Wallace’s notion, in other words, suggests what he believes to be the true value of a post-secondary, liberal arts education. That it consciously guides us in choosing how and what to perceive in certain situations, in turn allowing us a choice in how we interpret such experiences in day-to-day, adult life. The alternative to this conscious state of mind is the unconscious or “default” settings of human psychology, in where our narcissistic and arrogant emotions control how we view things. Wallace states that although these feelings are natural, expressing them day-in and day-out as reaction to the trenches of daily adult life can make us “slaves” to...
This Is sown by telling stories. While it may put you in a better mental state if you tell yourself that the guy who cut you off on the highway could be rushing his kid to the hospital, which would mean, in Wallace’s words, “he’s in a bigger, more legitimate hurry than I am: it is actually I who am in HIS way,” what if they aren’t? What if that guy who cuts you off on the highway really is just being a jerk? If you force yourself to believe otherwise, can that still be considered a genuine or appropriate interpretation and response?He argues that the ability to choose what to think and how to perceive, coupled with an allergy to the automatic responses to our daily annoyances, inform the sympathy and awareness that are the purpose of a quality education. The main message from the speech to me is the way he can look past things and come to conclusion within himself. David Foster Lewis says “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” This quote really explains how people get so caught up in
He tells a story of the hideous grocery stores, the painstakingly slow traffic, and the exhausted faces of the masses in his way after a hard day’s work. The interpretation reaches its peak of compassion when he tells the audience about those teeth grinding moments when SUVs cut off people in the middle of traffic and Wallace then proceeds to ask the audience to reconsider this occurrence with all the possibilities. Such Possibilities may include that the SUV may belong to someone who was in a tragic accident and now must drive this heavy machinery in order to feel safe as well as the possibility that this SUV cut them off because they may have a child injured in the passenger seat and they are speeding to a hospital. The simple fact that the endangerment of children tugs at the core of people’s hearts makes this an incredible use of pathos. The overwhelming sympathy mankind feels for one another in times of need drives the purpose of Wallace’s address to supreme
I believe David Foster Wallace’s aim for writing this piece was to explain his reasoning for killing and eating animals and to understand other people’s views on the issue as well. This is apparent throughout the writing. Wallace starts out by giving his personal description of the Maine Lobster Festival. He describes how it takes place July 30th through August 3rd, thousands of people come to the festival every year, its broadcasted on live television by CNN, and about 25,000 fresh lobsters are eaten over the course of the festival. Additionally, he goes into the biology of the lobster such as the scientific name and evolution. Leading up to this, he states the question for writing this piece, “Is it alright to boil a sentient creature alive for our gustatory pleasure” (p.9 Wallace)?
...ty.” Wallace might agree when bringing up the importance in how we view people—and in that, maybe how we perceive their intelligence. So is a post-secondary education meant to further the ideology of intellectual knowledge? While a formal educational experience differs greatly from its informal, on-the-job counterpart, both have the potential to emit great knowledge.
The film covers the life of William Wallace from the time he is a small boy, when
During a commencement ceremony, David Foster Wallace addresses graduating students with a query of how to think critically, away from their default parameters of thought. The challenge laid by Wallace was to begin learning how to break away from an egocentric method of thought--away from being able to narrowly look at a situation and observe how it may have a personal effect, in preference for a train of thought that looks at “why is this happening and how does it affect everyone involved”? This is supported by multiple analogies that Wallace covers, such as trying to comprehend why someone is driving defensively in an SUV, or why someone is driving recklessly and in a hurry. Wallace goes as far as to reverse the egocentric train of thought
On August 28, 1963, the legendary Martin Luther King Jr. gave his empowering speech, demanding equality among the African American and white race, and the injustices that have proved the conditions unequal between the two races. In his speech, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. uses many rhetorical devices to convey the idea that whites have brutally mistreated blacks for hundreds of years, even though, as a group, they have paved the nation, laying the foreground of the United States.
Martin Luther King Jr’s most compelling point was that every person has the same rights
Although the presentation, of information, might have been a bit fast paced for the likes of some, the arguments that Ken Robinson presents in his speech were effectively communicated, as they have both logical and emotional appeals. Ken’s portrayal of an outdated system, that is almost reliant on medication in order to be effective, was logically sound, as it is necessary to raise not only the standard of education, but the means through which our children are educated as well. Ken appealed to me emotionally in numerous areas, but the one that hit hardest, was when he mentioned that a college degree no longer guaranteed a job, it 's a scary thought that even though I have a college degree, there is still a chance that I may still end up working