“Born to Run” In class essay

In the book “Born to run”, the author, Christopher McDougall, goes on an adventure to explore running and all of its content. His initial goal was to find a guy named Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner gringo who lives and runs with the Tarahumara, who he thought he’d never find. He tries to build up the character by using different diction, having unique sentence structures and adding dialogue. He builds the character up by first stating that finding this specific person would be rare, and that he “could even imagine the sound of his voice” (5). As McDougall continues to praise Caballo, he adds some ideal characteristics of his like “He’d have a booming laugh and atrocious Spanish. He’d be loud and chatty and…” (5). However, McDougall suddenly paused and said, “Wait. I was hearing him” (5). This adds a sense of realization, shock and a little bit of happiness. He has finally found Caballo, and to emphasis this, he had to have a one word sentenced followed by an italicized indicative. Trying to seem all surprised, McDougall stated that he “croaked” (5) as he spoke his first words to Caballo. This was all in the moment of meeting him, but even before this, McDougall talked about Caballo’s background to add some sort of legacy feeling to the whole situation itself. As he talks about Caballo, he characterizes his story as a “legend” (4), and states that “He’d certainly mastered two Tarahumara skills – invisibility and extraordinary endurance – because even though he was spotted all over the canyons, no one seemed to know where he lived or when he might appear next” (5). The way McDougall talks about Caballo make it seem like Caballo is his idol, but in fact, Caballo is just his next checkpoint. McDougall wants to find Caballo because he believes that he holds some of the most vital information to answering his own questions about running. It is obvious that McDougall views Caballo with respect, with honor, and with desire. This desire to learn can only be described as Passion. McDougall has an obvious passion for running, and this passion drives him towards trying to find answers and solutions. The whole chapter is basically dedicated to building this character up. From the start till now, the purpose was clear, the goal was clear, and his motive was clear.

McDougall makes good use of his diction and sentence structure, so that his goal is clear. It also helps illustrate clearly how he feels about Caballo and how respectful he is towards him. He praises Caballo for his wise knowledge and views him as an ideal person. McDougall’s passion for running has caused him to go on this journey, to excel and to try to solute the problem. Different people have different passions, but for McDougall, his passion is running. He claims that shoes actually hurt the runner and prevent people from running at his or her optimal speed. He states that we were born to run, and that nature has made us who we are, runners, and that all the other human inventions get in the way of our full potential.

Analysis and Interpretation “Born to Run” Gas Pedal

            A car’s sole purpose is to help people get to their destinations faster. Drifting, speeding, turning, stopping, a car can do so many. Having a thick hard skin, to protect itself from all its dangers. Run by oil, to produce gas, it’s speed can only hit so fast. The gas pedal, probably dirty as it has been touched by many different shoes, and is pressed with so much force that the dirt from just falls off and land onto its face. The gas pedal’s purpose is to have the car accelerate, so that it moves forward and drive towards its optimal speed. Being pressed as hard as the driver can press, the pedal accelerates the car, trying to hit optimal speed. It’s shape, much like the end of a gold club, or like a little mushroom with a huge metal head. It’s unique because in every car there are two, one to accelerate and one to decelerate. When pressed, allows the car to release gas that used to be oil. As time passes, the pressing of the gas pedal slowly but surely drains the amount of oil inside of the car’s tank, needing to refill it once in a while so that the car can be able to move. The car only has so much energy, but it drives to hit it’s full potential. The biggest accomplishment in driving a car is to hit its fastest and most enduring speed. There will be many obstacles to prevent the driver from ever hitting the car’s optimal speed, like stop signs, traffic lights, other cars, old grandmothers who are trying to walk across to the other side. These obstacles will always be there, but persistence is trying harder to succeed even though there is though solution nearby. Passion, the persistence to continue even when failure is evident. Passion, driving a car till it hits its optimal speed, while continuing to try to drive enough though there will be many things in its way. Passion, the driving force behind most of our actions, to make us happy and satisfied with our lives. Passion is the meaning of life.

