My Friendship With my Sister, Brynlee

12345Brynlee Wright is an amazing young woman.  I love to talk with her all day.  We talk a bout History, Politics, Religion, Comedy and many other subjects, just for fun.  We like to make up parables about silly people and ideas.  We also make up fun “what-would-you-do-if…” stories.  We think of a crazy scenario, and ask the other what they would do if it happened.  Then, we tell them the result of their choice in the made-up world, and go on until either they die, or achieve world peace.  I hope she knows how much I love her.

Jace Wright

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Ignorance = Evil and Intelligence = Goodness

12345If you think about the word Ignorance, it means ignoring.  I think that when we are being ignorant, we are ignoring our conscience and what we know to be true in order to be comfortable and feel safe in the present.  This is essentially stealing from our future selves, and often others.  We break our parents hearts (both Earthly and Heavenly), and we also usually hurt others.  In the future, we suffer for it, because of nature.  It is only through the the Grace of Jesus Christ that we can repent for being evil.

12345God defines Intelligence as truth and light, which is the essence of Goodness.  He does not mean worldly wisdom or cunning.  Light is a substance that reflects in all directions helping us decide what is going on around us.  Truth helps you make better decisions and feels good in your soul.  If we pay attention to our conscience, The Spirit, and what we have learned in our lives, we will be kind, loving, leaning, and proactive.  We  will be happy and will help others do the same.  We will never achieve perfection in this life, but it is still achievable eventually.

12345Jace Wright, the Ignorant Scholar

When Evil is Being Done is it Right to React With Evil?

12345It is never, in any situation, acceptable to do any form of evil.  The title of this essay is easy to answer.  The implied question in the title, however is not as easy:

1234512345What is Evil?

12345Or perhaps, a better question to ask might be: What is Goodness?  You and I are merely ignorant mortals.  We cannot hope to ever answer this question on our own.  The answer is really more like an array of answers and statements.  God has revealed many parts of the answer to this question through ancient and modern prophets, and personal revelation to other individuals.  A simplified answer is that Goodness is obedience to God, and Evil is disobedience to him.

12345Since this essay is for a class about the American Civil War, I am certain this question is preparation for discussing the way that the North treated the South during the war.  The implied question is: Was it okay for the Union soldiers to ravage the Southern countryside the way they did?  First of all, I would like to ask, why do we care?  Why should it matter to us wether or not the north was in the right or not?  Shouldn’t we only care about what we should do in our own lives?  Why, it’s our old hobgoblin, the “foolish consistency,” of course!  We Americans have been brought up being taught that the Northerners were the “Good Guys,” and that the Southerners were the “Bad Guys,” and being young, we accepted it.  If the North was evil, then that would mean that we were wrong that whole time we believed it!  Another thing causing us to wish that the Union soldiers were the Good Guys is a concept I read about in Ezra Taft Benson’s The Proper Role of Government.  He called it “Collective Guilt”.  Since we live in the Union, we feel somewhat responsible for any evils done by the Union in the past, and we feel uncomfortable facing that responsibility, that isn’t ours!  Don’t be ashamed, fellow Americans, for what those who came before you have done to their slaves and each other.

12345I do not think it was “okay” for the North to burn homes and fields of civilians, but I do not know one-hundredth of all the factors that went in to the war, so I am not in any place to answer that question.

Jace Wright, The Ignorant Scholar

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Odysseus: A Look at Allegiance and Loyalty

12345From the context I have gathered thus far, loyalty and allegiance are two completely separate things.  If you are loyal to someone, I think that that means that you will always serve them by doing things that help them, and don’t take away from others.  If you have allegiance to someone, you will always serve them by doing whatever they want.

12345In the poem The Odyssey, Odysseus was loyal to his wife by coming home (after ten years, but I guess that was necessary to fit in all of the stories, and buy his son enough time to grow up).  He was disloyal by Christian standards, but the Greeks had no sexual standards for males, and he made no vow to have sexual fidelity, so he was sinning in ignorance.

12345Odysseus wanted his men to live, but he spent many of their lives in order to get home, and the remaining ones spent their lives to have a meal, despite his counsel.

12345When Odysseus came home, he tested his wife to see if she was still loyal to him, and at the same time she tested him to see if it was really her husband who had been gone for twenty years.  They both passed each other’s test.

12345I think that Odysseus was loyal, but did not have standards that were very hard to stick to, though he did risk his life many times and give up immortality to get home, which required a great deal of loyalty.

My paper on Herodotus | Full

12345I really liked Herodotus’s history book, it was not in modern textbook form at all.  I don’t know how much was true and how much was myth, but it certainly had a lot of myth in it, but  I did get some sound information from it.  As far as the literary value of it goes, I thought it was a very fun read, and I liked learning how much of our culture came from this book, and the paradigms and wisdom that people had long ago.
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12345Definitely my favorite parts of his book are the ideas he wrote, or passed on, like the quote from the ten year old princess to her father, the king, when someone was trying to bribe him to do something against the kings standards, repeatedly, every time raising the bribe, “Father, you must leave this stranger, or he will corrupt you!” I love that quote so much! I love how it shows the wisdom of a child, and how it teaches to manage your willpower by not going into unnecessary temptation.  Another example of a fun idea he had has become a very popular phrase, “He had completely forgotten all about it. It had gone in at the one ear and out of the other.” Did you know that that quote came from Herodotus? I certainly didn’t!

——— My Review:

12345Overall, it was a really excellent book.  Frankly, I really hate the Greek view on sexual morality  at the time this book was written, however, and wouldn’t recommend it to younger readers.  Even though it does refer to a lot of improper sexual relations and violence, it does not give any visual details whatsoever, and they were important (yet terrible) events.  I enjoy Herodotus’s logic very much, but I think he was way too gullible.  If you are my age (fourteen years) or older, I would certainly recommend you read his book instead of my paper, written by my ignorant self.

Jace Wright, The Ignorant Scolar

My Paper on Herodotus | by Jace Wright, the Ignorant Scholar

12345I really liked Herodotus’s history book, it was not in modern textbook form at all.  I don’t know how much was true and how much was myth, but it certainly had a lot of myth in it, but  I did get some sound information from it.  As far as the literary value of it goes, I thought it was a very fun read, and I liked learning how much of our culture came from this book, and the paradigms and wisdom that people had long ago.
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12345Definitely my favorite parts of his book are the ideas he wrote, or passed on, like the quote from the ten year old princess to her father, the king, when someone was trying to bribe him to do something against the kings standards, repeatedly, every time raising the bribe, “Father, you must leave this stranger, or he will corrupt you!” I love that quote so much! I love how it shows the wisdom of a child, and how it teaches to manage your willpower by not going into unnecessary temptation.  Another example of a fun idea he had has become a very popular phrase, “He had completely forgotten all about it. It had gone in at the one ear and out of the other.” Did you know that that quote came from Herodotus? I certainly didn’t!

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