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?


Blogger Phillip G. said...

I believe that Americans should respect eachother as other americans. We all joke around with eachother to get a laugh in but we should still respect and treat others how we want to be treated. Our government is not like a communist government. Our capitalist government lets us free and have our own freedom of speech but we can't abuse our freedom. The government puts limits (laws) so we don't cause trouble and keep our community clean and safe. I think that immigrants can expect these things from the citizens and government just as we do. They come here for a bette life and we should think of it kind of like a compliment. They could have chosen to go anywhere and they chose America. Our country, which proves taht we are a good country to live in. We shouldn't want to get the immigrants out of america. If they were bad do you really think they would have gotten in?

4:41 PM  
Blogger Lauren L said...

The word equal to me means that everyone gets a fair chance at what they are tryng to acomplish. Right now we are having a problem with mexican immagrants coming to the United States and i personaly dont think they are treated the same as americans. When Thomas Jefferson said "all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights" in the Declaration of Independece I stil think that some certin people were not included in this. In todays world i think we are very judge mental and some people believe that they are better than someone else when they really arent. I think that everyone should be equal and people shouldnt be stuck up and think they are better than everyone else.

9:15 AM  
Blogger Jared D said...

I beleive that that everyone has the same expectations as the next, but sometimes personal feelings can get in the way of that. I think we should have expectations for ourselves that way we can always be working for a goal. Our expctations of our peers should also be high so that we can have the best possible government as possible.

12:24 PM  
Blogger Adam T said...

In the dictionary, the word equal means: “the same in amount, size, number, value, degree, or rank; as much; neither more nor less.” Yes, I do think that it means the same thing as when Jefferson said it. The only difference was that Americans did not carry out in this plan. They still treated Native Americans, immigrants, and later African Americans different because of their color or race. I think that this definition of equal does hold true today. We, as Americans, have moved on from segregation and mistreatment of another race. This does not mean that occasionally, someone will make a racial comment or derogatory reference towards a different race. But, I think that we have moved on and people are treated equal.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Joyce B. said...

I think that the word equal means something is the same as something else. I do not believe that equal means the same thing now as when Jefferson used the word equal in the Declaration of Independence. When the statement "all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights"? was writen it was only refering to white men. I think the statement is more true today then ever, because all races are given the same rights now not just white men. There are still racest people today and they can make life harder for people of different races, but they can’t take away their rights.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Kelsey W said...

To me the word equal means the same respect, same appeal for and most importantly having the same opportunity for everything and everybody. Although, that is what equal means to me, may not be true for everybody. The word equal has a different meaning than it did when Jefferson wrote it. Now americans think equal as having equal money and equal wealth.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Danielle H. said...

I think equal means the same rights in any situation and privileges. I do believe it means the same as when Jefferson said but we convey it in a much different way. Then, equal was same rights for white men or citizens. Though back then citizens were basically only white men; so it made no difference. Now it is equal for all men, women, races, and religions. Just like Adam said when Jefferson said it we did not, as in Americans did not carry out the plan Jefferson set for us. They treated people who did not look the same in color or believe the same things like they were aliens. Though there is still segregation and racists we hold true to being equal. It is up to each individual to be equal or not. Though as a whole we try hard to give equal opportunities, privileges, and consequences.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Kevin Y said...

The word equal to me means the same. I beleive that it doesn't matter what race or religion you are and that everybody is the same. I think it does mean the same thing when Jefferson used it but they didn't follow by it. This idea does hold true today like in the Middle East and in Africa but nobody can do anything about it. There are still people out there that are races and those people are a problem but since they live in America they have the right to believe what they want and we can't stop them.

1:15 PM  
Blogger Ky K. said...

The word equal means having the same value as another. This means the same thing that it did when used in the Declaration of Independence by all people are created equal. A lot of the time it doesn't hold true, but it means the same thing. Although everyone in the world is equal everyone has or will descriminate someone in some sort of way. If they are racist, sexist, or anything else. 100 years ago people were very racist and sexist. It has changed dramatically since then, but everyday it still happens in some way.

