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Capital-T Truth—What is the really important kind of freedom? a. David Wallace, "This is Water" b. The Capital-T Truth is about life before death. It's about the real value of a real education that has nothing to do with knowledge but everything to do with our awareness. The capital t-truth is that we decide how we want to see, and react to, the various situations that happen around us. How we handle these situations is the difference between actually living and just being here. c. Wallace wants the reader to understand that we have the choice to not go to our default setting of everything being about us and to instead realize that everyone has their own problems and is also dealing with the same meaningless everyday stuff. Wallace is encouraging his audience to overcome their tendency to see the negative in situations and withdraw. Instead, he encourages being aware, being awake, and choosing to be a caring individual. If we can do this, we will truly be a part of the world in which we live and will enjoy all of the things life has to offer. a. David Wallace, "This is Water" b. The capital t-truth is that we decide how we want to see, and react to, the various situations that happen around us. How we handle these situations is the difference between actually living and just being here. c. Wallace is encouraging his audience to overcome their tendency to see the negative in situations and withdraw. Instead, he encourages being aware, being awake, and choosing to be a caring individual. If we can do this, we will truly be a part of the world in which we live and will enjoy all of the things life has to offer. having an education gives you the freedom to decide what is important and what your goodlife is. awareness of what others around you may miss. Four Noble Truths A. Herman Hesse, Siddhartha B. There is suffering, desire is the origin of suffering, there is a cure, there is a path to achieve enlightenment. C. We see Siddhartha get lost on his path to enlightenment by becoming enthralled in desire. First, he has a desire for knowledge, then Kamala. Through ridding himself of his desires by becoming a ferryman, he is cured of his suffering and attains enlightenment. Vasudeva a. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse b. He is the ferryman who meets Siddartha when he is going to the city and when he is leaving the city. He introduces the wisdom of the river to Siddhartha, and eventually makes him a ferryman also. c. Siddhartha parallels Vasudeva in the fact that he also found enlightenment through the flowing of the river. Through the characters Siddhartha and Vasudeva, Hesse invited his reader to consider that people won't show you enlightenment but will ultimately lead you to places that will. "live deliberately" a. Henry Thoreau, "Walden" b. Thoreau moved to the woods so that he could experience only the essential elements of life. He wanted to learn from living without conveniences.
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