The Triumph of the Human Spirit Essay Topic: Many of you face adversities that most teenagers never

have to experience: homelessness, family strife and stress, abuse (physical, mental, emotional), substance abuse and addiction, teen pregnancy, abusive relationships…the list goes on and on! Yet…here you are because of your will and desire. Your spirit has triumphed over all of this adversity to get you to this point. I want to know HOW!!! Tell me your story!!! • • • Start with an amazing attention grabber about the strength of the human spirit to triumph over adversity. Tell me your story. Where have you been, what have you had to overcome, how did you do it? What makes you different from those that have quit or given up? End your essay stating what you have learned about yourself through all of your struggles and a piece of advice for those who may be about to give up on themselves.

Example from literature (Nelson Mandela’s favorite Quote) Invictus by William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

as the narrator expects to gather like-minded friends to defy the stagnation of their society. But he broke their chains.Examples from Anthem The protagonist's journey from Equality 7-2521 to Prometheus shows that despite the setbacks caused by collectivism." . Anthem: Page 101: “I look upon the history of men. by his race. however. But then he gave up all he had won. But he broke their chains. by his kin. At first. He declared to all his brothers that a man has rights which neither god nor king nor other men can take away from him. and there is no right on earth above this right. And he stood on the threshold of freedom for which the blood of the centuries behind him had been spilled. To be free. man was enslaved by the gods. But he broke their chains. and fell lower than his savage beginning. Equality 7-2521 and the Saint of the pyre are both men of great integrity who willingly sacrifice for the sake of freedom and knowledge. for his is the right of man. not all men are born with equal attributes. That and nothing else. a man must be free of his brothers. Then he was enslaved by the kings. who stay within the collectivist system because they feel safer by taking advantage of those who are capable. It was a long story. In contrast to men such as Equality 7-2521 are Union 5-3992 and the men of the World Council of Scholars. and Anthem ends on a highly positive note. and I wonder. Rand suggests that although men should all have the same freedoms under the law. That is freedom. not all humans are portrayed as embodying the best of the human spirit. But what is freedom? Freedom from what? There is nothing to take a man's freedom away from him. and the spirit which moved it was the spirit of man's freedom. What brought it to pass? What disaster took their reason away from men? What whip lashed them to their knees in shame and submission? The worship of the word "We. save other men. recovery from the Dark Ages is inevitable because of the curiosity and creativity of the rational man. Despite the positive ending of Anthem. no matter what their number. which I have learned from the books. He was enslaved by his birth.

all science.When men accepted that worship. in those graceless years of transition. Perhaps. And I wish I had the power to tell them that the despair of their hearts was not to be final. who refused to surrender that word. but it will break through. those few. through all the shame of which men are capable. the power wires. there were a few among men. and I know what horror men permitted to be brought upon them. fought a hopeless battle. all the things they had not created and could never keep. Perhaps. But men paid no heed to their warning. It may sleep. each in his day down the ages. not men. eager to live for one another. the spirit of man will remain alive on this earth. What agony must have been theirs before that which they saw coming and could not stop! Perhaps they cried out in protest and in warning. Theirs is the banner in my hand. and they perished with their banners smeared by their own blood. But such has been the story. that men did not see whither they were going. and my pity. long ago. to their fate. I wonder. later. since they had nothing else to vindicate them . perhaps these men came before the Councils of Scholars." could give it up and not know what they had lost. And they. from the depth of some one spirit. in those days. the structure of centuries collapsed about them.those eager to obey. for they knew. for it is hard for me to conceive how men who knew the word "I. and their night was not without hope. Man. Thus did all thought.” . Through all the darkness. Thus did men .men with nothing to offer save their great numbers lose the steel towers. the structure whose every beam had come from the thought of some one man. a few of clear sight and clean soul. And they chose to perish. but it will awaken. the flying ships. such as spirit existed but for its own sake.those men could neither carry on. For that which they died to save can never perish. Those men who survived . It may wear chains. in blindness and cowardice. And man will go on. some men had been born with mind and the courage to recover these things which were lost. nor preserve what they had received. and went on. To them. I send my salute across the centuries. But I still wonder how it was possible. For the battle they lost can never be lost. They answered as I have been answered and for the same reasons. all wisdom perish on earth. for I have lived in the City of the damned.

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