Tutor profile: Kae C.
Subject: Religious Studies
Do all religions have a god or gods? Are there religions that have something other than gods as their ultimate reality?
Divine beings are central figures in Western religions and Hinduism. But Buddhism turns the question of personal gods into stages of consciousness. The Buddha taught that if there are any gods, then they must undergo the same process as humans do to seek Enlightenment. Mostly, the Buddha thought gods were an unnecessary distraction. Native religions are often called "animistic" or "pantheistic," meaning that the ultimate reality is nature, which expresses itself in myriad forms. In other words, gods are optional. The universal "soul" or "mind" or "consciousness" may be a separate entity or the totality of spiritual striving in the universe.
What does the term "equality" mean? Talk about a loaded question! Does the United States (or any society) treat its citizens equally? Loaded questions are those most of us care deeply about, and the harder they are to answer, the more philosophers want to discuss them.
Humans aren't all equal in size, so if "equal" means "the same" or "identical," then there is little equality among humans. What about "equal under the law," if not equal in intelligence, physical strength, wealth, or musical talent? Can we really subtract all the inequalities we perceive in humans and make sense of the phrase "under the law"? In arithmetic, "equal" means "the same quantity," even when the expression differs, as in 4 = 2 + 2. Wow, this question could take forever to answer, and different answers could vie with each other for which is most reasonable or practical. So let's start with "under law," and see if that equality stands up to scrutiny in the George Floyd murder trial. These philosophical questions really do have a way of showing up in real life. Would you like to continue our discussion?
What is a thesis statement, and how do I come up with one for my college essays?
A thesis statement is more specific than a theme or single idea. "American history" is a topic, not a thesis statement. Let's narrow the topic to "the USA in the 1930s." Wasn't that the time of the Great Depression? Did President Roosevelt's "New Deal" really save the USA from the Great Depression? To write a college paper, select one New Deal program relevant to America's challenges today. FDR's government put millions of Americans to work building bridges, train stations, and post offices. We now call these projects "infrastructure." The new Biden administration has proposed a "Green New Deal" to create jobs and repair America's crumbling infrastructure. Now, ask a question. Did FDR's building programs succeed in training and employing people while improving America's quality of life for generations? Did FDR's "make work" programs waste taxpayers' dollars, or did they save the American economy and modernize the American landscape? Your thesis statement should answer that question, while the paper supports the thesis with expert testimony and solid evidence. The topic is timely because President Biden wants a "Green New Deal" with plenty of high-paying jobs and infrastructure improvements. Maybe it's time to revisit the old New Deal and decide whether to support a new one.
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