Response Essay on “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor
In her book My Beloved World in the last chapters, Sotomayor points out some views about her life and about life in general. First, she points out that her admission to Yale was because of her hard work and dedication and not because of her ethnicity as many people wanted to believe. Sotomayor also points out that in her view; money has never been a quota of success. She says in chapter 20 “I had never seen money as the definite or absolute measure of success” (p. 225). She also points out that her motivation to become a lawyer was to get a chance to seek justice in the courtroom. When she started practicing law, she had some personal values in the practice that there should be morality in law and also that there should be idealism in the practice of law.
All of these values, beliefs, and attitudes of Sotomayor are based on what she has experienced in her life, and they are different from what I have personally experienced. For example, I have never really had a mind to think that someone can be accepted into an Ivy League institution based on his or her ethnic background. I think people get admitted to these schools based on their credentials and capabilities. In my experience, most people follow through to get their careers because they are motivated by the money they will get in those careers. Nevertheless, this does not apply to all people as some are driven by passion. Morality and idealism in the practice of law are also a bit different from my personal experience since I had heard of cases where judges get bribed, and lawyers by witnesses.
In this view, I have learned a lot from Sotomayor’s life experience and her views and beliefs about life have taught me that there are people with integrity and who do their work with a lot of passion. I have also learned that happy ends can happen to anyone of us.
The setting of this film by Maciel David brings out certain issues of concern that point out the evilness in society at the time. Governments at the time participated in the unjust ethnic cleansing where they killed people who were not natives of their country in Guatemala. These people, for example, Indians were known as handymen whose only use was to work hard labor in their own country. The only refuge was to run away to avoid being killed by the government, and the only place they could think of was the US. The amount of human suffering presented in this book is so much that I am not able to identify with it.
In my experience, all people are equal regardless of their ethnic background or race. The authority ought to take care of all its citizens regardless of their backgrounds or social status. This movie changed my way of thinking to realize that the same injustice that happened many years ago in Guatemala also happened in a place that I call home when the White men ambushed the original Native Americans and killed them just like it happened in any other type of ethnic cleansing in the world history. The only difference in the case of Enrique and Rosa is that they experience this injustice at a much modern time when it is their own government that wanted them dead. I may not fully identify with this Enrique and Rosa’s experience by I have come to learn that social injustice is real now as it was many centuries ago. I now have a better appreciation of today’s world where rules are set to protect all citizens of a country regardless of their background or ethnicity.
Maciel, David. El Norte: The U.s.-Mexican Border in Contemporary Cinema. San Diego, Calif:
Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias San Diego State University, 1990. Print.
Sotomayor, Sonia. My Beloved World. New York: Knopf, 2013. Print.