Dealing With Fears

Fear is the emotion we experience when we perceive someone or something as dangerous. Nonetheless, just because someone is fearful of something, does not mean that what they fear poses an actual threat. Each individual acts differently in response to their fears. Humans, when faced with a fear, instinctually either freeze, fight or flight. People commonly think of these three choices when faced with a physical fear or danger, such as a bear or spider. However, these can also be used for psychological fears. Many people choose to flee from their fears as quickly as they possibly can. However, there are often times where people cannot just turn and run from their fears. When fear becomes an obstacle in the way of achieving a goal, we must know how to fight, or overcome and deal with that fear. Not so long ago, I was afraid to try out for a baseball team. Looking back at it now, it was an absurd fear, but at the time I had a difficult time finding the courage to go. I believed that when I arrived at the tryout, I would not be nearly as good as the other players and I would be making a fool of myself. Also, I did not know anyone else that was trying out, and I thought that I would struggle with making new friends. I was finally able to overcome my fear by believing that my own assets and abilities would help me make new friends and work to the best of my abilities in the tryout. As important as it was to believe in myself, I found that is was more important that I also accepted the possibility that I may get cut and not make the team. It is just as important to use our abilities to overcome our fears as it is to be able to be prepared for failure.

Macbeth, as perceived by the public, has no fear. The people believe he is a courageous hero, not afraid of anything that stands in his way of victory. However, everyone experiences fear in their lives. The difference is how they are able to adapt to and overcome their fears. Macbeth has either

The Problem of Evil

The Catholic Church has taught us that God is good. Evil is commonly referred to as the total opposite of good. Evil is not a thing or an object, but a way that people act and conduct themselves. The problem with evil is that it draws us away from God, it creates turmoil and unrest among many, and it starts to corrupt our soul. Peter Kreeft’s work, “The Problem of Evil,” shows examples of how evil can affect the world and its people. Nobody in this world it perfect or truly good but that does not mean that everyone is evil. The most important thing people can to is try and be the best person they can be. Also, evil is not originated from acts of kindness and caring but those of selfishness and greed. People also wonder why, if evil was so bad, God would not just abolish it. The problem of evil is very complex and does not have just one simple solution, but a few that work together.

Why do bad things happen to good people? But how do we know that anyone is actually good? Almost everyone has a different understanding of what good is. Some may think just being helpful occasionally around the community is good while others may think that someone would need to devote their life to others in order to be good. Despite the fact that humans may think they are good, according to the church, God is the only being in the universe who is truly good. Just because people cannot be one hundred percent good do not mean that they should not be kind and caring and be the best person that they can. The people who are able to remain faithful to God and are always trying to be good, although it might seem that only bad thing happen to them, will be rewarded eventually, either in life or in heaven. The Book of Job explains how a man, Job, who had thousands of animals and a very good quality of life, and was very faithful to God, had everything taken from him, including his children, but never did he ever blame or get angry at God for what has happened to him. Job knew that God still loved him and that there was reasoning for what happened to him. Although no one is good, does not mean they are evil. Evil comes when people start to become selfish and greedy.

Sin was originally brought into the world by the choice of Adam and Eve to eat the apple from the forbidden tree. The free choice that was given to humans by God and the selfishness that was chosen is what brought sin and evil into the world. Because of God giving man free choice, people often blame God for bringing evil into the world. But just because God created the world does not mean that he controls it. He gave humans the ability of free choice but if they choose to disobey God and their conscience they will have to pay the consequences, minor or major. Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany, used his free choice to kill millions of Jews, in which he believed were the source of evil. However the relentless slaughter of millions of people who did nothing to deserve what happened to them, is evil. Consequently, the people who do evil, think they are good. Those who are sinners, think they are saints, and those who are saints, think they are sinners. The church says that God will never send anyone to hell. However they do not say that no one is in hell. That leads us to believe that the free choice God has given us to be selfless or selfish, may also extend to decide whether or not we feel that we deserve heaven in the afterlife. This leads to the concept of why God does not just eradicate evil if he will not punish anyone for being evil.

