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  • Reason Of The Universal Nature
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    With their philosophical roots grounded in ancient Greece, Stoicism and Epicureanism had contrary yet significant impacts on Roman society. These two philosophies differed in many of their basic theories. Stoics attempted to reach a moral level where they had freedom from passion, while Epicureans strove for pleasure and avoided all types of pain. Stoics like the Epicureans, emphasized ethics as the main field of knowledge, but they also developed theories of logic and natural science to support...
  • Used To The Pattern In Our Lives
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    It is human nature to want patterns, standards, and a structure of behavior. A pattern to conform is a kind of shelter. From the time we wake up in the morning to the time we bed down for the night, our lives are filled with patterns. Our lives have a certain structure. You do this and this and this and then after that you do this and this. Finally, after you are done with that, you do this. Fill in the you with your name and fill in every this with what you do on a daily basis, and there is the...
  • Meaning Of Purity In Humans To Montaigne
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    Lillian Chang Michel de Montaigne The Essays "Purity: The world is a place of chaos nowadays. At every turn of a corner, there is desolation triggered from humanity's sidetracked views of what the world is about. With all this deception and superficiality, pureness in the human soul seems almost non-existent. Michel de Montaigne recognizes the essential need of this purity for the improvement of society in his Essays. Although the main topics he is focusing own are his own nature, own habits, an...
  • Woods At Walden Pond
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    The mid-eighteen hundreds, 1820-1850, witnessed the birth of modern America. In what was called the New Order America underwent several changes, both as a nation and as a society. The introduction of capitalism and industry transformed America into an aggressive, expanding nation constantly in search of a profit. A competitive and fast-paced society sprang up. Rooted in materialism and self-interest, Americans became driven to posses as much as possible. Their lives evolved into a less personal,...
  • Unnatural Events In Nature Foreshadow
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    In different periods of time, the lives of humans and nature were thought to have a connection, and this is emphasized in William Shakespeare's play MacBeth. In this play, unnatural events in nature foreshadow bad or unnatural occurrences in the lives of humans. Through out the play, Shakespeare continuously proves this point. When Ross said 'As sparrows eagles or the hare the lion' (I. ii. 35), it proves this theory. Common knowledge says that sparrows do not classify as eagles does a hare clas...
  • Tao Te Ching By Lao Tzu
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    As a child of western society, the life that I live is far-removed from the principles of the philosophy of Lao Tzu. Often considered an opposition to Confucianism written around 600 B.C., the Tao Te Ching (Book of Tao and Virtue) by Lao Tzu advocates an individualistic life of simplicity, tranquility and non-action among other characteristics that explain the indefinable Tao. If transformed into a Taoist society, the world we live in would barely be recognizable upon return. In many regards, th...
  • Albatross As A Representative Of Nature
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    Ancient Mariner "Look out Below!" - Cr ck! About 15 Men and women turn their glances toward the sky, and see a large, perhaps 100 feet, tree falling to the ground. As the tree hits the solid earth, everything grows very quiet. All look at the lumberjack, who killed this tree, and find him weeping in sorrow. This situation is not uncommon when dealing with Nature. Nature, as simple as it seems to some, generates great power. This power is sent to us, as nature forgives only after a physical, emot...
  • Nature
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    As artwork has become more accepted in popular culture, we begin to see more and more creative artists portray their opinions of what is really going on in today's society. By the rights granted to us based on the foundation of this country, there is the right to release opinions of how the world is viewed. A major part of this is what goes on in the atmosphere of which we live. The environment plays a vital role in the daily lives of citizens of the world and what happens to our environment in ...
  • Live Lives Of Material Possessions
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    Henry David Thoreau was man of simplicity, and if he were to experience life in Cary, he would not only be surprised, but disappointed in humanity itself. Thoreau believed in the necessities of life, nothing more, and the people of Cary live lives exactly the opposite. Cary residents live lives of material possessions, business, and over-complexity. These traits of society are precisely opposite of Thoreau's ideals and beliefs. Not only would Thoreau be disappointed, but his eyes would be filled...
  • Walden
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    Walden, a radical and controversial perspective on society that was far beyond its time, first-handedly chronicles Henry David Thoreau's two-year stay on Walden Pond, away from civilization. With nature as his only teacher, Thoreau is taught some of the most valuable lessons of his lifetime. One of Thoreau's most prominent natural learned lessons is his deeply rooted sense of himself and his connection with the natural world. He relates nature, and his experiences within it, to his personal self...
