Make the most of yourself because that is all there is for you. This is a famous quote by Ralph Emerson and it is also very relevant in Anthem by Ayn Rand. In the society that equality lives in there was no tolerance for thinking of yourself everything is for your brothers. Equality then learns to start thinking of himself more through creating the light because he is motivated to create by self improvement. It can be concluded that equality 's main motivation in Anthem is self-improvement because when you read Anthem he is always striving for something better an example is when he says my happiness needs no higher aim to vindicate it.
Sadly, because this nation and this world are corrupt and unethical, the equality we are striving for may never be a reality. Nevertheless, total equality is not necessarily in society’s best interest. When stripped of any and all the things which make us diverse, individuals lose their identity. What we, as the human race, have seemed to have forgotten is our differences are not a disgrace, a curse, or an abomination; instead, our differences are what define us as individuals. They give us our strength and individuality; our differences allow us to accomplish more as a collective than a world full of Da Vincis or Einsteins ever could.
The definition of materialism is “a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.” or in philosophy, “the theory or belief that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications.” Materialism focuses on material ‘things’ rather than the spiritual nature of life. The world that we live in today is composed of and surrounded by matter and materialistic things, that it is simply too hard to focus on the spiritual nature of life. Research shows that people that those who believe that materials is the main source of happiness, routinely need to buy more than they need and also tend to be less satisfied with everything else in their lives, such as their jobs, income, relationships and themselves. An example of materialism is the California Gold Rush. In January 1848, at Sutter’s Mill near a river in Sacramento, James W. Marshall found a piece of metal in the ground.
For instance, Lack talks about how Blacks and Latinos were torn between supporting either the Mexicans of the Texans. Strangely enough, their choices were not as such inspired by patriotism to their nation but survival. This practice has extended even to modern society where many prejudices exists about black people due to their simple desire to survive. Perhaps the greatest contrast between the two books is that in The American Promise, the authors analyse how environmental issues such as conservation of sources of energy (coal, fossil fuel) and deforestation. In The Revolutionary Experience, however, the focus on environmental issues is not only shallow but also Lack does not proceed to show how it affected the politics of the time.
In What Are People For? By Wendell Berry, Berry argues that technology is damaging to society. He claims that for those with “good” motivations (family, community, country and God) have no need for technology, while those with “bad” motivations (wealth, ease and control) rely on it. I disagree, I believe that technology can support those with good motivation, and even further their cause. Technology helps good people do good things, through advances in medical technology and social media.
In “Harrison Bergeron” people aren’t truly equal. In this short story, they took equality to the next level. Most people think that equality is everyone being treated with the same amount of respect. Appearance has nothing to do with equality in today’s society. Although looking the same and having the same level of intelligence may decrease jealousy, people shouldn’t force others to change because of this.
Now that we know the textbook definitions of these words, let 's bring them into perspective in the setting of Anthem and “The Soul of an Individualist.” Prometheus is an egoist, but not in an unpleasant way. He has lived in a collectivist government for his whole life, this government taught that you could only be happy if you were working for your brothers. They also believed that the group mattered more than each individual in it. During the story, Prometheus begins to realize that individualism is not a bad thing. Individualism is the principle of being independent and self-reliant.
Gene Wilder. Gene Wilder made me see how precious life really is and how short our lives are on this small planet. Gene Wilder once said,“Time is a precious thing, never waste it.” Now, I know this is a pretty dim quote, but Gene wilder just wanted us to know how our days on this planet are limited, and that we should live our lives to the fullest. Gene Wilder has also said,”A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.” Obviously, he wanted to tell us that even when we grow up and become adults that we should not completely give up on having fun or being wild. Lastly, Gene Wilder said,”It 's only with the heart that one can see clearly.
This method originally worked, but as people began to accumulate wealth and success, the inadequacies of this system began to show. Chaucer uses his characters to criticize the lack of social mobility and abuses in the estate system. Even though some characters may be ideal, they still are not recognized as members of the upper class. The
However, Odysseus’s actions were careless and he shed blood for fun. Therefore while some may think Odysseus is a modern hero, it is pertinent to recognize Odysseus’s flaws that don’t make him a modern hero. Although Odysseus was seen as a hero in ancient times, heroes are not cross cultural. His heroics do not transcend time and aren’t applicable to today's society. With his flaws, Odysseus should not be thought of as a modern hero when compared to Michelle Obama because of the different impacts they made and make on their