Why Philosophy

I’d like to begin with a story. Suppose you are a trolley car driver, and you’re heading down a straight track at 50 mph. Up ahead you see five people at the end of the track, working on it, and completely oblivious to the fact that you’re heading straight for them. So, your reflexes kick in and you stomp on the brakes ; however, your brakes don’t work. You start panicking ...
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An Expose on Wheat

We’ve all heard the phrase, “it’s better than sliced bread,” but have we ever thought about the gravity of that assumption? To qualify a miraculous, stunning invention as being “better” than sliced bread, we must act under the presumption that sliced bread is tough competition for World’s Greatest Thing. Something we dub “better than sliced bread” is undeniably awesome and i...
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Comments on More's "Utopia"

Utopia: Thomas More’s Alternative Society Have you ever heard the word “Utopia” used in a conversation? In English the word is defined as an imagined place or state in which everything is perfect. Did you ever wonder from where the word came? The word first came into use by Sir Thomas More, when he wrote his book entitled Utopia, published in 1516. Utopia is essentially a de...
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Hemingway

`Everyone can have a different perspective on life and how they want to live it. However, with age comes more knowledge and wisdom on the idea if there is even a true meaning of life. The short story, Clean Well-Lighted Place does a great example of portraying that. Ernest Hemingway shows the idea of life as nothingness through the characters dialogue, internal thoughts, and...
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Use of Force

The desire for control can destroy or build nations, lose or save lives, and break down or build up one’s reputation. Though this desire is ubiquitous in society, it has a negative impact on many, regardless of its intent. In “Use of Force” by William Carlos Williams, control and its causes are main themes discussed in the short story. The vicious cycle of desiring control, h...
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Jealousy's a Goon

Jealousy is one of those emotions humans constantly struggle with. Envious feelings are unwanted and can creep up when not expected. There is no cure or rulebook for dealing with jealousy and the effects have the potential to cause disaster. In A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan explores different reactions to jealousy and the blindness caused by this emotion through ...
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The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn

An ‘unpardonable sin’ is the subordination of the heart to the intellect. This type of sin is especially terrible to transcendentalist as it goes against the laws of nature; Nathanial Hawthorne expresses his view on it through his novels. In The Scarlet Letter, three characters, Hester, Dimmesdale, and Chillingworth, are guilty of an “unpardonable sin”. Through the difference...
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Trustworthiness 

A famous saying is, “Trust is a fragile thing. Easy to break, easy to lose, and one of the hardest things to ever get back.” Trustworthiness means deserving trust or confidence; dependable; reliable. I think about the word trust everywhere, or when I am around someone. If you lose trust, you lose everything, keeping trust is a struggle, and trustworthiness means...
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I Do…..For Now

Elizabeth Taylor, Larry King,Lana Turner,and Mickey Rooney .What do all these people have in common? Well yeah they are celebrities, but considering how many times they’ve been married and divorced; there really isn’t anything worth celebrating over. Just at the brink of the the 1970’s there was a 20 % increase in the rate of of divorce to marriage; since then,that number has...
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An Activity That Changed Me

“Sure, add me to the list.”That is how it all began.Four years ago I said yes when a friend asked me to volunteer to be a part of a unique group called The Challenger Program.It was a new program in Northborough that his mom was starting, that would help children with special needs play sports.It sounded great to me as it was connected to sports and to helping kids.Little di...
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