From The Sylabus: Write A Personal Narration Of Important Issues In Your Life, The United States And The World

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Standards and ExpectationsIn American society most of us have good health, enough to eat, and a roof over our heads. We take for granted that we have a system of laws and regulations to deal with any eventuality. Our system is based on the assumption that free people will be honest in government. This is its greatest strength and it's greatest weakness.In my mind it does not take into consideration those people that see this as a self-serving opportunity. They either do not understand or do not care that distorting the system for their own ends will inevitably lead to a collapse of the system. These corruptions run the gamut from giving a "friend" a break at the DMV by erasing a traffic violation so he can get lower rates, not doing what you know is right for someone because you don't like their "attitude" that morning, right up to kickbacks for giving a service not earned. The I've got mine! and, Hell I'll be dead by the time that hurts anyone attitude has become commonplace.Human society has had corrupt politicians for as long as we have had government. The system in America is no different. From Tammany Hall, to the Iran/Contra scandal, we have dealt with and overcome these setbacks. Even so our democracy is fragile, as it is dependent on the individual honesty of each of its citizens.Everybody Does it"Everyone's doing it", "that's how things work", "Its just this little bit", "they have so much money they'll never notice", " and my personal favorite "they owe me" or how about "they screwed me and I'm getting mine back". I am sure you could ad many more.It is the multiplication of people that think this way that concerns me here. It seems more and more people are jaded, and lack faith in our system and each other. An open person, is seen as a potential victim. Telling the truth and accepting what you get is wrong if you could get more by lying. Why not? "Everyone does it". What are you a sucker?Most of the people I know think all government is corrupt, and yet would never believe that their personal transgressions are corruption as well. After all they are just looking after themselves in a cutthroat world. Never seeing it is "their" throat cutting that makes it so.This problem, as I see it began in my the 1960's with the dismantling of our educational system in an effort to redress the racial inequities present then.As I grew up I remember listening to my older sibling talking about school and subjects like Civics, and algebra, and so on. I was curious about it and was told oh go away I'm studying and you'll get into this in school anyway. But I never did. The education I got was, I see now designed to create a class of people that could read instructions and not much else. The system was changed even as I went through it. Social Studies replaced history, so I never did find out about Charlemagne or the other figures my siblings spoke of. And it goes on like that. I was there when our system was dismantled. Even more ridiculous changes were...

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