All of us trust the dictionary to give us the full understanding of a word we do not know. In this aspect, it is insufficient when it describes courage. While it defines physical courage, it omits inner courage which can be argued to be much more valuable to posses. Webster’s New World Dictionary describes courage as “an attitude of facing and dealing with anything recognized as dangerous, difficult or painful, instead of withdrawing from it”. Courage is not the ability to be brave or to laugh in the face of danger. Courage is not risking your life for justice. Courage is not a person who agrees to fight, but he who can stand up against it. Courage is not something you can define entirely, and therefore can vary between each person. It can be said that a little girl who ventures out on her bike for the first time displays as much courage as a man jumping into a lake to save a drowning woman, knowing he cannot swim. Courage is a state of mind that enables a person to overcome fear, pain, danger or hardship. Although different from one another, all aspects of courage involve taking risks. Physical courage is facing your fears of possible bodily harm. A fireman rushing into a burning building, a woman running across thin- ice to save a child that has just fallen through, an officer charging into a building to save a hostage. These are all examples of physical courage. Mental courage is standing up to your phobias. While some fear heights, I myself fear speaking in front of a large audience. A son who overcomes his fear of flying to be by his dying mothers side is mental courage that cannot be fully measured or explained. Mental courage is the ability to overcome tragedy and to move forward in the face of sheer defeat. Mental courage is a man finding out he has a brain tumor, and still cherishing and living life to the fullest. Mental courage is taking care of your brother and sister following the death of their parents. The word courage comes from the Latin word...
When people hear the word courage, most think of soldiers in World War II, firefighters who risked their lives during 911 or even police officers who go to work every day, not knowing if they are going to see their families again. This fact astonished me because so many things in our world today require courage.
“What is the definition of courage,” some people may ask. Well, in my overall search for the meaning, I came across probably fifty to a hundred different definitions. One person explained how it took their baby a lot of courage to take its first step, and another saying how he took the training wheels off of his child’s bicycle, hoping his child had enough “courage” to get on that bicycle and ride it. Most of my research done on Google was very hard to find, meaning I had to refine “definition of courage” significantly. A lot of pages also came up that had nothing to do with the word courage whatsoever.
My first source, Dictionary.com, had many different definitions. The one I found to be the most accurate for being a dictionary definition was, “Courage; the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc.; without fear; bravery.” To me, this definition is pretty spot-on, but it also lacks the emotion and...
... CourageDefinitions are meant to help us understand different concepts all around us. A definition allows us to communicate something that needed to be said. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the definition of the word definition is “the action of defining, or stating exactly what a thing is, or what a word means” in a sense where it will help us understand its meaning. Definitions provide insight to the meaning of something. At times we may feel like we know a word but cannot clearly come up with a way to define it and that is when definitions come into play providing clarity for a word. They help us understand everything around us, from peoples ideas to their feelings, to all sorts of concepts of ideology and life. Without definitions we would not know what anything would be, mean, act for, and so on. Definitions are an essential part of life that helps us cope with many things by helping us understand a broader perspective of objects and ideas.
As a freshman in English class, one of our assignments was to read “Solitude and Leadership” by William Deresiewicz which is an extended definition of the words solitude and leadership. William Deresiewicz used different methods to define the two words including quotes, examples, characteristics, and reference to Heart of Darkness by
Joseph Conrad, which in my case was one...
...shown the best course early on, they will have strongly good nature. Human nature is constantly changing, so why can’t it be changed for the better? With each generation, we could erase some bad habits of the old, until we are left with a pure form of Human Nature. We could help fix the mind set of Humans, which is currently greed. We are conditioned from an early age to want and to need. If less consumerism were shoved into our faces, we would be able to see clearly what path lay before us, and change it for the better, before it is too late.
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies. New York: Perigee, 1954. Print
Wilde, Oscar. The Works of Oscar Wilde. Mattituck: Amereon Limited, 1932. Print.
Orwell, George. A Collection of Essays. San Diego: Harcourt, 1946. Print....
...what a traveler actually is. A good way to find out what a traveler is would be to look it up in the dictionary, ask a friend or do some research. A definition in the dictionary tends to be precise and simple, however it is only explained in more detail when there is an example of a traveler. The next step to finding a traveler is to cancel out other forms of travelers, such as tourists or sightseers. The final step into understand a traveler is to describe famous travelers throughout history. The common traveler is obsessed and finds comfort with discovering the unknown and traveling the world.
A Traveler can not so easily be defined in the few words like the dictionary. The dictionary will always provide a few sentences, which will present a precise definition. For example, Webster’s online dictionary defines a traveler as “someone who is traveling or who travels often” (Traveler, Merriam-Webster). As this maybe a short and precise way to define such an elaborate term, a traveler has many different meanings. Some of synonyms of a traveler include; tourist, vacationer, sightseer, pilgrim and nomad. Many make references on how different travelers and tourist are, but in fact they have the same meaning. While Webster’s definition is accurate and precise, a traveler can’t be defined to only one particular definition.
