This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Reflection Of Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right From Wrong, By Christina Hoff Sommers.

989 words - 4 pages

1. Do you think Sommers’ observations; “Conceptually and culturally, however, today’s young people live in a moral haze,” and that they, “are incapable of making even one confident moral judgment,” is generally/somewhat accurate- why or why not?

This article brought up new and interesting ideas that I have been contemplating a lot on recently. The idea that Sommers mentions closely relates to my interpretation of relativists today. In society today there is a strong pull towards relativism. The belief that anyone and everyone can believe whatever they want without using any means of moral guidance from outside forces. The individual can structuralize and create his or her own moral compass. As long as the actions that any given person commits do not inflict harm on others, then it is not right of anyone to impose judgment upon that person. This way of thinking is horrendous in my mind. They fact that my generation is inclined to this way of thinking disturbs me. With the absence of moral guidelines that are not objectified, comes a corrupt society. Society will soon lose all sense of absolute truth and ethics if this way of thinking continues. Sommers illustrates this “relativism craze” perfectly in his observation.
In my experiences, people nowadays tend to believe that no concept of belief applies to everyone. Individuals create their own concepts to believe in. When confronted with criticism on their action of “beliefs” (I put beliefs in quotation because I believe that if this people reject the ideas of morals and right and wrong being applicable to all people, then anything they “believe” in is not actually a belief) they reply that no one person has the right to impose judgments on other peoples beliefs. I find this way of thinking absurd, and it seems Sommers agrees. I think that rather than being somewhat accurate, Sommers observation is exactly the situation.

2. Are Sommer’s observations accurate about you? Why or why not? (Please feel free to be honest)

In my case, Sommers observations are inaccurate, but I represent a small minority of the youth today. Being religious, specifically Catholic, my morals have been grounded and guided by my family and church since I was born. I believe in an ultimate truth, and ethical right and wrongs. I believe in sin, in Christ’s sacrifice, and the afterlife. A relativist can possibly believe these same things, but there would be still one substantial difference between us. The relativist would hold the belief that his “belief (even though it is the same as mine) cannot be objectified to any other person. I hold the belief that these truths are absolute and applicable to all humans. The denial of these truths leads to external misery.
I do not mean to sound inhumane and merciless. These are just my beliefs. I have had many critiques of these beliefs, most of which were relativists who questioned why I thought I had...

Find Another Essay On Reflection of Why Johnny Can’t Tell Right from Wrong, by Christina Hoff Sommers.

Analysis of Lyrics: "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera

1921 words - 8 pages herself. Christina Aguilera sang a song that was targeting herself as the bad guy because of what society has fabricated as beautiful."Beautiful" is a song about accepting people for who they are and not letting the opinions of others influence your personal beauties. This is a social issue in the world because there is an established opinion of what is right and what is wrong. What people think is a huge factor in everyday life. The lyrics urge

Analysis of “Uphill” by Christina Rossetti

999 words - 4 pages Analysis of "Uphill" by Christina Rossetti"Uphill" by Christina Rossetti is an allegory about life and death. Rossetti is considered one of the finest religious poets of her time and her many spiritual beliefs are conveyed in her poem "Uphill". H.B. de Groot said, "Undeniably, her strong lyric gifts are often held in check by her moral and theological scruples" (Groot). The dialogue style Rossetti uses mimics the parables told by Jesus in The

Analysis of Cousin Kate by Christina Rossetti

3635 words - 15 pages cottage maiden. The structure of this stanza is very comparitive. The maiden constantly compares herself to Kate in this stanza. This meant that the thoughts running through her mind are trying to find out as to why Kate was chosen and not the maiden. She may, in her mind be trying to get revenge on Kate. The main character feels self-pity and betrayed and she has every right to feel this way. However she doesn't feel betrayed by the one

Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King, Jr

796 words - 4 pages In Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Why We Can’t Wait, Martin Luther King, Jr. describes the harsh treatment of Negroes while they were fighting for their freedom. Negroes were not allowed to vote, sit at lunch counters with whites, use the same restrooms as whites, or even ride next to whites on buses. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the Birmingham movement in efforts to gain freedom for the Negroes. The Birmingham movement was successful because it

A Book Anaysis: In the Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

1462 words - 6 pages ages as it uses simple stories that are easy to understand while incorporating the teachings of Taoism.In The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff uses the characters from Winnie the Pooh to explain the fundamentals of Taoism. By observing the actions of Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Owl, Tigger, and Pooh, he decides that the action of the character Pooh best describes Taoism. The most important principle of Taoism is the Uncarved Block. Hoff uses Pooh to best

