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Social Responsibility: Examples In Animal Farm By George Orwell, All My Sons By Arthur Miller And The Film "Corporation"

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What is social responsibility? Social responsibility is an obligation to act in a way that benefits society at large, people can do this through working to help improve Earth’s sustainability through processes such as recycling, composting, and being polite to others. Thanking a police officer or veterans for their service, or confronting consequences and accepting them are just a few examples of social responsibility. Sadly, the vast majority of individuals are not socially responsible. We are often fueled by fear, and the fear of losing power is so devastating that we make irrational and socially irresponsible decisions. Then, when those individuals work in a business or group themselves ...view middle of the document...

I myself will not exploit others based on how intelligent they are. I treat them equally. In the book, Animal Farm by George Orwell, the night right after they had finished building the windmill, a storm hit the farm. It was so damaging that the entire windmill was destroyed. The next morning when the animals woke up, they saw that the windmill had been demolished. Napoleon states, "Patience comrades, do you know who is responsible for this? Do you know the enemy who destroyed our windmill? Snowball!" The quote means that Snowball was allegedly the one who destroyed the windmill. Napoleon knew that the storm was the actual reason the windmill fell, but blamed it on Snowball just to discredit Snowball and be in a better position to show leadership. This also shows that Napoleon is taking advantage of how less intelligent the animals are and using that to his own benefit.
Fear is what drives us to make poor decisions. Fear also drives us to make unhealthy decisions when we see a loss in power, or the shift of power. We see that this is the case in All My Sons by Arthur Miller. Keller (the dad) is talking to Chris (his son). They are talking about how Keller was allegedly "sick" on a business day. Chris states that his father had killed 21 men by manipulating the outcome of a business issue that had to be solved by Keller himself. When Keller tries to justify his reasons for not handling the business problem back when his company was going to be shut down, He states, "You lay 40 years in a business and they knock you down in 5 minutes" (Miller 69). The quote is stating that Keller was distraught due to the fact that he might have lost his company. He was influenced by the loss of power and had to gain it back in any way possible. He did not analyze the outcome and thereby not only killed 21 men, but also killed his own son indirectly.

The example of the oil company Shell is most important because the management of our environment is on a decline and we see little harm in continuing to exploit the resources provided to us by the Earth. In the movie "The Corporation", Shell was seen as one of the top companies doing major harm to the Earth. Companies like Shell consume a major amount of the Earth's resources and pollute the earth without much penalty. They seem to do this corporately even though they know in their individual minds that it is hurting the Earth.
The company's president has seen a major retaliation because of this. A riot broke out in front of his house because of the reputation the company has gotten on environmental issues. The president stated that he knows about these issues and he is trying to improve Shell’s business practices. That's the central problem: he says that he is trying to improve Shell’s business practices, but he has no ethos to back up his...

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