Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Life Application Questions

Please answer one of the following: Please consider strong word choice, conventions, and fluency. Make sure your response is reflective and thorough and you answer all parts of the question.

1)What does the word EQUAL mean? Do you beleive it means the same thing that it did when Jefferson used it in the Declaration of Independence-"all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights"? Does this idea still hold true today?

2)As Americans, what do we have the right to expect for ourselves from other citizens and our government? Do immigrants to this country have the right to the same expectations? Why or why not?

25 Comments:

Blogger Bri R said...

As Americans we have the right to expect things like personal space, politeness, and a kind of certain trust from other people in our country. From the government we expect them to protect us from outsiders and the dangers of our world, to bring justice on those who hurt us, and to treat us all equally...etc. I think that immigrants should definitely have these rights because all they want is a better life, the American Dream. I mean, at one point we were all immigrants, except for the Native Americans, our ancestors went through hell to try to make a better life for their families, themselves, and the future. The immigrants of modern times should be given the same respect that we give each other. Everyone is created equal.

5:23 PM  
Blogger jake w said...

1) I think equal is described pretty well by Jefferson, although, all men are not endowed by their creator with certain unalianable rights. Peoploe all over the world are still treated differently because of there race, color or beliefs. Now, us americans just want to beleive tthat everything is allright and everyone is treated equal, but the fact of the matter is, that the world and its people are not treated as one, as an equal.

3:14 PM  
Blogger TiffanyV said...

As Americans we have to look out for one another and protect each other. The government is the same way; they should protect each other and help us follow the laws that protect us Americans. Yes the immigrants have to have the same expectation because if they are American they should do the same as an American.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Kiersten P said...

When Jefferson stated, “all men are created equal,” he was elaborating on the fact that America is united as one and as one more can be accomplished. However, between the continuous controversy over women’s rights and ethnic race it is hard to determine what freedom really is. I think freedom is the idea of doing whatever it takes to be happy and successful in life. When we compare the difference of freedom between men and women and their race, its obvious men have more.
Also, I think that no matter where someone is from, what their personal background history is or their outlook on life they should be allowed to expect safety and security from their fellow citizens as well as the government. No matter where we go, there is a huge variety of people; nobody is the same. I think its impossible to assume that only a certain gender or race should be provided safety and security from its community because that would refer to only one family, maybe even one person. The expectations should always remain broad.

10:15 PM  
Blogger KYLES said...

In 1776 jefferson said all men were equal- but back then all men meant only land-owning, religious, WHITE MEN. Everyone else was disregarded as "unintelligent, unfit, and unworthy" exspecially members of the opposite sex. Today, supossedly eveyone is included, but that's not the truth, at all. Most people are descent, hard working, caring people. But there are a few people out there who are prejiduced or try to cheet the system bo faking hate crimes against them. There are those who refuse equal oppertunities to women, men, homosexuals, people of color, and white people too. It seems that we have had our status amonst our world for so many hundredes of years that we've almost lost our ability to know that we're not any different than anybody else.

We as Americans have the right to expect that our citizens will abide by the laws and guidelines of our socitety and know that no one would intentionally choose the wrong people to lead and represent us. And right now i think we are doing perfectly in that respect, 110% even. We must also expect that our leaders are compentent enough and intelligent enough to represet us to the entire world. Exactly how everthing is now, perfect state of affairs and smart, liberal presiddent. I also believe that immigrants should expect that the government should help them if they need it, only if their not illegals. They need to have all the rights and expectations that American born citizens have too.

11:20 PM  
Blogger mitch w said...

I believe equal means that you are treated how you deserve to be treated. This idea of equality does change with time. When Thomas Jefferson said "all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights" he meant that all men in this country were created equal and that they all had the same rights. Today, on the other hand, this phrase would mean all citizens of this country have equal rights. This freedom is fantasized by many people. This is why we have so many illegal immigrants in our country. This right to equality is the most important right in our society today.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Ashleigh H. said...

