Polus believes doing whatever is good for oneself is what matters. He does not understand or really accept this claim that it is better to suffer injustice than to commit injustice because he believes justice is relative. Polus claims that he believes justice depends on the individual person and what is beneficial for oneself. However, Socrates denounces this idea that only good matters this in his scene of brutal murder when Socrates says “and if it seems good to me that one of them must have his head smashed, it shall straightway be smashed” (469d5). Polus denounces this instance, saying it is different.
With indifference people are only punishing the victim and helping to achieve the goal of the unrighteous. This idea is not only held by Ellie, but also former president Theodore Roosevelt, who stated “In any moment of decision, the best thing people can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing,
Implications: When we only view conflict in a negative way we often damage the change that we have to resolve the differences in an approach that could have been effective (Weeks, 1994, 4). Different definitions on conflict can result in a fear of conflict. In my experience, never have I thought that conflict could be positive. My only thoughts about it was fighting and disagreements and relationships being shattered. Looking at this definition some people will avoid conflict in order to maintain the peace (Weeks, 1994, 19).
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.
King Lear is so blinded by power and by his ego, he exiles Kent, a loyal character whilst attempting to help him see the truth. When Kent suggests “See better, Lear, and let me still remain / The true blank of thine eye”, saying he should be used as a tool to see things with accuracy and truth. Lear’s aggressive response is to call him a “miscreant” in a defensive and angry tone, and exile him. Lear’s reaction to Kent’s attempt of helping him is to insult him and call him an unbeliever creating an atmosphere of tension. This demonstrates to the audience how Lear is so blinded by what he sees he even rejects honest advice from a loyal character,
He believed that “humans were created “bad” by their creator”, and were “condemned to live in a world where bad things happen” (The Enlightenment, 1650-1789, p. 6). The “three principal causes of quarrel” for man were competition, distrust, and glory. (Seminar #3: Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau, p. 3). Competition was needed in order for man to gain power, distrust was necessary for him to feel secure, and glory ensured that he had a positive reputation. Man also lived in constant fear, and strong authority had to be imposed in order to “keep the peace, and ensure that people worked together to get something done” (p. 3).
The essence of decision making – and, in turn, the essence of politics – is compromise: compromise in both positive and negative aspects of a possible solution. And in every decision- making process, the most efficient way may not be the one that is most followed. People may follow suit to others, depending on their beliefs, on their personal inclinations, and their opinions on the matter. And yes, these idiosyncrasies in every individual eventually show themselves as they decide on the matter as a whole. Less-informed people, on that matter, are more likely to choose a less efficient solution, yet there are exceptions for both parties: more informed people are also likely to give out more convoluted solutions to simple problems.
Our racism here is institutionalised, it is a veiled racism, it is a racism considered taboo. Instead of discussing racism and fighting against it, our society began to fight against the idea that racism exists, as it would be much easier than dealing with the real problem. This makes me very sad about my country! Instead of questioning, it seems easier to forget that the problem exists, or simply give up the fight. Today’s we even ask ourselves more about the social ills that afflict us, but unfortunately, we are going through a dark period in which people who fight for a more just and egalitarian society are having their voices
The main focus of his work was with monarchies because he did not care for republics. The best place to begin for this where he answered the question which is better to be loved or feared Love or Fear Which is to be better loved or feared? This question is an important one and Machiavelli answer for it is great. “One ought to be both feared and loved, but as it is difficult for the two to go together, it is much safer to be feared than loved” (Machiavelli 61). This leads to one of his core beliefs which is that, he believes humans are awful creatures and will seek out
He talks about how it is better to be hated than to loved if it will benefit you, “Here a question arises: whether it is better to be loved than feared, or the reverse...anyone compelled to choose will find greater security in being feared than in being loved. . . . Love endures by a bond which men, being scoundrels, may break whenever it serves their advantage to do so; but fear is supported by the dread of pain, which is ever present” (Machiavelli, 60).
On the other hand, when hard lines are drawn and instruments of power, such as sanctions are put in place, relationships do not progress and often the country’s people suffer. There is a large number of U.S. foreign policy officials and general public that believe compromising with other states shows weakness in our ability to achieve the desired
Power, privilege, and oppression is a rather controversial matter to talk about it in today’s society. It happens everywhere, but people always like to ignore it. Power is the ability to control or influence somebody. Privilege is when a group has trait or advantage over another group, denying others because of who they are. Oppression is rejection or treating others unfairly.
Echo chambers are another source of polarization in American politics. In mass media, an echo chamber is defined as a “closed, non-interacting [community] centered around different narratives” (Emba). These communities are often used by “like-minded” people who have similar beliefs across different issues. (Emba). Members of these communities often “seek out information that [strengthen] their preferred narratives and [reject] information that [undermine] it” (Emba).