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Are Rich People Unethical?

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This article was published in February of 2012. It reminded me a lot of Tom from the book The Great Gatsby. This article begs the question "Are rich people unethical?". Instead of talking about a single current event, it analyzes multiple events in recent society and relate them to their overall topic about rich people being greedy and unethical. In one of the studies, it showed that people who drove obviously more expensive cars that showed their wealth were more likely to cut off other cars and pedestrians on intersections. This immediately made me think about Tom because of his selfish attitude in thinking he is more important than other people. Tom thinks that because he has money and because he has an education from Yale where he also played football, that he is on top of the world. He thinks that nobody can come close to him. However that is not the case, he is just like everybody else as far as equality goes. He might have more money and better education than people, but that does not give him the right to be rude and an overall mean person to his peers. In this article, it concludes the story by saying that they are trying to figure out how they can change those patterns to have a better affect on society. I think that if Tom could have changed earlier in the book and been a nicer guy throughout the book, it could have made a much better mood of the book.

 

This article reminded me of tom as well. He is just a really stuck up guy and doesn’t really think of anyone except for himself. Since this article uses many current events it gives you a good idea on the prime facts that conclude rich people are unethical and selfish. People like Tom seem to be unethical because they live more in the past than the now. This serves to be a very big problem because it causes them to be extreme head cases. For example, Tom went to Yale, which is a very prestigious school and played football there. Because of this he thinks people should treat him differently but in the book The Great Gatsby that is not the case. People treat him the same as everyone else, which angers him greatly and causes his greedy and obnoxious attitude. In my opinion, this behavior is getting to be very old very quickly. There is no need for rich people to treat people like crap and wait for them to be treated nicely. It’s not going to happen. The only that will happen is the reputation of all rich people will get worse because people will start categorizing them as greedy and selfish.


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Anthony Bop Mazza's comment, November 13, 2012 6:54 PM
I agree with this because Tom is living in the past too much and doesnt realize people really dont think highly of him anymore. Tom is living too much in the past at not the now.
Sarah Moorman's curator insight, December 19, 2012 10:30 AM

I agree with this article and what you stated about it. It is true that some people who have riches, and lots of them tend to think they are above the law and above everyone else. i beliebe they think this because they know they are doing well and think there is nothing to worry about. however there is something to worry about and it is a deep concept to take in. the people on the bottom of this so called economic ladder envy the people on the top of it. this can come around to hurt the richer more well off people in ways not expected. this can happen with fraud and all sorts of other things, plus the people under them strive to be like them and then sometimes fall. It can be a trickling down spiral that many dont see. especially the richer people at top. going back to treating people like Riley stated, sometimes people up top dont care and dont like the people on bottom because they see them as seperate beings and not even in the same species. i think they believe this also because they know they dont have to work and the people who do work, well there isnt really a good explanation for why the upper people do this. Im not saying all people who are well off and like this, in fact many arent. Its the ones that are though, that give all the other people bad names. 

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AN INNOCENT MAN Lyrics - BILLY JOEL

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Billy Joel An Innocent Man lyrics & video : Some people stay far away from the doorIf there's a chance of it opening up They hear a voice in the hall outsideAnd hope that it ju...

 

An innocent Man by Billy Joel is a great representation of both characters Jay Gatsby and Nick Caraway. The song depicts a man who is in love with a woman and she denies her love for him. This is just like The Great Gatsby because Gatsby is in love with Daisy but she never really says the same of him. Something that opened my mind in the song was that it says “some people sleep all alone every night instead of taking a lover to bed.” This relates to the book because in my opinion deep down daisy doesn’t really love tom and it’s like she is alone every night, without her real lover Gatsby. Not only does this song represent Gatsby but it kind of defines Nick as well because he is the most innocent man out of all the characters. His past is clean and he does not cheat on his Gf Jordan once. Nick is the kind of guy that a lot of people respect because he seems like a humble man, even when you get to know him better.  Some of the last lines of the song say “I’m not above going back to the start, to find where the heartache began.” These lines represent how Nick tries to begin a whole new life right when he arrives in long island. He wants to forget about some the heartaches that he once had and start a new life with a clean slate.

 

 

 

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What Is the "American Dream"?

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The American Dream is the idea that all people can have happy and successful lives if they work hard. Many say the American Dream..

