An Enigmatic Escape: Looking Without Seeing

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Isaac Ryerson Martin Grant English 101 6/1/17 Looking Without Seeing “As an adult, I had mastered the art of looking without seeing and hearing without listening and eating without tasting and maybe even existing without living.” (Dan Groat, An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy.) What Dan Groat is saying, is that we will live most of our lives not really knowing what we are doing. We will be blind to reality and we will turn from the truth. Because of our ability to twist the world into what we want it to be. In our world today, we spend our entire lives thinking that we are the center of it all. We think that the world revolves around us and that no one else matters but ourselves. Occasionally we will try to work with each other, but overall,…show more content…
It's the automatic, unconscious way that I experience the boring, frustrating, crowded parts of adult life when I'm operating on the automatic, unconscious belief that I am the center of the world and that my immediate needs and feelings are what should determine the world's priorities.” (Wallace: This is Water) What Wallace is saying is that, because of our pride, it doesn’t matter what other people are struggling with. It’s all about me, so who cares what you are stressed out about. Unfortunately, he is right. We have become so wrapped up in our own lives and our own problems, that we have forgotten that we aren’t the only people in the world. We no longer see our self-righteousness as a problem, it has always been present in our everyday lives, so we don’t try and change it. We look at it, but we don’t truly see…show more content…
We become so absorbed in ourselves that we don’t see the other people walking around us. Or we do see them, but we don’t see them as people. We see them as these “things” that far too often get in the way of me and my life. For example, say you are driving home from a rough day at work, the traffic is bad, it’s raining, and you are late for dinner. You get angry and start venting your anger out on the drivers around you. Eventually you see that the traffic is bad because there has been a terrible wreck. An eighteen-wheeler lost control of its breaks when it came up to a red light, and completely destroyed the five cars that were crossing the intersection. What’s the first thought that enters your mind? Not, “Oh my God! How can I help these people!” Instead, it’s, “Now I’m REALLY going to be late for dinner.” It’s sad, but true. We look at the world as self-righteous people, not the humble and caring people that we should be. Because of our pride, we have changed the world into what we want it to be. If we continue down this path of self-centeredness, it will only lead us to
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