The theme of the poem by Edgar Allan Poe “Annabel Lee” is eternal love and how it survives despite all obstacles. The author has used many symbols and allegories to express his feelings to the beautiful girl with the name Annabel. Poe notes, “She was a child, and I was a child … but we loved with a love that was more than love.” It does not mean that they were children, but rather that their love was pure as the love of children. The author is talking about the mutual love that makes people happy. The subtopic of the poem is a pain of losing the person you love. Annabel has died because of illness, but the author shifts the guilt to angels in heaven who have become jealous of their love and have chilled the girl to death. The loss of the lover is excruciating for the author, and he even says that “I lie down by the side of my darling … in her tomb by the side of the sea”, as if with the death of the lover, Poe has died as well, not physically but emotionally. Continue reading
I would like to start by saying that in nature males and females are different. For instance, she-elephants are sociable, while he-elephants are solitary. Male zebras are garrulous, while female zebras are mute. The majority of tropical male fishes are colorful, while females are pale. These biological differences as found in nature are rather striking, yet they accurately define the social roles and existing skills acquisition. In the following essay I will speak about the gender roles and customs which are products of human biology rather than some social influence. I will speak about some stereotypes of men and women as present in our societies. I will comment on the biological differences and the hormones prevailing in the body. I will note why it appears that the job of firefighters is occupied primarily by males rather than females.
The British company, Admiral insurance would conduct a study of over 600,000 thousand claims. Their findings depicted the females are more spatially challenged compared to men so there were 25% as likely to hit a stationary car, and about 200% as likely to have a collision in a car park.
Masculinity is considered to be the virtue of a ‘real’ man and is a characteristic of a successful male’s character envied by other males. Continue reading
My personal experience of a paralegal internship represented an administrative oversight for the public defender office that provided the state-funded legal counsel services for indigent defense in New York. I was responsible for assisting attorneys in the delivery of legal services.
Some of the responsibilities included the analysis of cases, research of relevant laws, regulations and judicial decisions to assist lawyers in analyzing and evaluating various cases for general counsel purposes as well as litigation or case strategy. I would frequently get involved in the independent analysis and interpretation of legal documents and facts. To improve my efficiency I would use the internet, Premise, and Westlaw assisting programs. Continue reading
For me, philosophy is not only a science but also the opportunity to find the answers to some fundamental questions of life. I think that it can give solutions for those who seek for them. At the same time, it can mix up thoughts for those who don’t have an opinion of their own and count only on other views.
Our mind is an instrument we can cognize our life with, but there is something beyond our perception. It is the reason I believe that with the death of our body our personality doesn’t vanish and continues its existence in some other form.
I can not agree with the concept of “life for pleasure” although it sounds very seducing. What will differentiate us from the animals in this case? Moral and ethic values are the things peculiar to human creatures only, and I think we should mind them. Continue reading
The perception of organizations as political entities is based on the idea that corporations are not rational actors, but instead collections of disparate individuals with conflicting interests.
This concept reflects the political frame for viewing the world developed by Bolman and Deal (National Defense University). Many organizations will be impacted by the political movements in their midst that will seriously affect organizational decision-making.
Politics in organizations can be understood in the Aristotelian sense, in which “politics stems from a diversity of interests” (Ratzburg, 2000). Within organizations, this means that people are not tabula rasa when they come to the organization; instead, they bring their interests, desires, and needs that can conflict with each other and with the overall goal of the organization. Continue reading
Bradley is almost three. Just a typical kid with golden hair and big grey eyes. He likes sweets and baseball. People who see Bradley walking with his parents on the street turn their heads and sign enviously. “Little angel” – they say. He makes laugh all the people around him when he copies Michael Jackson’s moonwalk or calls himself a Spiderman and promises to save the world. But tears appear on the eyes of his mother Catherine when she watches her carelessly playing the child, and even Martin, Bradley’s father would quickly leave the room for his wife not to notice the tears which appear in his eyes. There is a part that stranger people and neighbors in the street don’t know.
