the world may look the same to everyone...

I titled this "The World May Look the Same to Everyone..." because I think that is a very true concept of everyone living in today's world. The world appears to be a sphere with geographical landmarks and continents to everyone, but not everyone has the same views and beliefs of the world. This is something that has occurred to me that is present in all of the texts we've read. These different views and ideas have been around ever since the world began and it is something that will never become extinct. There will always be different ideas or religions practiced by different people and I think it is important to realize and understand these differences, specifically by exploring the views and beliefs of the characters we have read about. A brief overview of some characters beliefs is the particular belief from The Daodejing is that people should not try too hard and let things come naturally, Pangloss’s philosophy, Sigmund Freud’s belief that one cannot live fully unless they have a feeling of complete oneness with their thinking and themselves as a whole, and the view of the world from Georg’s friend living in Germany from “The Judgement”. By looking at the differences of views and beliefs from these characters’, it makes us realize that is still how the world is today. No matter how similar the world looks physically, it is made of up many different beliefs and views that make our world seem different to everyone. 

In The Daodejing of Laozi, one of the main themes is to value simplicity and take things as they come. One should not try to over-achieve or try to hard to gain knowledge. "Gaining the world always is accomplished by following no activity, As soon as one actively tries, one will fall short of gaining the world" (Deodejing 51).
This image reminds me of Pangloss's philosophy of "things cannot be other than as they are: for, since everything is made to serve an end, everything is necessarily for the best of ends" (Candide 4). This picture reminds me of an image that could actually be illustrated in the book Candide.
"Antigone attempts to consciously declare her actions despite her fate having been predetermined. Similarly, death has already been decided for the individual who attempts to walk into the waters of life" (Sophocles 6). This picture and description also reminds me of Pangloss's philosophy
Sigmund Freud talks about an "oceanic feeling" in which someone has a complete feeling of oneness with their thinking and their actions, or "it is a feeling of an indissoluble bond, of being one with the external world as a whole" (Freud 25). I think this relates to an ocean and makes sense of this "oceanic feeling" because an ocean is one whole body of water with no separation.
This image reminds me of Franz Kafka's "The Judgement" because of the isolation of Georg's friend living in Germany. The way his friend sees the world appears to be like looking at the world behind closed doors. It seems that his friend hasn't really experienced the world because of his fear of actually taking part in society.
Susan Sontag talks about how people interpret pictures and what emotions certain images evoke. When specifically talking about understanding war, she believes that "The understanding of war among people who have not experienced war is now chiefly a product of the impact of these images" (Sontag 21). So for Sontag, some worldly actions are better understood and expressed through pictures.
This image demonstrates the feelings of sorrow and pain that this picture evokes according to Sontag
I chose this image just because this sword depicts the fight between Humbaba and Enkidu. Enkidu also had a very different view of the world. Enkidu viewed the world like that of an animal. He did not know any humans existed or that he could become a human himself with human qualities and morals.
This image to me, symbolizes Enkidu as an animal-like creature.
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