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Life Can Only Be Understood Backwards

You can capture the present by using cameras and diaries, but they become past as soon as they are created. The past resists of memories, and once they have turned into memories, it is too late to correct. This is also why it is a shame that people tend to live in the past and the future, instead of living in the moment now, and now, and now… The young girl is looking straight ahead at the other side of the road – that is her goal. She only has to take one step after another, and then she can manage...

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Literature Can Communicate Before It Is Understood

meaning, I could still gain some knowledge as to the overall idea or purpose of the work just from an initial reading. Literature has the capacity to communicate before it is understood, as it is certainly possible for a work to convey emotion and feeling without the reader fully comprehending the complete meaning of a work. Emotion can tell you more about a piece of literature than factual knowledge. Within the first few lines of a poem, you should be able to feel whatever sensation the author wants you...

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The Self Can Be Understood as 'Socially Constructed'.

childhood, working life and throughout the ageing process. Ian Hacking states that something can be thought to be socially constructed if the following 2 claims are satisfied: (0) in the present state of affairs, X is taken for granted, X appears to be inevitable (1) X need not have existed, or need not be at all as it is. X, or X as it is at present, is not determined by the nature of things; it is not inevitable. From this definition, social constructs can be understood to be the by products...

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Only One Can Triumph

Only One Can Triumph Short stories are a way to escape everyday life without taking all day or week to read the story. They are mainly based on fictional characters and can vary in length. As defined by Dictionary of Literary Terms, a short story is “a relatively short narrative which is designed to produce a single dominant effect and which contains the element of drama. A short story concentrates on a single character in a single situation at a single moment” (343). Like novels, short stories...

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The meaning of life

meaning of life is simple all you need to know that to get far in life you need to get good GCSE’s and A levels if you so choose so as well as getting lots of revision in on your week. A timetable may be wise to those who study. A taxi driver once had that Bertrand Russell in the back of his cab. Since Russell was the most famous philosopher of his day, the cabby asked him "What's it all about?" Russell, however, could not answer. No surprise there, you might think. For isn't the meaning of life the most...

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Looking Backward

The novel Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy is a social commentary on the problems of late 1800’s society. Bellamy compares the negative afflictions of his time to an imagined utopia of the future year 2000 in order to open the eyes of the reader. By doing this, he hopes to create a social awareness for the poor cultural and economic values so that future generations can change for the better. One of the conditions that afflicted America in 1887 was in regards to labor. When asked what he thought...

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Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without being able to understand both. Discuss.

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without being able to understand both. Discuss. To make true the desires of the ancient philosopher Socrates we now live in a world that dares us to think for ourselves. We are now in a position to shape our own destinies more so than ever before due to the greater social mobility which we now have at our disposal. As a whole the world has gone from agrarian to a much more capitalist age in which people are never satisfied...

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I can only imagine

massage; he said I gave him one, I had to laugh, and it was on the go up to that point and just had a chance to rest He never came back to the nurse’s station again after that night, up to this day we don’t know who gave him that massage. There were only two nurses on duty that night, and we were but on the run together. One day one of the young man whose family dealt a lot with witch craft, asked me for a date. I was not attracted to him so I told him no, he was mad and told me I was going...

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Greek Life

Greek Life Standards Everyone has heard the saying, “Men are from Mars and women are from Venus,” so it should come as no surprise that in many situations the two genders are separated and treated differently. In the midst of the traditional activities accompanying the start of school is rush, in which students who wish to join a Greek-letter organization attend functions to learn about and select from the different houses and the fraternities and sororities decide which students they would like...

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Philosophy - Only Human Beings Can Be Persons

Only human beings can be persons’ The statement that only human beings can be persons raises many arguments for and against. For example what is defined as a person, and the extent of personhood as a matter of degree and what are the sufficient enough features of being a person. My position on this matter is that I believe that yes, only human beings can be persons, due to reasons which I will discuss later on in the essay. I shall defend my claim by arguing that neither animals nor computers...

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