Conspiracy theorists have been around for thousands of years. In our society we are taught that those who perpetrate conspiracy theories and those who believe them are paranoid, uneducated, and most of the time psychologically impaired. Because of the derogatory nature of being involved in such a group, people that believe there are clandestine and evil workings behind the scenes have always been in the minority. However, recent controversies between the government and those who support the right to bear arms have turned the tables. A recent poll of Republicans showed that 62 percent believe that the government is secretly trying to take guns away from the public (62%).
The Cold War: An Inspiration for Years to Come All throughout time and history people have been at war with each other at one point or another. War can, truthfully, at times be inescapable and considered by some historians as a natural instinct, an instinct that every human being possess. Throughout history mighty empires and governments have collapsed due to the damages inflicted on by a war, yet in spite of this, some have managed to face the odds and make it through, staggering along as if nothing happened. War is a true test of an empire or government’s determination to move forward, adapting using the knowledge and intellect they have acquired to their own advantage. Nevertheless, not all wars lead to fighting by physical means but instead it can lead to fighting mentally by opposing sides.
Moral Justification of the Death Penalty "There are, of course, political leaders and others who advocate capital punishment as part of a calculated attempt to gain or maintain power, but most people who favor the death penalty are motivated by natural reactions of fear and indignation, as well as laudatory moral desires to protect the innocent and to see justice done" (Nathason and Goldberg). Capital punishment has been used by almost every culture in the world. Execution has been in existance almost as long as people have populated Earth, and has been controversial since. History has shown since the Old Testament and Hebrew and Heian period to the present day, there have been those in favor and those against the death penalty. Whether or not capital punishment should and will be a permanent establishment in our justice system has been discussed by many, in various levels of society for hundreds of years.
F. Stone: “Too many throats have been cut in God’s name through the ages, and God has enlisted in too many wars. War for sport or plunder has never been as bad as war waged because one man’s belief was theoretically ‘irreconcilable’ with another” (Albright, 2010, p.35). People use their beliefs to bring wars, and for centuries leaders used religion as a weapon to set up wars. America invaded Iraq, and the government addressed that the purpose of the war was against Weapon with Massive Destruction (WMD); however, people from Iraq might believe America fought against Iraq for the oil, since Iraq is a country with massive oil resources and America needed huge amount of oil every year. From different aspects, people see problems in different ways.
Millions of American civilians fought and died for their country and, while some of these soldiers were drafted, most made the choice to fight on their own. Because of its great implications, the American Civil War has been studied thoroughly by historians, and there are several ideas on why the Union and the Confederacy went to war but, as is the case ... ... middle of paper ... ...it. This infuriated many Confederates who felt the Union had no right to interfere. It is quite possibly the single greatest reason men throughout the Confederacy took up arms and risked their lives in the war. One man wrote that he was joining the Confederate army because they were, “battling for their rights, .
War has found its way to plague all the great nations on a massive scale, from the early 1860’s Civil War to the late 1900’s Cold war. The reasons for war that occur most often are because of differences in beliefs between two nations or world powers, instead of coming to an agreement, out of stubbornness they decide to go to war that can ruin their economic status as well as population within the nation. An occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, and Angel, Archangel by Nick Cook are just a few examples of the hundreds of pieces of literature capturing the terrifying and revolting stand point of these national conflicts; war has also bruised or even torn relations between countries as well as connection to sanity within the human mind of unwary soldiers fighting for their greater cause. Whether on the “good” or “bad” side of war everyone is affected, even during the civil war that occurred in the U.S., innocent people were harmed not just by force but also buy the fear of being killed every single day. The Civil War was a major event in U.S. his... ... middle of paper ... ...cariest war in history, and it very well deserved the spot, but the world was not finished with wars; Russia a world power took its place as the next participant in the global confrontations that have occurred in the past 100 years, and introduced The Cold War.
All throughout world history, human beings have participated in acts of civil disobedience. However, in the last two centuries the belief and practice of it has been in full swing and has even brought on major historical events, especially concerning equal rights and just laws. Three major firm believers and activists in civil disobedience were Henry David Thoreau, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gandhi. All three of these men participated in acts of civil disobedience but each in his own way and for different reasons. Henry David Thoreau believed that a certain war tax was unjust during the Mexican War and he refused to pay it.
In theory, this is thought to neutralize cultural chauvinism by forcing a show of respect between different cultures for their moral practices and behaviors. This implicit respect is rooted in the belief that morals are a product of one 's environment and cultural traditions, and because there is no moral standard, the values of one culture cannot be juxtaposed with those of another. Therefore, this system prevents any criticism of another society 's actions, no matter how appalling they may seem. For example, as Americans in the 1930s and 1940s we would have had no right to condemn Hitler for his attempted genocide on the Jewish people, nor would have any of the German people, because moral rightness is also dependent on following what is acceptable by the society in which one lives. If the argument that it is morally right to be obedient to the society in which one lives, no person would be thought right to criticize any practice, no matter how absurd.
As Robert E. Van Voorst notes in the class text, Anthology of World Scriptures, “Like Judaism and Christianity, Islam foresees a literal resurrection of the body from death; soul and body are rejoined to face judgment” (Van Voorst 317). Since the Torah, Old Testament, and the early chapters of the Qur’an are essentially the same document and tell the same story, one might expect that the eschatology would be similar. Combined, these religions hold about 54% of the world's population, who take the contents of these books as absolute truths. There is much debate within each of these religions about whether the apocalyptic scriptures should be taken literally or interpreted as an allegory, and how their veracity would impact people who belong to other faiths. Christians and Muslims alike hold that the apocalypse is imminent and inevitable.
Since general existentialists do not believe in a god or any kind of spiritual being, it would be impossible to them to have a spiritual authority. As for theistic existentialists, their spiritual authorities are what ever they choose to believe in. Existentialism focuses on a person’s existence, ability to make choices, and their freedom. If there is any absolute truth to existentialism, it is for a person to espouse their own existence. After they do that, they will find meaning to