Category: Essays

An Ethics Final

The notion that morality is merely a matter of opinion is profoundly false and trivially true. This notion is profoundly false because it suggests that there is no right or wrong answer to moral questions, there is only “the answer that is right for you, and the answer that is right for me.” In this […]

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Pornography and Censorship

Many people wake up each morning and feel hungry. The urge to eat breakfast is a common one, and people throughout the country have a variety of ways to respond to that urge. Some throw pop-tarts in the toaster and slam a glass of orange juice, some fry eggs and bacon and have a few […]

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Black Holes and the End of Time

I can remember that, as a child, I had a great interest in the cosmos. I was fascinated with ideas about what might be out there, and I read books and articles about the universe and its wonders. Ever since then, my desire to know more about the nature of reality has done much to […]

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Positive Attitudes

AcceptanceGratitude’s answer to misery’s regret is acceptance. When I truly choose to be grateful, I must also choose to be grateful for the past. If I am grateful for the past, I can effectively accept the past. Complete acceptance will include acceptance of the way that I’ve felt, the way that I’ve acted, and that […]

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Addiction

Addiction is a word that has become quite personally meaningful to me in the last few years. The very idea of addiction, in fact, has been more influential on my life than anything else. Before I was introduced to the idea of recovery, I considered addiction to simply be something that happens to people who […]

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Apathy

With all of the election events happening (congratulations, by the way, to those lucky candidates selected to have another student government activity to list on their resume), I’ve been considering what my stance should be politically. Am I a liberal with conservative moral tendencies, or am I a conservative corrupted by the perversion of a […]

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The Origins of Coffee Consumption

Each night, before I go to bed, I go through a certain routine. This usually involves changing into my pajamas and washing my face. More importantly, though, I go through the process of preparing my coffeemaker for the next morning. I carefully measure ten small scoops of beans into my grinder, where I grind it […]

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Civil Disobedience

During the nineteenth century, much revolution and reform took place, particularly in the methods of government. In America, a fresh republic was in the process of weathering through its first century. Perhaps the most progressive form of government in place at the time, this democratic republic distributed governmental power and influence more equally than any […]

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Greek Life

I was quite surprised last Friday to learn that Bradley University holds classes on Labor Day. Prior to my arrival at Bradley this year, I planned my trip home for the Labor Day weekend, including the arrival back to Peoria on Monday, 6 September, as opposed to Sunday, 5 September. Much to my dismay, I […]

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Hate

I have been living on the Bradley University campus for just under a week now. Up until this evening, I have been satisfied with the overall experience. I can smoke in my dorm room, I have decent access to food, and the classes are not too far away. The weekend life was something about which […]

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