SAT Essay - Does the success of a community depend upon personal limitation?

2006 May SAT Exam


SAT Essay Prompt 3


Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.


It is not that people dislike being part of a community; it is just that they care about their individual freedoms more. People value neighborliness and social interaction – until being part of a group requires them to limit their freedom for the larger good of the group. But a community or group cannot function effectively unless people are willing to set aside their personal interests.


Adapted from Warren Johnson, the Future is Not What It Used to Be



Assignment - Does the success of a community—whether it is a class, a team, a family, a nation, or any other group—depend upon people’s willingness to limit their personal interests?

2011/6/3 17:18:01

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Surely society builds upon every individual, and every individual’s interests, particularly collectively, ultimately shape that of the whole community. But there is always conflict among various individual interests.  For any society to function harmoniously and grow healthily, it is inevitable there are compromises, coordinations, even sacrifices; it is imperative that everyone’s action is aligned with the greater interest of the community. As important as fulfillment of personal goals and aspirations may be, we must realize that it is, not contradictory, but secondary to the progress of the community, the nation, and the human civilization. As a part of a group, be it a class, a team, a family, a nation, we must be willing to realize the goals of that group before ours, insofar as restricting our personal interests for the larger good of the group as a whole.


Consider the players of any sport team. Yes there is genius like Michael Jordan, who can fly and slum dunk freely from the free throw line and anywhere else on the court; who delivers numerously game-winning shots of all kinds; who single-handedly scores unbroken record 63 point in one game during playoff; who, not re-peat, but three-peat consecutive NBA champions from 1989 to 1991, and goes on to win another three-peak a few years later; who, not just plays basketball, but also ventures baseball professionally, not just pursues his own dream but also fulfills the dream from his father; who retires, comes back, retires, comes back, and retires again, and comes backs again, three times, and every time makes waves on the field and touches souls of every fan around the globe; who not just entertains through professional sports, but also contributes through humanitarian efforts such as founding the Chicago Boys and Girls Club to promote sports among children, donates to his childhood schools, and inspires forever hundreds of millions of youth around the globe.     


But there is only one Michael Jordan.  


How about others, his teammates, say Scottie Pippen, who is widely considered one of the best small forwards of all time, who was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight times (all consecutive) and the All-NBA First Team three times, who was a seven-time NBA All Star and was the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1994, who was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the 1996–97 season, who is the third on the list of most postseason games played, behind Robert Horry and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. How many balls he chooses to pass on to Jordan to maximize the chance of scoring for the team? After Michael Jordan retired before the 1993–94 season, Pippen emerged from Jordan's shadow. That year, he earned All-Star Game MVP honors and led the Bulls in scoring, assists, blocks and the entire league in steals, averaging 22.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 2.9 steals, 1.9 three-pointers, and 0.8 blocks per game, while shooting 49.1% from the field and a career-best 32% from the three-point line. For his efforts, he earned the first of three straight All-NBA First Team nods, leading Bulls finish the season with 55 wins, only two fewer than the year before.


No doubt, with Jordan and for the team, Pippen makes personal sacrifices. But that personal compromise helps build a stronger team, and eventually forge the greatest team. Together with every one of his team, he is the true champion of not just a sport, but all human endeavors.

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