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Despite these seemingly self-evident statements of absolute determinism, however, Hegelclearly recognized that contingency continued to exist in the world. He concurred that"chance occurrences" were indeed a part of history, but did not see them as anactive or even particularly noteworthy element. They simply were not significant in termsof what really mattered: the meaning of history itself.
Defendants do not have to testify at criminal trials, but they have a right to testify if they choose to—so I had to prepare for the possibility. Raised an Irish Catholic in the Bronx, I was not foolish enough to believe I could win an argument over Muslim theology with a doctor of Islamic jurisprudence. But I did think that if what we were saying as a government was true—that he was perverting Islam—then there must be two or three places where I could nail him by saying, “You told your followers X, but the doctrine clearly says Y.” So my colleagues and I pored over the Blind Sheikh’s many writings. And what we found was alarming: whenever he quoted the Koran or other sources of Islamic scripture, he quoted them accurately.
Now you should ask: Is this a valid argument as it stands? Are the assumptions plausible? Would the fool be willing to grant them? Would you be willing to grant them? If you think that the argument is not a good one, you are under an obligation to say where it goes wrong. It might go wrong in several places. See how many "mistakes" you can find.
Now, you might be able to argue that he took scripture out of context or gave an incomplete account of it. In my subsequent years of studying Islam, I’ve learned that this is not a particularly persuasive argument. But even if one concedes for the purposes of discussion that it’s a colorable claim, the inconvenient fact remains: Abdel Rahman was not lying about Islam.
An antithesis plays on the complementary property of opposites to create one vivid picture ("Literacy Devices").
Simplified Definition: the placing of a sentence or one of its parts against another to which it is opposed to form a balanced contrast of ideas
Purpose/Effect: Antithesis purpose is to make the readers think, to capture the readers attention, and emotions, it can show the pros and cons of an argument to create a balance between opposite qualities and lend a greater insight into the subject.
That Nixon wants unity in the country and the world, but it is being torn down by the Vietnam War and the Space Race, that all he and the people of the world want is peace but what the world has is war, that tears them apart from unity.
I should be much for open , O Peers,
As not behind in hate; if what was
Main reason to persuade immediate ,
Did not me most, and seem to cast
Ominous conjecture on the whole success:
When he who most excels in of Arms,
In what he counsels and in what excels
Mistrustful, grounds his courage on despair
And utter dissolution, as the scope
Of all his aim, after some dire revenge.
First, what Revenge? the of are
With Armed watch, that render all access
Impregnable; oft on the bordering Deep
Encamp Legions, or with obscure wing
Scout and wide into the Realm of night,
Scorning . Or could we break our way
By force, and at our heels all Hell should rise
With blackest Insurrection, to confound
purest Light, yet our great Enemy
All incorruptible would on his Throne
Sit unpolluted, and Ethereal mould
Incapable of stain would soon expel
Her mischief, and purge off the baser fire
Victorious. Thus , our final hope
Is despair; we must exasperate
Almighty Victor to spend all his rage,
And that must end us, that must be our cure,
To be no more; sad cure; for who would ,
Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
Those thoughts that wander through Eternity,
To perish rather, up and lost
In the wide womb of uncreated night,
Devoid of sense and motion? and who knows,
Let this be good, whether our angry Foe
Can give it, or will ever? how he can
Is ; that he never will is sure.
Will he, so wise, let loose at once his ire,
through impotence, or unaware,
To give his Enemies wish, and end
Them in his anger, whom his anger saves
To punish endless? wherefore cease we then?
Say they who counsel , we are decreed,
and to Eternal woe;
Whatever doing, what can we suffer more,
What can we suffer worse? is this then worst,
Thus sitting, thus consulting, thus in Arms?
What when we fled , and
With afflicting Thunder, and besought
The Deep to shelter us? this Hell then
A refuge from those wounds: or when we lay
? that sure was worse.
