Essays - Part 17
The general idea behind the raising of alcoholic drinking age is that it protects young people who are still incapable of accepting responsibilities, from the abuse of alcohol. It is, however, very doubtful whether it performs this function.
The matter is, the more something is prohibited, the more appealing it looks for those who are prohibited to do it. A person who would have been drinking from time to time, if he were allowed to, will be drinking immoderately and in secret if he is forbidden to do it, for the simple reason of it being cool. Moreover, with the minimum alcohol drinking age being 21 years, the situation looks especially ridiculous. At 18 people are considered to be mature enough to take responsibilities, get married, vote, sign contracts and be persecuted by law if they break it; but officially they still are not allowed to drink until they turn 21.
In this or that form military recruiters were often associated with high schools; yet, with the beginning of the Iraq War this presence became much more noticeable and led to controversy in the recent years. For some reasons, the society and, most notably, parents consider high school students to be far less intelligent than the ones studying in college, only a couple of years older, and try to prevent them from taking rash decisions.
The main problem with questions like this one is their, on the one hand, ambiguity and, on the other hand, relentlessness with which those who ask them require to be answered. What kind of decisions? About what? If we think along the lines presupposed by the question, we should define the unified age when teenagers should be let to both choose what they would have for breakfast and whom to marry.
The whole idea of imposing the usage of biofuels looks precisely like what it actually is – hysteria sponsored by governments and enforced by ecologists.
The idea of forcing the racing industry to use them looks all this plus also mad. What is it supposed to achieve? Decrease in the use of fossil fuels? All the fuel used by the racing industry is less than a drop in the ocean of what is used by usual motorists; even if all of this will be substituted by biofuels, it won’t make any difference – however difference it is supposed to make.
This idea may look ridiculous and absurd, yet be sure that there is always someone who just dreams about restricting the list of products people are allowed to eat or, on the contrary, wants to make people eat certain products. Such ideas are never about the ones who create them – they either already follow that idea or don’t care about the sphere restricted by it altogether. These people care only about changing the life of others, not their own ones.
The question about instant replay in baseball is rather a tricky one. There are certain advantages as well as disadvantages in the system. But since it has already been adopted as a regular feature of the game, there is nothing more that can be done about it. We can just hope that the advantages will be further enhanced and the disadvantages minimized.
The Bonesetter’s Daughter is a very insightful story that explores the deep emotions and struggles that are experienced by most people from different cultures and backgrounds. The story has a sub-story embedded in it. The theme also revolves around many subplots. There are basically three main characters in the story, which are introduced to the readers in almost reverse chronological order. The first is Ruth, who is a Chinese born in America. The second is her mother LuLing, who was born in China, but later emigrated to America after the World War II. The third is Precious Antie who happens to be a bonesetter’s daughter. The novel’s name, therefore, derives from this character in the story.
Unemployment seems to be a problem that is faced by many nations around the world. Whenever there is an economic downturn, people lose their jobs and unemployment rears its ugly head once more. An ever-recurring problem does not seem to have a proper solution.
Although the economic situation in the world does have an effect on employment, its impact on individuals is varied. While some people become the immediate preys of unemployment, others seem to thrive in any situation that they are placed under. No matter what circumstances they go through, they always come out on top, while others keep going down. We are not talking about those that come up by hook or by crook, but about the ones that come up through perseverance, patience and determination.
The concept “triumvirate” can be defined as a group of three people. This word is used in the Roman history to refer to the two significant triumvirates that made a huge impact on the history.
Probably, the most known and popular Roman ruler is Julius Caesar. A great deal of his popularity might also be due to Shakespeare’s portrayal of him in his plays. Nevertheless, Julius Caesar was one of the individuals in the first triumvirate. The other two were Gnaeus Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus. Among the three of them, they had military force, political influence and financial support to make the alliance work, which started in 60 B.C.
Animal testing is an extremely controversial topic with people having most divergent views. Some people feel that animals should not be used as guinea pigs for experimentation and that all animal testing should be banned. They feel that animals need to be treated in a humane manner and animal testing is a brutal way of treating them and, hence, should be stopped immediately. The people in the other camp feel that a lot of medical breakthroughs were possible only because of tests being conducted on animals. They feel that the benefits derived for mankind far outweigh the negative impact that the people opposing animal testing claim to have on animals.