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Discovery Related Texts

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alice O'Shea

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Discovery Related Texts Folio
The Happiest Refugee - Anh Do - 2010
'This Is Water' -David Foster Wallace - 2005
'A Clean, Well-lighted Place' - Ernest Hemingway - 1933
"Self"-Lord Buddha
Self by Lord Buddha is an inspiring, wise poem that communicates about being true to yourself, loving yourself and setting an example for others, to never criticise and maintain your integrity. In this poem, Lord Buddha invokes an awakening within the reader, to a higher consciousness and invites us to question and gain mastery over our Self. Buddha hopes to bring to the reader’s awareness, the realisation that “purity and impurity come from oneself, no one can purify another.”

Lord Buddha teaches that if an individual who is dishonourable and immoral tries to teach another of the good, but doesn’t live up what they purport, then the individual’s fate is left to suffer. In order to help others, we must first help ourselves. It is very easy to do wrong by ourselves and others, but more difficult to do what is beneficial and good. Lord Buddha’s words “Self is the master of self; who else could be the master?” affects us as we feel compelled to become responsible for our thoughts and decisions. The rhetorical question also challenges us to understand that if we’re not responsible for our Self, then who is? Through introspection the hope of better realisations, thoughts and ultimately actions are demonstrated.

We are drawn to the teachings in the poem that Lord Buddha has discovered, and beseeches us to seek a new sense of self and wisdom. From the philosophical, spiritual, and intellectual discoveries, we are engrossed by Lord Buddha’s teachings and come to learn that no one can be perfect as we discover the importance to be true to ourselves, to love ourselves and to set an example for others. This is a truly inspirational and touching poem that will lead anyone who is examining a philosophical or spiritual pathway to invoke awareness, wonder and become wiser.
By Katie Henman + Alice O'Shea + Conlan Brehaut

An education is learning to understand how to think, being able to choose what to think about, and empathising with perspectives other than our own. In this speech Foster-Wallace presents this concept to a room of graduating collegiates in America, stimulating new ideas and offering new understandings. With the effective use of analogy, scenarios, and proverbs he delivers this message of philosophical and personal discovery.

Every experience we have is lived through our own intellect and senses, which results in the natural belief that our own needs should determine our world’s priorities. Foster-Wallace explains that this is our ‘default setting’ and asks that we consciously switch this off, instead, switching on a critical awareness of what is in plain sight: to decide for ourselves how we perceive something.

We all choose to worship something in life, whether it be a religion, intellect, or perhaps beauty, but the message Foster-Wallace conveys is that we have the ability to decide what we worship. When we unconsciously rank something as the most important, it determines how we measure value - this is the default setting we must eradicate to achieve real freedom. Real freedom is the ability to put aside a society’s paradigms, and to consider other perspectives that motivate human beings in their lives. The composer leads us to discover that this freedom is altruistic, provoking an awareness of others. He encourages this rather than leading a self-centred life, despairing over unreachable goals.

Foster-Wallace enables these college graduates, as well as us as responders, to re-enter the world with a fresh perspective, opening our eyes to a whole world of possible discoveries. He does not attempt to create guilt or lecture his audience, but rather presents us with an idea and lets us explore what this means for ourselves.

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'To This Day' - A Giant Ant Production - 2013
Shane Koyczan - composer
Ernest Hemingway - Composer
David Foster-Wallace - Composer
Through the short story ‘A Clean, Well-Lighted Place’ , Ernest Hemingway communicates that nothing is certain but loneliness and eventual death. Through the omniscient third person we observe the three characters’ actions and thoughts, and we discover ideas that surround aging and generational perceptions of time and death. We as responders are at first confronted before we are led to discover this philosophical and personal realisation, as this story is preoccupied by postmodernist ideas such as existentialism, nihilism, and fatalism. This text was composed in 1933 - the modernist time period, and such ways of thinking may have stimulated new ideas in a postmodern direction.

