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* I was wondering if you could check to make see I am making the right points, I also wanted to know how u want me to cite my sources. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Justin Renfro Egocentricity: Differing Perspectives of the Veil Egocentricity is an inevitable component apparent in human nature. Generally, one finds his or her self more able to accept his or her actions as correct in comparison to others. The problem persists and expands when large groups of people agreeing on decisions attempt to mettle with the decisions of another group. This is shown clearly with the ethnocentric nature of many western societies, a large example being the United States, in assuming that the Muslim population desires the same lifestyle that they encompass. The United States today has taken the position as the global super power and is consequently capable and willing to use its authority to impose its own cultural values upon other societies. One particular manifestation of such ethnocentricity is the attempt to “free” Islamic women from their “oppressive” and “patriarchic” social order, specifically in the case of the veil. Although the veil represents a cultural value to the people of Islam, western society displays its ignorance by creating and spreading this component of Muslim ideals as a negative image; through this action, ethnocentricity clearly appears as a problem. Looking back to the basic theory of this problem, Thomas Hobbes presents a supporting philosophy on the aspect of human nature largely present in ethnocentricity. In his piece “The Misery of the Natural Condition of Mankind” he states, “…almost all men think they have in a greater degree, than the vulgar; that is, than all men but themselves, and a few others, whom by fame, or for concurring with themselves, they approve”. In presenting this idea, Hobbes describes a basic representation of western
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societies and their tensions with other states. With common beliefs and values, these societies harmonize with one another. However, as Hobbes continues to point out, with the mere presence of contrasting and conflicting beliefs of other groups the state will resort to quarrel. As he more specifically states, the three main causes of such quarrel are, “First, competition; secondly, diffidence; thirdly, glory”. Innately, there arises such passion from these components that there is desire to change the beliefs of those who are in disagreement. Adding power to this equation creates the problem being shown today. John T. Rourke in his book “International Politics on the World Stage” discusses
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Bivona during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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