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My Definition of Success

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

– Bruce Lee –

What is success? Society is always striving for a definition to define it and how others can and have achieved it. This paper will illustrate the definition of success, what makes society success or not success, and what my personal definition of success is. This will show how twisted and materialistic people can really be in today’s world.

In the dictionary.com definition success is the achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted. Many people feel that they have lived up to this definition. In the article by Alan Ruddock he states “society has been transformed by economic success and is now a much harsher place, full of grim individualists who measure success by the accumulation of wealth.” For example many feel Bill Gates is a success because he created Microsoft and is one of the richest individuals in the world. He is also very giving with his money by giving it away to many charities which will benefit others. One with that kind of money has billions to give away. No one person can have that much and not give some away because they already have everything they could possible want. A school system could also be considered successful depending on how many of their students graduate and do well on the standardized test which the state gives out. For many suburban schools they are very successful because of the teachers the city is bringing in to teach their children. In my home town we are one of the best school systems in the state of Ohio because we live in a wealthier neighborhood and also we have the money to pay for newer text books and other th…

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…y matter are your family and friends and those whose lives you have touched.

As you can see society definitely needs to be relooked at on what they think is successful. People are becoming more and more greedy. They only care about themselves and don’t look at the bigger picture of life. Success needs to be thought of as a journey not just the end result. Whether my own definition or the dictionary.com definition I feel we can all benefit from understanding what success really is.

Works Cited

Fagg, Jonathan. It’s Time you stopped teaching us a flawed concept of ‘achievement’; 2003 July 28. EDUCATION pg. 8. 4 November 2008.

Ruddock, Alan. “Dependency, not success, creates a weak society.” 3 April 2005. Features; Erie News 19. 4 November 2008.

Shah, Sonali. “Podium: Don’t hold back the disabled.” 6 January 1999. COMMENT pg. 4. 4 November 2008.

The False Hope of Cryonics

The False Hope of Cryonics

Have you ever thought about living one hundred years or more from now? If current beliefs are proven to be possible it may be a possibility in the future. Alcor, a life extension foundation, claims that Cryonics may make it possible for people who die to be revived in the future. Just think about it, you could get to see how present problems were solved in the future. The only catch is that Cryonics may cause more problems than it can solve in the future.

Cryonics is the process of freezing body parts and organs for future use. At this time they are doing whole body and neurosuspensions. As soon as heartbeat and breathing in a member who has paid for this procedure cease, a transport team from Alcor takes over the care of the patient. Circulation and breathing are artificially restored and the patient is cooled and transported to Alcor’s facilities. The patient is treated with drugs to minimize freezing injury and is then further cooled to the boiling point of liquid nitrogen (-320°F, -196°C) (Alcor, 1). Neurosuspensions are the freezing of the human head and brain. The reason for doing this is because it is much cheaper and they feel that all other body parts are replaceable by transplant. Alcor charges $50,000 for neurosuspensions and $120,000 for whole body suspensions (Alcor, 27).

The first problem to consider is our current and possible future population problems. Alcor claims that it is impossible for over population to occur because the earth is nowhere near its limits for safely and comfortably supporting life (Alcor, 52). If this is true why does China currently only allow couples to have two children and require that they obtain a license before doing so rather than simply allowing them to have as many as they want? I guess what I am trying to say is that areas of this world already are overpopulated. There are 23,000,000 people in the United States age sixty-five or over (Doherty, 73). If every person age sixty-five and over were to be frozen then restored at a future date and this kept adding up over each year it would seem obvious that when and if the technology ever came where these people could be revived that there would definitely be an overpopulation.

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