Philosophy

World War 1. World War 2. The Battle of the Bulge. The Vietnam War. All major wars that took place in another country and took the lives of many. About 603,068 people perished from just these four wars, leaving about 1,221,376 people injured mentally and physically (www.gettysburgflag.com). While death is sad and grieving, it is only one of many effects from war. Physical effects can leave someone immobile, trouble with talking and learning but the mental effects is where it gets tough for the veterans. PTSD is the most common mental condition, but others include memory loss, depression, insomnia and anxiety. In the novel “Slaughterhouse-five”, written by Kurt Vonnegut, the main character is a war veteran who was also a POW (prisoner of war) struggles when he comes home after...
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“What you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening,” This quote, coming from the President of the United States- Donald Trump- immediately drew people to think of George Orwell’s novel, 1984. This was discussed in an article from July 2018 by TIME magazine, stating that many recalled the quote by Orwell: “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” When you look at the current state of our world, both political and otherwise, and word “normal” is probably the last to come to mind. Our current White House is straying further and further away from the democratic values of our country, and walking toward the totalitarian ideologies you can see in the novel 1984, which can be used as a mirror to our reality...
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Could it be because we simply will not let it? We want to end racism, but we just won't let it go. As people age, we learn from our past, and we grow. We preach that who we are today comes from who we were yesterday, and that living this life is about learning, overcoming and being a better person today. But how can I be a better person today when no one will let go of who I was yesterday? Yesterday I was naive, ignorant and inconsiderate of others. But today, I have learned to be kind, understanding and compassionate of others. But this is not good enough for our society, I am still held accountable for who I was yesterday, you will not let me change nor see me for who I have become, and it hurts! Yesterday I hurled insults against many cultures, races and religions, but today...
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Hey, I’m sorry for talking so much shit about you to other people. “I don’t know why I was like that in high school.” “I get so embarrassed thinking about 17 year old me.” “Yeah anything that happened prior to 2018 did not happen in my records.” I’ve harbored this resentment towards you for the last 2 or 3 years. The decisions you made, the people you hung out with, the flaws in your personality. I would get so embarrassed thinking about it, wishing you had never been a version of me. I’m 20 now, and so many things have changed. My appearance, my outlook on life, my personality, my friends, my love life and so on. I like who I am now. I feel confident in myself, which I’ve never felt before - not when I was 17. I’ve rejected you for so long, denying your indisputable...
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Dear Reader, I want to tell you the progress of yoga in the US from when yoga was invented in its place of origin to how it got popularized in the US and the issues that have risen along with the popularity of yoga in the US. Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi, Director of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), explains about the history of yoga in his article Yoga: Its Origin, History and Development. Going to back to 2700 B.C, Yoga was considered an “immortal cultural outcome” of the Indus Saraswati valley civilization. “The science of yoga has its origin thousands of years ago”, even before religion or believe systems existed. Shiva was seen as the first yogi guru. On the banks of the lake Kantisarovar in the Himalayas was where Shiva poured his “profound knowledge into the...
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Dear Ireland, I feel that a crucial angle has been overlooked in the ongoing abortion debate and Ive published this short letter in an effort to assist any intelligent, conscientious Irish voters who are still undecided or having doubts about a yes vote, in understanding that this decision is really not as morally contentious as we've been led to believe. Almost the entire developed world has legislated for legal abortion (see worldabortionlaws.com) and the UN have even declared our 8th amendment a human rights violation. So why do the Irish see a deep moral conundrum here where others do not? Here's my attempt to explain why the morals in this debate are plain as day. Please read it slowly. We need to look at suffering. Morality is concerned with reducing suffering while enhancing...
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Dear U.S Department of Justice and National Drug Intelligence Center, The Crucible by Arthur Miller follows the salem witch trials and the process by which the town was driven to hang people by their actions and rules of the town. There is a lot of inequality present in this story with the way that the religious folks of Salem viewed other people in the town within status and religious beliefs. The town was run on theocracy so there were a lot of irrational limitations and prejudices. Most people think that witch hunts are done and over with, but they are still present with a modernized twist. There isn’t exactly witch hunts going on but rather other forms of irrational discrimination that contradict the freedom of mind and spirit. My specific piece of evidence for this...
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To : my son's absent father. I don't want to hate you. I really dont. I dont even want to think about you. You don't deserve my time or energy any more, yet here I am. It frustrates me even more knowing that you don't even give a second thought towards anything. While I'm struggling to understand my own emotions over YOUR decisions. Some days I'm at an "okay" place, not bad, not good.. just okay. Sometimes, I even try to be happy for you....
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My Dearest Young Lady, If you’re reading this, then there is a good possibility that you’ve already received a Calling of some sort. Maybe you feel Called to lead a congregation of your own, or maybe to be another type of religious leader, or even a non-religious position. You may also have been told that this is not something you can do, because of your gender. I was once in that position myself. When I was 8 years old, I went to a Southern Baptist church camp with my cousins one summer, where I was told that I couldn’t follow what I felt was my Calling to the ministry, simply because I was “just a girl.” My heart was broken, and at that point I decided I could no longer belong to a faith that felt I was worth less than a boy. However, a few years ago, I found a church that actually...
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Dear Jackie Rowlands, This will also be published on my blog. When you put the phone down on me and try to 'bounce'(block) my emails, it doesn't make your safeguarding failure or the abuse of me by the Bishop of Winchester go away, it compounds it. You are knowingly in the wrong and knowingly allowing a very very serious safeguarding failure to continue as well continuing to fail to remove and bring to justice wrongdoers such as the Bishop, the CEO of the Diocese of Winchester, and others. Firstly let me explain to the general public what you are doing that is wrong. I am the victim of repeat abuses and cover-up in the Diocese of Winchester, you are aware of this, and aware that the Bishop has done very open and outstanding wrong against me, and you have never contacted me...
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