Candide - 1,931 words
Translated with an Introduction by John Butt In a world of bureaucrats, engineers, and producers, Voltaire is the necessary philosopher. While Candide is without a doubt a farcical, humorous, and far-fetched tale, a seriousness lies beneath its satirical veneer. Candide is the story of an innocent young man embarking on a series of adventures during which he discovers much evil in the world. Throughout his journey Candide believes in and adheres to the philosophy of his teacher, Pangloss, that "all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." This philosophy was prevalent during Voltaire's day, and Candide is Voltaire's scathing response to what he saw as an absurd belief that for it ...
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Causes Of The Civil War - 1,303 words
... 865. This war was one of the most destructive events in American history, costing more than 600,000 lives. It was thought to be one that helped shape the character of the American individual today. From the Southern point of view, this war was a War of Rebellion, or a War for Southern Independence. From the Northern point of view this war was seen as a revolution. This unfortunate war started as a result of many years of differences between the Union and the Confederacy. It erupted after many years of conflict building up between the two regions. Between the North and the South there lay deep economic, social and political differences, but it is important to understand that Slavery was t ...
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The Fall Of The Roman Empire - 1,712 words
The Roman Empire at its peak governed over most of the Eastern world. After the death of Julius Caesar, who had destroyed the Roman Republic, an empire was the easiest was to keep the state going (Kagan-1998-pg. 92). An empire is rule by an emperor, whose range of power is virtually unlimited (Grant-1990-pg.164). Because of the Emperors supreme power, careful selection of these persons is necessary. Changes in the Emperor selection process lead to a selection of leaders who were distracted with tasks other than the development and continuance of the Empire. These changes in the selection process and the irresponsibility in many emperors was a major factor in the decay and collapse of the Rom ...
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Economic Reasons For American Independence - 1,309 words
Economic Reasons for American Independence The thirteen colonies that became the USA were originally colonies of Great Britain. By the time the American Revolution took place, the citizens of these colonies were beginning to get tired of the British rule. Rebellion and discontent were rampant. For those people who see the change in the American government and society a real Revolution, the Revolution is essentially an economic one. The main reason the colonies started rebelling against 'mother England' was the taxation issue. The colonies debated England's legal power to tax them and, furthermore, did not wish to be taxed without representation. This was one of the main causes of the Revolut ...
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Vietnam Draftees - 1,403 words
The Vietnam War was the subject matter of many debates during the 1960s and the 1970s. War advocates and anti-war activists voiced their opinions all throughout the nation about our countrys involvement in Vietnam. People from all walks of life spoke out about the war, from politicians to hippies, making it clear that everyone had their own view on the war, although, not everyone agreed with one another on the decisions and outcomes that were made for our country. Demonstrations and rallies were being held everywhere, from the White House to the streets, either supporting or protesting Americas involvement in the Vietnam War. One of the main causes of debate came from the issue of drafting A ...
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Insomnia - 763 words
Almost everyone experiences insomnia now and then. When one believes he must be in bed by a certain time every night or that he needs a certain number of hours of sleep, it may be the very thing that is preventing him from going to sleep (Munson 21). It is unfortunately true that many people still suffer from poor sleep but do not know that there are numerous programs that can help them. Insomnia, which is due to various causes and includes a vaiety of symptoms, can be reduced or eliminated in a number of ways. Stress is one of the main causes in determining insomnia. It is a fact of every day life and can be defined as any event which causes a significant emotional response. Happy occasions ...
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How Pollution Affects Us And Our Enviornment - 916 words
A. Who makes up most of the pollution B. Who and what is harmed by pollution Conclusion: We need to use renewable resources and finding uses for waste products instead of creating pollution by throwing them out. Our environment is a crucial part of our lives, and we must learn how to treat it correctly. Without it we would not be living. We need to become more aware of the circumstances that are going to take place if action is not taken . We need to stop making emphasis on what will make us more comfortable, because if we dont soon we will not have a world to live in and we will all die. Then how important will living comfortable be. How Pollution Affects Us and Our Surroundings Pollution o ...
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Evolution Of Species - 427 words
I'm sitting down at a computer that has very vast capabilities. It is capable of almost any application, but it being only the size of my history textbook, leaves it fragile and vulnerable. With a few light slams, or the pass of a powerful magnet, it's very existence could be destroyed. Ancient times suggest not only survival of the fittest, but also survival of the smartest. Long ago the dinosaurs went extinct leaving many of the bigger brained mammals the dominant species. Then the larger brained man began using tools to overcome beasts. Through the advancement of technology man created artificial intelligence to help him easily solve complicated problems. Will this intelligence ever becom ...
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The Generals Downfall - 837 words
In the drama Othello by William Shakespeare Othello, the protagonist, is a Moorish general in the Venetian army. Othello marries Desdemona, the daughter of Brabrantio, without her fathers consent. Desdemona proves her love for Othello to her father and Brabantio gives his consent. Othello is sent to Cyprus to fight the Turks whose ships are destroyed on the journey to Cyprus. While in Cyprus Iago tricks Othello into believing that Cassio, Othellos lieutenant slept with Desdemona. Iago hates Othello because Othello made Cassio his lieutenant instead of him. Iago will do whatever he can to make Othello strip Cassio of his rank so that Othello will give it to him. Othello wants Cassio and Desde ...
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Sleep Deprivation - 1,096 words
Sleep deprivation is a severe, overlooked problem for our society and has many negative consequences not accredited to this disorder. A lot of the talk circulating these days is focused on self well-being. We are told from elementary school on to eat from all five food groups, exercise three to five times a week, wash our hands before we do anything, and to disinfect all surfaces in the kitchen to prevent the spread of ecoli and salmonella bacteria. Lectured to all young people are effects of smoking, alcohol, and the dangers of drugs, marijuana and the like. We are told that all these things could lead to our ultimate downfall and may cause a premature death. Drugs and alcohol can lead to d ...
