Walker Percy: the Loss of the Creature.

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Brand New Our lives are filled with a plethora of new and reoccurring experiences that although many of them seem generic are all unique to each and every one of us. How we define a “new” experience is mostly dependent on if we have experienced it in person and not on how much we know or have heard about that experience. Humans are unique in that we all experience things differently because of our personalities, emotions, and backgrounds. Walker Percy provides a different perspective on what really is “new” and on the human experience in his article The loss of the Creature. Percy argues that having a packaged idea of something can cause you to create a symbolic amalgam of ideas about that thing that can block the true essence of the real experience when you actually do experience it for yourself. In his article he presents examples of how trying to achieve a symbol or expectation leads to the loss of the full experience. Understanding can only be reached through the true experience, but when expectations and unconscious comparisons come into play understanding becomes impossible. In one of Percy’s examples he argues that Garcia Lopez de Cardenas, the man who discovered the Grand Canyon is the only person who is the only one who has truly seen it. I personally have had many experiences where this general rule is true and I found myself comparing instead of observing. However, there are also many times when I have experienced things where it seems like I am the first to ever discover it and I see it for what it truly is. Although Percy makes a valid argument for expectations clouding your view of something, in my personal experiences I have come to realize that in many cases this is not true and your emotions can make an experience new and unique from anyone else’s regardless of how similar you physical experiences were. Percy starts off his article with a short
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