Reading the book Siddhartha, I stumbled upon a quote that said “It seems to me, Govinda, that love is the most important thing in the world.” In this quote Siddhartha, a man who leaves home for spiritual enlightenment, (not Buddha) talks to his friend Govinda in his later years. I liked this quote because it’s true, love does drive a lot of us. Whether it would be love for your friends, family, or boyfriend/girlfriend, it what drives you to have relationships. In the tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Romeo meets Juliet on the balcony even though their families hate each other. This is a perfect example where love beats fear. Love plays other roles also. For example, a student’s love for learning can get him to college or a man’s love for sports can get him the Olympic medal. In history, one important example where love played a big role is when Henry VIII separated from the Roman Catholic Church and created the Anglican Church so he could divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon for Anne Boleyn.
So a couple months ago, I was reading this book, Split, by Swati Avasthi for an English class of mine. I, without a doubt, enjoyed the book I was reading. Here’s my analysis that I wrote:
Split is an award-winning, realistic fiction book written by Swati Avasthi. The book has a total number of 280 pages, and it could be found in our school library. The story focuses mainly on two brothers, Jace and Christian Witherspoon. After years of suffering from abuse from his father, Jace eventually runs away from home like his older brother did before. Finding himself, bruised and tattered, at Christian’s doorsteps, Christian decides to take him in because he is family. Along with new identities and new friends, the story centers on the two brothers settling into a better life while trying to figure a way to rescue someone that has been unable to escape from the wrath of their enemy for years: their mother. However, they are left with a devastating answer. This report will focus on one of the primary protagonists, Jace Witherspoon, a significant event, and the overall theme that the author is trying to convey. Continue reading
“For all are not created in equal condition; rather, eternal life is fore-ordained for some, eternal damnation for others.”
Is this really it? We have no choice in choosing or path? That if we were meant to be unsuccessful, we will be no matter what we do? So say that a boy named Max’s fate is to end up poor and suffering. He chooses to lie around all day and never work hard or put effort into anything. Then, of course he will end up in poverty. But what if Max chooses to work hard, and he makes it rich in the business industry. However, he could then meet a girl who takes advantage of him and his money, leading him to alcohol and depression, which then leads to failure in work. Losing his job will likely render him unemployed for the rest of his life, thus ending up in the same fate he was supposed to be in. Continue reading
“We’re not here because we’re free. We’re here because we’re not free. There is no escaping reason; no denying purpose. Because as we both know, without purpose, we would not exist. It is purpose that created us. Purpose that connects us. Purpose that pulls us. That guides us. That drives us. It is purpose that defines us. Purpose that binds us.” -Agent Smith
“The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” -John Connor
And here we go. What is fate? Is fate a predetermined course of events that we live through? Is fate, just us, fulfilling the purposes given to us? Or is it the opposite, where our fate is changed with every single decision we make? In Scene V of Antigone, Creon chooses to ignore his own fate, label it as false, and basically call Teiresias a liar, even though his previous prophecy pretty much came true in front of his own eyes. Was it his pride? Was it that Creon wanted to delay the inevitable? Or did Creon think that he could alter the Gods’ wills, to fulfill his own selfish desires in place of their own?
Reading Sophocles The Oedipus Cycle, I thought about the question does fear work out in the long run. The part I was reading at the time was when Creon was talking about why Polynices didn’t deserve a burial and the punishment for burying him. Even with the penalty of death, Antigone still buried her brother. That made me wonder if fear really works in the long run. For example, a dictatorship may control its people through martial law and restriction of multiple rights (press, arms, religion, and other things) for awhile, but eventually the people will revolt in the end. Also, I remembered a famous quote from Niccolo` Machiavelli that said ,”It is better to be feared than loved, if you can’t be both.” His book The Prince talks about how to govern people and I heard that many CEOs and other leaders have read The Prince. Continue reading
When I was visiting the library the other day, I realized that a myriad of people didn’t read books anymore. Usually, I’m reading at least 1 book at any time and I generally enjoy reading. One of my friends hates reading and only reads if he is forced too. I also remember reading a book called Fahrenheit 451 that talked about a future society where reading is virtually extinct and “firefighters” burn books instead of putting out fires.