Aristotle/Spartan Society

RonPaulCurriculum Western Civilization Essay 

This week I learned about the famous philosopher Aristotle. Today’s first history question is “Why was Aristotle a significant figure?”. Aristotle, born in Stagira, Chalcidice, on 384 BC, is an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. He’s partly famous because of his writing works, each having a different genre, some including about physics, biology, poetry, aesthetics, government, theater, and much more.

When he turned 17 or 18, he attended Plato’s Academy in Athens. In the academy Aristotle was an excellent student, he had a passion for learning, but unfortunately, he disagreed with some things that Plato believed in. So he left the school and in 335 BC he started his own school, naming it Lyceum.

Aristotle studied a lot of subjects at the same time. He also tried to classify animals by characteristics but found faults in his theories, so instead, he then classified them by either having red blood cells or not. Although his theory was wrong, it wasn’t found out to be wrong till hundreds of years later. He was also interested in marine biology, and dissected them and wrote a book about it, and was described as pretty accurate. He also touched on earth sciences, specifically meteorology.

He has around 200 works, but unfortunately, only about 30 survived. It is said that Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates are the ones who found western philosophy. Aristotle is a famous historical figure, and his works are still used and set as an example years after his time.

Now we’re moving from Aristotle to Sparta. The second question is, “What was the Spartan society like?”. Well, if you didn’t know, Sparta was a militaristic city-state, they were brought up to serve the military and state.

So by the age of 7, the Spartan boys are sent to military camp and start their training. There, they are given very little clothes to wear and is given barely enough food. At the age of 20, they become a member of the citizen army, and was required to marry, but not allowed to live with their wife, because you still belong to the military. Then finally by the age of 30, they are “certified citizen”.

On the other hand, the girls were not taken away. But was put into hard exercise and workouts to stay fit and healthy. Back then in Sparta, the women were expected to be married and bore children. But if you didn’t marry, that would’ve been seen as disgraceful. But the women in Sparta was allowed to participate in sports and was able to inherit, so they were given freedom in that subject.

But in conclusion, the Spartan society is pretty strict and focused on building their military and training their men. It was really intriguing learning about the Spartan society. Thanks for reading.

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Long-term Optimism in the Psalms

RonPaulCurriculum Western Literature Essay

For this week’s English essay, I’m going to talk about the long-term optimism in the Psalms. Discussed in the last English essay, a Psalm is a “sacred song or hymn, in particular, any of those contained in the biblical Book of Psalms and used in Christian and Jewish worship”.

In the Book of Psalms, there this long-term optimistic faith in the people who follow and worship God. They pray when they are in need of help, and even if God doesn’t act upon it right away, the people have this patience, and confidence that God will help them eventually. Because they know that the Lord never rejects a prayer from a believer who devoted their lives to Him and will punish those who have acted on a crime.

An example is David. Throughout his journey, he has met and come across with his foes. And many times has he prayed and asked for help. When God helped David, they made an agreement, saying that if David will devote his life to God, then He will make sure that nothing happens to him, and he’ll live a satisfactory life.

And generations after generations, people taught their children and grandchildren about the Lord, and how if you believe in him, then he’ll make sure that you will not be harmed. And these people eventually get this long-term optimistic view on God, cause they believe in Him, and know that in time, He’ll hear their prayers and act upon them.

I believe this long-term optimism is important. If people don’t have this optimism, then what good are they. True followers will always have confidence in God no matter how long he takes to give an answer. Those who don’t aren’t real supporters. Anyways, I hope you liked this essay, thanks for reading.

Going the Extra Mile

RonPaulCurriculum Business I Essay

So for business, I have a couple of questions I have to answer.

The first one would be, “What am I willing to settle for one year from now?”. So in one year from now, I would still be younger than 15, so I can’t get a driving license yet. But I’ve always wanted to learn ASL(American Sign Language), so far I’ve only learned the alphabet from online. But also be at least fluent or semi-fluent in a language. My family is always pushing me to learn Spanish, Chinese and French. So at least one of those, or all of them, one at a time of course, but I also want to learn Japanese. So I have a lot learning to do.

The second question is, “What am I willing to settle for on my 18th birthday?”. Fluent in at least one other language, and have a part-time or full-time job. Done or almost done with school. My dad is always pushing my brother and me to take CLEP exams when we’re old enough, so at least taken and passed a couple CLEP exams.

Third question, “What am I willing to settle for at age 25?”. I hope I have money saved up from my job, and hopefully, by 25, I’m traveling the world. My friend and I have “planned” to go travel Europe when we’re older. So hopefully by 25 or younger, we’re traveling the world.

Finally the last question, “How can the strategy of going the extra mile help me attain these goals?”. Well, what they mean by going the extra mile, is doing more than what you need to do. This strategy will for sure maintain your goal that you have, for example, me. I want to learn a language, I can do one lesson a day, but if I go an extra mile and do more than one a lesson a day, then I would for sure learn the language faster and save time at the same time. Or I could do extra lessons on the weekend if I have time. I usually don’t like doing schoolwork during the weekends, but I can just think of it as learning a language for fun, and it’ll benefit me when I grow older.

So I hope you liked this essay, thanks for reading.

Socrates vs. Sophists/Plato’s Allegory of the Cave

RonPaulCurriculum Western Civilization Essay

This week was about philosophers, mainly Socrates and Plato.

