Everywhere all over the world, we will encounter with many fascinating and different traditions. In the novel “The Good Earth” Pearl S. Buck gets us a glance of how peculiar the Chinese culture used to be. While the novel develops Pearl also tends to mention two distinct classes of people, the rich and the poor. Now one of the most important messages that can be deciphered through out the novel is: Never forget your traditional values. Living up to your traditions will definitely bring you happiness and joy, but you have to be very determined and ready for whatever that crosses your way.
Imagine a four year old, who moves across the Pacific to an allegedly heaven-like place expecting to find a better life, but soon comes to find things are not as carefree as her parents told her. Young Ju, the protagonist in An Na’s novel “A Step From Heaven” is that four year old. Hopeful to start a better life in a place she saw as heaven, she is let down by the realities of the world around her as she is torn apart by her parents relationship. How can one lead a successful life with such a challenge? A normal individual would have trouble adapting, however Young Ju grows and changes throughout the story to overcome various challenges that she faces.
What is your version of the "good life" using three aspects of life and is it the same as the person next to you? Everyone has their own idea of the "ideal life" and no two people have the same exact idea. Some may have the idea of money, clothes, and cars while another may have the idea of family, no death, and a big house. The two individuals have two completely different points of view, interests, likes, dislikes, and aspirations. My version of the "good life" is nothing like the other examples but it is okay because it is supposed to be different. Personally my "ideal life" include having enough money to sustain and be comfortable, having a successful career, and having a lifetime supply of puppies and dogs. There are reasons behind why I have chosen these specific aspects of a possible life and they will be explained in the paragraphs to follow.
The concept of living “the good life” means something different for everyone. There is a general understanding that living “the good life” is associated with unyielding happiness and lasting satisfaction. The exact meaning of this desired life was pondered by thinkers and philosophers for hundreds of years. They constructed principals of behavior, thought, and obligation that would categorize a person as “good”. Although some of these ancient philosophies about “the good life” had overlapping ideas, their concepts varied widely. This contrast of ideas can be examined through two major characters in two famous works: Aeneas in “The Aeneid” and Socrates in “The Apology”. Aeneas exemplifies the philosophy that the direct route to “the good life" is through faith, trust in the Gods, and family, while Socrates in “The Apology” emphasizes free will, and vast knowledge of life.
In It’s a Wonderful Life, the main character, George Bailey, is a good, giving man who faces a rough patch in his life. I think that this story teaches us a great lesson on being thankful. I liked the part when, at the end, Clarence finishes his job and earns his wings. The part I didn’t like was when George said that he wishes that he was never born. The lesson that It’s a Wonderful Life teaches us about thankfulness is that you need to appreciate how blessed you really are and not to take it for granted. To apply this message to our daily lives, you can focus more on the little things and not so much on the big things. You can do this by focusing more on the house you have and the food that is being provided, rather than focusing on if it’s what you like or not or wanting to own more. George Bailey never got the opportunity to travel the world and build skyscrapers liked he hoped because he feels tied down to the family company he never wanted to own and work for. As George Bailey got older, he began to see everyone grow up to be what they wanted, and he sees all of his youth and opportunities go right past him. George decides to end his life because he believes he is worth more dead than alive. When Clarence, his guardian angel, sees this, he decides to show George what life would be like if he had never existed.
For many years, the United States has been the destination for a variety of immigrants. Undoubtedly, the majority of immigrants that seek lives within the U.S borders are from Mexico and most often embark on the journey to states in the Southwest such as Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, and California. “A Better Life” takes place in East Los Angeles, California and tells the story of an undocumented man named Carlos, who has to struggle with the obstacles that come along with being illegal. The director, Chris Wietz, established a film that not only shined light on such a talked about controversy and the issues surrounding it, but also presented it from the perspective of someone who has to fight the system on a daily basis. In this review, I will touch upon the symbolism within the film, and the theme of hardships of immigrants.
The historical classic, “The Good Earth”, revolves around the life of Wang Lung, introducing the average Chinese farmer on his wedding day to the slave O-lan. Together, the newly married couple care for Wang Lung’s father and farm the land, prospering from the fruits of their labor. Their early life continues to bring great fortune when they are able to purchase land from the House of Hwang, who O-lan served, and when their first two children are born sons.
