Memento Mori: Why Christians Shouldn’t Fear Death (Speech)

Honorable Judges, Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m Matthew, and today I will talk about why we Shouldn’t Fear Death.
Now, next to all the people I know fear death, some of the main reasons being that it is the one permanent thing in our lives. The one thing that can never be stopped. The one thing that is certain. Death is also scary because us humans fear the unknown. We fear death because we don’t know what will happen, and when it will happen. No one knows for sure what it’s like. We might fear death because we don’t know how others are going to fare when we are gone, or just because everything we worked for or wanted to, would all be gone. That it is the end of everything.
But the great thing is, for Christians, that is not the case! Because we will always have Jesus, who has already beaten death through his resurrection, and who has prepared for us a place in heaven.
Another thing is that we are all strangers in this world, aliens. Only to stay here for a little bit, then to go on and live in heaven with God forever after. To be in a place much better than where we are now.
We should not fear death because, for Christians, death is not the end, life continues on in heaven, much much better than now. And… our God has defeated death already, what is there to fear? Another very important thing to remember is that God does all things for our good, and that we always can keep in contact with him through prayer.
But the thing is, many people, even Christians, do their best to avoid the topic of death. In fact, it is important to realize that we must die one day, we must face it one day anyways. Just, take out your hands, and look at your palms. If you look carefully, you hands will have creases that look like an M. Monks used to look at their hands and meditate on the two words, Memento Mori, Latin for, “Remember, You Must Die.” Those are the four words that we should repeat every single day of our lives. In fact, the bible tells us to do this. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Which literally means that we should realize that life is short, and to learn to live life well.
It is important to remember that time IS running out. You cannot relive former moments, or spend 100$ to get 1 more day. TIME IS RUNNING OUT. We don’t have plenty of it left. There is no guarantee that there will be a tomorrow, or a someday. As Pablo Picasso said, “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die left undone.”
Knowing that we will die gets us to value our possessions less, making us realize that we can’t take any of it with us when we die. We start to use our possessions to help form relationships and experiences, and other things that actually matter, such as forwarding God’s kingdom, and earning eternal treasure in heaven. Wasting time is a big thing. We might think that we don’t have much time here on earth, but that isn’t so. In fact, we have a lot of time, but the thing is, we waste most of our time doing useless things. So with knowing that the future is uncertain, we start to waste time less, and to work on what we think really matters in our lives.
And, by doing all this, our fear of death will gradually fade away, and our lives will slowly improve. You see, knowing that life is not certain and that it is possible to die next week, or even tomorrow, is when we can truly improve our lives.
In Conclusion, not only do Christians not have to fear death but can find comfort in the thought of death. That we can be truly united with our God again. But still, we have to daily repeat those four words, “Remember, you must die.” And to live our lives to the very best we can. You see, in life, we don’t get a second chance, so don’t let it slip away.
Thanks for listening.

How I should Prepare Myself for University. (Speech)

Hi, I’m Matthew and Today I will talk about How I should prepare myself for University. Now University is a big step up, even more so than preschool to primary school, or from primary school to High school, University is the time where you choose which pathway you want to take in life because your major will usually determine what jobs you will get.
The first choice I will have to make is to choose which pathway I will walk, that is, which major I’m going to choose for University. Then I will have to find a school which offers this course, and also to find out what I will have to do to get into the course. To get into university, budgeting time, working hard, and doing extra will be what can get me into a difficult program.
The program I want to get into is Computer Science, and one of the universities I’ve considered is the University of Waterloo. Their requirements are that you have lots of knowledge in Math and English, and can also program really well. Therefore, to do extra, I will do multiple math contests, have written more than 200 essays on my websites, and also will do programming side-projects. Another important thing is to have self-learning skills. That is why I use the Ron-Paul Curriculum and Khan Academy. Both are self-taught curriculums which will teach me self-learning skills.
I also recommend taking a major which actually interests you, because then you won’t just waste the majority of your life doing something you hate. But then it is important to consider that you also need a job which can bring food to the table. It is also important to take university seriously because it will affect the rest of your life. Of course, there are people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerburg who all dropped out of University, but they truly knew what they wanted to do, they had a dream.

Thompson’s Theory of Relationship Between Sanctions and Slavery

Recently I’ve been reading an autobiography by John Thompson, who was born a slave in Maryland, 1812. He was one of 7 children, and later in his life managed to escape slavery and become a free man.