Title: two theories of right and wrong

1284 words - 5 pages Two Theories of Right and WrongJohn Stuart Mill, author of the essay entitled Utilitarianism, gave an in depth theory of right and wrong commonly referred to as utility or the utilitarian view of morality. Utility claims thatactions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain; by unhappiness pain and privation of

Right or Wrong? Invasion of Privacy

811 words - 4 pages country. There are many occasions that it would be necessary to invade someone’s privacy, though you should have evidence that there is something wrong beforehand. Invading someone’s privacy just for the heck of it is absolutely wrong, though. In 1984 by George Orwell, the telescreens see and hear everything. They are always watching. This, the telescreens always watching everything, is wrong. There is no reason for this other than a government with

Right and Wrong in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams

2418 words - 10 pages Picture of Dorian Gray and A Streetcar Named Desire, emphasize the capitulating to unethical behavior for narcissistic reasons and the inability to determine right from wrong. In Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dorian Gray’s true nature is revealed through a graceful portrait that a man by the name of Basil Hallward paints. This painting resembles Dorian’s beauty and purity. “When he saw it he drew back, and his cheeks flushed for a

Right and Wrong in the Stranger by Albert Camus

1167 words - 5 pages when he sees her casket, he doesn’t feel the normal emotions associated with seeing a dead loved one: “Varnished, glossy, and oblong, it reminded me of a pencil box” (Camus 14). By associating her casket with a pencil box, Meursault completely displaces any mourning for his mother away from his mind, instead bringing ideas of simple office supplies. Furthermore, the people around Meursault during the wake and funeral do not have any effect on

Commentary on "Why We Can’t Wait," a book written by Martin Luther king Jr

1249 words - 5 pages Kionté Brown American National Politics Dr. Lee February 25, 2014 Why We Can’t Wait Reflection Paper Martin Luther King Jr. has been awarded man of the year, he has earned his own national holiday, and at one point to many was seen as an criminal. “Why we can’t wait” is book written by Martin Luther king Jr. It highlights a lot if his actions throughout his life and the reasoning behind those actions. This book answered many questions but three

Actions and Their Labels of Either Right or Wrong

1826 words - 7 pages Actions and Their Labels of Either Right or Wrong In this academic essay there will be an in depth look at the words of Mill, in terms of actions and their labels of either right and wrong, and those connotations to happiness and, so to speak the reverse of happiness. There will be an attempt through various different channels, to illustrate the absurdity of utilitarianism, in the sense of its mere provisional

Similar Essays

Book Review – "The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men" By Christina Hoff Sommers

973 words - 4 pages 1. What are the main points/arguments made by the author?Christina Hoff Sommers outlines the constant gender battle and how it affects both sexes in her recent book, “The War Against Boys.” Sommers, a mother of 2 boys, is a moderate feminist. The book provides a plethora of examples in which boys are now and have been for a few decades forgotten. Sommers suggests that our society has been so focused on the success and advancement of

Capital Punishment~Right Or Wrong? Essay About The Different Views Involving The Death Penalty And Why They Might Feel That Way

646 words - 3 pages suggestion than reality. Although,precautions are made to prevent escapes from prison, theyaren't inevitable and there have been cases where prisonershave escaped, only to kill more people. "Life sentences toooften are mere challenges for prisoners to escape, terrifylaw-abiding citizens and sometimes kill again. The deathpenalty's detractors cannot refute this fact: Even thetoughest criminals become remarkably docile once separatedfrom society by six feet of soil."(

Choosing Right From Wrong: An Examination Of Three Points From "The Good Society"

1026 words - 4 pages right from wrong all of which is an example of relativism. Relativism makes reference to several opinions while moral relativism alleges morality is not built around a conclusive model. This paper has discussed three of the four points made in Lenn Goodman’s article “The Good Society”, published by Penn State University Press in regards to slavery, polygamy, and incest; genocide, famine, and germ warfare; terrorism, hostage taking, and child

The Right Kind Of Wrong Essay

773 words - 3 pages The Right Kind of WrongLeanne Rhymes' The Right Kind of Wrong is a song about loving the wrong person. In this song she sends a straightforward message, but she also uses some very powerful poetic techniques. Thus this combination carries a powerful significance to the listener. By using poetic methods like paradox, anaphora, personification, enjambment, and rhyme Rhyme's makes the song even more vivid to her audience. The idea of this song is