First time posting: Grade my essay?
Hello everyone. I'll be taking the October 6 SAT exam and I haven't had anyone to look at my first practice essay to tell me how bad it is and what score it might get. I will appreciate any comments!
Prompt: Is it important to question the ideas and decisions of people in positions of authority?
There is no absolute right or wrong in this world. It follows unquestionably that those in authority will definitely have flawed conceptions. That is why I believe we should always be open to the idea of questioning authority.
Take the Nazi government for example. It was a powerful authority at the time of Hitler's rule. Hitler despised Jews and therefore he implemented an array of methods to humiliate, bully and even expunge them. I highly doubt his actions were morally palatable, yet at that time, no one dared to question his false acclamations and horrendous acts. Had the people under Hitler not been obsequious and blind followers, and had they reexamined his polices before carrying them out, there would not be so much pain and enmity to bear after the war had ended.
In certain societies such as the Japanese, it is still considered crude to bring up suspicions about those in authority. A young male co-polit once hesitated to correct the captain's decision during a flight and it resulted in a tragic crash. All that was needed to avert this disaster was a simple trespassing over the intangible line of disagreeing someone older - a person of greater authority.
I do not claim that it is essential for us to constantly challenge what the people-in-command say. However, it surely would be refreshing if some of us stepped out of conformity from time to time, just so the rest of us can be reminded that times are a-changing, and what was ideal yesterday might not be as reliable as it was for the situations today.