In my personal experience, Americans are generally not happy people. In fact, the only time I have been surrounded by happy people was when I volunteered in a resort area for terminally ill children. I concluded by the end of the experience that because they were facing something so serious, they were able to enjoy the time with their family. Americans are so wrapped up in small things, such insignificant details that they cannot enjoy the world around them. I also doubt that we will ever be a happy country because of the focus on such small picture ideas.
I believe that the equality that we are given as citizens of the US does make us somewhat unhappy. We tend to always want more, and when we finally achieve our desired goal, we hold on to the gratification for a moment and forget. No one can be perfectly equal in our society because of our possessions. Backgrounds and personalities make it almost impossible to make everyone equal, unless everyone is forced to be the same person (much like in the novella Anthem). But doing so wouldn’t make America a democratic country, and that is what we are known for.
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It is beautifully written and enjoyable for someone who doesn’t like non-fiction writing very much. Tocqueville really wants people when they read this to understand the US in like no other place, where there are no limits and everyone is as free as they want to be. But, he also states that physical gratification is what most people live for, and I have to strongly disagree with that. Some people do not live for gratification, they simply exist and are seen as a burden to existence. Others thrive on emotional gratification, the feeling after you do something inspiring for another. While yes, there are people who are here for the tangible, many prefer that sense of
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The book really made me think of all the stuff that I take for granted, and how I should be more appreciative and how there are people with less than me who are just as happy if not happier. If you’re not a fan of books that are sad but shocking and at times harsh because you think they’re boring or they don’t fulfill you’re interests, then I would still recommend you try reading the book because it’s very intriguing but I can’t guarantee you’ll love it, and if you do enjoy books like that then I say it’s a must read! Such a great true
Matching the daughter of the Chief of the Sky Spirits, I am happy when I am celebrating with others. “The little red-haired girl and the cubs ate together, played together, and grew up together” (Erdoes and Ortiz 26). This makes the daughter happy because she can party with her new friends instead of being with her strict father. The daughter of the Chief of the Sky Spirits and I both are happy when we have friends with whom we can celebrate. Corresponding to the daughter of the Chief of the Sky Spirits, Americans are happier when they have people around to keep them company.
All men were born equal. That is one of John Locke’s, a great philosopher’s, ideas. Every man, from the farmer to the artisan to the politician, is equal. As equal citizens, we should have representation in the government and what laws are placed upon us,
Equalitys’ Sense of Purpose In the book Anthem written by Ayn Rand, society is now known as “the great WE” (19). Where man may not think as one, but must think as a whole; as it is the law. Even though, there is total equality, there is no right of a free mind.
Equality was living in a world where citizens were suffocated with the concepts of altruism and collectivism, and where conformity conquers all. In the Uncharted Forest, Equality stumbles upon hundreds of novels, full of words desperate to be read, and forbidden phrases frantic to be brought to the surface. Equality states to Liberty that they should “forget all things save that we are together and that there is joy as a bond between us… It is own our world, Golden One, a strange unknown world, but our own” (83-84). Equality becomes inspired to go back to the Home of the Street Sweepers to build a vengeful army of vigorously robust go-getters that will build their own empire, based on the fundamentals of independence and
Equality for All “Equality in pay has improved in the US since 1979 when women earned about 62 percent as much as men. In 2010, American women on average earned 81 percent of what their male counterparts earned” ( Highlights in the US). “Harrison Bergeron” and Anthem both are dystopian societies that tried to create equality, but end up with horrible corruption, no real equality, and incorrect portrayals of equality. In “Harrison Bergeron” the society leaders use handicaps to bring people down to the lowest level or the “average” of their society. There are similar concepts in Anthem, no one can be better than anyone, but they use shame and guilt to keep their people in line.
In society today, the meaning of equality is much different than it is depicted in Ayn Rand’s novel Anthem. Today, the word ‘equality’ means to treat everyone the exact same way to keep the fairness between all individuals. In Anthem, equality means everyone is one, no one is placed above the other. Everyone’s needs are cared for as a group, not individually. With that vision of equality in a collectivist society, words that demonstrate ‘selfishness’ have vanished, like ‘I’.
In the world right now, there is still inequality for all. People are criticized everyday because of how they look, speak, dress, act, etc. In America, although there is people that are changing, there with always be that small group of people that won’t change their views on what they believe is right and wrong in our society. You can also see this in the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, written by author, Harper Lee. All throughout the novel, you can see how white people are superior to the African Americans that live in the same town.
One common afternoon in the year of 2081, when everyone was equal, Hazel and George Bergeron were in their lovely living room watching television. Suddenly, a news reporter with a severe speech impediment came on. After trying many times to say, “Good morning ladies and gentlemen,” he handed it off to a ballerina who read, “Harrison Bergeron, age 14, has just escaped from jail, where he was held on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. He is a genius and an athlete, is under-handicapped, and should be regarded as extremely dangerous.” However, in this short story “Harrison Bergeron”, Kurt Vonnegut uses irony, shift and mood, and allusion to illustrated haw society would be if everyone was under the law of equality.
The Road to Individualism Every great heroin will face a plethora of conflict in their journey. For Equality, it is not any less. Equality faces internal and external conflict in his path to heroism, faces conflict with others, but also himself. As his desire for a new life grows, more problems arise.
Chapter One: Ideas that Shape American Politics 1. There are three forms of equality (social, political, and economic), define each. Which is most important in our modern democracy? Social equality refers to all individuals enjoying the same status in the society. Political equality means all citizens having the same political rights and opportunities.
Living in a world with complete fairness among people sounds perfect, but not when everyone in your society is forced to be completely the same. In the story Anthem, Equality is a character that is different from the others in his society of forced sameness. Equality longs to learn and expand his knowledge, however, there are rules that halt Equality from following his own will, but also push him to learn more. No one is allowed to read, write, experiment, or explore. These rules allow the community to be easily controlled, and forces them to stay similar to one another.
The people of the United States fight and strive for an absolute “equal” society, but is it what’s really wanted? “Harrison Bergeron,” a short story written by Kurt Vonnegut, uses satire to describe the deficiency in our idea of a truly “equal” society. Throughout the story, Vonnegut describes the torture and discomfort the government administers among the people, and though they were “equal,” they were not balanced. Vonnegut uses characterization and word choice to warn his readers of the potential drawbacks of a truly “equal” society. He warns normalcy would become the base of thought, and people would become incapable of emotion.
In Equality’s society of Anthem by Ayn Rand, they have many rules and controls, or regulations. They have the rules in place so everyone is the same. The Council doesn’t want anyone to be different, or to have different thoughts. Equality’s new society will have no rules from the old society because he cultivates individuality, he loathed the old society’s rules, and he knows what it means to be an leper. To begin, Equality nurtures individuality.
America prides itself on being one of the most effective democratically governed counties. The idea of the American dream is that all people have equivalent political freedoms and a responsive government. However the effectiveness of social equality is being threatened by increasing inequality in the United States. Economic inequality in the US has expanded drastically. The wealth gap has had drastic changes over the past 35 years.