Presentation Title

The American Enlightenment

Presenter Information

Jon ReedFollow

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Religion, Siddartha, Community

Biography

I am in my Junior Year, from Fort Gay, West Virginia. I graduated from Tolsia High School. And I am working on my creative writing degree, and I plan on going to Full Sail to get a degree in screenwriting after graduation.

Major

Creative Writing

Advisor for this project

Damai Puspa

Start Date

19-4-2019 2:00 PM

End Date

19-4-2019 3:15 PM

Abstract

In the book Siddartha by Hermann Hesse we see the main character of the book Siddartha, travel around India searching for enlightenment, and he finally finds it when he experiences all the known ways to reach enlightenment, from living with the rich, the poor, trying to learn from an already enlightened, than he start to live at a boat house by the river where he becomes enlighten when he listen to nature. He experiences enlightenment from experiencing the views of all walks of life, and knows the way they think, the way they view things, and is essentially all of the lifestyle.

The message of the novel rings true to this day: that in order to become a better person in general, you need to experience life as many ways as possible. You can’t have true understanding until you know others’ view points, and the know their experiences. This paper will explain how I have come to understand the people not only at MU but elsewhere in Huntington and the United States, by reading other religious text, making friends and experiencing their way of life, and finding the connection between us all.

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The American Enlightenment

In the book Siddartha by Hermann Hesse we see the main character of the book Siddartha, travel around India searching for enlightenment, and he finally finds it when he experiences all the known ways to reach enlightenment, from living with the rich, the poor, trying to learn from an already enlightened, than he start to live at a boat house by the river where he becomes enlighten when he listen to nature. He experiences enlightenment from experiencing the views of all walks of life, and knows the way they think, the way they view things, and is essentially all of the lifestyle.

The message of the novel rings true to this day: that in order to become a better person in general, you need to experience life as many ways as possible. You can’t have true understanding until you know others’ view points, and the know their experiences. This paper will explain how I have come to understand the people not only at MU but elsewhere in Huntington and the United States, by reading other religious text, making friends and experiencing their way of life, and finding the connection between us all.