Is Defeat a Better Teacher than Victory?

posted Feb 2, 2015, 5:47 PM by Etaasha Jain

People may say that one can learn a lot by winning. While this can be true, defeat is a better teacher than victory.

When one wins, the winner only focuses on how good he or she was. Although the victor knows in the back of his or her mind that there are some things that could be improved, he or she chooses to ignore those things. On the other hand, the loser would focus on the things that he or she could improve on, because everybody wants to win. The person who was defeated would then practice longer and harder than the person who won. The winner would still practice, but not as much as the loser. This would cause the loser to improve, while the winner’s skill level would stay the same. For example, if Team A loses a basketball game to Team B, the players on the losing team would reflect upon their playing. By doing this, the team will realize that they could improve on fast breaks, so they will practice them more. While Team A is getting much better at playing basketball, Team B would not practice as much because they do not think they need to improve, and therefore maintain their skill level. If this keeps up, then Team A would eventually defeat Team B. In this situation, defeat taught the losing team how to execute better fast breaks.

When one wins something, it is possible to get overconfident, which is a detriment to a competitor, and to people in general. Overconfidence can cause the victor to not try his or her best while practicing, because the person is positive that he or she will not lose. However, if one does not practice, then there is a very high chance of that person or team losing. When it is time for the next competition, and the person who did not practice gets defeated, the loser will realize that practicing could have caused that person to win. After this, the person who did not win would practice more, and do better in the future. An example of this is if Team A loses to Team B because of Team A’s poor fast breaks, Team B could get overconfident and not practice fast breaks at all. In the next game, Team B could lose to Team A due to Team B’s poor fast breaks. In this case, defeat taught the loser to not be overconfident.

Victory does not teach one very much. Defeat, on the other hand, can teach people a lot. Defeat gives one a reality check, and leads that person to improve his or her skills. Defeat also teaches people not to be overconfident, which is imperative to know.


If You Could Eliminate Poverty or Illiteracy, Which Would You Choose?

posted Feb 2, 2015, 5:45 PM by Etaasha Jain

    Poverty and illiteracy are two of the world’s biggest problems. Without them, the world would be a much better place. It would be wonderful if both of these problems could be eliminated. However, if only one of these dilemmas could be gotten rid of, I would choose to terminate illiteracy.

Most people living in poverty are poor because of unemployment, or very low-paying jobs. The reason for this is usually illiteracy. If illiteracy were eliminated, then more people would have better jobs, and therefore more money. Basically, getting rid of illiteracy can also lead to a significantly less amount of people living in poverty. This would make the world a much happier place, and it would also help the economy to have more people consuming goods and services. There are some people who have a lot of potential, but for whatever reason, are illiterate. If these people are taught to read and write, then they may learn how to do other things such as math and science. Someday, the same person may become the president of the United States, or discover how to use lasers for interior lighting, or something that would make a difference.

Being able to read and write is one of the most important skills a person can possess. Without reading, the world would be nowhere. It is very hard to get around in this world for people who do not have the ability to read or write. They cannot read street names; they cannot write letters to distant family or friends. They cannot even enjoy literature. It really makes me sad how many people cannot feel the pleasure that comes from reading a book. Some people are not active members of society simply because they are illiterate. They do not think they can do anything because of their disability. If illiteracy were gotten rid of, people would be more active members of society, and maybe the world would advance.

If illiteracy is eliminated, then the world would also rise out of poverty. With more people being able to read and write, society can advance forward. A person who used to be illiterate could eventually do something big. If illiteracy is terminated, then the world would be a much better place.

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

posted Feb 2, 2015, 5:42 PM by Etaasha Jain

    Many people say that one should always be honest. “Honesty is the best policy,” they say. While it is good to be honest, it is sometimes better to be dishonest.

There are certain times when honesty does no good. For example, in the United States, someone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. This implies that even if one actually did commit a crime, they should be dishonest and deny the accusations. If the criminal had been honest in this situation, he or she would have immediately been arrested or fined. If someone is letting something get to their head, it is imperative that others do something to bring the person back down to Earth. Sometimes, the only way to do this is to lie a little to make the person realize they have flaws. Even if the flaw is not what is being lied about, it will motivate the person to improve that skill even more.

