As part of the APUS efforts for innovation in technology, your instructor has created a news feed link that is specific to the subject of business and other
relevant competencies. The title below is a link to separate news articles. Each week you are required to find one news article (from the news feed or library
research) that relates to your personal interests and discuss how that article relates to our weekly material. Tell your instructor what the article was about
and how the article relates to our learning content this week. Be creative with your thoughts on how you link the article to our course material). You should
post the evaluation of the article at the end of your response to the discussion questions each week (Include this section as part of your 250-word response).
The news feeds are updated throughout the day/week to provide you with a real-time learning environment. This technology integration will provide you, as a
learner, the choice to discuss news events that fit your personal background and interests. It will also help you stay educated on current events that might
relate to your related profession or personal interests. Enjoy.
BUSINESS NEWS FEED #1
Additional required questions this week:
Use our Library AND our weekly reading material to answer the following:
From your perspective, what are two of the most interesting historical ethical dilemmas that we have faced as a society? How do they relate to our reading
material from weeks #1 and #2?
How did Adam Smith justify the ethics of capitalism? How does capitalism fit in with modern business life and how does it impact ethical dilemmas that you
have seen or heard of in the workplace? Use examples to support your positions.
Instructions: The goal of the discussions is to have a robust, informative, and reflective interaction about course topics. Learning is directly related to effort
put forth toward discussion engagement and participation. In order to encourage active and quality participation that adds value and increases learning, the
grade you earn will be higher as your participation and quality of content increases. Please post at least two substantive replies to classmates or your
instructor for full credit consideration.
You are expected to participate during the current week’s discussion. Contact your instructor in cases of emergency or uncontrollable circumstances.
Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell.
In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.
God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.
Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.
To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.
Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). Dante’s inferno: Seven deadly sins in scientific publishing and how to avoid them. Addiction Science: A Guide for the Perplexed, 267.
Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies, 4(8), 487.
Verdicchio, M. (2015). Irony and Desire in Dante’s” Inferno” 27. Italica, 285-297.