In conclusion, Woolf’s extroverted dignity reveals that while women of her time did not question the authority of society, she did. She inspired many women to think beyond their imagination into deep depths, to not let man’s judgment taint their thoughts. By doing so, she became a role model for many bright women, beginning the crack on the glass.
Woolf’s use of detail gives off an understatement when viewing her own accomplishments. She said her profession was literature, but that the “road was cut many years ago” making her “path smooth, and regulating [her] steps,” which helped her career build. In doing so she created a sense of serenity among humble women too tentative to start a profession. Along with this, she names a list of very famous classical authors before her time. When Woolf did this, she was actually comparing and including herself with these adept women. She also felt that “the reason why women have succeeded as writers before” was because of “the cheapness of writing paper,” which did not “demand” any money from the “family purse.” Woolf’s logic was to emphasize on how anybody could write, just as long as “one has a mind that way.” Surprisingly, men also played a small part in women writer’s success. They viewed women as harmless and having only thoughts of socializing and “housework.” This stereotype made women work harder and step out of man’s shadow to “[succeed] in other professions.”
Knowledge in the real world today is a very special trait to have. To replace it with ignorance would be to make a “fool” out of one’s self. Once knowledge is obtained, great wonders could be achieved.
Looking back into prehistoric times, man did not start out in fancy suits, but rather with nearly no clothing at all and no knowledge of the outside world. As time progresses, so does knowledge. Notice where the world is today, we learned that there is more than just the planet earth, we learned how putting elements together creates something totally new, and much more that a mere essay could not begin to list. With knowledge, we have all the advancements that no other being before has, giving us “power” over them.
Another great reason for having knowledge is that it helps us to further advance into the future. Without knowledge, we would no longer have the automobile that we love so much to drive, the microwave that makes cooking much easier, the internet that helps us find our research faster, or the advancement in medicine that have helped and encouraged generations of people to keep moving forward.
Although gaining knowledge is very ideal, sometimes it can be abused. Some would wonder if maybe “ignorance is [really] bliss.” In the dictionary, bliss is defined as to have supreme happiness and ignorance is defined as a lack of knowledge or training. If a person was trying to find a job, but practices the idea of “ignorance is bliss” then how could that person ever find a job if training was required. The person couldn’t; therefore, the person would be unhappy, contradicting the idea of “ignorance is bliss.” Which is why, to be ignorant, is to ignore and live like there is nothing going on. If a person were to live like that, it is to live life with everyone knowing something you don’t know. It is to be out of the loop, not knowing what people think. It is to live an un-blissful life.
Whatever life a person has, knowledge is still power and it’s what someone does with that power that makes knowledge so incredibly special.
Animal equality has always been an issue at hand. We eat them, we test them, and we keep them as pets, but is it enough to give them rights? I feel that they should at least have moral rights.
Animal testing is looked down upon by many, yet others find that because it benefits humans, it’s okay. Well it shouldn’t be. With advanced technology, we should be able to alter the way to find cures for diseases. When the U.S. bombed Japan, we destroyed a lot of their factories and technology. They had to start all over. With this new beginning, they created top of the line advanced technology. If they can do it, why can’t we develop “top of the line advanced technology” too. There is more than one way to do things and as dominant as we think we are, then let’s try a new way to cure diseases instead of using animals as the victim. People debate that torturing is wrong, yet half of the people that think that are hipocrites. Those hipocrites believe that torturing is wrong for people, but when it comes to animals, torture is not wrong because it saves a human life from that same torture. Animals are not much different from humans. Tim Radford, contributer to the UK Guardian explains that animals “can feel pain, experience fear, and react in disgust.” (Tim Radford) Radford goes on to say that “if a wildebeest did not feel pain, it would carry on grazing as lions chewed at its hind leg” and “if a canine did not experience disgust, it would not vomit.” In some senses, animals are also smarter than humans too. For instance, Cleveland Gonnawinn made a good point by asking “When was the last time you saw an animal smoking crack, cigarettes and/or drink a beer?” (Cleveland Gonnawinn) We are literally committing suicide. We may say we are superior but that does not make it true when half of our population is majorly flawed. Another good point Gonnawinn made was “we are said to be the smartest species on the earth, and that is because we as a people collectively support and made that comment.” Ironic right?
With animals should come rights that we as humans would want for ourselves. I’m not saying we should let them vote in our elections or anything, but morally can we at least treat them the way we wanted to be treated?
With kids exposed to many viruses and harmful bacteria, the mandation of vaccines should be enforced all over the country.
Little do parents, or people in general, know what vaccines actually do. When a person is injected with a vaccination, he is exposing his body to the weakened virus or bacteria. Once in, he develops immunity to the pathogen. So if this person were really exposed to the injected virus/bacteria, his immune system would be ready to defend itself. Because of current times, there are less and less people infected with a disease, such as polio. However, there could always be a comeback of a disease, therefore everyone, including children, need to be vaccinated so there isn’t that risk. To really fight off another epidemic, we need to perform whats called herd immunity. According to the Manual of Epidemiology, herd immunity is when “a high proportion of individuals of a group” are “resistance to infection”. (Manual of Epidemiology) Dr. Vincent Iannelli explains that because “most people around you are immune to an infection and can’t get sick, then there is no one around to infect you, even if you aren’t immune to the infection.” (Pediatrics) Not only would you be “immune to an infection,” there are also many benefits of a vaccine. In the long run, vaccinations save many lives, reduce pain, suffering and disability, and they save a ton of money. A blogger for the Economist’s View adds that other benefits included are that “healthy people live longer” and “healthy children are more likely to attend school and are better able to learn” in class. (Economist’s View)
Although we all know that their aren’t many outbreaks of old diseases any more, it is easy to refocus our attention on the risks instead of the benefits. People do not realize that an epidemic could come back. This realization is why schools know what is in the students best interest to receive a vaccination: they want to prevent the risk of getting any student sick.