The Importance of Community in How To Tell a True War Story, Into the Wild, and Robert Thurman’s Essay, Wisdom

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Knowledge is defined as the body of truth or facts accumulated in the course of time. Knowledge is gained through school, peers, friends and family and oneself, but one gains the most knowledge through the community. A community is a group of people living in a particular location. The community helps individual see what is right from wrong, by pointing it out. In Tim O’Brien’s essay, “How to Tell a True War Story”, he mentions that individuals need a community to grow and learn. O’Brien states that as individual we need other people to lean on during hard and difficult times. In Selections from into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer, Chris McCandless embarked on a journey to find himself. At first, McCandless was all about an individual depending …show more content…
In war, individuals need to work together to reach the common goal, to defeat the enemies. In the essay “Wisdom”, Buddha commonly uses the word selflessness in the context of teaching that all things perceived by the senses (including the mental sense) are not really "I" or "mine", and for this reason one should not cling to them. According to Thurman, “When you become aware of your selflessness, you realize that any way you feel yourself to be at any time is just a relational, changing construction” (463). All things in the universe will become clear to one who understands the selflessness and conditioned nature of all phenomena of existence. When an individual have a reliable type of inner bliss awareness, a sense of connectedness to the universe where the individual feel the bliss of life flowing up and bubbling up within them, the bliss of freedom coming up within them, then they want others to have that. In “How to tell a True War Story, there is a great example of selflessness happening. According to O’Brien
You feel an intense, out-of-the-skin awareness of your living self—of wanting it…Though it’s odd, you’re never more alive than when you’re almost dead. Freshly, as if for the first time, you love what’s best in yourself and in the world, all that might be lost… you find yourself studying the fine colors on the river, you feel wonder and awe at the setting sun, and you are filled with a hard, aching love for how the world could be and always should be,

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