Economics Week 8 Part 1 Job Application

Prompt: Write a 100-word job application

This is a link to the sister essay of this application, my successes:

I’m going to write this as if I’m applying to work at a local antique store, since this is what I feel personally drawn to.

I’ve admired your line of work for quite sometime, and I’m thrilled at the possibility to contribute towards this fine profession. I absolutely love antiques. To me they are objects which have been imbued with the souls of times gone by. They have witnessed and created memories, passed through many hands and lives, and have now ended up back on the shelves ready to give the modern era a taste of the past.

The opportunity to organize, beautify, and re-home these relics of the past is very exciting to me. The chance to learn a little about where they’ve been and what they’ve been apart of is even more exciting.  I’m ready and able to take on all the responsibility that goes with it, and I’m looking forward to meeting fellow antique enthusiasts who share my feelings about the treasures of yesterday.

Economics Week 7 Reasons to Hire Anikan

Prompt: Write a list of the benefits of hiring you.

I’m a very motivated worker, the experience of employment is just as valuable as any paycheck.

I make my own schedule and am willing to work part time or full time, whatever the job is needing most.

I’m very stubborn and determined, if I commit to completing something I’m going to go above and beyond to get it done.

I’m upbeat and helpful, my goal is to improve the atmosphere of the establishment and make my coworkers and customers happier than they were prior to our engagement.

I’m a great listener with a great memory. If someone notifies me of something I will be absorbing the information and actively thinking of ways to improve the situation.

I don’t get bored of simple jobs, and I enjoy the challenge of more complicated jobs. I am flexible and devoted, and will do my best in every scenario.

I love engaging with customers, I will do everything in my power to prove the customer service of this establishment is top tier.

I arrive early or directly on time.

I’m willing to devote unpaid time at home to improving the business if necessary.

I appreciate any and every opportunity, and honestly want to prove how good of an employee I can be.

I am very creative and am able to apply out of the box thinking to a situation whenever needed.

I am strong in body and mind. I can do physical labor and heavy lifting with no complaints whatsoever. I can also manage tough projects, you can count on me to figure out the puzzles of the trade calmly and enthusiastically.

I am proud of my organizational skills. Everything has a place, a home if you will. Be it paperwork or products, I find it thrilling to organize everything into its proper place.

I won’t give up on a project once I’ve started it, even if the going gets rocky. Once I’ve committed to something I’m going to see it through to the end.

I will not waste time. If there’s a moment when no customers are in the store I will spend it cleaning, organizing, or restocking. I will not spend time waiting around, I will spend time perfecting the atmosphere and/or the cleanliness of the establishment.

I take jobs very seriously. It doesn’t matter to me if I’m being paid minimum wage or a seven figure wage, I will take the job seriously. It is my reputation on the line, and I want to make a very good name for myself.

I will commit myself and all of my abilities into making the establishment the best that it can be. I take the reputation of my work personally, and will give all I can to insure the place I’m working at is seen as respectable, honest, and held above the competition.

American Literature Week 8 Cotton Mather’s Sermon

Prompt: “If you had been a member of the General Court, how would this sermon have influenced your politics? Why?”

Cotton Mather was a minister born into Boston in the early 1700’s. He wrote the sermon Theopolis Americana: An Essay on the Golden Street of the Holy City in 1710. His sermon spoke mainly about his religious theology. He also spoke of incorporating those theologies into politics and trade, he believed that if the marketplace functioned within the “golden rule of Christ” it would blossom into a much more virtuous economy. This golden rule was charity, honesty, and viewing your consumers as your brothers. Instead of seeing those who bought your goods as cash cows ready to be milked, look at them the way Christ insisted we should all look at each other. We are all human in the end, and our shared humanity is much more valuable than any trade good. We should not swindle each other, steal from each other, or deceive each other. But instead we should treat our neighbors as we would treat our family; if we ever trade with our family we do it in a fair, honest, and charitable way.

Mather was also an early radical in the sense that he completely condemned slavery. He made a point that many in those days would never consider, the fact that the capture of Africans for the slave trade was kidnapping. In the same way kidnapping your neighbors child is horrendous, kidnapping foreign peoples for slavery was just as terrible. We should look at each other as brothers, our humanity binds us together. Kidnapping others for slavery is letting avarice and sloth blind an individual from the truth, it was a terrible corruption and should be treated as such.

I believe these two arguments are quite true, and extremely virtuous for that time period. Mather was ahead of his time in many ways. But sadly Mather did have some negative views, mainly his views on the Jewish people. He believed Jews would eventually be converted to Christianity, and that once this occurred the world would become the garden of God. He believed that Jerusalem would be rebuilt, and New England’s streets would be metaphorically paved with gold. He did revoke his beliefs about Jewish people near the end of this life, but that sermon was never officially released and therefor never widely viewed by the public.

