My interviewee, Karen, grew up in the Philippines and has recently just migrated to the United States. She is a 24-year old ESL teacher who admits to pondering over the meaning of life yearly when her birthday is nearing. She was then enthusiastic to sit down with me to answer my questions about the meaning of life. For Karen, life does have an ultimate purpose or significance. She cites as proof of this belief the fact that bookstores and libraries currently carry a lot of books that help people find the meaning to their lives. â€œThere has got to be a purpose to our lives. Will authors of self-help and â€˜find a purpose in life' books be raking in a lot of money if people do not think that their life amounts to something? And that's another thing, actually. People are always in search for a purpose in their lives. This clamor for life to actually mean something is, I think, the ultimate proof that people come packaged with significance in life,â€ Karen says Being Catholic, Karen admits to always thinking that her life is meant to have purpose. She explains, â€œI have always attended Catholic schools where â€œreligionâ€, specifically Catholic faith, is a constant in our list of subjects. Since pre-school days, my teachers would always emphasize the fact that I am meant to serve God. They always tell me, my classmates, that we should live our lives according to Godâ€™s will.â€ Asked what Godâ€™s will is, she answers, â€œExactly what it is, my teachers havenâ€™t actually defined. They did tell me, though, that I need to always be good. I need to be kind to my fellow men. That everything I do should be in accordance to Godâ€™s law, which is of course comprised of what the Bible says, what the commandment says, etc. Basically, lifeâ€™s purpose is to be good and do good so that I will be welcomed in heaven. And in way, I still believe that is the purpose in life. I cannot accept that Iâ€™ve been put here on Earth for nothing. Something better must be waiting for me at the end of the line.â€ Karen confesses that even though sheâ€™s been reared in the Catholic upbringing, there was a time when she felt like serving God was not really her purpose in life. She says that although she believed in the existence of a higher being, she defied the fact that all the laws and commandments sheâ€™s been following are all dictated by human beings like her. â€œWho can say that what the Catholic Church outlined is really the ultimate truth? And that what theyâ€™re teaching is not made to serve their own purpose? And that what they want is also what God wants? I got to think this way when I started taking Philosophy classes in the University. My teachers imparted in me the habit of not taking everything in stride, of questioning everything that is being handed out to me. I also had a class, advertising I think, where the teacher had a great influence on me. He taught us about self-actualization. He always insisted on us trying to make something for ourselves just because we want to be something and not because somebody told us to do. That was the point when I got to question what the Church told me: that everything I do is for His glory,â€ she quips. But a few years after her University life, Karen admits that she started to soul-search and she realized that ever since she put God out of her life, her life started to feel meaningless. She explains, â€œThere was this hollow part of me that neither friends nor a high-paying and glamorous job just cannot fulfill. I started to have this feeling that everything Iâ€™m doing is for no special reason. When I started to pray and go to Church again, I suddenly felt whole. Thatâ€™s when I realized what was missing.â€ Karenâ€™s opinion regarding the meaning of life was highly-influenced by her faith. Though she came to a point when she asked about the things she has always believed in, she still made a turnaround and accepted what her faith has outlined for her.
It has a square shape which is the symbol of the land or the earth. People eat â€œChunk cakeâ€ to hope for a new year full of luck and happiness. For the Vietnamese, making â€œBan Chunkâ€ is the ideal way to express gratitude to their ancestors and homeland. Nowadays fast food is very popular in my country. There are a lot of fast food restaurant everywhere such as KEF, Lottery or BBC. The young people love eating fast food because the price Is reasonable and It Is not time-consuming. People Just come to the restaurant, order the food and Walt for about 5 minutes to enjoy the food.However, fast food Is not good for your health. It contains a lot of sugar, fat and cholesterol which causes some diseases Like high blood pressure or heart attack. I like eating with my friends because it is a chance for me to talk with them about many things in like such as study, love or future Job. Eating with my friends also helps me to relax and feel comfortable after a hard day studying at university. PART 2: Individual long turn I would like to talk about a meal that I can never forget. I had this meal at a hotel in the city. It is a farewell party.All members in my class at the highlights attended the arty to say goodbye to each other to study at the university. We were all so moved and burette Into tear. We thought about the time we had together and felt so sad. We wrote messages to each other and hope to study well In a new environment. PART 3: Discussion Eating at home Going to a restaurant Advantages It is cheap because you can go to the market and buy the food you like. You don't have to pay money for the chef or the servant as in a restaurant. It is more delicious because each person has a private taste.Thus, cooking at home helps you to decide what ingredient should be added into the food. It helps to enhance the relationship inside your family. In my family, we always prepare and cook meals at home and we feel warmer and happier. We can try new and special food in deferent countries such as sushi, pasta, etc. It helps us save time. We don't have to go to the market, prepare meals and clean up after having meals. The decoration In the restaurant Is so beautiful. It Is suitable for the special occasions Like birthday, anniversary, etc Disadvantages market, cook and wash the dishes.It is more expensive than eating at home. Since there are so many people who work at restaurants who all need to be paid, it costs such more than buying the ingredients at the grocery store and making dinner at home. It can be unhealthy. You don't prepare the food yourself, so sometimes it's hard to know which ingredients are going into your meal. At some fast food restaurants they often add fat, sugar or preservatives into the food. We can be frustrated with the quality or service. Actually, in Hanoi, there are many famous restaurants with poor quality of service such as a traditional PhD restaurant on Bat Din street. . Do you think that vegetarians are healthier than people who eat a lot of meat? In mineral, vegetarian diets are lower in saturated fats, cholesterol and animal protein, and higher in fiber and foliate than non-vegetarian diets. Consequently, vegetarians tend to have substantially reduced risks for obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer â€“ particularly lung cancer and colon cancer. In western countries, vegetarians often live longer, on average, than non-vegetarians. However, differences in lifestyle â€“ not Just eating habits â€“ also play a huge role in vegetarian health.People who choose to follow a vegetarian diet are often non- makers, have a lower body weight, and exercise regularly. And, of course, not all vegetarians eat healthily. If a vegetarian replaces meat with high-fat cheeses, Junk food and so on, they're unlikely to reap many health benefits â€“ after all, there's no meat in ice cream, potato chips, or fudge brownies! It's certainly possible to be a vegetarian and still consume large quantities of high-fat, high-sugar empty calories. Replacing meat with poor substitutes can lead to nutrient deficiencies in protein, iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin Bal 2.Athletes, children and pregnant females are articulacy at risk as their nutrient needs are especially high. Vegans (who eat no animal products of any type) especially need to supplement their vitamin 812 intake. Poor meal-planning, illness, stress and the excessive use of supplements can also cause problems. It's therefore wise to seek professional advice on your dietary needs before making the switch to vegetarianism. Vegetarian or not, a healthy diet should be low in cholesterol and saturated fat and based around fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Eliminating meat does not automatically make for a healthy diet.
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