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English Lesson 119

Literary Devices

Today I have three more literary devices for you to familiarize yourselves with and practice in your writing

  • Anthropomorphism- attributing human characteristics or behavior to God, an animal, or an object
  • Euphemisms- using a comparatively milder or less abrasive form of a negative description instead of it’s original, unsympathetic form
  • Synecdoche- a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa

Today topic:

 Does true loyalty require unconditional support?

Loyalty. It’s a strange concept, being loyal means deciding to stick with a person and helping them no matter what happens. It happens in movies with usually a twist where one character is actually loyal to the other side. Support is a important part to being loyal, no doubt. If you are actually loyal you would act upon it, not just be hypocritical.

Supporting who you are loyal to is important to showing that you are loyal, trustworthy, and builds up their trust in you as well. Being loyal from the other persons point of view is by not abusing your loyalty and treating you as you belong. Sure servants were loyal to their masters back then, but only truly if their masters were fair to them and not just plain out of fear. Servants also held respect to their masters wisdom and held to it because they know that his/her wisdom is greater than themselves. It is still true today with friends; real friends might seem all care free around you, but deep inside they do care for you and never want you to get hurt emotionally or physically.

However with that said, as mentioned in my last point about friends. Being loyal is also about preventing whoever you are loyal to from hurting themselves, talking to them about it helps them to reconsider what they are really doing. Loyal friends help to also protect us from ourselves, and vice versa. If you end up abusing this relationship then, they will lose thrust in you, such as doing things that they don’t agree on. Ignorance is the limit to unconditional support; why support someone who doesn’t listen? This fact will help you be loyal, by finding out who is a false friend you can find actually friends.

In this day and age, the world friends has lost it’s meaning. Almost every social media website has a number assigned to “friends”, just think every one of those numbers means one person in real life. Except you’ve never met them, let alone know their name. True loyalty comes in small numbers, if you were a ruler only the closest to you would be truly loyal and know you, the humble pheasant doesn’t know much and isn’t as committed as your army generals. So to answer the question yes because truly loyal people found their true master or friend, and are completed committed to supporting that person that they fully trust.

 

ABC Lesson 23

Today we will be taking a look at lecture four of the book Dedication and Leadership by Douglas Hyde, a former communist who defected. The book talks about the recruitment techniques of the U.S.S.R which mainly focus on turning citizens into leaders.

Leadership principles

Communist techniques reflected Communist strategy

  1. Mastery of technique
  2. Profound ideas for common people
  3. Be the best
  4. “Nothing is too good for the party”
  5. Public speaking “keep it close to the people”
  6. Communist cells

English Lesson 117

Rule of 3

  • A powerful tool in writing is using a element of writing in a series of 3.
  • Three adjectives, characters, story elements can really help solidify the story or point you want to make.
  • And for today’s timed essay I will use this rule of three, three times in the essay.

Today’s topic for writing:

 Are there some heroes who will be remembered forever? Or are all heroes doomed to be forgotten one day?

Alrighty then let’s get the show on the road…  Heroes, celebrities, or mentors what ever you call them. They are loved or hated by almost everyone, they capture our hopes, dreams, and desires of what we want to be. They have fame that seems unending, but as we all know all fame is just a fad for a century or so.

True heroes focus on what their job is, and are less about the fame, few do it just to be in the spotlight. Heroes don’t get an exemption from life and still have jobs, friends, and family’s to look after. Fame is just a byproduct of what their talent is, in which they are masters it. Some heroes like regular people are quite weary of the publicity, and even those who aren’t have their ego on the line to be what they have proven themselves to be. These things dampen the amount of time spent out in public promoting themselves, and thus their fame is unsteady.

Physically in order to be remembered you must have these things:

  • Have a positive or negative reputation known by the society
  • Be present in current media
  • Doing what you have been most famous for

This list is impossible, as first, humans age. As mere mortals everyone expires some sooner than others. With the death of a hero, tears will be shed, but people move on. Society will choose the next hero, that will take up what the previous had done. Even in respect to heroes past, our minds have only so much space. Furthermore dead people aren’t really what people are interested in. The fate of heroes past is a sad story, but their contribution will live on in society.

