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UYW 1st Prize Essay of 2017 Summer Writing Contest

Author: Source: Date:2018-1-21 13:42:24 Popularity:12

    The project of 2017 summer's UYW course asked students to write a biographical essay by researching essays by Hemingway and orwell. This is a highly personal and effective method of writing about both important events and smaller more personal events. The mixture of journalism and biography can foster their creativity and stimulate their imagination. The students will learn new ways of looking at the world around them and how to write about themselves in interesting and creative ways. Da Min's piece of long journalism effortlessly blended elements of research and interviews into a work that is both philosophical and insightful. Furthermore, her writing throughout the entirety of the course was quite academic and sophisticated.

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    When it comes to fatality, it is important to detect what is the “necessity” there,because it isn't the logical necessity that takes the centre of the stage but rather the inevitability of the situation. Currently, there is a debate between whether destiny and fate exists, or if everything happens randomly without much decision. Fate appears in multiple religions such as Buddhism, Islam, and even Greek mythology with one component in common; fate is not escapable and no mortal being has the power to render what fate decides in their life. The reason to write this analysis of information is due to the fact that such people sacrifice all their loyalty towards the idea of destiny and fate is pitiable. Certain people would not enjoy learning about this opinion, however,they do not have any status that allows them the right to force everyone to believe in fate. One of the opinions about fate is that fate doesn't exist, and people live their lives without much reason besides how evolution created humans.

    “Each person was judged according to what he had done” (Revelation 20:13).This is one of the quotes written within the Bible, and it is one of the statements that proves how Christianity doesn't support fate, but rather spreads the idea of how humans landed themselves to their own present life based on the choices made. “Although I'm not a Christian, I can say that I don't like the idea of that religion because people are racist and sexist in countless ways in the Bible. However, Christianity is the most down-to-earth in the matters of the way they deal with destiny and fate.” (Crystal, 2017) “I am an atheist so I do not know much about Christianity, therefore it is difficult to answer this question. However, in general, I believe that Christianity doesn't support destiny and fate but rather blames people for their own mistakes.” (Audrey, 2017) Adding on to the two answers, Christianity is one of the well-known religions across the world, and the style the Bible was written proves the extensive knowledge of humans upon the topic of fate. This religion,as both interviewees stated, either punishes or compensates decisively depending on the choices of every person. It is their own fault if they are punished by God, because they have wronged, and nothing has to do with fate.Everything happens with a basis of cause and effect, therefore no one is there to blame during hardships except for his or her self. Some personal beliefs upon the topic of Christianity would be how Christianity, at times, does not make as much sense as would be preferred, however, the idea of how and what happens to people are their own fault is not wrong. As a result, Christianity is a reasonable base for proving how fate doesn't exist.

    “What is, necessarily is, when it is; and what is not, necessarily is not, when it is not.” (Aristotle) He spoke this quote to describe fatality, which means he believes what happens happened because it necessarily had to happen, and what isn't mean to happen doesn't happen because it only will not happen when it's not meant to happen, therefore it couldn't happen. “I think that everything happens with a proper reason because if something didn't happen, then the next thing couldn't happen. Cause and effect relationships define the modern civilization because if the major events didn't occur, the world wouldn't be the same.” (Crystal, 2017) “Not everything happens with a proper reason.However, as meaningless as they can seem to be, they are all part of a result(which means everything is a cause or an effect or both).” (Audrey, 2017) As that the question was whether things happen with meaning or not, Aristotle,whom many worship, believed in fatalism despite how he worded his belief. He trusted that everything in his life happened with reason, and it wasn't random.“God does not cause our misfortunes. Some are caused by bad luck, some are caused by bad people, and some are simply an inevitable consequence of our being human and being mortal, living in a world of inflexible natural laws.” (Kushner) The rabbi, whom worships Judaism, did not blame misfortune upon God, and realizes how God also has limits in His power, and people cannot blame the higher power.Despite being a rabbi, he doesn't believe that sicknesses happen because of sinning but rather it just happens. Personal thoughts about this topic is that blaming every misfortune upon God isn't something a true believer would do. It is rather childish and shouldn't be continued any further. There aren't any reason in many situations and many effects of something that happens.

