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The Impact Of Choices On Spirituality In Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha

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A person's life choices will affect their spirituality and their inner-being as they continue on through life. Their choices lead them down different paths, which in time will affect their spirituality, positivity, and their happiness. The novel Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, illustrates Siddhartha's spiritual journey and path to enlightenment. Siddhartha’s journey will bring him closer to his inner spirit. Siddhartha's life clearly displays how a person's daily choices affect their spirituality.
“Spirituality: the quality or state of being spiritual", spirit meaning: "a life-giving force" or "a force within a person held to endow the body with life, energy, and power: soul" (Britannica ...view middle of the document...

He ventures out into the unknown with no knowledge of the future and no knowledge of anything, really. Siddhartha tries to achieve enlightenment by following someone else's choices and lifestyle. Siddhartha learns that he cannot achieve enlightenment by following someone else's choices; he needs to make his own decisions. "I will no longer study Yoga-Veda or Atharva-Veda, or asceticism, or any other teachings. I will learn from myself, be my own pupil; I will learn from myself the secrets of Siddhartha" (Hesse 39). This marks the point in not only Siddhartha's life, but everyone else's life, when a person has taken their first step to making their own choices based on their life and not someone else's.
Siddhartha says “Nobody finds salvation through teachings” (Hesse 34). Dennis F. Brestensky states “… many of our students today have acquired the same negative attitude towards us in the classroom…they have rejected, as did Siddhartha, “the concept that knowledge is ‘given,’… that it is to be accepted without question” (379). Siddhartha’s negative thoughts toward teaching have influenced students to follow and accept his ideas. Siddhartha has his own way of thinking and has his own opinions, just as every other person does. However, it seems as though these students do not have their own opinions, because they’re following what Siddhartha thinks. Nobody can affect the decisions and choices an individual makes, except for that individual. This individual is choosing to be impacted by another person, instead, they should think for their self.
In 2000 Columbia was experiencing plans to dismiss teacher assistants in schools. A man commented that because there was no assistant teacher, his wife was overloaded with work. He says that she loves teaching and is very dedicated to her students. The man states “Now that she has no teacher assistant she must not only do her daily plans, but grade papers, prepare progress reports… I’m sure like most dedicated teachers who don’t have an assistant; [my wife] will not let it interfere with her goal to provide her students with the best education possible” (Mcintosh Martinez 4). This woman, bombarded with work, still chooses to do her absolute best to provide for her students. Like everyone else, she had the choice to give up- but she chose not to. The husband says that she enjoys teaching very much, and by choosing to continue to teach, her spirit is full of life and happiness.
People who deal with depression live each day in a dull and sorrow way. Siddhartha chooses to obsess over Kamala. This leads him down a path that does not do any good for him. “Since the time he had stopped being a Samana in his heart, Siddhartha began to play dice for money and jewels” (Hesse 79). Siddhartha has the choice to go down the right path, but he cannot stray away from the temptations of everyday...

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