Feudalism that existed in Japan in the period spanning the period between the 8th and 15th centuries A.D. left a lasting imprint on the national culture and development. The political, social and cultural life of the nation continues to bear the imprint of the samurai philosophy and code of ethics that continues to stir the imagination of people around the world, with the “Last Samurai” being the latest major example. Complex bureaucracy, division of society into classes, acceptance of death, and glorification of the warrior stem from that period and continue to impact modern-day Japan.
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The source provides an overview of the Japanese cultural trends and historical influences on them. It helps to understand how the Samurai culture and other developments of the feudal period influenced modern Japan. Continue reading
My father owns a drugstore that makes traditional Indonesian herb medicine, “jamu,” produced by mixing natural herbs. From then on, I became intrigued by the effect of different medications. When I first had a chance to mix the ingredients myself, I realized that I wanted to connect my life with chemistry, with this world of secret combinations that are only available to the chosen ones.
I would often pester my father about the ingredients of his “jamu,” and go to his library to read more about it. Once, I discovered that “alang-alang,” a herb that belongs to the grass family, can be used to inhibit cancer growth. Remembering the agony my late grandfather suffered from terminal stage of lung cancer; I was determined to cure people of cancer. This discovery has made me even more determined to learn about the effects of “jamu” and medicines in general.
Early this year, I was elected event coordinator of the International Full Gospel Club (IFGC). Continue reading
This article discussed the concept of community control and various aspects of it. Terms associated with community control are explained, and real life examples are provided in order to better grasp the meaning of this concept. The author of the article suggests that while community control is an attainable target, certain efforts need to be made in order to maintain it effectively.
Theme 1: One of the requirements needed for any community to attain community control is self reliance. Self reliance means ability to function based on internal resources and be able to supply the community with all the necessary things without referring to external providers. However, the author suggests that centralized government with its bureaucracy is coercing its way of life on the citizens. Continue reading
Billy Bob Thornton is an excellent director, who enjoys wide popularity among people. Billy Thornton continues his work as a director in a beautiful film “All the Pretty Horses”. He made a screen version of Cormac McCarthy’s novel. The leading roles play Matt Damon, Henry Thomas, Lucas Black and Penelope Cruz. Matt Damon gives a superb portrayal of the main character, who under the circumstances leaves Texas and travels to Mexico. He faces all the difficulties and dangerous situations without any fear. He hopes to live like a real cowboy in the wild plains.
The two most wonderful things about this film are the following: with this film Billy Bob Thornton has achieved even more success that with his directorial debut “Sling Blade” and he has proved that Matt Damon is really a talented actor. Bob Thornton creates true-to-life images and Matt Damon brings to life everything the director had planned. Matt Damon is cast to advantage in this film. He had a great responsibility because Cole, as the main character, forms the entire film and Matt Damon has coped with the task perfectly. He managed to penetrate thoughts and feelings of the mind character. On screen we see what his character could have felt or thought in certain situation and know that Damon not plays but lives the life of his character. The screen version of the famous novel is a touching love story with interesting and enjoyable subject line. Continue reading
Within the scope of this research, we will assess the contours of United States history in a period of 1607-1877 as well as elaborate on the effects of race, liberalism, and territorial expansionism on the historical process. The contours of US history at the given period are quite distinctive, which is partially explained by the rapid pace of development that America had taken on from the very beginning. Within a short period of time, the country had experienced a number of great changes and established itself as one of the most significant global forces.
The political systems of the American colonies, although having a lot of substantial drawbacks, were nevertheless democratic. The founders realized that men are not endowed with the right of equal status by another of the same status, but rather by a creator which then equalizes all men everywhere at all times. This fact made the American mind a new political creation.
Rationally following the recognition of equality among all men of the human species was the fact that legitimate government could only arise from the consent of the equal beings. Prior to this time government was always seen as something in which some men were entitled by social status, or what they would call divine right, to rule over or govern others. By the acceptance of the above recognition of equality the justification of one man’s natural right to rule over another falls. Continue reading
The last two books I chose to read were: “One Hundred Years of Solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and “Miss Brill” by Katherine Mansfield. These are certainly two different books, but the some main themes are close in a way.
The book “One Hundred Years of Solitude” seemed to me rather unusual, the whole style of the author and the plot itself, and it was rather hard to remember all the names of the heroes.
