Friday, July 24, 2015

Remuneration is the sole motivating factor in today’s workplace. Discuss.

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Motivation to work is closely tied up with why people work. People work for a number of reasons such as to earn monetary rewards, gain satisfaction from accomplishment, maintain social status, remain engaged in a worthwhile pursuit instead of sitting idle, become involved or associated with something, and so on. While every person's reason to work might be slightly different from others, it usually consists of a few, if not all, among the ones discussed above. Therefore, remuneration is not the only source of motivation in today's workplace. In fact, the motivation factors have increased along with the increase in people's motive to work and are getting increasingly complex to understand.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Do we really need to pray God?

(Note: This opinion essay is not targeted for General Paper format although you can still benefit from it on reasoning and argumentation.)
Before discussing upon whether we need to pray God or not, we need to be sure whether God exists or not. If God doesn't exist, then there's no question whether we should pray Him or not. But until now, we have no evidence to determine with certainty the existence or the non-existence of God. In this state of uncertainty and ignorance, I have assumed that the God exists and thus argued accordingly.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Is anger good or bad in your opinion?

(Note: This opinion essay is not targeted for General Paper format although you can still benefit from it on reasoning and argumentation.)

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Right from my childhood I have heard of people criticizing anger just as they criticize other traits like pride, greed, lust, etc. People often have been using the argument "getting angry is bad" to shut up other people and to win them over in the arguments. However, I now have a changed perspective on this matter. I now see the virtue of not being angry a distant myth.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sophie's World - A Sample Book Review

‘He who cannot draw on 3000 years is living from hand to mouth” as noted by famous German writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Sophie’s World” is a must read book for everyone. Written by a Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder this meta-fiction is a concise history of philosophy. As we read this novel the author wants us to plunge into the mysteries and riddles of this universe, not least the one, “Where did this universe come from?” Did it come from nothing or has it always existed?

Sophie Amundsen, an early teenager, returns home from school to find a mysterious letter from a stranger questioning her “Who are you?” As their interaction progresses the stranger introduces himself as a philosopher but prefers to remain anonymous for his other details. He offers Sophie, a philosophy course and they discuss the history of past 3000 years including the biographies of famous Greek philosophers, Heraclitus, Democritus, Socrates, Plato and Aristotle to name a few. They discuss about the Middle Age when the philosophy intertwines with the religion and later revives and flourishes during the Age of Enlightenment and the Renaissance. When the course approaches the end, author reveals that all these characters are nothing but fictitious in the mind of Albert Knag, a Major of the UN Peacekeeping force in Lebanon, who is writing a book called “Sophie’s World” to teach philosophy to his daughter, Hilde Moller Knag. She gets this book as a birthday present from her father and reads it completely. The same day was a birthday of Sophie, when Sophie and her philosophy teacher plan and succeed to come out of the Major’s imagination and live an eternal life.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

A Sample Book Review of "Great Expectations"

How would you feel if you wake up one day to find out someone who is willing to spend a lot of money to make a gentleman out of you? And how would you feel if that person who wants to remain anonymous initially, turns out to be a convict whom you once met in your childhood? “Great Expectations”, a novel by famous English writer Charles Dickens, has a similar story. With his best-known books David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and A Tale of Two Cities; Charles Dickens is back again with the theme of a youth’s discovery of the realities of life in Great Expectations.

Pip, whose parents died when he was a child, used to live with his sister and her husband, in a small village. He encounters a runaway convict when, one day, he was sitting next to the graves of his parents in the graveyard. Obeying his commands Pip brought him food and an iron file, from the forge of his brother-in-law. The same man later turned into an anonymous benefactor of Pip to turn him into a gentleman. Pip was shocked to acknowledge his sponsor; however, he finds his love for that horrible man after discovering him as the father of the girl he loved while interpreting the entangled relationships among the weirdest people he came across in his life. Although he wanted to send him to a safe place, he didn't succeed and the man died of injury invoked illness. Pip, fully grown up by now, loses everything except the hope to be well off again and everyone except Mr. Joe, his dear brother-in-law, and Herbert, his best friend whose firm he joined to work hard and reap its best results.