but the music it had playing in the background. A brand new single by Elvis Presley called "Rubberneckin." The song gave instant satisfaction to my ears and I started rocking my head forward and back as the music played. After the thirty second ad was over I was left hungry for more. I wanted and needed the song to listen to it the whole way through. Then a strange thought hit me, how does he do it? How does a man, that's been dead for twenty five years, come out with music that blows everything else clear out of the water? Elvis Presley is known as "The King of Rock and Roll." To this day Elvis sells more records and merchandising than any other artist today. His popularity seems to grow with every new generation. Elvis impersonators fill Las Vegas hotel lounges, and make appearances in movies at least once a year. Elvis' movies play regularly on VH1, Time Warner classics, and major networks whenever an Elvis anniversary comes. The soundtrack to Disney's most recent children's movie "Stitch" is filled with Elvis Presley tracks. As many as seven hundred thousand people visit Elvis' Graceland every year. It is estimated that half of all those visitors are under the age of thirty five. Elvis has been gone for twenty five years, yet his popularity is as strong if not stronger than it ever was today. The question is what keeps Elvis on top? Elvis changed the face of rock and roll and led the way for white people to do "black people's music." He had it all, good looks, charisma; the ability to drive the girl's...
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John Lennon had a profound affect on American society, young to old; 1964 to present day; and his death now 20 years gone and solve still have controversies that neither his wife nor the FBI will admit. John Lennon's music, art and writings touched the world. Lennon was placed "as the leader of a revolution in which the center of creative conscious shifted to young people". Through this role he changed the way pop music was conceived, he made it something that mattered, could take a stand, and "insinuated rock and roll into the realm of art." John Lennon was born on October 9th, 1940 at 6:30am in the middle of a German air strike to Alfred, a ship dishwasher, and Julia, a movie usherette turned housewife. He and his parents live on Newcastle Road in the suburban district Penny Lane with his Grandfather until his parents divorced and he was given to his Aunt Mimi and Uncle George. John went to The Liverpool Art School, where he met Cynthia Powell and formed his first band, The Quarrymen. After a performance at a church gathering, he met Paul McCartney, who soon was invited to join the band because of his able to tune guitars, which until then none of The Quarrymen could. Soon Paul convinced John that George Harrison should be in the band. When John was seventeen, he mother was hit by an off duty police officer while she crossed the street. Although John did not express his feelings towards this, he felt a connection with Paul, whose mother had also died. In 1960, the renamed Beatles were hired to play for a club in Hamburg, Germany. Here is where The Beatles got their first taste of drugs, using to stay awake during their grueling schedule of 8 hours a...
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