    “What is true of the past is necessary. Suppose that there is a sea-battle on1/1/2100. Then it was true in 1900 that there would be a sea-battle on1/1/2100. Then it was true of the past that there would be a sea-battle on1/1/2100. So it is necessary that there will be a sea-battle on 1/1/2100.Therefore, if there is a sea-battle on 1/1/2100, it is necessary that there will be a sea-battle on 1/1/2100 (and impossible that there should not be).”(Kneale and Kneale, 1962) The two members of a family were arguing with each other about whether such disastrous events are necessary to happen even in the past and future, and they were attempting to logically prove the reason for their statement. “I am not sure about how to answer this question because it's difficult to know. People don't know WWI or WWII will happen before the war actually happened, but after the war we think ‘why did we do this?’ I believe that some tragic events could be skipped, so not everything is necessary.”(Crystal, 2017) “Yes, because, without those events, certain things may go missing, which means every single detail cannot be missed.” (Audrey, 2017) The two interviewees had different ideas about the question given, however, it would be absurd if they were to answer with the same manner. None of these minor topics have proper scientific research to prove the answers. To this point of time and day, no one was able to to solve the un ending mystery of the topic of “necessity” in the events that occur.

    Referring back to the idea of fate, some people do not exactly understand the concept of fatalism, therefore this will be the final explanation for fatalism. Fatalismis the belief in fate, which means people believe that every event that occurred and will occur in their life is pre-planned by a Higher Power such as God. People are believing that God has already chosen what will happen in their life, therefore they're already unknowingly living the life destined for them.At times, people give up on themselves because they believe that their life will go on either way. “I believe in fatalism, because some things seem destined to happen. Still, not everything is destined to happen, so only certain events were fated to happen while minor details aren't.” (Crystal,2017) “Personally, I think everything is set, which means time travel is possible maybe not for us, but for people in the future who have the technology and mechanics to, which means if you are going to become a doctor at the age of, lets say, 30, you will become that person no matter what. Basically, what I think is that the world is a huge timeline, and even if you time travel, the past/future cannot be changed because they have already been. If you decide to time travel, that just means the changes you've made during the time travel have already been made.” (Audrey, 2017) They both believe in fatalism even thought they aren't religious because it is a convincing theory and explains situation that aren't believable according to non-believers. Again, like the Bible stated, fatalism isn't part of Christianity and it is the main religion spread across the world. It may have an effect over the world, so that could bethe reason certain people do not believe in such ideas like fate.

    People's opinions differ upon the matter of which religion is the most ‘realistic’ and‘plausible’ because the answer depends on their opinions of every religion known. However, certain religions support fatalism while others do not. If they believe a certain religion is the most realistic and plausible, their opinions about fatalism is possibly affected by their chosen religion. Religions such as Islam and Buddhism support fatalism, which also keeps India's citizen status in place without anyone wrecking havoc across the country to raise their place in life. “I don't know much about any religions, so its difficult to answer this question.For an answer, I will say that I don't want to choose one.” (Crystal, 2017) “To be honest, I don't think god exists, its just that we are too unknowledgeable to know how the world started and everything, so we just gave random evidence-less explanations to satisfy ourselves. Figures like Jesus might have existed but I think the stories about him have been manipulated through time.In other words, he doesn't actually have special powers and everything.”(Audrey, 2017) Some people, like the first interviewee, doesn't know much about religions, so they are not affected by religions in the matter of what they believe about fate. However, there are people like the second interviewee, who aren't affected by the religion they respect because they are not fond of any religions although they have a basis of knowledge.  Comprehending the two interviews, religions do not affect a person's choice of whether they believe in fatalism, because both interviewees were not affected.

    Fatalism is not something to believe in because there is research on how the belief in fate causes people to lack motivation to live due to how they supposedly‘realize’ they do not have to do anything to live the life they're destined to live. “Each person was judged according to what he had done” (Revelation 20:13).As the Bible has said, people live accordingly to the amount of effort placed in their daily life, so if they do not try, nothing will return. Although not everyone are Christian, there is factual evidence to a certain point supporting this quote because of the scientific cause and effect relationship. The interviewees allowed a broad point of view about fatalism to be shown, and they have answered honestly without any background research upon the topic,therefore the answers may be biased. In the Islam religion, Allah, the god with highest powers, choose the mortal's life and destiny, so they subconsciously live the life Allah has chosen them.


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