This is for school

Remember the movie “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” when they travel through time to collect some of history’s greats for a school report? Remember when they came along a philosopher named Socrates (pronounced Saw-cra-tees, not So-crates)? Well, he was a great philosopher. He came up with the qualities of a philosopher, some of them are that they devote themselves to be constant learners, they don’t desire money or power, they don’t fear death, they are temperate, and they are lovers of truth (R. Silver: The Qualities of the Philosopher). Plato was also a philosopher and a student of Socrates. He wrote the book, The Republic back in 360 B.C.E. In Book VI of The Republic, he writes about Socrates explaining the difference between philosophers and citizens, and why philosophers would be better rulers. A philosopher’s rule would be better than democracy because the voters are not educated enough to choose the correct leader and democracy consists of mob rule.

America today is being ruled by a man that does not hold most of the qualities of a philosopher. He shows his desire for money by what he has done for the oil industry. He started a war in a country partially because of the oil that that country had. He also is not a lover of truth, for where are those Weapons of Mass Destruction? He told the American people that we were going to Iraq because Iraq had WMD. He doesn’t devote himself to learning. Our President can’t read a sentence that is grammatically correct even though the grammatically correct sentence is in front of him. If a philosopher were to govern our country, I believe there would be more peace in this nation for the philosopher would have a passion for knowledge. They would look at a situation from all angles to see what the best route is. The philosopher would be fair and look towards what is better for all and not just better for some. The philosopher would also not desire money, so the philosopher would not be bought to choose a side. Plato wrote about men who contain the qualities of a philosopher that “when perfected by years and education, and to these only you will entrust the State” (The Republic, p4). George Bush graduated from college with mostly C’s.

Democracy allows the people to choose their leader. As Plato says in The Republic (by using a ship as a metaphor), the people are drugged by politicians. Politicians will tell people what they want to hear and promise the people what they want. The public tends to look at its own limited self-interests and the politicians cater to those interests. They are able to persuade voters easily by not going into depth to explain what is necessary. For example, Bush can tell us that we need to spend more money for the War in Iraq, but will not explain the necessity of raising taxes to pay for it or how other things the people want will not be paid for by the government, like housing or health care. The philosopher who is well educated and understands how to run things smoothly will not get voted for, for the philosopher does not try to drug the people into believing falsehoods (R. Silver: Democracy and Plato’s Parable of the Ship). If the philosopher explains the need for raising taxes to support a popular idea, the people will resist because they only think of their self-interests and will not vote for the person (philosopher) who speaks the truth.

Philosopher rule would work for many reasons but it would take time for it to not be argued by the mob. Having a philosopher ruling the country would allow for more positive outcomes for the people. Businesses would not be allowed to buy their control from the government because the philosopher does not desire money. Our planet would benefit because the philosopher would work towards making the Earth more habitable by decreasing the bad gasses that get released into the atmosphere, maybe even get electric cars back into production for consumers. The philosopher ruler would also make peace, not just at home but with other nations. The philosopher is always reaching for truth and for something uncorrupt (R. Silver: The Qualities of the Philosopher), allowing the philosopher ruler to be fair and just with all things.

Philosophers would make better rulers for all the reasons that they are philosophers. They do not desire power and money, they see and understand things well, they are lovers of truth, they are fair and decent people, and they crave knowledge. Democracy is destroyed by politicians and mob rule. Politicians say what the people want to hear but change their story when they get into office. Politicians get bought. Bush chose Dick Chaney, who is the former CEO of Halliburton, Condoleezza Rice who used to be on the Board of Directors for Chevron, and Andrew Card, Jr., who is the former VP of General Motors (Movie: “Who Killed the Electric Car?”). Bush works for the oil industry which a leader of a government should not do. The leader of a country should work for its people. Therefore, the best way to rule a country would be to have a philosopher as the leader.

(Plato and Aristotle)

Cites Source
The Republic by Plato. Translated by Benjamin Jowett.

Who Killed the Electric Car?: Movie. Directed by Chris Paine.

Ramona Silver's handout. The Quality of the Philosopher.

Ramonda Silver's handout:. Democracy and Plato's Parable of the Ship.

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My History paper on the Missouri Compromise

[edit] My friend at work made things clear on why I'm wrong. Thanks to Tori for replying. I no longer need the help.

I have a favor to ask of everyone and anyone who reads this. I wrote a paper and I think I stated something correctly and clearly. However, my teacher disagrees. But what he wrote to "make it clear" is basically saying the same thing as me.

So, I'm gonna type out my sentence and I want feedback. Can you understand my sentence? Does it sound like I'm saying it right? Then, read the sentence my teacher made in replace of mine. Tell me if it's not saying the same thing. I'm also including a map for those that don't know where Missouri and the Mississippi River are.

My sentence:
Congress agreed that west of Missouri (in the Louisiana Purchase only) there would be no slavery above the 36-30 latitudinal line and slavery was allowed below that line.

