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.cs95E872D0{text-align:left;text-indent:0pt;margin:0pt 0pt 0pt 0pt} .cs5EFED22F{color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Times New Roman; font-size:12pt; font-weight:normal; font-style:normal; } .csA62DFD6A{color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-family:Times New Roman; font-size:12pt; font-weight:normal; font-style:italic; } Dr. Seuss' tales are greater than simply catchy poems; they typically combat with critical philosophical and ethical dilemmas, if it is Horton gaining knowledge of the very essence of existence or the Lorax instructing us approximately morality. Dr. Seuss and Philosophy explores philosophical strategies comparable to the character of the great lifestyles in Oh the areas you will move, the strategy and cost of pondering seriously in Oh the Thinks you could imagine, and morality and ethics in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, between many others. a person who loves Dr. Seuss or is attracted to philosophy will locate this publication to be fascinating and enlightening.

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Capitalism is not a law of nature or rule of the universe; it’s one among many ways to distribute resources. Societies decide to be capitalist. They may do so because they think it’s highly productive, efficient, or just. But they choose to be capitalist, and this choice is reflective of that society’s values. So what is it they chose to be when they decide to be capitalists? First, capitalism is a way of distributing property, specifically the “means of production”; that is, the factories and manufacturing sites where all goods are made.

And then you’re dead, so why bother. So, yes, it can always be worse. indb 19 5/12/11 1:35 PM 20 Jacob M. Held supposed to help us deal with the pain we’re constantly feeling? In Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? Seuss offers this very answer to a complaining child. The boy, lovingly referred to as Duckie, has apparently been heard complaining about how rough his life is. ’” (Lucky). And surely this is true. Duckie is much better off than those caught in traffic on Zayt Highway Eight and poor Herbie Hart, Ali Sard, or Mr.

Today they can “cure” this kind of despair with pills. But before our culture of self-medication predominated Nietzsche demanded that people deal with their problems, the inevitable bumps and bruises of the human condition. Our desire for constant contentment has led us to become weak and cowardly and unable to envision or deal with this scenario and life in general. Nietzsche sees this despair as instructive. If in this darkest hour you can affirm your life and declare you would do it all over again and gladly, then you redeem your life in a singular moment of affirmation.

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