Imagine more than half of the population being denied its basic human rights. Fifty years ago, many basic human rights were a luxury, were a work in progress, or were even nonexistent. In fifty years, racism, sexism, homophobia, and many other types of prejudice have been challenged in the effort to create a civil and unbiased national community. However, despite the prodigious movements that have been at work for quite some time, each of these issues and many more still stand and exist today. I agree with Joseph Campbell’s “The Power of Myth.” Campbell’s stance applies to the issues of present day political ethics concerning human rights, more specifically, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Firstly, Campbell’s stance applies to the issues of modern political ethics, more specifically, racism. Uncountable amounts of action have taken place, and by textual legality, the United States government has developed in many ways. However, racism in the United States is still all too real. Being addressed the earliest in America out of racism, sexism, and homophobia, racism in the country has changed throughout centuries. As Joseph Campbell says “the moral order has to catch up with the moral necessities of actual life in time, here and now. And that is what we are not doing.” Far too many citizens, businesses, and even entire communities are racially prejudiced. It is perniciously unfortunate that the issue has been prolonged by the lack of unified support to the point that the
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In the article, “Hooked on a Myth” by Victoria Braithwaite, Braithwaite wrote about how fishes have the ability to feel pain. Until reading this article, I was not made aware of the idea that fishes can be smart nor that they can respond emotionally to a stimulus. In the article, Braithwaite thoroughly explained the reasons on why we should respect fishes by giving compelling evidence. Braithwaite argued that fishes feel emotions due to a part of their brain that functions similarly to our amygdala and hippocampus. This proves that fishes have the capability of feeling different type of emotions. She also claimed that fishes are smart since they have the cognitive ability to learn different and unique type of skills that can help them survive. And Lastly, Braithwaite argued that fishes can feel pain due to their nociceptors that allow them to detect pain.
The concept of a hero has been around for many generations, and the meaning of a hero is defined in ways people grasp its idea. A hero can be a person who has a superpower and is willing to make a personal sacrifice for the benefit of others or can be an ordinary everyday person who just wants to help people out of his or her own heart. Linda Seger’s article, “Creating the Myth,” tackles the idea of a “Hero 's Myth,” and shows the ten steps of how heroes are transformed from an ordinary person to the Savior. On the other hand, Robert B. Ray piece titled, “The Thematic Paradigm,” emphasizes that in modern films, it is either having an “Outlaw Hero or an Official Hero,” which he uses three stages to demonstrates how they are different each other in the way they perform in the society. Further, the article, “Out of Character: Wonder Woman’s Strength Is Her Compassion - What Happened?” by Stevie St. John, explains how Wonder Woman was viewed as a compassionate woman in the 1940s and 1950s, and in the 2000s she changes into a more violent person. In this essay, I argue that a hero is subjective, and is defined by the villain or event that they had to adapt to suddenly.
America’s history is overrun with oppression and injustice based on race, ethnicity, and other traits that innocent victims have no control over. As a result, the reputation of the United States is forever tainted by it’s dark past, and still practices these surviving habits of hatred. Civil liberty issues faced since the establishment of the country have yet to be resolved because of the ever-present mistreatment, corruption in positions of authority, and the dehumanization of minorities.
“The Last of the Mythologists” by Kristen Froberg is an article based on novelist or more prefered a mythologist, Charles Dickens publishing a book around Christmas called “The Sledgehammer” which was later well-known as the “A Christmas Carol”. In the seventeenth century, hearing about children at young ages working in copper mines and factories to provide for their family’s gave Dickens the idea to visit these workplaces but also gave him inspiration to create this book on behalf of a poor person’s child and his own personal experience as a child. CHristmas Carol was one of Dickens's work that he decided to perform in front of audiences. In 1867 and 1868 Christmas Carol was very successful after Charles had a tour profiting about $140,000
Countless cultures and religions gather around campfires and even hold ceremonies to hear a good hero story. But little do they know that these traditional stories that they are oh so eager to listen to, are all alike someway, somehow. All heroes in all cultures, dating from the earliest hero-story written, miraculously follow a sequence of events called a mononmyth/heroes Journey. The ineffable spectacle of the mononmyth is that despite the thousands of miles between ancient civilizations it was subconsciously present in the psychology of all the hero-writers. Joseph Campbell, an established psychologist stated his identification of the monomyth in his book, A Hero with a Thousand Faces. But, Campbell not only explained the monomyth in great detail, but he also elaborated into the psychology of humans. He did this by elucidating the exact steps in every hero’s journey, and providing factual proof. The initial belief is that no matter what the circumstance is, No matter past or present, man or woman, the heroes all have the same initiation. Here Campbell states that, “Whether hero ridiculous or sublime, Greek
Human rights were an achievement that we humans have been working for years. Therefore it came to effect for at least some of us around the world in the form of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which is a declaration of 30 human rights that the United Nation adopted in December 10 of 1948. However, we face challenges along the way that oppose this belief of human rights. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on how you look at it, a novel called Night which is about a man’s experience of the Holocaust (written by Elie Wiesel who actually experienced the event) provide events that violated the human rights of two, three, and five.
