Assignment 2 - Rough Draft

Assignment 2 - Rough Draft - Elorm Avakame English 101...

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Elorm Avakame English 101 Section 27 September 23, 2008 Assignment 2 – Rough Draft Selflessness Applied to Dissociative Disorder Selflessness, a term associated with Eastern Buddhism, is allegedly the discovery of ultimate reality. In “Wisdom”, by Robert Thurman, he rejects the idea of the existence of a “conceptually fixated self” (740). Rather, he embraces the idea of accepting that our reality is ever-changing, and thus, we as individuals are ever-changing as well. While selflessness does not tell us that we are disconnected from the world, it expresses that we are constantly evolving entities, and therefore our “self” does not exist as a certain identity. This idea, however, would not be helpful to those who suffer from dissociative disorder like Julia and Seth from “When I Woke Up Tuesday Morning, It Was Friday”. Rather, it is disastrously ineffective because it fails to address their situation at the root of their predicament and to provide a logical solution. Thurman’s approach is inapplicable to people like Julia and Seth because, primarily, it misdiagnoses their problems. Stout and Thurman both focus on the negative capabilities of the brain. However, there is a distinct difference between the ways that they view the brain. In Stout’s opinion, the self is the prisoner of the brain. She describes the story of a woman who suffers from “a solitary, unlockable confinement inside the limits of her own mind” (Stout 656). According to her, people like the woman she described are trapped within the recesses of their mind by the habitual and surprisingly powerful mechanisms of the brain. Those that suffer from dissociative disorder are controlled by their brains’ mechanical decision to separate itself from reality, and they themselves have little say in the matter. Thurman, on the other hand, describes a brain that is a prisoner of the self. He writes, “You have a terrorist in your own brain, coming out of your own instincts and culture” (Thurman 738-39). In his opinion, the “self” is holding the
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This note was uploaded on 12/22/2011 for the course ENG 01:355:101 taught by Professor Dennishalpin during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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