Analysis Of David Foster Wallace 's ' Our Life And Work '

924 Words Mar 11th, 2015 4 Pages
Karina Mendoza-Tapia
Prof. Dyer
ENGWR 101 T/TH 1:00-3:05
03 March 2015 Default Setting
David Foster Wallace’s point in “Our Life and Work”, the speech addresses the issue that every individual faces on day to day basis. Wallace explains how the default-setting of our mind is program to focus on ourselves and to interpret everything through our own eyes, making us the center of the universe. “ You have to wander all over the huge, overlit store’s crowded aisles to find the stuff you want, and have to maneuver your junky cart through all these other tired, hurries people with carts, and of course there are also the glacially slow old people and the ADHD kids who all block the aisle and you have grit your teeth and try to be polite as you ask them to let you by...” our default-setting views all these barriers standing in our way, we don’t bother to take other people in consideration, we don’t take a second to feel sympathy for those old people or those ADHD kids because we are too busy thinking about ourselves. Wallace defines default-setting as self-centeredness that have been hardwired into our boards at birth. “There is no experience you’ve had that you were not at the absolute center of.” Each person are deeply and literally self-centered, they see and interpret everything through their own eyes. People can adjust their natural default-setting by learning how to exercise control over how and what they think.
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