When discussing the Jesuit values in his article “From the Mountain to the Hilltop”, Fr. Larry Gillick, S.J., states that “there is much darkness in the world, but it is better to light one candle than to curse the dark”. Gillick is discussing the Jesuit value of Forming and Educating Agents for Change. It’s better to be a light for just one person, make the world a better place for just one person, then continuing in the darkness and the chaos. According to this Jesuit value, the world, a school, a town, a life, should be “better” for someone having been there and been educated enough to want to change the culture.
Despite his original intent to motivate a crowd of striking sanitation workers, Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” served as his final words of support and encouragement to a nation still struggling with social problems and to future advocates of social justice and change. The rhetoric behind “Mountaintop” reveals King as a humble yet forthright and intelligent speaker whose convincing arguments and powerful voice directed his listeners to action. Under the “five canons of rhetoric”-invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery- “Mountaintop” is truly a captivating speech and an essential piece to understanding King’s legacy.
He remembered his shock at his parents’ passing. The words seemed unreal- yet here he was, with no money, no family, and no means to support himself or the farm where he’d grown up. Prematurely forced into manhood, he decided to sell his farm and looked for small work around the village as a servant, so that he would have a roof over his head and some food to sustain himself. However, most in the village were too poor to afford such luxuries, and those who had the money did not think much of paying a mere boy for work. He realized the money he had made from selling the farm was dwindling, and he moved out to the city in a desperate attempt to find more opportunities for
In an analysis of the story “Hills like white elephants” by Ernest Hemmingway, one is forced to take a deep look at the hidden meanings embedded in the story. Considering the point of view, the significance of the location and its relevance to the story, the structure of the text, the symbolic meaning of the two landscapes and the title of the story, the entrails of the story are exposed.
I believe in people (Berstein 19). I believe there is good in every human being because of the choice we have between right and wrong (19). In “The Mountain Disappears”, Leonard Bernstein tells us that it is what we choose to do with that free will is what defines us. Something that we need to believe in is love. Love is a commitment and teaches us how to be passionate about something that makes us a better person. I believe that every single one of us has the ability to change and that when we change, we have great potential (19-20). Everyone has the potential to make a difference in the world. I believe in the attainability of good (21). We all have it, so why don’t we use it?
Walter and his family faced many hardships in life. They were dirt poor and couldn’t afford food, nevermind shoes. Because of this, Walter caught hookworms, a disease caused by walking through hog wallows and barnyards barefooted. In spite of starving and the fact that “he had hookworms(Lee76)” Walter went to school everyday and faced the pain and embarrassment that came along with it. Just like Walter, Robert was able to face difficulty fearlessly. Robert’s father died, hence there was no one around to support his family. Predictably, Robert stepped up and got “a regular job at the feedstore (Peck80)” rather than going to school like the rest of his peers. Robert was able to sacrifice his childhood and put aside his grief to provide for his family. The two young people’s ability to ignore their losses to strive for prosperity proves they have notable
Jeannette and her siblings adapt to self- sufficiency from a young age, from being emotionally and physically neglected by their parents. The children don’t expect anything so they learn to work with what they have and what opportunities come their way. Jeannette saw the suffering of the family and took this leadership for the family guiding her sibling in the correct path.
Reyna Grandes’s Across a Hundred Mountains was written in 2006, it is a stunning and heartfelt novel about migration, loss and discovery. It was published by Washington Square Press and its two hundred and sixty-six pages will captivate the reader from the beginning. The novel depicts the desperation of undocumented immigrants who make the dangerous journey across unfamiliar land to reach the border for “El Otro Lado” (the United States). The author, Reyna Grande gives the reader a glimpse of the everyday struggles these families are faced with and the heart-wrenching decisions made in the pursuit for a better life. There are different themes in this novel, they range from fractured family ties to heartbreaking poverty affecting the family and how religion is used to seek relief from these events. Therefore, an evaluation of the novel will be made on the social issues affecting these individuals, the challenges they face, and apply the ecological perspective along with its strengths. Lastly, an explanation will be given in which a social worker can help to address the issues that affect these individuals.
From birth, it’s the experiences that shape who we become. James Farmer was a boy that was the first generation born out of slavery. He was born in Marshall, TX to a father who was a minister and a mother who would stay at home. My intellectual development was simpler than that of James Farmer, due to the time period in which he grew up in that affected his education, the way he was parented and because of the color of his skin.
When his father died, Owen Brown’s family suffered. Without any help, the family’s crops failed that year, and they were forced to sell their cattle. The family tried to maintain their farm, but the fierce winter the next year made things even more difficult; most of their remaining
Picture yourself climbing the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest. Many people have successfully scaled this mountain, but others have tried and failed. Mt. Everest has been called a Himalayan Wonder because of its geography and weather extremes (Urmann). By exploring the geography, the people who have tried to climb it, and the supplies you will need, one can see how brave the many people who tried to climb it have been.
Soifette is an eight year old from Haiti, Central America. Everyday is a struggle for Soifette, He wakes up every morning at 5 am on his straw mat washed his face and goes to find water for his family, he treks to the nearest pump and holds gallons of water on his journey back, after that he goes to get wood for the cooking fire so his mother can feed the family. Soifette goes out to the farm and helps with the goats and chickens. He goes out to the family garden and harvest papayas and corn. AFter he is done with the morning and afternoon work he goes inside for a homeschool lesson from his mother, he is learning french, math and science, he is one of the luckier kids most children don't get schooling until they are older. Later he goes to
Paul Farmer came from a family who had little to offer him beside their outpouring love and sense of adventure. He had many places to call home, and would never really get comfortable in one spot because often his family would pick up and move. Farmer was inspired by great leadership, his father, growing up and would in turn become a great leader on his quest to rid the world of poverty and illness. Mountains Beyond Mountains written by Tracy Kidder, depicts Farmer’s mission to provide health care internationally and talks about all the difficulties that Farmer and his team had to overcome.
Once arriving in America, the boys now had to learn how to live in a whole new environment, go to work, and also adjust to losing their community of lost boys. Through this, the boys, especially John Bul Dau, used the virtue of diligence in work that the Chagga praised. They defined diligence in work as two things, but the boys exemplified the first part which is defining it as working hard in order to support yourself, your family, and your community (Mosha, 137). These boys worked multiple jobs, went to school, and sent almost everything that they made back to Africa in order to support their family, friends, and community. They worked hard to make their community in Africa a better place, which also ties in with Aristotle’s virtue of generosity. The boys could have lived a very spoiled life, treating themselves because of their new prosperity but instead they gave what they could in order to benefit those that were left behind. These boys worked hard and gave generously, making sure not to lean towards either the vice of stinginess or the vice of spend-thriftiness, utilizing these virtues to get the advantages that they