Short Review of “At the Existentialist Cafe” by Sarah Bakewell (2016)

“At the Existentialist Café” by Sarah Bakewell is great for those seeking to learn more about the existentialist philosophers’ personal lives and how their lives have helped to shape their philosophies throughout their lifetime. The book’s readability is fair and a decent introduction to those looking into diving into existentialism. It also introduced me to the broader topic of phenomenology. However, as Bakewell tries to explain phenomenology and existentialism through her texts, there doesn’t seem to be an exact definition, which is fair enough as the philosophy itself comprises of different philosophers who had different ideas on what that particular philosophy is. Continue reading →

Moral Patriotism and Religious Justification of War in William Shakespeare’s Henry V

The invasion of France by the English led by their King Henry V is directly represented in Shakespeare’s Henry V with the Battle of Agincourt being the major battle in Henry’s war with the French. The battle of Agincourt took place in northern France on October 25, 1415 during Saint Crispin’s Day. It was a major English victory during the tumultuous Hundred Years War period between England and France, but is often seen as its own separate war due to the fact that the Hundred Years War often only had sporadic battles and the enormity of Henry’s invasion has a place for its own in being justified in calling his invasion a war within a war. Henry uses religious justification by having the Church support his decision to invade France by giving him their blessing and legitimizing that Henry has a right to claim France as his own along with having the moral patriotism of his subjects to fight the war he commands them to as faithful subjects of his nation fighting for a cause that was deemed just. King Henry V upholds his image as a model Christian king within the play and legitimizes his invasion of France through moral patriotism and religious justification by having the Church support his war, maintaining his piousness as a subject of God, and the continual invocation and attributing victory to God.

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A Brief History of Mormonism in the Pacific

Preface: an essay I did for my Pacific Islands college course several years ago that I wanted to share, especially as I haven’t done a post recently. I, myself, am not Mormon, but it was an interesting topic to me at the time as I have Polynesian family members who are Mormons. Continue reading →

Book Review: Aloha Betrayed by Noenoe Silva

Aloha Betrayed is a book that feels deeply for the Hawaiian people and their plight against the foreigners who took control of the lands the Hawaiians have long cultivated. This book is used as a brief overview of the history of the Hawaiian kingdom and what happens after the overthrow as people, especially the Hawaiian people, try to live in a Hawaii annexed by the United States.

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Biography: Father Damien or Saint Damien of Molokai

Joseph de Veuster was born in Tremeloo, Belgium on January 3rd, 1840. In 1864, at the age of twenty-four, he was ordained a priest in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii. This was the start of what will turn out to be his long life mission. Father Damien dedicated his life to helping the people of Hawaii, especially those affected by Hansen’s disease or better known as leprosy.

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Lack of Death in the War in Heaven in John Milton’s Paradise Lost

The war in heaven that John Milton’s Paradise Lost has taken aspirations from is from the book of Revelations in the Bible, specifically the last book in the canon of the books of the New Testament. The war in heaven has comedic properties to it as no one died, but the significance of the lack of death is important and turns the event into a more serious event as the war itself is highly symbolic of good versus evil and its everlasting battle until the end of time. No one perishes in the war in Heaven, and death is still a foreign concept at the time. John Milton’s Paradise Lost’s lack of death in the war in heaven coincides with Milton’s initial view of death being the result of sin and disobedience with a negative connotation attached to it rather than near the ending of the book where God allows death to be a sweet release for the race of men ultimately making death more of a joyful occasion for mortals who have lived long lives.

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