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Finding One´s Self, Though Society´s Values Want to Shape Us

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One’s everyday life is all too often a drab and boring one, simply following a schedule as one

has always done. In these circumstances, it is all too easy to simply go with the flow and become self- centered, losing sight of oneself in the process. However, it is important that one stops and finds oneself

and throw off society’s values, what David Foster Wallace calls “the default setting”.

Joseph Campbell, a former mythologist, writer, and lecturer, talked a lot about finding oneself.

In an interview titled “The Power of Myth”, Campbell explains that the inability to find oneself is “the

threat to our lives… Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going

to be able to make use of the system for the attainment of human purposes.” If one is unable to find

oneself, one becomes nothing more than a product of the system and loses their individuality. And the

only way to beat the system is to find oneself by throwing off the values of the system and finding our

own. When one has done this, one is able to find oneself and begin to change the world, a change only

possible once one has changed oneself first.

Another author, Tom Robbins, also discusses the importance of breaking with the values of

society in order to find oneself. In his essay “In Defiance of Gravity”, Robbins writes about what is called

“Crazy Wisdom,” which is wisdom that “deliberately swims against the current in order to avoid being

swept along in its
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