Oral ReportsI need to write an oral report on the quote: "if you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people" - virginia woolfe any ideas of what i could write about?

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booboosmoosh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think I would probably discuss what you used to know about yourself, and what you now know. It is very hard to be really honest with yourself. Sometimes we are just too close to see ourselves objectively. However, if you do something that rings true or slightly off, investigating why you feel that way teaches you about yourself. And, of course, the more you know about yourself, the easier it is to understand others and to connect with them as well. We learn to be more patient with people if we can somehow understand that someone who is nasty with us may have an intolerable life. If someone is tail-gating me while I drive, I try to imagine they have to get to the bathroom!

Good luck!

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Have a look at the website which certainly highlights the positives of all Madonna's work in Malawi

http://www.raisingmalawi.org/

Then have a look at some of the criticisms directed at this enterprise-

http://www.huliq.com/3302/73467/madonnagucci-fundraiser-raising-malawi-aids-charity-raised-37-million-questions-still-remain

This is only one example of the fine line which exists between the philanthropist and the self-publicist. You of couse need to decide which side of the line your selected example is on.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The second quote is saying that a person can have all the good intentions he wants, but if he don't do anything with the talent or wealth he has, then he has done nothing.  Thoughts don't count -- actions do.  It is a different phrasing of "put your money where your mouth is."

To write an essay on the quote, you need to brainstorm examples of things people talk about doing, especially things about helping others, but that they don't do for whatever reason.  For example, a year ago we were all heartbroken over the devastation in Haiti and talked about how bad it all was, but how many people donated funds to help the relief efforts?

fernholz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When I think of the second quote by Margaret Thatcher, "No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well." Money brings an entitlement to power and most people with this sense of power are on television, viewed by the world. When you think about that it's hard for any person to show the good they are doing in this world without being broadcast. In reality, all good samaritans should do it for the greater good of all mankind, not the fame and fortune we too often see in the media.


pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On the first topic, you might write about the idea that only a person who is honest about him/her self can really judge others.  If you cannot see your own flaws, you will be more likely to criticize others too much.  In addition, if you are blind to your own flaws, you may not be a good judge of character because you may be unable to accurately see what people are like.

So I would talk about those things -- that you need to be honest enough and perceptive enough to judge yourself before you can accurately judge others.

trophyhunter1 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To be truthful about oneself means to be extremely reflective and introspective as well as honest. People are quick to judge others, while hiding or not admitting their own shortcomings. Therefore, before someone is really able to judge another, they need to really be upfront about themselves. This is a hard thing to do as many times, by judging someone else, it deflects the focus away from you. People judge because it makes them feel better about themselves.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

For your second question you could consider whether wealth is a measure of more than just money: do we see people as more worthy citizens because they have the funds to be so. Perhaps look at some famous philanthropists to support your ideas.

kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I meant that you could explore say celebrities who 'support' certain causes where there may be an ulterior motive for their actions. Madonna and her recent adption of Malawian children as an act of charity (or publicity) springs to mind...

gohabsgo1234 | Student

I'm on the negative side of the quote so i wont be saying the positives of madonna's work I would be discussing the negatives.

gohabsgo1234 | Student

Kiwi,

Madonna adopted a malawian child as an act of charity but wheres the negative side in that?

like how are her intentions not as good as they seem?

-brettrosenberg4

(sorry I am on my friends account)

 

 

gohabsgo1234 | Student

Kiwi,

Madonna adopted a malawian child as an act of charity but wheres the negative side in that?

like how are her intentions not as good as they seem?

-brettrosenberg4

(sorry I am on my friends account)

 

 

gohabsgo1234 | Student

how was it an act of charity?

brettrosenberg4 | Student

lmetcalf more examples like that would be MUCHHHHHH appreciated!

brettrosenberg4 | Student

other examples would be really appreciated !

brettrosenberg4 | Student

omg good call maybe ill use that !

brettrosenberg4 | Student

i dont really understand what you mean by that?

brettrosenberg4 | Student

if you've got any other ideas it would be appreciated !

brettrosenberg4 | Student

well said thanks a lot man

brettrosenberg4 | Student

or this topic:

"no one would have remembered the good samaritan if hed only had good intentions. he has money as wel"l. - Margaret thatcher

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