            “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall is a story based on the author’s personal experience about him exploring more on the concept of running. It is obvious from the book that McDougall has passion for running. He finds that shoes and other mechanics of running are hurting people and are messing with nature’s pure work. As he travels to find answers, he discovers more and more questions, with answers to follow. The persistence of continuing can be described as passion, because McDougall will keep on searching until a solid satisfactory answer is found. This type of persistence can be compared to a gas pedal in a car. The car can only hit a certain speed, but by pressing the pedal hard enough, the car can in fact reach that optimal speed. Persistence in something can be described as passion, and passion is the driving force for happiness in most people’s lives. Image

Knowledge and Understanding “Born to Run”

In the book, “Born to Run, Christopher McDougall explains his amazing adventure on how he went on an adventure just to tackle one question, “why do my feet hurt?” McDougall wonders about why we were shoes, why do we even run and what makes a person good at running. Throughout his adventure, he unearths both answers and more questions. As his adventure comes to a near end, he starts to wonder why humans wear shoes, and he describes them as harmful towards our own bodies. His passion for running just keeps on increasing as he discovers new things. He doesn’t stop until he finds an acceptable conclusion, which is the true definition of passion.

            McDougall explores running and all of its contents throughout the book. McDougall’s starts out searching for Cabello Blanco, a mysterious loner gringo who lives and runs with the Tarahumara. As he explores deeper into the subject, he finds more and more questions to answer, but also more and more answers to come with. Having passion is to continue doing something even though there is no solid solution in view. For example, keep on practicing basketball when you haven’t won a single game for the whole season is having a passion for basketball.  McDougall feels that shoes are preventing the runner from hitting his or her full potential. Because he has a true passion for running, he wants to explore more into why people wear shoes if it “hurts” the runner. Later, McDougall finally finds Blanco, the person who he has been looking for for a long time. Blanco redirects him as he showers McDougall with new information that will cause him to continue searching. Having true passion is continuing even though the solution is not near. McDougall is one of the few people who will actually pursue his passion and continue. Some people might quit then, but some might continue, to McDougall, nothing else mattered more but the mechanics of running itself. As McDougall says, he was “born to run”, and running is his true passion. Different people have different passions, but our current society does not function that way.

Different people have different passions, some are to play sports, some are to use computers, and some are to write. However, our modern society today does not support “passion” in terms of jobs. People who are artists aren’t that rich, people who are writers aren’t that rich, but people who have jobs that have a connection to what we learn in high school have high paying jobs. The purpose for a high school is to give students a basic foundation of education, so that they don’t become “stupid”, but what high schools tend to do now is to over educate them on subjects that won’t even affect their life in the long run. People who paint or write are never going to use math. People who mess with computer technology don’t have to know what a metaphor is. High schools don’t encourage students to follow their passion, even though they say that they do. Most schools try to cover this idea by “offering many different activities” that are supposed to help students find their passion. We students are not allowed to go on adventures like McDougall, because we simply are not at that stage yet. McDougall found his passion for running, explored its deeper meaning and found many different answers and questions to why or how or what running is. McDougall was able to explore running with depth, not just a mild observation on Bolt running, but an adventure concerning with the mechanics of running. Passion is what makes people happy, and just like McDougall, people should be able to follow it without any obstacles.

Passion is the reason most people do different things, and is the reason why different people behave differently in different situations. Passion is the striving force, the motivational force for mostly everyone in the world. Passion is something that makes people happy, and should be pursued no matter what. It is quite impressive that someone like McDougall pursued his own Passion even though it seemed as if there were no possible solution. Passion is something that high schools should actually try to encourage. Instead of offering only a few activities to different subjects, high schools should offer classes and clubs to different passions, so that students may join and participate to find their true potential. The best way to find your passion is to try different things and see which one satisfies you the most. The one that makes you feel like your contribution is worthwhile, the one that makes you happy as you do it, the one that makes you want to continue. Passion is something that makes people happy, and fulfilling a full potential is to follow in your passion and make the best out of it, only then will you be truly happy. 

Plato and Bloom Comparison (“Meno” and “Divorce”)

“Meno” by Plato is a dialogue-based story on basically what virtue is. Both the main character and the expert truly don’t know what virtue is. Plato talks about how the solution to problems will always be within us, and that we just have to search for it inside of ourselves. The answer will theoretically always be there, we just have to look hard enough to find it. However, both the main character and the expert conclude that they do not know what virtue is, and that the answer is not within them. So how is it possible to teach virtue to one another when the real solution is unknown?

“Divorce” by Allan Bloom is about how divorce has a lot of negative impacts on people, especially children. Children grow up inspired by their parents, looking up to them for most of their childhood. Divorce not only causes the child to lose faith and trust in them, but also to not have anyone there to depend on. Children highly depend on their parents for help, whether its for school or just daily tasks. Marriage should be treated as a sacred ritual, that’s why divorce is a very immoral thing to do.

