Literature, Happiness & My Values Madison Freeman

I used to value certain characteristics over others to a fault. Over time I've come to learn that these values were extremely self-detrimental in excess. These values were complete mindless loyalty, open-mindedness, and a heavy emphasis on education and intelligence. Only the numbers mattered, and if something didn't possess physical metrics, then it was trivial. I forgot to think for myself, to question things along the way. Thinking creatively became that much harder. Every action I took to problem-solving was based with an objective approach in mind, so much so I forgot that the subjective mattered just as well. Literature also helped me develop the social cynicism that is so crucial to everyday function. It is necessary to question the motivations behind others actions or the source and not blindly follow or believe at face value. It's not to say I no longer value loyalty, open-mindedness, or education or that I don't appreciate them, but rather I am able to more effectively find balance and moderation between them. I am able to create my own perspectives without them being over-encompassing. My project is on the evolution of these values.
A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy written by David Foster Wallace about the pursuit of happiness in America.

The Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are. It is one of the few books that encompassing the exploration of the passions that make us human. If you worship money and things—if they are where you tap meaning in life—then you will never have enough. Never feel you have enough. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly, and when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally plant you. On one level, we all know this stuff already—it’s been codified as myths, proverbs, cliches, bromides, epigrams, parables: the skeleton of every great story. The trick is keeping the truth up-front in daily consciousness. Worship power—you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart—you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. And so on.

"The only way out of the trap of embodied consciousness—of being a rat pulling its pleasure lever—is to reassert the existence of transcendent value not as a matter of proven epistemic certainty but as a radical and rational choice against basic human frailty"

The triple award winning novel, the Neuromancer renders a potent vision of the future

Every character in this book remains psychologically static. From start to end. Wired into a predetermined behavior pattern with a seemingly inescapable identity. The human characters are unaware and incapable of forming an individual, provisional, or less than absolute notion of self. The character who possesses the greatest capacity for change in the novel is a machine. Wintermute is an AI who acknowledges and attempts to transcend itself. The line between human and machine are blurred and humans no longer feel compelled to form a separate individual identity.

Artwork by xxxclusive. Symbolizes the systematic targeting of those who are not ignorant of the goings on of the politics behind technology. A portrayal of "ignorance is bliss". Those who have the capacity or the eagerness to perceive more and experience more than the materialistic norm, are those who must be monitored and controlled
This art is called Clear and Present Danger by Delchi. While comical, it portrays the vision of loss of innocence in kid's cartoons and the desensitization of children to violence in the future. The underlying message is that the instant gratification violent video games provide may lead to overall unhappiness among kids. Studies have shown that they tend to think and behave more violently, not necessarily that they will act out any violent tendencies.

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