This is the assigned essay for the Personal Finance course in the Ron Paul Curriculum.
Steve Jobs. We owe him for the idea of the personal computer (PC), and such pleasures as the I-Pod Touch (of which I am a proud owner), the I-Pad, the I-Phone, and the beautiful text and eye catching design of those phenomenal devices.
He was a visionary. In 1976, Mr. Jobs set up shop in his garage, and started the company we know as Apple Inc., and soon, it was growing. However, in 1985, he was demoted from president to some menial position, following his trying to get Sculley, the co-president, to be demoted. He resigned five months later and started NeXT. It was later bought by Apple, and Steve got his position back. He developed, beyond the devices mentioned earlier, the i-Tunes store, in which you can buy thousands of songs, books, TV shows, full-length movies, and more; and the App store, which enabled the community to develop and release their own apps to the public.
(A Macintosh Laptop along with I-Pad, I-Pad Mini, and I-Pod Touch 5th Gen.)
Unfortunately, he started having health issues. Starting with pancreatic cancer, he began to decline. He eventually reported having hormonal issues, and then, he was hit again by the pancreatic cancer. He suffered from respiratory arrest and died during a coma on October 5, 2011. This was what Apple put up on their website following his death;
We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today.
Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.
His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.
Steve Jobs had a dream; to give the public a computer that was beautiful, easy to use, lightweight, and extremely functional. Today, his dream is being carried on. As I speak, new advances are being made in technology. Skype is working on 3D video calls, and the computer industry is becoming capable of handling such technology. We owe Mr. Jobs what Microsoft has taken and built into their operating systems. Without Jobs, the world would of been a different place.
This week I was assigned a 250 word essay on Government, for the Ron Paul Curriculum Government course, taught by Gary North.
There are four types of government recognized in modern western society; civil government, the type of government we usually are referring to when discussing government; family government, church government, and self government.
First, let me discuss government as a concept. Government is defined by Wikipedia as “…the system by which a state or community is governed.” It is sovereign, which means that its authority is not challenged by others, and it makes the ultimate decisions in its affairs, and it has a monopoly of power within certain political boundaries.
Civil government; it seeks to take power from all other forms of government by taking over the roles that they play in society. They take the children away from the family and the civil government educates them; they give out welfare instead of the church, and then they have become the only government. This state of things has been called totalitarianism, and the system just doesn’t work.
Family government; it is the God established social system to raise up society’s children. The family has been increasingly being made more of an authority of government; that is, an arm of the civil government, instead of it being the separate social system it was meant to be.
Church government; it is Christ’s people on the earth, that have been directed by God to help the poor and teach the world about Christianity. The state has taken away its role of welfare and has reduced the church to merely preaching the gospel. It has become merely an arm of the state, an authority, without any recognized sovereignty in society.
Self government; the individual mandates the law to himself. He is kept in balance by the other governments (i.e. family and church government).
Who grants rights and sovereignty to the family and church governments? God!
“Laws without morals are in vain.”
Benjamin Franklin (Motto of the University of Pennsylvania)
Humorous video on Personal Finance and getting ready for college. Enjoy. Credit to Mikey.
This week I’ve been taking the Ron Paul Curriculum Western Civilization Course by Tom Woods and I’ve been assigned a short essay on the major events from the Patriarch Abraham to Moses. Enjoy. Please feel free to comment, and be sure to check out the rest of the blog! May the Truth be with You!
We all know of Abraham as an elderly man in the book of Genesis who was the ancestor of the Jews. To Christians, we know him as the “Father of our faith”, and is a great example to us of displaying such faith.
Abraham was in Ur, in the land known as Mesopotamia, somewhere in Iraq, when he received this call from God.
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Gen 12:1-3)
So I’m crafting in Minecraft, which I also is a major part of what I’m supposed to be doing; it makes the “mine” part possible. (more…)