Theory of Knowledge Paper for TOK Class'Don't give me any more facts! I need to make a decision right now!' Although one can question knowledge endlessly, one cannot forever suspend judgement while researching and reflecting. What would it mean to act responsibly in a situation where one cannot possess certainty? How would one justify the decision?The question of decisions which must be made without the support of a full array of facts is an interesting one. Such a decision requires an...
Although the word “nigger” is now considered rude and offensive, it was not so during the time period in which Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck grew up in a slave-holding town in Missouri, so racism was planted in him from a very young age, yet he manages to overcome it throughout the novel. Although many characters in the book are racist and have no respect for blacks, Huck Finn, when taken as a whole, preaches tolerance and shows that slavery is...
The Legend of the PheonixThe Phoenix is a legendary bird who is thought to be God’s servant. Ancient myths say that the Phoenix lives for 500 years and then burns itself to death, only to rise from its ashes as a young Phoenix and live for another 500 years. It is a symbol of immortality and spiritual rebirth. In Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path,” the main character’s name is Phoenix Jackson. It is not a coincidence that Eudora Welty chooses Phoenix to be the...
The first thing that is needed to do when looking at this question is to define exactly what is meant when we say ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’. An insider in religion can be described as somebody who is a full participant in his or her religion and is devoted in the faith and teachings of his religion. Conversely, an outsider is somebody who has an objective view on religion, does not participate and merely views himself as an impartial observer.In addition to defining...
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Analysis of “The Gypsy Enchantment“ by Carla Jablonski Prue’s assignment for 415, the magazine she works for, is to photograph the behind-the-scenes excitement at the Carneval Cavalcade. Prue has to take a series of shots of a Circus for the 415 magazine. Prue hates circuses and clowns in particular but Piper and Phoebe are all excited and ready to go check out the action. Prue meets Ivan, who has an unusual gift of violin playing where he mesmerizes the animals in his act...
The Theory of Unity Applied to ConsciousnessA Pseudo-Scientific TheoryIntroductionTo believe may be the most odious verb in the English language, for it implies the desire for something to be true: An old woman who is very attached to her children, grandchildren or other relatives might think that after death she will reunite with all of them in heaven, because that is her desire. Whereas a violent murderer may think that after death nothing happens and he will just disappear forever, because...
Style Analysis of "The Company Man"In “The Company Man,” the main character, Phil, literally works himself to death after decades of hard work and dedication to his company. Ellen Goodman, a columnist, wrote this newspaper article in order to show that hard work does not always have its benefits. In life, we must slow down from our hectic schedules to appreciate life itself. The vivid diction describes the sarcasm that Goodman has towards Phil. Goodman composes her paragraphs...
This paper discusses Machiavelli’s reactions to Borgia and Agathocles, and concludes that he found one to be admirable and the other a criminal. (4+ pages; 1 source; MLA citation style.I Introduction Machiavelli’s little book The Prince has been a classic of political thought for nearly 500 years. It is a realistic examination of the way people gain, and hold, power. This paper explores the question of why Machiavelli admires Cesare Borgia, but dislikes Agathocles, though the...
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Differences of Buddhism and HinduismThroughout the history of mankind, most civilizations have had some kind belief system or religion. In Asia, two of the belief systems that they practice there are Buddhism and Hinduism. Hinduism and Buddhism are similar in many ways since Hinduism was derived from Buddhism. Both religions were polytheistic and had an ultimate goal of reaching a perfect state of being. Though there are multiple similarities between Hinduism and Buddhism, there are...
Q. Why should people in general be moral?A. First, we do not subscribe to the concept that anyone “should” or “should not” be anything.We believe that people can, and usually will, do anything they want to do. We do not feel that wehave the right or knowledge to mandate what those actions ought to be.However, your question implies another form of the question - “Is there a benefit to people ingeneral to be moral”? This is a question we can and will...