Over the course of the semester, we have looked at the growth and development of philosophies, religions, governments, and cultures from across the world. Along the way, we have been talking about different understandings of humanity, how we should live our lives, what makes us human, our relationship to the past, and our relationship to the divine/cosmic. The sources have given us a variety of answers to these questions, and for the Final Essay, I’d like you to focus on a topic that interested you over the course of the semester and write an argumentative essay on whether or not the ideas proposed by our class sources are still relevant to today’s world. How have perceptions of and expectations of men and women changed? You must examine at least three distinct primary sources in your essay. Each source must be from a different week, and each source must be from different cultures and/or geographical regions. Rather generally we have discussed the following cultures/regions: Mesopotamia, Hebrew society, classical India, classical Greece, classical Rome, Zhou, Han, and Tang China, Islamic civilization, and Medieval Europe. The essay should be between 1500–2000 words. Essays that do not meet or exceed those requirements will automatically be docked 30 percent of your grade. The connection to the modern day should revolve around your personal life/worldview. Do not focus on general, common knowledge materials (we all know that Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, and Buddhism are important religions/philosophies, that does not need to be repeated), and do not use detailed outside sources (scholarly/newspaper articles about the relationship between Confucianism and modern Chinese communism, for example).