It is easy to imagine that events and experiences in our lives will be perfect, but no matter how good something turns out to be, it can never live up to our expectations. Reality never matches our imaginations. For that reason, we should make sure our plans and goals are modest and attainable. We are much better off when reality surpasses our expectations and something turns out better than we thought it would. Adapted from Baltasar Gracian y Morales, The Art of Worldly Wisdom
Assignment: Is it best to have low expectations and to set goals we are sure of achieving? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
It is often easy to imagine that we can never live up to our expectations. Often, too, people have low expectations of themselves. But, while it may appear that low expectations are optimal, low expectations can have deleterious effects on and can exacerbate the current situation. It is best to have high expectations, which can have incredibly positive outcomes. This point can be exemplified by examining two important figures in world history: Winston Churchill and Frederick Douglass.
In the Second World War, Britain fought against Adolf Hitler of Germany, and it appeared in the early stages that Britain would be forced to soon surrender. And yet a powerful British leader, Winston Churchill, gave an incredibly stirring speech to the British people, many of whom thought that they would lose. Winston Churchill said that Britain will fight to preserve its institutions and democracy. Britain would fight Germany against all odds. This boosted morale to a great extent, and indeed, Britain was one of the winners of the war. Surely without Churchill's high expectations, Britain could very possible not have had enough morale to continue fighting. Here is an example of a way in which high expectations...