If I were a member of the General Court listening to Mather’s sermon I would take away several main points. The first is his views on humanity. I highly admire his beliefs on the free market and on slavery. If I had any power in those days I would encourage those views to grow within the public. We should see each other as family and friends, especially when we are engaged in commerce with each other. We should treat each other kindly and fairly, and at the end of a trade both the producer and the consumer should walk away content with their shared engagement. We should also never kidnap each other or steal one another’s freedom.

If we truly are the children of God then we are all equal, and should treat each other as such. We are humanity, and each individual is an essential piece of humanity. We should treat each other with respect and care, for no individual is any better than another. I believe Mather was correct in his view that if we want our world to be the kingdom of God we must treat each of our fellow humans as if they themselves held Gods divine spark. Christ said that God is not a force separate from us, but instead he is within all of us. If each of us interacted with each other the same way we would interact if we were in the direct presence of God, well, then the world may already be the kingdom of God.

American Literature Week 7 William Penn’s Morality

Prompt: “In what ways was Penn an advocate of middle class morality?”

William Penn was an early Quaker leader who wrote the book Fruits of Solitude in 1682. His religious ideology was uniquely beautiful in many ways, one being his views on nature. He saw nature as a pure creation of God, an oasis of truth put apart from the artificial structures making up the world of man. He believed that if one needed to revitalize his spirituality he should take time to be fully immersed in nature. If he watched and listened he would in time learn the laws and truths hidden within every part of the natural world, and through those truths one could also learn the forgotten secrets of humankind.

He also believed that true virtue laid on a tightrope of middle ground. If a person wished to be virtuous they must walk this tightrope in every part of their lives. They must not accumulate too many material items, but they must also not be overly frugal to the point of personal suffering. They must seek adventure and face the unknown if they wish to mature, but they mustn’t throw themselves blindly into danger. An individual must be charitable, for by giving to another they are indirectly feeding their own spirit. But they mustn’t be so charitable as to give away all their assets, for one must be able to support themselves if they wish to support their brothers.

Penn believed that when sitting down to a meal one mustn’t eat until they are full, they should not stuff themselves. But instead eat only until the first twinge of satisfaction fills them, then when the next meal arrives they will be truly hungry and happy with their meal. This creates personal discipline, and it also helps an individual to truly appreciate the miracle of the food laid out before them. His views on dressing oneself was rather similar. According to Penn attire should be used to warm oneself and make them more comfortable, it shouldn’t be used as a way to impress people. It shouldn’t be over conservative to the point of discomfort, but it also shouldn’t be too fantastical.

Penn saw common things of everyday life as blessings and miracles worth celebrating. Being alive is absolutely beautiful, and every little gift that comes our way is something glorious which you should thank the universe for. A life full of common little blessings, even in the dullest day, should be honored and striven for. A humble life full of gratitude, love, and forgiveness is the backbone of enjoying existence to the fullest.

He believed marriage should be for love and not for money, and that two people in love should not let zealous passion blind them. Both partners must be fully content in their individuality before they can truly come together as one. He believed a society must have some system of hierarchy to function at its best, but at the time he was radical in his belief that this hierarchy should not transfer to marriage. Both partners in the marriage are equal in every way. One partner should not have any authority over the other, for only with both partners functioning in their entirety can their communion shine with its own divine light.

Penn also believed that knowledge is only a stepping stone. An individual can accumulate all the knowledge in the world, but it is wasted if the individual cannot translate it towards wisdom and good judgement. Worldly knowledge is of the body, universal wisdom is of the soul. A moment of good judgement is more valuable than a lifetime of ingrained knowledge, for a hand who has only read of carpentry can carve no better than child experimenting with a blade.

Knowledge gives us a bridge, a series of stones covering a large expanse of river. But we must choose which stones we step on, and in what direction. If we are going to use the stones of knowledge to lead us over a waterfall it is better that we stay on the shore and watch as wiser people make their way across. Each of us has the opportunity to accumulate stepping stones of knowledge, and each of us have the choice of what path we wish to walk. If we let wisdom, love, and personal fulfillment guide our feet we will always arrive at the other side of the river safe and content. We will take the path of our own destiny, learn the lessons we personally need to learn, and arrive on the other side with the light of truth shining in our heart and guiding our soul.

Economics Week 6 Entrepreneurs

Prompt: “Do I have what it takes to become an entrepreneur?”

I believe lots of people have what it takes to be entrepreneurs, but most are discouraged from pursuing it at a young age. Our school system teaches us to stay within the box, to follow authority figures with no questions asked, and to put considerable effort into subjects we find no fulfillment in. These teaching methods train children to aim for the “best” jobs, jobs like doctors, lawyers, office workers, and other professionals that work under large corporations. They teach us that taking risks and trusting in our own abilities and talents will lead to failure, its always easier if we give in to the system and forget about our personal dreams.

As a child I felt like anything was possible, I felt that if I followed my passions I could make the world a better place. Then public school taught me that intelligence is based on how academically competitive you are. It taught me that because I didn’t excel at following orders and fighting for top grades that I would always be a failure. It taught me that suppressing my creativity was the only way to make something of myself. It taught me that new ideas are against the rules. It taught me to spend my life working for someone else. It taught me that money is the ultimate goal in life.

