David Foster Wallace argues that reality can be mundane. However, if people focus on what others are going through, then they can learn to empathize and understand humanity better. A behavior is a snap shot of how that person is acting in that moment. There are lots of moments where behaviors may not accurately describe someone. If people are constantly operating unconsciously and only ever taking what they see face value then they are not relating or understanding others; even more what they are thinking about other’s is stereotypical and possibly hurtful.
118),” not at the fact that he had just killed two people. Blaine’s response really speaks to his callousness and self-centered personality, because even upon seeing the death and destruction he caused, all he can think about is making a name for himself in the art world, and how the crash would affect his image. He is so hyper focused on his own success that he is blind to anything beyond his own priorities. This selfishness makes him stand out as a character, and later costs him his marriage to Lara.
If any positivity can turn this day around before school begins, it must occur during the trip there; for those who do not drive, the horrors of riding a bus stare them in the face. School buses have a setting entirely reliant on the driver. Of course, student’s actions potentially form a lively atmosphere, but they must abide by the driver’s rules and fit his expectations or suffer punishment. On bus 12, Dan sits behind the wheel, but receives more recognition for driving everyone insane rather than actually driving.
It is always best if you really get to know somebody before you judge them. Things that you might see someone do, might be completely be different than what they actually do on a daily basis. Just like Mr. Oakhurst, that one person that you might be judging, probably has a friendly and caring side that you just won’t give them a chance to show. Ambiguity is in everyone, and people seem to judge on the bad interpretation than the actually bigger and better side that people really have. This story should teach all that reads it a lesson to not take first interpretations serious, and stick around to see the good side that is really
I believe that all of us at some point doing wrongful behavior and breaking rules such as jaywalking. When reading this, I realize that I also use at least one of the techniques of neutralization to make me feel less guilty when doing any wrongful behavior. Besides, it makes me understand the usage of techniques of neutralization and realize on how important it is to take responsibility for our acts. I agree with the author’s conclusion that the continued use of neutralization and rationalization might weaken social bonds and reduce their need to use the techniques, over time. I think the more time you engage in doing deviant acts, the more ‘experienced’ you are, so you may received the label as deviant and because of that, you may not worried about what other people think about you anymore.
Throughout the novel, dehumanization has contributed to and resulted in large amounts of conflict. People’s positivity is stripped away leaving only negativity. Society then finds a way to cope with their unhappiness, usually resulting in an increase in negative effects. One example of how censorship created negative conflicts includes, “A carful of children… had seen a man, a very extraordinary sight, a man strolling, a rarity… They would have killed me…
Partners in Crime “Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity.” Throughout this book Lennie and his partner in crime George encounter many problems and contradictions that shakes things up a notch. After reading John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, George is justified in killing Lennie because; Lennie is a liability and he is already suffering mentally enough. George is justified in killing Lennie because he is already being punished enough mentally. One quote that explains Lennie’s confusion and mental illness is, “they was so little," he said apologetically.
The lesson that Marta learns remain an important one for all people across the world to learn since first impression is ordinarily wrong, which happens when one person judge others based on their outward appearance and initial impression. This might hurt others feelings and causing people to think wrongly about an individual, like Marta. Instead, society members should know each other further, before judging them, therefore they will not misunderstand the person. Hopefully, Scat will change individuals to become less judgmental, just like the main character, Marta, and thereby creating an improved society for everyone to
A recent research has proven that “If a person shows a genuine concern for the well-being of other people (and puts their own needs last), people will notice the change and open mindedly follow along” (Tramilton). When people are facing conflict, they tend to get defensive and loose all of the good qualities that they have. This quote is basically saying that people need to think about how they handle situations and that their actions will influence others. If someone runs into a difficult situation, it would be a lot faster and easier to get through it by acting like a kind, caring person. In addition, in The Boy in The Striped Pajamas, Shmuel, who was a Jew was enclosed in a concentration camp and barely got any food until one day he had the opportunity to eat.
When being honest, a person can see how they truly appear and shape who they can become. The reason I believe that I am honest is that I observe and reflect on the actions I take so that I can properly change myself according to the situation. The integrity of a person is another major part of honesty, where I treat other people the way I want them to treat me. This is another reason why friendships and relationships can last a long time, and also why I am able to easily avoid escalating a situation. This is crucial when handling people who have been physically hurt, as they can become aggressive.
Despite not undergoing the same hardships as Viktor Frankl, there are still important messages that people can take away from his philosophy and life experiences. An individual who changes their mindset and makes the most of difficult situations will always surpass the one who gives up when life begins to get
Public Humiliation Taken to the Next Level In The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hester Prynne, a participant of adultery, stands on a scaffold for three hours in front of her fellow townspeople as punishment. Hester Prynne has to also wear the scarlet letter “A” on her chest for the rest of her life. Still to this day, judges sometimes use public humiliation to punish civilians for their crimes. However, public humiliation should not continue to be used as a legal punishment.