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Alain De Button Essay

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Ninchu KunjumonMr. RiveraEnglish Composition17 December 2012Alain de Button EssayHave you ever just sat at home and wondered why your life was the way it was? Have you ever considered on changing something about it? The truth is many people have. There are two types of mindsets one person could have; a "home mindset" and a "traveling mindset." One who has a home mindset is unaware of the details and actions around him; they are numb to their surroundings. On the other hand, a traveling mindset is exactly the opposite, one is more relaxed and observant; they are usually well aware of their surroundings. According to Alain de Botton, one must have a "traveling" mindset as opposed to a "home" mindset in order to have a positive outlook on life, to be open to new ideas, and to have a more exciting and adventurous life.The crack on the sidewalk, the crying little girl in the pink dress across the street, the flowers growing on the ground and the flying plastic bag are some things a person with a "home" mindset fails to see. One with a "home" mindset is numb to their surroundings. In passage one, Alain de Botton returns to his "unimpressed" (de Button, pg 47) home in London from his vacation in Barbados and compares the two. He explains his hometown, London, to be a dull and lifeless place that "was still raining," (de Button, pg 47) in comparison to the azure skies and giant sea anemones of Barbados. Due to his closed "home" mindset he describes his hometown as a blunt and gloomy setting in which he feels hopelessness. De Botton lacks the observant "traveling" mindset due to his ordinary daily routine in his hometown, London and therefore he fails to see minor details and activities around town. He says," I felt there could be few worse places on earth than the one I had fated to spend my existence in." (de Button, pg 47) He thinks he lives in one of the worst places on earth. One of the reasons he feels like this is because he is habituated. He has been living there for such a long time and therefore he believes he knows everything. Finding something interesting in his town seems impossible to him because of his "home" mindset.The crack on the sidewalk, the crying little girl in the pink dress across the street, the flowers growing on the ground and the flying plastic bag are some things a person with a "traveling" mindset sees. According to De Maistre, with a "traveling" mindset he "rediscovers some of its (his room) qualities." From a traveler's vantage point of view he learns to appreciate his surroundings. With a...

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