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America's Mission

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America's Mission In order to understand what America's mission is today, we must first examine her past. America's mission began with the Puritans. However, it has changed dramatically over the course of history and many lives have been sacrificed for the mission, furthermore, the mission has and will continue to change over the course of time. The Puritans came to the New World during the 1700's and used the bible to gain land and wealth. They felt that it was their God-given duty to bring civilization to the new world, and to make the land prosperous. These hypocritical people would accomplish this with only two tools, their bibles, and their guns. They stole land from people whom they labeled as "wild men". Of course, these men (indigenous people) were wild to them because the Puritans had never seen people living off the land. The Native American's way of life did not coincide with the European-American's way of life; therefore, the Native Americans were forced to conform to the European-American's way of life. ...read more.

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In addition, everyone knows that money is power. We have the money; it is our power and our strength. Moreover, Martin Luther King had the same, yet slightly different concept of what America's mission was. He believe that our mission should start right in America. He advocated the idea that love must start at home. In addition, he agreed with the idea that America did have a major role to play in God's plan, by spreading the ideas of freedom and democracy, as the article stated. Dr King wanted Americans to help build one another up, eliminate oppression, and everyone to be treated as equals. This is what he called "the beloved community". This was the only way to begin the mission in Dr King's view. Therefore, it is our chance to make an intelligent choice, a choice that would preserve life and not waste it on the battlefields of war. In my opinion, America's mission should not change. We should continue to do what we have been doing as far as the world is concerned. ...read more.

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It was a life changing experience for me. It allowed me to see the world from a different perspective. I soon realized that our mission was not one that every person in the world wanted or respected. Some people in the world envy our freedom. Therefore, they want to strip us of our freedom and democracy. For example, the latest terrorism attack was aimed to cripple our mission and our freedom. Additionally, it may have slowed us down, but it did not stop our mission. In fact, it made our mission even stronger. I feel that America's mission today is in line with what Dr Martin Luther King and the Navy's view of mission. In addition, I feel our mission is an appropriate one. We are now able to spread our mission around the globe because we are now able to cross the barrier of racism and segregation. Nevertheless, in doing so we must remember that not everyone will accept our mission. That is a proven fact! Our views are not acceptable to other countries, even though the past two hundred years or so have proven that our mission works. ...read more.

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