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Humanity’s Evil Inspired William Golding’s "Lord Of The Flies"

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“Drug dealers go big, use Boeing for coke run”, “11 killed in Pakistan by suicide bomber”, “Parents largely unaware teen binge drinking is growing deadlier” (Edmonton Journal, November 18, 2009). It is truly staggering to see the number of articles concerning crime, felony and death in a newspaper, everyday. It is not hard to find articles about laws being broken, about lawbreakers going free and about people being killed. The concept of newspapers full of stories showing humanity’s evil suggests that there is something wrong with today’s world, but newspapers have always been full of such articles and events. It is clear that humanity’s evil inspired William Golding’s Lord of the Flies: a commentary on the innate evil in all man. In Golding’s novel, a group of young boys survive a plane crash and become marooned on an empty island. Their attempt at civilization quickly fails, and leads to disorder, death and savagery.
In spite of the evil that one hears of every day and William Golding’s opinion, there are just as many examples of man’s innate goodness: if one looks closely at any given newspaper, they will see articles displaying man’s selflessness, creativity and humanism. Therefore, it is clear that, within people, there is innate goodness which causes them to do extraordinary things.
Just one person can make an immense difference in the grand scheme of things, especially when their intention is to improve the world. Though it is daunting, single people have effectively altered and affected society in undeniable ways, and the world would be vastly different without these contributions. One such contribution came from Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), the 16th president of the United States. He led the United States through its greatest state of disorder, the Civil War, but more importantly, he passed the Emancipation Proclamation, ending unjust slavery in the South. It is clear that Lincoln stood for rights beyond his own, and that he was willing to defend and standby his beliefs, as it was obvious that there would be much backlash from those affected by his changes. Lincoln was eventually assassinated, but he did not die in vain as there has been no slavery since in the United States. Though Lincoln’s movement is long in the past, its legacy still lives and other legacies have been created more recently, such as Nelson Mandela’s. He was the figurehead of the Anti-Apartheid movement, and eventually became president of South Africa, overthrowing the oppressive Apartheid government. Apartheid involves total segregation of people of black descent in South Africa, and this is something Nelson Mandela strongly disagrees with, as he is an advocate of equality. Therefore, he began to fight the Apartheid government, and after spending 27 years in federal prison, he succeeded in his endeavor. The sacrifice of a portion of his own life improved the lives of millions, and Mandela changed the fate of an entire country. Though South Africa may have...

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