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    I chose to do the first part of the “to be or not to be” speech from Hamlet, acting as Hamlet. It is Act 3, Scene 1, Lines 57-66. I learned that it is really difficult to choose the proper tone, inflection, and

    Breathe Life Into Shakespeare

    I chose to do the first part of the "to be or not to be" speech from Hamlet, acting as Hamlet. It is Act 3, Scene 1, Lines 57-66. I learned that it is really difficult to...

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    Desdemona
    1.3.208-218
    At this point in the play, Othello calls for Desdemona to be brought before her father and the Duke so that she can explain to them how Othello was able to steal her heart and make her want

    Othello Close Read

    Desdemona 1.3.208-218 At this point in the play, Othello calls for Desdemona to be brought before her father and the Duke so that she can explain to them how Othello was able to steal her heart and make her want...

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    According to https://www.salon.com/2014/11/17/6_reasons_why_religion_does_more_harm_than_good_partner/, more than 50% of people said in a Huffington Post survey that religion today causes more harm than good, and

    The Harmful Side of Religion

    According to https://www.salon.com/2014/11/17/6_reasons_why_religion_does_more_harm_than_good_partner/, more than 50% of people said in a Huffington Post survey that religion today causes more harm than good, and that “even among those who describe themselves as “very religious” 20 percent say that religion is...

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    • I do find your article really interesting Zach! I think it is a weird thing to think about, how something that is supposed to lead us to good can lead to so many conflicts. I think it is really hard to think about how many lives have been lost over the topic of religion. I do think that religion offers some good into our society, but is also astonishing how much harm it can bring as well. I read this article on how religion can hurt our society, and I think you should check it out!

    • I found your article to be very insightful and I agree with your point of view on religion. Although religion has been the source for a lot of good in the world, it has also brought so much war, violence, and inequality in the world.

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    Throughout thousands of years, there has been one main topic of war until very recently: religion. Religious wars throughout our history have been bloody, as is examined in this article about the wars of religion

    Throughout History, Religion Has Harmed Humanity More than it has Helped It

    Throughout thousands of years, there has been one main topic of war until very recently: religion. Religious wars throughout our history have been bloody, as is examined in this article about the wars of religion from 1562-1598: https://via.hypothes.is/https://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?vid=2&sid=2c048d9a-a99e-4223-a4f8-1a3c92a48efc@sessionmgr4008&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ==. This...

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    • Dear Zach, I found your article compelling and I am intrigued by what you said regarding “The world would be far less polarized and a far better place to live if religion had never surfaced.” With my faith I have never felt like I needed to be healed because of my sexuality and insted I have felt a magnitude of love and support to embrace my sexuality. From an article from the Huffington post George Carlin said to loud applause, “More people have been killed in the name of God than for any other reason.” And he talks more about how more than 35 million soldiers and civilians died in the senseless, and secular, slaughter of World War 1 alone. I would agree with you that the world would be less polarized if we had one commong ground in our beliefs. Hope this helps and I do find your research compelling!
      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/rabbi-alan-lurie/is-religion-the-cause-of-_b_1400766.html

    • I love your point about how it is against the rules in religions to fight yet they do it anyways??? It is funny to see this because I think many read religious texts and then pick and choose what they want to believe. With this tendency, people can “justify” themselves to do anything. To sum it all up, I think religion can be good but as you said about a few Muslims, some don’t see it for what it should be.

    • Zach,
      I agree with your position that you take in this essay, but I think there are a few ways to improve it. Your largest section of writing has to do with war, and I think there is an imbalance between the evidence and thought given to the war side of religion as opposed to the other detrimental effects of religion. Additionally, I think it was a very strong statement that you finished with. Your audience may have followed you until the very end and then been thrown off by the dramatic, unjustified words. Saying that it would be better for everyone if religion never existed while also not addressing any positives of religion makes it easy to counter your argument. Also, I would like to thank you for including the comment on the affected perception of Islam. Very interesting piece!

    • Hey Zach! Reading this the first thing that caught my attention was this line “More people have been killed in the name of God than almost any other topic, and I find that to be massively shameful for the religious community”.As horrible as it is, this is a true statement. We see people doing harmful and shameful acts on the name of Allah and pretend to be okay. We see that almost everyday in Africa, Nigeria, where Boko Harams use religion to justify their evil acts. https://www.thoughtco.com/christianity-and-violence-249551

    • Hi Zach, this is a great topic and on that is very interesting to me. I see what you are saying and I do believe that religion at times has hurt people, however I believe that on a personal level many people have been helped by it. The cost of religion is the fighting and need to be dominant over another people however some would say that we even do that in the increasingly secular world today. If there’s something one has and other doesnt there will be fighting. That’s just human nature.

