In the novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald always mentioned the billboard with the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg at the Valley of Ashes. He always mentioned as if they were the eyes of God, watching down on everything the people were doing.
A lot of the characters also mentioned that every time they saw the billboard, it was as if those eyes were watching their every single move. It was like someone was watching if they did the right thing or if they messed up.
I think Fitzgerald wanted to illustrate the eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg as the eyes of God watching over the people of the East. However, he made it seem as if God didn’t care about us people at all. It was like Fitzgerald was telling us, “Yes, God is there, but He doesn’t seem to care about what we do. So let’s just get on with our lives!”
This made me realize and be very conscious about what I do everyday. Like I said in my previous post about Athens, our character trait for this quarter was godliness. What I learned from this book is that we should always do the right thing because God is watching us right from heaven. We should be godly in whatever we do to please him.
I just didn’t like how Fitzgerald made it seem as if God doesn’t care about us. I also didn’t like how the characters didn’t seem to care about their actions as well. They didn’t seem to care about what would please the Lord. They worshipped the earthly things and had no care for the spiritual things.
These characters didn’t practice godliness in anyway. Being godly means thinking, “What would Jesus do?” They only thought of their own personal benefits. They wasted their lives with the luxuries of the world.
Being godly for me is doing the right thing even if you know the rest of the world isn’t doing it. It means being truthful and honest in times of hardship. It means being the best person you can be for the Lord. God is always watching us. We should show him how much worth we give to Him by using our skills and talents for His greater glory!
For World History this Second Quarter, we finally (yes, finally!) started learning about the Ancient Greeks. Kayla and I have been so excited for this topic. I’ve always been interested by the civilization of the Ancient Greeks, and Kayla has been raving about the Greek gods and goddesses since she had just finished reading the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.
Anyway, back to topic. Kayla, my mom, and I had a rather lovely discussion one afternoon after a lesson on the Athenian women, and the Athenian family life. We had so much fun with this topic that questions and answers were rapidly flying from one side of the table to the other! Such fun!
Back then, the two most famous civilizations of Ancient Greece were Sparta and Athens. Sparta was known for being more war-minded and their military strategies. Athens was known for the more creative lifestyle.
One of topics we discussed was about the role of women in the Athenian. Back in that era, the Athenian women were also not allowed to decide who they wanted to marry. They were always subject to arranged marriages. Some even married as young as 15 years old! (That’s how old I am!)
Athenian women were restricted to the household. However, in the household, it was their domain. It was where they ruled. Outside the home, it was a man’s world. Inside the house, the men were powerless under the women.
Among the children, the boys were naturally more preferred than girls. The boys had the chance to go and be educated, while the girls were trained with housework and waited until they were. Also, the Greeks had a practice where they would leave the weak and sick babies out in the wilderness to die. It was sad to know they didn’t really practice equality amongst themselves.
This lesson really sparked my interest. First off, I loved how they pretty much worshipped the women in the household. I loved how there was so much respect for her role there. I believe we underestimate the women who stay at home full-time. One example of a woman who stays at home to help the household and the education of her children is none other than my mom herself. I admire her dedication to homeschool me and Kayla.
Although, I just feel really bad because the women were looked down upon in other areas. They couldn’t have an education like the men, and it was like they had no significant role until they got married.
This brings me to the subject of marriage during that era. It’s pretty sad that people didn’t get to decide who they wanted to marry. It’s also scary how they let girls get married at 15! I bet they had other dreams they wanted to achieve. But because they were girls, they were looked down upon.
One great verse my mom has recommended from the Bible in relation to the women of Athens is Proverbs 31. These verses tell us the role of a woman in a household. There is so much more to all the household chores. Our moms, our sisters, our grandmothers, and even our maids have an important role in the house.
Proverbs 31 inspired me because it showed me that every little task has its utmost importance. We should be godly in everything we do, and give our best in all our tasks, big or small. We should give our everything in our earthly tasks, just as God gives his all when he protects us, provides for us, and looks after us.