Essay on Taking Things for Granted

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“Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” (Aldous Huxley) Young adults take things for granted: basic things, simple things, everything. Wasting food, not realizing what freedom means, not valuing education, and using up any readily available resources, has become a part of the daily routine without anyone realizing it. A rising problem amongst our age bracket today is young adults take what they have for granted, not realizing the long term

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In a nation, where every citizen over the age of 18 has the right to vote, and to only have just a little bit over half the population vote in a major election to elect the next president of our nation is abysmal. There are nations where people are fighting, dying for the right to vote in an election to select their next leader. Nations such as Cuba and North Korea do not even have elections where people can vote because they have an established dictatorship rule. Some countries are in constant turmoil, governments are changing hands almost every other day, with military coup-d’états. The inhabitants of those countries most likely have never heard of the concept of a democratic society in which people vote for their leaders. Henceforth, our generation does not appreciate the concept of the right to vote, and is taking it for granted.

The Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 marked the launching point in the struggle for women’s rights. Many countries today have yet to experience their very own “Seneca Falls Convention.” Presently, our nation has granted equal rights based on both gender and race. This past election the nation elected the first African-American president; however, if a few votes went the other way, there could have been the first female vice president. Nevertheless, there are many who do not realize what this means or how much different it is for others in various parts of the world. They take the equality for granted and never stop to
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