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Love for Centuries Great Leaders Entertainers Mothers Essay

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For centuries, great leaders, entertainers, mothers, teacher and a variety of others have searched for the meaning of love. However, even the best philosophers, with the profound thoughts, could not fully define love.

Perhaps the reason for this is that love is such a broad subject. There are dozens of answers to the question, "What is love?" Love can be selfless, selfish, giving, jealous, unconditional, temporary, and many other things.

People establish relationships with many different types of people, including family members, neighbors, co-workers, friends, spouses, significant others, and more. People have been taught that the love is different depending on whom they love.

The emotion of love is the same regardless of whom it is felt for. Lovers want their loved ones to be happy, accept them as they are, and appreciate some aspect about them. However, even though love is the same, it feels different depending on whom the loved one is.

Love is very complex and dynamic. Different people love in different ways, and there are many types of love, as well. This essay narrows the types of love down to the basic ones.

Types of Love

The first is romantic love. It consists of memories of a first kiss and dancing with someone you simply adore. Romantic love involves constantly thinking about the one you love and going out of your way to be close to them. It is the most heated form of love, as the lovers cannot bear to be without one another. This type of love is the initial stage of a relationship between a man and a woman.

This type of love will either dissolve or take on another form, such as logical love, in which a person selects a mate that he or she believes is Mr. Or Mrs. Right. Ideally, this person will…… [Read More]

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Why Parental Love for a Child Should Be Unconditional Essay

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Merit: Reflection

David Brooks (2015) makes a valid point in his New York Times article "Love and Merit." His aim is to show that parental love is more important and effective than meritocratic love. The difference between the two is that the former is unconditional and gives the child the sense that he or she is loved no matter what -- even if he or she fails at everything the child attempts, the parent still loves the child. Meritocratic love, on the other hand, is based the child's success at various tasks, whether school, sports, or sociality. Meritocratic love, Brooks argues, reinforces the wrong ideas in the child -- namely, that the child is only valuable so long as he performs well. But this notion sets up a false idea within society. It props up a person's sense of self-worth by gauging the person's value according to standards that do not transcend to the higher realm of truth, beauty, goodness and love. Love, Brooks argues, especially from a parent, should be akin to charity: it should not judge or be discriminatory. It should see goodness everywhere it looks. Children, Brooks suggests, need such unconditional love so that they can grow up feeling whole and secure. If the love they receive is only meritocratic then they will always feel a pressure to perform and never really understand what real love is all about.

Thus, this article is significant in the sense that it drives home a major point about love and how it should be shown. Love should not be "a tool to exercise control," so Brooks contends. It should be something that comes out of a parent's heart without respect to what a child does. Whether a child is good or bad should make no difference on how a parent displays love. Love that is rooted in the "culture of meritocracy" is not real love -- it is a manipulation, an exploitation of love for an end that is…… [Read More]

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History of Love Is About Essay

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A good example of this can be seen in the passage which says, "She gave him a photograph of a boy who was now five. She said you stopped writing. I thought you were dead. He looked at the photograph of the boy who would grow up to look like him, who, although the man didn't know it would go to college, fall in love, out of love and become a famous writer." (Krause) This is illustrating some of the losses that Leo is seeing with Alma and his son.

The way that love creates bonds for Leo is through observing his son from a distance and seeing him develop over the years. This occurs after Alma dies and he watches him become a famous writer. At the same time, Leo wants to receive the credit for writing a novel that was published. These events are showing how love creates a bond for him through seeing his son grow up. He also is feeling love about the story he created and wanting to be recognized for his contribution. (Krause)

Kraus is telling everyone that history and love can be conflicting events. This is taking place, when different situations will have an impact on personal relationships and everybody's lives. For Leo, this is true by illustrating how he lost his family and became a shell of person from being so disconnected. Moreover, the loss of love occurs from not having the passion to follow his dreams (most notably: Leo's inability to not continue with his writing). (Krause)

Clearly, history and love are interconnected based upon events that are happening and the impacting it is having on everyone. In the book, Leo is the classical example of this, by showing how the German invasion and occupation of Poland had a profound impact on his life. This set off a chain of events, which made him an observer about his past loves and the feelings he has towards them.

