The loyalty of these people is what really kept the movement alive. The nonviolence worked because people were willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good. “But whether or not we succeeded in obtaining these conveniences, every one of us was firm in his resolution of passing his term in jail in perfect happiness and peace.” (Document C, Gandhi). Gandhi’s followers knew the price they would have to pay for their civil disobedience, and they all accepted it. Their unwavering loyalty kept their movement alive.
Showing the true meaning of what an altruist is. Ayn Rand’s character, Equality, acts and feels exactly how these people feel. An altruist is a person who is unselfishly concerned for or devoted for the welfare of others. This is how Equality acted in the beginning of the book but towards the end, he turned into more of an egoist. An egoist is the complete opposite of an altruist.
He sees them as important because he believes that, these laws will create a state of peace, in a state where humans are constantly at war against each other. It is noted, that Hobbes called these laws, “theorems”, rather than actual laws, as he understood them to be moral recommendations which people should follow in order to live in a peaceful society. The first and
Goodness and nobility is determined by an individual’s morality and their willingness to follow a virtuous path in their life. It is also determined by the ability of an individual to acknowledge their shortcomings and become more self-aware. In The Crucible by Arthur Miller, John Proctor is a good man as he showcases righteous morals and principles. This is shown, as he ends his affair with Abigail, protects his wife and his friends’ wives, and dies to preserve his integrity and honour. First, John Proctor shows his goodness, by refusing the physical advances of Abigail, who wishes to continue their love affair.
“A White Man’s Burden” by Rudyard Kipling because Nathan and Kipling both believe they are doing what they have to do. They feel like it is their duty to “take care” of the uncivilized people of under developed countries, but in reality the native people don’t want their help. If he really wants to help people and spread God’s word with good intentions he would take notes from his foil, Brother Fowles. Brother Fowles basically does everything right that Nathan does wrong. For example, unlike with Nathan the native people actually like Brother Fowles and his family.
Kreon sees his order and punishment as the right and honorable thing to do. He believed his actions were morally right and the best option for maintaining control over Thebes. But Kreon also felt wronged by Antigone since she knowingly went against his orders, and like Antigone, Kreon had his reasons to be upset. He is the king and the male leader of the family and this meant the women of the house “owed” him respect. Kreon wanted justice against whomever buried Polyneices ' body, but when he finds out Antigone is guilty of committing the crime, he has a choice to make.
Ego Ego is a holy word for Equality 7-2521 tHe main character in Anthem by Ayn Rand. The definition of ego is a person’s self-esteem or self-importance. Where Equality 7-2521 grew up men were taught that the word “ego” was a synonym for evil and selflessness, but Equality didn’t believe that. Being an egoist can be both good and bad, Equality was someone who held his truth above everything else in the world, so would he be considered an egoist? In Equality’s world, to be in egoist was bad, in the speech The Soul of an Individualist it states that “Men have been taught that the ego is the synonym of evil, and selflessness the ideal of virtue.”, since men such as Equality were taught of that, then he would have been taught to believe not to be an egoist.
Many believed Brown to be a man of truth and they held a deep respect for his grit. Brown believed in a justice driven society that valued the equality of all people. His ideals and beliefs that bloodshed was necessary for the abolishment of slavery were true. Brown’s idea of bloodshed being needed for the end of slavery foreshadowed future events including the Civil
Among the individuals who were influenced by these ideals are Mohandas K. Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Despite the different time periods of each man, they all share a similar approach to oppression; nonviolent action. Both Gandhi and King practiced nonviolent actions when fighting against the law and successfully in the end managed to accomplish their goal. Thoreau had a great influence on them because he set a practical and useful tactic for fighting against the law. Just like how Thoreau was imprisoned for not paying a fine, King also served time in jail for his nonviolent protests.
Twain focuses on the character development and learning experiences of Huckleberry throughout the novel. Although taught that slaves were property and lesser people, Huck decides to follow through with helping free Jim regardless, even going as far as claiming he was willing to face consequences in the afterlife for doing so, because he thought Jim was just as human as he and other white men were and felt it was necessary to do so, despite what he learned from the White-dominated society he was raised in. This aspect was very important to me personally, as it represents the empathy and selflessness most humans are given by nature before being corrupted by societal hatred amongst other people. Empathy and compassion are two very important elements in my life, as I value them deeply both in social and political circumstances, and I think Twain did a great job of representing both of those things honorably through Huck’s
Ravina also talks about his mission as a samurai and after his suicide attempt “his quest for a grand gesture of loyalty.” (78) It was believed that his survival was not an accident and he was meant for something greater. This demeanor is displayed when Saigō finds out about the Native Americans that Algren has seen. He see’s that he has seen the “despotic rule.” In this part of Ravina’s book I see similarities between Nathan Algren and Saigō because the difference between the higher civilized people vs. natives inhabitants is incomparable. When Ravina writes, “Saigō was touched by the poverty of the islanders and was angry that his own domain could act so brutally. His sympathy for the islander’s coexisted uneasily with his own sense of loss.
Douglass makes sure to remind his audience that their “fathers were wise men”, and so their decision to engage in violent resistance was just as well a wise decision (Douglass 111). Perhaps the most compelling argument Douglass makes throughout the entirety of the speech is that The United State’s fathers “were peace men; but they preferred revolution to peaceful submission to bondage. You may well cherish the memory of such men” (Douglass 113). Including this points out how America’s founding fathers are cherished for the change they brought about through the means of violent resistance. If they could be celebrated for such actions, how can the enslaved be so reprimanded for taking part in the same determined fight?
Life is about choices, and the choices you make dictate what kind of human being you are. If you put yourself before others, you are a selfish contribution to the world. People through good grace should always be looking to help others, to better themselves. Gandhi wrote "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others", that through helping others and always trying to put yourself last, you truly find the good spirit and soul of someone. Gandhi was all about peace, he started a big movement for it.