United States overview
The 20th century was a period of struggle between totalitarianism and liberty – the latter was victorious. In the 21-century, only those nations who are committed to fulfilling human rights and guarantee economic and political freedom will be prosperous.
Defending our Nation against its enemies is the first and fundamental commitment of the Federal Government. Today, that task has changed dramatically. Enemies in the past needed great armies and great industrial capabilities to endanger America. Now, shadowy networks of individuals can bring great chaos and suffering to our shores for less than it costs to purchase a single tank. Terrorists are organized to penetrate open societies and to turn the power of modern technologies against us.
Some people can say that in fact social problems do not exist and all these huge public debates are just a matter of somebody wanting to discuss something that sounds intelligent and not very clear. Let us take a closer look at what we call everyday social problems and see if in fact they exist or just a matter of our imagination.
The reasons from social problems exist on several levels. When we ask where do the common social problem like unemployment, crime, war and poverty come from we often cannot find any answers that would completely satisfy us. Poverty comes from the fact that some people can’t find a job or if they find one they are paid very little, however why is the salary level so low? Probably because of imperfect tax system, why would we use the imperfect tax system? Clearly because someone benefits from it, and this can go on forever.
Democracy and Religion
The term democracy literally mean that the people rule. Every human being is to certain extent political being. The meaning of personality is not exhausted by the importance of every day civil life. I think that religion is more important than democracy.
This does not necessarily indicate that that democracy is not important, but it does say that if democracy is not compatible with the religion then the democracy itself should be ceased not religion. Democracy is not something self-explanatory, and it is validity has to be argued and confirmed by rational grounds. Our dealings with God are definitely more significant than our relations in every day life. The civil society cannot be an alternative to God.
To compare Shakespeare’s Othello and Sophocles’ Oedipus, we have to thoroughly explore both characters and review their personalities. The common thing that they both have that is very obvious – they are both tragic heroes. The devil is reflected in both of their personalities: Othello has in his connection with deceitful Iago and Oedipus is a devil in flesh himself. Now let us take a closer look at both personages.
In Shakespeare play, the personage of Othello possesses certain characteristics that make him seem naïve and unsophisticated compared to other characters. That is why Iago uses him to get the rewards. Iago told Roderigo, “O, sir, content you. I follow him [Othello] to serve my turn upon him” (I, i lines 38-9). Iago takes advantage of Othello in any situation, and Othello always believes him.
Compare and contrast the concept of grief and its implications
The two works I would like to discuss in this essay are “The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich and “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath. Grief is something that unites both pieces and is very strong emotional basis in them.
Sylvia Path uses her poem “Daddy” to show her deep emotions towards here father’s life sufferings and death. She uses very passionate language to put all her grief, rage, confusion and abandonment into her work. Her father was a Nazi soldier that was killed in the World War II while she was still very young. She was saying that she had no idea where he was killed in the battle; the only thing she had left of him is his picture. She speaks about how she chose a man to marry that remotely reminded her of the father to compensate her grief. Sylvia also expresses a dark anger toward him for his political views and actions in such passages as: “Not God but a swastika / so black no sky could squeak through” and “…the brute / Brute heart of a brute like you.” She goes on talk about how her poor or non-existent relationship with her father caused her to enter an unhealthy relationship. Finally, she conveys a mood of overcoming this man’s dark hold on her. She is still filled with unhealthy rage toward him but in her repeating that she is “through” and discussing having killed someone she demonstrates her feelings of self-empowerment.