However, another important lesson is on display, the value and significance of speaking truth to power and authority is shown through courageous and humane actions as well. These actions can influence others to stand up for what is right and can impact society as a whole. This is displayed in The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. In the novel, the foster father of Liesel Meminger, Hans Hubermann, exhibits courage and humanity. As the actions he displays clearly disagrees with Hitler's point of view.
Throughout all of time, people have needed to live according to their own agendas. Being forced to live a certain way has only caused trouble. That is why Henry David Thoreau supported civil disobedience to help people live according to their own beliefs. In the essay “On Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau, the author defined and explained the effect of civil disobedience. Thoreau defined it as, civil disobedience is any peaceful action that demonstrates the disagreement of a person or persons with their government.
Machiavelli’s advice is there for the people who hold power and exposes the truth in human nature. However, although Machiavelli opens up the honesty of humanity; he teaches that there are a lot of people who are not good, so one must also learn to not be good. The thing that is wrong with this is that evil does not combat with evil. Evil can not conquer evil, good conquers. Therefore, The Prince explores the reality of human nature as self-interested and wicked.
Peer pressure and the desire for power can sway any person’s judgement, but it is up to him to decide if he should keep up the lie, or ultimately tell the truth. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “Self Reliance” in 1841 on the foundation of American transcendentalist beliefs. Transcendentalists believed in the importance of knowing thyself, and to follow one’s destiny. In “Self Reliance,” Emerson states that “For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure,”(Emerson, 19) which is highly comparable to the NBC Network cutting Herbert Stempel for the sole reason that Stempel was not “pleasurable” to the viewers. Stempel tried to fight the pressure from his peers, but his fear overruled his judgement and he lied about what he thought the correct answer was.
Thoreau identifies that ultimately if citizens want change from injustice, citizens must disobey. The active pursuit of injustice and constant disobedience affects change within the government. Likewise, the Declaration of Independence claims that disobedience becomes a part of a citizen’s duty. The Declaration of Independence starts with a similar call to action: “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another … a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation”
What is the value of the common sense principles to a minister? “Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil” (Rom. 14:16-19). MacDonald writes, “So the principle here is that we should not allow these secondary things, which are perfectly permissible in themselves, to give occasion to others to condemn us for our “looseness” or “lovelessness.” It would be like sacrificing our good name for a mess of pottage.” What additional common sense principles would you recommend? Additionally, a minister or leader should always be mindful of beguiles and temptations waiting for the very moment when weakness or opportunity presents.
All good people in a modernized, functional world would deserve justice. Yet, despite this fundamental, governments worldwide have shut down amazing fights and causes with legislation designed to oppress. History is running over with hard times, cruel fights, and devastating wars over this argument, so why is it seemingly impossible to implement a system in our worlds that would let strong fights for fairness stand a chance? At their own times and by their own methods, Henry Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. asked this same question. Both parties agree that equity is an imperative quality in a working society, and brilliantly took to their opposers to push that it was the people’s responsibility to act against cruelty in government.
Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend’s book, It 's Not My Fault: The No-Excuse Plan for Overcoming Life 's Obstacles, it can be quoted, “We live in a culture of blame. People will blame anyone or anything for their misery sooner than take the responsibility to own it and make it better.” In simpler terms, people naturally would not take responsibility for their own actions and make it better, but instead put their fault onto someone else. The quote refers to the idea that blame is because of how people do not want their character to hurt, but would rather see others hurt. The mentioned quote completely agrees with the idea of Friar Laurence and Tybalt at fault. Friar Laurence did not seem to believe that he was a major reason for the suicides of Romeo and Juliet, and he more blamed the feud instead.
Government laws are necessary for our communities because if people do not agree with the government, it does not mean government decision are incorrect. In “Civil Disobedience,” Thoreau talks about government and points out the flaws in the government system. On the other hand, in “ The Grapes of Wrath,” Steinbeck talk on the birth of civilization from physical and governmental issues. Although, many cases Thoreau and Steinbeck perspectives on government contradicts with each other however they both share similar thoughts about self-government. In contrast, Thoreau begins his essay by criticizing the government system, and he believed that government is ineffective because of the stringent and barbarous laws.
Vonnegut says in his Political and Social Critique that he based his ideas on the egalitarianism and share the same principles of the America’s Declaration of Independence. If we continue reading, we will reach to the following conclusion: people must be forced to be equal to one another in their appearance, behavior, and achievements. However, “Bergeron”, says that the ideals of egalitarianism can be dangerous if they are interpreted too literally, but
The American President should focus on representing himself as a trustworthy and caring person. In his article in Organization Science, Robert Shamir mandates that being consistent to oneself and one’s own values allows a leader to be truthful to his/her populace. An inconsistent leader must lie at one point or another, and these lies will be evident in their history. Inconsistency must be avoided at all costs as the populace will become weary no longer trust their
Jay Greene is Chair of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas says Unions are "[...]designed to promote the interests of their own and not the interests of nonmember [...]"(Greene) Unions only support their agenda they are not willing to help or adhere to anybody else. Under no circumstances should unions continue to operate in the US. No longer would people suffer the unions ridiculous economic demands and America work ethic would be restored. Unions would be gone and people would no longer have conflict with their greed and corruption. Citizens should vocalize the dangers of labor unions and push politicians to pass laws that disband them everywhere in the US.