The Downward Bikes In Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha

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The backwards bicycle video was very intriguing. Just like Destin said, I thought I would be able to ride the altered bike, but I could probably catch on faster than he did. Also, his references to psychology and how children learn faster than adults was very interesting too. At the end of the video, Destin stated that he had learned three things from this experience: welders are smarter than engineers, knowledge doesn’t equal understanding, and truth will always be truth can be applied to Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha in some form or fashion.

In our society, the engineering occupation is viewed as superior to trades such as welding. Just like in Siddhartha, the Brahmins were better than everyone else in most every facet of life, but Siddhartha didn’t agree. He felt that his life as a
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In the book, Siddhartha thought he knew it all. But, his knowledge was only superficial. The information that he had retained over the years could only be found in his brain and not in his heart, meaning that he didn’t truly believe what he was taught. He didn’t know himself as well as he thought he did, which is why his journey to find “The Self” within himself was so long and tedious.

Truth never changes. Riding a bicycle is muscle memory. “The Self” is always with you. These are truths that both Destin and Siddhartha search for in their journies. Even though Destin somewhat learns a new way to ride a bicycle, he regains the ability to ride a bicycle normally. Also, despite suppression from the Samanas, Siddhartha's soul can be awakened through the power of the “Om.”

Even though these two stories are initially very different, they have many similarities. Aspects of different abilities, lifestyles, knowledge, understanding, and truth are very prominent in these “stories.” Destin and Siddhartha both tell a story of how they developed as individuals of which they can be applied to our lives
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