People change, and with it old memories are shed, things in the past are easily forgotten, as proved by history. Though history repeats itself, it has different characters, and those major characters are the new hero. Society is about what is new, and heroes will fade out inevitability.

 

English Lesson 118

Comparisons

  • These are multiple types of  literary devices that are their heart are comparisons
  • They include:
    • Simile- a comparison using words “like” and “as”
    • Metaphor- a comparison in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not applicable
    • Analogy- a comparison  that helps establish a relationships between two objects or ideas

Today’s topic to write about:

Must our achievements benefit others in order to make us truly happy?

Achievements, the things in life that we do that requires our time, effort, and mental fortitude to complete. Usually to prove that you are the best or can do things that others can’t. But will seeing others benefit, from your achievement, will bring you more joy than just doing for the bragging rights?

Helping others is, of course a good thing, and doing things for others builds trust, respect, and generally improves the relationship with other people. We have entire organizations doing just that, bettering peoples lives.

So let’s have an example, you set the world record for most amount of food cans donated to a certain organization that helps with world hunger. You receive the plaque, become a local hero on the news, and all the other things that come with this achievements. The people who got your food that you donated are now better off by your generous donation of food cans, they of course are grateful. One of the recipients talks with you and says kind words of praise, and you try to be humble. You of course are also better off emotionally by the reassuring fact that people who are less fortunate than you receive food in their stomachs. Well what did we learn from this? Well you as a person didn’t need to do this, it was all your choice. But you did, and you receive fame, and hungry people get fed. It’s a win-win in your book.

And of course we have the flip side, you enter a hot dog eating challenge, you win and set the world record, get the plaque, and all the other goodies. And as you revel in your fame, there are people who are starving and don’t have food, but know that other people will step in for that. You are happy, you got what you wanted, the hungry people will always be there, and you can always take care of them after. I know it might seem selfish to achieve something and it won’t benefit others, but think of it this way; benefiting others don’t always have to come from achievements. In fact small things matter almost as much as the big things do, winning a hot dog eating contest isn’t bad, neither is donating a world record of food cans. You can be happy in both situations.

To answer the question: no it’s doesn’t they can be separate. We can be happy for ourselves and for others as well. So don’t feel bad to indulge every once in a while, but care for others as well as yourself. That way you can be a better person.

 

Business I: Lesson 35

Today I reviewed what I learned this week.

Would I rather start a small business or become a minimum-wage apprentice to a mentor?

So today I’ll give my assessment of these options, and choose the better of the two. Keep in mind I might change my mind, or I’ll stick with my answer in the future.

Starting a small business of course is a huge task that might be daunting to some who have never heard of that idea before. But people in the past were all entrepreneurs, they produced an item sold it and made a living off of it. It worked 1620’s without any government subsidies, so it’s self-sufficient. Farmers would farm, metal-smiths would forge nail, and horseshoes, and the tailor makes clothes. Everyone would have their job, and the economy would flourish. Then why not start my own business? It doesn’t cost that much to start and If I start young I don’t have to worry about failing financially.

Nowadays it’s become harder with more hassles like maintenance costs, paperwork, rent or mortgages to pay if you own a building. You can’t even set up a lemonade stand without a permit, which is quite frankly stupid and ridiculous. Even with all of that out-of-the-way, people might not like or need you product, and the business would run into the ground.

But if it does succeed it will provide income in which if can use to expand the business and might even turn a profit. Plus the experience of running my own business would help me make smart financial decisions. And if it the business really blows up I might not have to worry for the rest of my life about not having a job. As for my legacy, I can train and hand my business to my descendant and ensure that it stays in safe hands. Plus not having to worry about them having to find a job in an unstable job market.

