An eclectic witchy woman here to hone her craft as a desperate attempt to create some sense out of the maddening chaos that is her own mind.
Treatment of the Mentally Ill
Since the beginning of the eighteenth century, societies around the world, the American society specifically, have come face to face with a growing problem that continues to exist within our midst to this very day. It can oftentimes be seen while driving past certain street corners, within homeless shelters, in the forms of men, women, or children wandering aimlessly about in a confused, perplexed daze; those roaming the streets in search of warmth, food, and a moment’s peace; or those who have been left without the care of families or friends completely on their own within overcrowded hospitals without hope of ever truly recovering. All waiting to die, waiting to live again, waiting for a resolution that perhaps will or will not come. Yet despite all this hardly anyone lifts a finger to help, hardly anyone casts a glance of pity in their direction, or and hardly anyone takes it upon themselves to restore the peace and safety, that which rightfully belongs to all, to the one who needs it most of all. These individuals we so callously walk past, harden our hearts to, and deafen our ears to are none other than those who have been classified as mentally ill; persons afflicted psychologically day in and day out without any chance of being truly helped by the country or families that vowed to care for them.
Misuse of Aestheticism Through Moral Application
When first beginning to read The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, the reader is immediately met with an extremely detailed preface by the author of what qualifies as art, what gives art its unmistakably clear definition, and most importantly what serves as the sole function and purpose of art; and in addition, the author explains in great detail the role of the artist in the process of creating works of art. According to Wilde, the artist must not seek to prove anything through their work nor should their work serve as a means of morality to those who observe it by use of the five senses: touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound. As a creator, the artist is to simply take a medium and craft it to the point where others may delight in its aesthetic properties, present or absent. The point of art is to exist. The artist cannot give art usefulness pertaining to morality otherwise it cannot be considered art at all.
Hamlet: A Tragedy of Humanity
Although each and every play ever written by William Shakespeare has merited great praise in one way or another and attests to the brilliant mind of one of history’s greatest playwrights, I found one certain play in particular of Shakespeare’s to be especially deserving of further analysis, investigation, and contemplation. “Hamlet, Prince of Denmark”, one of Shakespeare’s well known tragedies entailing the misadventures of a young Danish prince. To give a quick summary of this play, the young Danish prince Hamlet is mourning the loss of his beloved father, the former King of Denmark, and is greatly troubled by the prematurity of the marriage of his mother to his uncle, the king’s brother and ascender into the throne. Having already experienced feelings of premonition, he soon finds his suspicions confirmed through the testament of his father’s ghost discovering that Claudius in fact murdered the former King Hamlet. Having discovered the method and means of his father’s death, Hamlet sets forth on a course of action to avenge the former king’s untimely death by any all means he deems necessary, taking into account the few points of guidance offered by the ghost in the execution of his plans.
Beauty: if one were to look up the term and read its definition, they would come to find its meaning to be extremely broad, vague, and truly unsatisfying overall. Regardless, mankind as a whole has shown Beauty to be a well sought after idea, characteristic and quality through many medians in society. From the slender, young lady modeling patented paints and powders by Cover Girl to other women who are curvaceous and perhaps of a certain age to the tanned, toned man donning the cover of the GQ magazines encouraging young men to make periodic visits to the gym; from the golden voices of great vocalists to the sweet, heartbreakingly wonderful melodies composed and played by soulful instrumentalists who have mastered their craft through many years of intense study; from Monet’s serene portrait of scenic pond and water lilies to the vivaciously yet piously painted ceiling of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel; we are shown that “Beauty” is anything but an ignored concept. However, one has to wonder: what is true beauty? Is it composed of simply one aspect or perhaps of a complex multitude? In his collection of thoughts, known as the Enneads, the philosopher Plotinus reveals through the sixth tractate entitled “Beauty” that there is more to this coveted concept than simply being fair of face. This essay will discuss true beauty or what Plotinus calls Divine Beauty by exploring the three forms that compose it: the material, the intellectual, and the moral.
A Deadly Kiss
Ben was driving down a winding dirt road in Eagle Pass, Texas through a mist thicker than the most condensed of pea soups. It was nearing 10:00pm and he had not seen hide or hair of any kind of rest stop and his eyes were leaden with exhaustion. Holding the wheel steady with one hand, he reached for his cell phone to adjust his GPS thinking it wouldn’t make a lick of a difference but if anything it would give his mind something to focus on. No sooner had he grabbed his phone then a young woman had materialized out of thin air in the middle of the road. Quickly as he could, he swerved sharply to the left which sent his phone flying out the open window on the driver’s side. Fortunately, he was able to skid to a stop before his car could hit a tall oak tree; its branches were like that of a gnarled old woman’s fingers—twisted, deformed, and dark corruption.