How do conventional and organic farming each affect the environment?
Which tastes better?
Which is better for health?
What about pesticide content?
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What do the latest meta-analyses indicate?
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How do conventional and organic farming each affect the environment?
Which tastes better?
Which is better for health?
What about pesticide content?
Which produces more yields?
What do the latest meta-analyses indicate?
Read here to find out!
Body image is one’s perception of their body type or body size (Logio, 2008). Negative body image often correlates with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and thereby eating disorders (such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder (BED)) (Zahn, 2013). BDD is a psychiatric disorder that produces preoccupation with imagined defects in physical appearance, which impairs social functioning (Zahn, 2013). Eating disorders classify a group of conditions characterized by disordered eating patterns, preoccupation with body size/weight, and distorted body image (often involving biological, psychological, and societal factors) (Bell, 2013).
When disagreement exists between actual and perceived body image, then disordered eating behaviors may ensue (Logio, 2008). Refusal to maintain normal body weight, extreme fear of being fat, and relentless pursuit of thinness characterizes anorexia nervosa (Bell, 2013). Anorexia entails either extreme restriction (fasting, meal skipping, or dieting) or bingeing and purging (distinct from bulimia, as one maintains a low body weight) (Bell, 2013).
Recurrent binge eating, followed by purging (or other efforts) to avoid weight gain, typically describe bulimia (Bell, 2013). Bingeing entails eating drastically more food (in a limited time) than most people would under similar circumstances, and is typically accompanied by guilt, self-disgust, or depression (Bell, 2013). BED differs from bulimia because it does not involve efforts to avoid weight gain (i.e. purging/fasting), but it similarly entails bingeing (consuming thousands of calories in a period of hours) (Bell, 2013). While BDD differs from disordered eating (Zahn, 2013), distorted body image partially constitutes an eating disorder (Bell, 2013), so the two usually relate (Logio, 2008).
Approximately 1% of the adult population suffers from BDD, with women and men equally affected (Zahn, 2013). Interestingly, women are more likely to experience disordered eating than men, as 90% of disordered eaters are female (Bell, 2013). Roughly 4% of females have eating disorders, while many others (male and female) meet some of the diagnostic criteria (Bell, 2013). Issues with body image or disordered eating can produce numerous psychological and physiological health problems for those affected (Bell, 2013; Logio, 2008; Zahn, 2013).
While BDD’s cause has not been identified, models suggest that interactions between societal emphasis on physical appearance, low self-esteem, brain neurotransmitter abnormalities, and genetic predisposition to anxiety-related disorders all contribute to BDD (Zahn, 2013). Similarly, there is no precise cause for disordered eating, however numerous biological, psychological, and social variables may contribute to these conditions (Bell, 2013).
The primary biological influence on eating disorder is hunger/starvation, thus anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder may develop after periods of food restriction (dieting; perhaps with a goal in mind) (Bell, 2013). Psychological factors identified to cause eating disorders include phobic responses to food or weight gain, conflicted feelings over adolescent development or sexual maturity, and compensation for perceived ineffectiveness by “controlling” hunger and the body (Bell, 2013).
Additionally, cognitive distortions may degrade one’s body image, causing undue concern for appearance that contributes to disordered eating (Bell, 2013). Irregular serotonin levels can cause the irresistible urges to eat and subsequent purges (to alleviate anxiety) exhibited by those with bulimia (Bell, 2013). BED’s causes are not clear, but BED correlates with a past of excess adiposity (Bell, 2013). Further, depression seems to contribute to all eating disorders (especially among the elderly), as those affected are often trying to reduce anxiety or exert control over their lives (Bell, 2013).
Differences in body image and personality traits may alter which (if any) disordered eating behaviors manifest (Logio, 2008). For example, those with BDD exhibit exaggerated concern over perceived bodily defects (perhaps in their face, skin, penis, muscles, breasts, or buttocks) (Zahn, 2013). Stress over these perceived flaws often interferes with social or occupational functioning (Zahn, 2013). As such, one’s proneness to worry over appearance influences their susceptibility to BDD.