As discussed in the previous paragraph, God has given man the ability of free choice, and that it was the free choice of man that brought in and keeps evil in the world. If God was to just simply remove evil from the world in its entirety, he would also need to remove our privilege of free choice, making us no different than any other creature that exists. There is however a solution to the problem of evil with God taking away our free choice. First is to understand that evil is not a physical thing but comes from our free choice. Secondly, we must practice being kind and selfless in everything we do in our lives for as long as we live. Lastly and most importantly is the realization that we are the one who need to change in order to rid the world of evil. If each and every person is willing to follow these three factors, the world will be free from evil. People must also remember to not turn to evil and hate when something bad happens because it most likely happened for a reason and that God is always watching out for us.

Evil has been brought into the perfect world from the free choice of man. But without our free choice, we would be like any other of God’s creations. The most important things to do no that evil is in the world are to be the best person that we can be and treat everyone kindly. The moment people start to become selfish rather than selfless, evil starts to creep into the world. In order to exterminate evil we must make sure to always practice what is good and realize humans brought evil into the world and must be the ones that remove it. Their in no simple solution to evil without removing the free choice of man, but with everyone in the world making an effort to be good and care for others, we can fix the problem of evil.

The Reasons to Believe

Is there a way that people can undoubtedly prove that God exists? Since the beginning of human existence, people have wondered if God exists. There are many proofs that God exists however many people continually refuse to accept that God believes. Peter Kreeft’s article, The Reasons to Believe, displays many of the hundreds of arguments for the existence of God. As an apologist, Kreeft often displays both sides of the argument in his writing, while still clearly defending his point of view, the existence of God. One strong argument Kreeft uses is the idea that everything must have had to come from something. Also, the universe seems as if it was designed for humans to be able to understand parts of how it works. This being the idea of the anthropic principle. The next argument is miracles. Barrels of water into wine, five loaves of bread turned into hundreds. There is no other logical explanation to these extraordinary events than an all-powerful, all-loving being, which is God. Lastly, the most important part of the existence of God, is faith. Humans can look at ample proof but none of it matters unless people choose believe in God.

Many scientists try to prove that the universe was created all at once by the big bang or that one atom magically appeared which just continued to multiply until we have the universe. Both of these theories come from the basis that something truly can come from nothing. If God was real, he would have existed since the beginning of time, as the unoriginal origin, even if the universe had ceased to exist. God existing indefinitely means he would have created the beginning for everything we see and know today. This clarifies the idea that something cannot come from nothing. Yet an atheist may claim in an attempt to discredit God’s existence, that if a so called God created everything, he would have had to come from nothing before creation. So say the freak chance that something indeed come from nothing, how would it all be able to come together so perfectly? One of the many names used to describe God is the divine designer. This name clearly shows how only someone this perfect can create something so big that works with no flaws. It has been proven time and time again that no man made machine is perfect. There will always be at least one flaw whether it is that something does not fit properly or that the input energy will always be more than what is actually used effectively. These two proofs show how God is the creator to the universe, proving that he truly does exist. Now with what most Christians would think as unquestionable proof of God and that he has created the universe, it leads on to further proof of God, which is the anthropic principle.

The anthropic principle is the idea that the universe was designed for the existence of man. As explained earlier, God created the universe to work perfectly. One main point that may lead us to the conclusion of the anthropic principle is the Catholic Church describing that God created man in the image of himself. First, God created man to watch over all of the other creatures. This makes humans more similar to God because God is constantly watching over man, like man watches over the creatures. God also gave humans the ability to choose. For as much as we know, humans are the only entities, other than God, that have free choice. Humans can choose their life paths; if they want to be a dentist, teacher, or anything else. This also explains how no other creatures understand why they do what they do. A bear will eat a fish because it is hungry, hibernate in winter, and continue to do it year after year but the bear will never ask or understand why it follows this cycle. This contributes to the anthropic principle and idea of God creating man in his own image. Another reasoning is the feeling of wonder and awe. A human and stare in amazement at the complexity of a beaver dam, spider web, or bee hive. But these are minor in comparison to some of the marvels humans have been able to built. The Eiffel Tower, the Roman Coliseum, the St. Louis Arch. The list goes on and on. But the beaver and the spider will look at these astonishing buildings and not think that anything is special about it. To them, they are just more buildings. All of these ideas prove how God created the universe for humans.

