The Critical Role of Paganism in ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’

Upon reading Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, one may notice that references to pagan goddesses and ancient religions of the past are strewn throughout the book. These allusions range from the affectionate names of endearment by which Angel Clare refers to Tess, such as “Artemis” and “Demeter,” to the climax leading to the end … Read more

Will the World Starve

Looking out a window upon a barren desert, a dry wasteland unfolds as a carpet to nowhere. Abandoned cities dot the horizon, as the ruins speak volumes to the once populated extravagance of a country which lived on wealth and opportunity. The vision just described is not one out of a Hollywood movie script, but … Read more

A World To Change

Everyone on this earth has to be grateful to Paul Ehrlich because he made so many advances in medical research. Our life expectancy rate would still be around forty years if Ehrlich hadnt been interested in chemistry and biology as a young boy. If Ehrlich hadnt combined so many different chemicals, he would have never … Read more

The IMF: Help or Hurt

If you owe your bank a hundred pounds, you have a problem; but if you owe it a million, it has. (1) In the year of 1327, Kind Edward III of England defaulted on his Italian debts. This caused the banks of Bardi and Peruzzi in Florence to collapse. Who would know that over 650 … Read more

Worldview

Worldview is a necessary component of human consciousness, cognition. This is not just one of its elements among many others, but their complex interaction. Diverse “blocks” of knowledge, beliefs, thoughts, feelings, moods, aspirations, hopes, connecting in a world view, appear as a more or less holistic understanding of the people of the world and themselves. … Read more