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Krause, Nicole. The History of Love. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005, Print.

MLA Format. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/06/
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Reflection Assessment God Love Essay

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Friendship, Marriage and God

One of the most compelling themes of the Christian gospel is love. Christian love refers to many things including the divine love of God for Creation, and also to human love for each other. Human love can manifest in a number of different ways or types of relationships. Marriage and friendship are two of the most important and universal types of human relationships that are based on love. In spite of differences in culture, language, and ethnicity, all Christians perceive and communicate love in similar ways. Christian love as a strong theological component, as for the first time in recorded history, God became equal to love: "God is love," (1 John 4:8). The Bible also shows how and why love can be psychologically as well as spiritually transformative, which is why the theme of love remains constant throughout the New Testament. Essentially, there are three distinct but related types of love in Christian doctrine: agape, Eros, and philia (Carmichael 4). Agape refers to the outpouring of divine love from God "through the Holy Spirit" and into the hearts of human beings (Romans 5:5). Eros is squarely focused on the love between husband and wife, which is a special type of Christian relationship. Finally, philia is a broad term referring to friendship as well as all other virtuous, respectful, and altruistic human relationships. Thesis: Christian love is defined by the commingling of agape, eros, and philia; it is impossible to experience, share, or define Christian love without all three of these essential components.

The Christian concept of love has evolved through the merging of Christianity with Greek philosophy. However, the term agape was not a term found in Classical Greek, indicating a completely new concept of love that came from Christ, which required the new word (Carmichael 35). The concept of agape is therefore the most central and important to Christian love, and underwrites all other types and manifestations of love including marriage and friendship. Agape is defined as the "altruistic love flowing down from God," (Carmichael 4). Likewise, the Bible clearly indicates that a person is incapable of truly loving God with agape without also and simultaneously cultivating and expressing love for fellow human beings in the forms of eros and philia: "Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister…… [Read More]

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Analysis of Christian Love and Friendship Essay

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Christian gospel is love. Christian love is conceived of as the divine love of God for Creation, but equally as important to Christ's teachings is human love. Human love can manifest in a number of different ways or types of relationships. Marriage and friendship are two of the most important and universal types of human relationships that are based on love. In spite of differences in culture, language, and ethnicity, all Christians perceive and communicate love in similar ways. Christian love as a strong theological component, as for the first time in recorded history, God became equal to love: "God is love," (1 John 4:8). The Bible also shows how and why love can be psychologically as well as spiritually transformative, which is why the theme of love remains constant throughout the New Testament. Essentially, there are three distinct but related types of love in Christian doctrine: agape, eros, and philia. Agape refers to the outpouring of divine love from God "through the Holy Spirit" and into the hearts of human beings (Romans 5:5). Eros is squarely focused on the love between husband and wife, which is a special type of Christian relationship. Finally, philia is a broad term referring to friendship as well as all other virtuous, respectful, and altruistic human relationships. Christian love is defined by the commingling of agape, eros, and philia; it is impossible to experience, share, or define Christian love without all three of these essential components.

The unique Christian concept of love has evolved through the merging of Christianity with Greek philosophy. However, the term agape was not a term found in Classical Greek, indicating a completely new concept of love that came from Christ, which required the new word (Carmichael 35). The concept of agape is therefore the most central and important to Christian love, and underwrites all other types and manifestations of love including marriage and friendship. Although agape best defines the relationship between God and human beings, neither eros nor philia would…… [Read More]

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Duality of Love the Principle Essay

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But it was from the difference between us, not from the affinities and likenesses, but from the difference, that love came: and it was itself the bridge, the only bridge, across what divided us" (Le Guin).

