As I’ve already mentioned in my last essay, Adventures by Cabeza de Vaca was the account of a soldier in the 16th century who survived among the native American tribes in the South of the modern U.S.A. for ten years. He then was able to return to his home, Spain, and write down this account.
A contemporary of Vaca’s was Bartolome de Las Casas, a spanish friar who went to the New World to preach Christianity and convert the Natives. He wrote his account, A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies, in 1552. It is almost all about how cruel, in Las Casas’ eyes, the Spaniards were and how innocent the native tribes were.
Which of the two books was most enjoyable? I enjoyed reading Adventures by Cabeza de Vaca much more for a couple of reasons.
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“What would be the most difficult technique in this book so far for you to learn how to do well? Why?”
One of the best books I have read so far for this course is Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. It is all about……well, the title says it all. There are so many techniques, pretty much all of which I would like to implement in my life. However, many of these techniques do not apply to me, yet—such as those that have to do with being a business manager, owner of a company, etc…. I have picked four techniques that I think I can implicate in my life, right now.
- If you’re wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
- The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
- Show respect for other people’s interests and wants—never say “you’re wrong”.
- Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest sound in any language.
If you’re wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically. We all have the natural tendency to become defensive when Continue reading
Is trust an important component in business relationships? My answer is absolutely! And really, trust is key in any relationship. Let’s just stick to business ones for now, though. It doesn’t really matter if you are an employee, a waiter, a small business owner, a billionaire or self-employed, but if you don’t establish trust in your relationships, you will not get things done.
In business, you are always involved with people. So, relationships are the foundation for running your business, getting a job or selling someone your product. As you probably know from experience, if your friend or colleague does not think you a telling the truth or that you have a double motive, they won’t do what you want, help you or work with you. It’s a problem. Continue reading
“Is the language Foxe used still compelling today?”
Foxe’s Acts and Monuments is an extremely lengthy (500 chapters) work on the history of Christian martyrs. It was written shortly after the death of Queen Mary I of England and was totally critical of the late Catholic queen of England.
According to me, this book is too lengthy and boring for the average person. It is too much book to be spent on the history of martyrs and the constant descriptions and debates can get tiring.
That being said, however, the book’s overall style is not too bad. It is not written in a language that was only for scholars. Instead, it was written for the common person. At this time, the printing press being available, therefore books were now available for the average person, whereas before they were not. However, I can’t believe that so many people were able to get through such a gigantic book, day after day, on the same subject.
Because Foxe did write to the common person, in English, not Latin, I do think that the language is still readable today. What might be repulsive is the fact that you have 500 chapters on the history of Christian martyrs, which is great if you’re specializing in that section of history, but otherwise quite daunting.