However there’s also taking a minimum wage job with a mentor to guide me. This was also popular back then in England, with not much of a job market fathers would either teach their own son, or sent them to a local shop owner as an apprentice. They would be taught by the master as become the shop owner after the master has retired. Having a mentor would mean that I wouldn’t have to go through the same mistakes when being shown the ropes. I would also be taught exclusively the tricks of the trade. Having someone with a lifetime of experience really grows on you.

On the flip side, I only get minimum wage, and it takes years to master one field. And the mentor might be up in his years and retire before I get the wisdom of the trade. And when I do take his place there will still be things that I will be unsure about.

So then out of the two options presented here today, what did I choose? Well I chose starting my own business, because I have more freedom and choices on what I’d like to do with my homegrown company. Having the freedom will allow me to exercise new techniques and help expand the company to be better and bigger. In closing I personally do like the this idea with the tip given by Mr. North I should prove to be successful!

ABC Lesson 22

Today we will be taking a look at lecture three of the book Dedication and Leadership by Douglas Hyde, a former communist who defected. The book talks about the recruitment techniques of the U.S.S.R which mainly focus on turning citizens into leaders.

A person’s job is the #1 opportunity…

Leadership principles

  • #1 job how am I going to be the most effective?
  • #1 strategy: be the #1 man on the floor
    • Fellow workers would listen to him
    • It gives Communist authority
  • Strategy with students: raise your grades
  • Raise your grades for Communism
  • The party lives by its campaigns
  • This keeps party members active

Strategy

  1. Learn the desires of the people
  2. Send planners into the community

The attitude of mind is crucial

The Party sent men into action.   Risky.

They make mistakes

Party’s attitude: Learn from mistakes

 

English Lesson 116

Because I finished writing my historical fiction book. My teacher Mr. Fish has allowed my to have a little break, he has assigned my to read the famous H. G. Well si-fi book The War of The Worlds. and has given me a short writing assignment to complete in 30 minutes. Today’s topic:

Is having too many choices a problem?

Choices, choices, choices. Everyday we make many choices, but to certain problems there are many answers. We even have idioms for choices such as “there are many ways to skin a cat” and “between a rock and a hard place”. But the question is, having too many choices a problem? On one hand you have variety, sure you can take the simple but boring way out, but you can take a more exciting option. With so many choices and even more variables in the situation you can pick and chose what you want, exactly.

Options are good, most of the time. I mean just look at how many cellphone data plans there are. Even with such variety, your mind would eliminate the worst options first, then you are left with two “categories”. The “maybe” and the “most likely” options, even if you repeat doing the same situation with the same amount of choices you can always choose one you’ve never tried before out of boredom.

And then there’s the other hand, just overwhelmed with so many choices. Sometimes you don’t care, or you are too lazy. For example the infamous “where are we gonna eat?” question when deciding where to dine out. We’ve all been there, too many options. People are simple at times and want the most direct and clear path from point A to point B. However life isn’t like that, and we have people who’s only job is to make choices. Plus they earn a living off of it, makes you think about it huh?

Mostly people these days, would like to hand off most decisions to the government, government subsidies, unemployment-compensation, etc. But of course they will make decisions that might be questionable, and ultimately you are still left with the many questions in life, and it’s unavoidable, so go ahead choose wisely…

Business I: Lesson 34

Building your wealth

  1. How much are you worth per hour?
  2. What does it take to pile up a lot of money?
    1. Specific monetary goals, written down
    2. Deadlines, goal by goals
    3. Change behavior
    4. Automatic deduction of savings
    5. A business
    6. 9 hours put aside for the business
  3. Secrets of lunching a business
    1. Don’t spend too much time planning.
    2. Don’t spend too much money.
    3. Get up and running fast
    4. Go for the quick cash first
  4. The entrepreneur’s mindset
    1. Delivers a service
    2. Talks to experts
    3. Asks a lot of questions
    4. Alert to opportunities
    5. Grabs them enthusiastically
    6. Seeks to accomplish something unique
    7. Avoids getting to far ahead
  5. Happiness: work of the things you care about
    1. Focus start to finish on your calling