This book is about 100 years of life of one family – Buendia. They live in an unnamed African country in jungles. It is called even a tale by some of the readers, as this novel is full of supernatural events and unusual characters. I would call it also a kind of a fairy tale, not a novel. Many layers of fantasy are mixed up in the lives of the main heroes of several generations of Buendia family. The story seems to have no plot, it is more like a collection of fantastic stories of each of the members of the family. All of them have their own obsessions, problems and insanity. When you start reading the book you might feel that all the events taking place are absolutely stupid and all the heroes are simply sick, but later on, the novel made me think more deeply about my life and about my relations with other people and even with members of my family. Probably everybody could find something interesting and new in this book. Continue reading
I would like to start by saying that Kaiser company operates in the healthcare realm providing managed health care for the US customers. Kaiser company has already an integrated healthcare model that offers hospital as well as physician care through Kaiser network of hospitals and physician practices provided under Kaiser Permanente name. Kaiser company at present provides its member with access to more than 400 health facilities which operate under Kaiser foundation and Permanente medical group both of which employ over 12 thousand doctors (Chalk, 2004). In the following essay, I will speak about the value chain and the significance of technology to business strategy as applied to Kaiser.
One should understand that value chain analysis is an essential tool for assessing the overall corporate efficiency and competitiveness which is vital in modern day business. By knowing the activities that company undertakes and adjusting them to costs (activity costs) the company then would be able to precisely trace the values and make a judgment on how to improve profits.
Speaking about the value chain of Kaiser I would like to make the following note: Continue reading
Samuel Mockbee, famous American architect, teacher, and artist, can by right be called one of the most extraordinary artists of twentieth century. If the main purpose of art is primarily developing human life and soul, then Samuel Mockbee achieved the highest manifestation of major goal of art.
Samuel Mockbee was born in small town in Alabama in the year 1944. He felt an inclination towards art and architecture in the early childhood and since then he never changed his mind. After finishing school and serving in the army young Sam went to Georgia to study architecture. In several years, after graduating from Architecture School Mockbee started working as an architect. From this time he began his path in direction of serving people putting all his efforts and talent to improving life of common southern American inhabitants. He founded an architectural company with his close friend that later gained many national awards. However the major project of Sam Mockbee as an architect was Rural Studio. As a program within Auburn University the Rural Studio involved architecture students to create buildings for poor people of Alabama made of non-expensive recycled material that were both functional and beautiful. “The house must be warm and nice… but it needs to have a spirit” Mockbee used to teach his students. Samuel Mockbee won numerous awards including the MacArthur genius grant. Samuel Mockbee died in the year 2001 from leukemia. Continue reading
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams has served as a ground for a bulk of scholarly literature. Some of them deal with external impacts upon the writer’s work such as addiction to alcohol and pills and the influence of the autobiography on the presentation of the South. Others dig deeper into the intricacies of Williams’ imagination and conceptual framework for his plays.
The influence of alcohol is in depth explored by Roy Starling in “The Impact of Alcoholism: The Writer, the Story the Student” (1990). The critic claims that the play is dedicated to the impact of alcoholism of Mr. Wingfield. By deciding to leave the family, this man “casts his wife, Amanda, and children, Tom and Laura, into roles for which they are badly suited, a truth Williams demonstrates by giving the Wingfields an illfitting wardrobe” (Starling 1990: 89). He also claims that Tom, Laura, and Amanda also “tend to exhibit symptoms of the alcoholic’s disease, for example, the escape from and/or denial of reality” (Starling 1990: 89). This is an interesting perspective on the retreat into the imaginary world so typical of the whole Wingfield family in the play. However, in my view, this is in many ways a simplification of the motives of the characters; in fact, people tend to start drinking not only because of the need to escape from reality. They may be motivated by cultural attitudes that sanction drinking, and the Wingfields may never develop the harmful habit once they find other ways to escape. Continue reading
The problem of political leadership and leadership in a whole has been a subject matter for many years, that’s why it has a long history. As long ago as the ancient world era a leader was considered to be an individual, who was able to create an account.
Certain political and social situations needed their leader, and during every historical period, there were theories explaining specific characteristic features and objectives that a leader should possess. Among the most famous theories about political leaders are the doctrines of Italian philosopher N. Machiavelli, German scientist Friedrich Nietzsche and German philosopher Carl Marx. Continue reading