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1 Peter W. Szewczyk Mrs. Agate English 101:KB 8 November 2010 Knowledge Is Bliss Any individual who ignores the issues that cause them pain will most likely go through more hardships than they would had they confronted the issue during its early stages. Ignoring an aspect of life that causes hardship can at most give a person a temporary, yet false, sense of happiness. The accounts of trauma victims presented by Martha Stout in “When I Woke Up On Tuesday, It Was Friday” exemplify the lack of stablity that occurs when one cannot understand and cope with the events of their most traumatic memories. This lack of control is dissected and rationalized in Daniel Gilbert’s “Immune To Reality,” in which he presents evidence of how we perceive our happiness. The two essays suggest that only by fully understanding something are we able to move on from it. While ignorance provides temporary bliss, only knowledge can provide the control and stability that can lead to sustained happiness. Running away from problems only provides a temporary solution to them. In his essay, Daniel Gilbert presents the idea of a psychological immune system, which he states is a subconscious defensive system that causes an individual to alter their mindset in order to cope with a negative experience. He defines the events that generate this subconscious protection as “trigger events”. What Gilbert fails to mention is that these triggers themselves cannot lead one to prosper in the long run. While they suffice as protection at the time of the incident, through initiating psychological defense, only rationalizing the events that set them off will enable a person to achieve long term contentment. Even though his argument is slightly different,
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2 Gilbert still understands that only when one has accepted the events that have occurred as fate will they be able to move on. This can be seen when he claims that “we just can’t make the best of a fate until it is inescapably, inevitably, and irrevocably ours” (Gilbert 223). This type of acceptance is what two of Martha Stout’s patients, Julia and Seth, had to go through in order to come to terms with their split reality dissociation. While Seth is able to live a normal life at most times, he has times where he dissociates. Gilbert quotes him as describing these occurrences by
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