George Washington : The Essential Pillar Of A Civil Society Essay

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George Washington states,” Morality is the essential pillar of a civil society” www.free2pray.info/founderquotes.html. America is a nation that was founded on the principles of morals and ethics. This country had undergone many hardships of what is to be considered morally correct or wrong. Our nation has faced the harsh realities of war, economic downfalls, and trusting those who lead the people. There were many tough choices that could only be solved by a strong independent leader and their ideas. If America wishes to continue growing into an ethical and moral society, we must look into the writings of two philosopher’s ideas of what makes a good leader. These philosophers are Machiavellia and Lau Tzu. Each man had their own interpretations of what was the correct way of leading people. There are three issues that are affecting our nation’s sense of morals and ethics. Should a leader be loved or feared, is it necessary for a leader to keep his word, and how much generosity must a leader give to his people? The ideas between these two men will determine which type of leader will be better suited to lead our country.
According to Machiavelli, “a prince [leader] nevertheless make himself feared in such a manner that he will avoid hatred, even if he does not acquire love” (228). This type of ruler will proceed to focus on what is best for his for his country and does whatever is necessary to make his country great again. This may sound like an unethical way to lead a nation,…

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