Discussion of the article "Home of the Roma Kings", in the September 2012 issue of National Geographic discusses the lifestyle of wealthy modern-age gypsies from Romania

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Money Does Not Make A Good Person: Argumentative Essay Connecting

The Values in Postman’s Essay to Those of Wealthy Roma Gypsies

What did one Visigoth say to the other Visigoth? Nothing, Visigoths don’t value language. I was once told that your values dictate that way you live, and so when you chose your values you are ultimately choosing what is important to you. Neil Postman, a highly regarded American author, media theorist, and cultural critic, said in his essay entitled My Graduation Speech "You must be an Athenian or a Visigoth” and then went on to say that to be an Athenian or a Visigoth is to act with a certain set of values (par. 11). If you align yourself with the Athenian values then you hold knowledge, complex language, community, and respect in high regard. On the other hand, to be a Visigoth is to value money, power, and to have no sense of community. The article titled Home of the Roma Kings, in the September 2012 issue of National Geographic discusses the lifestyle of wealthy modern-age gypsies from Romania. These people are self-centered, as they have been known to seek attention by paying performers to call out their name, and to wear expensive clothing with their names embroidered on it. They also do not exemplify moderation or modesty as they live in extensively large houses with many unlived in rooms. Visigoth values are exemplified in the article, Home of the Roma Kings. The article suggests that these modern day gypsies uphold the Visigoth values of not keeping traditions though not being travelers, only being interested in one’s own affairs through spending lots of money on selfish objects, and not believing in moderation through building excessively large mansions.

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The Visigoth value of not keeping traditions is exemplified by the wealthy Roma, for they are not travelers as their previous generation was. Postman said that to Visigoths “Tradition exists for their own convenience” (par. 8). What he is saying that the Visigoth’s did not value keeping traditions, as the Athenian’s did, but they only had traditions if they were advantageous.  The article explains that the wealthy Roma no longer keep the traditions that had been passed down for many generations: such as living in monstrous sized houses instead of traveling and living in caravans. "Some affluent Roma, especially the ...

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