Alpha Chi Nu Chapter

Phi Theta Kappa at Southern Maine Community College

Madeline Albright at Convention

Posted by alphachinu on April 22, 2006

The Keynote Speaker for the Third General Session was the admirable Madeline Albright. She spoke of the need for everyone to show basic respect to their fellow people. She also spoke of the interconnectedness of a lot of religions: Treat others how you want to be treated. Whether in Christianity, Judiasm, Buddism, Hinduism, Confucism, or Islam. The major texts of each of the named religions have respect for the individual at their core. Respect for the individual, as Ms. Albright continued, includes not killing or otherwise hurting others with intent.

The views Ms. Albright spoke of are very prominient in my own life. In the last six months or so, I have been developing a burning desire to promote respect for individuals, dignity for all, and the ability to make choices being allowed to all. In the human services field there are times when guardians, workers, counselors, state case workers, and even advocates deny the chance to choose to the individuals who are being served. This can happen in any agency, state, or country. All individuals must be asked for input in decisions regarding them. If the decision is unavoidable, then the support team can work with the person to make the decision easier to handle.

We are all individuals, and as such are entitled to choose how we are to live our lives. Without the chance to make choices something in us dies. We need to be able to control our destiny in some small way. Without the chance to control our destiny, we withdraw, develop anger issues, and either hurt others or ourselves. Homicide and suicide are the ultimate expressions of anger. Homicide is extreme anger directed at others and suicide is extreme anger directed at ourselves.

Jennifer Cragen
Public Relations Secretary


One Response to “Madeline Albright at Convention”

  1. Madeline Albrights presentation was the best!! She said everything exactly how it was, did not sugar coat anything and was completely honest about how she felt about the Bush Administration, their choices and the war. She would be one person I would love to be able to sit down with and have lunch, to be able to get her views on other subjects as well as the presidency.

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