Similarly, individuals with anorexia often display a lack of confidence or low self-esteem, causing them to adopt goal-driven, perfectionistic, or hyper-industrious behavior at work/school (Bell, 2013). A rigid (“all or nothing”) mindset can drive these individuals to fatigue or depression, which erodes their self-perception and impedes their performance in work/school (Bell, 2013).
Like those with BDD, people with bulimia strongly emphasize appearance, and their mood or self-esteem depends greatly on their weight/shape (Bell, 2013). Bulimia nervosa often results from restrictive dieting, which induces behavioral changes similar to those observed with anorexia (i.e. secretive behavior, obsession with food, food hoarding, anxiety, or depression) (Bell, 2013). Contrastingly, while those with anorexia may be introverted, people with bulimia worry more about socializing and how others perceive them (Bell, 2013).
BED is a newer disorder, yet it’s the most prevalent eating disorder in the U.S. (Bell, 2013). Like those with anorexia/bulimia, those with BED exemplify secrecy around and fixation over food, then experience mood/self-esteem shifts based on their weight/size (Bell, 2013). Again, depression and anxiety persist, but specifics differ, as those with BED are typically overweight and unhappy with their appearance/shape (whereas individuals with other eating disorders are less likely to be overweight) (Bell, 2013).
Low self-esteem and/or negative body image are thus commonly exhibited across eating disorders (Bell, 2013; Logio, 2008; Zahn, 2013). It seems media depictions of “ideal” bodies for men and women contribute to poor self-image among many (Logio, 2008; Kylie and Kenardy, 2002). Tragically, an estimated 60% of those suffering from BDD also suffer from depression (Zahn, 2013). As such, it seems that failing to meet others’ perceived standards culminates in depressive symptoms and feelings of inadequacy.
For example, those with body image disorders often struggle to socialize and grow housebound, spending hours each day looking in the mirror/trying to correct their appearance (Zahn, 2013). It thus seems there’s a large social component to these disorders, since those with bulimia worry about how others perceive them, and those with anorexia often avoid social gatherings altogether (Bell, 2013).
Relatedly, BDD and eating disorders each correlate with physical activity (Bell, 2013; Logio, 2008; Kylie and Kenardy, 2002). For example, research has observed greater susceptibility to BDD or eating disorders among athletes (Morteza et al., 2017; Goldfield et al., 2006; Anderson et al., 1995). Specifically among bodybuilders, researchers observe many disordered eating behaviors/body image issues (Goldfield et al., 2006; Anderson et al., 1995; Mangweth et al., 2006). This makes sense, since bodybuilding involves dieting (which can yield an eating disorder) (Bell, 2013) to match others’ standards of the “ideal appearance” in competition. Social influence and one’s own negative self-image may therefore prompt sporting participation among those susceptible to dieting/disordered eating behaviors.
Peer/media influence can also manifest in isolation from society, impulsive misconduct, or other irregular social behaviors (Bell, 2013, Zahn, 2013). For example, those with anorexia may conduct exercise privately, take extreme efforts to maintain their diet’s secrecy, or avoid social gatherings/family meals (Bell, 2013). Additionally, those with bulimia are often prone to impulsive behavior (such as substance abuse or shoplifting (Bell, 2013)), perhaps due (in part) to their desire for social acceptance. Further, those with BDD often stress and struggle to maintain relationships, exemplified as ¾ of this population are unmarried (Zahn, 2013). All considered, a negative body image may indicate increased susceptibility to disordered eating, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and irregular social behavior.
Luckily, treatments are established for BDD and eating disorders. BDD, though often misjudged/misdiagnosed, can be treated with high-dose selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy (Zahn, 2013). The combination of these 2 treatments is currently deemed the most effective approach, while cosmetic procedures rarely correct problems, and should thus be avoided (Zahn, 2013). SSRIs are thought to help symptoms given their influence on neurotransmitters, while cognitive behavior psychotherapy might improve one’s self-esteem/body image, especially if the subject’s loved ones are educated about the therapy (Zahn, 2013). However, BDD requires ongoing care, as a patient often relapses once therapy ceases (Zahn, 2013).
