Even though both writers made very good points, I think that we do indeed have a moral obligation to help the poor. While reading through Hardin’s essay he failed to convince me otherwise. His essay starts by describing two different metaphors. First, he talks about the spaceship ethic, which is where we should share resources, and then the lifeboat ethic, which is where we should not
While some of these directions make sense, others, particularly those which deal with one’s abilities, serve no purpose but to tear down uniqueness. In his book entitled “Walden,” Henry David Thoreau declares, “What old people say you cannot do you try and find that you can.” Whenever I am told that I can’t do a task, my first instinct is to say “watch me.” I am stubborn and I don’t like to be told that I cannot do something. What hurts me more, however, is to be told that I am not capable of accomplishing one of my goals. One instance that sticks in my mind took place in middle school track. Within the first week of practice, my coach told me that I wasn’t strong enough to be a distance runner.
“We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat.” ― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America. In this quote steinbeck poses the question of the value of virtue and its place in the world often as humans we are attracted to the opposite and it seems to workout fine sometimes. One cannot discuss a book without reading its contents one can’t discuss a paintings value without first seeing it their in to answer steinbeck 's question as to the value of virtue you must understand the essence and components of virtue. What Steinbeck is trying to get at is that good virtues are often overlooked for the
The Importance of Redemption Second Peter three nine states “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” In the book “Billy Bud Sailor” the antagonist faces a very serious question, should he speak ill of the newest addition of the ship or should he stay true to his conscience. Some reason John Claggart should have slandered Billy Bud and reaped the personal gain. Others believe John Claggart should have kept to himself. John Claggart should not have slandered Billy; Claggart should not have slandered for these three reasons; innocence lost; death ensued; chaos ruled. The crew saw an angel in Billy, but Claggart saw a demon.
Machiavelli’s The Prince (2012) is often misunderstood as a sort of “manual” for tyrants, mostly due to his infamous “better to be loved than feared or feared than loved” quote (p. 59). This oft-cited but tenuously understood quotation seems to have secured its place in history as the go-to phrase when discussing cruel and dictatorial leadership. The “feared/loved” quote, however, was not written to condone or promote tyranny. According to Machiavelli (2012), a leader always should “wish to be both,” while recognizing and accepting the fact that it is “difficult to unite [love and fear] in one person” (p. 59). Because of this, and, because of his obvious understanding of human nature, Machiavelli suggests that in the end it is safer to
We must also remember that within the social rights movements themselves there were tendencies that opposed peaceful struggle. However, Luther King distrusted these methods of struggle and was constantly affirmed in the values of peaceful struggle and spiritual strength. For example, Malcom X criticizes the Martin Luther King, accusing him that the speech is not
One aspect of Machiavelli’s theory which significantly contributes to his reputation as the “philosopher of evil,” is his advice to the prince on keeping their word to the public. In chapter eighteen, Machiavelli states, “a wise ruler cannot, and should not, keep his word when doing so is to his disadvantage, and when the reasons that led him to promise to do so no longer apply” (pg. 37). To simplify, Machiavelli says princes are obligated to lie in certain circumstances. He also states that while it is unnecessary for the prince to have positive qualities, such as honesty, trustworthiness, sympathy, compassion, or be religious, it is essential for the prince to be viewed so by the public (pg.
In this one, he is basically saying that that bad memory is dead, and it is time to forget about it and move on. Brumgardt 3 8. I somewhat agree with Emerson's view of self-reliance. However, I believe there are other ways of being self-reliant that does not so much take away from others as he seems to want in the third paragraph. Other than this, I agree that it is not good to let memories limit yourself and you should always strive to be the best that you can be without letting others hold you down.
The labeling of the novel as racist is both a misunderstanding and deviation from the truth. The academic field is the most vocal in the quest to ban the book and save children from perceived moral deterioration. This hurdle is overcome by the fact that the book is only meant for adults. Furthermore, the proposition of inappropriateness of words such as nigger and Injun as used in the book is not enough to discredit the positives of the book and are therefore insignificant. Therefore, I propose on readers to focus on the greater good of the book and bypass the insignificant orientation of the language by aligning with the fact that the language is a construct of the 19th century Missouri
Nubakht 1 Parisa Nubakht S1436406 Dr. 't Hart Literature 3A: American Literature 10 November 2014 Hester Prynne the Symbol of Non-conformism and Self-reliance In his essay Self-Reliance, Emerson emphasizes the importance of individualism and self-reliance rather than surrendering to the standards of society. He believes that trusting ' 'other people 's judgment is cowardly ' ' (Self-Reliance 14) and instead, he emphasizes the value of acting independently. "What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think ' ' (17). Henry David Thoreau agrees as he states "A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority" (Walden 324). The ideas of both Emerson and Thoreau apply to Hester Prynne, the main character of Nathaniel Hawthorn’s Scarlet Letter, since she is a self-reliant and strong character.