Three Stories I Would Have To Include In My Autobiography

1. November 22, 2012: It was Thanksgiving. My brother and I were playing in the backyard. It was probably around noon. Being very young and imprudent, we were bouncing a rusty old t-post against a fence at the back corner of the property. This was my first and only experience in the ER. Had the t-post landed differently, it very well could have split open my skull. Fortunately, only a few staples were required to repair this injury. At this point in time, I only remember this event vaguely but I will always remember it.

2. November 2014: We moved into our current home at this time, and my family and I began going to church for the first time in my lifetime. This, of course, cannot be left out of an autobiography about my life because, were it not for this, I would not have become a practicing Christian, nor would I be homeschooling at this point in time. Thus, moving to our current home and our church is a story that is crucial here.

3. August 2020: An eventful trip across the western portion of the United States. We visited four states and drove thousands of miles in the RV over a ten day period. This was our first time visiting many of these states. One event that will always stand out to me in this trip occurred in Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming. My mother, father, and I were walking down the sidewalk when suddenly, Mom lost her balance and fell face-first onto the sidewalk. A passerby stopped to help us find the hospital, where we arrived within five minutes. We were not certain whether she broke her nose or not, but her recovery following this accident was incredibly fast and within a week, the scars had all but healed completely.

This concludes three stories from my life that I would have to include if I were to write an autobiography.

Why Posting My Essays on My Own Blog Site Every Week Will Benefit Me in the Long Run

(Please note that the site itself is currently closed until next school year; please read in the Reader.)

Posting my school essays on my own blog site is beneficial for a number of reasons. The weekly posting of essays on my own blog site for school will likely in many ways prove to have been and in coming years be of great benefit. In the following essay, I will be discussing a few of the main benefits of post weekly essays on my own blog site.

Firstly, a blog full of essays is a good way to get the attention of colleges. Most students do not have this advantage. You will also be able to look back on your progress. Five years from now, the writing quality of this blog will most likely be far superior to what you read here now. This is especially beneficial if the student plants to make a career out of writing. In addition, the fact that your essays are being read by fellow students and potentially the general public will help you write better and more effectively, and will also help you to improve over time.

Another reason that posting my essays on my own blog site will benefit me in the long run is that showing knowledge in a certain subject can help you to obtain your first full time job. I wrote more on that subject in my previous essay on the topic called, “Why a Blog Site With Lots of Content Will Help Me Get My First Full-Time Job.” Just like with a hobby, an online business, or any number of other things, you can eventually establish your mastery in a certain subject by posting your school essays weekly on your blog. If you are an expert at history, for example, you can show this in your work.

In conclusion, posting my essays on my own blog site is beneficial for a number of reasons, especially that having my work available to fellow students will help me to write better and improve over time, which in turn allows me to look back and see how much I have improved since starting the Ron Paul Curriculum. No matter what the writing may be, posting on to your own blog is sure to benefit you, both in the short term and long term.

This is my last essay for this year. My blog itself will be re-opening at the beginning of the next school year, in approximately a month, during which time some changes will be taking place. Until next time, please remain a follower of Colton Beckwith RPC and expect loads of new content starting in early to mid August. Thank you for reading!

-Colton

How should church members have tried to find out what Jesus would have done in their situations? (Mini essay)

The members of First Church of Raymond that chose to live for a year as Jesus would did not make the smartest decisions after making their pledge. Many of their choices resulted in great financial losses. There was also the fact that many of them disagreed on what Jesus would have done. To avoid such poor decisions from being made and the disagreements among the members, each could have simply read the scriptures and let the Holy Spirit guide him to make the right decisions. Living “in His steps” is not in and of itself a bad idea, but the portrayal of it in the novel by that title was quite foolish in most cases.

What should Virginia have done before giving editor Norman $500,000?

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The plot of the Utopian fiction novel In His Steps is full of inconsistencies and implausibilities centered around the idea of living for one year asking what Jesus would do before making any decision. Shortly thereafter, business begins to fail for the members of First Church of Raymond that agreed to the challenge. One such victim of this was Edward Norman, the editor of a local newspaper. As I stated in my last essay on this topic, Norman decided to cease publication of a Sunday paper and remove advertisements for liquor and tobacco. These steps eventually led to an entire overhaul of the paper, making it into a Christian daily. This, Norman believes would be successful, but would require quite a bit of money to get started.