Anorexia’s treatment may require hospitalization, but most who are willing to eat/haven’t lost significant body weight can seek either individual or familial cognitive therapy (Bell, 2013). Those with bulimia/BED rarely require hospitalization, while outpatient treatments involve individual psychotherapy, family therapy, and pharmacotherapy (Bell, 2013). Therapy for these issues typically addresses cognitive distortions toward appearance, behaviors/thoughts/emotions that led to issues, and healthy eating behaviors (Bell, 2013). Given the tremendous harm that eating disorders/BDD can induce, those at risk/affected should certainly seek treatment.
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I enjoyed reading Camron Wright’s Letters for Emily. Henry’s letters teach multiple valuable lessons through engaging stories. Despite the book’s simplicity and ease, it delivers valuable, practical life advice. I recommend this book. This article addresses its messages on resilience, attention, and truth:
One powerful story describes a fallen mule that stomps down dirt such that he can stand upon it to escape from a well. Wright details, “…the mule was injured and [the farmer] decided…to bury the old mule…Each time a shovel full of dirt fell onto his back, he shook it off and stomped it into the ground beneath him.” (144-145). This signifies that the “dirt” life throws may discourage you. Tragedy or evil is almost certain to manifest at your peril, as it did for the mule. Fret not. The mule survives his fall down the well because he kicks away the dirt as it hits him. The mule prevails because he stomps the dirt beneath his hooves, rendering it useful rather than harmful. This suggests that you overcome adversity by making tools of life’s obstacles, enduring your suffering, and continually striving toward your goals. Life is challenging, but you are strong.
The story of a king and his sons delivers a second lesson. The king asked his 3 children to individually remove a large tree from the highest peak of a mountain. The king knew there were no trees atop the mountain, yet requested each of his sons to retrieve the largest available branch (in display of their fitness). The first two sons brought back large branches to impress their father, but the third son returned destitute. Wright details, “Tears welled up in the king’s eyes as he spoke softly…’You are right, my boy. There are no trees at the top…the kingdom is yours.’…” (187). Only the third son ever reached the mountain’s peak, thus found no trees. The father saw past the first two sons’ lies and granted his kingdom to the honest third. This quote indicates that you achieve virtuous pursuits in seeking the truth. Without truth, social constructs (such as a kingdom’s government or father’s trust) inevitably deteriorate into corruption. The third son earned his father’s kingdom because he was the only son that did not lie, thus demonstrating his potential for competence and righteousness in leadership.
A final line that struck me is “Turn back to your garden and enjoy the beauty before you.” (122). The “garden” symbolizes consciousness and it contents. This quote highlights that you may miss out on the valuable opportunities (that make life worthwhile) in worrying about problems. This also underscores the benefit of paying attention to the present moment. Savoring “now” reveals beauty. The past is history and the future is mystery; the present is all you ever have. Your worst thoughts may divert your focus, but great peace lies directly before you. Pay close attention.
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To lie is to make an intentionally false or deceptive statement. Lying is common in society and as such it is prudent to consider its ethical implications. I have observed that lying is often unsuccessful, if not counterproductive. As such, I refuse to tell lies because I think they contribute to mankind’s destruction. I have various reasons for reaching this conclusion.
George Orwell’s “1984” is a classic example here. In Orwell’s novel, society is brainwashed as the media and government promote propaganda and lies about the state. I think it’s clear that avoiding the truth is responsible for this society’s problems. People are afraid to speak (or think) their true feelings, so they lie or remain silent. Worse, people lie to themselves when they don’t acknowledge their own lies or those of their peers. This epitomizes how refusing to acknowledge the truth leads to tyranny or anarchy. The society’s restrictive government is demonstrably the consequence of individuals refusing to tell the truth. The lies don’t begin with the tyrannical government. The lies begin with the individual and over time lying becomes the social norm. Once lying becomes the social norm, the political norm follows suit. This lying creates a society in which the state of reality is constantly distorted. Historically, such conditions have produced Nazi Germany (i.e. persecution, scapegoating, and atrocities that became normal over time), and as such I think that it is our utmost responsibility to tell the truth.
