Needful souls As stated by the famous actor Mickey Rooney, “You can be in control of your life one minute and in the next minute, you have absolutely no control.” This statement expresses the position seniors find themselves in because as a person ages, one’s health and mobility begin to deteriorate. When the health and mobility of the senior deteriorates to the degree where he can no longer care for himself, the he must depend on his care from others such as family, friends, or institutions. Often times this care is received with the high price tag known as abuse. Thousands of seniors across America suffer from elder abuse and neglect. According to Phillips, “Elder abuse is a complex phenomenon involving the interaction of at least two parties who have established patterns of interaction over many years” (391). The abuse and neglect of elderly Americans is a crucial and unacceptable problem that leaves a lasting impact on seniors and their families emotionally, physically, and financially, with less than acceptable punishment given to the perpetrator by our judicial system. It is evident that something must be done to address this phenomenon to guard aging Americans from such catastrophe. A thorough look at this proposed plan will explain how society can identify and remedy the problem of abuse and neglect of seniors. Neglect and abuse of the elderly has been around for centuries but according to Penhale, “Concerning elder abuse and neglect it was not until the 1980’s, within a European context, that professionals began to draw attention to the phenomenon” (236). As the attention grew rapidly and aggressively, Congress proposed a study in 1992 that shed new light to Americans on the issues of abuse and neglect of American seniors. As reported by Acierno etl., “The National Elder Abuse Incidence Study, conducted more than a decade ago, was the first major investigation of mistreatment of the elderly in the United States” (292). This study substantiates the fact that senior abuse is a rapidly growing trend in America. Many Americans agree that the ageing American population is taken care of and safeguarded from harm, while many other Americans dispute this claim and argue that the abuse and neglect that seniors endure is an unacceptable trend that must be halted. Many Americans deem elderly abuse and neglect as problematic. Americans who reguard elderly abuse and neglect as a problem have an obvious reason to do so. This is because all Americans will all be a senior at some point in their lifespan. This reality demonstrates that all debilitated seniors will be at the mercy of a caregiver at some point in their life. While at the mercy of a caregiver, it is possible the elder may feasibly encounter one or many forms of elder abuse. As stated by Wolf, “The mistreatment can be an act of commission(abuse) or omission(neglect), intentional or unintentional, and of one or more types: physical, psychological(or emotional), or financial abuse and neglect that result in unnecessary suffering, injury, pain, loss or violation of human rights, and decreased quality of life” (p 7). A misconception is that abuse is always identifiable. This is not factual because often times the abuser justifies the abuse to victim making her feel like it is her fault and she deserved the abuse. The abuser then apologizes making the victim believe it will not happen again. If physical marks are left on the victim, the abuser persuades the victim to make excuses and lie about what happened. If this trend continues and the problem goes unresolved, seniors will continue to live miserable lives in which they have no control and suffer abuse that can be severe enough to cause the senior to pay the ultimate sacrifice which is death. First, an obvious and prominent effect of elder abuse and neglect is the emotional impact left on the senior. The biggest emotional impact is depression. “About 44% of all substantiated abused elders were gauged to be…
He also stated that a person has two minds, one good and one evil. If a person holds evil beliefs, they are evil themselves. In his confessions, Augustine tells the story of his own life and compares himself to a struggle of both the body and the soul to find happiness. His autobiography wasn’t meant to be as much for his readers as it was for God. The Confessions is a prayer and praise.
Book VIII of The Confessions is one of the most important passages that relates to the journey of self toward…
normal people say death serves them right.
13. Death is the
release of the soul from the body by itself when it’s released from the soul
and the separate condition of the soul when released from the body; philosopher
frees soul in a way that other men cannot. Reasonable since they are not as
attached to worldly things.
14. Soul gets a clear view of reality during course of
reasoning; soul can reason best when free from all distractions (hearing
15. No, one must…
Humans desire to be good and death is only acceptable when Gods permit it.
Why is a philosopher willing to die?
By dying, you achieve wisdom
The philosopher can escape the body which is misleading
Does the soul find truth through the body, or by some other means?
The soul finds truth when it is detached from the body, in a former time
When it is joined with the body, it is distracted by the body’s needs and senses.
Is the philosopher courageous?
No, the philosopher is not courageous…
An Acquisitive Soul
In Arthur Miller’s play, The Crucible, Reverend Parris is depicted as a character who displays selfishness and greed throughout the play. Although some believe Parris is financially better off than others, he still complains his salary is not enough to support himself. Parris also demands the deed for the house he is allowed to stay in. This is breaking a long living tradition for the sake of his own well-being. As if that much luxury was not enough, Parris also insists on…
Needful Things Summary (Spoiler Warning Ma’am)
I enjoyed this book immensely in the past so I decided to re-read it as it is one of my very favorite stories by Steven King next to my very favorite “The Bachman Books” I believe that Steven King did the right thing by ending his town that has been used in so many books in such a way as this, it is much more subtle then many of his other books and is slightly slow moving but overall it is very entertaining and I would recommend it to any intermediate…
Throughout the story of Dracula, Stoker analyzes the theme of good versus evil, especially in the Christian sense. Written in the Victorian era, Dracula serves as a warning to those individuals wishing to escape the strict Victorian rules and restrictions. Many of the Victorian eras principles were derived from Christianity and a basic moral good. It also warns against their reliance on technology, such as weapons that are useless against the powers of Dracula, causing them…
Gateway to All Souls
The denotative meaning of meditation is, “deep continuous thought,” but I view meditation as a state of thoughtless reflection; warmly blanking out the mind, as if it were a cinnamon scented candle, and letting the body relax. It is as if the rolling, calm, dark tides of the ocean at midnight slowly surround you, and transport you to another world; another dimension; another time.
Meditation is not merely contemplation. It is not only deep, reflective thought, but a gateway…
Where is My Soul?
February 23, 2013
Dear Oxford University of Royal Society's,
I am writing a letter basic on your research on cloning humans being at Oxford University and expressing my concern in this letter about your research. Since our origin, the ecofriendly crusade has worked to address the untold impacts human beings have had on the earth. "Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves..." (Publishing, 2007) Human activity…
“The Superiority of The Soul”
In Phaedo Plato, famous philosopher Socrates spoke about his theory of the soul during the morning of his execution. Socrates believed that the soul existed prior to one’s birth and that it will still exist after one’s death; this is meant that all philosophers needed to avoid the sensual pleasures of life and focus their minds on their souls. Socrates stated that a true philosopher knows that the soul is superior and enslaves the body. His explanations…