Read the following passage, which contains some underlined or numbered words or phrases. Each of the answer choices contains alternatives for the underlines; choose the one that fits best grammatically or stylistically. If you think the original is the best answer, choose Choice ‘A’, or NO CHANGE.
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My Essential Truth
There is a growing problem in the world and it is affecting all people, regardless of where they come from, how old
they are, or which god they believe in. The fact is we’ve lost the ability to love one another, and the only way out
of this mess is for each of us to take an honest look at each other and ourselves, in search of the truth.
Recent events, including acts of terrorism on U.S. soil, as well as domestic acts of violence, seem to evidence that
everyone has lost their way. A mutual love and respect for members of our American society, as well as those who
call elsewhere “home,” is of the utmost importance, not only for the sake of peaceful discourse, but also for our own
sanity and success and survival of children all over the world. Yet, the very people who claim to want, these (4) things
continue to perpetuate, negativity, hate, and anger by focusing more on themselves–their wealth, their comfort, and
their own prejudices–than on the needs of others. The love that is so essential to the survival of the human race has
all but disappeared and the only way to get it back is to reach out to a higher power. This is the theme in the Black
Eyed Peas’ song, “Where is the Love,” a song inspired by the 9/11 attacks.
I believe, with everything I am, that love, for God and for our brothers and sisters, is at the core of everything that
is supposed to be. My daily prayer I pray every day is that I can walk with love in my heart for everyone, even (and
especially) those for whom I find it most difficult to love, and every day I fail, in spite of my better intentions. I do
not struggle with racism, hate, or anger, per say, but I do wrestle with anxiety. As such, I tend to focus too much on
my own fears and my need to protect myself versus paying attention to what God wants me to do for those with
whom I come in contact. So I have to call out to him constantly and seek his guidance. He reminds me, through
scriptures, through others, and through prayer, of HIS essential truth, which I strive to make mine, as well, that
he IS love and that I am called to allow him to love others through me.
If we want to put an end to the hate and the anger we see so much of these days, the issue must first be addressed
on a personal and spiritual level. However, I can’t exactly expect others to learn how to love one another if I cannot
do it myself.
Created for Albert.io. August 2015.
What correction(s) need to be made to the middle of Sentence 4?