“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few,” stated 1st Officer Spock. Spock believed in Rights of the Group. Captain Kirk, Gandhi, Thoreau, and Martin Luther King Jr. believed in the Rights of the Individual. They believed that the needs of the individual and dictates of the individual’s conscience were more important than the laws created by the majority. The Rights of the Individuals are more important because with majority rule, the government is choosing another person’s lifestyle and personal freedoms.
With the Rights of the Individual it shows that you care about them as a person, it lets you justify your rights as a person, and goes to show that you care a lot about your rights. The Rights of a Group are unjust; you’re choosing another’s lifestyle, your speaking without asking their opinion, and with a group you use majority rules. With majority rules there are others that will have no say in what going on because they have gotten out voted.
Martin Luther King Jr., he was a brilliant and potent leader of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement was inspires by the writings of Gandhi and Thoreau. King had a commitment to try to end racial segregation and discrimination. King did speeches, petitions and got the U.S. people and government involved. Kings philosophy was a nonviolence resistance. In the Letter from Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King states “There are two kinds of laws: unjust and just laws.” (221-222). “An unjust law is no law at all,” stated Saint Augustine. King agreed with Saint Augustine’s statement, but why?
Well the difference is an unjust law is inflicted upon the minority according to the government. The minority had no part in creating the law and had no vote to see if the law was democratically chosen to pass or not. A just law was man-made that connected to the moral law or the law of God. This leads to how the law can be democratically structured to benefit or complicate the lives of people. To prove a point, King took any punishment that was going to be forced upon him, by trying to make things right.
Mohandas Gandhi. Gandhi is well known for his nonviolent march. He believed there was to ways to solve injustice: physical fights or peace prevails. Gandhi was later joined by others trying to make peace, but none of that stopped the government from becoming physical. Through all the unjust things happening Gandhi was beat, put in jail and he fasted to try...