Not long before some one hundred church members took on the challenge on which the plot of In His Steps is based, Virginia inherited $1,000,000 following the death of her father. This amount in 1896 would have been worth over $30,000,000 in today’s dollars. She decided that it would be something that Jesus would indeed do, Virginia decided to give half of this large sum to the Norman to keep the newspaper alive. The biggest problem that Dr. Gary North notes with this is that no one ever thought about what would happen when this seemingly large sum of money ran out. Was this the right thing of Virginia to do? What should Virginia have done first? Let us take a look at the details and find out.

First and foremost, Virginia knew nothing about newspapers. Investing in something you know nothing about is obviously a bad idea. See my post 5 Investing Thoughts I’d Pass On To Someone Younger Than Myself for more on that topic. How would she know that her investment would ever be returned? When making a move like this, there are a lot of important things to look into beforehand. However, Virginia simply decided on the spot in conversing with Edward Norman that she would give half of her great wealth to his new and improved newspaper. Some may argue that because the love of money is the root of all evil according to 1 Timothy 6:10a, that the above is not necessary and that Jesus might just give the money without question. My response to that would be that if you instead invest and multiply wealth wisely, it can be used for more good than if you carelessly invest it.

In conclusion, the $500,000 given by Virginia to Edward Norman for the purpose of getting the Christian newspaper started was not necessarily a bad investment, but was not carried out wisely. Prior to doing this, Virginia should have looked more into the present and future so as to make the best economic decisions, thus expanding the ability of that money to do good, as Jesus would indeed do. Virginia instead chose to give without a second thought as soon as she heard the need. This kind of behavior can result in many financial problems.

Which aspect of the plot of In His Steps so far sounds most implausible? Explain.

Charles Sheldon’s In His Steps is a Utopian fantasy novel published in 1896. It is said to have more than 30,000,000 copies sold, although this figure is not confirmed. The story is about 100 church members who decided to live for one year by the phrase, What Would Jesus Do? after a random derelict interrupted Rev. Maxwell’s message with his own sermon on the topic of following in Jesus’ steps; this is where the title of the book came from. After scores of First Church of Raymond members resolve to live for one year asking the question of What Would Jesus Do? before making any major decisions. Dr. Gary North criticizes this book and the philosophy on which its plot is based, noting that it is “bad economics”, and that many aspects of the book are implausible. We are now going to determine the most implausible aspect of the plot by quickly going through the highlights.

Let us begin with the unexpected guest who visited Henry Maxwell twice in the first few chapters. In Chapter One, the man enters Maxwell’s home whilst Reverend Maxwell is writing his sermon. He asks for a job, and is rejected by Maxwell. The Reverend’s wife reports seeing the man at the Kindergarten earlier in the day. Then, towards the end of the following day’s service, the man unexpectedly showed up once again, and began his own message. He states that he has but a few days to live. Thus, the first major implausible aspect of the novel. Why would the man who is about to die be asking for a job the previous day? His preaching style, too, is remarkably similar to the Reverend’s, simply because the author did not make any conscious effort to differentiate the two.

Shortly after the random life-changing sermon from the jobless tramp, the man dies. Maxwell and 100 members of the First Church of Raymond resolve to live for one year asking the question, What Would Jesus Do? This results in great changes and great losses. First, the newspaper goes down. The editor, a certain Edward Norman, decides to not cover certain stories that he does not think Jesus would approve of, cease publication of a Sunday edition (despite the fact that a Monday edition requires employed to work on Sunday), and remove “questionable advertisements,” such as liquor and tobacco. These actions then cause subscriptions to slowly decrease. Next, Rachel Winslow, a singer, is offered a touring position that would pay much higher than most people would earn in 1896. She rejects this.

One particularly unrealistic occurrence early on in the novel relates to Alexander Powers, a railroad superintendent in Raymond who was among those that resolved to live as Jesus would. Somehow, there was discovered an extremely large room in the upper area of the building that had somehow been forgotten about for years. He decides to use this as a break room of sorts for the workers below, in which coffee and tables would be fitted, where the men could “come up and eat their noon lunch, and give them, two or three times a week, the privilege of a fifteen minutes’ talk on some subject that will be a real help to them in their lives.”

In conclusion, these various stories that build off of the single sermon that the tramp preached upon entering the First Church of Raymond are, of course, far from over at the point in which we have stopped. However, when choosing the most implausible aspects of the novel’s plot thus far, it is definitely between the fact that the dying man would try and get a job, and that a giant room would be hiding in an upstairs area in the railroad shops. What are your thoughts on the novel? Be sure to leave comment below. Thank you for reading!

Which dream in Looking Backward seemed more realistic: When he woke up in 1887 or 2000? Why?

