Humanities Today

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Humanities Today
University of Phoenix
Rebecca Wear
May 4, 2010

Humanities Today
Humanities can defined as the totality of human being, or the investigation of the natural human processes and social relationships (Webster online). Looking around the world today it is interesting to think about the events of the world that have paved the road for what exists today. Many changes took place in fourteenth century and beyond that helped to shape today’s views of religion, education, politics, and socioeconomics. The purpose of this paper is to gain an understanding of what humanities is, and how the past is reflected in the present.

Many changes have taken place in the world of today since the fourteenth century. First look at religion and the place it had in our past. During this time period a great deal of fighting took place in the name of religion. The majority of the fighting was in the form of the church competing with the state for complete authority. The church wanted to have all the say in how people were to live their lives and how taxes would be paid (Fiero, 2006).Today the same sort of conflict still exists. There are many people who put up a fight to have words removed from the government. An example of this would be the people who want to have ‘in God we trust’ removed from our money. Another example would be the parents and policy makers that no longer want the words ‘under God’ spoken by children when they say the Pledge of Allegiance. The constant struggle seems to be for the people of the world to figure out where government ends and religion takes over and vise versa.

Education of the world changes everyday. To think that there was a time when women didn’t have access to education. During the fourteenth century it was believed that women had no need to learn the same as a man because her only purpose was to give birth to children, and appease their husbands (Fiero, 2006). Our world today encourages every person to pursue an...
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