Soon, the plant will have grown through the adversity the wind provided and found itself with strong, reinforced cell walls and sturdy roots. Mankind abides by the same principles. Humans will become bored with perfection. The narrator in “Crossing Into Eden” finds that fishing, a challenging process that requires great patience, is too easy. Instead of the thrill of the catch, he finds that “Perfection has destroyed sport.” (Stegner, p.39) Although at first the ease of catching fish is appealing, the narrator soon understands that humans require failure.
In our society today, every individual’s ideas can be exchanged in various creative forms. The short film medium, being a form of social commentary, is a pertinent driving force behind shifts in personal values. Thus short films as a textual form have great value and impact to society due to their versatile delivery. Steve Cutts’ Happiness (2017) is a satirical film whose fast-paced nature prioritises meaning over matter to critique the constant pursuit of happiness in misplaced interests. Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv’s Strangers (2003) depicts a singular scenario and builds tension to convey the overcoming of entrenched racial divides.
The absurdity of the story is further satirized by detailing the events that criminalise tardiness, punishable by death. Also, the fact that ““Repent, Harlequin!” said the Ticktockman” was set in a utopia where everything works perfectly and everyone is on time is ironic. Underneath the façade of efficiency, order and punctuality, the irony is that the people were in fact living in a dystopia. This is characterised by the strict regimen that took away people’s freedom by extension of not being able to be tardy. Also, unlike conventional heroes who would probably rally people to their cause or attack the dictator directly, the Harlequin revolts by wasting people’s
Webster’s Dictionary defines individuality as “the quality that makes one person or thing different from all others”, and conformity as “behavior that is the same as the behavior of most other people in a society”. John F. Kennedy says, “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” Oftentimes, much like in Kennedy’s case, individualism is praised over conformity, labeling the former good or courageous and the latter bad or lazy, because individuality fuels change, whereas conformity prompts a societal stasis. However, it needs to be taken into account that humans are, in Aristotle’s words, social animals and thus, in societies as complex and intricate as ours, stasis suggests stability, which is not necessarily a bad thing. There are two sides to every medallion, and this particular medallion has captured the attention of countless thinkers. Among these thinkers were Aldous Huxley and Ray Bradbury.
Durkheim describes anomie as a lack of social norms or rules that govern a person’s desires. If someone were to isolate themselves from society, they wouldn’t know what the typical desires should be, thus they would have endless wants. (Durkheim pg 5-7). Durkheim says, “No living being can be happy or even exist unless his needs are sufficiently proportioned to his means. In other words, if his needs require more than can be granted, or even merely something of a different sort, they will be under continual friction and con only function painfully,” (Durkheim pg 8).
However wretched it might be, human beings seem to thrive on the brutalization and abusement of others below them. If there is no one below them, history is an indicator that a caste system will be created in order for someone to be. Whether you hear "history does not repeat itself, but it does rhyme," or "man learns from history that man never learns from history", the message remains the same- the human race has a tendency to repeat the same mistakes in all kinds of creative, innovative ways. For instance, the United States has a tendency to enslave, massacre and exploit marginalized groups; whether it is the Japanese, the homosexual, African, female; or even the disabled-in this way the United States is history's greatest poet. If human
The Omelas has a mask of a perfect and beautiful surface where all the citizens live in luxury and happiness, but holds a dark secret beneath it. The ones who see the injustice of the society decide to leave because they are the ones who choose not to conform and accept living their lives based on the suffering of another. The story unfolds to show the paradox of selfishness that the citizens of the Omelas live out every day. The ones who walk away from the Omelas are an example of the true, righteous action that we should all have the courage to do when we are faced with an unjust
Abandoned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean after a shipwreck, Pi’s life suddenly turned to fate. The “better story” supplements his boring life, providing a chance to feel the pleasure of fiction. The Japanese officials accept the story, realizing it makes no factual difference. [Japanese:] “The story with animals is the better story…” Japanese recognize the struggles Pi went through, and understand that the animal version better portrays his tragedy. Pi reaffirms that in both the stories Pi suffers at an equal level of brutality, but the motive of the animal version is to enhance life with meaningful moments of pleasure.
Throughout life we are told to express our individuality and swim against the stream of the general population to put emphasis on the characteristics that make us, in short, individuals. Cherishing what makes an individual special and different is what establishes roots in creativity and self expression, however there is a forced false sense of comradery in today’s society that takes the form of involvement with the masses; peer pressure forces many people to fall into the mold of an average character. The Academy award winning film, “The Incredibles” displays the themes of expressing one’s true self and special qualities, and in contrast repression by society to fit a basic mold. These themes are elaborated on through the development of the main characters and expressed further through the supporting roles and their dialogue and endeavors. In the beginning of the film the characters Mr.