Threatening Issues

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PA 4-If Not You Then Who?
The semester has been filled with learning about oneself and others. Time and much thought has been expended looking at our world from a number of perspectives. Discussions have yielded many different ideas about issues and topics that affect us directly or indirectly.
Using what you have learned from your reading and other sources of information, consider the following list of issues.
Instructions
1. Look at each of the items on the following list of topics and issues. Consider each carefully.
List of Serious or Threatening Issues o Binge Drinking o Drug Addiction (including alcoholism) o Teen-age Pregnancy o Crime o Religious Extremism o Scientific Research Funding o Media Bias o Racial Prejudice o Care of Our Elderly o End-of-Life Issues o Excessive Corporate Executive Salaries and/or Bonuses o Public Education o Poverty o Unemployment o Abortion o Morality o Mental Health o Child Care o Pollution o Nuclear Proliferation o Overpopulation o Environmental Degradation o Housing o Marriage and Divorce o Health Care o Religious Intolerance o Gender Prejudice o Terrorism o Secularism o Gay/lesbian issues o Technology

2. Select and write down three issues from the list that you consider the most serious or threatening facing this country or facing the world today and the reasons behind your selections. Use no more than three sentences to explain the reasons for each issue, but be sure to provide reasons for each.
1) Poverty
The United Nations refers to poverty as, “…the inability of getting choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity.” I believe this sentence does a lot to giv...

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...hich I sometimes find myself doing, I commit myself to remembering why I got in this life of work to start with, to help people have better lives. Today I believe I can rededicate myself to promoting social equality for all people and not make excuses for placing my wants above other’s needs. I know I am only one person and cannot control what others do or their views on poverty, but I do believe there is something to be said about allowing your life to be visible testimony. By following through with this commitment I do believe an outreach to eradicate poverty could spread like a wildfire. Margret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Be sure you are realistic in your replies to questions a and b. Also remember that you can control only yourself, not others.
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