Most people don’t really value anything in in life, they walk around mindlessly and indulge in things that take them to a different place. While i might still be one of those people, i can appreciate the good things in my life. What i value in my life is the special time i get to spend with my loved ones and close friends, the new experiences every day, big or small. I have a fondness for nature, aslo. All the weird and secret things around the world, the morbid and mysterious, it all drives a fire inside me and helps pull myself back to reality. Everyone’s values are different and unique but for now we are going to focus on Hamletr’s values. Hamlet values the struggles people have to go through without any hope for victory. He sees the pain people go through day to day and doesn’t understand why not just end it all and never feel the pain again? Whether ?tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?. Moving onto Mr. Armstrong, he values the struggles that people go through but he also sees beauty and triumph and truth. Instead of only seeing the bad in tragedies, armstrong can look through the dark and see the good that comes out of these life altering events. Why would i want to change, even for a day, the most important and shaping event in my life?. Lastly we look at the Federal Government. The Federal Government values life in dollar amounts. I fully agree with Hamlet, Armstrong, and What A Life Is Worth.
Hamlet feels that life is a difficult journey and that the value of one’s life comes from facing all of the hills and valley of the journey. He values not giving up. Hamlet begins his soliloquy wondering if he should continue facing the challenges of his life or avoid them by ending his life. He has found out that his uncle killed his father and married his mother. Hamlet wants to get revenge but is afraid of killing his uncle, the new king. With this terrible situation and many others Hamlet asks himself …to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?. In this Hamlet is thinking of whether or not to off himself or live his life and fight through the struggles. Hamlet next explains why he is thinking about to be or not to be in his next stanza. To die: to sleep; no more; and by a sleep we say to end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to,tis a consummation devoutly to be wishd. Suicide is appealing to Hamlet because it is a simple and permanent solution to escape the sorrow and tragedy in his life. However Hamlet knows that his suicide might create worse problems than he already has. Hamlet often considers death but worries about the consequences to die, to sleep; to sleep: perchance to dream: ay, therer’s the rub (the problem); for in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil (human body), must give us pause: therer’s the respect that makes calamity of so long life. Because of Hamletr’s religion it is believed that anyone who commits suicide is damned to Hell for eternity thus spiraling his doubts out of control and forcing him to take a step back and question whether or not suicide is a good way out.
Hamlet and all of his friends have been through many trials and tribulations. For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, the oppressorr’s wrong, the proud manr’s contumely, the pangs of despised love, the lawr’s delay, the insolence of office and the spurns that patient merit of the unworthy takes . In his life Hamlet has had to face the death of his father at the hand of his uncle, plus many other things making him want to escape his tragic life. At the end of the soliloquy, Hamlet has, because he fears the unknowns of his afterlife, he decided to keep living. Though he has to live with the burden of his uncle, he continues to live his life, the undescoverd country from whose bourn no traveler returns, puzzles the will and makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of?. Hamlet will continue to face all of the struggles of his journey through life because he doesnt know how to confront his problems.
Lance Armstrong, like Hamlet, feels that the value of life is in facing challenges. He compares life to riding a bike, one minute you are pedaling along a highway, and the next minute, boom, you’re face-down in the dirt. Armstrong values those people who get back up and continue riding the bike. Armstrong shows that he values getting up after a fall with his story about his cycling injuries. In many different countries Armstrong has been hit by trucks just for being a cyclist. If you saw my body under my racing jersey, youd know what im talking about. He has bruises and scars all over his arms and legs. Even being caused physical harm because of cycling never stopped hi, from getting back up and continuing what he loved. His battle with cancer also shows that he values trying hard even if he might not win. He had only a 40% chance of beating his cancer. It was like being run off the road by a truck. He has many wounds including around his upper chest, his upper thigh, and two deep half moons in his scalp from brain surgery. Armstrong further develops his idea that people need to try hard when he says, You struggle slowly and painfully up a hill, and maybe, if you work very hard, you get to the top ahead of everybody else. To his beliefs, his determination and perseverance helped him beat cancer. Racing and cancer are very similar in that they both need patience, faith, and determination. The road to beating cancer is a long one but just as you push yourself to keep pedaling you push yourself to go through the cemo and hospital stays for that rewarding finish. Armstrongr’s last idea is that the struggles each of us goes through can make us better people. In a way the old me did die, and i was given a second life. Even though going through the struggle of cancer armstrong saw the beauty of the process. He accepts the changes it made and appreciates how it made him the man that he is today.
