Are the people we admire admirable?

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Are the people we admire admirable?

  • Maybe, maybe…. not!


  • Why are we doing what we are doing when we are doing it?

What does ADMIRATION mean to you?

  • Discuss ADMIRATION with your group and make a list of what makes a person ADMIRABLE:
  • According to my group, “admiration” includes the following traits: ___________.
  • Extended Definition: Admiration
  • 5 elements of extended definition
  • 1.Short definition
  • 2. Division or Analysis
  • 3. Examples
  • 4. Comparison/Contrast
  • 5. Effect
  • N.B. No “you” + banned words

What traits make us admirable?

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Perseverance
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

1) Trustworthiness

  • A trustworthy person is someone in whom we can place our trust and rest assured that the trust will not be betrayed. A person can prove his/her trustworthiness by fulfilling an assigned responsibility - and as an extension of that, to not let down our expectations.
  • The responsibility can be either material, such as delivering a mail package on time, or it can be a non-material such as keeping an important secret to himself. A trustworthy person is someone that we can put our worries and secrets into and know they won’t come out.

2) Respect

  • Respect is taking into consideration the views and desires of others and incorporating it into your decisions. Being truthful to people. When you respect another, you factor in and weigh others' thoughts and desires into your planning and balance it into your decision making.
  • Example: respecting someone's opinion. You may or may not agree, but you place it into consideration, and it may ultimately influence your decision.
  • Respect can also be applied to taking care of oneself or the environment. Respect adds general reliability to social interactions. It helps people get along with other people.

3) Perseverance (+example essay)

  • n. Steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose
  • Includes:
  • Overcoming Great Odds
  • Inventing Something
  • Pursuing a Great Talent
  • Making a Transformation

4) Responsibility

  • A duty, obligation or liability for which someone is responsible or accountable.
  • Accountability- Answerable, being required to answer for one's actions. Sometimes the term "accountable" is used with a moral connotation ("normatively" ) meaning morally required to answer for one's actions.

5) Fairness

  • Demonstrating that one is free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice
  • Equity- something that is fair and just
  • Equality- the state or quality of being equal; correspondence in quantity, degree, value, rank, or ability.
  • How are the concepts of equity and equality different?

6) Caring

  • to feel concern about
  • to watch over; be responsible for
  • How is the concept of being “soft” problematic?

7) Citizenship

  • Pastor Martin Niemöller (German anti-Nazi activist) wrote:
  • In Germany they first came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me — and by that time no one was left to speak up.


  • The Holocaust illustrates the consequences of prejudice, racism and stereotyping in a society. It forces us to examine the responsibilities of citizenship and confront the powerful ramifications of indifference and inaction.
  • Tim Holden

Citizenship (+ assignment)

  • 1. the state of being vested with the rights, privileges, and duties of a citizen.
  • 2.the character of an individual viewed as a member of society; behavior in terms of the duties, obligations, and functions of a citizen: an award for good citizenship.

Let’s put these people to the test!

  • Do these people meet ALL seven traits? How so?

Let’s put these people to the test!

  • How about these famous people?

Public Perception

  • Is Oprah an admirable person?

Ok, let’s take a quiz!

  • Answer True or False to the following statements:
  • A professional athlete is an admirable person.
  • A celebrity who has paparazzi following them is an admirable person.
  • Someone who volunteers for Green Peace is an admirable person.
  • There is only one right answer to this section!

The Answer….

  • It depends!


  • Make a list of 5 individuals on whom there is published work that you admire. Apply the 7 characteristics of admirability.
  • Every person in class must have a different person.
  • If you run out of options, our visit to the library will help.

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