How do I Make Moral choices, in a World of Moral Ambiguity? A desire for meaning would also include obtaining some kind of “identity,” or individualism. Yet, society or someone will try to force their “ideal” moral system onto everyone else. “Thinking may be “good for nothing” in the world, but in the mind it is good for guidance—not legislation, but guidance” (Bruehl 193). If you base your moral standards off everyone else’s, even when in truth you think in a different way, then in the eyes of an existentialist, you have been degraded and reduced to an object.
She does this by developing a protagonist, Equality-72521, who seeks to have the privilege of exploring and taking risks. Equality-72521 lives in a society that shames him for being curious and having an imagination different from the others around him by telling him that he should not be different from others. By placing him into this situation, Rand proves to her readers that the only way to success is through trust in oneself, even through failures and the doubt of others. Rand depicts the theme that self-reliance on one’s own thoughts, actions, and curiosity is the key to success in her novel, Anthem, by showing her readers that taking risks is necessary to learn new things.
The paragraph in Sanders’ essay that explains the story behind the handle of his hammer and how he had broken it several times uses an anecdotal story to convey Sanders’ attitude towards his father 's death. The speaker broke his hammer’s handle once by attempting to “pull sixteen-penny nails out of floor joists”; an idea even the speaker admitted was foolish. His father’s response of “You ever hear of a crowbar?” captures the relationship Sanders had with his father. His father was sarcastic at his son’s humorous and avoidable failure, indicating a close relationship between the two. This revelation of the closeness he had with his father conveys the feelings of sadness the speaker would have immediately after his death.
Within society, one can argue hazing from multiple sides of the spectrum. On one side, one can argue that hazing is unnecessary in society due to its horrifying effects upon both an individual and a group. The event of the plebes’ hazing against a fellow plebe evidently exhibits this argument’s validity. On the other side, one can argue that hazing is necessary in society for the positive effects. In the text, the plebes unify to protect Bentley and share the suffering as a group.
But, nature does not exclude humans, human excludes themselves from nature. Within the “mists of [the] chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand and one items to be allowed for”(277). He uses clouds and storms and quicksands to convey that civilized life includes the same negativity included in the connotation of those conditions, but nonetheless, those too are apart of nature. The purpose of utilizing imagery is so evoke images people already have to connect with them on that level to make them understand that they must find a harmony and balance in the world. So, in order to restore order within one’s individual life, one must defy the social norms that distance themselves from nature to find harmony with it.
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles, tells a story of a 16-year-old boy, Gene Forrester and his various feelings that he harbors for his gifted best friend, Phineas. Throughout the novel, Gene is constantly living in the shadow of Phineas in which he grows to breed resentment, envy, and even hate. The juxtaposition Gene Forrester is caught up in is dealing with a love and hate relationship that causes him to enmesh in personal misgivings. Thus, people can be their own worst enemy if they don't learn to accept who they are. For in striving to be that, it can be said that insecurity is an invisible weapon that oftentimes kills our self-esteem.
In the two poems mentioned previously these are clear examples of themes that convey that everything is not what it seems. In the poem "We Wear the Mask" by Paul Laurence Dunbar, shows how we wear a mask to hide our true selves from the rest of society. You may be thinking why would you wanna hide your true self if you are one that doesn't do this type of social masking. Although you will understand Dunbar if you, yourself have done this before. In todays society many feel the obligation to always be okay so we have to wear this mask.
There are many positive reasons to embrace traditions and there is a need to introduce and enforce rules for social conformity to ensure that society can function without undue chaos. However, taken to their extremes, blind acceptance of traditions and strict social conformity can lead to the persecution and destruction of fellow human beings. In part, strict allegiance to traditions and requiring social compliance in conforming to one type of thinking can result in a “cult-like” mentality. This mentality continues if there is no opportunity to allow for creative and independent thinking. The end result is a narrow-minded perspective that can hold down others who express other opinions or live in an opposing manner.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Emerson suggests that humans are living in a world in which humanity is constantly attempting to change individuals. Society tries to change humans identities, but a human’s identity is what allows them to express themselves and distinguish themselves from others. Human nature is supposed to look, act and think differently, and, when humans are very similar it becomes difficult to interact and get along with others. A time that preserving identity becomes notably challenging is during times of crisis.
People have a habit of constructing boundaries and constantly conceiving new ways to divide themselves from one another. We can observe this not only in the obvious places––such as geographical separations––but also on a more personal level––such as within relationships. Although these boundaries are formed as a self-protection mechanism with the goal of separating oneself from harm, in reality they also separate oneself from potentially positive situations. Bub, the main character in Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral,” is a prime example of how self-imposed limits can be detrimental to oneself and their surroundings. “Cathedral” is also an effective demonstration of the potential within everyone to stretch and approach their limits.
One of the many problems in this world is that people are discriminated for their actions and differences, but we do not see what they have to offer. What we do not realize is how all of us are different in a way, and how we do not always have to have something in common. If we were in their shoes how would we feel? In a society, individuals must learn how to accept others and their differences in order to live in a happier community with fewer conflicts amongst one another. First of all, in order to make this a happier community to live in, our society first must stop judging others for being different than us because we have not been through what they have.
Do They Really Matter? Living in a society where hiding our true feelings is normal. A society where speaking up is fronded upon. Where speaking our heart is encouraged, but the consequences of doing so strike us with fear. It has become hard to express ourselves, without our emotion getting in the way.
The sociological imagination to me, is the ability of a person to disassociate them selfs from their own personal perspective on life and adapt a perspective that is non bias and more aware of why we partake in life 's various rituals. To have a sociological Imagination one can not see the world through their own life experiences and history because it can blind us from seeing what and why we do the things we do. If we want to obtain a sociological imagination we have to change this mentality of "I do it just because" to a mentality of "why am I doing this". On a topical day I wake up, get ready and head out the door. As soon as I get in my car it is inevitable the radio is turned on.
Why are breaking NORMS “taboo”? Shouldn’t we be open to change, and embrace these differences? Unfortunately our society as a whole has not changed much from the 20th century. We still shun and look down on change, like Naranappa in Samskara; he was looked down upon for being different. These differences should not be forbidden or “taboo”, as learned from society; we are scared of the unknown, we run from the idea of something new.