Bradley is dying. He has an incurable liver disease. The respirator could have replaced Bradley’s lungs, and the dialysis machine could have replaced his kidneys, but no machine would replace the liver. His only hope is a transplant. The family has signed up an organ donation program of course but the line is so long, and disease is so serious that the hope fades away with every day. Catherine and Martin can buy Bradley plenty of toys and sweets, but they can not buy the only thing he needs badly – health. They are wonderful parents and would gladly give the life for their kid, but there is a thing they can not help. It’s a year already during which this young couple meets every moment with hope mixed with despair. They are afraid of every cough of Bradley as it could be a symptom of the complication of his disease and they also try not to keep the phone busy for a long time as they are expecting for the call from the Oran Donation service every minute. This story has no ending yet, and we will hope it will be good. Continue reading
We often do, to be sure, excuse
people for what they have done
when they tell us (and we believe them)
that they could not have done otherwise
(Harry Frankfurt “Alternate Possibilities & Moral Responsibility”)
Harry Frankfurt’s work “Alternate Possibilities & Moral Responsibility, ” is a philosophical paper on determinism and moral responsibility and their compatibility with the “principle of alternate possibilities” and freedom of choice.
The paper is only one example of the great amount of “freedom and determinism” debate papers.
The free-will problem, as the author calls it, is, in his opinion, closely related to the principle of alternate possibilities, which states that a person is morally responsible for what he has done only if he could have done otherwise.
Mr. Frankfurt in his work completely disagrees with such a wording of the principle and offers his own, more relevant one: a person is not morally responsible for what he has done if he did it only because he could not have done otherwise.
The author is particularly disturbed with the correlation of this formulation with the idea of the compatibility of moral responsibility and determinism. According to Frankfurt, anyone who accepts it is thereby committed to believing that these principles are incompatible. He, on the other hand, is an advocate of the Compatibilist ideas that state the opposite. Frankfurt and other followers of the Compatibility concept believe that there is a correlation between the determinism and the moral responsibility, depending on the circumstances which advocate for the individual’s actions. Continue reading
Anybody leaving on a dangerous assignment to a foreign land needs to realize that there are two possible routes to take in foreign policy. Teddy Roosevelt insisted that one should carry a big stick to intimidate one’s adversaries. Mahatma Gandhi, in contrast, advised a more peaceful policy that will carry no stick.
Today’s reality convincingly proves that the time when sticks were taken out and brandished for every conceivable purpose is gone. Today, a politician has to act wisely, speak softly, and use negotiations wherever possible to prevent the use of force.
Negotiations often seem a pure waste of time to someone with a military background. It can be a waste indeed when people do not know how to do it properly. Trying to resolve the conflict peacefully is a challenge to one’s abilities, brains, and experience. To meet this challenge head-on, it is helpful to adopt a few necessary tactics.
First of all, an excellent point to start is to find out what the other party wants. These wishes should not be taken for granted from their demands, since speeches may be masking something else. Quite a lot of people believe today, for instance, that North Korea is merely manipulating the West to extort financial assistance for the abandonment of nuclear weapons and may not, in fact, have any to dismantle. Looking carefully into the situation of the opponent and trying to understand the inner drives enables one to use the power of persuasion more effectively. Continue reading
The issue of home cooking and fast food is considered to be controversial, and many-sided one. It can not be called a problem, but there are a lot of opinions and statements, and there are a lot of false ones as well.
For example, people are used to believing the fast food restaurants are the signs of the modern world, but in reality, some of them are not much younger than the cities themselves. Here Ancient Roman towns with their bread-and-olive stands or about East Asian noodle shops should be mentioned. Later on appeared the famous hamburgers as the earliest fast food products in America.
Nowadays the term fast food is usually associated with the chain McDonalds.
One could often hear about the fast food damaging health of people; there is an opinion that the fast food manufacturers should warn their consumers that their food could make them fat. The fact is even if it is done, there is little guarantee that all people will follow this piece of advice. Continue reading
“…once you know what the question actually is,
you’ll know what the answer means”.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a book discovered by alien researcher Ford Prefect during his researches on the planet of the Earth. It took him fifty years to compose the wisdom of Galaxy in the form of a small book. It’s a book in the book as Prefect’s Guide gave the name to the famous comic fiction series created by Douglas Adams. Adams expressed his ideas with peculiar wit and ambiguity and made the readers laugh and think about important issues simultaneously. The book can serve a useful service to anybody who reads it. It can be a good entertainment for teenagers, good cosmic saga for the admires of fiction novels, influential work for those, who are tired of primitive fiction. As it was written in the School Library Journal “As parody, it’s marvelous: It contains just about every science fiction cliche you can think of. As humor, it’s, well, hysterical.” (1). Also, the book contains political criticism and touches a lot of questions, which go far beyond the limits of merely entertaining reading. Continue reading