Now Thompson was a Christian and did not hate slavery. What he did hate, however, was when owners abused their power and treated their slaves in an unjust manner. He believed that those who treated their slaves well were rewarded by God through prosperity and those who didn’t were punished. Thompson describes in his autobiography, that the owners who treated their slaves well, had much more co-operation with their slaves than those who didn’t.

I believe that this applies to our daily lives as well. For example, a Boss who treats his employees in an unjust manner, and makes everyone hate their job only gets those under him to perform as required. While a Boss who treats those under him well, and gets everyone to love their job manages to get high performance out of his employees. While positive sanctions usually achieve a much higher result, negative sanctions create tension and retaliation. I believe that this is Thompson’s perspective.

Thompson believed that treating slaves like actual people, and applying positive sanctions, they would, in turn, help you much more than if you applied negative sanctions without cause.

Irresistible Offer: Comparing ads.

Recently I’ve been reading a book for Business class, called “The Irresistible Offer,” by Mark Joyner. In his book, Joyner said that 3 main parts made up a great advertisement. First of all, it had to have a High Return on Investment for the buyer, that is, the buyer must think that the product is a great deal. Second of all, there must be a Touchstone offer, which is where you give the facts, and what it will do for the buyer. Lastly, you must provide some proof that you are trustworthy, and that the offer is not too good to be true. I was asked to examine four different ads, and see which one was most efficient.
The first commercial is one from M&M’s and was made in 1957. It includes M&M’s popular slogan, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hands,” and also gives some proof, which is of a man holding normal, melted chocolate in one hand, while the other hand had fully intact M&M’s. The ad also included different choices for the buyer, and did give reasons on why the buyer would want it. The problems with this ad, however, is that no price was included, and that there was no information on where M&M’s can be bought.
The next commercial shown was the RadioShack TRS-80. This ad is good because it shows all the good parts about the product, the price, where you can buy it, and also how it will benefit you. The ad also showed how the computer worked. The problem is that it didn’t say why this certain computer was better than any other on the market.
After that was the Commodore IBM PC. This ad was much longer, and also pretty boring, the speaker not being very enthusiastic about the product. This ad, however, did show a High Return on Investment offer. That being the fact that the Buyer can save time transporting it back and forth, and also that it can do everything the bigger computers can do. The ad also has a good touchstone offer, because it does explain how the computer will help you, the specific facts, and the price.
The final ad was an American Express card ad. The only benefit stressed in this ad, however, was that it is widely accepted everywhere. Things like the price, where you can buy it, how you can trust it, and how it is better than other cards are not in this ad.
I think that the best ad shown was the RadioShack TRS-80 ad, because it had a High Return on Investment for the buyer, it had a good Touchstone offer, and also has proof that it works. The Commodore IBM PC is also very good, the only thing being that they didn’t have as much proof and also that the salesman didn’t sound very energetic. The M&M’s ad also works pretty well, but it had some pretty big flaws. The ad would persuade the buyer to buy it but would give no indication of the price, or where it could be gotten. In last place is the ad for the American Express card, because that ad did nearly nothing to persuade the customer to buy the card.
In conclusion, when I want to make an ad in the future, I will have to persuade the customer that the product has a high return on investment, that the product can do a lot for the customer, and also provide some proof for that.

Free Market Capitalism

Do you think it is moral to grade exams so that everyone gets the same grades? No? Then is it moral for the state to redistribute incomes? I don’t think so. You see, many people think of Free Market Capitalism as Immoral, but that is not so. In fact, it is both morally and financially superior to any other organization.
In a Free market, to get something from someone else, you have to do something for them. And that is what money represents, a certificate of performance, proving the good deeds you have done for your fellow man. Other people think that the Free Market is a one-sided game, where one person wins, and the other loses, but they’re wrong. In fact, most of the time, it’s a win-win scenario. You do something good for me, like fixing my bike, and I’ll do something good for you, such as giving you $10. The funny thing is, is that it’s the state who is making these one-sided deals, you get your food stamp, but you are taking it out of the paychecks of many others, who worked hard to get their money. Isn’t it more moral for someone to serve others for your food, rather than not serve others, and get it anyways?
Some others worry that giant co-operations might have too much control in our lives, but you see, in a free market, the businesses that satisfy its customers go up, and those who dissatisfy go down. Profit becomes a measure of how well the company has served others. But right now, the government can undo this. The government takes our taxes and then bails out giant corporations that are not half as efficient as they should be.
Many people also think Free Enterprise isn’t fair and that it is driven by greed. But the thing is, Entrepreneurs can only help themselves through helping others. Therefore, in a free market, it is the Voluntary effort of citizens, not the government, that drives the economy. That sounds pretty moral to me.

