Essay 2 - Writing the Essay: Science December 18, 2005...

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Writing the Essay: Science December 18, 2005 11:00-12:15 The Perfection of Human Imperfection To be human is to have errors. To be non-human would mean to have no errors. A person is defined by the mistakes in his or her life. Without these mistakes, one cannot strive to become better. If there was a perfect human, there would be no motivation for the human to live, to better oneself, to strive to be something better. Once the top of the mountain is reached, there is no goal to be achieved but to slide down. A perfect human is the same way. If a human was perfect, there would not be a point in living and staying perfect, because life would just be plain and simple and have no hardships involved in it. The meaning of life is to try to better oneself by improving one’s own flaws and to try to find what it is in life worth living for. What makes us want to get up everyday and go to work or school and better our situation in life? Is it not to become a better individual in society? What happens when one becomes the best individual in society? There never is a point when one can become the best individual in society. Everyone has their own idea of being the best. Being the best is simply a matter of opinion. The flaws that we, as humans, are dealt with in our own personal lives show that we aren’t the best. We aren’t the perfect individuals, but we are individual. Everyone has their own flaws and mistakes to try to improve. Learning from these mistakes is what makes us unique and being able to live with these mistakes is what makes us in our own way, perfect. In “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” Oliver Sacks writes about a man that was able to live a normal life even though he was impaired. But not only did Dr. P live a life impaired, he “was a man musician of distinction, well-known for many years as
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a singer, and then, at the local School of Music, as a teacher” (67). Dr. P was a man who had flaws but was also known for being who he was, a singer, teacher, musician. Sacks believes that Dr. P was able to function normally in life in some aspects although “abstract shapes clearly presented no problems,” the identification of everyday objects and even faces were a problem for Dr. P (71). He couldn’t even tell the difference between his wife and a hat. Dr. P didn’t seem too surprised either when he accidentally “took hold of his wife’s head, tried to lift it off” and put it on as if it were a hat. It was just a normal everyday mistake for him. It was a normal accident to his wife, who “looked as if she was used to such things” (70). Mistakes like this showed that there obviously was a problem with Dr. P. He wasn’t able to tell the difference between objects like people usually did but he lived with it. He lived with his mistakes and didn’t allow his mistakes to become a hindrance for him. Sacks described a man with such a disability that no one would believe he could
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This essay was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course CONWEST 101 taught by Professor Arcilla during the Fall '08 term at NYU.

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Essay 2 - Writing the Essay: Science December 18, 2005...

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