What is societys moral obligation to its citizens? Is it to enrich and enlighten or restrict and make use of them? What are the ethics of freedom? Is freedom an illusion in this country? If one man has more freedom than the next, who suffers?
What does it mean to abide by the law? Are some people exempt from following the law? What if the people enforcing the laws are corrupt? What then? What recourse do people have if law enforcement and the politics of the day are stacked against them? How do we remedy the situation and bring back trust?
How should society address the homeless situation? What is our moral obligation to the less fortunate? What does it mean to care and take care of the less fortunate? What about our society restricts and pressures us away from caring?
How has the establishment kept people in their places? Have things changed at all in the last 50 years in that regard? How so? Whose voices are heard? Whose voices should be heard? Why and How?
What ethical responsibility do we have to each other? Our family? Our environment? Are we a depraved society that allows failure in this regard?
GROUND RULES: Do not use the titles of essays youve read or the authors in your thesis or topic sentences. You must focus on an abstract idea that you analyze, and then use what you have read from the essay book to support your Interpretation and explanation of said conceptual idea. Think in THREES, I always say, because you have three body paragraphs that need focus and power. Each body paragraph should cover some aspect of the conceptual idea. Your paper should be around 750+ words or about three or four pages. You should make use of quotes (at least three) and use MLA formatting.
Here are a few titles that fit these topics:
Homeless: On Compassion, Dumpster Diving, A Modest Proposal
Oppression/Racism: Small Change, Notes of a Native Son, Going It Alone
Power/Freedom: Civil Disobedience, Pre-Game, The Paranoid Style of American Policing, The Refugee Crisis Isnt About Refugees, Its About Us
Behavior: The Ways We Lie, Shooting an Elephant, On Being a Cripple, Does Truth Matter? On Compassion
Conceptual Ideas: Allegory of the Cave, Civil Disobedience, Does Truth Matter? A Modest Proposal