2:35 PM  
Blogger Brianne D. said...

The definition of equal means, the same or alike. But to me equal means having the same rights, being treated the same and even. I don't believe that equal means the same as Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independent. Because even then not everyone was treated equal as they intended. Today even though it is not as extreme as the unequal treatment long ago but people are still treated unequal. I believe that certain people like homeless and people with lower incomes are treated different. But it doesn't always have to do with the general "classes". It happens in our schools people judge outcast and also don't treat people the same. So even something as simple as that example there is unequal treatment every where.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Jason K. said...

Equal means the same. Equal to me means that everyone has equal rights. i know with me being mormon i have a lot of people make fun of me or don't like me because of what they have heard about mormons. That is not fair to anyone. If everyone is equal don't you have the right to believe in what you want. I believe that everyone is equal in what they want to do and say, but putting someone down for what they believe is wrong. Also you everyone should be equal with what they do. Trying to get a job now is not easy. I have noticed that it is even harded for girls now. People think that only men can do the work. How can someone do that when someone else is better at what it is there doing? if someone else is better at it then they should get the job. Everyone should get and equal chance at what they want to do. That is what equal means to me.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Jenna F said...

As Americans we have the right to safety and the right to prosper. The government should make us afe inorder for us to help the government keep us safe. Without safety we can not prosper and without the citizens to prosper the government does not have the money to keep us safe. It is a square, without one side it wouldn't be a closed figure.
Immigrants that are legal share the same rights as citizens. Each citizen should treat each other kindly without having to think about it. It is the only way we can have true peace. Each person should be treated the same whether they were born here or not. We are all basically immigrant anyways. This does not include Native Americans, who lived here before we did. Every person is the same inside and out, we just act and look different. Every person deserves the right to prosper and be safe. It does not matter what they look like or where they come from. They live in America, the land of oppurtunity, or is that only reserved for the rich and people who have lived here for their entire lives? It should belong to anyone who lives here legally. If I am wrong that please point out my mistake because we are free to have rights from the government and from each other, aren't we?

5:57 PM  
Blogger strahan k said...

I think the word equal means means exactly what Jefferson meant. It still kind of holds true today but not as much in some ways and a lot more in other ways. Like for example there are no more slaves. Immagrants have the same rights as every one else in the country as long as they are legal immagrants. Then they don't deserve to have every exact right.
As for what we can expect form our citizens I think that everyone should do thier part and contribute to making america a better place. Not like picking up trash or anything like that but having a job and working hard at that job.

6:19 PM  
Blogger rachelb said...

The word equal means that everyone is viewed in the same way. If all people were created equal, there would be no prejudices or racial differences. There would be no problems social statuses. If people were created equal, there would be equal opportunities. The problem is that these things do exist and opportunities are not equal. I think that everyone has the same rights, but I do not think that people are viewed or treated equally.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Mike W. said...

As an American, well I hope I am one, I think that America is split into a kind of gang. Like the actual real gangs in America you see them serparated in according to races. I DON'T GET THE CONCEPTION OF PEOPLE AND WHY THEY JUDGE OTHERS BECAUSE OF WHAT RACE THEY ARE! The government doesn't help this at all, they don't even let Hispanics cross the border. For gods sake, Hispanics can't even jump a stupid fence without getting shot at. I jump over fences all the time and I don't get shot at! I might sound crazy, but I think we are the ones that should be shot at. We make a mess of life then have to have a Mexican house keeper clean it all up. So, when we point a gun at an immigrant, think about turning that gun around pointing at you.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Allison M. said...

I think as an American, we have the right to expect alot from our citizens and government. We have the right to always be treated fairly and with respect. I believe that because we are such great and educated people, we have the right to expect that everyone around us should work there hardest. I also think that we have the right the expect safety and always knowing that we support eachother. I also believe that immigrants should have these same rights, but I also think it depends on if they are here legally or not. I think they should have these rights however because they are people too, and everyone should get the chance to feel respected and safe. Everyone should have the chance to experience our great country and everthing it has to give.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Hannah J said...

