SOCIAL DOGMA: WHY DO WE DO GOOD

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“We are endowed with good; wish I knew how it got there.”


A homeless man asking for spare change, and we give our last to him. A car careens off the side of the road. A mother and child in the car, and someone sacrifice their own lives to save the two.  Natural disasters take place, and neighbors go from house to house to make sure people are alive despite their own homes in ruins. What makes us do it? What makes us put others before ourselves? Is it something that we are born with, or do we learn this trait? Is it of religious sentiment or is there a scientific reason for our goodness? In my attempt to understand, I have come up with a few reasons as to why.

For starters, you have the religious reasons behind why people do good. No matter your religious background, everyone speaks of their good coming from something divine. People are deep in faith say that it must be of some deity force making us what we are. Because if not for him, we would not be as good as we are capable of being. To those of faith, what would man really be like without God. There would not be a care in the world, and those who are less fortunate would have less than they already have now. Is there some truth to this? Look at places like Salvation Army all the up to the Vatican. These organizations have given back so much in the name of God. So there must be some truth to the religious belief. But what about the other side of the what makes man good?

Those of the more scientific beliefs feel like we have this ingrained natural reaction to those in need. And it comes from the feeling of others wanting to help us in our own time of need. But more so it’s the reason man has lasted this long on Earth. Even through the wars and conflict we have still managed to last because of how we protect each other. It’s that natural instinct we have to spring into action when a tragic event is taking place or someone who is without food to eat. We see that it could easily be ourselves and step in to help. Now, another question remains, will we ever figure out why we help others in society?

See, in the end, I think so many people help because it makes them feel good. There is nothing like being in a position to help someone that is less fortunate than yourself. No one can explain why the feeling is there because maybe that is a natural phenomenon itself. But whatever the case may be, that feeling of giving will always make people feel an inner greatness and peace.


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MOTHER’S DAY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU?

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“Having a mommy is such a gift.”


Today as everyone knows is Mother’s Day. Everyone across the country is in on this celebration to gift thanks to their mothers for all that she has done for them. My topic today ask the question regarding what does this day mean to you? What is it about this day that sets it aside from so many other days in society? We have special holidays like Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, yet this one is the celebration of you having life breathed into you. So once again, what does this day mean to you?

See to me, this day is about not just celebrating my mother, but the women who helped to raise me as well. A few of these women have passed along now. They were my both my grandmother and great grandmother who babysat for my mother when I was a child. They used to watch over me until my mother came home from work. Then as I got older, I would go and sit at their houses with them. So, today I think about those women that help to raise me. But this day has other meanings to other people as well.

To someone who has lost a mother it is the day to remember all the things you and your mother shared with each other while alive. I have not lost a parent, but my mother lost my grandmother six years ago. And it still is unreal to not have her around. But that is why it’s important to give so much to people while here on Earth. No matter if it’s just a simple phone call because you miss that person’s voice when they are not around anymore. Yet death is not the only reason this day is important. What about the life’s lessons from mom.

When you are young you learn so many things from mom. The patients she has with you in guiding you in the right direction in life. All of these wonderful experiences are valuable to your future growth in life. It is the reason why you can face the world because of so much you learn from her. See, in the end, having your mother in your life is such a gift. There are still so many who don’t and for them it’s a tough life to have. I couldn’t imagine life not ever having my mother who taught me so much. But for those that do, hold on because today could be the last you have with each other; make it count for something.


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