Makenzie’s Final English Paper/May 2009
Write a four to five paragraph essay on the following quotations/questions. It is not AP style-it is regular essay style. It is argumentative and so you may use first person.
Mahatma Ghandi said: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
And in his address receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, William Faulkner said, “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.”
Today, many voices of doom predict that man is killing the earth and therefore killing himself; that he is devolving instead of evolving and that he id doomed to extinction because of his careless and eveil ways, raping the earth, serving his own greedy interests and denying God. Write an essay that takes what Ghandi and Faulkner have stated and support or refute their idea of man’s survival.
“For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This passage from the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11 is a direct quote from God who says He has a plan and future for all humanity. Faulkner and Ghandi’s quotes only give us creative metaphors. Their quotes are merely support for the future plans for humanity.
Mahatma Ghandi stated that a few bad people in the world will not dirty the rest of humanity. I disagree with this statementonly as far as mortal influence is concerned. I believe no matter how many rotten people there are in the world, polluting the minds of others, Christ can clear that pollution. He has the power to use his Christians to conquer the “few dirty drops” in order to make a clear cream or in order to fulfill his ultimate plan. So, Ghandi was incorrect if some divine nature isn’t involved, because it’s easier for humanity to live for the ways of the world rather than be a solid individual. However, if divine nature is involved, then Ghandi was correct.
Faulkner claims that man will prevail because he has a soul that is capable of compassion, sacrifice and endurance. He addresses the fact that man is immortal, not because man has a voice that is heard above all others but because he has the emotions that are similar to God’s because we were made in HIS image. I believe Faulkner’s definition of immortal can only be understood if you have an intimate relationship with Christ. Because I know I was made in God’s image, I can agree with Faulkner’s claims. We can only be a successful nation if our focus is altered from careless habits, unrelenting feelings and greedy interests to focus on the Creator who gave us better opportunities. Faulkner’s statement is accurate from a religious standpoint and his claims are very profound.
William Faulkner and Mahatma Ghandi were two very influential individuals in the past and still are today in the present. Their claims should be taken into consideration when humanity is involved. I agree with both their claims only because I have hope and purpose that is driving my motivation. God has the ultimate blueprints for the future of humanity and I believe He used people like Ghandi and Faulkner to better portray that plan for HIS humanity.
Makenzie Stocker, 18 Junior Year, Lutheran South Academy, Houston, TX -2009