The "love" referred to in this quotation that arose between the female Estraven and Ai stemmed from distinctions of gender, since it originated due to the attractive nature of Estraven as a woman and of Ai as a man. However, this love actually transcends mere gender, which is evinced by the fact that the love is not sexually consummated in a physical form, but is rather consummated in an unconditional form of love that is the basis of the "friendship" that arose between Ai and Estraven. This love is perhaps the ultimate expression of the loyalty and fidelity that Estraven always demonstrated towards Ai, and which now is finally reciprocated by the latter. So although gender is influential in this passage and throughout the Left Hand of Darkness, it is only noteworthy for the fact that it reinforces the novel's primary theme, that of the duality between betrayal and fidelity that the relationship between Ai and Estraven characterizes.

Further evidence for the fact that the central premise of Le Guin's novel is the duality between betrayal and loyalty and not that of male and female gender is found in an examination of other aspects of Ai's learning to trust Estraven. Aside from their experience together in the kemmer, one of the most salient of these aspects is Ai's teaching of telepathy to Estraven. There is a certain intimacy in this form of communication, in which one simply psychically "hears" a voice inside one's mind, that is fairly integral to the forming of mutual trust between the pair. Furthermore, the source of Estraven's unyielding loyalty and fidelity towards Ai is alluded to during their telepathic communication,…… [Read More]

Jordison, Sam. "Back to the Hugos: The Left Hand of Darkness by Usula K. Le Guin." The Guardian. 2010. Web. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2010/mar/25/left-hand-darkness-ursula-guin

LeFanu, Sarah. "The King is Pregnant." The Guardian. 2004. Web. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2004/jan/03/sciencefictionfantasyandhorror.ursulakleguin
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Samurai's Garden Love Loyalty and Essay

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Like Stephen, Sachi's illness is feared by many because it is contagious -- another reason Stephen has been sent away is not just to recuperate, but because of the fear that he may infect his young sister. Sachi's courage in the face of social exclusion and the love she feels for Matsu inspires Stephen to have courage to rebuild his life, even while the world is falling apart and he struggles with his illness.

By talking to Sachi, Stephen learns more about the complexities of Matsu's character. Matsu is initially a closed and rather taciturn man, but this surface appearance conceals great strength. "I believe Matsu always had inner strength, even as a young boy," says Sachi (Tsukiyama 80). Like Sachi, the gardener has been able to weather adversity while still holding within his heart compassion and love towards others. He is clearly the samurai of the title, and in the garden he tends there is a symbolic representation of his fidelity: "thee bridge represented the samurai's difficult path from this world to the afterlife. When you reach the top of the bridge, you can see your way to paradise...to simply live without fear has been a true paradise" (Tsukiyama 58). Stephen, like Sachi, experiences a sense of freedom from physical pain and shares in a mutual spiritual liberation in the garden in the presence of Matsu. Stephen also gains a new sense of freedom in his painting that he lacked before coming to Japan.

Even while relations between China and Japan grow sour, and the Japanese community as a whole begins to turn away from Stephen, the unity and possibility that can exist between mutually suffering but good people is manifest in the relationships of Sachi, Matsu, and Stephen. The notion of loyalty, so important during a war, becomes problematic over the course of the novel. Ultimately, the novel counsels that the greatest loyalty is loyalty to the value of hope and the loyalty to one's friends, regardless of nation. Even after Stephen leaves Matsu and the garden, he takes the memories and lessons of what he learned within him, and uses them to sustain his spirits and his paintings.

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Tsukiyama, Gail. The Samurai's Garden. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.
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Love Defining Love Love Is Not a Essay

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Defining Love

"Love is not a feeling. It's an ability." -- Peter Hedges

When asked to define "love" in one word, many adjectives come to mind -- wonderful, unconditional, mysterious, and powerful. Love is considered one of the greatest emotions known to human kind and ranges from familial love to romantic devotion to the benign love that exists between good friends (Rosenburg, 2009). Love can be a sentiment or an action; a noun (love is a many splendored thing) or a verb (love like you've never been hurt). Love creates families, motivates acts of kindness, and inspires people to creativity. We view it as a protective force, such as a mother's love for a child. However, it can also move into more dangerous territory. Thousands perish in wars fought for love of God and country. Truly, there are myriad lens through which to examine this complex concept.

