One cannot truly change the world around without first mastering the art of looking beyond oneself and into the outside world. This idea of looking beyond oneself has been the focus of ancient and modern philosophers throughout the world. In “The Is Water”(2005), a commencement address, David Foster Wallace, a modern day philosopher, implies that people generally view the world from a selfish perspective and elaborates on how the world should work to reverse its self-centered ways. Wallace reveals his topic through a series of anecdotes, each highlighting a different way we are focused on ourselves and then providing a way to view each situation from a different perspective. Wallace’s purpose is to point out the faults in thinking only for
Roster - A list of names The roster was called out before class started. Emblemized - Representation of something The star emblemized Jesus being born. Flailing - To struggle I was flailing in my math class. Extravagant - Excessive or over the top The wedding was beyond extravagant. Commitment - To bind yourself to an action The man had a very strong commitment to saving the people from dying. Anonymity - To be unknown The writer always protected his anonymity. Ordinary - Lacking distinction or average The girl was not just ordinary but extraordinary. Deliberately - In a careful unhurried manner or on purpose The man deliberately went into the water. Capacity - The capability to perform The man had the capacity to save the people. Dutifully - To be willingly obedient out of respect She dutifully helped the elder man off the floor. Task 2: Writting In Washington in 1982 there was a plane crash on the pentatonic river. A man repeatedly saved other lives in the place of his own. Rosenblatt states “The odd thing is that we do not even really believe that the man in the water lost his fight.” This man had so much courage and faith to put others lives before his. This saying, he had a plan in mind, he followed through with it, and achieved it so he did not lose the fight, he really won, and also shared his victory with others. He gave up everything he had to give hope to others. Rosenblatt gave another point being, “When the helicopter took off with what was to be the last survivor, he watched everything in the world move away from him, and he deliberately let it happen.” One could think he was content with what he had done. He sacrificed himself for the life of another life. This being said, the anonymous man in the water not only saved 5 lives with a humble heart but gave hope to
Ciara Young Professor Jenny Ronsman College Writing, Sec 0004 29 September 2017 We are all Self-centered This is Water, was a commencement speech given by David Foster Wallace at Kenyon College in 2005. Ever since this speech has been given it has become well known. Because of the length, it can be hard to read through the speech while trying to understand the whole idea of it. Wallace fills the speech with stories, examples, and vivid ideas while trying to convince these college graduates how to view life in a positive perspective. While this speech is packed full of ideas he manages to give it in a way outside of the norm for commencement speeches. Yet still gets all the information to the graduates and anyone else who listens to it.
You, a single individual, are not the center of the world; contrary to the belief many people are fed as children. This Is Water by David Foster Wallace continues well into detail about such. It is a natural human instinct to care more about your personal situation than that of others. We choose to place ourselves first because of the fear of vulnerability. When fellow human beings become obstacles in our lives we label them as any condescending adjective under the sun; often the terms stupid, annoying, infuriating, pig-like, and slow make their appearances. This is only because the individuals have become hindrances to your daily life however most pose no threat. It is difficult to break the mold but it is indeed possible. Every human has
“This is Water” by David Foster Wallace focuses on finding the silver lining in challenging situations. However, Wallace does not try to create the false illusion that life is always happy-go-lucky. By way of using a bleak diction and cynical tone, Wallace creates a very realistic view on the adult life for his audience, a class of graduating seniors. Wallace reminds the future alumni life can become a ‘day-in and day-out routine’, therefore they must remain optimistic in testing situations and try to find the silver lining when it’s hardest to do so.
How should you be thinking? The author The topics and arguments This is Water brings up to contrast your beliefs and ideologies.
The doctor struggled for a minute but was able to get a beat on him again. As Luke reached the water, he stopped and began writing down something on the pad of paper he took with him, he held it up in the air, then began reading aloud what was on the pad of paper, "The air is fine. I'm going to check the water now." From his viewpoint, the doctor watched in horror as the wild dogs began to zero in on Luke. Unbeknownst to Luke, he dipped not one but three Ph strips in the water. As he pulled them out the doctor could see, to his bewilderment, the strips were all light green.
When I got back, my tub water was almost all over the place. I turn my water off and took off all my school clothes and put them on the counter. Then I put my phone right next to my bath even though it might not be smart. I put my bath salts in the water, then I grab the bath bomb and put my foot in there to check the temperature. Its a tad bit too hot. Both of my feet went in the water and eventually my whole body did. I drop my bath bomb and watch it dissolve which made my bath water turn to a pale pink color. As soon as I lean back, my phone rings. It's my Aunt Jane.
What exactly is a self-narrative or in other words an identity? Could it be described as someone’s life story and their individual uniqueness? A self-narrative is a broad topic that has more meaning just one. In order to get a wide range of knowledge about a self-narrative one has to understand the different self-making narratives. In the stories Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta, Being Prey by Val Plumwood, Nightmare by Malcolm X, express self-making narratives by stating how their experiences have transformed their self-identities originally. This occurs when External and internal beliefs are altered, turning points in our lives occur, creating a self-narrative full of distinctiveness. All of these stories stated above all show
“Adam Jones had only lived 23 years of his life and been married for 3 days. A good man has been taken from us. At this time, would Avery Jones like to say a few words?” The pastor said. Avery didn’t know how to react to her husband's death. She has gone into deep depression. Her response was, “No.” she knew that if she were to say a few words that it would completely break her heart and she would never recover from her loss. All she could say at the funeral was, “Goodbye,
I started taking even, deep breathes, and I felt it begin to loosen up. It felt strange; like something cold was flowing through me, through my veins, into every piece of me. I felt calm for the first time in awhile. That was when I felt something damp hit my
The man in the water was very courageous. He saved many people's lives. He risked his own life to save the lives of others. He is a true hero, a definite true hero. This man gave it his all to save others in a situation where he could have left them to save his own life. He was a man with a mission, and that was to assure the safety of others. He is a very compelling man, the man was truly selfless.
Robust laughter and cards shuffling fills the air from the log walls, to the high beam ceiling of the crowded but cozy cabin. In the rare short moments of silence, a soft pitter-patter weeps from the rain leaking through the nose smudged windows. On the left, stands a long rustic
"You can't leave the house my dear," he said and dropped the candlestick. When the candlestick hit the ground, it rolled and hit something. When I looked where the candlestick was, I saw Mr. Green. Even thought I didn't like him at all, I couldn't stand the sight of him dead. Then as I looked to the left, I saw my father sitting up, covered in blood. He mumbled "Don’t you forget how much I love you, and don’t ever forget. Even if I die here, I will always be alive in your hear," those were the last words of my father. I already had tears in my eyes as I saw my father there, helpless and dying. I said to him "You won't die, don’t talk that nonsense," he smiled, then his eyes began to close.
It was a beautiful day. It was dark, cool, and damp, just the way I like it. I looked over at Cassandra and Connor, and they were having just as much fun as I was drinking the water that fell down on us. The light breeze made my hair blow to one side. The ground was moist, making it perfect for everything we do: eat, drink, sleep and socialize.