Franklin D. Roosevelt gave his fourth and final inaugural address in 1945, the last year of World War II. He encouraged the nation to keep its ethical commitments, to continue to strive for perfection, and to despise the fear of failure. What do you think about Roosevelt's view of commitment?
Here is the address: http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres52.html
I think Roosevelt was telling Americans to hold on to their values. We believed in protecting human rights no matter what the consequences were. In World War II, our faith was tested. It was a horrible war, but for a good cause.
I think that FDR is telling the American people that as a country and as individuals we must remain committed to making the world a safe place for all people. He refers to living as men not as ostriches, I think with this statement he is telling us we can not live our lives with our head buried in the sand and ignore injustices around us, we must remain committed to helping those that need help.
Roosevelt has identified one thing that has always made the United States of America stand out from other countries. We fight for those who cannot fight by themselves. We stand up for the underdogs. This benefits us as well, and as Roosevelt put it "To have a friend, you have to be one."
This is a little vague... maybe you can comment on answers you get to tell us if we are giving you what you need.
To me, FDR is saying that commitment consists of following through on what we have started. He is saying that we have to keep working for good. We have to strive to be perfect even if we can't actually achieve it.
That idea strikes me as a sound one. I believe that people should always try to do the best they possibly can, even if they will never achieve their goals. The same should be true of countries.
I have to write an essay qualifying, supporting, or challenging Roosevelt's point of view. I found that my teacher's wording was a bit vague as well, so I'm not positive on what I am supposed to write.