  • Man To The Natural State Of War
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    These are the reasons that I felt reading Hobbes' Leviathan could help me gain some understanding and insight into these issues. Hobbes' Leviathan: Analysis of its Impact on the Framing of our Democracy Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, written against the backdrop of the horrors of the English Civil War, in the mid 1600's, is a discussion about the principles of man's basic need for peace, unity, and security, in both nature and civilization. Essentially arguing in favor of a sovereign monarchy, Hobbes...
  • Challenge Of Learning From Nature
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    Dear Charles Darwin, Hello, I have recently read your theory on natural selection and the Origin of Species. Although each of us approach life differently, for example your ambition being on a different level than mine and your formal learning more than I feel is needed, I admire how much you have learned from nature. I say that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ...
  • People Are Victims Of A Greater Force
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    People Are Victims of A Greater Force: The Environment People would like to believe they can accomplish everything they want in life. In reality, it is just a positive way of thinking. It would be nice to believe that a person could do anything if he puts his mind to it, this way of thinking is not reality. People are victims of greater forces. The force is not a force of God or magic. The force are our environment, our Biological instinct, and our inherited characteristics. This philosophy is c...
  • Being Open To Natural Change
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    Taoism is the first major philosophical and religious tradition explored by Peter Marshall, in his book Nature's Web. Marshall calls Taoism "the way of nature", emphasizing that this is the ideal religion from the perspective of ecological sensibility. Passivity is a key element of Taoist thought, and is a repeated concept in the primary Taoist text, the Tao Te Ching. The concept of passivity stresses that the wise person will not attempt to cause change in his world, but will rather be receptiv...
  • Dna From One Cell
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    Is Death Natural? Many of the most beautiful and meaningful facets of life are the way they arelbnot because they are ephemeral. I know that death is natural; Life runs its course before coming around again. Something present in or produced by nature is natural, such as an earthquake or typhoon, or a poisonous mushroom. Death is natural in the sense that to die is to conform to the ordinary course of living things in nature. Death has been modeled as an exponential increase in the rate of illnes...
  • Cranes View Of Man And Nature
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    Chris As imus P. 2 5-16-00 In American Literature many authors write about nature and how nature affects man's lives. In life, nature is an important part of people. Many people live, work, or partake in revelry in nature. Nature has received attention from authors spanning several centuries. Their attitudes vary over time and also reflect the different outlooks of the authors who chose to discuss this important historical movement. A further examination of this movement, reveals prevalence of n...
  • Berry Patch As The Place
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    The Berry Patch Ever since the beginning of time, the world has focused on advancement and improved standard of living. This means building houses and factories and continually being busy to support yourself. However, we never realize that we could survive just as well, if not better, if we used nature as it was intended. The story "The Berry Patch" by Wallace Stegner illustrates this point. This busy couple takes the time to drive to the Berry Patch and enjoy the wonders of it. They reflect on ...
  • Soul Live In Nature
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    America's Introduction to Transcendental Beliefs To trace the origin of the Transcendental movement one needs to go back to the city of Concord, Massachusetts. There during the early 19th century many well-known and world-renowned authors were following the practices of one man, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson, who was considered America's first philosopher, had earlier traveled to Europe and became fascinated by the concepts of one German philosopher known as Kant. According to Emerson's understan...
  • Henry David Thoreau Nature Walden Pond
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    Is nature important to anybody? What role does it play in an individual's life? The fields of beans, ants, birds, and pond represent Walden as a small piece of nature that can provide spiritual development and the nurturing of the mind. Henry David Thoreau emphasizes his spiritual perception to Walden Pond, as the important place where he has experienced the "essential facts of life". On the other hand E.B. White's perception mirrors the social insignificance toward the nature, social carelessne...
  • People Live In Hazard Prone Areas
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    The United States of America experiences a very large number of different natural disasters every year. Most of these natural disasters are expected and all necessary precautions are taken in advance to avoid maximal damage. Some disasters are unexpected; these cause more damage and cost the government more money and casualties. Over the years the natural disasters occurring in the United States have grown in cost to the government. Hurricane Andrew which occurred in 1992 caused the government 2...

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