    • Zach,
      I thought your post was interesting and your stance was unique. I agree that religion has lead to persecution but in a way I think it’s beautiful and is a true test of faith. Religion has been around forever and when things go bad, it gives you something to believe in. I think faith has done more good than harm. Everyday someone is discriminated against for their religion but also gives countless people the strength to not give up. Here is a source you can use to strengthen your argument on both sides https://www.enotes.com/homework-help/what-some-ways-religion-can-impact-life-better-454242

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    Over the course of thousands of years, the vast majority of people have been a part of a religion. Despite having no clear evidence of the existence of a god or religious figures being who they say they are,

    What Makes a Person Religious?

    Over the course of thousands of years, the vast majority of people have been a part of a religion. Despite having no clear evidence of the existence of a god or religious figures being who they say they...

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    • Dear Zach,
      I was very happy when reading your article as I am writing about a similar topic, “Can You be Good Without God.” I was quite pleased with some of the links you provided, as I will also use them in my research paper. Here is an article that I’m using, opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/good-minus-god/. I think it could help you out as well.
      Good luck on your essay.
      -Tony

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    In today’s world, 84% of people are a part of a religion (https://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/dec/23/84-percent-world-population-has-faith-third-are-ch/). For as long as humans have been d

    What Makes People Religious?

    In today’s world, 84% of people are a part of a religion (https://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/watercooler/2012/dec/23/84-percent-world-population-has-faith-third-are-ch/). For as long as humans have been documenting their day to day lives, religion has proven itself to permeate nearly every culture that has ever...

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    According to deathpenaltyinfo.org (https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/death-penalty-international-perspective), in 2015 the United States executed the fifth most people in the world, behind China, Iran, Saudi Arabia,

    A Question of Morality: The Death Penalty

    According to deathpenaltyinfo.org (https://deathpenaltyinfo.org/death-penalty-international-perspective), in 2015 the United States executed the fifth most people in the world, behind China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq. This means that our government kills more people annually than most other countries in...

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    • If we get rid of the death penalty, what would be put in it’s place? I myself am not for the death penalty. I would rather that they rot in prison. Convicts who molest and kill children and sentenced to death are outcast per say in the prison system. If you kill a child and put in prison other prisoners will probably beat the shit out of you. Leaving on that note most people who are on the Federal Death Row list are half African American.

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    New technology comes out every day, and whenever it does everyone in America scrambles to get it.  We lavish in the light of the new-found device, and then shortly thereafter it becomes a part of everyday life

    Is Technology Making us Less Intelligent?

    New technology comes out every day, and whenever it does everyone in America scrambles to get it.  We lavish in the light of the new-found device, and then shortly thereafter it becomes a part of everyday life and we...

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    • Zach, I fully agree with your post. I think we’ve become slaves to the modern consumerism and we would fail as a society without it, like a drug. Think of it like a leach that if it gets too big it will kill you if you take it off, technology has become so prevalent to every individual that we couldn’t function without it. I also agree we have to put things in perspective, really look at the pros and cons. We’ve become so distracted with the “newest” technology we don’t take time to look at the effects it will have on us. This was a very enlightening post, hope to see more from you.

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    I consider myself to be about as atheistic as one can get.  I was raised Catholic, and went through the normal steps from Baptism to First Holy Communion to Confirmation, but soon after Confirmation my faith

    What Makes People Religious or not Religious?

    I consider myself to be about as atheistic as one can get.  I was raised Catholic, and went through the normal steps from Baptism to First Holy Communion to Confirmation, but soon after Confirmation my faith began to wane....

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    According to an article by Beyond, 20% of people procrastinate chronically.  Unfortunately, I am a part of that 20%; I insist on putting things off until the last minute, and while there have never been any seen

    The Dark Spiral of Procrastination

    According to an article by Beyond, 20% of people procrastinate chronically.  Unfortunately, I am a part of that 20%; I insist on putting things off until the last minute, and while there have never been any seen ramifications to...

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    • Zach,
      Thank you for your post. I enjoyed reading your essay and I feel the same way. I’m also a huge procrastinator and I find it very hard to start anything unless it has a official deadline. I also feel the stress you talked about in your essay. In my opinion the toll stress takes on a person is a ramification. Thank you for your post!

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    Every year, we get closer and closer to true equality.  Wages are going up for minority races and for women, and the state of equality was much worse even just ten years ago compared to today.  People have b

    Is Total Equality Possible?

    Every year, we get closer and closer to true equality.  Wages are going up for minority races and for women, and the state of equality was much worse even just ten years ago compared to today.  People have become...

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