Society & Family - Part 17
The popular notion among many people about the separation of church and state is that people cannot express their religious views in public places. They are of the opinion that since public facilities like schools, hospitals and other public areas are funded by the state, they cannot be used as places for expression of one’s religious faith. Although the founding fathers of the United States were overtly Christian and based the constitution on the Biblical values and ideas, there have always been others who have opposed the involvement of religion in state affairs. So, the row over the separation of church and state is not a recent issue.
The second amendment of the constitution offers US citizens the right to keep and bear arms. This was basically done in order to provide citizens with a way to protect themselves from physical harm or danger. But since a lot of instances of misuse of this power have resulted in the injury or death of people, this issue has always been under hot debate. There are people who believe that the right to bear arms should be revoked in order to protect innocent lives. Still, there are others who feel that the intent of this provision is basically otherwise – to protect these lives. So, the two groups are always at loggerheads over this highly debatable issue.
When children behave badly, should their parents accept responsibility for their behavior? Moreover, should the parents be punished for the bad behavior of their children? This is a seemingly difficult question to answer for many reasons. It’s because of a basic misunderstanding about the responsibility of parents in instructing their children. Many modern societies consider corporal punishment of children as unacceptable. There are laws in certain countries that can put parents behind bars for spanking their own kids. Although this is done in an effort to control child abuse, it can have a lot of negative repercussions. These laws can prohibit responsible parents from correcting their children and showing them the right way to behave in life.
All of us are born in a family, which lives in a certain country at a specific point of time. Our outlook and perspective in life are largely shaped by the environment, in which we live. The inputs we have in our life would determine what kind of people we grow up to become. What goes into our minds can greatly influence what comes out of it later. No matter where a person is born and raised up, a wide exposure to other cultures and lands would have a profound influence on having the right perspective of the world around us.
It is human nature to preserve oneself in the first place. Still, we have some good traits that make us reach out to help those in need. We do this as individuals, as communities and even as nations. The outcome of giving international aid to poor countries has both advantages and disadvantages. We will briefly consider the disadvantages and the advantages below.
How would you like the idea of being locked in the cage and having thousands of people looking at you every day for their pleasure? Nobody would like things like that. But that’s an ordinary treatment animals get in the zoos. To my point of view, it is strictly important to forbid such places like zoos, as they are unsuitable to maintain the health and habits of poor animals.
When I was young, I remember a lot of boys, dreaming about becoming policemen to protect people from evil and violence and to be guardians of peace and order. The job police do is worth respect, which goes without saying. But nowadays the image of a strong policeman facing danger and protecting the life of simple citizens is darkened by a great amount of scandals with drugs and power abuse police have been involved in. There are a lot of stories that pop up here and there, where guys in blue uniform appear not as protectors, but as criminals. There are a lot of facts confirming that the behavior of the police very often is inexcusable: they can harass or beat people, take bribes and humiliate citizens for no reason. So instead of respect, people feel fear and disgust to the police in general, which does not do good to the patriotism or national pride for the state we are living in.
When the question is about immigration, usually it is related to movement of people from one country to the other one. To talk about the Unites States of America, the notion of immigration is highly-debated in different areas, especially in the political one.
As people become more aware of the environmental problems, they try to reconsider their way of living and make their households both environmentally-friendly and more economical. They start to equip their houses with new technological gadgets that take advantage of natural energy, such as, for instance, solar power. One of the most successful representatives of ‘green’ technology is a flat plate solar collector.
Nowadays we are bombarded with news concerning lawsuits that companies and individuals initiated because of the violation of the copyright laws. The Internet appears to be applying more rigorous copyright policy as well, since a multitude of sharing sites have recently been heavily fined or have ceased to exist. However, some people still keep wondering why this policy is vitally important.