Wei Bin Lin grew up in Shanghai, China. At the of age 20, Lin came to Brooklyn, New York where everything was completely different. It varied from all types of thing from the food, the way they dress, the types of music they listen to, culture, transportation, and how the way the school system worked. Lin felt totally out of place in New York, it didn’t feel like home to him, Lin was starting to feel homesick, he wasn’t entirely sure if he had made the right choice, but Lin told himself, “I’m sure as time goes by I’ll get use to this American lifestyle.” And yes, as time went by Lin was having the time of his life in New York.
At the end of the story, Lae Choo is finally granted the paperwork to collect her son after ten harrowing months. However, her expectations of a perfect reunion would soon be crushed. As the caretaker walks Lae Choo to Kim, she discusses his behaviors at the mission nursery school. She mentioned how difficult he was to manage at first, but how “’children so soon forget, and after a month he seemed quite at home and played around as bright and happy as a bird’” (Far 1727). With this change of behavior, Far draws a parallel between Kim and the American rejection of Chinese culture. His difficult behavior when he arrived at the mission nursery could be seen as his retainment of Chinese culture. However, at the end, he is happy and is compared to a bright and
The movie “A Better Life” is about an illegal immigrant Carlos and his son Luis. They are constantly at odds and his father works very hard and is still very poor. His son Luis is being influenced by local gangs that his father doesn’t approve of. Carlos strives to be self-employed however his vehicle is stolen and he and Luis set off to find out who took and get it back. Once he gets his vehicle back he is arrested and deported. His son and he have one last meeting before he is sent back to Mexico and he begs him to succeed. The end of the movie show Carlos being led back across by a coyote and is determined to go home.
What is the meaning of life? According to Chris McCandless living free and not conforming to the natural way of life is the meaning to life, as shown in the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Similar to Chris McCandless, Ralph Emerson believes that following your dreams and making your own trail is the meaning of life according to his short story “Self-Reliance” by Ralph Emerson. The purpose of man's existence is to avoid conformity and following one's own instincts and ideas.
Happiness is not a strange term to us. We usually use that word to express our feelings in every day. Additionally, more than a word, “happiness” is what we really need and always seek in life. However, finding and understanding deeply its meaning is not easy. The online dictionary, “vocabulary.com” defines, “Happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, or safe, or lucky, they feel happiness.” Thus, we always wonder if we are happy or how could we be happier in our life. Happiness, therefore, becomes a goal for everybody.
The concept of the good life is one that comes up frequently in the PULSE program because it centers on the core beliefs of the program itself; personal and social responsibility. To me, the nature of the good life entails of knowledge, happiness, justice, and introspection. Through my exploration of the good life, I hope to clarify how I view the good life in accordance to Aristotle and Plato, but also, how I perceive the good life in general. Service is an important portion of the PULSE program, which is why the good life has to be related to it. The belief that service can lead to the good life will allow me to explore the importance of service for the good life, thus, I will be able to explore how PULSE will affect my version of the good life. By connecting the good life to my own personal life, I can clarify how it differs and how it is similar to how Aristotle and Plato defined the good life. Through this, I will be able to connect the good life to my experiences and can investigate how my experiences have influenced my version of the good life. Through my examination of Plato’s and Aristotle’s work, I hope to explain what the good life means to me, and how I hope to achieve it, in and outside of my service placement.
It is common sense that all the human beings would like to live a happy life and they will spare no efforts in order to realize the purpose of really living a happy life in the end. However, different people have different definitions toward what a happy life is and they tend to have different standards as for how a life is that can be regarded as a happy life. There is no doubt that people will then try different means in order to pursue a happy life based on their definition toward what a happy life is. Therefore, the following will talk about the pursuit of a happy life from the perspectives of both Dalai Lama in The Art of Happiness and Viktor E. Frankl in Man’s Searching for Meaning, during which the experiences of some characters from the film Forrest Gump will be applied as evidence. Generally speaking, the pursuit of a happy life in the minds of Dalai Lama and Viktor E. Frankl can be achieved via experiencing sufferings and adversity. It is hoped that this analysis can help people understand what a happy is from a different point of view.