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Did Orwell just get the year wrong?

  1. Many people believe that anything and everything they see a picture of is real, that it cannot possibly be false because they see it. This is not necessarily the case though; many photos have been tampered over many years. In fact “it actually dates back almost as far as the invention of photography”. The first popular, yet known to be false, example is from all the way back in 1860, a picture of Abraham Lincoln. Since then people have tampered tons of photos-removing unwanted people or certain areas that are too gruesome for public eyes. Magazines do it, journalists do it, TV does it, and everyday people do it.
  2. The result of altering pictures is ultimately altering the past, even if that was not the general intention. In the case of Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, altering the past is their exact intention. Old photographs that contradict Big Brother are thrown to the wayside. Some photos are strictly altered, removing “unpersons” and anything else that doesn’t fit the correct description. in several cases they even made up new people. A prime example is when Winston re-writes an article for the party and invents someone up, saying that a good article and a few photos will make things seem realistic.
  3. These days people often tamper with photos to get rid of flaws or take out anything unwanted. That doesn’t paint a good picture for someone in the future that may think the modified photo is correct. Then the history they thought they were seeing would be false. Tampered photos can give the wrong impression, making some people seem bad that are actually good and vice versa. Anyone who may have…been cast away from the family might pass completely from family history. By tampering with photos, people both today and in the future are being lied to for the sake of propaganda, strict sensory rules, etc.
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Posted by on December 1, 2012 in Beyond 1984

 

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Raphael-Archangel

Raphael

Raphael (Origin: Hebrew “It is God who heals”, “God heals”)
Mentioned by name in the Book of Tobias

The Archangel Raphael

In Catholicism:
Patron Saint of medical workers, matchmakers, and travelers
Feast day:  Sept 29 with all the angels, adopted in 1964 (moved from Oct 24, first celebrated in 1921)

In Islam:
The angel who signals the coming of Judgement Day by blowing the trumpet three time (beginning of last day, death of all angels, demons, and humans, and time of final judgement)

Traveler’s Prayer

The Archangel Raphael

 

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2012 in Thomas More's Utopia

 

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Epic Heroes-Aslan

Introduction-

There seems to be a set stereotype of what an epic hero looks like; tall, male, and muscular. While Aslan fits all these, he isn’t exactly human like most epic heroes, in fact, he’s a lion. He travels the mythical land of Narnia when not in his home, called Aslan’s Country. Also, he appears in every Chronicles of Narnia book; though his role is most prominent in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Besides the fact that Aslan is a lion, he does fit the characteristics of an epic hero.

  1. Supernatural abilities- he can talk and loves to do so, mainly to explain why he does or does not do certain things. Aslan can also free creatures from the White Witch’s stone sleep merely by breathing on them.
  2. Charged with a quest- helping the Pevensie children free Narnia from the White Witch’s endless winter, defeat her army and her in the process.
  3. Tested to prove worthiness- the White Witch calls for Edmund’s blood, declaring him a traitor to both and the Narnians, but Aslan offers his own life instead.
  4. Receives help from mythical beings- he is aided by the many loyal Narnians, who range from talking animals to centaurs and satyrs. All of them join the army to fight for him and Narnia against the White Witch
  5. Supernatural world- the world of Narnia ranges from dark forests to the ice-bound northern plains; where animals can talk and reason, creatures of myth can be found in droves, and magic fuels the power of an evil White Witch.
  6. Low point where he appears defeated- when he goes to sacrifice himself the witch cuts off his mane and binds him to the stone tablet. Then she mocks him in front of her minions before stabbing  him with a knife
  7. Resurrection- Since Aslan was not a traitor, like the witch called Edmund, he was innocent. The Deeper Magic that existed before Narnia began called for death itself to be reversed, until the innocent is brought back to life; such was the case of Aslan.
  8. “Rightful Place”- after killing the White Witch, Aslan crowns the Pevensie children kings and queens of Narnia, so they might keep the land safe. Then he slips away from the celebration, returning to his own country, until the land of Narnia needs him once more.
 
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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Epic Heroes

 

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Manassas

They have met at last — as storm-clouds
      Meet in heaven,
And the Northmen back and bleeding
      Have been driven;
And their thunders have been stilled,
And their leaders crushed or killed,
And their ranks with terror thrilled,
      Rent and riven!
     
Like the leaves of Valambrosa,
      They are lying;           
In the moonlight, in the midnight,
      Dead and dying;
Like the leaves before the gale,
Swept their legions, wild and pale;
While the host that made them quail
      Stood, defying.
     
When aloft in morning sunlight
      Flags were flaunted,
And “swift vengeance on the rebel”
      Proudly vaunted:
Little did they think that night
Should close upon their shameful flight.
And rebels, victors in the fight,
       Stand undaunted.
      
But peace to those who perished
      In our passes!
Light the earth above them;
      Green the grasses!
Long shall Northmen rue the day
When they met our stern array,
And shrunk from battle’s wild affray
      At Manassas.

I like this poem bcause it’s written by someone in the south. Normally you will find that history is told mainly by the winners, since the losers are typically either enslaved or completely destroyed. Which is why newer history is a relief, both sides are told, there’s no single view of it.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Civil War Poetry

 

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Romiania’s Pledge

I pledge my devotion to my country and to the Romanian people, to defend the nation’s rights and interests, to respect the Constitution and laws of Romania
 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Pledges

 

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