11 September 2003
In my opinion, starvation is the most significant problem that our world faces. Hunger and suffering is occurring all over the world, at this very moment. Many people around the world are dying and are suffering due to starvation. Billions are undernourished; this leads to the development of many threatening diseases, which could have been prevented. Starvation is the core to many extreme problems including death, disease, and disease. Poverty is a leading cause of starvation. Just over one billion people, which is about one-fifth of the worlds population, earns less than a dollar a day. Each day 35,000 children who are younger than the age of five die because of starvation.
Something needs to be done in order to save the lives of these innocent people. Those who do not have to deal with starvation on a daily basis may take for granted many things in life, that many all around the world do not necessarily have. There are many organizations that are desperately doing anything they can to save the lives of people all over the world. There is plenty of food to go around for everyone. Food needs to be distributed evenly around in order to help put an end starvation.
The Middle Ages
The Middle Ages could definitely be known as the Dark ages. This time period lasted from the years of about 500 to 1500. During this time period there were many terrible battles that resulted in violence, fighting, suffering, and killing. Chivalry was a main key to these dark times. Boys were taken at the age of seven to learn how to become killers in battle. These boys were taught how to fight, condition their weapons, and were also brutally beaten for slacking off or even showing any sign of laziness. At the age of twenty-one they were taken to the battle fields. Fighting during this time period was used as entertainment. The process of death was used to thrill the audience. On a better note, Chivalry came into place. Chivalry was a code, which knights followed in battle. Knights had to be brave, loyal, and true to their words. Chivalry was limited to nobles, not to commoners. The knights agreed to not fight the enemy, unless the enemy was fully armed and ready for the battle. If the knights were captured, they also had to be treated fairy.
Peasants of the Middle Ages had a very difficult and harsh life. The hours that they worked were long and rigorous. Men, women, and even children worked from morning until night. The diet of the peasant family was not very nutritious, and consisted of black bread with vegetables. Peasants rarely had meat of any kind. During the night, an entire family, including sheep, pigs, cows, chickens, and any other animals would all sleep in a one room hut. I find it extremely sad that the Middle Ages had to result to these drastic measures in battle as well as the way people were forced to live their lives. This is what supports my opinion as to why the Middle Ages should be known as the Dark ages.
Response to Matthew Lam
I definitely agree with Matthew Lam in his threaded discussion answer as to why the Middle Ages should be considered the Dark Ages. It is true that too many people had too much power. This created a very chaotic time. People who had power during the Middle Ages took their power for granted, which made the lives of those who did not have power miserable. The plagues that spread through the towns, was without a doubt a main factor as to why the Middle Ages are considered to be the Dark Ages. The plague spread and killed a large amount of people. I also agree that because of the loss education, technology, and knowledge is another reason this time period is known as the Dark Ages. Without knowledge, there was no way to prosper. With the loss of education, people were not as refined or as sophisticated as they could have been. The forced worship was something that also lead to the difficult times of the Middle Ages. If people had been able to choose their religion, then they may have been more content with life, and the revolts would have ended. This is why I agree with Matthew Lam.