Webster's dictionary generally defines love as "the intense emotion that we feel when we are drawn to a person or object we believe has value, worth, or goodness" (Merriam-Webster, 2012). This description allows us to merge our intellectual understanding of love and our shared emotional experience of it as well. Perhaps the best descriptor for love is "complicated." It is an emotion that can mean many different things to different people. Thus, it is helpful to approach defining this multi-faceted concept by noting historical categorizations of love and explaining what love is "not" to get closer to a concrete understanding of what it is.

Historical Definitions

Most cultures and world religions describe love as an affectionate or passionate devotion (Mills, 2011). Plato and Aristotle posited that love is the desire and longing of the imperfect for the perfect. Hinduism makes reference to love as a primarily pleasurable, sexual experience. In Buddhism, love is described as selfish and a hindrance to enlightenment. St. Augustine is said to have spoken of the order of love (ordo amoris), which occurs when the love of God supersedes love of self. Perhaps it was the Greeks that offered one of the most expansive definitions…… [Read More]

Elliott, M. (2012). The Emotional Core of Love: The Centrality of Emotion in Christian Psychology and Ethics. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 31(2), 105-117.

love. 2012. In Merriam-Webster.com. Retrieved October 12, 2012, from  http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/love 
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What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Essay

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Love is a word that is often overused and sometimes underappreciated. And despite the confusion some people have in separating romantic love from sensual pleasure, or real love from friendship -- love is among the most powerful ideas in the world. Given all the tension and hatefulness in the world, it is the opinion of this paper that any love is good love, no matter how bizarre or byzantine it may appear to society.

The widely diverse and dissimilar kinds of love that writer Raymond Carver alludes to in his short story simply reflect the vast chasm between one personality and the next. It may seem blatantly obvious to say this, but individual approaches to love -- and reflections on love -- are of course based on each person's life experiences. Bob Dylan wrote a song -- "Love is Just a Four-Letter Word" -- that has an ironic twist to it, but is wholly appropriate because love can turn to another four-letter work, hate. Moreover, love can turn just as easily into pain (another four-letter word). There are people I know who think they love each other but in fact they are just friends who love to party, have sex, and travel together while pretending to be locked in a romantic relationship.

In my own life my parents were often seen kissing in the kitchen while mom was cooking dinner. She would call out dad's name and he would go into the kitchen -- where the wonderful smells of her cooking filled the air and spread throughout the house -- not to have him help her with some task, but rather to kiss him. My bedroom was on the other side of the thin wall from my parents' bedroom and they clearly had a great sensual relationship to go along with their fondness and publicly shown affection.

On the other hand, one of my best friends in high school had parents who stayed together to raise their family albeit they didn't seem to like each other at all. I would visit my friend to shoot some hoops in his back driveway and you could hear his parents fighting like cats and dogs. My friend told me his parents had separate bedrooms, and that they each cooked their own meals. This kind of love is based on a married couple whose only goal is…… [Read More]

Carver, Raymond. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. New York: Random

House, 2009.
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True Love Is Analyzed Essay

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Love Actually is a course that teaches students to understand and appreciate the various facets of love from a variety of different perspectives. The course is stratified according to the different weeks it runs, with each week presenting a different theme related to the notion of love. In this way, students can get a more comprehensive understanding of love from a variety of approaches that can collectively influence their regard for this force in the world today.

The focus of the first week of this class is an overview of the very notion of love itself. It is critically to denote that love actually implies a degree of intimacy with others, which is demonstrable via the "bond" of romantic mating 1. Of course, there are numerous degrees of intimacy with which one can have with others -- which means that there are numerous varieties or shades of love. Perhaps a better way to contextualize this idea is that there are different shades of love. For instance, one does not love a romantic partner the same way that one loves a pet. Nonetheless, it is imprudent to assume that the degree of intimacy fostered between a pet and its owner does not count as some form, or shade, of love. To that end, it is useful to create a taxonomy of these twin notions of love and intimacy. Most of those taxonomies can pertain to different types of relationships in which love is involved, such as that pertaining to deities, family members, romantic partners, pets. Additional points of codification include types of family members. There is also unconditional versus conditional love. Additional salient correlations between love pertain to its relationship with happiness. Quite often, there is a need for individuals to experience some form of love to be happy. Simultaneously, the absence of love can lead to depression -- which implies finding it might possibly cure such melancholy.

