FI exam 1 - Response 1: In The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore...

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Response 1: In The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore reveals the ability of individuals to succeed despite their backgrounds. He presents how disadvantaged youth can benefit from “acts of kindness that can mean the difference between failure and success” (186). The story of Westley Moore unveils how kindness can result in one reaching their “greatest potential”. He has achieved numerous goals as result. Westley Moore’s idea of one’s “greatest potential” is achievable with the assistance and influence of other members of society leading disadvantaged youth to understand their own possibilities; a method that Foucault feels creates a crowd, rather than a collection of separate individualities (201). Westley’ view of disadvantaged youths’ “greatest potential” is the ability to understand their own greatest possibility at achieving something a member of society believes they hold. In order to understand the possibility of meeting one’s “greatest potential”, there is a need for influential assistance (organizations) to help guide them along the way. For example, when Westley recalled playing one-on-one basketball with his Uncle Howard and he stopped to explain the logistics of becoming a NBA player. Westley began to understand that the possibility of becoming an NBA player was, as his Uncle Howard stated “not in your favor, and you have to have some back up plans” (116). College was more of a possibility than making it to the NBA. At Valley Forge, Westley received multiple acts of kindness by people who saw potential in him to do well. “They made it clear that they cared if I succeeded, and eventually so did I” (115). Cadet Captain Hill and the faculty were influential role models that assisted Westley in understanding his ability to excel at Valley Forge. Westley became a platoon sergeant, regimental commander for the 70 th Corps of Cadets, and a paratrooper. Westley Moore feels that
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disadvantaged youths’ “greatest potential” is not self-inflicted, but is defined by others (members of society), such as organizations that help them better understand the possibilities they hold. Wes did not have the positive societal influences Westley had, thus making his
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FI exam 1 - Response 1: In The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore...

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