Dragon’s Keep by Janet Lee Carey includes an example of someone “using their mind well” to make a beneficial decision. In the story, the protagonist, who was Princess Rosalind, sacrificed herself to dragons for the protection of her people. There were countless people in the story who made horrible decisions and believed that violence towards dragons was the only way to solve their problems with the large beasts. Yet, after being held captive by the dragons, the princess realized that what her people believed was wrong; the dragons were just like humans, who only took what they needed to survive. Later, when ...
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...eral, I became a better person who was smart and made good choices.
If more people followed Rene Descartes’ belief and “used their minds” to think of their actions, our world would be less accident prone and improved. People would be smarter, kinder, and more successful in life. Next time someone is called an “idiot” or “stupid”, know that what that person seems to be right now may be different from what they become years later through hard work and making good decisions.
Carey, Janet Lee. Dragon's Keep. Orlando: Harcourt, 2007. Print.
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