The Loss of the Creature by Walker Percy Essay

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In today’s culture people are not individuals they are consumers and they have lost their ability to have their own experiences. In “The Loss of the Creature” by Walker Percy, he talks about why people have lost their sovereignty and how they can get it back. There are a lot of things that people can do differently and regain their individuality back from the consumer culture that they live in. The biggest and probably easiest way to regain sovereignty is to go somewhere without a camera. The key is to be living in the moment. As Percy says, “for [the sightseer] there is no present; there is only the past and what has been formulated and seen and the future of what has been formulated and not seen” (460). The sightseer does not realize …show more content…
In today’s culture people are not individuals they are consumers and they have lost their ability to have their own experiences. In “The Loss of the Creature” by Walker Percy, he talks about why people have lost their sovereignty and how they can get it back. There are a lot of things that people can do differently and regain their individuality back from the consumer culture that they live in. The biggest and probably easiest way to regain sovereignty is to go somewhere without a camera. The key is to be living in the moment. As Percy says, “for [the sightseer] there is no present; there is only the past and what has been formulated and seen and the future of what has been formulated and not seen” (460). The sightseer does not realize that if taking a picture is their first and/or only priority it takes away their ability to really see whatever they are looking at. They are too caught up in saving the sight for a later date or to share with others in order to verify their experience. Go somewhere with no expectations, no plan, and most importantly no camera and see how different an experience can be. How people “conceive [their] role” as a tourist has a huge impact on how they perceive what they are seeing (462). That’s why it is important to go somewhere just for the sake of going. They need to book a flight to a location they know nothing about and hotel that is not part of a big chain and without reading the reviews. Then they just need to go! Once they are there they
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