Peer pressure is a common aspect of society that can ultimately result in devastating consequences. Often times, one is encouraged to follow the beliefs of others by changing their values and behaviors. Whether one truly has the motive to perform such actions, those who surround always have the potential to influence our decisions. In the short story, “Shooting an Elephant”, written by George Orwell, the concept of one being pressured to perform something against their will in order to preserve their image is very prominent. This essay well illustrates how people will do whatever it takes to conform to the common beliefs of society even if it doesn’t follow what they
A famous philosopher Socrates once said, 'the unexamined life is not worth living.' With that idea, the question 'Are Human Beings Intrinsically Evil?' has been asked by philosophers for many years. It is known as one of the unanswerable questions. Determinists have come to the conclusion that we are governed by the laws of science, that there is nothing we can do about ourselves being evil because we naturally are. Evil is simply the act of causing pain. In this essay I will argue that human beings are born with a natural reaction to 'fear and chaos' to be instinctively evil.
If someone asked you to jump off a bridge with two of your friends, would you do it? Peer pressure is defined by social pressure from members of one's peer group to take a certain action, adopt certain values, or otherwise conform in order to be accepted. There are many types of peer pressure; a common one is group pressure.
George Orwell first explains the effects of peer pressure in Shooting An Elephant. Peer pressure has always been and always will be in extreme issue in today’s society. In schools, workplaces, and public areas many people are pressured into doing things that they would not choose to do on their own. Henry Jones, a child therapist explains, “Kids often give in to peer pressure because they want to fit in.” Kids long to be able to fit in and be a part of what the cool kids are doing. Teenagers and children are not the only people who are struggling with always striving to impress those around them. Adults also struggle with this because of the constant need to have the nicest house, the best car, or the most expensive clothes. Materialistic things are an large part of peer pressure, but another aspect is actions. In Shooting An Elephant George Orwell explains, “The crowd would laugh at me. And my whole life, every white man’s life in the East, was one long struggle not to be laughed at,”(lines 156-158). Orwell means that the only reason he shot the elephant was because of the the consequences of what would come to follow.
There is a lot of evil in the world, and much of it happens unexplainably. In the history of life on Earth bad things have happened and evil has caused problems. In relation to some world
Peer pressure can be used in many ways. Animal Farm is an allegory by George Orwell. It is about farm animals that weren’t satisfied of how their farm is run so they rebel. They make 7 commandments being “All animals are equal” the most important one. The book shows how total equality is hard to achieve and power corrupts. The novel uses peer pressure to control and manipulate what is happening on the farm. It is evident on how the action of the animals changes. It is evident on how Boxer’s way of thinking changes. It is also evident in the actions of the sheep and what it does to the other animals. Peer pressure plays a big role in this novel.
For centuries many philosophers, as well as most individuals, have pondered on the question what is good and what is evil. More-so philosophers of all ages have also stumbled upon a more in depth question which is if the intuitive knowledge of man's nature is good, or if it is evil. Many have claimed to have an answer to these puzzling questions yet most of their answers were found to be incomplete and inadequate at a later date. Religion also tried to provide a solution but to my understanding only caused more of an entanglement if anything.
Through the Hsun Tzu’s opinion, he put forward the “man’s nature is evil”. In the article, he said: “Man’s nature is evil; goodness is the result of conscious activity”. It means human’s nature is bad, incomplete and weak, and we burn with the “fondness for profit”, but the issue decided the people become bad or good, it is if we follow our nature or we change it and learn to be better.
People are always getting into situations that have two possible ways to go. That person can choose the right thing to do or the worse. There have been numerous amounts of people asking the question “what is good and evil?” Many have tried conducting experiments to try and find the roots of what makes people good/evil? Evil acts and evil itself can be shown through the social, economic, and mental environment.
The pressure has not only good effect but also bad effect which can make people tend to obey the orders. If the orders are very bad such as kill others, will people obey the orders? That pressure becomes problem because people are under pressure tend to obey the orders. According to article Shooting an Elephant, George Orwell had shown evidence that under pressure, people will decide to obey majority even if they disobey. George Orwell had written that, “The people expected it of me and I had got to do it; I could feel their two thousand wills pressing me forward, irresistibly.” Because of social pressure, the police in the story had to shoot the elephant while he didn’t want to kill it. Another example is about article The Lottery of Shirley Jackson. Because of traditional pressure, villager had thrown stones at unlucky woman until she died. Therefore, pressure is one of reasons cause people prone to
According to theism, God is: “that being which no greater is possible, and he is omnipotent, omniscient and omnibenevolent. By having a God who only desires good, and us living in a world where evil exists, it is logically impossible and that is what created the problem of evil.
All ideologies, including some economic ideologies, produce theories of human nature in order to establish fundamental human rights and to establish a more productive form of government. Human nature refers to the distinguishing characteristics of humans, including ways of thinking, feeling and acting; it is the moral principles that construct certain standards of behavior, which every person is entitled to simply because they are a human being. Many philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, and Locke attempted to address the aspect of human nature directly; however each produced a slightly different definition. Inherently, human nature is neither good nor evil, but categorized into a neutral state until outside influences such as biological genetics, environmental influence, or culture persuades them to become evil or good.
One is not born evil, but as one grows up one becomes evil. Imagine a newborn baby child does one think that they are evil. A few factors that can contribute to that include the people around us and the environment. A few evil things we do as kids include biting and hitting. The human race has both evil and good traits which mean humans may or may not be doomed. Some evil traits are killing and fighting, but there are also good traits which include helping people in need and being kind to everyone. In the article the dying girl that no one helped it says, “Police were able to find 38 of Kitty’s neighbors who admitted they witnessed the awful event.” That is 38 people who just stood around and watched this girl get murdered. The human race is not doomed because humans still have a remnant of good. For example, in Lord of the Flies Ralph and Piggy stayed civilized while Jack became savage, but even Jack had a little good in him.
What is considered evil depends upon each individual’s view of morality, which constantly changes through the course of that person’s life. Roy Perrett’s “Evil and Human Nature” explains this by elaborating on the customary interpretation of moral evil. This evil, caused by an intentional bad action or harm, opposes another type of evil, natural evil, which occurs without
The problem of evil is as ancient as humanity itself. Since the dawn of man, thinkers, philosophers, religionists and practically every human being who have suffered at the hands of evil have pondered this enigma, either as a logical-intellectual-philosophical or emotional-religious-existential problem. The preponderance of evil as a reality in human existence, and