...Alyna Torres QU 101 Professor Matt Tortora September 29, 2010 Dreams from My Father There are many barriers one must overcome, and to accomplish this, one must find their distinctiveness and take a key role in the community. Throughout the novel, Dreams from my Father by our current president Barrack Obama, Barrack demonstrates the true meaning of being an individual. He is highly active in his community, despite the fact that he is part of the black community. The economic, social, and historical developments are links that allow one to form and sustain their identity. These factors helped Barack become the President of the United States of America, even though he faced many hardships. Another aspect that helps one define and locate oneself is the community that they are involved in. One must decide if they should follow their community, religion, family, etc. or find their own way to take instead. An individual must find a sense of community and begin to find formation and sustain it. By assuming active or important responsibility in a community, a person can affix influence on many positive attributes and have a large impact on ones identity. There are many conflicts that individuals deal with on a day-to-day basis. By finding the factors that will allow one to overcome these barriers they will become more successful in the community and transform as an individual. Barack Obama is the key role model...
I could start this off by saying that I hope for our future we will have equality for all, world peace, no more hunger, or violence, and no poverty, or unhappiness. But, in today’s society, not even God could probably accomplish these things. There is always going to be some bad in this world and that is what makes the good seem even better. This is what I want for the future. I want people to see that bad days and disagreements will happen, and sometimes, unfortunately, the people will die over them; it is inevitable. I want people to celebrate the good in the world and not waste their lives away over the bad. If the whole world just smiled more, it would be a better place to live in.. “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade…” In other words, there are many ways to assist us in living more optimistically. Don’t be afraid to ask for help - learn from others. If you are down about something, or feeling slightly alone, people are generally a good remedy for this. Ask a friend to cheer you up; any sort of distraction is a step toward the right direction. People spend too much time thinking in their lives and if they could just go and do stuff and enjoy their company, maybe they would not be so depressed all of the time.
Art heals everyone. I wish that our world could be more expressive of their emotions. I think that people hold all of their emotions in and it just eats them alive. Even I am guilty of this from time to time. I just remind myself that I am human too and that even if I don’t want to tell people how I feel, I can convey it in a different way. In the future, I hope people realize that painting, writing, singing, dancing, playing sports, drawing, or even just coloring are really stress relieving and they are nothing to be ashamed of. They make for a joyful world, and a prettier one too.
Another positive solution is religion. I know that, generally if I am having a hard time, Hebrew school helps a lot! Part of this is my friends and just being able to talk in a comfortable place, but it’s also the idea of religion. For me, it is the idea that a higher power is up there looking down rooting for me. It gives me hope and strength when nothing else works. My Jewish education has shown me that half of the things God does for me are all in my head. Maybe God can’t fix world hunger, or violence, or cure death, but God gives us the power to move on afterwards, and make the world better for future generations. We don’t need less bad things, just more appreciation of the good things, and overall happiness. I hope that in the future, our world still has what it does now, and much more.