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Jimmy Carter "A Call to Action" Review

Jimmy Carter A Call to Action

Jimmy Carter - A Call To Action

Larry Neal Gowdy

Copyright©2014-2016 - March 29, 2014

"A Call to Action" focuses on the injustice of global discrimination against females and how the Carter Center and other organizations throughout the world have made good progress towards curbing the discrimination while also alleviating many health and social problems. Carter's style of writing is straight to the point and intelligently assembled; a delight to read. The topics within "A Call to Action" are important to me, and they should be no less important to everyone else.


Page 8

Carter's description of his childhood is beneficial and very much appreciated because it lends us an idea of how his thoughts and personal standards were formed. Jimmy Carter grew up in a region of the USA where his white family was the small minority, and he formed his own opinions of equality by what he observed in his own life as well as by how he interpreted his religious beliefs.

Page 9

I enjoyed reading Carter's description of how he as a six-year-old boy interpreted the hypocritical behavior of adults'. Again, Carter's descriptions are valuable to me because they tell us how his standards were formed, how the standards were tested within social interactions, and how his standards grew more firm.

Page 15

I do not have a least-favorite topic simply because I care so little for some topics that I do not so much as exert the effort to judge which topic is worse than the other. Politics might not be the most boring topic to me, but it is lumped together with several others in my mind as being a waste of time. Carter's mention of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights resulted in my finding and reading the document online; the result was what I expected and the reason why I place no value in politics. An example from the Declaration:

"Article 26. (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children."

I will enter into the document further in a different article, but for the moment it is sufficient to quote Carter's opinion about the Declaration's promises of female equality: "It is shameful that these solemn international agreements, later ratified by national legislative bodies, are being violated so blatantly." I fully stand with Carter on his assessments. Parents in the USA are strictly forbidden to choose the kind of education wanted for their children, and more so for female children. The global discrimination against female education is fully unacceptable.

Page 27

Carter provides several religious examples of how females were once regarded as equals in Christianity but are now often held with disrespect. The topic of equality is what piqued my interest in Carter's book, and he presented the religious interpretations very well while retaining a positive tone.

The majority of the books that I read are either classics that date back thousands of years, or the recently written books that pertain to events that occurred in recent decades. "A Call to Action" has numerous references to events as recent as the past few months.

Most of us in developed countries are not aware of the injustices occurring throughout the world. I believe that "A Call to Action" is important, to remind us that our normal quibbles are unimportant when compared to the suffering of others' who will never have the opportunities that we take for granted.