The second week of this course is focused on the correlation between love and the humanities. This relationship is pivotal, because the humanities provide one of the fundamental ways for people to express love. Additionally, the notion that love can be expressed is also important when understanding the very nature of love itself. Quite simply, those who love want to express their…… [Read More]

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Zamyatin We 20th Century Russian Literature Essay

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paradox of the perfect selfless citizen O-90

On one hand, the soft, unified and always feminine presence of O-90 in Yevgeny Zamyatin's novel We stands as an idealized example of unquestioned obedience to the authority of a unified and totalitarian state. The future dystopia of We in the form of One State in We has entirely erased the concept of human individuality and independent thought. It has produced a citizen body that is entirely permeated by its beliefs, of which the spherical O-90 is perhaps the most obvious physical and psychological example. However, O-90's existence in a state of emptiness and her willingness to become a psychic void lacking a sense of self also means she is paradoxically capable of embodying the ideal of unconditional love, more than anyone else in the novel.

Of course, unconditional love is something hardly tolerated as a product of a unified state ideology. Love is not a value that successfully propagates the notions that enable the totalitarian institutions of One State to flourish. But because of the mindlessness and unity encouraged by the state, O-90's is capable of utterly unconditional love for the object of her affection. She has no self and no sense of self-protection, thus she is incapable of reporting her lover's transgressions to the Bureau of Guardians, even when her lover betrays her sexually.

This selflessness is a consequence of a state that denies the right of a selfish individuality to exist and also does not give citizens the ability to choose, when presented with a conflict between divided loyalties. While O-90 understands that her discretion would be considered an act of treason she willingly sacrifices her loyalty and duty to the Benefactor to protect her lover because she has not been schooled in how to make a priority-based choice.

Choice, One State assumed, would be unnecessary to instruct its citizens in, as One State was created to amass a workforce of citizens incapable of any concealed motives or thoughts, not simply to the Benefactor but to any fellow creature. One State has attempted to do away with privacy and private passions, one of the reason that most objects are made of a clear material similar to glass -- but this absence of concealment also means O-90 cannot conceal anything…… [Read More]

Zamyatin, Yevgeny. We. New York: Eos, 1984.
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Papa's Waltz by Theodore Roethke Essay

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These are far different ways of symbolizing similar coping skills, but they do have many things in common. Both poems use symbolism to mean more to the reader, and they make the reader think about their own life, too. They do this by painting vivid word pictures.

Imagery in these poems is very important in getting the details across. Frost uses the peaceful image of a snowy wood to contrast with the narrator's clearly busy life. Frost writes, "He will not see me stopping here / To watch his woods fill up with snow" (Frost). The reader can almost see the image of the woods at dusk, and the silent falling flakes of snow. Who would not want to linger there? Roethke's poem also uses vivid imagery to make the poem stick in the mind of the reader. He writes, "The hand that held my wrist / Was battered on one knuckle; / At every step you missed / My right ear scraped a buckle" (Roethke). The reader can almost see the image of the father, a working man, waltzing his small son around the tiny kitchen. The imagery helps the reader understand the poem and appreciate the characters. It is easy to identify with a loving son and father and someone who wants to have a moment of peace in a busy life. The poets use different imagery, but they use it to convey details about their characters in very few words. They draw vivid pictures, and that makes the poems more memorable.

In conclusion, the poems show that very different poetry can still contain commonalties that make it interesting and vivid. Poetry can vary in style, meter, theme, and symbolism, but they all still share many common elements that are vital to all poems. Without these common elements to hold them together, poems would simply be groups of words. By using literary elements, they become works of art that mean something and are memorable.… [Read More]

Frost, Robert. "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Personal Web Page. 2005. 14. Oct. 2005.  http://www.ketzle.com/frost/snowyeve.htm 

Roethke, Theodore. "My Papa's Waltz." FavoritePoem.org. 2005. 14 Oct. 2005. http://www.favoritepoem.org/poems/roethke/waltz.html
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Grandfather My Grandpa Was a Essay

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I felt a little said I couldn't take them all home and show them to Grandma, but that was soon overcome by feeling good about letting them go instead of being greedy and wasting nature's beautiful resources.

