In that we always worry about our own needs
In David Foster Wallace’s Speech “This is Water”, Wallace discusses how we as humans are focused on ourselves and our own needs. Wallace at the start of the speech expresses how we pass through our lives caring about no one and that we always worry about our own needs and our own feelings. Wallace then shifts in the middle of his speech in order to express to us how humans should change the way that we process our thinking. Wallace does this by expressing other people’s points of view. Wallace does this to make the point for us to think at another level and to be more open minded. Thinking this way allows us to see more than just ourselves and our prospective. Wallace ends his speech leaving us knowing that everything that happens everyday is not as important as we make it to be. I am very fond of this speech for a number of reasons. The speech for me is a wake up call. It calls me out by allowing me to see my natural urge to care for my own needs and wants before thinking about other individuals.Towards the beginning of the speech Wallace says “Here’s one Example of utter wrongness of something I tend to be automatically sure of: Everything in my own immediate experience supports my deep belief that I am the absolute center of the universe, the realest, most vivid and important person in existence”(Wallace 2). I found this point to be amazingly interesting . What makes it so interesting to me is that everyone unknowingly lives as though they are “the absolute center of the universe”(Wallace 2). Anyone reading his speech could agree that this is not an ethical way to live one’s life, but yet we live our live as though it is true. He uses this statement to directly tell us that it’s not the correct way of thinking. He does so without sugarcoating the statement because he knows it’s such an important mistake that many individuals live there life this way. Nearing the end of the speech Wallace says “Again, please don’t think that I’m giving you moral advice, or that I’m saying you’re “supposed to” think this way, or that anyone expects you to just automatically do it, because it’s hard, it takes will and mental efforts, and if you’re like me, some days you won’t be able to do it, or you just flat out won’t want to”(Wallace 6). Making this statement Wallace is making a connection with the audience to show that he is just like us. It allows us to see he struggles with the same problem that everyone else does. By making this statement in his speech he lets us know that it’s ok to have our shortcoming but that we should push our self the best that we can. In the end of the speech Wallace makes a statement saying “It is about simple awareness- awareness of what is real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, what we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over “This is water, this is water””(Wallace 8). Wallace uses This statement to tie the speech all together and give a comforting feeling to the audience. Wallace want the audience to know that everything in the end will be ok and that nothing really matters. We shouldn’t stress over the simple things in life because it will someday all pass.