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- Moral compass
Do we have too much stuff?
Having a lot of stuff can bring many positive effects, not only in our own lives, but to society in general.
Purchasing new stuff helps continue a strong economy. The things we have spark fond memories of the past. Throwing away our stuff causes more environmental pollution. There are many people in the process of buying a product whose jobs depend on consumers. Looking at our stuff on the shelf reminds us of happy times from before. Cleaning out all our old stuff would lead to air pollution caused from the incinerator burning it at landfills.
In conclusion, no, we don’t have too much stuff, because possessing these things benefits not only our happiness, but our world neighbors as well.
What does "Patriotism" mean to you?
Patriotism means being proud of where your were born. It shows respect to your country and its culture and the people who sacrificed to create a safe and prosperous nation.
For example, here in Japan, we have access to local and international dishes within walking distance. Our streets are safe from criminal activity, due to the high moral ethics instilled in us from previous generations. Emergency services are reliable, prompt and the workers skilled. Public transportation is easily accessible, usually a short walk from anywhere. Despite the large population on a small land mass, society has created peaceful public areas, such as parks and riversides.
To sum up my opinion, patriotism is simply showing respect and appreciation towards one’s country and those who built it.
How will you be the change?
Being the change to me means to change myself on local level. I do my best to live life in a way that would make my family proud. This means having an internal moral compass. By living this way, I can be an example to those around me in a contagious way.
More impoverished societies often lack personal responsibility. This leads to extremist behavior hurting the larger society, such as organizations as ISIS. But, even in poorer areas of Japan, there is safety and kindness from strangers. Humans are social creatures and mimic the behavior of those around us. When I act ethically, others notice.
In summary, being the change can bring positive effects to the larger society, even at a local level.
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