The word equal means the same or alike, to me it means everyone gets the same opportunity and gets treated fairly. In everyday life people are not treated equal at all. In the Declaration of Independence it states that “All men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.” I don’t think that this idea holds true in the lives of Americans today. People still discriminate and judge people all of the time, it seems like it was worse a long time ago but people still aren’t treated equal. People constantly point out other peoples differences and many people discriminate against people who are not like them or who are of a different race or religion.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Sara A. said...

I believe that the word equal means that all things are the same. When Jefferson says that all men are created equal it means that everyone, blacks and whites, aren't different things they are still human even if they have different skin types. I still think that we judge people by their skin types. A lot of people look at a Hispanic and say that they are illegal. Most often we don't hear people saying "That white person over there," but we do hear people say "That Mexican", or, "That black person." Most people aren't racist against Caucasians but we are racist against other races.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Colby K said...

Equal means having the same status. It means fairness, it means having the same rights. The word equal doesn't mean the same thing as it did when Jefferson stated in the Declaration of Independence-"all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights." I believe this because we live in a socitety today where everybody judges others. They judge others on how much money they make all the way down to what kind of shoes they have on. When they judge people they put them into categories. These categories determine how succesful and accomplished people are. It is definitly not "equal" to judge people based on money, looks, race, gender, etc... A good example of people who are not treated equal today are women. Did you notice that Jefferson said "All men are created equal" not all men and women are created equal?

8:04 PM  
Blogger KYLE S said...

I think that from the past to now immagrants are expected to work harder for less. And that is what they do and is why so many come to america. Like from Mexico people come here to support thier familys they will come here for work and work hard and send the money back to the familys. And during the industrial revolution they would hier the asians to work on the rail roads because it was hard work but many immagrants came to america to work hard and achive the american dream.

8:36 PM  
Blogger Chelsea R. said...

I think the word equal means having the same rights, freedoms, and opprotunities as every body else. I think that it still means the same as it did when Jerfferson said that "all men are created equal" but I don't think that we necessarliy follow this. Like we don't treat everybody equal juse because of their color or race. Yes, some people do, but a lot don't. I don't think that immigrants are considered equal in this society. When Jefferson said that "all people are created equal", he really meant ALL people are, so why don't we as americans hold this to be true? We should.

8:59 PM  
Blogger TrevorG2 said...

I think in a perfect world we could expect both honesty and respect. But sadly this world isn't perfect, so I think most people will treat you with respect only if they see eye to eye with your veiws on different issues. because I have all this hunting stuff adn wear it most of the time a lot of people will start conversations about what I hunt and wear. Because fo that they think we have something in common and arn't scared to talk to me.

9:21 PM  
Blogger mattc said...

When you hear the word equal you think that everybody has the same opportunities as anybody else. Back in 1775 when the Declaration of Independece was signed no one was thinking about the blacks and there rights because the Declaration of Independence was towards white people. Todays standards everybody is created equal no matter what your color of skin you have or what country you come from. A lot has changed over those 200 years and not many people realize that and they should.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Tabitha M said...

I believe that the word equal means, that no matter your size, color of your skin, presonality, or the way you look makes you any different from anyone else in the world. Being equal means having no less or greater of a value then anyone else in the world. Just because someone is rich and has everything you could ever imagine, doesn't mean that they have any more of a right to be alive then the hobo asking for quarters on the street. I do believe it means the same thing Jefferson said, but most people in America do not follow the same definition of equal.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Morgan H said...

Americans should respect each other. You dont find that near enough. There is so much disrespect for everyone. We all wanna have a really strong country but there is no absolute way that that can happen becuase we have no respect. When we learn to have respect for each other we will be amazing. When you were a little kid your mom always told you to treat people how you would want to be treated, so treat people with respect and in return you will get it back. People just expect that they will have respect, they dont wanna earn it. Do you think that our world can change itself? Or are we to deep in? Can you make the difference?

8:44 PM  

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