Option 1) The graphic design shop where you work as the account manager is doing well. Just last year
the owner hired three new designers and a receptionist, bringing the total number of employees to 14. But
with growth comes certain headaches, and one of them is figuring out how to regulate employees’
Internet use. Currently, employees can download anything they want from the Internet and view any
website they wish.
The owner’s IT person has alerted him to several problems. One is that the designers are downloading any
and all software that they think sounds “cool” – even software in beta versions that sill have a lot of kinks.
As a result, their computers lock up or malfunction and the IT person has to spend hours troubleshooting
the problem to get it resolved.
Two, there is concern over what Internet sites employees are viewing, specifically those that are
inappropriate for the workplace. Overall, the IT person is worried about security breaches resulting from
these downloads, inappropriate website visits, and other Internet activities.
It’s time for a policy to be developed governing Internet-use and your boss things you’re just the person
to help write it. Your assignment is to study the current wisdom on the workplace Internet policies and
send your findings to your boss and the IT person as a short report, including a proposed Internet-use
policy that might be implemented.
Option 2) As a Senior Buyer as Darcy’s, a national department store, Sasha Warner manages the buyers in
the eastern U.S. region. You’re currently working under her as a sale co-op student. She drops by your
office to chat one day and brings up a subject she’s been wondering about. “Do you know anything about
Skype?” she asks. You nod, having used this online international phone service yourself. “I heard it’s
totally free and really easy to use, she continues, “so I’m thinking about recommending that all my buyers
subscribe to it. Then maybe they could talk to each other and to international designers and
merchandisers more easily. Is there any downside? Maybe security issues?” You’re not sure- but you offer
to look into the matter for her.
Do the necessary research and, if you haven’t done so, try this service yourself. Then, write Sasha a report
that gives her the information she needs to decide whether or not to pursue this idea further. She may
want to share your report with other managers in the company so be sure you give it your best effort.
Option 3) You work for the owner of three local coffee and tea shops, one of which opened a few months
ago. The newest one has already developed quite a nice, regular clientele, mostly those in or near the
neighborhood who want an alternative to the big-coffee-chain experience, but your boss things its sales
need a bump. She is considering holding an in-store promotion at the coffee shop – her first ever. Since
she knows you’re an Internet whiz, she turns to you for help. “How do you run one of these events?” she
wants to know. “How much do they cost? Are they worth the effort and expense? What are the options?
Do such promotions have lasting effects? How can I maximize the results?”
You turn to the internet and find a lot of great stuff about in-store promotions, so much, in fact, that you
decide to present your findings to your boss in writing. Tell her what she needs and wants to know in a
clear, well organized report. Having the information in writing will also be helpful if she wants to share it
with other employees. Be sure she can go to your sources and read more if she wants to.
Option 4) Many managers today are realizing that there really is something distinctive about “Gen Y,” or
“Millennial,” employees (the children of “baby boomers” – who were themselves children of the World War
II generation). Find a real client or invent a realistic company to use as your client. Then review the
literature on Gen Y employees and write your client a report in which you describe the distinctive traits of
this segment of the workforce and recommend ways to recruit, manage, and retain them.
Option 5) Your company does not offer flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for its employees. Your boss
wonders if your company (you pick the name) should. Are FSAs a good idea for businesses and
employees? Prepare a report for your boss in which you analyze the advantages and disadvantages of
FSAs so that she can decide whether to offer FSAs to your employees.
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.
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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.