Office of Representative Rush Holt
Any change that makes our life easier, without a doubt shifts the way we live, for the better. Alterations within our lives that increase the quality of life come from ideas and advancements. Ridding our life of adversities and hardships through modifications within the way we live have been noted through great leaders and authors in history. The changes in our lives that make them stress-free , mitigate it to increase the quality of life, as shown by Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham jail, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”.
King’s letter from Birmingham Jail unequivocally expresses King’s concern to the white clergymen to change laws to create a better environment for all citizens of America. Writing from his jail cell in Birmingham, King articulates his concern with the U.S. government in regards to the unjust treatment of blacks. He believed that in order to create a suitable environment for everyone living in the U.S. equal treatment would be the best alternative. King became the leader of the blacks, and his “I have a dream” changed the opinions of many extremists. King even encouraged the boycott of the Montgomery bus system. In 1987, finally blacks were given equal rights. This change that was brought about became a long lasting shift into a world filled with positivity and an overall optimistic outlook. This constant progress was evident in the election of America’s first black president, Barack Obama. The changes brought about by King show that they act only for the better of the country.
Roosevelt’s presidency proved to the country that his actions changed the way America ran for the goodwill of the nation. FDR entered the presidential seat in one of the toughest times in U.S. history, The Great Depression, which was a result of the…...