Both Plato and Bloom talk about searching for something. Plato talks about searching for a solution inside of you, while Bloom encourages careful search for their significant other. The solution is always inside of you that are why whenever someone repeats an answer; you go “AHA!” People don’t search hard enough for their soon-to-be husband or wife; they just go and marry whoever pleases them. Just like how the “journey is the best part”, it is also the most important. People should not just jump to conclusions and assume things, they should search inside of them for the correct answer, and then will they only know the true meaning to something. People should not just jump into marriages or relationships, they should search for someone who fits them dearly, someone who can take care of them, not someone who they will get sick of 4 years into their marriage then ask for a divorce. Searching not only brings you to the best solution, but also prevents wrong assumptions.

Jumping to conclusions, or marrying a complete stranger can have serious consequences. Without searching carefully for the right answer, but instead put down a random one, you are obviously hurting yourself because you know that the answer is wrong. Without searching carefully for the right person, but instead marrying anyone who is “pretty”, you are not only hurting yourself but also that person, and maybe your future children if you decide to have them. You will have no one to blame but yourself. The answer is within you, if there is no answer, the question is invalid. The right person is out there waiting for you; all of the lonely people in the world are only lonely because they gave up searching for that person, not because that person isn’t out there. Both authors basically agree that searching for the right thing is the most important and is required for the correct answer. Jumping to whatever kind of conclusions will result in harmful consequences.

Analysis and Interpretation “Divorce”

Glistening on the shelf while waiting for interactions with people, the snow globe is one of the most fascinating objects in the world. It stays still and looks stable when it is untouched, but when someone shakes it, the little pieces of dust jumps around and creates the illusion of snow. On the shelf where it stands for eternity, have one and only one image. It’s view, never changing, its appearance, never changing, it, never changing. However, once dealt with and messed around with, a new light shines upon it. The snow globe is given a new look, a new perspective. It has a new appearance, a new meaning to itself. With a new perspective, there will be different types of information that will be presented. When the snow globe is being shaken, the little particles that fly around can be interpreted as new information jumping around, waiting for someone to notice them. The more you shake, the more particles will move, the more information will be available. Shaking the snow globe multiple times is like taking multiple perspectives on a subject and using it. The snow globe represents taking a new perspective on things, taking a different route from the mainstream that other people follow.

Allan Bloom views divorce with disgust and disdain. He says that divorce not only affects the spouses, but also the children involved. Most people view divorce, as only a separation between two, and the child will follow along the person who won full custody in court. Children need more than just one parent, not just the mom nor the dad. Children depend on both of their parents for different things, their mom for daily tasks and their dad for knowledge. Living with just one of their birth parents can be troublesome, and no one will be able to fill up the gap in their lives, not even stepparents. Most people who talk about divorce will talk about how it is breaking vows and ask why people even get married. They say that Marriage should be viewed as a sacred ritual, and that divorce is like taking a gun and shooting your morals in the brain. Bloom does not disagree with this statement, but he looks at the situation with a different perspective. His perspective on divorce also includes the effects on children. How are the children affected? How will their education be impaired? It is not fair to put a child at a disadvantage because adults could not commit to their significant other. It is not fair for people to involve children when they have huge problems for themselves. Have a very good friend or their grandparents take care of them, don’t hold on to them and indirectly hurting them. Allan Bloom took a different perspective on divorce, instead of the usual “only between spouses” perspective. He takes in account how it might affect children and how children’s lives and education will be impaired. Allan Bloom took the snow globe, shook it, and used it to the best of its ability.

