Why do people want to have a role in the public life in the American society? Some reasons that people want to is because they want to bring about or prevent change within issues, having power and able to influence people as a model of inspiration, money, personal motivation, having a sense of belonging, and even just to be able to make a difference in society. Cultural myths can be considered the set of stories and beliefs that characterizes a culture. Critical thinking is able to look at other perspectives that are not just of ones own. Gary Colombo in “Thinking Critically, Challenging Cultural Myths,” has different ideas that could be seen to be a part of increasing chances to receive a role, also a life experience of receiving a role in “C.P. Ellis” written by Studs Terkel in an interview with C.P. Ellis, who went from a leader in a KKK chapter to co-chairman on the school board, giving information on his own life experiences, achieving a role in society. Some of the ways seen to make it easier to get a role is having money, family connections, and education level, where if a person did not have those ways, it could be more challenging in getting a role. Critical thinking allows a person to recognize and change his/her cultural myths, so that he/she sees the views of others, and shapes him/her into a better person. Therefore, a person will need to be a critical thinker and alter his/her cultural myths to have a positive altruistic role in his/her community.
Many people work for the myth of the “American Dream”, all there life but yet fall short because it is to perfect for them to achieve. Colombo talks about how it is important to question and look deeper through the myths that are big in a person’s culture. He in connection states, “Often our personal experience fails to fit the images the myths project” (6). Showing that it is often to see the experiences that are personal tend to fall short of the “images in the myth”. Ellis had... [continues]
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