Are You Listening?

Everyone has their opinions on public power, especially the government. There are many political and social views on how the government should be run. With democracy, it is the people who decide who has the power. Power is defined as the position of authority. It is then questionable whether the people holding this authority is using it properly. What is the proper use of power in authority? It is a matter of personal opinion, but wholly, who ever is in charge has to listen to these opinions.
Religion is one of the things that often conflicts with the government and where power is often questioned in. In Antigone, her views are that God’s laws are served first before man’s laws. Creon’s view is that whatever the ruler decides is right. There is confliction involved in these two arguments because they both feel strongly on where they stand, neither willing to back down. In the story it is left for the reader to figure out his or her own views, from the other characters’ arguments.
Haimon and Teiresias have their own views on Creon’s judgment, upon his punishment for Antigone. Haimon believes Creon needs to listen and obey God, while Teiresias splits sides with Creon and Antigone. He sides with his father, but in ruling, feels he should pursue wisdom through flexibility, following traditions, and avoiding pride. In the story, it is portrayed that Creon was wrong, from the plot along with these characters‘ views. The logic of both views is while Creon is the king, he needs to know when to back down and listen.
In the Ten Commandments article by the editorial board of Los Angeles Times, it was yet another struggle for power between religion and government. It was argued whether official prayers in public schools violated the First Amendment. It is questionable on who’s right because everyone can be biased. Recently, it was ruled that in Pleasant Grove, Utah, with   a Ten Commandments Monument at a city park “must also make room for the Seven Aphorisms of...