The humanities of contemporary life have been subjected to a number of events from the past’s cultural growth. The community of roles has had a huge influence on modern society (Dewald, 2001). Humanities exercises from the Renaissance, Medieval, Classical, and Modern historical periods had a significant impact on societal living styles. A series of historical events contributed to the development of contemporary culture (Wilson and Goldfarb, 2007). Personally, I’ve found that the following cases had a huge influence on modern living: Renaissance: the event was happening during the rebirth of classical learning and emergence of scholars happened after the Dark Ages (History.com Staff, 2010). The current trends in the world have reached a top notch in knowledge and incorporating new technologies. I feel the Renaissance period dramatically impacts the world’s exploration through its discovery and study of man through science and technology. In the present day, science, in my opinion, is the essential element among the other disciplines to depict on the new finding of the universe and the creation of robots to help the human beings in their activities. There is a correlational activity happening in the modern days to those initiated during the Renaissance period as the rebirth of human beings.
Magna Carta: the agreement underlay events to secure the rule of law for English nobility (History.com Staff, 2010). The English language is vital in the contemporary world as it marks the universal medium of communication across the globe. In the imperial periods, the six great nations of Germany, Spain, Italy, Spain and France took shape over the world in colonization; the languages are dominant even in the present days. However, English, in my opinion, happens to be the great language because England was the first nation to create the constitution to govern its leadership. Other governments borrowed from their idea and had no choice other than to read and understand the language making it more superior than different dialects of Spanish, French, Germany and Italian.
Humanism: the event was happening at the Renaissance periods emphasized on personal responsibilities other than group deeds (History.com Staff, 2010). The activities indulged in the humanities during this time are paramount to the modern life. During the Renaissance age, humanism was induced by the church; to my opinion, I think the church had to incorporate the trend to achieve its aim of salvation. It is necessary to divide and rule at times, and that is what humanism did to pave the way for the salvation during the Renaissance times. I feel the event of humanism is still the order of the day in the contemporary world where people have self-reliance and work towards personal success and not that of the community as it was before the Renaissance periods in 1453. The modern world is ruled by the selfish leaders who do not deliver to the people who elected them to power but instead corrupt for their gains; the cultural development has significantly undergone through massive changes.
Machiavelli: Renaissance Florence incorporated political advisors to leaders; the exercise is still servicing to date and developed a more extensive range of activities as an extension to Machiavelli finding (History.com Staff, 2010). Leadership became an essential element during the stage in the human revolution, and there was the need to have the human person to advise and report to those in power such as the emperor. I believe the same cultural practice has traversed until to date where the presidency is the first lead of every nation and they are surrounded by multiple advisors on what to pursue. The present cultural practice is not far away from that of the Renaissance age as the communities are governed by a powerful individual who deliberates rules and negotiates to the outsiders for the sake of his/her people.
Reformation: the event of theological rethinking emerged that concentrated on individual’s responsibilities (History.com Staff, 2010). Personal views are critical in the modern days and developed as a result of the cultural development from the Renaissance times. The present world, in my opinion, is not much distinct from that of the Renaissance times; the only difference is that the current world’s population apart from pursuing their responsibilities, they are keen on their rights as well. The individuals in the contemporary world dedicate themselves to the duties that directly affects them or their close allies but no those of challenging the community or as directed by other personals.
Revelation: the event of disclosure of divine; sacred knowledge impounded the societies during the Medieval age (Wilson and Goldfarb, 2007). Today, we greatly enjoy the services of Christianity, Muslim, Jewish among others. I believe the joy we ponder in the current world was reached after the fall of the Rome 600’s A.D., which paved the way for the period of the ‘dark ages’. The church was the only institution united, the pope at that period exerted supremacy in the worship centres that has since been the compass to the modern churches.
Ritual: the repeatedly held activities that are carried to prove the religious feeling (Wilson and Goldfarb, 2007). The ritual trends are believed to happen in the control of the powerful unforeseen goddess. My view to the ritual activities in the contemporary world is just building to what the fore parents did. While developing the church, not all people were happy with the move, and thus those who were of different opinion opted to seek for dark forces to defeat the church. It is through this cultural practice of the non-religion individuals that ritual practices developed up to the present days.
Supernatural: the human living experiences the reality of their existence based on observing the natural world and the surpassing events (Wilson and Goldfarb, 2007). With the need to understand more about human beings and where they came from, religions communicated to their followers that their existence was based on the supernatural forces of Holy Spirit. I feel, the cultural practices of supernatural forces dominates the present religion and their followers as well; in servicing the needs of the faith-affiliated, people tend to believe they please the highest and creator.
Judaism: the emergence of the Monotheistic religion characterized by the Hebrew nation (Wilson and Goldfarb, 2007). Transcending of this activity is still vibrant in Hebrew regions and has spread across the world. Judaism just like Christianity is meant to believe in the supernatural forces in control of human life. At present, most Hebrew communities worship via Judaism as their religion, the borrowed cultural practice existed since the medieval age.
