Of Mice and Men is a novel known across the globe, its delicate tone and emphasis on humanity and the struggles of the world locks the readers in. What dazzles readers most about this folk classic is how it is expressed in a way that all can understand, but few comprehend the deep and dark turn of events that lie between the lines of the book at first glance. The book isn’t referenced so often for its events in the past, but more for how it is related to the present as well as the future. The main issue discussed in this masterpiece is inequality, this subject applies to not only those of the past, but to everyone in every circumstance across the world today. Although it’s the 21st century, this issue is still present in everyday life. Wealth, race, gender, and mental illness has torn society apart and lead to inequality. These major reasons for inequality has affected everyone in its path leading to major consequences as well as issues and problems. In China, a new found wealth has left the social classes more divided and issues are beginning to rise. Meanwhile in the U.S., wealth is destroying students and unequal views toward specific types of people are weakening the patriotic bond.
A person’s perception of the world is affected by the environment. If all one experiences is hardship and injustices in the gap between the haves and have nots , the crime rate skyrockets. American corporations influence global culture, and the television is their primary tool of manipulation. In places where leisure was once a way of life, meaningless competition dominates. Therefore, the quality of life goes down. It’s a paradox in a world where to have more is to be more. Material prosperity in and of itself brings pollution, the disintegration of family and poor health. Theodore Roszak states in “Take This Job and Shove It:” There is work that is good and useful; and there is work that is not. Work that is not good and useful is work that
In Andrew Carnegie’s essay “Wealth,” he believed that he had a responsibility to spend his money on something to benefit the greater good. He believe that the rich should distribute their wealth responsibly to benefit society. One of his quotes say, “The man who dies thus rich dies disgraced.” Carnegie starts off talking social Darwinism, the issue of inequality and how and if he could fix it. Capitalism ensured that the smartest and most talented people would rise to the top. This would make them become significantly wealthier than anyone. This meant that power and wealth was concentrated in the hands of a small number of people. This made a huge divide between the rich and poor. Although the divide between the rich and poor was significant,
The most powerful element in society is wealth, it has the power to corrupt the human mind and body. Andrew Carnegie the president of a $480 billion steel company believed it is “the duty of the man of wealth” to control all the money that comes to him, and “becoming the mere agent and trustee for his poorer brethren… Doing for them better they would or could do for themselves” (Doc C). Clearly the immense amount of wealth he possessed has corrupted his mind to make such hostile judgment upon the poor. The mere dream of a laborer is to become successful in their jobs in order to earn the sufficient amount of money to buy a decent home, and raise a healthy family. It is the man of wealth that cannot handle the money correctly. This is proven
Draining the rich of their money will not help those who are poverty stricken. It could cause the opposite of the intended effect (more equal income) and cause a greater amount of poverty and less chances to earn a living. A wealthy person is generally thought of making more than $300,000 a year and usually has stock, real estate, or both. In developed countries, such as the United States, “income inequality has increased since the 1980s” (Woo 5). A large amount of people argue that a system such as socialism could fix that inequality. Socialism is a political and economic theory that centralizes the government and distributes wealth and jobs in order to form a social society (Evangelopoulos). Many economists and politicians have debated the
Money is the gateway to happiness, and the pinnacle of that is income that is passively earned. Passive income is money earned from investments like rent from a property or interest from an account. It permits self-reliance and autonomy by granting access to “fuck you money”, which Dutch psychologist Manfred Kets De Vries defined in his book titled Sex, Money, Happiness, and Death, as making those who possess it “invincible, in control, and can get out of any situation they don’t like.” This means that people in possession of “fuck you money” have the ability to quit their job when their boss gets grouchy. It doesn’t mean they have an inordinate amount of wealth, but enough to live the rest of their life unconcerned of their next paycheck.
Now the worst part about all these big businesses was Social Darwinism. It claimed that those who were rich, were rich due to their genes. Those who were poor, were poor due to their genes. This caused a rift between the people of America, as the wealthy began to look down on the poor, and treated them as lesser humans. This did not stop people like Eugene Debs, and Mother Jones, infact it just made them push harder
Wealth is driven by commerce. Wealth in any form is the root of all needed things in the sense that currency is the simplification of ones own definition of wealth by being the common denominator that translates through the world. Translating wealth is most commonly left to the rich and philosophically inclined such as Adam Smith, Andrew Carnegie, and Andrew K. Gailbraith.
An important theme in The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is the corruption of morals because of wealth. It doesn’t matter if one comes from old or new money, wealth will corrupt the morality of even the humblest. The first example of wealth corrupting morals is in the indifference to infidelity between the married Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson. The next example of wealth corrupting morals is seen in Jordan Baker’s actions to keep her luxurious lifestyle. Third, Jim Gatsby’s pursuit of wealth lead to the corruption of his morals. Then, we will see Daisy Buchanan’s moral corruption due to her wealthy upbringing. Lastly, Nick Carraway’s conversation with Tom will show how wealth has corrupted Tom’s morals in such a way that it leads him to rationalize his decisions and actions, believing that what he did was right. Wealth is the source of moral corruption within the characters in The Great Gatsby, wealth is the source of their actions and decisions, it is the reason for their warped sense of what is right and wrong.
In “The Protestant Work Ethic: Just Another ‘Urban Legend?’” Jonathan Klemens, the author, states what work ethic is and how it applies in American society. Klemens explained that the work ethic of workers in a company or some type of organization has helped the nation as a whole. That people work hard to achieve “the company or organization’s missions” (122). Not only that, Klemens also explained that people would work hard to gain particular professions they desire instead of just working with no goals. Moreover, the author explains how the American work ethics have some of the values from Protestant work ethics, such as hard-working and dedication toward work. Klemens used Max Weber’s statement as an example to explain what Protestant work
“Money can’t buy happiness.” “Money isn’t everything, its just paper.” Anyone who has ever grown up without money and lamented about it has heard these kinds of phrases many times. In looking around our culture and society today it would be hard to say those statements are true. While everyone has problems, rich and poor alike, having money gives you access to more solutions to those problems. The short story “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingang shows that while money may not be able to buy happiness outright, it does give access to comfort and contentment.
Quality products must reflect health standards and guidelines. With such aspects observed, authorities are not going to investigate the organization for any fraudulent dealings. The health and perception of customers in the market are essential. The only way to ensure that this transpires is by producing quality products. The move to increase the cost of some products would be wrong. It would confirme that the company does not have strict ethical principles. Letting go of the marketing executives is a chance to propagate new ethical norms within the
A central theme to Adam Smith’s idea of economic prosperity is derived from the cooperation of civilians to contribute to the welfare of all. When describing the complexity of the division of labor and its inherent ability to increase one’s standard of living, Smith states, “Without the assistance and co-operation of many thousands, the very meanest person in a civilized country could not be provided the easy and simple manner in which he is commonly accommodated” (Smith 20). Smith believes that the exchanging of goods is paramount to a flourishing economy, and even declares that it is of human nature to desire such transactions among other fellow citizens. The cooperation of the people – galvanized by the ambition of self-interest – is what
Happiness is a goal everyone is trying to reach. We learn we have to get success to be happy at a young age. When we we’re even our parents might be working two jobs trying to support the family money coming in but how do they really feel about having a lot of money and having no time extra to spend time with their children or just have free time. That’s why some people say homeless people could be happy also, but nobody understands completely. They do not have to worry about paying bills or taxes like the rest of us they still have troubles but with too much money it could be overwhelming. The argument that money cannot or does buy happiness will be always be a tough question to answer because everyone has the right to their opinion and different