Being an entrepreneur is all about big ideas, taking risks, believing in your own abilities, and not selling yourself out to a preexisting company. Being an entrepreneur is about creating a company. A company based off creativity, mental flexibility, independent manufacturing, and personal passion. Being an entrepreneur is about chasing your dreams in a way that also benefits the economy. Our education system should encourage kids to chase what makes them happy, to go against the grain, and to value their personal fulfillment over excessive wealth. This is the door that entrepreneurialism unlocks, and if someone smart enough puts their all into it they can make their dreams come true.

Economics Week 5 Budgeting

Prompt: “How does making a budget reduce impulse shopping?”

Making a budget allows you to add up all of your funds and prioritize where you spend them. It allows you to allocate resources in a responsible disciplined manner, and allows you to take into account whats most important to you. We all have things we want or need to spend money on. Shopping for groceries, paying bills, going out, buying luxury or leisure items, etc. The purpose of budgeting is to clarify to yourself which of these is most important, and to add up how much money you’ll need to spend on it. From there you’ll know how many leftover funds you have for less vital items.

Say you have one hundred dollars. You have to pay for car insurance which costs thirty dollars, schedule a dentists appointment which costs twenty dollars, buy groceries for thirty dollars, and you’d also like to take your partner on a date this weekend. The first three items are things you need. The final item is something you want. Budgeting allows you to analyze all four items, address which of them is most important to you, and plan to allocate your funds based on that importance. In a scenario like this an individual would be best off paying for the insurance, groceries, and medical expenses first. After those are paid off they can spend their remaining funds taking their partner out on the town. If they didn’t think to budget, took their partner out first and spent forty dollars on them, they wouldn’t be able to afford the things on their list that they really needed.

Lets do another example. Say you are going shopping, and you have forty dollars to spend. You need to buy eggs for five dollars, milk for five dollars, bread for five dollars, and salad for five dollars. You would also like to buy some new clothes. While walking by a store you see a beautiful coat in the display window, but it costs thirty dollars. Now, if you hadn’t budgeted the impulse to buy the coat could be overwhelming. But you have budgeted, and you know that if you buy the coat you wont have enough leftover funds to buy your necessities. So you go shopping for the things you need, and while you do you research the coat you saw. Online you find the same coat for ten bucks. Budgeting just saved you twenty dollars, and you walk out of the store with all the food on your list.

In conclusion budgeting not only helps you avoid impulsive shopping, but it also helps you to determine what is most important. Once you’ve figured out what is vital and how much it costs you’re able to spend your funds in a much more beneficial and responsible way. When you make a budget you’re better able to see the big picture of what your money can go towards, and from there you can prioritize whats most important to you.

American Literature Week 6 Cotton, Winthrop, and Rowlandson

Prompt: “Discuss the views of Cotton, Winthrop, and Rowlandson regarding the Puritans’ errand in the wilderness.”

John Cotton felt at the time that he was not needed in the American colonies, but he did play a major role in convincing Europeans to face this unknown wilderness. He gave public sermons telling the people how righteous this endeavor was; it was Gods plan and the Europeans were the chosen people. He wished them Godspeed, describing them as seeds that would be planted in the garden of the new world. He told them that if they held strong to the words of God and the old testament their faith would deliver them to salvation.

John Winthrop was much less idealistic in his views on the blossoming colonies. He was a realist, theorizing on how a society of Puritans could be built and maintained in this unforgiving new terrain. He knew the system of hierarchy would be very different in these new colonies compared to the systems in Europe, and he knew that if there was no clear sovereign many problems would arise. He was also very practical when it came to an economic standpoint; he knew men wouldn’t want to work for nothing. The only way to get around this issue would be to label it as Christian charity. He preached that this new colony would be a demonstration to the world of what a society based on Christian values could look like. If each man gave charity to his neighbor, without expecting anything for his labor only then would God smile upon his society. This is where the term “city on the hill” originated.

Mary Rowlandson was a colonial woman who had been captured by natives and held for 11 months before being ransomed back. She wrote the book Captivity and Restoration, in which she tells about her experiences in the hands of the natives. This memoir became one of the first best sellers, and the first book written by a woman to become worldly adored. It tells her point of view about the differences in native culture compared to christian culture, and it tells her point of view on the wilderness she found herself in. She described the wilderness as harsh, desolate, and full of brutal barbarians. She lost her child to the wilderness. She was abused, starved, ridiculed, and tortured at the hands of the natives. She described several to be kind, but they were certainly the minority.

The main point of her memoir was comparing the cruelness she saw in the natives to the kindness she saw in the christians. It was also a major testimony to her faith. She said that her spirits had been extremely low throughout most of her travels, and that she often felt like she would meet her demise or that God would turn his back on her. But throughout all of this she held strong to her faith, and in the end she was delivered safely back to her colony. She gave credit solely to God, and became a motivation for other people of faith to brave the new world.