Equal is a very strong word, expecially in the English Language. Jefferson used it in the Decloration of Independence and people use it everyday to explain something. Equal to me means that something or someone is the same as something else. Jefferson used it to tell the people that everybody, man and woman are created equal. Today that statement is not true. Everything and everyone are different and they all don't have the same rights. Poor people are still poor and rich people are richer. The government does not make rich people give half of their hard earned money to the poor and Im sure they wouldn't want to.

Even if the word equal does stand for something, it doen't stand for America. We are a country of opportunity but people do not hold the weak's hand. Everybody is on their own, making it trough day to day with money or with out. Being equal or not being equal.

10:26 AM  
Blogger casey o said...

As Americans we have the right to expect freedoms, to politeness, and the right to respect. We expect the government to protect us, keep the economy running smoothly, and make sure that all laws are followed. Immigrants should have the same rights as every other American living in the United States. Just because they were born somewhere else, does not mean that we should exclude them from freedom. It wasn’t there choice to be born in another country. Everyone should be treated the same and with the same rights.

12:13 PM  
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12:14 PM  
Blogger nickz said...

1) I think that all men are created equal like Jefferson wrote. We all have the same abilities and opportunities. If a guy was born rich and got smart and became a doctor that would be equal success as a poor man who had to work hard and paid for his own collage but in the end became a doctor. Usually the opportunity is the same but the effort is not. But there are some people that got striped of their opportunities weather they liked it or not. Perhaps they were involved in a crime and didn’t know it. He might not have equal opportunity as everyone else.

1:11 PM  
Blogger addie s said...

The word "equal" can be both empowering and destructive, it just depends on how it is used. In the English language many of the words we use every day can be miss interpreted, the word "equal" is no different. When Jefferson said "all men are created equal..." he wanted the nation to know that no one was to be mistreated, that no one was to be looked at as an outcast because we are all the same, we each deserve the same rights and the same treatment as the other. It doesn't matter what ethnicity someone is, we are all human, someones religion may be different, but that doesn't mean that they should be treated unfairly. I think that this statement was more powerful back when Jefferson first said it, the nation was going through troubles with equality and someone needed to point out that no one is perfect.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Trent W said...

Equality is a valued thing in life, those who want it or tend it tend to be the more humble and thankful, than those born into it after generations before have fought for it; they take it for granted. Equality, i believe is a right to everyone, but they must fight for it, for some it's impossible to fight for it. It more of an ability that people have and choose to follow. They can truly be kind to other people reguardless of race, gender or language. They are all different, but of the same species that of the human, Homo sapiens. You must see things through the less fortunate's perpsective. Our own country has different people, the wealthy and lower classes, and middle class.
You'd think socialism and communism are the way to go being that goverment has control of even the distribution of wealth amongst citizens. This is not so, as we have the right to choose and ability to treat others equal sometimes we choose to act good other times not. Like we have private enterprise gain ourselves money and maybe more successful than others; it's kinda contridictory, but wouldn't you rather have the right to choose with EQUAL chooses or have a totalitarian society choose for you, now that not much equailty in that. Even the government has more rights it seems being it has control over nearly everything.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Courtney W. said...

Equal means having the same rights, privileges and opportunities as everyone else does. I think that when Thomas Jefferson was talking about equal in the Declaration of Independence, he meant that everyone would have the same rights and opportunities. When he said that “all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights”, he was saying that people should all have the same say in everything, and everyone should be treated the same. He would flip if he saw how “equal” people are treated today. Sure, we as Americans say that we treat everyone equally, but really, the ones who aren’t treated equally are the immigrants and everyone else who comes out to the United States for a better life. They are treated like criminals, even if they come legally. They have a harder time trying to find a job than we would. Living in America, we are treated like we are all happy as a clam equal, but the reality of the matter is that we are about as equal as the immigrants.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Brett-R said...

Equal is a comparison of two things saying that they both have most things in common. Obviously when T.J. said that every man was created equal, he didn't mean exactly alike. Some are black while others are black, some are sick, and some are totally healthy. The exact same thing still holds true today.

5:42 PM  
Blogger Rachel S. said...

