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UWP 101 Blog 7 - simply doing a good deed I know that if I...

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To serve, or not to serve? Since we talked about service in class and had to decide if we thought it should be required of people, I began to wonder if making volunteer work mandatory, such as military service, joining the peace corps, participating in teach for America, or simply volunteering at a soup kitchen, would take away the meaning of it all together. As president Barack Obama states in his commencement address at Wesleyan University, someone should volunteer “Not because [they] have an obligation to those who are less fortunate, though [they] do have that obligation. Not because [they] have a debt to all those who helped [they] get here, though [they] do have that debt. Its because [they] have an obligation to [them]self. Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation” (774). Requiring people to volunteer takes away some of the satisfaction of
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Unformatted text preview: simply doing a good deed. I know that if I was required to volunteer I would, in a way, resent doing it because I HAD to. Rather than going to do it out of the goodness of my heart it is now something that I have to do in order to move on with my life. Instead of having a free day where I choose to do something to help others, I would have to schedule a day and time when I’m not busy to go and volunteer. Although volunteer work should be considered a civic duty, it should still ultimately be a person’s choice to decide if they would like to participate. I feel like instead of thinking about requiring volunteer work we should simply add an incentive for doing it. That way it is still the individual persons choice and they feel as though they are being rewarded for their work (more than just emotionally)....
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