America Needs Leaders
I sit ancd wonder what has happened with having a theory or belief
which people could follow. Today, everyone is too concerned with the
now to worry about the future. Of course, there are a few who scrimp
and save a few dollars here and there so that they will have some when
they retire. However, none represent the ideas or beliefs that are
destined to change our society. So I ask you are all the idealists
gone, or are they just too scared to stand up?
Throughout the course of history there have always been those who
took a stand against society in order to further their cause. One
example of this is Galileo facing the Inquisition of the Catholic
Church due to his deep-seated belief in the heliocentric universe, in
which the Earth and planets revolve around the Sun. His willingness to
face all odds is what made so many become believers in his theory.
Galileo did not back down, instead he chose to stand and fight for
something he considered right. This is an admirable trait; however, he
was not the only one.
In our most recent selection "The Communist Manifesto" we are
given a glimpse into one of the most renowned idealists ever: Karl
Marx. His ability to 'stick to his guns' regardless of the outcome is
what won millions to his cause. Even though he said that at his death
he was "...the best hated and most calumniated man of his own time,"
he still made millions believers of a simple idea. An idea, a way of
life which even he felt would be extremely hard to attain.
There are many more throughout history: Newton who taught us
about gravity, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Patrick Henry
who helped to found our country, and Einstein who revolutionized the
way we look at the universe. The point however is to not hold these
people in esteem, it is to find how they relate to our society and our