David Foster Wallace's Liberal Arts Education Teaches An Individual To Think?
They often promote the idea that Hendrix and similar schools create graduates who can do a little of everything, but a lot of nothing. In response I would allege that simply the empathetic ability gained while studying here is worth more than any number of technical degrees. Wallace mentions that how one allows themselves to think is directly related to how they perceive their experience. His talk implies that an individual who retains the self-serving attitude prevalent in today’s society will ultimately be unhappy in life. That they will see situations in regards to how those situations directly impact them, instead of by dissecting their root causes. Without the ability to take the perspective of others, Wallace argues that we as a society dehumanize those around us. It becomes simple and natural to look at those around us as obstacles and as burdens. Through the studying at a liberal arts college, an individual is given the tools they need to free themselves from that trap. Instead of seeing others as burdens, one is able to see the world from another’s perspective. One who is able to do this is less likely to stay irritated at a stranger, as when they understand the stranger’s perspective they liken the stranger to themselves. This focus of perspective taking that Hendrix focuses on is a means to and end, one that finalizes in making the world a smaller and happier place; one in which even the most opposite of people can find