Persausive Essays Are Pointless

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The definition of "persuade" in Webster's New College Dictionary is: To induce one to believe or do something; to argue into an opinion or procedure; to plead with, urge. I have believed that one who allows his opinion be changed by another is someone who lacks a strong will. I understand that people have the talent of convincing others, but personally I would not change my mind about a subject unless I was unsure about it in the beginning.While writing this essay I have become aware of one personal trait, which I do not really care about much. I have no intention of letting other people know about the few things that I do care about. I found it pointless to try to write a persuasive essay about a subject for which I do not care about. The only thing I could think to try to convince people to do was to refuse to write a persuasive essay ever again. I faced a kind of moral paradox with this, though. If I wrote a persuasive essay telling people not to write persuasive essays, what kind of example would I be? I was convinced that I was not going to do this paper, but in a showing of my own lack of will, I was bribed into writing this essay. I realize that teachers would probably be angry about this somewhat counter productive essay, but nevertheless students should refuse to write persuasive essays unless their own will convinces them to do so.Most persuasive essays written by adolescents are fluff in the eyes of authority anyway. Sure, you could write a persuasive essay about plenty of subjects. For example, "Kids should be allowed to skateboard anywhere they want." It's a perfectly fine essay for someone who really cares about it. The problem is that most of the authorities who would decide where a youth could skateboard feel that skateboarding is useless. "Average kids who skateboard get hurt. Skateboards are very useless in the fact that they put kids in danger," says Martha Editor of the BBC United Kingdom Newspaper. "Skateboarding for transportation is as harmless to pedestrians as running" says a senior systems engineer. Most normal teenagers should not care about abortion, assisted suicide, and topics of that nature, yet they write persuasive essays about these subjects. The reason is that they have to in order to get a good grade in that class.Adults have a tendency to look at things in the long run, and fighting over skateboarding does not make any sense in the long run. For example many parents tend to blow things out of proportion when a problem is taking place. When you have a problem at school, the parent usually is going to want to lie out all of the facts on the table. Sometimes they also want to go through a long drawn out lecture. How many 16 year olds have plans of skateboarding for the rest of their life? The idea of a 30 year old skateboarding around town causes me to laugh very loudly, even when I am by myself. It seems pointless, and maybe even infeasible; to argue about a subject you know you will not care about in a few...

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