That just had to be one of the best days of my life because I still remember it with warmth in my heart, appreciation for what I learned, and a deep love for Grandpa for taking the time to teach me.

He saved my cousin Richard's life too. I was eight. Richard was twelve, and almost didn't make it to thirteen. It was Christmas vacation at Grandma and Grandpa's house in Arkansas. A heavy snow had fallen, and us kids were having an all-out snowball fight near the lake. Of course, Grandpa had warned us several times not to go near the lake, but, hey, we were kids and we were having fun, and who cared about the old lake anyway.

Richard fell backwards off the boat dock and into the almost frozen water. He sank like a rock but came back to the surface, his heavy winter clothing soaked, heavy, and dragging him down. We were all in a panic. He was too heavy to pull out even if we could have reached him.

Richard was drowning right before our eyes.

And then, like an angel appearing out of nowhere, Grandpa was there in a flash. He rescued Richard using a buoy attached to a rope and we all pulled him to safety. and, you know what I remember most? Grandpa never shouted at us and made us feel stupid for ignoring his warnings. He just took Richard back in the house. We never heard a word about it.

That was my Grandpa. A giver of unconditional love, eyes that revealed a life of love, a giver of grand memories, a man who loved to laugh, a man with a heart as huge as…… [Read More]

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Unfaithful and the Faithful A Essay

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As Jason states,"Twas not for the woman's sake I wedded the king's daughter, my present wife" (Euripides 547). This shows that he has no real regard for his new wife. He also goes on to describe how they will benefit from the marriage. In part, Jason is telling the truth. He has married to further his position. His lie to Medea is that he pretends he has done it for their family, when his only real concern is himself. This shows that Jason is driven and unscrupulous, focused on getting what he wants and willing to manipulate and wrong others to achieve his own needs. This difference in what they want from life is part of the reason that Jason is an adulterer and Charles is not. Jason's drive for success is the reason he is not faithful to Medea. Jason's focus exclusively on his own personal success also means that he does not care about ruining his relationship with Medea. In contrast, Charles's joy in life comes from his relationship with his wife, so he would not even consider being unfaithful and ruining the relationship.

A related difference between Charles and Jason is their level of self-involvement. Jason is completely self-involved, caring about nobody except himself. This includes that he only views both his wives in terms of what they provide for him. This explains why Jason shows no loyalty to his wives, since he does not consider or care about their feelings at all. Even when he is trying to convince Medea that marrying another woman was to her benefit, he makes it clear that he chose to marry her to serve his own needs. As he says, "what happier device could I, an exile, frame than marriage with the daughter of the king?" (Euripides 529). For Jason, his actions are determined by what he will gain and include no regard for other people. With Jason's focus exclusively on his own…… [Read More]

Euripides. Medea. New York: Dover Publications, 1993.

Flaubert, Gustav. Madame Bovary. New York: Penguin, 1982.
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Charles Pierce Essay

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Charles Peirce maintained that unconditional love gives rise to courage that helps in the generation of new ideas. This love known as agapism generates in a person a desire to break free of old habits and take risks which reflects the unfolding of God's mighty plan of evolution.

Charles Peirce developed an interesting theory of love and evolution that combined biology with philosophy to give us a scientific version of his philosophical musings. In these theories he combined Darwin's theory of evolution with ethical teachings and his own philosophies to explain how mind worked and the significance of love in our lives. He believed that concepts of evolution and philosophy were intricately connected and were part of the same process. This idea was expressed in his "The Law of the Mind" and is largely based on such concepts as Synechism, Tychism, and Agapism. These terms literally mean continuity, chance, and love and Peirce's idea of combining them stemmed from the belief that these concepts together formed the larger process called reality. Peirce's Law of the mind hence states:

...there is but one law of mind, namely, that ideas tend to spread continuously and to affect certain others which stand to them in a peculiar relation of affectability. In this spreading they lose intensity, and especially the power of affecting others, but gain generality and become welded with other ideas (CP 6.104).