Equal is having the same rights, privileges, ability, rank etc.... We should all be given the same opportunities and rights. Not hiring someone becuase they are a female or a different race or even a different religion is not being fair and equal. We treat people equal much better than we used to ten years ago. We now give rights to everyone and have no slaves.
I disagree with Ashley becuase, even if someone is poor or rich they still can vote, own a home, etc... They might have not made the choice to be poor, but the poor are not any different than the rich. They have oppinions, jobs, privileges, they just didn't make as much money as others. Everyone is created equal, this is what I believe.

5:58 PM  
Blogger Aaron M. said...

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6:14 PM  
Blogger Aaron M. said...

Americans as individuals have the right to expect respect, self individual rights, trust and a sort of citizen proctection. Like if a person see's an accident on University they would have to report it and possibly assist. From our government we can expect the protection of our individual rights, as well our political rights. When Jefferson said, "all men are created equal, and endowed by their creator to their own individal rights.." He meant that all Americans should have the right to be equal as one. But, Americans in general aren't equal. There are wealthy and poor neighboorhoods, for example. However its more of a indidviduals choice where they live or how they live. Because if they have enough or drive for what they want. Then they could achieve that. So we do kind of as Americans practice equality.

6:16 PM  
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6:20 PM  
Blogger Davidisman said...

I think that equal means that everything should be fair. I do believe that it means the same thing
that it did when Jefferson used it and I don't. When I hear the line "all men are created equal and
endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights" I think of racism. But when I hear the
word "equal" I think that no one should be left out or excluded. I believe that this idea is true in
some ways but not the other. There are people that judge people because of their race or the way
they look.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Amy w. said...

To be created equal in my mind is for everyone to be able to have the same right that everyone one else has no matter who they are. I also think that have the same oppurtunities as someone else goes along with that. Now a days it seems like everyone is created equal, we have certainly gotten better through the years with things like the civil rights movment. But still not everything is as equal as it should be it seems that the white males domiate in there rights i know there are points that could be argued by that but for example a woman can have to same job as a man and can even be better at it but the man is still paid more.. why? I dont know. Or when it comes to gay marriages, shouldnt they be created equal and have the right to marry someone they love? And although i know America does a great job of creating people equally i still dont think it holds up to what he was attending it to mean he wanted us to get along and each be able to have the same basic rights.

8:35 PM  
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9:08 PM  
Blogger Quinlan M. said...

The word "equal" means that all people are born with the same rights. it also means that people have the right to make of their life as they choose although some people have more advantages than others. Whether or not the government or culture permits the rights that are written in the American declaration that one is born into is another matter. For America the word equal means that everybody has basic rights, which cannot be taken away like the freedom of religion. Today the government passes laws that state people cannot discriminate against others for jobs because of races, religions, and sex, but there is still prejudice. Although the constitution is not on everybody’s minds all the time, we are still aware that it defines what it means to be an American, and in turn provides for the American dream. It is the American dream and the rights given to us, which provide American’s with the opportunity to be the most powerful nation.

10:10 PM  
Blogger Brandon K. said...

"Equal" has been warped as an adverb or whatever it is. It used to be a simple word meaning "the same, not greater or lesser than another." but now the very second thing that comes to my mind (the first is mrs wrights math class) is the segregation of blacks and whites, or men and women, or north koreans and south koreans. It doesnt mean the same as thomas jefferson meant, and we owe that to a superhero i like to call Martin Luther King. What was equal back then was like "seperate but equal" or as long as the blacks and whites eat, then they're equal.
(i'm picking on the black/white thing because that was the main problem at Thomas Jefferson's time.)

9:21 PM  
Blogger Chelsea S said...

The word equal to me means a lot of things. It means even though our society may think its equal and may have appear equal from an outside party but in reality we are not equal. People are still treated like crap. I think when Jefferson wrote "all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unailienable rights" he was only predicting that maybe 30-50 years in advanced that this would still be in affect. If Jefferson were to come here during this time it wouldn't be at all what he pictured America looking like.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Justin J. said...

The word equal to me means everyone having their own rights and their own say. No one is looked at or treated any different then anybody else. But, even tho we talk about everyone being equal, it is not followed through throughout the world. People treat other people pretty crapy still behind the scenes. If their Jewish, black...ect. Whatever i think about equalness...plenty of others are against.

7:58 PM  

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