Native American Culture

Native American Culture
Native American culture, refers to the culture practiced by American Indians, rich in history strife and triumph. The Native Americans practiced a number of rituals and held a number of beliefs regarding certain objects or totems. Amongst them included the feather bonnet and the plains Indian horse. Both objects were held in high regard within the Indian culture, one for its divine significance, and the other for its practical utility. The feather bonnet was a type of head gear made up of eagle feathers and typically worn by medicine men or individuals in positions of great power. Due to the materials used in creating such head gear, they were not just considered symbols, but sources of great power (Understanding Headdresses and War Bonnets). The Plains Indian horse on the other hand, was a typical horse used by the Indians to increase mobility and productivity (Moore, n.pag).
The feather bonnet was considered as not just a symbol of great power but a source of power in itself, mainly due to the materials obtained from revered animals like the eagle feathers. It was believed that because great power could be transferred through the spirit from the animals used to create such feather bonnets, the power would enable the wearers heal and treat the sick. The healing power of the feather bonnet is therefore more divine and spiritual than physical. The Plains Indian horse on the other hand was and continues to be used to heal psychologically. Horses and humans have always been believed to have a deeper understanding of each other, and horses can be used to great effect to achieve psychological healing. Native Americans used interactions with horses to achieve or gauge healthy mental states, a practice that is still in use to date, for instance by the Red Horde Nation in what is referred to as NAHIP (Native American Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, n.pag)
Works Cited
American Eagle Foundation. Native American Indians and the Eagle. Web. 14 June 2013.
Moore, R. Horses and Plains Indians. Web. 14 June 2013.
Native American Culture. Web. 14 June 2013
Red Horse Nation. NAHIP. Web. 14 June 2013.
Understanding Headdresses and War Bonnets. Web. http://www.indianvillagemall.com/headdress/headdress.html

Persuasive Letter: Approval and Support for the Act

Persuasive Letter: Approval and Support for the Act
To Thomas More,
Loving Father.
Dear Father,
Approval and Support for the Act
I am writing this letter quite sorrowfully, in part due to the fact that I personally feel that you are indeed an honorable man, worthy of reward and praise. Your disapproval of both acts of parliament is justifiable as well as admirable. I have no doubt in my mind that your reasons for refusing to acknowledge the two acts are valid and worthy of consideration. The fact that the King has such low regard for the law that he is quite willing to change the law simply to satisfy his own personal desires is no doubt deplorable. The king is willing to not just divorce his wife, in pursuit of a male heir, but is also willing to walk away from the ordained path of God to do it. The motivations for pursuing these changes are no doubt selfish in your eyes and agreeing to them would amount to a demonstration of utter disrespect for the law and for God.
Further, this decision I understand, weighs heavily on your heart, as your conscience cannot allow you to support a split in the church simply to satisfy simplistic human desires. Amending the law, and denouncing the supremacy of the pope simply to satisfy an individual’s desires, even if it is the king cannot be simple for a principled individual like yourself. Bottom line, no principled individual compromises what they stand for, either for political gain, or for the sake of self preservation.
The issue in question is no doubt one of morals. The bible quite clearly outlines the conditions under which any marriage may be dissolved. The conditions under which the king wishes to dissolve his marriage raises considerable moral questions, more so when one considers the trouble it took to bring about the union in the first place. The marriage in itself was immoral, and required the pope cut a number of corners that have already brought the church into disrepute, allowing the king to divorce and remarry will only further tarnish the church’s image, no morally upright citizen would support such an action.
While I acknowledge that your reasons for not supporting the act are valid, kindly reconsider your position. Philosophically, it is argued that the best course of action for any individual to take, is usually the one that results in the greatest happiness for those involved. As such, the main motivation when taking any particular action, should always be realizing the greatest utility. In this case, your support for the act, would no doubt make the king and his supporters quite happy. It would also ensure that we are reunited as a family, which would also make us very happy. On the other hand, your refusal to support the act has brought immense unhappiness even to you, the best course of action would therefore, be for you to support the act.
Not signing in support of the act, will lead to your untimely death, as the fact that you do not support the act has already led to your arrest and detention. Your friends have already turned against you, and I have no doubt that even more will betray you as long as you keep opposing the act. Although what you have only lost so far is your position and your freedom, your continued opposition to the act will undoubtedly lead to your loss of standing. As a politician, you surely must understand that it never ends well for those who oppose the establishment.
Furthermore, not supporting the act will have negative consequences for your family as well. It is my belief that you would not like to harm your own family, although you must understand that if labeled an outcast and a rebel, our fate, as members of your family is also sealed, as we will also be labeled outcasts and no doubt be excommunicated, or worse still, murdered. If your family disappears, your legacy will also be a distant memory. In fact, you will have no legacy to be remembered for, as no one fondly remembers traitors, your death and our death or disappearance will have been for nothing.
If you support the act, I do understand that to you it will have been an act of cowardice but imagine what it could mean. The king and his henchmen already hold you in such high regard. You would undoubtedly ascend to a position of power within the kingdom. Such a high position would mean that you become a man who wield significant power, which would give you an opportunity to slowly correct and change things; giving you a real opportunity to effect change.
Finally father, supporting the act would not only spare your life, but ours as well. It would mean that our family can be reunited again, and its name would remain intact. Supporting the act would also leave you wiser, as it would also mean that you now understand who you can or cannot trust, and in due course, I have no doubt that you will be able to repay in kind, those that have turned their backs on you. Please do not let pride and your conscience cost our lives, more so one that we are not yet done cherishing, and one as capable as yours, you were meant to effect real change, stay alive and play politics like I know you can.
Your Loving Daughter
Margaret