 

 

I find the American dream to be a very broad and significant subject. Many people believe and want to fulfill their own dream and some people think it’s just a rash saying. I myself have a dream and that dream is that I grow up to be a successful businessman, as well as a father. I think having a dream is very important because it gives you something to work for. If no one had any dreams in America, then it wouldn’t be what it is today. A very popular American dream that came true was the dream of Martin Luther King JR, which called for racial equality. Although many people believe in dreams there are those people who don’t believe in them. I think the key reason for this is because they don’t believe they can be something or make a change in this world. But everyone was put on this world for a reason, so they shouldn’t have a reason whatsoever to doubt their own dreams. All in all, the American dream is about doing what you want to become a success. It is about trying to achieve a goal no matter what anyone around you says. It is about freedom to say, think and do what you want. Without a dream I can’t see how anyone could become what they want to in America.

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David Petraeus Affair: Do Some Careers Make Us Likely To Cheat? | YourTango

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The CIA director resigns amid an extramarital affair. Coincidence — or was the writing on the wall?

This article describes how some careers can cause someone to cheat on their husbands/wives. David Petraeus a former CIA director was caught having an affair with another woman other than his wife. “Petraeus is known in this country as a hero. As the director of the CIA, Petraeus has been our go-to guy for handling terrorism, our military and global threats,” says Monica Rozenfeld. This story ties in with The Great Gatsby very well. Tom Buchanan really reminds me of Petraeus because both men were both remembered for their successful years and they both weren’t apparently happy with their wives. In the novel it is very obvious Tom is having affairs with other women because even Daisy, his wife, hears him talking to a woman on the phone. Another example is Tom and Myrtle meet up occasionally in the book and it’s obvious they are very intement as well. Although these two men are very alike, there are many other men who are in the same boat. The reason for this is I think very successful men/women with a lot of money think they can do or say whatever they want. Tom is one of the richest men on Long island and yet he’s very depressed and wants more women in his life. “Just because you’re loyal to one, does not mean you’re loyal to both, “said Rozenfeld.  All in all, this article really does a good job at showing how Tom Buchanan and David Petraeus are very similar men.

 

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The Jazz Age

In 1920's America - known as the Jazz Age, the Golden Twenties or the Roaring Twenties - everybody seemed to have money.

 

I find the Jazz age era to be a great turning point in Americas fashion, music and most importantly women’s rights. The Jazz age was also considered the golden age because everybody seemed to have a good amount of money.  The thing that astonished me was the fact that women began to set themselves free.  They started to wear their hair differently in a style called a short bob. They also started a flappers group which was essentially women that were rebels. They didn’t follow any rules and did whatever they wanted too such as driving motor cars, smoking in public and even held men’s hands without wearing gloves, which was forbidden.  These flappers began to build a very immense group, which really enhanced women’s rights. The music during this period really exploded with new dances, which strongly angered the older generation. "The music is sensuous, the female is only half dressed and the motions may not be described in a family newspaper. Suffice it to say that there are certain houses appropriate for such dances but these houses have been closed by law," said the Catholic Telegraph. I think the fact that the older generation got mad at this is ignorant because a new generation deserves a new and improved society.  Louis Armstrong was the most famous of the jazzmen along with Fats Waller and Benny Goodman. These men in my mind are the most important people in the jazz age.  To sum this up, I think the jazz age showed America a new style of living and it opened up a lot of paths to bigger and better things.

 

 

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Censorship and Book Banning in America

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Issues concerning censorship and the banning of books in schools.

 

The banning of books in schools has been an issue for many years in the making. They have been banned for all sorts of reasons.  For example The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been banned in many schools for an excessive use of the “n” word.  Harry Potter has also been banned in some schools because witchcraft and magic are used. Go Ask Alice is a book banned for profanity but yet it contains drug use and suicide, which in my mind is very irrational. Parents seem to be the ones that are causing all the problems in these schools. If they don’t approve with what their children are reading, all they have to do is give the school a call; it’s that easy.  So why should the schools buy the books if they know they will receive complaints? This question has many answers but in my opinion I think that schools should have a vote before every year that displays which books are ok and which books aren’t ok to read. This would save a lot of the schools money and keep some of the Nagy parents away. Books are one of the main sources in about every high school English class. They are a very important aspect in people’s lives and banning books for stupid reasons should not be tolerated.

 

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