Naturally, the changing of a whole society is not a small task. Dyer, however, still see’s a movement towards individuality as a major step towards this change. In “Unpacking My Libray" Dyer states, “ I could never again get that copy of Russell Bank’s Affliction that I bought from Barnes&Nobles. (376)” While this essay is primarily concerned with the way Dyer has evolved as an individual- something that is evident when he claims, “these inscriptions mean that my books add up to a massively unwieldy diary. (376)”- Dyer wants us to know see each event in its distinctiveness. To Dyer this is the main ingredient for change and this is what he wants us to understand. Throughout his essays, Dyer’s messages of being cocky, of removing yourself from society, of receiving the message that YOU want, all of it leads to this idea or originality. While all animals have traits that define them, it is humanity’s ability to see these differences and process them, which ultimately separates us - Dyer’s writing is a direct expression of this. To Dyer, an important quality for a writer is the ability to filter out the outside world and put onto the paper exactly what you have felt. This is the only way you can get your own meaning and own message. Perhaps that is why Dyer writes about every topic he can find- he is amassing as many messages as he can to develop his own idea about himself, and his world. By isolation himself and writing about it, he is able to plead with us to do the same so that we, as a group, can change our world for the better. As put in Dyer’s own words, “Why, in all modesty, would anyone be interested in settling for less? (385)”
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- Writing, Dyer, John Berger, Geoff Dyer