Through being conceited, unfaithful to his wife, and lacking in leadership, Odysseus has shown readers that he does not have what it takes to be a true hero. Odysseus is not a good role model for anyone, so he teaches readers many lessons on what not to be like. Readers can learn that not everything is about them, they have to understand that to be a true hero, everyone else comes before them. They can also learn that leaders have to be strong and selfless, not strong and arrogant. Arrogance will never get anyone anywhere, it only makes people lose trust and lose respect.
We should remind ourselves to not make wrong choices at any moment, and not find excuses for the mistakes. And certainly we should not generously admit and accept our worst qualities because that would only make us became more and more incorrigible. Being a worse person at first, and then correcting it is not greatness and nobility. Some people are born with, and will always have integrity and pure and honest
So in saying that society wants you to be mediocre, Baldwin is implying that he does not want you to be mediocre; he wants you to be what you want to be, aligning your views with his, providing a common enemy to root
There is a crisis of personal identity and the ‘self’ which arises from David Hume’s conclusions of living life in a balanced manner. According to Hume, a balanced life integrates reason, sociality, and business in such a way so that they have a “mitigated skepticism.” However, if one of these three areas is more focused on than the others, such as reason, than one begins to lead a not-useful, non-goal-oriented life full of “little satisfaction.” Pure reason also leads to extreme skepticism and is against nature. Hume explains that “no durable good can ever result from [excessive skepticism]” because it has no influence on society or on the mind.
Lowry explains that emotions are part of the human expirence. The community lacks empathy. They value the precision of language because it limits emotions and keeps the people from standing out, making everything calm and even. Another way they limit emotions is through the telling of dreams, where they try to steer you away from feelings. Love plays an important role in our lives.
Identity creates unique individuals and is needed in order to maintain a healthy community. By erasing somebody’s identity, their whole being is taken away and all that is left is a mindless body. Stability keeps a society from completely collapsing in on itself, but it is important that there is some leeway. Not everybody is pleased by the same things and in order to keep everybody happy there needs to be a balance. These three principles are important in every society but the World State took them so far that it ruined every member of their society.
Equality is an ideal in which many people believe is worth fighting for. But it is indeed a dangerous goal to achieve both physically and mentally. In the story “Harrison Bergeron”, equality shifts to torture in which the beautiful must hide their beauty, and the intelligent must have their thinking to be disrupted. The result of this quest is disastrous and the land is filled with slow people, therefore there is no variety in the community. Equality is achieved, but at the price of freedom.
Therefore, in my opinion it is necessary to make mistakes. But the question here is that what when these mistakes made by us, though unintentionally hurt the people around us? Is it the right thing to be done then? The reason as to why it is necessary to make mistakes is that mistakes are a learning experience for us. We learn about ourselves through our mistakes and even learn how to become a better citizen for the society.
Imagine being free of the mental chain known as a conscience. Unpleasant feelings such as guilt or regret would no longer be felt, theoretically sounding preferable. In actuality though, a conscience is what makes us truly human, and without it we would not have any compassion or empathy for others. This is why people without a conscience, also recognized by the name of psychopaths, are such a threat to society; they care exclusively for themselves and will not hesitate to harm someone, especially if the result is them achieving a certain goal they sought out to accomplish. It is a proven fact that, much like how all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares, all serial killers are psychopaths but not all psychopaths are serial
Pride in his personal accomplishments were of value to him; furthermore, he “care[s] very much about what [he] think[s] of what [he] does”. This excerpt illustrates that people will never fully mature as an individual if they persist in tainting their thoughts with the judgements of others. How does a strong sense of individualism affect a person’s ability to grasp all the opportunities that come their way?
Some may also argue that trying something new does not benefit people in any way because the fear of failure discourages people from attempting anything new. These people see failure as a synonym for shame, dishonor, and worthlessness. However, people do not need to fear failure because in reality, it brings about the drive and motivation to do better. If everybody knew this, nobody would fear failure, but rather, embrace it.
No human can be perfect due to human nature. Utopias will never exist for many reasons. All humans are imperfect, any attempt at perfection on earth will fail. There will never be a perfect place to live (utopia), because human nature will always be in the way. The the leaders and people of utopias ruin it.
Sometimes situations arise that make even the strongest people feel weak. The main motivator that keeps us going is persistence and resiliency. Being able to stay strong and find peace through difficult times seems impossible to the average person, but under extreme circumstances, the human spirit can be stunningly extravagant. Works like Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer and “Master of My Fate” by James Stockdale are just two examples of people persevering through horrible circumstances and making it out alive. Persistence and resiliency are intertwined and are a key factor to human sanity.