Washington would see that individual communities and movements have created change for themselves, while working against others. It’s amazing what could be done if we stopped working against each other. While political parties aren’t going away, which would be to Washington’s dismay, he would suggest that the next president figure out a way to stop the two main parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, from being convinced their beliefs are the “correct” beliefs. If we cannot get rid of political parties, the best we can do is unite them. The only way to change our country is by working with each other, not against each other.
Hitler lost the war at a time when people were globally embracing ideas of compassion, ethics, and human rights. “In response to these injustices, the Human Rights Convention specifically includes a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion” (Weller, 2017). Not only was this the beginning of global human rights but also this held Hitler accountable for his actions. Alexander the Great led a hugely successful conquest at a time when most nations were trying to do the same thing. His actions were not exactly considered “wrong” because the places he conquered were just seen as another step in his greater mission.
Leaders are trusted by their people to uphold high standards of diplomacy and to make citizens’ lives less burdensome. The Soviet Union needed a figure who would help improve and strengthen the country. Joseph Stalin took this role, promising to get the country out of World War I, paying debts, and giving land to the citizens. While he followed through on a few of his promises, he ultimately betrayed his people by lying to them. Through his leadership, Stalin made many decisions to help the Soviet Union, but he made even more choices that harmed individual people due to his abuse of power.
In “The Prince,” Machiavelli discusses the terms and procedures he believes a prince should take to govern his society. Many perceive his views on human nature and leadership as evil and cruel towards his people. He justifies his views on human nature as he draws examples from the tactics and traits of successful leaders from the past. His ideas are comprised from justifying the means of his actions by its ends. Machiavelli selects the aspects of admirable historical figures to produce and describe his ideal prince.
On one side, Nathan can be viewed as the damaging force within the Price family, hence associating him with complicity; although on the other side, when observing Nathan from a perspective similar to his own, it is clear that his goals, despite how he goes about accomplishing them, are simply to better mankind. Because he thinks that spreading the Lord’s name is the way to save the damned, it is precisely what he intends to do. From that point of view, Nathan can be viewed as a good-intentioned man who goes about things in the entirely wrong and maniacal way, supporting my opinion that as Kingsolver proposes, all people are complicit, but can also possess good
Winston Churchill was extremely passionate about the ideas of Democratic Freedom, and those who continually strived for victory. He continually built off these ideas whilst constructing his public image. When spoken about, Churchill would not only be considered an entity of virtue and humanness, but a voice of reason within such a tumultuous world. When leading the British people, Churchill would specifically choose not to release information regarding Hitler's vast amount of afflictions and wrongdoings. Within such cases as WWII, this was vital, for hope was just as important as militaristic success.
As an International Relations Liberal, my answer to the Rodney King question of “Can’t we all just get along?” is a resounding yes, but with an asterisk. Realists assert that human nature is the underlying root of warfare and point to the discouraging statistics on the number of wars and their casualties. Since human nature cannot be changed, humans and their societies will always have the willingness for violence. In opposition to that view, “…Liberals believe in the possibility—perhaps even the inevitability—of human progress” (Shimko 40) Liberalists would argue that to focus solely on the rare occurrences of war ignore the larger context and distort reality to create an unfavorable view of humanity. As time progresses, the human condition
Instead of truthfully being honest, religious and merciful, he told one that you should fake it, so that when the time arrives, you can switch your personality. Castiglione commended the disposition of honesty when not knowing information, so then one can save themself trouble down the road when one accidentally states offensive information. The prospect of open mindedness also agreed with his writing, when a courtier was in an argument, having an open mind to come to a resolution would help so the problem doesn’t get out of hand. And Castiglione complied with mental strength, it was told to courtiers by him to have self restraint over one’s self so it would eliminate anything said to be rude. Washington had concured also with all three traits of an ideal person.
Utilitarianism and Kantian extreme deontology are two very different aspects of ethics. Merriam Webster defines utilitarianism as, “a doctrine that the useful is the good and that the determining consideration of right conduct should be the usefulness of its consequences.” Kant’s extreme view on deontology “believed that certain types of actions were absolutely prohibited, even in cases where the action would bring about more happiness than the alternative” (Kantian Ethics). When evaluating the differences and coming up with examples such as, how the president of the United States would make decisions regarding the situation between how the tensions between the United States and the USSR occurred, after the United States accidentally bombed Moscow. The choice the president has to make is to either bomb New York City, killing roughly seven million, or letting Moscow resort to a full-scale nuclear war against the United States, killing over one hundred million. The evaluation of both utilitarianism and Kant’s extreme view on deontology will be looked through and explained using the concepts on deciding what the president would choose to do when put in either of these situations.
In Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov, a rationalistic nihilist, once proud and haughtly, learnt humility and compassion through suffering and the love of Sonia. Never proud and haughtly like Raskolnikov, Sonia belonged to the ‘meek type’ of character, and was the symbol of crushed and suffering humanity. Raskolnikov imagined himself to be an extraordinary man, not to be governed by conventional rules of society and morality. According to Dostoyevsky, “there is no reason, but only reasoners; behind every rational formula there is a formulator; behind every generalization there is generalizer” (Dostoyevsky, quoted in The Encyclopedia Philosophy,