politics midterm

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Matthew Torino Jonathan McFall Question #2 Politics and Coming of Age Stories Even though most people associate politics with how a government operates, they actually apply to all people over the globe. Politics are, contrary to popular belief, the process by which people make decisions. This applies to all people, all over the world and of any age, no matter their status according to others. We all have to make decisions at all points in our lives no matter how insignificant they may seem. Every person you have met in your life has made a countless number of choices. The aftermath of these does not matter; all that matters is the actual choice and the process of how it was arrived at. However, the age at which these decisions are made can have as much impact as the physical and mental deciding factors. Small children would just base it on how it directly affects them at that point whereas mature adults would most likely be able to observe the big picture. Children cannot see what is beyond the present and will often do what others make seem right while adults have to look out for their future as well as those around them and think for themselves. Adolescents are the wild card in the thought process game. While few adults think like children and virtually no children see the overall impact of decisions, teenagers are more evenly divided between the two of these categories. Some still think like children for various reasons. A number of those just have not had their feet to the fire yet while others are just simply immature. There are also a number of them that are in the transition between the two who see a somewhat convoluted picture of the world, causing rebellion and angst because emotion is more of a factor in their thinking. Once these people graduate from child-like thinking to the mature variety, they have “come of age.” This maturation is exhibited in “Plato’s Apology”, Fools Crow , as well as many other works. What
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they teach us about politics is how we arrive at the mature level of thinking that is necessary for a society to function. Often times, characters at the beginning of these stories think others will just be there to help them succeed. If that character says something, no matter how ludicrous, the weak character will bend to their will. Others will force bind the seemingly weak character to their will, making them give in to the pressure. In Fools Crow , White Man’s Dog does just this. While others went out and made names for themselves by helping the tribe, he tried less courageous methods to achieve his power. “Many times he had prayed to the Above Ones for stronger medicine but he knew that wasn’t the way. It was up to him, perhaps with the help of a many-faces man, to find his own power” (Welch 4). He had to learn that others were not going to help him get what he needed. It just was not going to happen. If the gods did not help others achieve, why would they help this seemingly insignificant person? White Man’s Dog was also influenced by Fast Horse,
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2008 for the course POLISCI 101 taught by Professor Schochet during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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