When you refuse to accept the truth, this doesn’t change the objective state of reality. For example, one can deny the fact that they have unpaid bills, but that won’t keep the lights on for very long. Additionally, denying your addiction to alcohol won’t save you from fatty liver disease (steatosis). Ignoring problems is a form of lying because you ignore reality in doing so. This wreaks havoc over time because problems don’t solve themselves if you ignore them. In acknowledging the truth, one can effectively diagnose problems, and thus solve their problems with enough effort. A problem cannot be corrected unless it is identified, and a problem is never identified if its existence is denied. Therefore, lying about objective reality is a destructive act because it impairs our ability to diagnose problems.
Ignoring your problems will only allow them to grow bigger and manifest, subsequently allowing them to rot away at your being or at society’s expense. Using the aforementioned examples, debt only increases as bills remain unpaid over time. Untreated alcohol addiction only strengthens over time. Further alcohol consumption only degrades your health and reinforces bad habits. Increasing debt hinders economic development locally and over generations, which then harms society. In each case, ignoring the problem only makes it worse because the problem gets bigger if you ignore it.
Lies may fail to produce the intended results, even if the lie produces the outcome you had expected. Plagiarizing your classmate’s work will help you finish writing a paper, but it certainly won’t help your grade when your teacher notices. Further, you have to remember all of your lies if you want to ensure that they won’t backfire. This may be troublesome. If you make a habit of lying, then it becomes very difficult to recall every lie you’ve told. This can only proceed for so long before others notice.
Lying corrupts social constructs because lies often undermine trust. Trust governs human social interactions and as such, lying is problematic. You will struggle to maintain relationships if nobody can trust you.
To further exemplify that trust and truth are the pillars of social interaction, refer to close friendships. Your closest friends are the ones that you can always be truthful with and this isn’t a coincidence. Trust greatly enhances the process of cooperation, which thereby allows mutually beneficial relationships to form. This cannot happen if two people cannot trust each other. The threat of manipulation prevents cooperation in trust’s absence.
White lies are often not very useful, because a white lie is an insufficient solution to a larger issue. Though they may seem harmless, white lies can be counterproductive. Praising your friend’s (horrible) driving will not help prevent them from crashing their car.
Despite the appeal of distorting reality to fit your needs, lies tend to hurt all parties affected. Lying deteriorates a society by destroying the trust that otherwise holds society together. Lies often prevent diagnosis of problems, making problems worse over time. White lies provide poor solutions to identified problems. Even “successful” lies may produce undesired outcomes. Lies are therefore unlikely to help anybody and as such I implore you not to lie.
Most humans face a profound question: what should I value in life? Perhaps more pressing: why value human being? I give no certain answers, and your values are unique, yet below I share my favorite human characteristics and their paragons.
Finitude and mortality are man’s most reliable qualities. Specifically, you don’t determine your genetics, birth, environment, nor luck. As such, you do not control most factors influencing your life. You are not your own author, thus cannot reasonably claim responsibility for any of your traits. Luck determines everything about you; nobody is truly “self-made”. Your thoughts and actions influence your fate, however these materialize from interactions between your circumstances (environment) and disposition (biology) over time.
That said, it’s still captivating to witness humanity’s (seeming) transcendence of its inherent limitation. While my favorite traits are merely products of my specific biology and experience, they may be useful benchmarks for others. I am inexplicably captivated in witnessing others exemplify the following characteristics (in order of importance from most->least valued):
Disclaimer: There are similarities in characteristics among listed “trait exemplars”. These are just a few notable individuals that came to mind, but you may (reasonably) disagree with their categorizations.
Are you a thoughtful person? Do you care about others?
Peter Singer, William MacAskill
Are you willing to sacrifice to improve the community (and ideally yourself)? Do you want to help humanity?
Elon Musk, Bill Gates
Can you consistently progress towards achieving goals? Do you strive to surpass your current abilities?
