The World Is Your Oyster Essay

1921 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
Grade 11
I Shuck Oysters The world is your oyster. A phrase coined and immortalized by Shakespeare, who reduced the whole of the world to a bivalve mollusk that frequents the bays and estuaries of the world. The world is your oyster. A prize sheathed in a calcified shield perfectly evolved to withstand the hardships of the world. Oysters have thrived for more than 150 million years behind this foreboding barrier, unbreachable by those without the drive to succeed. But when the world is your oyster, and you have a knife, the integrity of those once impenetrable walls is trivial. Defeated by a flicka da wrist and the resourcefulness of Man, an oyster shell is merely an obstacle. By no means are the walls the end-all-be-all of Man’s quest for purpose. People are daunted by the meaning of life because they see the walls instead of the prize behind them, and the indomitable spirit of man is cowed by the grim implication that their quest has been for naught. That perhaps there is nothing behind the walls but a morsel of meat. They don’t realize that it is this morsel of meat which sustains them on the quest for the pearl. The weak man stops at the first oyster, but an American Scholar, a pursuer of pearls and lover of life, sits atop a mountain of cracked shells. A life of shucking just to hold a single pearl up to the sun. But a life of shucking is a life of doing. Don’t stare at walls, remorsing over future failures, instead find fortune and faith and fortitude and go shuck a…

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