The old customer depicted in this text has recently attempted suicide, demonstrating his desire to escape the loneliness that accompanies aging. However the younger waiter who works at the cafe frequented by the old man, believes this act was over ‘nothing’ as the old customer has ‘plenty of money’. We see how the young waiter is unwilling to open his mind to the two older characters’ perspectives, demonstrating a lack of empathy. Here we are presented with the way in which some are unwilling to discover, as they are concerned only with themselves. However to contrast this, the older waiter understands the old customer’s behaviour, demonstrated by his trip to the bar following closing, where he too drinks alone. Here, Hemingway illustrates how we must accept our fate with dignity, as the old man does by coming to this clean well-lighted place to quietly drink the time away.

A strong sense of nihilism is uncovered with Hemingway’s statement that everything is ‘nada’, as well as fatalism as he presents that death and loneliness are our inevitable fates. An existentialist element is provided as we as responders are led to question the meaning of the text, and from there on our own purposes in life. In the consideration of this text we discover new ways of looking at the purpose of our existence, as well as an alternate side of discovery - the refusal to discover.

‘To This Day’ is a powerful spoken word poem that enlightens responders to the reality of those who are bullied in their youth, and the ramifications this can have on the rest of their lives. This is a confronting yet emotional discovery, that can lead responders to renew their perceptions of others. Our understanding of the world is deepened as we realise certain adversities others have faced, and as we reconsider our own actions and the actions of those around us.

This poem inspires, as it encourages all affected by bullying and name calling to keep standing back up when they are pushed down, to utilize their resilience, and to keep believing that there is something beautiful within them despite what the bullies say. It leads the responder to reconsider the saying ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me’, because the names can be seriously harmful, and have a lasting psychological effect. We discover how the wounded grow up with little self-confidence, believing they will never be loved, as the wounds that bullying inflicts cannot be fixed with a band-aid or surgery, but remain indefinitely. This production leads us to this discovery through symbolic and powerful visuals, as well as the composer’s expressive voice overs, which combine to illustrate the pain associated with bullying.

It is likely that responders may themselves have bullied, have been the bully, or have been bystanders to a bullying incident, and for this reason the majority of us can relate on a personal level to this poem. We rediscover a memory from our pasts, whether it be one of pain, or one of guilt. The composer of this poem has himself dealt with some severe bullying in his youth, and explains the way in which it has affected him to this day - yet still to this day, there are those being victimized like he was. In viewing this piece, we have been asked to open our eyes, and make a conscious change in the way we behave towards bullying.
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The Happiest Refugee exposes the uplifting and inspiring life story of one of Australia’s favourite personalities, Anh Do. In his autobiography, Anh Do and his family are forced to leave Vietnam during the War, leading them to new worlds, values and ideas while discovering new understandings and renewed perceptions of himself and others, as they seek refuge on Australian soil. Through this exciting and tear-provoking story, there are many
moments of discovery including educational, personal and familial discoveries.

When Anh and his family began their life in Australia, it was a major struggle, with non-stop hard work, ruthless landlords, overcrowded homes and making do with everything. For Anh, if the inner turmoil and conflict of being an outsider wasn’t enough to contend with, he also had to deal with his father being an excessive alcoholic. At the age of thirteen, Anh’s father, Tam Do, left home, shedding his past connections with his wife and family. The family felt his loss very deeply and their mother struggled to support the family on her own. Anh had to dig deep and took on the responsibilities of being the man of the house and searched for any opportunity to alleviate his mother’s burden. Along with all these duties, Anh found determination and resilience and graduated high school and then university with a law degree. This reveals to us Anh’s strength of character and his close family bond, the ability to endure hardship and his fiery determination.

Anh’s decision to become a comedian over a professional career in law, leads us to discover that Anh’s choice can mirror our own passion in order to realise our dreams. Anh’s decision is a risk as he turns his back on his education thus far and a recognised profitable career. From a range of spontaneous, to personal and gradual discoveries, we embark along Anh’s journey with the many lessons and stories told to never give up, follow your passion and to realise your dreams.
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Anh Do - Composer
The text 7 Pounds, is a film that talks about Tim Thomas’s journey recovering from losing his beloved fiancé and dealing with the guilt of causing a car crash that leads to the death of seven people, including his fiance. This journey leads Tim to do many things that are out of his comfort zone, including his seeking out seven people all of whom are dealing with a serious illnesses and a woman with an abusive boyfriend, resulting in Tim giving up his own life to save these seven strangers.