Some people believe that a lie is not a lie if it helps someone. This is absolutely correct. For example, if one friend did something punishable, the other friend could take the blame and save the guilty friend from being punished. This shows how much one can sacrifice for a friend, and it is good to sacrifice sometimes. Also, if someone has a low self-esteem, it is okay to exaggerate a little bit, not completely lie, just to boost the person’s self-esteem. This will not harm anyone, but it will make the person with a low self-esteem happy and the people who helped him or her will feel good about making someone’s day. Similarly, if a five year old draws something and asks an older person how it looks, it would do no good to tell the child that the drawing does not look good. All that will do is dishearten and discourage the small child. Had the adult said that it is a lovely piece of art, the five year old would have been filled with pride and continued to enjoy drawing so that one day, the older person can honestly say that the child is a great artist.

While honesty is usually the best policy, there are some times when dishonesty works better than honesty. It can boost someone’s self-esteem and also encourage people to keep doing what they love.

Impact of the Internet on Society

posted Feb 2, 2015, 5:40 PM by Etaasha Jain

The Internet is one of the inventions that have impacted society the most. Mankind depends on the Internet for many things today from communicating with one’s co-workers to keeping up with the latest gossip. Like all other things, there are two sides to the impact and importance of the Internet in society.

Internet has changed society in many good ways. Now, people do not have to wait several days for a reply to their handwritten letter. With the Internet, however, one can send an e-mail and get a reply in a mere five minutes. Not a very long time ago, people could only hear their correspondent’s voices on the phone. Now, with internet-using applications such as Skype, Google+, or Face Time, one can not only hear another person’s voice, but also see their face. Along with communication advancements, the Internet has also led to advancements in school or at work. Instead of having to meet up with the other members of a group project, a student can now collaborate from opposite sides of the area using Google Drive. The ever-increasing usage of the Internet has also created more jobs. Internet based companies such as Google and Facebook need employees. All these companies that are forming because of the Internet are supplying thousands of people with jobs. Although there is a big impact of the Internet on the professional society, there is an equal, if not bigger, importance of the Internet on leisure activities.

The invention of the Internet has led to the development of social media such as Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Kik. These days, if someone wants to do something creative, the first place they will check is Pinterest. Many times, people do not realize how important the Internet is.

Although most of society chooses to ignore it, there is a bad side of the Internet. One very big problem on the Internet is cyber bullying. This is when people post mean rumors or comments about others on social media. This can be very serious and lead to self-harm and/or mental disorders. Hacking is also becoming a very big problem in the world. Hackers can ruin one’s social media profile or find their location through their account. People can also put false information on the Internet, which may be accidentally used in research. This can cause a project to go very wrong. Lastly, the Internet takes away family time. Today, most people prefer to Face Time their friends instead of spending time with their families. This causes families to drift apart, and family is the one thing that will never stop supporting you, no matter what your friends do.

The Internet has impacted society more than is thought by most people. It is important in many good ways, and equally as many bad ways.

The Impact of Lightbulbs on Society

posted Feb 2, 2015, 5:38 PM by Etaasha Jain

Light bulbs have had a huge impact on society and are a massive part of the average person’s everyday life. Light bulbs have revolutionized the way people live, and the invention of the light bulb has led to several other inventions.

When Thomas Edison first patented the light bulb, people’s lives were hugely impacted. Since the invention of the light bulb, work hours started being extended into the night due to the higher visibility. Before light bulbs were available to the public, people could only work from dawn to dusk. Because of this, the production rates were a lot lower than when light bulbs started being used. Also due to the amount of light produced by light bulbs, workplaces were much safer. Besides impacting the workplace, light bulbs also changed the way society looked at entertainment. With the light bulb, people could talk, play games, and enjoy quality time with people they enjoy being around late into the night without having to worry about not being able to see. Light bulbs are very important for society because they changed the way people live.

Many inventions that play a significant role in society would not have been invented without the light bulb. Without light bulbs, today’s generation would still be listening to the radio for amusement rather than watching T.V. or playing video games. People would still be slowly handwriting all of their assignments when they could be typing them on a computer at a much faster pace. Nobody would have been able to explore Luray Caverns or the underground coal mines used by the early American settlers without a flashlight. Everyone would still be talking on telephones with giant cords that get tangled all the time. Also, since iPhones would not have been invented, no one would know what Trivia Crack or Geometry Dash is because those games would not exist. Without light bulbs, many of the inventions society considers to be common would not exist.

Light bulbs play a very important role in society. It is because of light bulbs that today’s generation can see what is in their refrigerator while eating a midnight snack. If it were not for Thomas Edison’s great invention, society would be so different that the current society would not even be able to imagine it.

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