Nelson Mandela, Sergey Brin
Are you in some way brilliant? Do you contribute to humanity’s prevailing paradigms?
Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson
Are you articulate? Does your prose induce awe?
Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens
The “Declaration of the Rights of Man” seems determined to eliminate societal and governmental abuses. The declaration begins, “…believing that the ignorance…of the rights of man are the sole cause of public calamities and the corruption of governments…” (Declaration 1). This quote highlights the tension between French citizens at the time. Turmoil is evident, as the National Assembly attributes its declaration to ending harmful interactions between members of society. King Louis XVI’s lavish lifestyle (Hannigan), despite France’s bankruptcy (Andress, Burley), supports this notion. The king’s excessive spending during economic struggle demonstrated his ignorance of France’s poverty, neglect for other citizens, or contempt for the poor. As such, Louis’ negligence produced hunger (Hannigan), poverty (Hannigan, Andress, Burley), and France’s corrupt, tyrannical government (Hannigan, Paine, Swann). It therefore seems the French wanted to prevent tyrannical rule by rendering ignorance, neglect, and contempt obsolete (given the atrocities attributed to these traits during Louis’ reign (Hannigan, Paine, Swann)) (Paine).
In addition to preventing governmental abuses, the National Assembly outlawed abuse by and for all citizens. The declaration continues, “…the French people… have determined to set forth in…declaration the natural, inalienable, and sacred rights of man…” (Declaration 1). This indicates that past French legislation neglected human rights, thus the National Assembly sought to defend such liberties. The Frenchmen writing this declaration realized the harms of abuse, because they’d historically endured despotism (Paine, Andress). The despotic King Louis unjustly imposed heavy taxes upon peasants (often for luxurious personal pleasures) (Hannigan) and allegedly ordered troops to fire on the citizens in 1789, as conflict escalated (Hannigan). The National Assembly prevented such actions from recurring in writing, “The aim of all political association is the preservation of the…rights of man…liberty, property, security, and resistance to oppression.” (Declaration 1) and “All citizens have a right to decide…as to the necessity of public contribution…to know to what uses it is put; and to fix the proportion…and the duration of the taxes.” (Declaration 2).
The former proposition impeded oppression and personal security violations, while the latter allowed people to dictate the terms of their own taxation. These mandates were likely in response to Louis’ aforementioned violation of such rights. Louis taxed unreasonably, without consent or justification, and oppressed/threatened those who refused to meet his demands (Hannigan). All considered, it seems the French declaration strongly opposed unjustified taxation, neglect of basic liberties, and unwarranted threats to individual security; perhaps due to Louis’ despotic abuses.
French values and policies outlined in the “Declaration of the Rights of Man” emulate those of the U.S. constitution, possibly because both documents bear enlightenment influence (Hannigan). For example, these bills both preserve freedom of speech and the press. The French declaration notes, “The free communication of ideas…is…precious…Every citizen may…speak, write, and print with freedom.” (Declaration 2), while the U.S. constitution outlines, “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” (Baltzell). This indicates that both societies revered the free flow of ideas, and thus empowered their governments to preserve this freedom. Since previous Catholic leaderships often silenced innovative thinkers (i.e. Copernicus, Galileo) (Hannigan), one expects said regard for open discussion and action, such that man’s best ideas can benefit society.
A second similarity between the two documents is the separation of powers. The “Declaration of the Rights of Man” reads, “A society in which the observance of law is not assured, nor the separation of powers defined, has no constitution at all.” (Declaration 2). The U.S. constitution outlines the distinct powers of the states, legislative branch, judicial branch, and executive branch of government in depth (Baltzell), which limits/separates power in all cases. These efforts to divide power suggest that each nation dreaded the prospect of another absolute monarch (such as King Louis (Hannigan, Paine, Swann)), and thus ensured that no individual/group grew too powerful. Separation of powers provides necessary limitation to rulers, because any one sect may check any others’ power, preventing tyranny.
