"The Lost Of The Creature" By Walker Percy.

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In this essay by Walker Percy, entitled "The Loss of the Creature" the notions of perception, appreciation, and sovereignty are strongly analyzed. The essay brings to our attention some of the most common things around; which are biases of likeness and manufactured conditioning, en vogue today. It is often said, "perception is reality." Reality to us is the way we look at things, see them, or perceive them. In this decade however, with the fast growing technological innovations and the rapid commercialization (of products and idea, etc...) what we see or perceive and even come to like and appreciate are for the most part someone else's reality, pre-determined, and pre-package ideas; ready to be consume by our pre-condition minds. Our appreciation for thing become dependent upon some expert's or some other stranger's likes or dislikes.It is exactly this event that renders the object of our desire or place of admiration less genuine and meaningful. We have become so dependent upon the approval of others, that we become less able to decide what's good or bad. Percy provides many examples proving of such happening. To begin, his example of the Grand Canyon with the experience of the Spanish explorer, Garcia Lopez De Cardenas, in comparison with these of today's sightseers on a tour are two immensely different things. He said,The thing is no longer the thing as it confronted the Spaniards; it is rather thatwhich has already been formulated- by picture postcard, geography, books,tourist folders, and the words Grand Canyons. As a result of this pre-formulation,The source of the sightseer's pleasure undergoes a shift. Where the wonder anddelight of the Spaniards arose from his penetration of the things itself, from aprogressive discovery of depths, patters, colors, shadows, etc., now thesightseer measures his satisfactions by the degree to which the Canyon conformsto the performed complex (512).The quote clearly explains and proves the lack of appreciation due to the processing and packaging that goes on. Here we find two totally distinct experiences. The first, being that Garcia with wonder, admiration, and amazement VS. that of the individual on a tour shows a smile, approval and satisfaction. The idea of the lost is real and present all around us. We believe so much in specialty of skills or authority that we need the seal of approval of an expert for even pleasure. The lost of the sovereignty of the knower is a tremendously important concept. Percy isn't the only one showing concern on this subject.John Berger in his essay, "Ways of Seeing" showed disapproval on this same issue. His essay revealed how commercialization can reduce the appreciation and likeness of an object. Sovereignty of the knower is what we can refer to as a "right". It is the right of each individual to freely digest, admirer, discover and appreciate things and objects, without the intrusion of outside forces, to manipulate his or her feelings for that particular thing. Berger...

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