Saturday, January 12, 2008

NOBLESSE OBLIGE: ARE WE MEETING THE MINIMAL STANDARDS OF DECENCY IN POST KATRINA NEW ORLEANS?





"Indeed you can usually tell when the concepts of democracy and citizenship are weakening."

There is an increase in the role of charity and in the worship of volunteerism. These represent the √©lite citizen's imitation of noblesse oblige; that is, of pretending to be aristocrats or oligarchs, as opposed to being citizens." — John Ralston Saul



"Noblesse oblige" is generally used to imply that with wealth, power and prestige come social responsibilities. The phrase is sometimes used derisively, in the sense of condescending, patronising or hypocritical social responsibility.

The term has also been applied more broadly to those who are capable of simple acts to help another, usually one who is less fortunate.


In ethical discussion, {Noblesse Oblige} is sometimes used to summarize a moral economy wherein privilege must be balanced by duty towards those who lack such privilege or who cannot perform such duty.

Finally, it has been used recently primarily to refer to public responsibilities of the rich, famous and powerful, notably to provide good examples of behaviour or to exceed minimal standards of decency.WIKI



NOBLESSE OBLIGE - THE DESIRE TOUR


position #1 on map



map of the photographed areas

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GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER

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choose from one of the following which DESCRIPTIONS most closely resembles these buildings:

detention center


prison camp


military installment




Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.


George Washington Carver




How could we do this to children?


How could we do this to each other?




How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young,

compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving

and tolerant of the weak and strong.

Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver

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