Personal Manifesto: What Really Matters
This week’s writing is your final manifesto—What Really Matters. You will follow the guidelines provided below as you write your own 5-6 page manifesto.
This manifesto is completely personal and answers the question:
What do I love and how will I let that shape what I do?
We are all the authors of our own stories to some extent. So how do you want to live—how do you want to be as a compassionate and conscious citizen of the world? You will take all that you have learned in the class and reflect on your own life—now and projected into the future—as a source of knowledge for thinking about what really matters.
You will notice there is no background section as that will be woven into each part if and as necessary, in total, this assignment should be 5-6 pages (double spaced). While the manifesto must include all the elements listed above in some way, please feel free to otherwise reimagine the format.
· Preamble: You will begin this assignment by explaining why it is important for you to have a manifesto about what really matters (to you). Why should this be addressed?
· What Really Matters: As you construct your personal manifesto, you can think of many questions related to “What do I love and how will I let that shape what I do?,” that you turn into at least 5 normative statements, including:
o What do you love? What brings you joy?
o How did you come to know what you love (context/experience/reflect/act/evaluate)?
o How do your known gifts/talents help shape what you do?
o How discernment impact what you love…how it is integrated into your life help you to know your vocation?
o How understanding a call to serve impact what you love…how is your call to service integrated into your life?
o How does creating balance in your life create space for the things you love?
o How does your acknowledgment of the sacred in your life point you towards what you love point you to ‘what really matters?’
- To “make your case,” EACH of your 5 (or more) normative statements will be accompanied by a 150-200 word explanation that (a) explains the principle, and (b) why you adopted it/why it is important to you…each explanation should reference at least one source as support (and class sources count).
- [Across the manifesto, as you are articulating your support for normative statements please includes at least 4 different sources that you read in class.]
· Declaration of Action: This is a concluding declaration that synthesizes the normative statements (and their explanations) in order to lay out a coherent vision statement on ‘what really matters’ with a call to action: What will you do as a result of your manifesto? What will you NOT do as a result of it? Make a declaration that reflects what you stand for. Within this Declaration of Action, please make sure this question is answered as it pertains to a Magis Core objective:
o What does the world need from you? What is your vision of “justice, of serving the common good, and of working as an agent of social justice as a community leader, global citizen and professional within your chosen disciplinary or career field?”
· References: All works cited and consulted. Please utilize APA 6th edition.
For more information about writing a manifesto, please refer here.
Please submit your assignment by SATURDAY at 11:59pm