The next piece that demonstrates more reasons to believe in God are miracles. The bible teaches about multiple occasions in history where people are faced with a crisis with what was thought to have no solution. However, one thing that may of these people facing the issues had in common was they either believed in God or had a connection to him in one way or another. In the book of Exodus, Moses carried out what God told him to and demanded that the Pharaoh that he let the Hebrew slaves be free. After the countless refusals from the Pharaoh, he told Moses he would let them go, only to lie, and chase them down after. To help the Hebrews escape Egypt, Moses was told by God to place his staff in the water and as he did, the Red Sea parted, creating a path for them to cross. The sea was split in half. Tonnes and tonnes of water parted by placing his staff in the water. Another unfathomable event came when Jesus, the son of God, and his disciples were invited to a wedding and there was no more wine. There were many barrels of water and Jesus, through the power of God, was able to turn them into wine. No man would ever be able to accomplish anything close to these incomprehensible miracles. The only justification for miracles, is God.

Even with the endless examples that prove God is real, many people still do not believe that there is a God. The leap of faith or the leap to faith makes a huge impact on the relationship that one will have or wants to have with God. For someone who chooses only to take a leap of faith, they are leaping, hoping that someone, which is God, will be there to catch them. They are living their life in uncertainty, wanting to have God as a part of their lives but yet still do not fully trust in him. These people still have that thought in their mind that God may not be real and that they spent their life believing in something that does not exist. However, those who take a leap to faith knows that God is real and that he will always be watching over us. They are always trusting in God and even though their will be things that try to draw them away from God, they will always be trusting in God. In J.R.R Tolkien’s books, “The Lord of the Rings,” Frodo, a character who was given the task to destroy the ring, was faced with many influences to try and do other than destroying the ring. The people who leap to faith are the one who turn to God, asking for help in times of need, know he will be there for them.

Many people have a difficult time believing in God, even with the all of the proof that he exists. Nonetheless, the people who choose to put their faith in God have different reasonings for why they did. For some it may be the unimaginable miracles that helped them take their leap to faith. For others it may be the anthropic principle and the idea that the world was created for human to understand. All of these lead back to the idea that the universe did not just randomly appear one day from absolutely nothing, but that God created it to all work together. All of these ideas that were presented in Peter Kreeft’s article leads people to realize that their is a God and gives them many of the reasons to believe.

Figures of Speech: A Sunrise on the Veld

A simile is conparing two words using like or as. Lessing used multiple examples of similes such as “with the arms and legs and fingers waiting like soldiers waiting for a command” and “Alert as an animal” When a simile is used, it helps desbribe what the person or object is like. Lessing described the arms and legs waiting for a command from the boy like soldiers waitimg for a command from a general.

A personification is giving a non human thing, human characteristics. An example of a personification in the story are “It looked so small, crouching there under a tall and brilliant sky” A personification is helpful to try and  imagine something unfamiliar. The sky cannot actually be tall, it is just called that to help visualize the sky.

A paradox is a statement that seems to contradict itself but still makes sone sense. “Remaining vigilant all night and counting the hours” is a good use of a paradox. It would be nearly impossible to remain alert while sleeping but yet it can make sense to be ready to get up and be prepared. Paradoxes can be used to help the reader to think more deeply about the story.

A metaphor is conparing two things without using like or as. Metaphors are used to compare things and almost saying one thing is the other. The best example of a metaphor was when Lessing said “He was a boy again.” This is a good metaphor because he cannot just magically become younger agian therefore it is comparing the older boy’s actions to what he did when he was younger. A metaphor is another way to help describe an object.

A synecdoche is using part of something describe something bigger or smaller. Lessing uses the phrase “the dangerous window.” The window itself is not dangerous, but when the parents who are in the house look through the window, that is when it becomes danderous. Lessing is using the window to descibe the house and the parents. Synecdoches are used to describe something in greater detail by saying less.

Word Craft: A Sunrise on the Veld

The definition of superfluity is an unnecessary or extra amount of something.  A superfluity of youth is making the most out of your life before rules control your adult life. “He was clean crazy, yelling mad with the joy of living and a superfluity of youth.” In a way, it is like the boy went crazy. Not worrying about what possible dangers are ahead. The boy ran carefree through the tangled grass, even though he could easily break his ankle.