Business plan outline

Business plan outline
Name: 4Rent Company is a classified online website which aims at building a strong customer base by providing rental services. The company will concentrate on making sure that all persons visiting the company website are able to find any item they would like to rent. 4Rent Company which has the website as the main link to the clients will focus on all type of customers, students, housewives and workers specifically those around Canada.
Category: The business is a customer to customer based business (C2C). This is because with the help of the website the customer can be able to rent their items to another customer. The company has also provided an opportunity for the customer to enquire from the other customer base whether an item is available. Therefore, 4Rent is an ecommerce partnership that promotes customer to customer business (Olsen, 2012).
Product/Service: the company will focus on providing a wide range of products to meet the needs of its diversified customers. The products that customers will be able to find on the website for rental will range from books, student items, housekeeping items, cars, furniture, hardware and technology items. This wide range of items will be attained from other clients since the website will provide an opportunity for customers to easily place an advert of any item they may not be using at the time for other customers to rent.
Competitive advantage: Ecommerce businesses are widely spend in our target market but 4Rent Company will not only attain a quick growth and expansion stages but will also achieve competitive advantage after a very short period in business (Pat, 2001). This is mainly because of the wide variety in the products offered by the company. The company competitors: Kijij and Craigslist companies do not provide a wide range of product as well as focus on different groups of clients. Therefore, since 4Rent will be able to capture the attention of not only student, but also housewives and other unrelated businesses, it is then expected to perform much better than the competitors. 4Rent will be able to attract more customers because all will expect to find whatever they are looking for in one website. By ensuring that customers are able to get the items they require easily and in a wide variety, customer satisfaction will be increased thus building customer loyalty and expansion.
Value Proposition: customer satisfaction is a key factor in the company and this will be achieved by strengthening customer to customer marketing (c2c) (Chaudhury & Kuilboer, 2002). Customer to customer marketing will enhance the ability of customer satisfaction by making sure that the customers willing to rent their items are fully aware of what the customer renting requires. It is assumed that customers are likely to understand the needs of a fellow customer better than a sales agent. The mode of marketing will also reduce unnecessary expenses arising from sales agent and other middle men, meaning that 4Rent products will be cheaper than those of other related businesses. However, the value of the company products will be based on product availability, variety, low selling price and above all quality products. The company will assist its customer to attain quality product through a quality management department which will monitor the condition of items rented via the company website.
The Market: 4Rent Company target market will be students, housewives, workers and families living in Canada. The company will be able to reach all these groups of persons through a local and classified website which will provide rental services to the customers. The website will be easy to understand therefore no training will be required. Customer to customer marketing will also assist in widening the customer base because customers will be able to provide a wide range of products for renting by other customers who visit the website (Philip, (2009).
References
Chaudhury, A. & Kuilboer, J. (2002). e-Business and e-Commerce Infrastructure. McGraw-Hill.
Pat, S. (2001). Customers.com. Crown Business Books: Random House
Philip, K. (2009). Marketing Management. Pearson:Prentice-Hall
Olsen, E. (2012). Strategic Planning Kit for Dummies, 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
 

Conservatism Versus Liberalism

Conservatism Versus Liberalism
The article “Margaret Thatcher The Lady Who Changed the World,” is a piece on The Economist which discusses the political life of the former British prime minister and how her legacy continues to live on. The article presents a unique view of conservatism, equating it to what it calls “Thatcherism.” According to the article, Thatchetr, being a conservative, significantly advocated for increased market freedom and a reduction in the levels of state interference. Thatcher advocated for increased freedom and privatisation. The article argues that she embodied conservatism by her continued advocacy for the respect of individual rights without interference and micromanagement by the state. The article depicts the difference between conservatism and liberalism when it says she (Margaret Thatcher) reversed the previously existing situation in which failure by the government was rewarded by yet more control. The assertion that the Labour party decided to adopt “Thatcherism,” by leaving economic activity to the private sector, highlights the main difference between conservatism and liberalism. Whereas one advocates for increased state control and involvement, the other (conservatism) advocates for a free market, privatisation and a market based solution, that comes about without much government intervention.
The article also captures the contrast between the two approaches to economic management by asserting that the pendulum in today’s society is increasingly swinging away from “Thatcherism (conservatism), as states are increasing their share of the economy, regulations are becoming stricter and more excessive. Even in the case of the United States of America, where Democrats are expected to be a bit conservative, the government is increasingly meddling in areas previously operating as free markets such as the banking sector perhaps due to the housing bubble of 2008. This is a clear affront to the conservative principles Thatcher advocated for, and a strong display of liberalism, usually characterized by increased state control. The article proceeds to name China as the epitome of liberalism, and a misguided belief that increased state control is a good thing.
Work Cited
Margaret Thatcher: The Lady Who Changed The World. Web. 12th June 2013. http://www.economist.com/blogs/blighty/2013/04/margaret-thatcher