Covenant: the contractual agreement held distinct communities and their deity (Wilson and Goldfarb, 2007). Presently the promises are being kept in different measures as a result of developed cultural practice from that of the past. In the past, the covenant made between God and the people were written on stone’s pillar. However, in the present days, the religion covenant is kept in the form of spiritual belief. Other than the church practices as observed in the medieval ages, people held bonds among themselves and done on distinct ways as in the contemporary world majority will draft them on the piece of paper or store in software.
The humanities: the traditional disciplines that are bound to enlighten the society on the meaning of human life (History.com Staff, 2010). In the contemporary world, humanities are termed as the secondary sources in deriving the qualitative research. In my opinion, the cultural growth of humanities was rejuvenated by the classical war experienced between the Persians at the beginning of the 5th century. Many people came out to write on what transpired and might have impacted the resulted battle between the Persians and the neighboring Greeks and also between the Spartans and the Athenians. It is during this age that the human life made its clear sense as humanity as a discipline was enrolled to educate the society about war and later peace-building. The cultural development worked through changes to the modern life where humanities form the primary source for any research in place.
Visual arts: the event of drawing, photography, sculpture, painting and architecture (History.com Staff, 2010). It is during the classical period that human visual arts emerged in depicting the individual’ lifestyles; mostly done on the emperor of the imperial periods. I think visual art established because the emperor did not frequently show-up in public; since he was termed great, powerful and so precious as compared to the ordinary civilian. The population started viewing them with dignity and charisma; they could draw their appearance in the palace for the public to view as it was nearly impossible to enter the king’s empire.
Performance arts: the emergence of music sounds, acting, dance, filmmaking and the theatre (History.com Staff, 2010). The classical period saw the rise of performing artists who changed the cultural lifestyle of the people in that age to the modern stage. Personally, I feel that personal performance as an art is an attribute even in the present day; there are many performing artists from the pop, jazz, filmmaking and acting among others. The need for performance art was to embrace the leadership in place, create collaborations among communities and cheers the critical functions such as the church services in the classical periods. I propose the cultural practice on performance art has endured significant changes from that in the ancient age to the one practiced in the modern days. The same is practical in the present world where the president of the nation is termed unique and compelling; it is difficult to access the state house and viewing the president is mostly via the TV stations and social platforms.
Religion: the event of sacred and community beliefs over the revelation, sacrament, communism and ritual (History.com Staff, 2010). The cultural character of religion significantly impacted to the formation of the modern cultural trends as observed in religion. During the classical periods, religion emerged powerfully and in control of the communities as elaborated in the above events in the medieval ages. I believe the religion characteristic was carried through the medieval period to the classical world and the present days.
Philosophy: incorporation of knowledge, logic, ethics, reality based on facts and law in guidance (History.com Staff, 2010). The area of theory immensely underwent development changes to the realization of new subjects in the present world. It is during the modern days that human beings are more learned and knowledgeable in numerous deeds of the universe. In my opinion, learning is a gradual process and superiority develops with time. It is, therefore, correct to state that even though the practice emerged in the classical world, it is more advanced in the present society.
Intrinsic and instrumental: there emerged appreciative contrast between the asserted values in communities over their practicalities (Dewald, 2001). Due to the variant contrast on the placed values, the present world is experiencing much research finding to object or support the previously laid facts. Unlike the old days, I feel the current world works most based on the actual measures presented in figures scientifically than those theories created in the ancient world. My take to this is quite positive as the exercise just builds on what had been said before since before any analytical calculation, there is the theoretical application to help formulate the hypothesis to be tested.
Scientific revolution: establishment of the experimental procedures in tackling the natural phenomena (Dewald, 2001). The present world is mostly dependent on the cultural practice of scientific prove other than the theoretical view of the subject. In my opinion, several disciplines have emerged to solve the issues thought and presented by the past scholars about the universe and its dwellers. Science is performing wonders and justifying on the values given other than incorporating plainly presented thoughts.
Encyclopedia: the cool events and views of the French free-thinkers, among them the Diderot, Voltaire and Condillac (Dewald, 2001). The modern society has detailed in the encyclopedia with distinct persons contributing to the resource. With the increased number of the scholar in the contemporary world, the compilation forms the best ground to figure out people’s view on the subject in question. I suppose the modern world had advanced and surpassed the French man to develop another medium of communication and sourcing information that is scientifically proved than that of the encyclopedia.
Capitalism: the formulated economic system by Smith that was primarily described by the scholars Marx and Engels (Dewald, 2001). Capitalism is the standard way of life by the societies based in the developed countries and those in the developing stages. In my opinion, capitalism emerged in the early modern days; the act is a modernized character that applies in nearly all states in the present world. I propose the cultural practice was as a result of induced humanism in the Renaissance period; it encompasses lots of negativities than positives.
Neoclassical architecture: the deliberate changes in the ancient building styles as observed in the present days (Dewald, 2001). Architectural neoclassical since inventory encompassed distinct styles in both planning and elevations. I feel the cultural practice positively impacted to human life, and the method is vital in the present days. Neoclassical architect Charles Perrault the change of the old plan to the modern policy and made modernism self-evidently agreeable in the modern world since the 17th century. I presume, the achievement in neoclassical architecture was as a result of the improved and adopted industrialization that came with enhanced technologies. The fruits of the neoclassical architect are seen in the modern planning and designs as being a fantastic work of human Cultural Revolution.
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