Note: If you have not yet read Looking Backward, this essay may contain spoilers.

Throughout Bellamy’s Looking Backward, the lead character and storyteller Julian West has two dreams in which he awakes in a completely different time period. In Chapter 3, West awakes in the year 2000, to the home of a certain Dr. Leete, in the same bed in which he fell asleep years earlier, in a bunker underneath his Boston home, which had burned down shortly after West’s falling asleep. This period of deep sleep, although explained by Dr. Leete as some kind of medically acceptable phenomenon, was rather unrealistic, putting aside the fact that this novel is a Utopian fantasy. Moving on from this, the society that West begins to acquaint himself with in 2000 was, to say the least, very different from the one in which West had lived prior to May 30, 1887.

Prior to his first dream, Julian West lived for a week in the socialist Utopia of Boston in the year 2000. All people worked for a specific amount of time, and everyone received the same paycheck. Unlike Boston in the previous century, this society was made up of but one shopping facility, at which citizens could purchase anything imaginable. The items would be transported by means of a system of tubes from various distribution centers. Store clerks, rather than trying to sell the customer on a certain product, were simply there to ensure that the purchase was completed successfully. Just as clerks did not try to sell things, neither did advertisements exist. The means by which these changes, in addition to the many others that were discussed throughout the book, were implemented is never explained to West, and many of his questions on that topic remained unanswered throughout the novel.

After spending the first few weeks of his life in the year 2000, learning more about the Utopian society of 20th century Boston in which he awoke, West has another dream. This time, he dreams that his time in the socialist Utopia had been a dream, and that he was now back in 1887 with his friends and family! Having been completely brainwashed by the ways of the socialists, West was dismayed at his old life, at the endless stores, the advertising, the inequality of society in that era, and everything that the Utopian Boston had seemingly resolved. This, of course, was not taken well by the people of the 19th century. Upon once again re-awakening in Boston, the book concludes with West weeping in the dust, with the realization that he had done nothing to help the world in which he had lived.

In a fantasy novel such as this one, it is sometimes difficult to detect reality. It is clear that the end of the book takes place in the Utopian Boston, just after the dream in which West had returned to his previous life of the year 1887. Thus, this was the dream in which West awoke in 1887. It was not very unrealistic, and as socialism was not a popular theory by any means prior to the publishing of Looking Backward, the responses which West received to the socialist ideals he had learned in the Utopia could very well have really happened in that situation. The other dream, in which West woke up in 2000, was clearly not a dream at all, but was rather the reality that Julian West lived after his strange 113 year deep sleep. In conclusion, the second was more unrealistic, merely because of the many flaws in Bellamy’s story of the late 20th century.

What is the Least Believable Aspect of Looking Backward so far?

Edward Bellamy’s Utopian novel Looking Backward was published in 1888. The story is told by Mr. Julian West, a man in his thirties who somehow sleeps without aging at all for 113 years. He wakes up in the year 2000 in Boston, which has become a Utopian society. In the chapters following this strange occurrence, West is thoroughly confused by his situation. He discusses the new society with Dr. Leete, a character whom West met upon awaking in the year 2000. Obviously, being a Utopian novel, Looking Backward has many aspects to it that are purely fantasy, and that are entirely unbelievable when common sense is applied. Just throughout the first nine chapters, there are countless unrealistic occurrences that Bellamy portrays as clear reality. Today, I am answering the question: What is the least believable aspect of the novel so far? To begin, let us take a look at some of the key fantasy aspects of the first nine chapters of the novel.

The beginning of the book takes place in the real-life society of Boston in the year 1887. It is while sleeping in an underground bunker beneath his home that Julian West somehow slept without aging until the year 2000. This is a glaringly obvious unrealistic aspect of the novel, but is explained by Dr. Leete, the owner of the property in which West resided prior to his sleeping for 113 years, whom West meets after waking up in the new Boston, as follows:

Extraordinary, I admit. But given the proper conditions, not improbable nor inconsistent with what we know of the trance state. When complete, as in your case, the vital functions are absolutely suspended, and there is no waste of the tissues. No limit can be set to the possible duration of a trance when the external conditions protect the body from physical injury. This trance of yours is indeed the longest of which there is any positive record, but there is no known reason wherefore, had you not been discovered and had the chamber in which we found you continued intact, you might not have remained in a state of suspended animation till, at the end of indefinite ages, the gradual refrigeration of the earth had destroyed the bodily tissues and set the spirit free.

