What salient aspects of an Asian university and the students that attend do you see as a contradiction?

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‘Manners maketh the man’ (William of Wykeham, 1350).  Whether you are in the street, in a restaurant or for this case in an Asian university certain etiquette prevails. My observations were done to draw attention to the value of etiquette and also to show the extent of contradiction to normally accepted good manners there are in the university in question. The results showed that the philosophy lecture room in this seat of learning far from being a quiet room of studious individuals was, in fact, a myriad of factors void of study ethics. The conclusion is, that when it comes to study, there is not a universal ideal as the acceptable method.


Etiquette is not a new idea and is changing all the time, as we see nowadays with the development of the smart telephone, but propriety still holds to essential tenets.  There are unspoken rules about daily etiquette such as talking loud, jumping queues and generally being aware of others. There certainly can be a lot of daily life that breaches social manners.  In a recent survey, 90% of people thought it would be rude to receive a telephone call at a church which goes to say certain arenas are faux par for telephone use. It is a fact barriers are being crossed.

In a social minefield for new students to their university, one business has recognized what many would not think was needed for learning, and as such, CLM Business Etiquette Consulting in Austin Texas has advised how students should invest in their courses to get them through their time at university. CLM’s study courses highlight factors such as establishing meaningful relationships with your professors and other students to ascertain a co-operative experience.

My observations will show that new students in this certain Asian university need to be shown, taught, and given rules as to how to behave in a lecture room whilst having a clear understanding of other fellow peers’ feelings and education.

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RED – Retired Extremely Dangerous

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RED – Retired Extremely Dangerous

So, what would you expect from an American action film? CIA operatives, Russians, car chases/crashes, political figures, lots of shooting and killing, of course, this happens. All these factors will get an audience, and with Bruce Willis as our bad-ass occasionally killing lots of people, the movie punters will take notice.


The plot is passable but lightweight and plods along, but the narrative is a bit confusing. Our problem starts straight away as we wonder why the hard revered retired ex-CIA agent would take along a dizzy lady, who is a telephone operator, on his road trip. So initially, we are faced a bit of a bemused tone. This stretches the story’s base. It is compounded with the music and sound which actually evokes a comical angle to the film that continues with spouts of dance music in the background as certain objects get blown up. This notwithstanding being perpetuated with rock ‘n’ roll during fist fights, it all lends an ear or irony.

The dialogue is light-hearted although we have much carnage which purports to comic book style. You have to let reality escape you at times as you watch one guy shoot a gun whose bullet hits an oncoming rocket and explodes killing the lady who fired the rocket as much as the ex-CIA agent, actress Helen Mirren, who keeps watch on a house which is also being watched by many CIA surrounding the house and they do not notice her.

There is a plot in the movie and other lofty talents appear to help as ex-CIA agents, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman. We end up with a Hollywood type movie that lends itself to movie clichés and rehashed action that ends up like what Kick Ass did for superheroes. But don’t let this stop you as this could be all that you love in a movie!!

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Shame and Guilt Culture

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For this essay, the aspect of culture that will be talked about is the notion of shame and guilt. In many countries, each culture and the people within it adopt a way of dealing with wrong behavior. The emphasis here is on how an individual person reacts to an action done by them which is seen as not being right in their society. The essay will show with examples how shame and guilt work in daily life. It will focus on types of behavior, attitudes, and beliefs that are installed in culture. It is actually written specifically for individuals to think about their behavior and to think if their wrong actions belong to a guilt culture or shame culture. It is also written for each person to think more about their behavior when they commit something wrong and how they should behave.

Shame and guilt sometimes are considered to be similar feelings while within different cultures and countries they become separate entities when you can look closer at people’s behavior. For example, if a person was driving along the road and they saw a red light, they should stop, but in this case they continued through that light even though they had time to stop. How would they feel? In a shame culture, the person would (not in every case) look around to see if anyone saw them. If no-one saw them and nothing happened, they would be unperturbed and drive away thus not really having a feeling of doing anything wrong. In a guilt culture, if the same action happened, the driver would still look around, but they would feel remorse that they did something wrong thus producing a feeling of guilt. The feeling of guilt then becomes an inner feeling. It is as if they know they did wrong, and they are punishing themselves for it because they know what is right. The feeling of shame in this case, there is none, because in this situation no external force (such as police) saw the driver go through the traffic lights. There is no feeling for that person because the police did not catch them, speak to them and give them a ticket/fine.

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I am not saying Egalitarianism is the best idea. We have got to have people who are better writers or sportsmen, for example. Thailand winning the world cup would be excellent. I would rather make you look at life, your country, and the world and put egalitarianism into context for its positive effects. Would you rather have a women pilot or a man? Why is it America still has never had a woman president? In an equal society, men are equal to women. So, there would be no violence against women.  John Locke, the famous philosopher, held the view that each person should have equal basic moral rights and natural rights. When you buy a house both the buyer and seller agree on a price, why can’t we do this with other things? Salaries, in modern democratic societies, we are talking about the greater degree of income that people have and trying to make it more equal.