Commencement Speech At Mount Holyoke Community

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“How can an individual maintain integrity and pursue personal dreams while contributing to the overall society”(Shea 259)? It has become continuously shown that an individual remains formed and shaped in relation to the community he or she grows up in. “The word community itself is changing, coming to mean a group of like-mind people sharing common interests, when in the past it referred to a group of people of various skills and interests cooperating with one another in order to survive” (Shea 259). The community provides the individual with the necessities of life, and it remains the duty of the individual to use these necessities in the most reasonable way. Every individual should give help in advancing and shaping of the community he or…show more content…
Quindlen said, “This is the hard work of your life in the world, to make it all up as you go along, to acknowledge the introvert, the clown, the artist, the reserved, the distraught, the goofball, the thinker.” This quote explains how people try every day to become known as perfect but really a person just needs to find themselves and work towards becoming a better person. When an individual tries to better himself or herself by volunteering for and helping out the community that he or she lives in it can become the right step in the right direction. The article “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” was written by Henry David Thoreau, a philosopher, poet, essayist, and a naturalist as well as an outspoken social critic. Thoreau isolated himself from his community by building a house in the middle of the woods in order to find himself. Thoreau said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Thoreau explains how he moved not only to remain alone and away from other humans but to work on finding…show more content…
In the article that King wrote he talks about how he wanted to build a new community and the ways in which he would form it. King wants to form a community where blacks and whites can work together and mix together in the community. King says, “It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city’s white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative.” In the article “Commencement Speech” Quindlen talks about how a person and a person's parents remain responsible for shaping a community. Quindlen says, “But we are only human, and being a parent is a very difficult job, more difficult than any other because it requires the shaping of other people, which is an act of extraordinary hubris. Over the years we learned to want for you things that you did for yourself.” The parents started connecting because they continued to try and regrow their children into better community
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