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Why Joy In David Foster Wallace's This Is Water

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Why Joy? Delight in Death What is it about death that makes it attractive? Drugs brings us right to the edge of the cliff. On that cliff one feels what death must feel like, in turn understand how life feels. Joy is experiencing life. As described in David Foster Wallace’s “This is Water,” humans default setting is self-based. Sympathizing with all other living things, including our peers, requires effort to escape the default setting. I enjoyed how Zadie Smith described her experience. While under the influence in a club, Smith writes someone will hold her hair if she was sick or find her a cab to get home safely. In contrast, individuals living in the default setting hates life tedious tasks like grocery shopping or going to the doctor.
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