The U.S. and French also sought to eliminate nepotism. The French detailed, “…All citizens…are equally eligible to all dignities and to all public positions…according to their abilities…” (Declaration 1), while the Americans proposed, “…The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President…” (Baltzell). The two social systems thus based societal power transfers on competence, rather than blood. This indicates that both nations preferred meritocracy to the nepotism that brought Louis to power (Hannigan). Both societies thus ensured social mobility based on individual competence, rather than blood relations. In conclusion, the French and United States evidently legislated many similar (enlightenment) values and policy ideas in the late 1700s.
Andress, David. “The FRENCH REVOLUTION a Complete History? (Cover Story).” History Today, vol. 66, no. 2, Feb. 2016, p. 20. EBSCOhost, lib1.lib.sunysuffolk.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=112342822&site=eds-live&scope=site.
Baltzell, George W. “Constitution of the United States – We the People.” Constitution for the United States – We the People, constitutionus.com/.
Burley, Peter. “A Bankrupt Régime.” [“pre-Revolution years”]. History Today, vol. 34, Jan. 1984, pp. 36-42. EBSCOhost, lib1.lib.sunysuffolk.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=hus&AN=503124986&site=eds-live&scope=site.
Declaration. “Declaration of the Rights of Man-1789”. Class handout. 2018. SCCC Classroom
Hannigan, Professor. History 102 lecture. On the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution, King Louis, and the French Revolution. 2018. Ammerman Campus Classroom. Suffolk County Community College
Paine, Thomas. “The Rights of Man.” Rights of Man, 8/1/2017, p. 1. EBSCOhost, lib1.lib.sunysuffolk.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=pwh&AN=21212325&site=eds-live&scope=site.
Swann, Julian. Provincial Power and Absolute Monarchy : The Estates General of Burgundy, 1661–1790. Cambridge University Press, 2003. New Studies in European History. EBSCOhost, lib1.lib.sunysuffolk.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nlebk&AN=120603&site=eds-live&scope=site.
My peers and desire to help others drive me to labor. My peers motivate me to work indirectly because I admire the incredible effort they dedicate to their immaculate projects. The speed with which my colleagues complete difficult tasks consistently amazes me. Their mastery and competence is enamoring. Therefore, I strive to emulate my superiors’ diligence and consistency. My peers thus act as role models who subconsciously drive me to action each day. They elicit an envy that compels me to rival them.
Secondly, feedback from others makes the journey worthwhile. My peers’ smiles and congratulations reward my efforts with unrivaled euphoria. As such, I happily strive to help people regularly. I value others’ acknowledgement as the greatest form of reward. This reward makes me feel like I matter. The positive feedback I receive for my labor is thus my “why?”, while my peers demonstrate “how?” to sacrifice and meaningfully progress humanity.
Do you say “goodbye” upon leaving a social gathering? If so (or even if not), I implore you to reconsider your farewell address. I prefer “I’ll catch you later”. Here’s why:
I often say, “I’ll catch you later”, upon parting with friends. While seemingly unimportant, this statement truly matters to me.
I say this because it’s colloquially accepted, but also for its dual meaning.
In this farewell, I acknowledge intent to regroup with my colleagues at some later point, as well as my will to assist them when necessary.
Not only do I plan to meet with them again, but also to look out for them. I think this epitomizes a benchmark for human care.
Your best friends are those that go beyond merely “passing time” with you. True comrades will go out of their way, acting to your benefit unnecessarily, because they want to.
Friends worth having can provide critical feedback when called for. They will check you when you step out of line; saving you trouble and ensuring your best interest.
Yet, friends also comfort you when you are in need; acting as a shoulder to cry on when called for. These actions constitute the deeper meaning implied by “catch you later”. They speak to friendship’s role in sustaining the individual.
Indeed, research demonstrates lower mortality rates and better health among better socialized adults, likely due to behavioral, psychological, and physiological interactions. As such, it seems like friends actually “catch you”, perhaps delaying your death.
In conclusion, “I’ll catch you later” beautifully captures critical aspects of friendship, highlighting friends’ inclination to pass time together and look out for one another. Friendships may improve health, thus they are worth maintaining.