I strongly believe in Aristotle’s words of “everything happens for a reason. ” I do have belief that random chance exists because I think we can change our design. The way I can prove this through a first hand experience. My family and I were getting dinner from Whole Foods and then my brother decided to go to Barnes and Noble to read a book. He made us stay 5 extra minutes, and on the way home, we got into an accident. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but I think it was random chance for us to get hit by that women, but it was all apart of the plan for us to stay later at Barnes and Noble.
There was a sequence of events that had to go in order like him wanting to Barnes and Noble and stay extra, which then led to the accident. That is also the case of changing the design because my brother wanted to stay; he changed the plan of us arriving home safely. Aristotle said that the plan is flexible, which is stage 3 of the plan, and although there was a design for the entire plan, he altered it. The future was altered by the choice to stay extra and the random chance is the accident happening. It was designed for him to switch his mind and want to read longer, which then lead to the accident.
Random chance and design go hand in hand for my personal situation. As Aristotle once said, “humans are the rational animal. ” Humans have the great freedom of individual choice, but there is a line drawn with laws. The only thing that regulates human behavior are laws that we have created, but that does not seem to stop some criminals and murders. But the biggest part of our individual choice is that we are in charge of everything. We have the ability to make things happen because according to Aristotle, we have all of the choice in what happens in the future.
That is the great freedom that we have, in the United States for example, that we can do what ever we want to make us happy. The ultimate goal in life, as Aristotle said, is to be happy. Although there is a planner, the plan is flexible and that is 100% on the individual choice of the person. Aristotle used the Golden Mean as his outline for life. He lived a life with no extremes and no feeling. He wanted to into the natural part of society by shooting for a 5 out of 10. Aristotle thought that if you do not go for the extremes, you would be happy.
His goal was to be a well-rounded individual because happiness is based on talent and being well-rounded means that you have various talents. Aristotle’s idea of the Golden Mean is an individual choice because I do the opposite. I work as hard as possible to achieve the extreme. If you work hard to achieve the extreme and you fail, you could have worked hard enough to achieve a 9 out of 10, which is far better than shooting for the middle. A great saying that I live by is “Shoot for the moon [because] even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.
If you reach for the highest possible extreme, the worst-case scenario is, since I worked hard, the level right under the best. My view on population control is that there should be a cap as to how many children you should have. The reason behind that is because some people cannot afford to take care of these children and that is ridiculous. In the lower income areas of the world, people have too many children and then do not care about them. The one-child policy should be implemented where do not have enough funds to take care of children.
Regardless if children are a blessing in some regions, they should be ashamed to let them starve. In regards to abortion, I do not believe that people should be allowed to terminate their pregnancy because humans should not have the power to take away the ability for life. But with individual choice, people are allowed to make their own decisions. In the United States, 1 out of 3 pregnancies are unplanned, so I am sympathetic to those who did not want a child because they do neither the responsibility nor the bills. 0% of abortions take place at 12 weeks, which I believe is not old enough to be considered life.
Going back to individual choice, people are allowed to do as they please and although there are 1-2 million abortions in the United States, there is nothing that we can do about it. Abortion is based off of the women’s decision because she has to deal with it. If I had to write a “Living Will,” I would leave very detailed instructions in this gray area. The “Living Will” provides advanced directives towards what you want to have happened to you if you go on life support.
It is not the hospital’s choice, on the contrary it is the individual choice whether to be resuscitated, kept alive by artificial means, and if you want to be an organ donor. In my detailed instructions, it would state that I would want to be resuscitated because, honestly, you never know what could happen. It is better to give yourself a fighting chance as opposed to giving up, when no one knows if you could have been saved. Next, I would want to by kept alive by artificial means, but for only a short amount of time, like 3 days.
After 3 days, in my opinion, your chance of survival is extremely low, as the first day you go on the machine, the clock is ticking for you to get better. Also, I would not want to stay on the machine forever because that gives your loved ones false hope that you will wake up. I would want to be an organ donor because if I cannot use my organs anymore, than why not give them to someone who can live if they can get a healthy replacement. “Living Will’s” must be detailed because any confusion will cause a dispute as to what should be done. Euthanasia means good death. It gives people the right to die if they choose.
It is the “painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease. ” I believe that people should have the right to be euthanized. There are 6 right to die states, and what they have in common is that the person must have a terminal illness. If someone is suffering why let them continue to the very end. Their death is inevitable, so why not end their suffering if they choose to? They have the choice to terminate their own life if they choose. But I disagree with euthanasia laws, in the states, that categorize mental illnesses with physical illness.
Terminal diseases, in my opinion, cannot be placed in the same discussion with a mental illness because unlikely terminal diseases, mental illnesses can be monitored. If the person does not want to suffer anymore, they should have the right to terminate their pains. It goes back to the idea of individual choice. If that person wants to end their suffering, they should have the right to make their own choice, and it should not involve the government. 55% of terminally ill patients die in pain, so why not prevent them from having to face that pain? The United States is a country with heavy animal rights.
PETA, People Ethical Treatment of Animals, is the main organization that tries to regulate how animals are treated. But we need animals to run certain test for science because there are no other alternatives. Some of the test that are run on animals, in my opinion, are necessary. Some of the necessary tests: to see if we can regrow limbs and products that we consume. But there are other tests that are quite ridiculous: forcing animals underwater and caging them for days. We do not feel the pain they are going through, yet we continue to test these animals for unimportant reasons.
Testing animals in medicine is important, but very dangerous, as been theorized for diseases in Africa. Humans need to know what happens if we were to be injected with that exact same vaccine. It is crucial for us to learn information through animal test because that could eliminate uncertainty. I believe that things do not go “wrong” because it is all-apart of the plan. Going back to Aristotle’s thinking, everything happens for a reason and it truly does. Things happen because it could teach us vital information needed for another part of the plan later on.
Aristotle wanted everyone to be a life-long learner because that would give you the ability to know about everything. The plan is already outlined, but the real test happens when the plan takes a turn for the worse. It might seem that things go wrong to us, but in reality the planner has designed for it to happen. Life is extremely distorted because not all of the facts are truly represented. For example, with magazines like Glamour, the models image on the cover is completely distorted. They shrink their waist, stomach, and arms to get that picture perfect image, when that altered person do not even exist!
Photoshop has come a long way and it makes people look a certain way and it manipulates our minds to believe that is how the majority of women in this country look. Obesity refers to an excess amount of body fat and according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, approximately 36 percent of adults are considered to be obese. Yet we feed the public with distorted images that portray slim people, when 67 percent of people are either overweight, excess amount of body weight, or obese. Society distorts images because that is what sells on the market.
Would people rather look at an obese woman chowing down on apple pie or would they rather look at a thin, attractive woman? I would confident say that most people are interested in the thin, attractive woman, even though we have distorted her true image. But with distorted images, not only are we attracted to advertisements, but it also inspires some people get a gym membership and change diets. Although life is distorted, it can have a positive spin on it and tries to get people to work hard to achieve that image, but what they do not realize is that it is impossible to do that because it is photo shopped.