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The "It's all Greek to me" writing competition results

Paul Kiritsis - Thursday, November 10, 2011

I would like to thank everybody who took part in the "It's all Greek to me" writing competition, a component of the "It's all Greek to me" educational blog tour which ran between June and October of this year. Entrants were required to answer one of two essay questions whilst keeping to a word limit of 750-1150 words.

 

History is the study of our collective memories. It evaluates our evolutionary path by looking at the consequences of decisions made by the administrative order of our day. In studying these consequences, we strive to better ourselves and the human condition so that the world might be made a better place for the lives of our children, and their children, and so forth. Sadly, for anyone studying the subject long enough it becomes clear that we continue to  make the same mistakes, over and over and over again. So, if we’ve been made aware of these mistakes through historical analysis, then why do we continue to make them? Discuss.

 

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What we find in history is that the prevailing culture of the times usually appropriates quantitative “science” or religion or a syncretisation of both to assert the undisputed reality of its own cosmogony, and to declare the cosmogonies of all cultures that have come beforehand to be either erroneous, inferior or primitive. Interestingly, when we study history we see that what constitutes and defines law and knowledge in one era is rudely dismissed or banished by insights and developments of a subsequent era. In light of this, would it be right to assume that our knowledge, our reality, the world as seen through our eyes, is more ‘real’ than that which defined the world of our ancient ancestors? Discuss.    

 

After much deliberation, I decided to award the prizes to the following three individuals:  

 

1st prize:      Joseph Parascandalo for his essay "History: A Source to Learn" (200 dollar cash, publication on my educational blog tour on evolver.net as well as on my website. You will also have the opportunity to read your winning entry at the launch of Shades of Aphrodite. You will receive signed copies of my three published works.)

 

2nd prize    Guy Puglia for his essay "Does History Repeat Itself?" (50 dollar cash prize, publication on my educational blog tour on evolver.net as well as on my website. You will have the opportunity to read your winning entry at the launch of Shades of Aphrodite. You will receive signed copies of my three published works.)

 

3rd prize    Pippalayana Muni for his essay "The Mythology of History Itself" (Publication on my education blog tour on evolver.net as well as on my website. You will have the opportunity to read your winning entry at the launch of Shades of Aphrodite. You will receive signed copies of my three published works.)           

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