“Capturing the Philosopher” by Xin Li 88 is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Are you deeply conscious of whether your daily actions are virtuous? Virtue allows one to gain and enrich values over time. I reflect on whether I have practiced virtuous acts such as giving love, holding courage and showing gratitude. By the same token, stressing virtue also reminds me to not succumb to vices such as selfishness, unjustness or excessive pride. Therefore, I place a heavy importance of virtue because it serves as a catalyst to exercising my inward capacities. In doing so, this contributes greatly to my flourishing and ultimately happiness.

This does not mean that I value all virtues…

“McDonald’s” by JeepersMedia is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Eating cardiac threats at McDonald’s helps me handle stress. Some people like to meditate. Others like jogging. Or jam to music. I always order a McDonald’s burger & fries, listen to my motivational playlist and stare at the wall. Here’s why.

Being a college student is not easy. We come here with high self-expectations and sometimes our efforts to meet them are uncompromising. The semesters can get tough, especially this year, with the unusual circumstances that surround this year. It’s an unexpected challenge for a college student living in this place and era. Finals and other deadlines give you another…

“File:D7FZ5XHC5E5A3ELYDTJAHH7BP4.jpg” by Aygun Samadova is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Millennials don’t get it. Here’s why. Martin Scorsese’s fan-favorite Goodfellas is a riveting and stylish classic that belongs to the all-time mob genre. The harsh, realistic and intense nature of the film aims to depict the era of wise guys during 60s and 70s. Inspired by the life of a former mobster, this film is about the rise and fall of an Italian-American mobster Henry Hill before his life as an informant for the FBI. The redefining masterpiece was a box-office hit following its release back in the fall of ’90. Unfortunately for many mob genre fans such as myself…

“‘I don’t care if you love me or not…’” by vpvasquez8 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Do you have a short film essay to complete? Or a big written project? Are you stuck with ideas? Here’s an example of how to conduct a film analysis. Let's see how to approach an analytical framework using a real example.

This is the final thesis of an essay on Wong Kar Wai’s 2046:

2046 explores the complexities behind the construct of time, unfulfillment and the difficulties of loving. From a sociopolitical lens, 2046 also addresses changing societal attitudes towards rapidly evolving political landscapes and the growing differences in individual values within globalizing societies.

How did we even get here…

“Niccolo Machiavelli” by gnuru is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Niccolò Machiavelli sketches a view of the exercise of power that from today’s perspective can appear to be manipulative, authoritarian, and hierarchical. The political views and actions of 21st century authoritarian and hierarchical leadership can be interpreted through Machiavelli’s prescriptions for retaining power, diffusing discontent and crushing opposition. The domestic exercise of power in Machiavellian fashion is often perceived through activities such as political imprisonment, election control, the subjugation of public to censorship, and attempts to turn government opposition into an act of political suicide. …

“Handbags on Southbank” by The Style PA is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

She stepped off the metro, away from the flickering lights and into the thick foggy darkness with a bottle in one hand and a bright scarlet handbag in the other. The spinster was a terrible sight- in a state of disarray- clothed in a crumpled yellowing gown wearing a single tattered shoe. She had a distinct narrow figure marked by rope-like veins. The handbag was something else altogether- new, alluring and seemingly out of place- adorned with scales and complete with a considerably long leather strap that entwined up and over her ragged shoulders. She opened the bag and withdrew…

“Meiji Shrine — Naien” by AntonioA is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


Modernization is the movement from traditional, rural, agrarian to capitalist, urban, industrial societies[1]. It is achieved through reform, an improvement of society through changing key institutional practices[2]. This essay argues that differences in industrial and political reforms played a significant role in the modernization outcomes of Meiji Japan and Qing China. It subsequently examines the reasons behind both nation’s respective success and failure to reform in the aforementioned categories. Thereafter, it raises some challenges to the primary argument. Finally, it concludes that Qing China failed to accomplish modernization whereas the Meiji Restoration succeeded to do so.

Industrial Reform


“taters” by jugbo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Suppose there is a couch potato named Curtis. At first glance, we can argue that his life is meaningful as long as it is meaningful to him. One could say that if Curtis strives for emotional satisfaction within his daily routine, he discovers that his own life is meaningful. However, in our eyes, he lives in hazy passivity without a mental or physical connection to anything. His actions, thoughts and occasional bathroom breaks can be considered “irrelevant” because his world consists of him alone. Unlike an animal born in captivity, Curtis chooses to limit his life. If he has the…


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