Being a novel based wholly on fantasy, this occurrence is not too unbelievable when compared to other aspects of the first 9 chapters of Looking Backward. Shortly thereafter, Julian West moved on from this strange anomaly as he learns more about the socialist society in which he wakes up. Boston in the year 2000 is a Utopian society, as Dr. Leete, the “extraordinary host,” explains. The city was immensely different than what it had been like when West had lived before his trance. The differences in society as a whole were even more different. Human nature itself had not changed, explained Dr. Leete. Instead, the “conditions of human life” had simply changed.

Perhaps the most unbelievable aspect of the first portion of Looking Backward would be that, as Leete says, no wars or bloodshed were required to implement the socialist society. The population simply consented to the societal shift. After hearing some about this futuristic society, Mr. West questioned Dr. Leete, saying that there must have been quite a bit of bloodshed for such a societal change to take place. However, Dr. Leete replied to this as follows:

On the contrary. There was absolutely no violence. The change had been long foreseen. Public opinion had become fully ripe for it, and the whole mass of the people was behind it. There was no more possibility of opposing it by force than by argument. On the other hand the popular sentiment toward the great corporations and those identified with them had ceased to be one of bitterness, as they came to realize their necessity as a link, a transition phase, in the evolution of the true industrial system. The most violent foes of the great private monopolies were now forced to recognize how invaluable and indispensable had been their office in educating the people up to the point of assuming control of their own business. Fifty years before, the consolidation of the industries of the country under national control would have seemed a very daring experiment to the most sanguine. But by a series of object lessons, seen and studied by all men, the great corporations had taught the people an entirely new set of ideas on this subject. They had seen for many years syndicates handling revenues greater than those of states, and directing the labors of hundreds of thousands of men with an efficiency and economy unattainable in smaller operations. It had come to be recognized as an axiom
that the larger the business the simpler the principles that can be applied to it; that, as the machine is truer than the hand, so the system, which in a great concern does the work of the master’s eye in a small business, turns out more accurate results. Thus it came about that, thanks to the corporations themselves, when it was proposed that the nation should assume their functions, the suggestion implied nothing which seemed impracticable even
to the timid. To be sure it was a step beyond any yet taken, a broader generalization, but the very fact that the nation would be the sole corporation in the field would, it was seen, relieve the undertaking of many difficulties with which the partial monopolies had contended.

In conclusion, several major aspects of Looking Backward have so far proved to be very unbelievable, including some which I have not mentioned here, and countless minor ones. This is, of course, to be expected, considering the fact that the book is a Utopian novel, taking place 113 years after it was written in the socialist society of Boston in the year 2000. Have you read the novel? What have you found to be unrealistic in it, particularly within the first 3 sections (9 chapters) of it? Be sure to leave your feedback on this topic below. Thank you for reading.

Why a Blog Site With Lots of Content Will Help Me Get My First Full-time Job After College

Creating multiple blogs or websites is a beneficial use of time and resources for many reasons, and if you start at an early age, doing this will give you a great advantage over your peers in the long run. Having multiple websites for a variety purposes, covering multiple topics that you are knowledgeable in, can help you become known as a expert in a field. This strategy is called Name Identification Strategy, and with the internet being a primary source of employments today, becoming known as having an expertise in a certain area; that is, having your name be known in a certain field in which you excel in, is an effective means by which you can obtain a full-time job in that field.

A vast number of bloggers today master the skill of writing through blogging. While posting on social media platforms frequently may be considered a means of learning to master the skill, dedicated constant posting on a blog is one of the best methods of becoming an expert writer. Learning this skill early on is beneficial for one’s career, even if that career is not in the field of writing. Nearly all fields require people with this universal skill. Of course, you can always maintain a minimum wage job flipping hamburgers at a fast-food restaurant or stocking shelves at a grocery store, but without the skill of writing, the management and corporate levels of these business are out of reach.

The regular constant posting on a blog or blogs will help you master the skill of writing, and if begun early enough and kept up consistently for a long enough period of time, it can serve as a useful tool for college admission boards and future employers, among others. Simply writing on paper and doing nothing with your work may help you eventually master the skill of writing, but does not serve the double purpose of helping you obtain a job or a college education, whereas constant blogging does just that. Additionally, publishing your work to the internet for the public to read forces the author to write to the best of his ability, further helping him become an expert and eventually a master in a manner that no other writing method provides.