In this regard, his theory of agapism plays a crucial role. According to Peirce, it is agapism that gives man courage to move ahead in the unknown or take risks with his life. This is an interesting concept which is deeply grounded in ethical and religious teachings as Peirce often referred to God when explaining this theory. Peirce believed that growth comes from unconditional love. This meant that if a person is certain of receiving unconditional love no matter what he does, he is more likely to take risks and do something with his life. Peirce like Dewey subscribed to Darwin's theory of evolution but also maintained the growth spiritual as well as physical was subject to agapism and those who grow the most are the ones who believe in unconditional love. Agape is derived from Greek verb agapan which referred to caring for children and servants, people who are under one's…… [Read More]

Works Cited:
Charles Sanders Peirce, Collected Papers, Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Charles Sanders Peirce (author) Philip P. Wiener (editor). Values in a Universe of Chance: Selected Writings of Charles S. Peirce. Doubleday. Garden City, NY. 1958
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David Powlison's Book Seeing With Essay

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While Powlison may not agree with those approaches, he does acknowledge their existence. Therefore, in the second part of his book, Powlison examines psychological knowledge of human behavior and motivation.

However, it is important to keep in mind that the Bible is the basis for all of Powlison's discussions. While he may develop a personality theory, it is a personality theory based on Scripture. According to reviewer Bob Kelleman:

"the strength of this section is found in Powlison's insistence on building a view of human nature not coram anthropos (from the perspective of humanity), but coram Theos (from the perspective of God). We can understand people via people, or we can understand people via God. Powlison rightly chooses to understand the creature not through the creature but through the Creator (Kelleman).

To do this, Powlison uses x-ray questions, which he says reveal what God sees when he looks at an individual. He almost dismisses modern diagnostic tools, because he says that God not only sees what makes people tick, but also accurately interprets what he sees (Powlison, p.125-126).

However, these x-ray questions are not meant to be answered by God, but by the person who is being asked the question. Powlison says that all of the x-ray questions come back to explore one central issue: "Who or what is your functional God/god?" (Powlison, p.131). Powlison makes it clear that one of the main tasks of a biblical counselor is to help his clients understand their definitions of God. Furthermore, these questions place the clients in the position of trying to view themselves through God's eyes, rather than looking in a mirror or trying to guess how others view them.

This self-reflection is of critical importance; because Powlison then goes on to describe God's love. In non-religious therapeutic venues, the idea of unconditional positive regard is one that has garnered a significant amount of attention. However, these theories largely ignore where the model of unconditional love developed. God established the first model of one who loves unconditionally. Even when punishing people, there was a love there. Powlison distinguishes this from unconditional law. To Powlison, unconditional love means loving a person including his or her flaws, but God loves people despite how they are (Powlison, p.170). Moreover, after recognizing these flaws, God continues to love people enough to direct His efforts to renewing people in…… [Read More]

Cross, F.L., ed. "Atonement." The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. New York:

Oxford University Press. 2005.
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What Tools Should the Congregation Have for Their Own Discipleship Process Essay

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Congregation Should have for their own Discipleship Process

When it comes to discipleship, one can too often think about the tools necessary for the church and church leaders in helping to motivate people to become disciples. A far more elusive question examines what the actual members of the congregation require in order to flourish and excel within their own discipleship process. It's important to bear in mind that Jesus commanded us to "go and make disciples"; not converts, social justice agents, or moralists. Members of the congregation were called to the church in order to engage in a transformation of the inward self, as Jesus emphasized that the inward transformation would produce the outward fruits. Thus, the church does have a certain obligation to disciple those who are members of the congregation and thus, certain tools need to be used to accomplish this. This paper examines the tools that the congregation and members of the congregation can use collectively and together in order for the transformation of congregation members to disciples is complete.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6