Sulkily is being quiet and slightly angry because of disappointment. “He was a small boy again, kicking sulkily at the skeleton” The boy was was sulking at the buck’s death because he was so mad but yet disappointed that the buck died yet still refused to accept responsibility for breaking the buck’s leg. The boy knew he couldn’t save the buck and reassured himself by telling himself that these things happen all the time in nature even thought he was the one to cause the buck to be vulnerable to the ants in the first place.

Incredulously means in a manner of disbelief. Being so amazed that it is almost impossible to think that it is real. “He thought incredulously, remembering the liquid dark eyes of a buck.” The boy thought about eyes of the majestic creature but when he looked down at the skeleton, it was just empty holes. He was shocked to see the difference from when the buck was living to when there was nothing but bits of pink on white bones.

Tumult means great confusion or disorder. There is a bold or vibrant commotion. “He rushed under the vlei under a tumult of crimson and gold.” This shows that there is a mix or blend of colors in the sky. The sky is in conflict with its self. There is a foreshadowing that there will be a conflict later in the story. The tumult in the sky shows that everything in the world is in a conflict with something.

Veld is an open grassland in southern Africa. Doris Lessing lived in Africa and that could be a reason why the story is set on a veld in Africa The veld is where the story takes place. The openness of a veld could represent the carefree an open personality of the boy.  Right when you read the title “A Sunrise on the Veld” it starts you thinking of what the story will be, especially if you do not know what veld means

Grandma’s Place – An Emotional Landscape Poem

We drove on the highway
That leads to my grandparents house
They came out to say hello 
Then went to play 

I walked along the rows of tree     
Trying to find a hiding spot
The warm summer breeze
Ran through my hair  
And caused the leaves to shake

I approached the white fence
Surrounding the barn filled with cats
I climbed over it
Squeezed between two hay bales
Knowing they would be there

I picked up the grey cat
It was purring gently and held it for a while
Fell asleep on a pile of hay
Then then woke up in the middle of the night
The moon shining in my eyes

 

 

Desert Powers – A Five Easy Pieces Poem

His hands were dry and cracked
The fingernails chewed and uneven
The old cut running across his palm
Was still bleeding

His hands were moving fast
Reaching for different tools
Unplugging wires and attaching others
But the vehicle would not start

The Serengeti is a playground for the animals
A place where everyone fits
Although it may not be the most ideal
They all have a spot

The man was working for hours
Sweat pouring down his face
Wondering what he was doing I asked
"Why are you working in such harsh conditions"

He replied "Yes do not get me a glass of water"
Then ran after men screaming
And still on this very day
I wonder what happened to that man

 

Unacceptable – The Terminal Found Poem

 

What is the purpose of your visit?
Take me to Ramada Inn, Lexington
Don't worry, this is just a standard procedure
You are at this time simply...unacceptable

Where do I buy the Nike shoes?
You are not to leave this building
Beyond those doors is American soil
America is closed

Do you have an appointment?
Nobody read the sign in America
Don't pretend to be surprised
I can't go out with you

What is in the can?
We think they're for his father
Just tell me the truth
I just want to know why

 

Love – First Line Auction Poem

 

On a field filled with wheat
Two people walk together
A boy and a girl strolling carefree
And the birds singing their song

They walk hand in hand
Until the girl runs far ahead
The boy chases after her
Through the golden field
   
He followed her across the meadow
To the top of a hill
They stood their for some time
Watching the sunset on the horizon

He said something to her
No louder than a whisper
She giggles a bit
Then kisses him gently

 

The Decision – Ten Minute Spill Poem

A cliff far below the clouds
Not knowing what lies at the bottom
Will you risk it all or risk nothing
Will you jump or not jump

You've heard that great riches are at the bottom
Maybe jagged rocks leading to sudden death
Thousands to people walking in a line
Walking into an black abyss

A voice is telling you to leap 
Yet you know your mother would disapprove
You take a running start at the edge
Jump and tumble towards the ground

Everything is spinning in a whir
Just praying you come out alive
Spinning and spinning for what feels like hours
Then you fall unconscious
   
You wake up in an unfamiliar place
A place in such detail, yet indescribable
Then you realize where you are
And its much greater than Earth