The United States of America is a country founded on the highest moral principles. Foremost among these principles are the equality of all men, and the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In fact, the founders of this great country placed such a high value on individual freedom, that the very first amendment to the Constitution of the United States is the amendment guaranteeing these individual liberties (Roark A-13). The Fourth Amendment expands upon the liberties set forth in the First Amendment by stating that the government cannot search or seize any person without probable cause (A-13). Throughout American history, however, there have been certain instances in which the American Government has suppressed these individual liberties in direct violation of the First and Fourth Amendments. By analyzing these instances, it becomes apparent that not only does limiting personal liberties hamper beneficial change within the government, but promoting individual liberties including free speech, even if that speech is derogatory in nature, actually strengthens the foundation of the government.
In the article Serve or Fail, Mr. Eggers uses broad generalizations based on his experience as the basis of an argument to support a mandated “service requirement” (Eggers) for college students. Undeniably, a work-force of more than “two million volunteer hours a year” (Eggers) could be a blessing to many communities. However, any action forced on another is inherently unethical and against the very freedoms our country was founded on. Forced philanthropy on college students is a narrow solution when compared to the collective potential volunteer force this country has to offer.
A generational gap exists between those that grew up with modern technology and those that did not. This gap becomes visible when evaluating the electronic world of modern gaming and education. On one side is the idea that these games breed violence, reduce self esteem, and prevent the development of necessary skills for life. On the other side is a new technology that has the potential to enhance and accelerate educational and social skills in a totally new way. Modern technology is a fascinating step in human evolution that should be understood and embraced as an educational tool instead of feared and stifled.