Unlike Hamlet and Lance Armstrong, the federal government, looking at the value of the victims of 9/11, focused only on the monetary value of each victim. Congress created the Victimr’s Compensation Fund that would be a safety net for the victimr’s families, to ensure that they maintain something resembling their current standard of living. The task of deciding what each victim of 9/11 was worth was placed in the hands of Kenneth Feinberg who came up with a formula that computed what each victim was worth. The amount of money people get for pain and suffering is $250,000, and the amount for each spouse and child is $50,000. Then you must deduct all the money you make from other sources other than charities. However, some families of the victims thought that the amount for pain and suffering was far too low. If your wife was brutally raped and murdered and you had to watch and listen to it happen, what would you think the right amount would be?. Another statement is from Mrs. Halvorson speaking out about her husband and brother, i just cant except the fact that the Federal Government is saying my husband and my brother are worth nothing. More people are coming out saying that the government isn’t paying them enough when in reality people are just getting greedy and using their deceased loved one as a personal piggy bank. Kenneth Feinberg decided on $250,000 because that’s how much a beneficiary receives when a firefighter or policeman die on the job. I think $250,000 is a reasonable amount of money for pain and suffering. Some families of victims thought that they should have received more money as compensation for their losses.
One example is the family of Cheri Sparacio. Cheri is a now widowed mother of two toddlers and a baby on the way in a month, with her estimated $138,000 from the government she definitely needs the extra help. She is upset because with 3 babies and a part time job as a psychologist she will probably end up on the street. Other families had a more acceptable value placed on their lost family member. Being put in the same position as Cheri, Mrs. Fields receives 3 times as much as Cheri, due to low deductions. I think that the Fields family should be happy with the amount they received. Some families will accept the government’s compensation because it allows them to get on with their lives. Instead of going through a long, unreasonable lawsuit, Mr. Gordenstein would rather devote his time to raising his two beautiful daughters who just lost their mother. I think he made the best possible decision.
I agree with Hamletr’s, Armstrongr’s, and the Federal Governmentr’s ideas on the value of life. I agree with several of Hamletr’s ideas on the value of life… Whether ?tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune . Whether it is a better to put up with the struggles of life or to end it and finally be at peace away from all the chaos. The heartache and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to, ?tis a consummation devoutly to be wishd.
Lastly, the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns, puzzles the will . I think his overall idea makes a lot of sense but still nobody knows what it is like on the other side, itr’s all about what you believe. I also agree with Lance Armstrongr’s ideas on the values of life. Cyclists fight an ongoing war with guys in big trucks, and so many vehicles have hit me, so many times, in so many countries, ive lost count, when i was 25 i got testicular cancer and nearly died. I was told i had a 40% chance of surviving , and for my last agreement, there are two Lance Armstrongs, pre-cancer, and post. Lance armstrong shows us that the struggles we face in life only shape us into who we are and teach us valuable lessons needed for future situations. Finally, i agree and disagree with the Victimr’s Compensation Fundr’s ideas on a personr’s value. My first agreement is yes, the government should help out the victims families of
9/11, itr’s incredibly generous but, they definitely should not treat it as a cheap bribe. My first disagreement that peopler’s worth is not measured by their income, it should be the situation or everyone gets paid equally.
One part of life i value is getting to spend time with the people that love and respect you. This is very important to me as I am very family/friend oriented and it completes my week to see the ones i love. Another part of life i value is exploration, discovery, experiences. I love exploring new places and experiencing new stuff.
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