Reason In The Most Dangerous Game And Paul's Case

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The human brain contains about half as many individual cells as our galaxy has stars (Voytek). There are over 7.4 billion humans living on Earth now (“Population”). Each human brain interacts with the others in a unique way and provides unique things to its community. With their great size and great social interconnectedness, human brains have evolved two especially notable traits: the ability to reason and the ability to empathize. The power of reason is our strongest, and it is what has enabled us to dominate the Earth. The power to overcome our environment and other creatures with more physical prowess but lesser mental capabilities is nothing to be scoffed at. However, the ability to reason and how much we apply it may be hurting us. Another similar fact about humans is that we can rationalize anything – considering a problem from any and every angle, how to overcome roadblocks with it, the current circumstances and the implications for the future – and in many cases this power is used for good. The problem with rationalization is its ability to make wrong things seem right, and right things seem wrong. Rationalization can weaken our sense of empathy, or connection, with our fellow people, dissolve the…show more content…
The premise of The Most Dangerous Game is that the main character has washed ashore onto an island owned by a retired Cassock general and hunting enthusiast, Zaroff. As time passes, the main character (a world renowned hunter himself) eventually finds that Zaroff hunts men like cattle, as hunting men the last thing that holds his interest. Zaroff is shown to be a sociopath, without regard for the value of anyone’s life but his own, and with no greater pleasure than murder. After this revelation, he sets out to hunt the main character, eventually failing and in turn being killed by the main
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