To Kill or not to Kill

Essay by claytoncampbellHigh School, 10th gradeA+, May 2004

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Former President Theodore Roosevelt once said "A man who is good enough to shed his own blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards, more than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have" (Augarde, 183). What the president meant by this is what the American people have based their standards off of these last two centuries. Not only do we as Americans believe that all men are created equal, it also doesn't matter what your age is or what race or nationality you are. This way of thinking is written in our nation's Constitution where the first real Americans wrote down the basis of what we now live on today. The bible can also be a reference to these basic ideas we still base our lives on everyday. Not only does our and most of the other world's most sacred writings and teachings declare that all men, woman, and children be treated with the same respect because, of course, we are all the same, they all teach us to love and respect each other.

There is logic to this of course, what would our country and our world amount to if everyone killed each other at will? Nothing, Chaos, Pandemonium, they're all right, because not only would our world be in a state of constant mayhem there would never be any great writers or thinkers such as Einstein, Whitman, or Aristotle. Our world would be just one big maelstrom of hate and anger, filled with oppression and bondage, that no man woman or child would ever have control of, and it would eventually lead to an eternal damnation for the entire human race. Not only would there be constant hate seeping from the world like a punctured...