The story “Editha” can be used as a lens to analyze the
problem of America’s ignorance and can teach us that the importance of
awareness and knowledge goes beyond the benefit of the individual.
Editha’s views of war and patriotism lead to the tragic
death of her beloved George. Her obsession of belief about the rightness and necessity of war compels
her appeasing fiancé, to go against his beliefs and principles about the
sovereignty of world peace, and participate in what he fears and dislikes most,
battling and possibly even killing other human beings.
A current issue today is that of the ignorance of American’s.
Many American’s are unfamiliar with overseas problems making it impossible for
them to aid in the formation and execution of foreign policy that is an
essential component of self-government in a healthy modern democracy. People need
to develop a deeper appreciation and familiarity of the complex forces at work,
so that popular attitudes are no longer subject to crass manipulation.
Reasonably so, Americans are more worried over issues at home, however, that
makes it harder to persuade them that every aspect of struggle and issue of
public concern will soon have an international facet. But the continued
ignorance of or indifference towards how other people see the world, is a
concrete threat to our own security as a country.
Editha’s unawareness and inaccurate ideas about war are
similar to that of the American people’s unfamiliarity with foreign issues. Not
having the right picture of the rest of the world could lead to naïve beliefs and
uneducated decisions with consequences similar to those of George. Egotism and
ignorance like Editha’s leads to the suffering of many people. It is important
to understand foreign countries and to maintain international relationships to
make educated choices and to ensure the safety of all people. The fact that
Howell’s wrote this piece in contrast of a historical event of the country
makes it even more relevant. Editha’s character is built specifically to deter
the reader away from the idea of war and to depict the country as a whole as
being foolish and disillusioned about the country’s past, so one can defer that
Editha’s viewpoint and character is important to avoid in the country’s future.