This Essay Is A Reaction Piece To The Philosopher Cicero's Quote "To Educate Citizens Is To Free Them From The Tyranny Of The Present"

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Complete tyranny can only come when the ruling power has the willingness of those being ruled. When a group of dominated persons are ignorant and unaware of the actions of its government it is then that tyranny can occur. Tyranny is defined as a cruel use of power. If citizens are aware of their rights and their own power as an individual and as a group, do you think a small group known as the government can take complete control of them? The odds are in favor of the educated public. However, when one is not aware of their rights or does not have the knowledge to recognize when it is that their government is crossing the line, then they have already lost the battle and may as well surrender now.History books showcase Cicero's point, politically speaking. African slaves in America were ...view middle of the document...

They were repeatedly lied to about the actual actions of the government. Surely if they had known what was in store for them, there would have been a much stronger effort to prevent it. The few, brave non-Jews who tried to help soon found their voices suppressed.Tyranny can be found outside of government also. Yes, Webster is careful to point out that tyranny applies to government in his definition, but if you look past the definition you can apply it to real life. And I'm not real sure, but I don't think Cicero was referring to government anyways when he wrote that.No matter how good life is at a particular point, someone can always see tyranny in it. However, it's the knowledge of what to do about it that will free someone from this severity. For example, say some older boys are bullying a small schoolboy and they steal his lunch money on a daily basis. This can be considered tyranny. They have sovereignty over this boy. This boy should know to go to the principal or a teacher, and that would likely end the tyranny. However, if he does not know to get help, it will continue.The "tyranny of the present" has no exact definition. I believe it can be thought of as a government ruling over its people in a cruel manner or it can be as small-scale as a boy being bullied. I think it is accurate to say that tyranny will always be present in some form. It's what you do about it that defines who you are. Do you have the knowledge to react in a situation that could be defined as "tyranny"? I don't think this wisdom is something you can learn in school (unless you're counting your experience with dealing with high school hierarchy) or in a book. It comes from your personal strength and morals. I believe that you learn the most through life experience, that is where you receive the bulk of your "education", which will in turn free you from "the tyranny of the present".

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