“On Compassion” by Barbara Lazear Ascher In the essay On Compassion, by Barbara Lazear Ascher examines compassion in the world and where it truly comes from. Ascher first discusses a scenario in which a mother is waiting at the corner of Madison Avenue with her baby waiting for the light to switch as a man continues to approach her. As the man continues to come closer and closer she clamps her hands on the stroller tighter and tighter. She then searches her purse and hands him a dollar.
In Barbara Lazear Ascher’s essay titled “On Compassion” Ascher considers the concept of compassion by utilizing her own encounters with the homeless as a vehicle to make her argument. In her argument, she interprets compassion as an abstract concept, and portrays empathy as a building block to compassion; making the argument that to be a more tolerant society one must first learn empathy in order to demonstrate true compassion. When analyzing Ascher’s rhetoric, her style, diction and rhetorical devices reveal a skeptical tone and serve a greater purpose in appealing to the reader’s sense of ethos and pathos. Namely, Ascher’s use of first-person narrative and word choice like “we” appeals to the reader’s sense of ethos, which eventually builds
In her essay, “On Compassion”, Barbara Lazear Ascher analyzes the idea of compassion and the -------- of the homeless by the those more fortunate. She presents two instances in which homeless people are gifted with money or food items and ponders the motivation behind these acts. ----------------------. Targeting a broad audience, specifically people belonging to a higher socioeconomic standing, Ascher emphasizes the need for awareness of the adversity of the homeless, establishes that one must learn “compassion” for the homeless and less fortunate, and poses the question of whether the motivation for the “compassion” is relevant.
Breaking a small law is considered to be a crime because that person who does break the law is defying the government. Frank trippett, in his excerpt, “A Red Light for Scofflaws” states that all people that break even the smallest of laws are considered lawbreakers. Many people break laws and others break some major laws. Then, there are minor laws such as littering that many people do not understand how to follow. Laws are meant to be followed so that people can live in a civilized community.
What Would I do? There are many definitions of forgiveness. The dictionary defines forgiveness as “The disposition or willingness to forgive.” I agree with that, but I believe that forgiveness also lies in the hands of the victim and varies based on the crime.
Why to Forgive A tragic loss is one to never be expected. The thought “What if” travels through the mind of the survivor. But can’t help feel guilty for the victim. What if the survivor had done something different?
In Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, he writes to illustrate the injustices of the judicial system to its readers. To do so, Stevenson utilizes multiple writing styles that provide variety and helps keep the reader engaged in the topic. Such methods of his include the use of anecdotes from his personal experiences, statistics, and specific facts that apply to cases Stevenson had worked on as well as specific facts that pertain to particular states. The most prominent writing tool that Stevenson included in Just Mercy is the incorporation of anecdotes from cases that he himself had worked on as a nonprofit lawyer defending those who were unrightfully sentenced to die in prison.
The short story" On Compassion" by Barbara Lazear appeared after her book " Playing After Dark (1986)". This short story argues that people are not born with compassion. Throughout the book Lazear gave examples to determine if the situation was out of compassion or fear. The author also, gives information about the Greeks and she states how it can be a possibilities the Greeks had compassion within a society to teach people to have sympathy for people suffering. Although, other's may voice their opinion to being born with compassion, I initiate to include evidence from the text to prove that compassion needs to be taught to people and there is no possible way that they are born with compassion.
Being in a deadly accident and you're the one to survive it, your going to have a guilty feeling about it. Most people have a feeling where they feel guilty about being the one to survive and not being able to have any others survive with them, they would have rather had everyone survive the situation instead of just them. They would most likely feel this type of way called survivor’s guilt. Survivor’s guilt is what some people feel after being in a life or death situation that they had survived. Some of us may believe that people shouldn’t feel survivor’s guilt, however others think that they should feel survivor’s guilt.
In part two of Albert Camus “The Stranger,” the main character is met with the reality of the judicial system and the reality that Meursault has strayed away from. In this position, Meursault is able to see the morality that exist within God’s fate. Being an atheist becomes a setback for Meursault when he realizes the reality that God is a part of the morality that Meursault believes everyone is destined too. Unlike other times, Meursault is faced with this absurd reality he has gotten himself into and can not control his fate due to the judges social constructs and god’s law which now hold superior power than him. Meursault is awakened in this hour of consciousness, revealing the newfangledness of life and what is accepted as God’s moral sense and sees things in a perspective he has never experienced before.