Education

After reading both Anthem by Ayn Rand and Animal Farm by George Orwell one message sticks out. That message is a warning against fanaticism. They work as cautionary tales of what happens when people blindly follow the rhetoric spewed by skilled orators instead of thinking for yourself. These books use the talking points of collectivist ideologies juxtaposed with the harsh realities that kind of mindset leads to in order to show how the extremes of collectivism are a complete failure. Collectivism, primary the extremes of collectivism witnessed in these books are morally bankrupt. The similarities of both the book Animal Farm and historically in real life are almost ubiquitous. To begin with, we can look at the emergence of the new ruling a party. A group of people formed by the...
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Race has been a controversial topic for years. The journey of eliminating discrimination and prejudice in society is an on-going journey to equality. We have gotten closer compared to the past decades but are still nowhere near close enough. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper lee, it shows the issues of race in their town of Maycomb set in the 1930’s. The town is divided and there are few openminded people. One of the few open-minded includes Atticus Finch who is the local lawyer who takes on all the controversial cases. He has two children, a daughter and a son. The daughters name is Scout and the son’s is Jem. Atticus throughout the book teaches his children life lessons through experience. He teaches them about the prejudice against the African American residents of the town...
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Censorship is defined as the suppression or prohibition of any parts of films, news, etc. Censorship by the American government has been ongoing since the 1700’s when politicians first censored news companies, publications, and reporters for printing information that made them seem like incompetent people and threats to society if elected to presidency. “Censorship in the United States” (Head). I was first exposed to the topic of censorship while reading the novel Fahrenheit 451, books and other forms of media are censored to prevent citizens from creating free thoughts and questioning what the government has done. Censorship is not a new practice, but it is one that needs to be considered now as a threat to societies safety. The governments censorship is a form of suppression...
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“No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” This is a quote from the Martin Luther King Jr. I have a dream speech. He made this speech in 1963, he said those words over fifty years ago and we still aren’t at a point where everyone has justice. People still suffer from racism. It is better but still aren’t where we can be. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird we see Harper Lee show just what racism can do to someone. Racism has affected our country so much. In 1865 there was an estimated 620,000 deaths, American deaths (Civil War Casualties). This was the cause of the civil war, a war that was caused by racism. We were at such a bad point that our country split in two and we fought against each...
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I am a high school student who has just read Anthem by Ayn Rand and Animal Farm by George Orwell. Both have slight communist ideas in them. Communism is defined as each person works and is paid according to society’s needs, a decision not made by the individual. The most notable ones being the World Council from Anthem and, the animals in Animal Farm both representing communist ideas and how they will fail. For instance, in Anthem, Equality 7-2521 discovery is not deemed as worthy even though it is something they need, right now in the book they only have candles. Equality is a scientist although his job as a street sweeper has been going on for a long time because he had no choice. By comparison, in Animal Farm the animals (communists) beat the farmer Mr. Jones and the humans (...
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Currently, more teens die from suicide than heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, cancer, and strokes combined. (Monroe) People are driven to this point because of the lack of guidance they receive. They’re driven even further into this deep dark abyss but have to keep functioning, keep doing their homework, keep living their lives even as they’re falling apart. The novel Ordinary People by Judith Guest is a prime example of this. Conrad, the main character. Suffers from depression and tries to live his life as normal. In the end, it does not succeed, and he tries to eradicate himself. He spends 8 months in a mental hospital recovering. Once he is released, he attempts to return to his normal life; but he isn’t the same person as before. He tries to figure out how to become himself again....
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Persuasive Essay All people should be treated equally, no matter who they are. “I was one of the only African-American students when I started attending an all-boys Jesuit high school in the mid-1970’s… I never doubted my place among my more well-off, mostly white peers.” (www.americanmagazine.org) This is the story of an anonymous victim of racism, just one of the many. This student has had many appalling experiences at school, only for the color of his skin, “One day, I found some of my classmates gathered at the front of the classroom in a fit of laughter. When I approached them, I realized that they were gazing at a piece of paper… an image of a naked African pygmy woman with her breasts exposed, and there was some sort of sticky substance smeared all over the picture. There...
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Did you know that depression is growing at a constant rate? According to WHO, depression has increased by 18.4% within the last decade. Many people see depression as “taboo” or “just a way to get attention” but it is a lot more serious than most people think. The literal definition of depression is “feelings of severe despondency and dejection”. According to Audrey Willis, a writer in NCHPAD, most people who have any kind of depression usually don’t seek much needed help. In the novel “Ordinary People” by Judith Guest, Conrad, the main character, struggles with depression on the daily and the readers are by his side watching how it affects his relationships, personality, and view of himself. Big signs of depression that Conrad feels are: emptiness, guilt, worthlessness, irritation,...
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Before they’ve even heard my full case history and list of symptoms they’ve already decided they can’t help me. Each one I’ve met with clings on to one symptom relationship they identify with, the one they believe will hold the answers and ignores all the other ones. They are doctors, they are qualified, they have devoted theirs lives to diagnosing, treating, and helping those in need. But most seem to forget that the body is made up of many systems that function together, therefore, how could one symptom relationship definitively explain the cause of the problem when the system is so complex. Yes, my experiences have left me jaded and idealizing a utopian medical society in which doctors actually listen to patients and collaborate with their peers until they find answers like...
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Some of you already know how I spend my evenings, but many don’t. For the latter, here is the reality. Each evening, while you and your friends are preparing to go out to dinner or attend the next big party, I am at home changing, getting ready for work. Pulling on my scrubs, grabbing the most unflattering but comfortable shoes I own, double and triple checking my personal equipment, then I am out the door. While you are stumbling home from a night of drinking, I am standing over the fifth college student to come it that night from a drug overdose, monitoring their levels, ready to administer another dose of Narcan. My life is different, it is hard and stressful, but it is beyond rewarding. When I get to tell a family that their child is stable and will make a full recovery, when I get to...
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