In fact, as J. The wealth of the ancient city-states of Venice and Genoa was based on their powerful navies, and treaties with other great powers to control trade. This evolved into nations designing their trade policies to intercept the wealth of others mercantilism. Occasionally one powerful country would overwhelm another through interception of its wealth though a trade war, covert war, or hot war; but the weaker, less developed countries usually lose in these exchanges.
What stops us from acting on issues we care about? Have there been issues where you've wanted to take a stand, but didn't?
Why do you think you didn't? If there were issues where you did take a stand, what got you involved? Do you feel like ordinary citizens really can make a difference? Or do you hold back from acting because you think your efforts are futile?
Were you involved in the election on either side? What got you involved? Or what stopped you? And if you were involved, how did that make you feel in terms of your ability to shape history? What do you feel your responsibility is now that Obama is president?
Are you hopeful in your personal life, for your own individual future? Do you have more or less hope in terms of this country's future, or the future of the world? Were you surprised to see a portrait of Desmond Tutu as so down-to-earth?
Do you think of global heroes as saintly and detached? Do you agree that "only someone who knows how good life can be is in a position to appreciate what's at stake when life is degraded or destroyed"?
Were you surprised to know that some of the Eastern European revolutions started with the defense of the rock band Plastic People of the Universe? Any lessons from this? Did you know the real Rosa Parks story, or did you only know the myth?
How does it change your view to know Parks didn't act alone? Does it change your image of how people become activists? How do we know when an action matters?
Do the stories Paul tells of Nixon, Dr Spock, and his friend Lisa Peattie suggest that the major impact of much of what we do may be hidden? Can you think of other situations where a person who clearly made an impact on history first got involved in a seemingly lost cause, or where the results of their attempts to work for change were unclear until long after their initial efforts?
Do you get revived by a connection with the natural world? What lessons does this connection give in terms of working for its preservation? Explore the following themes: Those who make significant advances to improve the world learn to do so after a series of small steps over time, rather than in one, sweeping dramatic move e.
We may make our most powerful contribution by inspiring other individuals to voice the courage of their convictions Embracing the pleasures of life can help us keep on acting for change Select a quote from the following that resonates with a specific experience in your own life.
Explain the connection between the quote and your personal experience. The impossible will take a little while. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. So if you disagree with a particular stand in a particular essay, research it further, but also think about how one of the other authors might respond.Philip D.
Appleman ( –) is an American poet, a Darwin scholar, and Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University. He has recently published a new book: The . Photo by Marjorie Appleman Philip Appleman (New York, NY) has published eight volumes of poetry, including Karma, Dharma, Pudding & Pie (Quantuck Lane Press, ); New and Selected Poems, ll (University of Arkansas Press, l); three novels, including Apes and Angels (Putnam, l); and half a dozen nonfiction books, including the widely used Norton Critical Edition Darwin, and the.
Poet, novelist, editor, and Darwin expert Philip Appleman is known for his biting social commentary and masterful command of form. The author of numerous volumes of poetry, three novels, and half a dozen collections of prose, Appleman’s range of subject matter includes Darwin, politics, morality, and sex.
In this age of anxiety when the earth and all of the life on it appear to be threatened, Cicero’s essay “On Ageing” brings hope. Thanks to medical miracles and improved nutrition, longevity has been expanding at the rate of three months a year since Philip D. Appleman ( –) is an American poet and Professor Emeritus at Indiana University.
I first became acquainted with him when I read his edited collection, Darwin (Norton Critical Editions), which is a classic in the field. This time, our guest is the versatile Philip Appleman, whose creativity spans a long life filled with verse, fiction, philosophy, science, religion, and above all, moments of every day experience.