One of the most basic tools that the congregation will absolutely need to have for their own discipleship is the act and element of love, as love is the most powerful tool within the whole universe. This passage from Deuteronomy 6:4-6, states as follows: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts." These teaching comments upon the ability of the Israelites to love their God with the entirety of their being, including their intellect, emotions and will. Thus, the value of this teaching revolves around the notion that love does not merely come from the heart, but from aspects of the entire entity. This passage demonstrates the importance of teaching this commandment to all children of a congregation. "Love is a mighty power, the universal foundation of oneness, goodness and the very nature of God. Love is a radiating force, a magnetic energy which attracts to itself all that is good, pure and joy filled. It has…… [Read More]

Biblegateway.com. (2013). Colossians 3:1-17 (New International Version). Retrieved from Biblegateway.com: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=colossians%203:1-17

Biblegateway.com. (2013). Deuteronomy 6:4-6 (New International Version). Retrieved from Biblegateway.com: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+6%3A4-6&version=NIV
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Life Philosophy How Shall I Essay

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The feeling of being lost and lonely can be overwhelming. Those are the times I must work especially hard; those are the times that test my faith in God. I may come to feel psychologically strong by moving through difficult periods with grace and trust. Feeling at home in the Universe is a rare feeling, which may only come a few times in my life. However, I can prepare myself by living the good life and by trying to feel spiritually comfortable each and every day. I can do this by continual studying, regular prayer, and open-minded, open-hearted interactions with other human beings. Only through avid spiritual pursuits and a living a healthy lifestyle can I ensure living in tune with God's will.

A may gain strength, direction, and the uplifting of my spirit also through enthusiastic spiritual pursuits. Church and other spiritual social gatherings will allow me the opportunity to share with others and learn from them. Interpersonal relationships will give me the chance to practice what I learn on my spiritual path: compassion, understanding, empathy, understanding, and unconditional love. Living a healthy lifestyle by treating my body well, eating good food, exercising, and treating myself with respect are also important for living the good life. Appreciating the natural world and my place in it are also primary aspects of spiritual growth.

Being humble and willing to learn, I will continually seek out opportunities for spiritual education. The experiences that uplift my spirit include meaningful social interactions, prayer, and communion with nature. Reading, attending lectures, and networking are ways to expand my awareness of the world. I can prevent insularity and self-centeredness by these outward pursuits. I may gain supreme strength and spiritual direction by pursuing the path of God and living as true…… [Read More]

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John Shelby Spong New Christianity Essay

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As Spong has closed his career as a formal minister, retiring from the bishop position in 2000 have has become even more controversial than ever before:

Spong believes in a transcending reality at "the very heart of life" that presses toward life and wholeness. He describes God as the "Ground of Being" and "universal presence" that undergirds all life and is present in all that is. He regards heaven as a symbol standing for "the limitlessness of Being itself," describes Jesus as "a God presence" whose burning awareness of God made him a doorway to divine reality, and believes that the divine source of life calls human beings to live fully, love wastefully, and have the courage to be. Spong describes his project in classic liberal terms -- walking the "razor's edge between orthodox overbelief and losing the 'Christ experience'..."I do so not because I reject the church, but because I am convinced that if we stay where the church now is, the faith that we profess as Christians will surely die. The floods of creedal distortion have destroyed our fields, contaminated our groundwater, and made our faith-assertions of yesterday unlivable places for us today. No matter how deeply we fear to move, there is no alternative." (9)

Dorrien 456)

Dorrien also offers one of the most concise and enduring contextual summary of just how extreme Spong has been in his prolific writing career.

Spong's books specialize in provocative assertion. Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism (1991) suggested that Paul was a repressed, guilt-ridden homosexual. Born of a Woman (1992) suggested that the infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke were constructed to refute the charge that Jesus was illegitimate, stressed that all virgin birth stories are legends, and speculated that Jesus might have been married to Mary Magdalene. Resurrection: Myth or Reality? (1994) noted that…… [Read More]

The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Revised Standard Version. Rev. ed. Toronto: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1952.

The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: King James Version. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984.