Re:SAT Essay - Is disagreement necessary to progress?
Human progress, in my eyes, is essentially the inevitable and eventual change for the better that goes on everywhere, at all times. It is the ever so gradual step that we as a world community are slowly but constantly taking toward worldwide peace and equality, among other things. I believe that no matter where, if something is going on that is morally or socially wrong, someone will eventually stand up to it and make it right, if not by fixing it, then by using it as an example to try to prevent the same mistakes twice. Although this process may take time, anywhere from a few minutes to a few centuries, this idea of our constant progression as individuals and as a species is something that is widely self-evident both in history and in all of our lives.
This human progress is probably most evident in all of our lives. Just like with the idea itself, though, one can’t just look at moments and glimpses. One has to look at the big picture to see the progression. When I was little, I was a carefree little boy, who would sometimes run around senselessly, watch a lot of television, and cry about the tiniest things. Over the years, however, I’ve grown up. Now, at the adolescent age of 14, I’m anything but carefree. With tests, and homework and a million different social issues all looming over me, I’m much more conscious of what I do and what I say than I used to be, and am consistently growing more mature because of it. I didn’t grow up in a few days, though. It happened steadily, over time.
This idea of human progress plays itself out in history over and over again. Whenever there are problems, there are usually those who fight to overcome them. With the unfairly-heavy taxation on American colonies, there was the American Revolution. With the issue of slavery, there was the Emancipation Proclamation. With nationwide segregation, there was the Civil Rights Movement. While change may not have happened overnight with these big issues, the main idea is that it has, and profoundly at that. However, certain events in history leave many with the impression that little good did happen. I believe that on the contrary, by doing so much bad, these situations actually have led to some of the most profound advancement of human progress. For example, we look at situations like the Holocaust or the Japanese Internment in World War II as dark spots in history, but in doing so, these serve as landmarks on what not to do in the future. Therefore, by happening, these events, bad as they were, help to make the future less bleak.
Every conflict brings us closer to peace. Every rebellion brings us closer to integration. Every disagreement brings us closer to equality. No matter how hard it is to see, we as people are always growing, and learning from our mistakes. We as a species are always gradually getting closer to the resolutions to all problems, and the only way we can go is up. I believe in the power of human progress.
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