The first topic is about the disagreement Socrates had with the Sophists. Socrates was a Greek Philosopher and is credited with being one of the people who discovered Western philosophy. You see, Socrates believed in finding the absolute truth by reason and evidence. He believed that you could find the truth if you just keep digging. The Sophists, on the other hand, were a group of people who just believe in relativism. The definition of relativism, “the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute”. And Socrates fairly disagreed with them, and never liked their way of teaching.

The second topic is about Plato’s point in his allegory of the cave. If you’ve never heard of Plato’s allegory of the cave, that’s okay, cause I’ve never heard of it either, until this lesson. The story starts when these people are chained in a cave and are faced inwards. They see these shadows and believe that these shadows are there, that they’re built on the wall. Then the story goes on that the philosopher escapes the cave and discovers that these shadows are not the absolute thing and that their just a silhouette of the real thing.

And the point that Plato’s making is that it’s the philosophers who escape of the cave and tries to see the answers, seeing things from the outside the box. Unlike the people in the cave who believe what they see or hear, and don’t really keep an open mind about things.

I hope you liked this essay, thanks for reading.

Psalms

RonPaulCurriculum Western Literature Essay

So this week for English, we learned about Psalms. So for today’s essay topic, “How important is the concept of historical sanctions in the Psalms?” A Psalm is a sacred song or hymn in the Book of Psalms, used in the Christian and Jewish worship. People sing these hymns usually to get help from God when they are in trouble, or being harmed by people. I think the concept of the historical sanctions is important. It shows that when people are good, they are left unhurt, but the sinners are shown no mercy.

The immoral people are those who don’t care for others and hurt them. They only care about themselves and don’t believe in God. In the Psalms, it shows how God will punish those who are hurtful and bad. An example includes when God sent all kinds of bugs to eat all the crops from a village, and also turned the river, where they were getting their water, to blood. In the end, God is the Lord, and those people will have to go through the consequences.

But the good people who believe and follow God, are instead spared. Because these people are grateful and following the right path. These people believe in God, and that God is behind them and makes things right for them. Because they trust God, they always turn to God, when they are in need of guidance or help.

In conclusion, the idea of the historical sanctions in the Psalms is pretty important. They show how the merciful people who do not care and disobey God, are punished, and those who in their hearts believe in God, are instead benefited. Today’s essay is a bit short, but thanks for reading.

The Odyssey and the Cyclopes

RonPaulCurriculum Western Civilization Essay

So for today’s first history question, “Read Homer’s description of the Cyclopes (plural) in Book 9 of The Odyssey. Would you describe them as having a civilization?”

In Homer’s description of the lifestyle of the Cyclopes, it didn’t really seem like it was really a civilization. In the Odyssey, Odysseus and his men stopped on the island and saw that the Cyclopes only bred and ate sheep and that they all lived in caves.

It was more like each man for themselves, except it was each family for themselves. There wasn’t much interactions or connections with other Cyclops families. Each Cylope focused on feeding their own families, with the sheep they bred. So, no, I wouldn’t really describe it as a civilization.

The second question is “What happens between the Cyclops and Odysseus and his men? How does the story end?”

So Odysseus and his men went out scouting the island, and they find this cave with a bunch of foods, and his men just wanted to steal the food, but Odysseus being polite waited till the owner came home. But instead, the owner, Polyphemus, ate two of Odysseus’s men, then fell asleep.

Then the next morning, Polyphemus ate another two men and it was time to take his sheep outside to the grassland and closed the boulder behind him. So Odysseus, now filled with rage, and his remaining men decided to sharpen this wooden peg they found and kill Polyphemus. When he came back, and Odysseus asked if he wanted some wine, so after a while, Polyphemus got drunk and fell asleep.

Then Odysseus and his men stabbed his only eye with the peg, and Polyphemus screamed with agony, and shifted to the entrance and blocked the exit. And after a restless night, in the next morning when it was time to let out the sheep, and Odysseus and his men tied themselves underneath the sheep, and was finally free.

And that’s end of that story. Thanks for reading.

Business in 2030

RonPaulCurriculum Business I Essay

So for today’s Business essay topic, I have to write about “Why is running my own business a way to guarantee my employment in 2030”. Because of the high-tech technology that a lot of people are creating, people are getting worried that in the near future, robots will soon take over our jobs, and we won’t be able to get paid.

Which could be partially true, but people have different opinions on this. But if you have your own business, you’re the one in control, you could either get robots to replace your employees, but depending on what your business is about. If it’s just a repetitive job, like in a fast food, flipping burgers and taking orders, then I believe it’s fine. But in a job where the skill is unique, I believe in hiring a guy who actually knows his stuff.

Now I do believe that we will be using more advanced technology in the near future, but that doesn’t mean that they are to take over everything. There are things that robots can’t-do, for example, showing emotions, taking care a child, like babysitting, or doing surgery. I have heard somewhere, doctors are using a robot to perform because it has steadier hands, but under the human supervision of course. So yes, technology is better than ever, but it doesn’t mean that it’s always a bad thing.

In conclusion, having a business means you control your business and pay your own checks, and it’s definitely a guarantee of an employment in 2030. But even if robots weren’t taking over, it’s always a good idea of owning a business than working for someone. Thanks for reading.