Knowledge and Understanding Effects of Divorce

Effects of Divorce
“Divorce” is an essay written by Allan Bloom, which focuses on the effects of divorce and how it may affect children. Marriage between couples is supposed to be a sacred ritual. Marriage should be something that is taken seriously, not something that is rushed. Children depend heavily on their parents, and they see their parents as role models. The love between their dad and mom can inspiration for them. However, if that love is broken and they split up, then the child will have no one to look up to, and no one to turn to. Divorce doesn’t only affect the, now broken up, couple, but also the children involved.
Divorce can affect a child’s childhood because children mostly depend and look up on their parents in their early ages. Most children view their parents as heroes, and will want to grow up to be exactly like them. Children inspire their parents because they grew up with them. They view parents as superiors because they were the ones who nurtured them from birth. Children view their parents as the perfect human beings. They seem like they have everything under control, as if they were god and all obstacles in life were nothing but a mere feather among thousands and thousands of pillows. This is because most of the “obstacles” that children view as challenging are simple tasks that are very managable. children put so much emphasis on their parents, that is why people today still mention their parents in speeches, “i would like to thank my parents…”, because these people were the ones who gave him everything when he essentially had nothing. Parents are essentially there for their child, to help their child whenever he or she needs help. Children look towards their parents for any type of assistance, whether its work, advice, or just physical labor. “They [Children] think they have a right to total attention and believe their parents must live for them” (Divorce). Children will be trouble doing different tasks if there is no one there to help them. Children dont automatically learn how to fish when they turn twelve, their fathers have to bring them to a lake to fish in order for the kid to learn. Parents influence their children heavily, and that is why divorce will have a negative impact on children.
Divorce occurs only when each of the two spouses are selfish and have lost interest for one another. People aren’t born selfish, people are brought up to be selfish. Parents sometimes tell their children that they have to first feed themselves if they want to feed others. This statement is not morally wrong at all, but it still is defined as being selfish. Divorce usually occurs when both spouses fail to “give in” and will only stand for what they want. When both sides of an argument are stubborn, there can be no solution. This type of behavior, that will most probably be seen at home on a daily basis, can affect a kid’s education in school. More than 90% of student victims of divorced parents perform poorly in school. How can a student expect to do well when they cannot depend on anyone for help? Also, with all the chaos and drama at home, how can a student expect to focus? A student’s future is mainly dependent on their education, so by getting divorces, parents are risking their child’s future. Hurting it, possibly ruining it for him or her. Most parents fail to realize that their divorce isn’t only between the two of them. This self-centered type of attitude is what hurts the child, because the parents are unaware of how they are hurting him or her. “The capriciousness of wills, their lack of directedness to the common good, the fact that they could be otherwise but are not – these are the real source of the war of all against all” (Divorce). Divorce occurs when both spouses are stubborn and selfish, and its consequences are dangerous.
Divorce should not be allowed due to its immorality and effects. When people marry, they are making a commitment to the other person. What is the point making a huge commmitment, spending the rest of eternity together, when it is just going to be broken. Marriage is a sacred ritual and should be one of the most important things in life. When people marry, by definition they should spend the rest of their lives together, and only death will they part. It takes a long time to actually get to know someone, and if you have found the right person, then by all means marry him or her. Marriage should be treated as if it was dependent on their lives. Divorce should have some sort of punishment, and should be treated with disgust. Divorce hurts everyone and has no positive effects, especially on children.

A Pearl in a Clam

A clam’s beauty is held within itself. Its pearl is the clam’s natural beauty, it makes the clam unique and special. Without the pearl, the clam would just be like any other clam, lost in the sea, swimming around trying to find a suitable purpose while its soul has been taken away from it. It’s identity has been stripped from it, its beauty, its purpose to live. Now it has nothing, nothing to protect, nothing to live for. The pearl is what makes the clam special, it is what gives the clam value. Before, the clam would open its mouth with glory, hoping to attract all kinds of attention with its beauty. It has nothing to hide, in fact, it has something to share. It shows the world its pearl, appreciating the pearl’s beauty and sharing it with the world. However, now the clam will be scared and embarrassed to share whats inside of it, for there is nothing there. Now, when the clam open its mouth to share, nothing but the bubbles of the pearl’s sad disappearance will emerge from its mouth. Nothing but the faint memory of the pearl’s lost soul will be kept.

“Don’t hurt others just because you are hurt”. This quote represents equality within society. Many people depend on other’s suffering for their own satisfaction. An example would be bullies. Bullies bully weaker kids because their pain and tears some how interests the bully. The pearl and the clam is a representation of the little kid who is getting bullied. By himself, untouched and pure, he is naturally beautiful. However, once external forces act upon it, it ruins its natural image. Just like how the pearl is taken away from the clam, the kid’s happiness is being taken away. How can we expect to live in a world full of happiness of pain and suffering is what some seek? Why do these people even depend on other’s misery in order to make themselves happy? Why take the pearl for your own pleasure when the pearl is all the clam lives for? The best thing to do is to leave others alone, leave the clam alone and let it live happily with its most prized possession inside of it. Let it live a life being happy, knowing that nothing has taken or tried to take away its identity, making it special and unique compared to all others. Kids these days feel unsafe because of the bullies who roam the hallways looking for trouble. Why can’t we live in a world where bullies don’t exist? Why don’t kids take their anger and frustration somewhere else? Why can’t they write a journal entry or play video games, why do they have to hurt others who seem perfectly happy alone? We should not turn to others when we have anger issues, instead take it out on yourself or don’t take it out at all. Leave the clam alone to live with it’s pearl, leave the kid alone to be happy.Image