The Lifestyle That I want in 20 Years.

When I am 33, my goal is to become a good and faithful servant to God, and also to be able to support a God-loving family.
In 20 years, I will have a God-loving family that consists of a loving Wife, and 2-3 kids. I believe that the two most important things will be that the family has a strong foundation in Christ and that quality time should be spent with both my wife and children. I will also be able to support the family through a great job. At the age of 33, I will have become a good and faithful servant and will continue to serve God through both ministry and helping out in the church.
That is what my goal is, and I plan on achieving it through studying hard and doing my best to apply what I learn in my life.

The Ideal Apprenticeship Job and Why

In my opinion, the ideal apprenticeship would be one where you could learn a lot, while still having enough time for your normal studies. An apprenticeship is where you are taught a certain trade by a much more experienced person. Most of the time, there is next to no pay, but what you don’t get in money, you gain with experience.
Two other programs much like the apprenticeship are the Internship and Co-op Programs. Both are organized by multiple universities and require interviews to get accepted by other companies. Internship programs are only organized during summer breaks, but Co-op programs are split up during the school term. The main difference between these and the apprenticeship is that for the Internship and the Co-op programs you have to be in University.
I think that the ideal apprenticeship depends on what you are planning to do. If you decide that you want to start a business, take an apprenticeship at a successful small business. If you decide you want to feel out what a work environment is like, then take an Internship or Co-op program at a bigger company. Overall, I think that it just depends on what you want to do. I would like to work at a bigger business, so my goal is to get into Google.

What Benefits Would I get from Writing an Autobiography

An Autobiography is a diary of someone’s entire life. It reveals information on how they came to be the person who they are today, and what the era they lived in was like.
Writing my own Autobiography would allow me to preserve memories that I otherwise might have forgotten over time. Almost all people tend to forget things pretty quickly, and I am no exception to that, but having an Autobiography would allow me to relive those moments. Having my own Autobiography would also allow future generations to understand the world that I live in, and would preserve the story of my life.
Writing an Autobiography is also really helpful for writing it can greatly improve your note taking and writing skills. Note taking is a very important skill to have because to pass a test in University, you have to have notes that you can review. Without the ability to take good notes, you won’t be able to understand the lessons properly and will most likely fail the test. Writing an Autobiography can also improve your writing skills by allowing you to experiment with different types of writing styles.
I think that writing an Autobiography is a great idea, allowing you to relive past memories and events. Your Autobiography can help future generations understand the era in which you live in, and also spread your story.

What I will Apply to My Life from, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

Recently I just finished reading, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie. I learned many useful social skills through this book, and am trying to implement them in my life. Some short-term goals I have are to remember other’s names and to always smile. Other goals which might take longer to learn would be to start asking meaningful questions to others during conversations, and also to show respect to other’s opinions.

Remembering some one’s name and smiling can really help your interactions with others. Smiling lets you spread happiness to others, something everyone wants to feel. Remembering other’s names is good because it has been proven that someone’s name is to them the most important sound in any language. Therefore, using the other person’s name in conversations tends to make them more interested in what you are saying.

I would also love to learn to start asking meaningful questions to others during conversations. Not just a monotonous, “How are you?” or “How was your day?” But to start asking questions that can really let you know them better, questions like, “Have you done anything interesting this past week?” or, “What would you like to make time for?” Another thing I would like to do is to let others express their opinions about different things, and also to show respect to their opinions. I find that doing so is hard for me because I always manage to find something wrong with it. That is why I should slow down and let others properly explain everything.

I think that implementing these things in my life will improve my social skills and help me not hate the people I dislike as much. Smiling and remembering other’s names can help you have more pleasant interactions with others.

Trust in a Long-term Business Relationship

I think that trust is very important in a long-term business relationship. Without trust, most business relationships would not work, for having no trust would completely undermine the entire business.
Trust allows peace of mind, letting you know that you can count on the other person, that they won’t scam you. Trust lets you know that your partner will work for the business’s wellbeing. Trust makes you feel more secure, that your partner isn’t going anywhere. Trust is important for all businesses, whether small or big. It can affect the business itself, as well as its environment.
In conclusion, I think that trust is a big part of a long-term business relationship. Trust is a business’s foundation.