Here's the map (Mississippi River is on the east side of Missouri):
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His sentence:
Congress agreed that west of the Mississippi River (in the Louisiana Purchase only), with the expection of Missouri, there would be no slavery above the 36-30 latitudinal line and slavery was allowed below that line.

Doesn't that mean the same damn thing!?!?!? Oh, and don't agree with me to calm me down or because you're my friend. I want your REAL opinion. If you think it doesn't mean the same thing, let me know. I NEED to know!!!!
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In Tokyo. Hotel is very small. Maybe smaller than Hiroshima`s hotel. But theres a coin operated laundry machine so Im doing laundry while my mom meets her friend. Its warmer in Tokyo than Kyoto. A little too warm but I only have 4 more days here so Im ok. cant wait to go home. I miss my house, my shower, Eric, Eric`s place, Eric`s shower. Oh, and non-Japanese food. Everything is cooked with egg and Im sick of egg. Eric`s calling gotta go!

Its April 16th here.

Not starting out to be a good day. Was looking forward to an email from Eric since he didnt send out last night and nothing. Not too comforting and on our 3rd month anniversary too. So, now Im a little more depressed than I expected. I dont know what Mom and I are doing today and that pisses me off. Supposedly Akira is picking us up and taking us somewhere. Im having a shitty day and its only about 10am. I really want to go home. Im seen Japan and now Im ready to go home. But is doesnt look like thats going to happen.


At a fancy hotel I have to pay 100yen for 10minutes time of the internet. Thats stupid!

Heres the run down of what Ive done in while being at this hotel.

-Ate chicken stomach
-Went to Osaka to see bunraku
-Had a panic attack on the subway
-Went to Himeji to see the castle
-Got to paint a Japanese paper mached doll. (That was fun!)
-Have a day of rest in the hotel.

Ok, my time is almost up. Bye.


In Hiroshima

So far things have been fun. Shopped a lot yesterday. Went to Miyajima while it was raining but the rain stopped towards the end of our visit there. I get to say "Eigo o hanashimasu ka?" alot. It means "Do you speak English?" Mom and I just got back from Hiroshima-jo. Thats the castle here. Then went into a department store and bought some stuff. Now we`re back at the hotel, waiting for when its time to go to the train station because our feet hurt from yesterday. Plus we`ve seen everything we wanted to see yesterday (besides the castle) because we didnt think we would have time this morning.

So I`m bored.

I`ve been taking a lot of pictures though. I got to see the Sedako statue yesterday and take my piture under it. Its very pretty. Ok, gonna mess around on myspace for a bit.
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Dude, Im in Japan! Todays been my first full day here. Im tired. Gonna take a nap before the dinner party the people we`re staying with are throwing. Hope the dinner isnt as bad as this mornings breakfast.
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Felt motivated to work on my collage but didn't do anything. Oh well! Didn't do much of anything today. Guess I'll go pack for Eric's and start my drive cuz I don't want to be in this house anymore.
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    Franz Ferdinand "This Fire"

I went back... practice, that is. Haven't been in who knows how long. Tried not too long ago but it was too cold and I didn't want to get sick. So, is it easy to get back into Dragon Boating after not doing it for several months? Sort of. I'm out of shape although, I have been working out a bit. Plus I practiced using my left and my right sides so I'm sore all over and not on just one side. Practicing with my off side (right) killed me. I used muscles that hadn't been used in almost forever. My poor tricep.

Alvin (head coach) let me have a crap paddle to use for my collage for my Psychology of Stress class. That class causes more stress than ever for me. Wednesday I had worked on the midterm paper that was due on the following day while I was at work. I only had an introduction, conclusion and a bit to add to a paragraph and I would be done. I go home to continue my paper. Bad idea. I get kicked out of my computer room because my mom had a friend staying with us and she was going to be staying in my computer room. So, I go upstairs and ask my mom, Fred and my brother how am I going to be able to finish my paper if it's on a floppy disk and all the computers in the house, but mine are laptops? They start lecturing me on the use of a floppy disk. I tell them to shut up cuz I like floppy and how is this talk getting me a computer. My dad says we're about to eat, which wasn't true because Paula still hadn't arrived and my dad was still cooking. So, I got frustrated and yelled, "Will someone give me a fucking computer!!!!" That worked and my dad gave me his laptop that took floppy disks. Paula showed up after I plugged the laptop in so we ate.

After dinner, I start to write. But Fred's computer doesn't have Word so my file wasn't opened with something like Notepad. I got frustrated. To make a longer story short. I thought it was all gone but it saved the paragraph I wrote on his laptop. I had to go to work at 9:30pm to get the copy of what I had written earlier off a computer there. Finished the paper on Thursday while being exhausted. Moral of story: don't let mother have friends stay over.

Oh, and I don't think I passed the in class midterm but I really don't care since my paper is good.
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    Fiona Apple "Sullen Girl"