Summary Of David Wallace This Is Water

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“This is Water” by David Foster Wallace is the most unique and interesting graduation speeches I’ve ever read or heard of. David went to Amherst College, he majored in English and Philosophy. After he became a writer and wrote some books, he gave a commencement speech at Kenyon College on May 21st, 2005. The essay covered subjects like, “the difficulty of empathy” and “the importance of being well-adjusted”. David Wallace was a great writer and could’ve succeeded so much more books. He was able to speak on the behalf of everyman perspective. Wallace suffered from depression for about 20 years but he was taking antidepressants which were what made him productive and write these amazing novels. After him not taking the antidepressants for two …show more content…

It involves taking the ego out of the equation and removing that temptation to think that we are smarter, more special and more than others. After the end of the speech, it brought to my attention that even though his speech was about natural default settings, I couldn’t help but notice that David was a very depressed and suicidal writer. When I heard his speech “This is Water” I didn’t know him at all. But after this speech it really changed my perspective of things, I am careful of how I think just for my well being. Others were so distracted about the analogies he went on and on about, people thinking they’re the only person that matters in life. I caught on to the self-destructed, depressed David Wallace. So I did some research about depression other than my personal experiences and opinions about it. I read a book called “The Psych 101 Series: Depression 101” by Durbin, C. Emily. It said “Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home”. It also explained the difference between sad and depressed because many people actually think it’s the same thing. “Sadness is a normal human emotion. We’ve all experienced it and we all will again. Sadness is usually triggered by a difficult, hurtful, challenging, or disappointing event, experience, or situation. In other words, we tend to feel sad about something. This also means that when that something changes when our emotional hurt fades when we’ve adjusted or gotten over the loss or disappointment, our sadness remits. Depression is an abnormal emotional state, a mental

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