To justify what Tim is discovering, would be the things he is willing to do to help others due to his guilt from the past, reaching a point in his life where he is willing to sacrifice his own self to help save the lives of seven strangers. However on the way he discovers the stories of these seven people and unexpected emotions for each of them, resulting in him falling in love with one. This relates to discovery for the reason that when one finds something new about themselves or somebody else, or finds out something that they were unsure of in the past, it would be classified as them rediscovering these things. In Tim’s case he is discovering all of the above.

Tim’s discovery is a personal discovery. Knowing about someone's illness or something like an abusive relationship would be knowing something personal about them. Therefore, as Tim is aware of each of these seven people’s stories and continues to find out more about them, we become aware he has formed much of an emotional relationship with them.

We discover in this text that when you sacrifice others lives for a selfish need (in this case texting whilst driving) that it’ll shape your way and view of the world and how you should treat others. Thus acknowledging others who are suffering and help them rather than being selfish.
Seven Pounds - 2008
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Lord Buddha - Composer
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Movie cover
The film 50/50 is about a man named Adam Lerner, who lives however avoiding anything that could cause any harm to his health. Though, when he is diagnosed with cancer, he begins a journey that would turn his life around forever.

Adam learns what and who the most important things in his life are because of his realisation that he might die, thus who are and are not the people willing to stick around when times begin to get difficult. His life before cancer was somewhat uninteresting and his perception on life was to stick to his daily routine, rather than experiencing new things and perhaps enjoying what he was doing. Hence, he was not seeing everything the world had to offer. This relates to discovery in the sense that we may not realise how much we are not living, that we may be faced with a serious illness and begin to regret not doing things that we might love or trying things that we have yet discover to be amazing.

This becomes more of a gradual discovery for Adam. At first he thought his chances of living were very high, therefore he continues life as per usual. It isn’t until he is told he has a 50% chance of dying, that he realises he may not be present for much longer. This then leads to a personal discovery, when he reaches out of his comfort zone and explores many new ways of living, tries new activities and opens up to people he may never have looked at twice before. This encourages Adam to find new love and discover new relationships.

During the text, I feel we are living the discovery of Adam’s journey to recovery and we sympathise with him along the way. Therefore, the man's discovery encourages us to seek ways that we could live our lives to further lengths, and gather the courage to leave our hollow daily life.

50/50 -2011
Movie Cover
directed by Jonathan Levine
Movie Trailer
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Malala Yousafzai, a young girl who at the age of 11 years old, had her anonymous diary published in 2009 between the months of march and april. The diary captivated the readers with its heartfelt story about the struggle for girls education at a time when the Taliban controlled Swat. Followed by Malala’s act of bravery in October 2012, when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. At this time she was already known in Pakistan, but that one act of bravery captivated people around the world, creating international fame for Malala.

Starting as a small anonymous voice speaking on behalf of school girls with fears hiding in the shadows of the Taliban, Malala discovers that when she is unwilling to give up on what she believes in, and her persistent acts of bravery, can help her inspire many women all around the world to stand up for women's rights. This includes the rights for girls education. Malala also discovers the lengths she is able to go to voice her opinion around the world.

In life, everybody has something they strongly believe in, and even though we may feel passionate about this something, we come to a realisation that not all of us will have the power to voice this opinion. Though in Malala’s case, she was able to speak on behalf of many women around the world, whilst promoting what she feels strongly about. This has lead her to win the Nobel Peace Price, Feature in Time magazine’s most influential people, have a lengthy profile in vanity fair magazine, and have a documentary film based on her. Hence, this determination of Malala’s, has encouraged feminism all around the world.

Throughout the Article, we are given an insight of Malala Yousafzai History and explanation to why she has been influenced to do the things that she has done. This encourages readers to accept her story and message she is conveying to the world.
BBC News Article - Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzi
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