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Cold War - 769 words
The Cold War was a war of words, not violence, that began in 1946. This was signified by competition, tension, and conflict between the Soviet Union, and the United States. In 1946, Sir Winston Churchill gave an address at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo, about foreign affairs of the time. In it he uttered the following quote: "From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent (of Europe)." These words, in some respects, were the beginning of the Cold War. The term "Cold War" was first used by American Bernard Baruch in a congressional debate in 1947, and described the war as increasing tensions between the Soviet Union and the US. Ch ...
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Ghandi - 1,102 words
... rica as well as in India. He used the time in jail to think and plan other actions. He also used the time to think about how he could help the Untouchables. He was a religious man and believed in casts but he did not think that God wanted Untouchables not to have rights. He went for long walks through India to collect money for the Untouchables and he fought for their rights his whole life. He also fought for the peaceful understanding of different religions. When fights broke out between Hindus and Moslems he tried to talk to them and when that did not help he started to fast which he did a lot of times in his life. Once he nearly fasted to death when Hindus and Moslems fought against e ...
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Mississippi - 1,104 words
In the summer of 1993 the United States were faced with the most devastating flood that has ever occurred. Seventeen thousand square miles of land were covered by floodwaters in a region covering all or parts of nine states (North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois). All large Midwestern streams flooded including the Mississippi, Missouri, and Kansas, Illinois, Des Moines and Wisconsin rivers. The Mississippi river was above flood stage for 144 days between April and September and approximately 3 billion cubic meters of water overflowed from the river channel onto the floodplain downstream from St. Louis. There were 4 principal reasons why f ...
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Conflict In Group - 1,081 words
Group work and interaction play a vital role in our society today. Pondering about all the different groups in the world, including religious, military, music and education, one will notice that a majority of work is accomplished in groups. Many factors including different types of conflict and competition within a group can disrupt or hinder the group's ultimate goal. In order to overcome these obstacles, a resolution must be found. Within a group's dynamic, conflicts may exist that could greatly effect the achievement of the final goal. When people with different personalities and ideas cooperate to achieve one goal, conflicts arise. Conflict carries with it a negative connotation that mem ...
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From Whopee To Breadline The Twenties - 1,457 words
The 1920s were a decade of prosperity. After the end of World War I, most Americans had money to spend. America had learned to save much of what they earned due to wartime shortages. During the war, the national debt leaped by nearly 25 times and after there was a brief postwar depression, but this soon gave through to a solid economy which soon began to rise steadily. Government during the 1920s was limited. Americans were ready for peace and prosperity. Harding was the president for the first part of the 1920s. He aimed to be one of the most-loved presidents that America had ever had, but soon his administration gave way to scandals and in 1923 he died of a heart attack. When Harding died, ...
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Tropical Diseases - 1,064 words
Women's Health and Tropical Diseases: A focus on Africa Over one-quarter of the world's population are at risk from parasitic infections and the majority of these infections are confined to the world's poverty belt of the tropics and sub-tropics -- largely in Sub-Saharan Africa. Women constitute nearly 67per cent of the total population of Africa, and to achieve better global health condition, a focus on African women is thus necessary. Low income levels are associated with debilitating disease patterns. Thirty-eight of the world's 63 low-income countries are in Africa. Of its 500 million people, 40 per cent have less than US$1 a day to live on, 68 per cent have no proper sanitation and 52 p ...
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Time And Stress Management - 1,105 words
Do you feel a constant pressure to achieve? Do you feel you haven't done enough no matter how hard you try? Do you give up the simple pleasures in life in order to be the best in everything you do? Do you just feel like there is not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything? Im sure quite a few of you have experienced these feeling, whether it be at work, home, or school. Stress and worry can be dangerous and harmful. They can cause emotional and even physical problems that could very easily damage both your health and performance. Stress has become an epidemic in the workplace. Studies suggest that 90 percent of all doctors' visits are related in some way to stress. One of the main c ...
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Great Depression - 2,000 words
The Great Depression was the worst economic decline ever in U.S. history. It began in late 1929 and lasted about a decade. Throughout the 1920s, many factors played a role in bringing about the depression; the main causes were the unequal distribution of wealth and extensive stock market speculation. Money was distributed unequally between the rich and the middle-class, between industry and agriculture within the United States, and between the U.S. and Europe. This disproportion of wealth created an unstable economy. Before the Great Depression, the "roaring twenties" was an era during which the United States prospered tremendously. The nation's total income rose from $74.3 billion in 1923 t ...
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Coming Plagues - 2,210 words
... ling population? Why are these diseases emerging, and in so many different forms? There are six main causes for the emergence of infectious diseases. One of the major reasons is the rise in international travel and trade. The world is very accessible now, with airplanes and boats, a virus that is in a very isolated situation may find itself in a position to spread around the world. You could be in an African village where people may be dying like flies. Twenty four hours later youre in downtown Los Angeles and coming down with Ebola or Lassa Fever, and you dont even know you have it.# The amount of people crossing international boundaries each year is rising dramatically. The current vol ...
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Avalanch - 1,836 words
... cause slab avalanches. The people do others things on the mountain, like cause loud noises and other things that they just don't realize they did to tell others what might have caused the avalanche. The truth is that most of the avalanches are cause by the victims. It is said that 90% of avalanches are cause by the victims. (About Avalanches) There are things a person can do to prevent being caught in an avalanche. One thing is keep a close watch on the weather and get the forecast before you go climbing. Do not climb or ski if there is a storm coming or it is drifting. Be watching the temperature because that makes the snow loose or hard. If the snow gets to 0 degrees o day it will be ...
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