Andries Wessels Inaugural address Prof.
Dick Good evening parents and future year twelve students. My name is Brody Jones head English teacher here at Melbourne grammar and tonight I will be granting you an insight into the year 12 English course and more specifically the writing in context unit that your son or daughter will be undertaking next year.
A key feature of this unit is reality and more directly the extent to which people struggle to carry the burden of their true circumstances. The complexity of our minds is fascinating, everyone in this room will think differently and perceive what I say tonight in your own ways, this is because we view the world through the glasses of our beliefs, attitudes and values.
An example form my own life of filtering that im sure we can all relate to is when I am able to follow a conversation or read a book without being distracted by surrounding conversations. We selective attend our attention and focus to the things we want to see and not others.
This shows that when our real circumstances are tough we have the ability to back away and overlook it or cover it with something more pleasing. Although we do emotively attach feelings to our emotions, generally the way we select organize and reconstruct our memories cam hinder a burden on our mental stability.
We spin things in our favor to hold on to our integrity and dignity. A character in death of a salesman, which is one of the texts you will be reading next year called Willy Loman is a prime example of this. He spins his reality to match his vision of Dave Singleman a successful salesman and also with his vision of the American dream.
When Willy realizes he will never achieve his dreams he retreats into this fake reality that if he cant then his sons can and begins to live vicariously through them.
To be aware of your actions and thoughts and acting on them is productive but to be aware of them but to be too self centered and frightened to face the social and cultural pressures and fears that we all have is unproductive and can be detrimental to your health.
Willy Loman is aware of his contradictory behavior but fails to correct ithe knows that the care is dangerously skidding off the rails, much like his life. But instead of doing this he invests everything he can into his utopist views of a successful salesman, the Loman brand and the American dream.
It was willys choice to face his reality head on and grab it with both hands but he chose not to he shied away into a more comfortable world.
However our ability to see the truth and act on it may not be completely in our control in certain circumstances. One in four people will at some stage in their life be clinically diagnosed with a mental illness, that is a quarter of the people here tonight, which roughly equates to sixty two people in this auditorium who will unfortunately face life at some point with a mental illness.
Mental illness can play a massive influence on the extent to which we can face and deal with our actual circumstances. Willy Lomans dream like statues is not unlike what David Campbell, a writer for the age, refers to as the dream like reality experienced by those who suffer from dementia, this includes his mother.
For example she lived in a world that intermingled the past and the present and could not, like Willy distinguish between fantasy and reality. Various factors may influence the extent to which we can endure the harsh unforgiving depths of reality.
However from my own past experience and through the texts you will be reading next year I hope that you can draw upon the fact that facing reality no matter how tough it may seem will always be better then retreating to a dream like state.
I hope my presentation has been insightful and I wish you the best of luck with your studies of reality next year.While man has been in use from earliest times, human, as a noun, is not even years old. It came in with the growth of modern science.
It came in with the growth of modern science. It is a word that differentiates one animal from the others, but only at the physical level, not at the spiritual. Oct 10, · And, based on what they perceive as reality, they pursue many negative outlets (senseless wars, valueless conquests) that lead them to destruction.
That's the kind of reality that humankind can't timberdesignmag.com: Resolved. Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot is a work of four poems: Burnt Norton (), East Coker (), The Dry Salvages (), and Little Gidding ().
‘Humankind cannot bear very much reality,’ said T S Eliot. How right he was. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird Scout faces the reality of the world.
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Lee uses the n-word to demonstrate how Scout’s view of the world develops. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in the very beginning of the book the n-word is used innocently. For example, when Dill, Scout, and Jem are walking together they are talking about the hot steam.
"Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind Cannot bear very much reality. Time past and time future What might have been and what has been Point to one end, which is always present." My reading of these lines is that the last three explicate what he meant, or, more properly, what "the bird" meant, who is the speaker of the first two lines above.