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Nihilism

21 Apr

Nihilism from Latin means nothing and is a belief that suggests that there’s no purpose or value in life. It is affiliated with pessimism where the evil always wins. A nihilist would have no belief and they wouldn’t be loyal to others. It can take forms such as metaphysical form where knowledge cannot be gained or the reality doesn’t exist. Nihilism can also take into other forms such as moral nihilism where morality has no existence. Existential nihilism means life has no purpose or meaning. The nihilists believe that the human beings are insignificant and their life is just a waste or pointless. Epistemological nihilism is similar to metaphysical nihilism which is a form of skepticism. True nihilist such as Friedrich Nietzsche believes that every belief is false because there is no true world. Friedrich interprets nihilism as emptiness in the world with no meaning, purpose or value. He also believed that knowledge is not a fact but it’s created based on a person’s perspective. He stated that nothing has meaning. We always search for the meaning and therefore we give it a meaning based on our perspective, our ideas and morality.

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Perfection: Popularity

13 Mar

Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

People become popular after showing their talents or skills to the other people around the world. It can be either in singing, giving a speech, dancing and others. Now, one of the person who earned his fame in an early age is Justin Bieber. People all around the world listen to his songs and are crazy for him. People love him for his songs, his appearance and his hairstyle. This picture clearly portrays the popularity of Justin Bieber. This can be distinguished by looking at the people behind him as they are taking photos of Justin Bieber and shouting out his name. This indicates that he’s worshipped and loved by many people because of his songs and his relationship status. Some people might call this Justin Fever. His debut album which was “One Time” was selected for top ten in Canada after its release. He was the first one to have seven songs from a debut album chart on the Billboard Hot 100. He became more popular when people began to watch his videos on Youtube whether people were mocking at him or admiring him for his cool outfit or his hairstyle. One of his songs known as “Baby” was ranked as most viewed, most discussed and most liked on Youtube. To expand his popularity and status, he also made a movie in 3D known as “Never Say Never” which had the biggest opening weekend for a concert film.

Lindsay Lohan

Many celebrities are popular but at the same time they each have flaws whether if it’s their appearance, their beauty, or their personal life. One of the celebrities who is popular but have a bad reputation is Lindsay Lohan. She’s popular for her roles in different movies such as “Freaky Friday”, “Parent Trap” and “Mean Girls”. From 2006 to 2007, Lohan became more popular for her involvement with drugs and in the state of being drunk while driving a car. On July 6th, 2010, Lohan was sentenced to jail for 90 days because she had violated the terms of her probation of not coming to DUI hearing which was scheduled on May. This picture illustrates that she’s on drugs which can be distinguished by the mumbling from her mouth and the closing of her eyes which indicates that she had no sense during that time. This also shows that she’s not perfect completely which contrast to Justin Bieber’s status.

Ghandhi

 This is a picture of Ghandhi which represents perfection in popularity. He wasn’t famous for his talents or his skills. He didn’t wear any chains or hoodies to become popular. He was a simple man who spread wise words around the world to influence others to become better human beings. He was well known for his good cause such as expanding human rights, diminishing poverty and uniting different religious sects in India. He helped people not because he had to. He helped them because he wanted to. His influence on people and his wise words made him popular around the whole world which is perfect.

The Class Structure in the Victorian Era

9 Mar

The Victorian era was during the period of the rule of Queen Victoria. During that period many things flourished such as the school and political or religious movements. During that time Britain consists of four classes: the Church, the aristocracy, the middle class and the working class. The top class such as the aristocracy class possessed the greatest power and wealth. Most of the people in this class structure were noble men and owned most of the land. The royal family was also part of this class structure. The people in the middle class were not much privileged. Some of the people in this class structure were rich. This type of class comprises of factory owners, bankers, shopkeepers, merchants, lawyers, engineers, businessmen, traders, and other professionals. The lower class had two sections which were: the working class which consisted of labors and the poor people. The lower class consisted of women and children performing different types of labor such as working in a factory, sewing, chimney sweeping, mining and other jobs. The aristocratic class didn’t have to pay the taxes during that time. On the other hand, the middle class and the poorer class had the most burden of tax. Industrialization completely changed the class structure especially the middle class which is the working class. As a result of the industrialization, it created a huge division between the upper class and the lower class. The classes were distinct because the upper class had a higher income and much greater status and they had higher esteem. On the other hand, the lower class didn’t possess any of those things because they were in poverty.

Comparison between Cowper’s life and the poem “Castaway”

8 Mar

William Cowper was a poet whose poetry focused on everyday life and romance. He believed in evangelicalism which coerced him to love hymns. One of his friends was John Newton who influenced him to write poetry based on hymns. At one moment in his life, he was insane and tried to commit suicide three times but was unsuccessful. After the recovery, Cowper married Mary Unwill and lived with her family. Shortly afterwards, Cowper was insane again and realized that he was condemned to hell and felt that he had to sacrifice his life for God. But he was assisted and was taken care of by his wife, Mary. After his wife’s death, he was completely heartbroken and his life became very bleak without his wife enabling him to suffer without any recovery.

The poem “Castaway” written by Cowper refers to his life and demonstrates how he has been destined to hell. The drowning of the man indicated in the poem clearly refers to Cowper. In one of the stanzas, Cowper states that: “…by toil subdued, he drank the stifling wave, and then he sank.” The sinking of the man refers to his destiny to damnation and how he had lost his hope from God. The poem also mentions how he was abandoned by his friends: “They left their outcast mate behind”. The mate refers to Cowper and indicates that there’s wasn’t anyone to support him and help him recover when he needed his friends the in his crucial moment of his life. This moment might refer to the suicide attempts and when he was in the state of insanity. The abandonment of his friends might also refer to the death of his wife. Maybe he’s trying to ask himself why his wife passed away when he was lonely and needed her the most. The poem not only demonstrates the abandonment of his friends but also God whom he believed deep inside his heart but later his belief was destructed with the realization of his destiny to hell.

Commentary on Hawk Roosting

3 Feb
In the poem, Ted Hughes portrays a hawk that considers itself as superior and reveals its egoistic behavior. Hughes expresses the hawk’s superiority through the usage of metaphor. In the first stanza, first line, Hughes states that: “I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed” (1). In this first line, the usage of “I” indicates the hawk’s self-esteem and signifies its pride because it’s capitalized and indicates its importance in the animal kingdom and the hawk’s supreme ego. Hughes creates an imagery when the hawk is sitting on the top of the wood and looking at the earth from an arial view. “Sit on the top of the wood” gives us an idea of how superior the hawk is. This indicates that Hugh compares the hawk to a king or a ruler or compared to God sitting on the top of the world looking at the earth. His eyes closed indicate that no one is superior and everybody is oblivious except him and the fact that he exists. Hughes also mentions God using a metaphor and demonstrates how the hawk is similar to God or more superior than God. In the third stanza, the hawk says:”…….Creation to produce my foot, my each feather: Now I hold Creation in my foot” (12-13). In the phrase, “Creation” refers to God as it is capitalized and as stated before that the Creation produced the hawk’s feathers and foot. There’s no one else who could create feathers or foot other than God. The hawk holding Creation in its foot implies the hawk’s dominance over God or the hawk is greater than God. This suggests how arrogant the hawk is.