Why is it that contemporary society recognises the immorality of past transgressions against human rights, but allows them to recur? In Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes, Aminata Diallo represents a victim of the 19th century’s slave trade. Struggling to survive in a world that is not unlike today in both prejudice and injustice, Aminata voices the importance of recognising the rights of all people despite its consequences. As numerous research sources have evinced, it is still necessary to speak out against these offenses. While modern society has become more aware of the significance of human rights, it must adopt a deeper involvement in overcoming the current challenges that linger from the mistakes of our predecessors.
In The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell states, “…myths offer life models. But the models have to be appropriate to the time in which you are living, and our time has changed so fast that what was proper fifty years ago is not proper today. The virtues of the past are the vices of today. And many of what were thought to be the vices of the past are the necessities of today. The moral order has to catch up with the moral necessities of actual life in time, here and now. And that is what we are not doing.” I support Joseph Campbell’s stance that ideals and paradigms we rely on now have changed over time and will change in time. Myths are used as a tool to teach children the conduct they should be exhibiting. Nonetheless, these myths and conducts
Myths and religion share the same qualities. Myths help connect to the spiritual world. “The myth is for spiritual instruction” (Campbell, 59). Myths help us relate to other spiritual references. Campbell uses the example of reincarnation and how it ties into other concepts of religion also, “….dimensions of your being and a potential for realization and consciousness that are not included with the concept of yourself.” (Campbell,70). In religion, you come out a new
Many of the stories that have been told for centuries, or have recently been created, incorporate the story of a young innocent character who embarks on a journey and becomes a hero, known as The Hero’s Journey; a series of steps that all heroes follow. This journey not only shows the main character becoming a hero but also shows the hero move along a path similar to that of adolescence, the path between childhood and maturity. The Hero’s Journey was created by a man by the name of Joseph Campbell. He wrote a book called The Hero with One Thousand Faces, a novel containing a variety of stories that follow the steps of the Hero’s Journey. One famous creation that follows The Hero’s Journey is the science fiction
Having human rights in place imposes certain obligations on the government and justifies the complaints of those whose rights and freedoms have not been respected. Everyone is entitled to human rights regardless of their nationality, gender, race, religion, or political opinion. The failure to recognize these rights results in conflict and a vicious cycle of violence as more human rights are violated. To avoid such clashes, human rights have become a fundamental part of global law and policy. However, they have not always been that way. Catastrophic events in history that claimed thousands of lives ran their vicious course before it was recognized that there had to be human rights established. The most famous example of genocide is the Holocaust, which killed around six million Jews. After the Holocaust, the United Nations recognized that there had to be human rights put into place. Two human rights from the United Nations’ “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” that were perversely violated during the Holocaust are Article 5 (the protection against inhumane treatment or punishment) and Article 25 (the right to a standard of living.) Light is shed upon the exploitation of human rights during the Holocaust in both Night by Elie Wiesel and The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal. The Holocaust was a devastating event that opened our eyes to just how cruel humans can be, and why human rights must be enforced and protected.
The Human Rights Commission receives the complaint from the victim or any person on his behalf and inquires into the violation of human rights and also into the negligence of the authorities in preventing such violation. Human Rights plays a role in everyone’s life, but not everyone realizes it. It’s involved in every comment you make that includes someone different. Every near discriminatory “joke” you say. It affects people, even if it doesn’t affect you. Human rights means being able to hold hands with the person you love, work where you’re qualified to work without your skin colour or sexual orientation being the reason you can’t; it means having the right to be human, making choices and mistakes. Everyday I hear comments being made about this being “gay” and other comments about that being “retarded.” There are an estimated 1,019,729 words in the English language. What I don’t understand is why these words are chosen to describe something meagre or something that lacks quality. Society has gotten to the point where people think it doesn’t matter what they say, that they think their comments and hate don’t affect other people. Humans are often hurtful towards each other, but I believe we all were born with the innate of compassion and love. These days, I see parents showing their kids what to think instead of how to think. I see people not being able to marry someone they love because they are the same gender, even though it is
One of the main reasons why human rights have been put in place is to protect the public life and public space of every individual being. One fundamental characteristic of human rights is that they are equal rights; they are aimed at providing protection to every person in an equal way. These rights have been entrenched through laws that are passed by states and international conventions. Human rights laws have evolved over time, and have been shaped by several factors, including philosophical theories in the past. This paper looks at the theories of two philosophers, Emmanuel Kant and John Stuart Mills, and how their teachings can be used to explain the sources of human rights. Kant’s moral philosophy is very direct in its
The doctrine of human rights were created to protect every single human regardless of race, gender, sex, nationality, sexual orientation and other differences. It is based on human dignity and the belief that no one has the right to take this away from another human being. The doctrine states that every ‘man’ has inalienable rights of equality, but is this true? Are human rights universal? Whether human rights are universal has been debated for decades. There have been individuals and even countries that oppose the idea that human rights are for everybody. This argument shall be investigated in this essay, by: exploring definitions and history on human rights, debating on whether it is universal while providing examples and background