In conclusion, a blog site with a lot of content can help you obtain a full-time job after college in several key ways; making yourself known as widely as possible as an expert in a certain area in which you are knowledgeable is the most effective of these, and building and maintaining websites is an inexpensive means of doing this. Additionally, having a well-maintained blog site on which you consistently post quality content that you write will eventually help you master the skill of writing, a skill that itself is universal and needed for nearly every field of work today. Mastering the skill of writing from an early age will give you a great advantage over your peers, and if your work is published on a blog site, this mastery is even more beneficial.

The Benefits of the Ron Paul Curriculum — Persuasive

Over the years, the most common methods of homeschooling have not changed much. Since homeschooling became popular during the late 20th century, many curricula have entered the market, and the majority of them are very similar. Textbooks. Similarly to public schools, many homeschool curriculum producers simply publish textbooks that are somehow created for the different audience. This ordinary method of learning works for some, but often leaves students bored and parents searching for something that will interest their student while still teaching them everything they need to know, perhaps while having fun at the same time. There must be some solution to this persistent problem, but where?

Homeschool curricula comes in many different shapes and sizes. A basic curriculum-in-a-box is a popular form of homeschooling, as is simply reading and writing with no curriculum to follow as a form of education, a more traditional approach. These forms of homeschooling may work for some, but the downsides of such methods often outweigh the benefits. For example, one overall benefit of homeschooling is the vast flexibility it provides. An issue with homeschooling with textbooks, notebooks, and binders is that it is difficult to transport, making it less flexible than it would be if were, say, on a laptop. On another note, a second downside to homeschooling as a whole is that school often takes just as long as it does at public school, sometimes lasting longer than that. Textbooks with no interaction from an instructor often bores students and may cause them to lack motivation. Additionally, Common Core is often used in homeschool textbooks.

Finally, there is a solution to these dilemmas. The Ron Paul Curriculum is as easy as register, buy the courses you want, and turn on your internet capable device. For that reason, the RPC is portable, allowing you to school virtually anywhere. The courses are affordable, costing less than many homeschool textbooks. At most, courses take approximately 1 hour per day, adding up to just 4-5 hours total of studying per day, allowing more time for extracurricular activities and the pursuit of hobbies and the like. Thousands of interactive video lectures with slideshow presentations keep students engaged and interested in the content of each lesson. Plus, the Ron Paul Curriculum is completely free of Common Core.

In addition to meeting the dilemmas presented above of many traditional methods of homeschooling, the RPC offers weekly writing assignments in each subject, adding up to hundreds of essays throughout a student’s entire school career. Courses are offered for all grades between Kindergarten and the end of high school, with two business courses and a personal finance course for high school. Four years of literature based English in high school are available, as is a full year’s worth of Public Speaking, and a WordPress course that is free for members of the site.

Conclusively, many parents are still searching for a curriculum that has little parental involvement, keeps students engaged, and still teaches them everything they need to know at the same time. The Ron Paul Curriculum meets and exceeds these requirements, and is portable enough to travel around the world. The curriculum’s structure allows for a student to stay behind if need be, but additionally allows for students who are above and beyond average to finish high school as early as they wish. You can find the Ron Paul Curriculum at this link. Sign up today and begin homeschooling with a certain satisfaction and feeling that you are getting a great education as you never have before.

Outline: The Benefits of the Ron Paul Curriculum

  1. Introduction
    1. Begin with an introductory paragraph that grabs the reader’s attention.
      1. Touch on generic homeschool curricula and its problems.
      2. Note that there is a solution to these problems, but do not expound yet.
  2. Body
    1. Discuss in detail the issues with many homeschool curricula.
      1. Lots of homework.
      2. Hours upon hours spent in textbooks daily.
      3. Loads of non-interactive textbooks, often boring students.
      4. Difficult to transport books, papers, binders, etc.
      5. Common core laden mathematics and English.
    2. Present the Ron Paul Curriculum and its benefits as a solution to these issues.
      1. Courses generally have no homework, just in-lesson assignments.
      2. School with the RPC takes just several hours per day.
      3. Thousands of video lectures with slideshow presentations.
      4. Portable: all you need is a device with internet access
      5. Common core-free courses.
    3. Discuss further benefits of the RPC.
      1. Weekly writing assignments in every course, adding up to hundreds of essays through an entire school.
      2. Courses are affordable.
      3. Four years of literature-based English for high school.
      4. Full grades K-12 offered.
      5. Extra-curricular courses available, including Public Speaking, CLEP, and WordPress courses.
  3. Conclusion
    1. Identify the Ron Paul Curriculum as the conclusive solution the problems with other homeschool curricula.
    2. Conclude the paper with a concluding sentence.

(Persuasive) Lesson 147.