What if the breath that those grim fires
should blow them into sevenfold rage
And plunge us in the flames? or from above
Should intermitted vengeance arm again
His to plague us? what if all
Her stores were , and this Firmament
Of Hell should spout her Cataracts of Fire,
Impendent horrors, hideous fall
One day upon our heads; while we perhaps
Designing or exhorting glorious ,
Caught in a Tempest shall be
, the sport and prey
Of racking whirlwinds, or for ever sunk
Under yon Ocean, in Chains;
There to converse with everlasting groans,
Unrespited, unpitied, ,
Ages of hopeless end; this would be worse.
therefore, open or , alike
My voice ; for what can force or guile
With him, or who deceive his mind, whose eye
Views all things at one view? he from
All these our motions vain, ;
Not more Almighty to resist our might
wise to frustrate all our plots and wiles.
Shall we then live thus vile, the race of
Thus , thus to suffer here
Chains and these Torments? better these worse
By my advice; since fate inevitable
Subdues us, and Omnipotent Decree
The Victors will. To suffer, as to ,
Our strength is equal, nor unjust
That so ordains: this was at first ,
If we were wise, against so great a foe
Contending, and so doubtful what might fall.
I laugh, when those who at the Spear are bold
And , if that fail them, shrink and fear
What yet they know must follow, to endure
Exile, or ignominy, or bonds, or pain,
The sentence of : This is now
Our doom; which if we can sustain and bear,
Our Foe in time may much remit
His anger, and perhaps thus
Not mind us not offending,
With what is ; whence these raging fires
Will , if his breath stir not flames.
Our purer essence then will overcome
noxious , or not feel,
Or at length, and to the place
and in nature, will receive
Familiar the fierce heat, and void of pain;
This horror will grow , this darkness light,
Besides what hope the never-ending flight
Of future may bring, what chance, what change
Worth waiting, since our present lot
For happy though but ill, for ill not worst,
If we procure not to our selves more woe.
Either to the King of
We , if be best, or to regain
Our own right lost: him to unthrone we then
May hope when everlasting Fate shall
To fickle Chance, and judge the strife:
The former vain to hope argues as vain
The latter: for what place can be for us
Within bound, unless Lord supream
We overpower? Suppose he should
And publish Grace to all, on promise made
Of new Subjection; with what eyes could we
Stand in his presence humble, and receive
Strict Laws , to celebrate his Throne
With Hymns, and to his Godhead sing
; while he Lordly sits
Our envied , and his Altar breathes
Our servile offerings. This must be our task
In , this our delight; how
Eternity so spent in worship paid
To whom we hate. Let us not then pursue
By force impossible, by leave
Unacceptable, though in , our state
Of splendid vassalage, but rather seek
Our own good from our selves, and from our own
Live to our selves, though in this vast recess,
Free, and to none accountable, preferring
before the yoke
Of servile Pomp. Our greatness will
Then most conspicuous, when great things of small,
Useful of hurtful, prosperous of adverse
We can create, and in what place so
Thrive under evil, and work ease out of pain
Through and . This deep world
Of darkness do we dread? How oft amidst
doth all-ruling Sire
Choose to reside, his Glory ,
And with the Majesty of darkness round
Covers his Throne; from whence deep thunders roar
rage, and resembles Hell?
As he our darkness, cannot we his Light
Imitate when we please? This
Wants not her hidden , and Gold;
Nor want we skill or , from whence to raise
Magnificence; and what can more?
Our torments also may in length of time
Become , these piercing Fires
As soft as now severe, our temper
Into their temper; which must needs remove
The . All things invite
To peaceful , and the State
Of order, how in safety best we may
Compose our present evils, with regard
Of what we are and , dismissing quite
All thoughts of : ye have what I advise.
In arriving at his conclusions, Hegel acted much more the philosopher than thehistorian. His theory, though grounded in historical facts, was based upon deductive andnot inductive reasoning. The Hegelian model thus opens itself to criticism as apreconceived (and therefore uninformed) assessment of world historical events. But to whatextent does this criticism damage Hegel as a philosopher of history? If we accept themetaphysical "first principles" he advances (which cannot themselves bedisproven by "facts"), his theory certainly does not need to encompass allhistorical phenomena to be valid. The question then arises: how closely must a philosophyof history mirror the scope of world events to be acceptable -- or useful?