Prompt:Independence? Thats middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another,
every soul of us on earth. Bernard Shaw expected to provoke controversy with these words, but I would
agree with him that these days there is too much emphasis on inde
We live in a world that values action over thought. The idea of taking time to reflect and think things through is out of
favor. Our most popular movies and novels focus on action, not reflection, and our most admired public figures are
praised for what t
Honesty is important, of course, but deception can actually make it easier for people to get along. In a recent study, for example, one out
of every four of the lies told by participants was told solely for the benefit of another person. In fact, most lie
The old saying be careful what you wish for may be an appropriate warning. The drive to achieve a particular goal can
dangerously narrow ones perspective and encourage the fantasy that success in one endeavor will solve all of lifes
difficulties. In fact,
Some people believe that there is only one foolproof plan, perfect solution, or correct interpretation. But nothing is ever that simple. For
better or worse, for every so-called final answer there is another way of seeing things. There is always a however
The current state of the news media is partially to blame for the publics general lack of information vital for responsible citizenship in a
democracy. The news media has become an aspect of show business, offering merely infotainment. It has evolved into
Traditionally the term heroism has been applied to those who have braved physical danger to defend a cause or to protect others. But
one of the most feared dangers people face is that of disapproval by their family, peers, or community. Sometimes acting c
Tough challenges reveal our strengths and weaknesses. This statement is certainly true; adversity helps us discover who we are.
Hardships can often lead us to examine who we are and to question what is important in life. In fact, people who have experienc
Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below. It
has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. Adapted from Albert
Assignment: Can the drive towards technological prog
Education is the process by which the individual relates himself to the universe, gives himself citizenship in the changing world, shares
the race's mind and enfranchises his own soul.
Adapted from Dr. John H. Finley
Assignment: Should the primary purpose
People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never
Adapted from Edith Schaeffer
Assignment: Can the desire for perfection be disastrous?
One should always strive for
Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not one has better abilities or
ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one's ideas, to take a calculated risk - and to act.
Adapted from Andre Malraux
Assignment: Is it necessary to
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
Adapted from G.K. Chesterton
Assignment: Do people achieve success more frequently when they take the advice of others, or when the
Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming
oppositionsuch as lifting weightswe develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and
Assignment: Do we grow as individuals only by overco
One compelling illustration that XXX is demonstrated in the Civil Rights
movement. In the 1950s, Martin Luther King tired of witnessing social discrimination in
his country bravely lead a quest toward racial equality. Prior to this movement,
Do we value only what we struggle for?
What gives us more pleasure and satisfaction: the pursuit of our desires or the
attainment of them?
Do we learn more from finding out that we have made mistakes or from our successful
FORMAT I - The one-example essay
Select one suitable illustrative example from your personal experience, or your reading, or knowledge of
current affairs, history, science etc. and use this as the basis for a discussion of the topic. The example should
There is, of course, no legitimate branch of science that enables us to predict the future accurately. Yet the degree of change in the world
is so overwhelming and so promising that the future, I believe, is far brighter than anyone has contemplated since
A better understanding of other people contributes to the development of moral virtues. We shall be both kinder and fairer in our
treatment of others if we understand them better. Under- standing ourselves and understanding others are connected, since as
Many people believe that our government should do more to solve our problems. After all, how can one individual
create more jobs or make roads safer or improve our schools or help to provide any of the other benefits that we have come to
enjoy? And yet ex
Prompt:A little inaccuracy saves a world of explanation. C.E.Ayers
Assignment:Is it always essential to tell the truth, or are there circumstances in which it is
better to lie?
Bo Bennett once said, For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better
Prompt:Many societies believe that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human right. But it is
also true that attainment of happiness remains elusive. Perhaps Bertrand Russell had it right when he said,
To be without some of the things you want is an
Prompt:What man calls civilization always results in deserts. Man is never on the square he
uses up the fat and greenery of the earth. Each generation wastes a little more of the future with greed and
lust for riches.
Assignment:With our moder
Prompt:There is usually a kernel of truth in the words Oscar Wilde puts in the mouth of his most
outrageous characters they wouldnt be funny otherwise. One such gem that is worth pondering is: The
only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is
Prompt:A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he is not a
man of action. It is as if a tennis player before returning the ball stopped to think about his views
of the physical and mental advantages of tennis. You must
Prompt:A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying,
in other words, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday. Alexander Pope
Assignment: Do we learn more from finding out that we have made mistakes or from our
Prompt:The price of greatness is responsibility. Winston Churchill
Assignment:Do we expect too much from our public figures? Plan your response,
and then write an essay.
Sir Isaac Newton once said, "If I have seen further it is by it is by standing on the
People use the term "wisdom" to mean many things. They describe someone as wise if that person is intelligent, wellinformed, or capable of making good decisions. These descriptions, however, are not really useful in distinguishing wise
people from unwise
We live in an era of individualism. The individual is celebrated and praised in every wayfor being special and creative, for making an
original contribution, for competing with others to be the best. Nowadays individualism is a guiding idea for many peopl
The discovery that someone we admire has done something wrong is always disappointing and disillusioning.
Yet even when people we consider heroes have been tarnished by their faults, they are no less valuable than people who
appear perfect. When we learn