English Lesson 145

“How important is it for a person to summarize his philosophy of life in an early chapter of an autobiography?”

Summarizing your past life is important, and that is what makes a autobiography an autobiography.  The reason why it would be important is to get the reader’s attention and to tell them where you came form, which allows them to know what circumstances you grew up in and to also keep them from criticizing you for what you have done.  The reader might laugh at what you have done because they probably have done the same thing you have done.

Another thing for writing your past tense first is to tell them your hardships and to tell them how you got over it and how long it took.  You could tell them all the fun you had with friends and also past friends that have died in accidents that were completely out of your control or your friend(s). (None of my friends have died).  You could tell people the stories when you went camping, and what you did there, and how it ended.  Here in America, people that I know of get lost on camps, but they always find a way to get back safely.  They rappel, hike, ride bikes on trails, go shooting, and more.

In Canada the people there jump off roofs (at camp), camp close to forest fires (2014, header image.  I was there when the fire was still burning, not this close but the camp that we YM where supposed to be at was to close to the fire, and we had to evacuate.  But the other camp site was still within 50km of the fire.)  We went rappelling, shooting, swimming, and one of the YM had to get stitches because he came up in front of a rock that someone just skipped(I know who skipped the rock), hitting the guy right above his eyebrow.  He had two choices, one was to go to a hospital and skip the rest of camp and two was to stay and get the stitches there without the freeze shot to numb the pain.  He went for the second choice.  He stayed till the end of the camp.

It is very important that a person summarizes his philosophy of life early in an autobiography. When people are reading an autobiography they want to learn about the author’s point-of-view on life; that way they can understand why he described events the way he did. It help’s for the author to state his philosophy early that way the reader can see the events through the author’s eyes and their own. Then they can compare the author’s views of events to their own. A reader could also get bored if the author just starts describing events without introducing his beliefs early. It could also confuse the reader because he is guessing at your philosophies and thoughts.  —18joshuaspringfield

So, is it important for a person to summarize his philosophy of life in an early chapter of an autobiography?

For me, it is.


Business Lesson 150

“Procrastination kills.”

Procrastination is not good for business.  It destroys business.  For people who do not know what Procrastination means, just click on the word that is highlighted.  Procrastination destroys business and companies, so it is best just to do the job or get someone to do it immediately.

Procrastination reduces sales, and drives away the customer.  The customer is the supplier of cash in the business, and you are trying to sell a product and if you hesitate, the customer might go to the next company.  So don’t hesitate.

“Procrastination kills.”

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English Lesson 140

“Would Walden have been a better book if Thoreau had supplied more background information on his life?”

Waldens book is more on science then talking about his past, like Mark Twain.  Waldens book should not be called an autobiography because he talks more on his worldly goods and not on his life when young.  I would consider this book if it was more on his childhood, but since it is not I would call the book a fail.  If I didn’t have to read the book, I would not, but since it is part of the curriculum, I have to read it.  His background info would make this autobiography better and easier to read.

“This time, however slim the chance may be, I have been kindly asked my opinion (cough not cough) on if Thoreau had put some background to his life would his autobiography be better? like hmm I don’t know maybe his childhood story? Now I don’t know about my very few readers but I would be very curious to know if Thoreau’s background has any bearing on his crazy ideas if they have a source besides himself. In this boring essay that only people that don’t have anything else to do and are scrolling listlessly on this essay in which case I would strongly advise finding something else to do and because if anything it will make you even (however impossible it may seem) more bored than you already are. I have but one point: and it is how a background story would help Thoreau’s narrative.” nainarelcm

“I think Thoreau’s autobiography would have been better if he had provided more background information. I  have had a hard time understanding all of his stories and views because he completely left out his early life and childhood.”  18joshuaspringfield

Waldens book should not be called an autobiography:

“Walden was not really an autobiography. It would have been better if it had provided more background information about his past and life. He left out his early life and childhood. He had only described his adult life and crazy opinions. “ JORDANMELISSA9

No Wonder he could live on $40 a month, because he lived with his mother:

“He gave some information such as he was a school teacher, never liked commerce, worked six weeks out of the year, and he also he lived with his mother. “ JORDANMELISSA9

He lived 26 months in a shack by the lake:

“Henry Thoreau spent 26 months of his life living in a shack, next to a pond, doing just about nothing, a mile and a half from Concord. Afterward, he wrote a book about it. I don’t have to make a stretch to say that it was a quite disappointing. Thoreau is revered in my day as intelligent, keen, wise, and even as a good writer, but I see none of these attributes in his book, ‘Walden’.” Life, School, and Other Things

English Lesson 135

“Was Thoreau dependent on the division of labor while he was living on Walden Pond?”

Thoreau was an independent man on the division of labour.  He lived alone in a shack by the Walden Pond.  Thoreau hired people to plow his land, and he planted his crops.  He did go to town to get food and all, so he could live.  But he said that he could live without going to town or into civilization.  But he did not prove it.  He only earned $8.71 annually when he sold his vegetables and crops he had, when he could have went to someone’s farm and worked there and earned about $100.

Thoreau thought that the telegraph was useless, but he was wrong. The telegraph was one of the most important inventions in the world at the time.  It helped people know what was happening all over the country.  But Thoreau thought that it was useless and why would the people on the opposite sides of the country would want to talk to each other at light speed?  Did he ever think that it could be used to contact family on the other side of the country?  What ever he was thinking, he is totally wrong about the telegraph.

“Thoreau was not dependent on his division of labor. Why? Well, his income came supposedly from his bean field. However, if you look at the math of how much money the field actually produced, you would see that there was no profit. Instead, it barely paid for itself. If I can recall correctly, the small bean field produced about eight dollars per year. Thoreau could not manage his finances. In fact, he relied mainly off of his mother. So in conclusion Henry David Thoreau was not dependent on his work, if he was able to get by on a bean field that did not profit.” –lanigirl2000

I am not the only one who agrees, and it is not just us, but a lot more.

He said that trains killed more people then they helped, but that was false.  Yes, trains did kill people who are not careful, but they could transport people and tools, and food, and cargo to places that needed them at speeds that surpassed 100 km/h.  There were no planes back in that day, and the other option besides a train was to walk, or ride a horse, or ride in a wagon pulled by an ox.  He said that he would rather ride an ox and wagon to heaven, than ride in a train car that is on its way to heaven, breathing malaria.  Well if I had to choose, I would go for the train car, because malaria comes from mosquitoes, and you don’t get it from breathing it in.

Thoreau would be breathing in the malaria for longer if it were an airborne disease, and he would have died before he got to the place he was headed for.

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