Overcoming Obstacles, The Perspective of Kosinski, Well-integrated Individual
Regardless of the gender, race, social status and even genetics all persons face obstacles in their lives. Media induced existence is a situation whereby a person tries to act and live as dictated by what they see on television (Kosinski 11). It is an important obstacle to a well-integrated and healthy individual as depicted by Kosinski in Being There. Kosinski highlights the plight of a person who is a purified existential being in a world where the media shapes the reality, it makes one appear calm and recollected from the outside while, in the real sense, his conscious is in turmoil. It is hence obvious that people are losing a grip on reality by embracing the media created reality. Therefore, Kosinski shows the need to establish a personal identity in a dissimilar cultural milieu by shunning superficial perception.
Individuals have a tendency to put on social masks by acting differently from what they think in order to impress others. Such a character is Chance as depicted by Kosinski. He could not think or act on his own. Chance is like a puppet under the control of what he observes in the media and his garden. The television gives him a physical existence while the garden gives him mental existence. To the outside world, Chance depicts perfection while in fact he is uninformed in many areas. As Kosinski asserts such superficial existence has no basis since it is like a plant that cannot help growing. Moreover, this growth has no significance since the plant does not reason or dream. Media existentialism alienates an individual from the real life happenings. It is a case of slavery. For example, Chase is unaware of the human condition of death such that the Old Man's death does not affect him. He is also indifferent to the incidences of war that are happening all around the world.
[...] Sometimes this can be misleading and farfetched an example is a young man who views his fifty-year-old father as old. Question is when he is also fifty years old will the person perceive that he is also old. Lao-Tzu offers an insightful thought when he raises various discussions. The Tao offers a platform for benefitting from health maintenance that result in improved moral disposition and temperament building. It hence follows that it is essential for individuals to maintain their composure even when faced by extreme circumstances and even transformations. [...]
[...] For example, when individuals lose a loved one, they try to question why the loss had to happen to them. However, understanding that death is inevitable can help individuals to overcome their suffering. When individuals realize their potentials without harming others or inhibiting their potentials there is creation of a healthy society. As commonly said experience is the best teacher and the Tao advocates for individuals to experience rather than understand life. Individual's face disharmony whenever they try to explain different occurrences. [...]
[...] Furthermore, it is advisable to seek for advice from a trustworthy person who can offer some insight on how to create rapports with others. However, an individual should not whine and complain because the idea is not to evoke sympathy rather it is to get some honest opinion. Forming lasting bonds requires tolerance, and it is important for individuals to accommodate others bearing in mind that nobody is perfect. While you are trying to tolerate others, they are also trying to tolerate you. Still, accepting others does not mean embracing controlling and violent behavior. [...]
[...] Media existentialism alienates an individual from the real life happenings. It is a case of slavery. For example, Chase is unaware of the human condition of death such that the Old Man's death does not affect him. He is also indifferent to the incidences of war that are happening all around the world. The path towards becoming a well-integrated individual involves the finding something unknown about yourself, or your surroundings, about other people and life. Realizing such a goal requires a person to shun false perceptions by unmasking their identity. [...]
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