Ok, it’s been a couple of weeks since my “weekly” writing exercise. The last chapter in 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary was about verbs and today it’s all about theories, one of my favorite subjects.
I like the introductory paragraph:
The mentally alert person is not content to live merely from day to today, completely circumscribed by such things as food, money, clothing, and entertainment. Occasionally he is tempted to speculate on why he is living and what the controlling forces of his life are. This chapter deals with a few of the terms that are applied to these motivating forces by different people who have varying points of view.
And these are those words:
1. Atheist/Atheism: If an atheist were to really stop and look at the intricate patterns and the obvious intelligent design of nature I cannot understand how he or she could continue to subscribe to atheism.
2. Agnostic/Agnosticsm: I have a higher respect for agnostics who at least admit there is some sort of supreme being even if they do not know Who or what this is exactly.
3. Fatalist/Fatalism: It would be quite convenient to be a fatalist and leave fate responsible for everything that did or did not happen in one’s life.
4. Egoist/Egoism: Product marketers rely heavily on our culture’s egoism since they know how easy it is for us to only think of what is best for “I” first.
5. Altruist/Altruism: While egoism may motivate much of our economy, hopefully there will always be enough altruists to keep it and our spirits alive.
6. Stoic/Stoicism: I’m too expressive with my feelings to ever fully practice stoicism, however, when things have to get done I can put on my stoic face and just get it done.
7. Chauvinst/Chauvinism: Thanks to the anti-male feminist movement, the first phrase I think of with this word is “chauvinist pig”. I had to look up the definition to expand my understanding of this -ism. Here’s another sentence: It’s noble and honorable to show strong pride and encouragement for our country but it is chauvinistic to believe our country is perfect or invincible.
8. Jingoist/Jingoism: A chauvinistic jingoist lives for war and cares nothing for mercy, love or peace.
9. Liberal/Liberalism: Many have forgotten what the true meaning of liberalism, as a political and social philosophy, is and have instead traded freedom with enslavement, equality with division, and life with destruction.
10. Conservative/Conservatism: In the same way, conservatism has lost its true meaning even among conservatives. As a self-described conservative, I believe this means working to conserve and preserve those things which are of the highest value in this world: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.