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What exactly is a prologue Its purpose can be summed up as a means to introduce something most likely an idea or theme expressed in a book play or other mediums of the written word In St Bonaventures The Minds Journey into God in which he advertises and describes the intellectual journey the prologue offers the same purpose to introduce the journey that each human should take if they are to ascend to God The beginning step of this journey is centered on two themes The results or goals which Bonaventure says every human should strive for are 1 finding God or something divine and above mere human existence and 2 Bettering your mind and your overall being so you can better society in other words finding inner and outer peace The introductory step in St Bonaventures journey revolves around learning and hard work as the means to do this Many including all of the authors of the readings found in Bonaventures Prologue either explicitly or implicitly believe learning to be associated with the liberal arts education and understanding In other words a more general knowledge or understanding is necessary to find inner peace and produce outer peace I will divide my focus into two sections the first which is where I will show evidence that the theme of learning in order to improve ones mind to find God as well as to improve society is present in each reading and the second which is where I will discuss the issue that these ideals are favorable and would make America and the rest of the world a better place they do not and cannot exist in the 21st century because of the dehumanizing combination of human beings desire for acceptance and modern societys values most predominately those values associated with capitalismDisregarding the title of the Step which is Prologue The Life of Learning it is continually evident in the subsequent readings that learning is one
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