Tom and Daisy Buchanan have wealth however, they are not happy because of their money. They have extravagant meals and shiney possessions, but at the dinner party Daisy is distressed as Tom accepts a call from his mistress, even though she is married to a very powerful and rich man. “The telephone rang inside, startlingly, and as Daisy shook her head decisively at Tom the subject of the stables, in fact all subjects, vanished into the air”(Fitzgerald 15) In the real world this shows “Even the very rich--those surveyed among FORBES’s 100 wealthiest Americans--are only slightly happier than average. Wealth, it seems, is like physical health.
From earliest childhood, most parents explain concepts such as the impact of decisions, and that money can’t buy happiness; concepts which can help a young person begin to understand life. Still, many underestimate the impact that one seemingly small decision can make in changing the course of a person’s life. John Steinbeck, in his book Cannery Row, shows how such small desires can rob a person of control over his life, forcing him into an endless yet never gratifying cycle. The “trap” Steinbeck refers to is the self-destructive cycle of belief that if one only achieves certain goals such as a good job, having a family or living in a nice house, he will find true happiness and satisfaction. Mack and the boys are the focus of Cannery
Throughout our history our society struggles with inequality. Sexism and racism still addresses like class, gender or other dominating classifications a structural problem in our United States culture. In Jean Baker Miller’s essay “Domination and Subordination” she discusses the temporary and permanent inequality. Miller states that the temporary inequality is a relationship between a dominated individual who explains and is a teacher to the subordinated individual. In contrast her explanation of the permanent inequality is the relationship of different individuals who always will be unequal.
Before I read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, I associated a love for money as greediness and materialism. “The words ‘to make money’ hold the essence of human morality.” This statement has changed my view of money and it’s impact on society. In Rand’s book, a character by the name of Francisco d’Anconia gives a speech on the virtue of wealth after being called out for being a depraved product of money. He is scorned for his profits through the downfall of his competitors, but then ultimately talks about the problems his own company faces.
In Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac, he stated that “Woman and wine, game and deceit make the wealth small and the wants great”, which means that when someone focuses on luxuries, extravagance, and immoral activities, they are not only left with more of an untamable desire, and also less money to take care of these wants. This aphorism is undeniably true because of the fact that the majority of humans, no matter the conditions, can control their desire for luxury after being exposed to them, nor can they control themselves financially after exposure, leading them to only repeat this perpetual cycle as their desire only grows more.
"All men are created equal", we were all created the same way; from our mother’s womb, and all babies are equally important, whether you are born a prince or a slave in your mother's womb, completely innocent and equal. However, some people out there do not think so, they feel that due to some of us being born with physical or mental disabilities or others being born into financially insecure families it would result in significantly less opportunities in life as compared to those who are born into families that can offer them a much better way of life. Although it is true that life is not fair towards everyone, I want to say that everybody deserves the same rights and responsibilities. Nobody is or looks the same, the color of your skin, your race, or your ethnicity makes you different from one another, this does not mean that not everybody deserves the same and that some people do not deserve to be treated equally and one of these discrimination is racism, which is something we have all witnessed before.
Throughout history, the equality of women to men has been regarded as a social taboo. It was a universal understanding that women were always subordinate to their dominant males. Pre Modern Greece expressed these views through their social expectations, hierarchical structures and general lack of acceptance. This ubiquitous truth for this society was challenged in Homer’s The Odyssey, with his strongly developed and diverse female cast.
Self-interest refers to actions that convey out the maximum non-public advantage. Adam Smith, explains that the monetary benefit for all can usually be adept while people act of their own self-hobby. In a market financial system, individuals personal maximum of the assets to be had, labor, land and capital, and use spontaneous selections, made in self-hobby, to manipulate the marketplace. in this form of system, the government performs a small role and the financial system is formed via forces, self-interest and opposition. Self-interest is conceivably the single largest motivator of economic concept.
Everyone belongs to a social class. Whatever reality you been born in, is going to shape the way you believe and act. Each individual is different and unique, however, is not unknown that the experiences we had over our life shape our identity. In the movie Elysium, the Earth has been contaminated. The rich people flew away to a new land created in the space named Elysium, which left those with less money behind.
Sunday Greens - Rita Dove In Mr. Maples’ class, we had to do a project on a poem. Me and my group had to describe what was the universal truth about human beings (otherwise known as a theme). The poem that I, Shania, Jaylen, and Gurlyn worked on being “Sunday Greens” by Rita Dove. The poem basically states that there is a woman thinking about living in calm Sunday, feeling luxurious. But in reality, the woman is poor.