Almost everyone would like to consider themselves as a true traveler, however it would...
Tattooing in America
Everyone hates getting shots, but some people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars to get thousands of shots a minute, from sometimes several needles at once. The crazy thing is, these shots leave a permanent mark in your skin. It may sound crazy, but this is the general process behind a tattoo.
Tattooing has existed all around the world for thousands of years, even being mentioned in The Bible. It gained popularity in America in the middle 1800’s, but in the last 10-20 years has really crossed over in the mainstream culture and gained a lot of attention in the media. There are many things that go into tattoos and tattooing, I will be focusing on; the history of tattooing in America, the tattooing process, and reasons people decide to get tattooed.
The first tattoo shop in The United State opened in New York in 1846, it was opened by Martin Hildebrant. At this time, tattoo artists still used the conventional method of tattooing: A hand held needle dipped in ink, repetitively poked into the skin. This all changed in 1891 when Samuel O’Reilly invented the electric tattoo machine. “The introduction of electric machinery made tattooing cheaper, faster, and less painful.” (Perzanowski 520) The electronic tattoo machine gave way to a very specific style of tattoo which later becomes known as “American Traditional.” American traditional tattoos are known for “strong black line . . . heavy black shading; and a dab of...
...You should not expect to attain anything from being generous.
Throughout time, the meaning of the word generosity has evolved. In the 17th century it was used to describe the nobility of a family’s heritage. It originated from the latin word generositas meaning nobility and the latin word genus. These same roots give us the words genesis, gender, genealogy, and genius. Generosity was thought to be associated with high birth. Later generosity became a word associating with traits such as nobility, courage, gallantry, strength, richness, gentleness, and fairness. It was also used to describe an abundance of resources, fertile land, vibrancy of colors, strength of liquor, and potency of medicine. In the 18th century it evolved to be more specific and was defined as munificence, open-handedness, and liberality in the giving of money and possessions of others. Generosity used to be an inheritable trait, but we know in today’s society it is a practiced trait. Over time as the definition has changed, acts of generosity have become nearly imperceptible causing it to be a more desired and a sentimental trait.
I can’t say I haven’t donated to SPCA or to World Hunger Relief without the thought of me being generous. They were an act of kindness but I didn’t feel any different after contributing to these causes. Though I can say I have participated in acts of generosity where I felt good about myself and I felt warm and fuzzy inside. During...
November 26, 2012
Living, the feeling of just having air in your lungs and blood pumping through your veins. Not only does living define a human being it also can resemble nature. I think living can have many different definitions, such as having a very good day or the best time of your life, enjoying the little things. When were talking about living I’m not talking about something from the movie the Hangover or anything were they do crazy stuff and say they are living, I believe it can also be something very simple and still be the best day ever. Depending on how you want to use the word is totally up to you and your thoughts.
Living resembles nature in many ways, everything in nature is living. The grass is living, the flowers are living, trees are living, and the wild animals are living, anything that grows and eats food is living. Plants are living because they eat food through photosynthesis, and they drink and need water to live. Without water plants would not be as green, flowers would not bloom. Just like when you get roses and you don't put them in water they rot and die. Humans and animals both need water and food to survive, without either one we would not live past a week. Living is with us everyday people we talk to are living, living is our goal in life.
Living also can describe your fun level, such as partying and spending fun time with...
Writing 121, Group 20
2 May 2013
Be Not Afraid of Goodness
While hearing some talks by Cardinal Mario Bergoglio during the previous week of the Pope’s election, it was mention the word “coprophilia” as a common reaction by people in front of certain information. This was an answer made to LaStampa.it, an Italian Online Newspaper, about the sensationalist journalism that often publishes scandals about the Catholic Church (qtd. in Tornielli n. pag.). He explained that this kind of journalism is a result of a sickness called coprophilia, something that most of journalists are in danger to get and by them, people in danger to commit “coprophagy”, a common sin that marks all women and men (qtd. in Tornielli n. pag.). After a week, this Cardinal was elected as the new Pope of the Catholic Church. In the moment I heard about him, I run to find those words’ meaning. I discovered that Merriam-Webster Online defines “coprophilia” as “marked interest in excrement” (n. pag.) and coprophagy as “eating of feces that is normal behavior among many animals” (n. pag.). Therefore, I started to think about the meaning of those words in context of Cardinal Bergoglio’s answer, now Holy Father Pope Francis. What did he mean about people sick of coprophilia and committing coprophagy when we talk about the scandals of the Catholic Church? Fortunately, the bomb of news about the new Pope’s election and people’s perceptions and comments about him as man and Catholic leader answered my...