(R) The thesis in My Speech to the Graduates, by Woody Allen, is that mankind is in a state of dystopia, (A) because of its habit to use drugs, sex, and violence as a distraction from more complex problems. (C) For example, Allen states, "Instead of facing challenges we turn instead to distractions like drugs and sex". (E) In this quote, Allen touches on a key flaw that every human being possesses. People cannot face that life inevitably ends. So, indulgences such as drugs and sex, become extremely appealing to use as a distraction. Also, because people refuse to acknowledge their immortality, the idea of dying makes vulnerable feelings arise. This vulnerability is a kind of fear, and can cause people to revert to violence as a form of self-glorification, and making themselves feel powerful. (S) In his essay, Allen brings to light that human kind cannot face their nature, so they refer to distractions like drugs, sex, and violence as a means to find fulfillment.
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In the speech "My Speech to the Graduates," Woody Allen addresses the universal fear of the future using absurd examples to explain how when one gives too much thought to issues which only exist in theory, one overlooks the goodness of humanity and becomes overwhelmed with pessimism.
For example, when he mocks this pessimistic sentiment saying "violence breeds more violence and it is predicted that by 1990 kidnapping will be the dominant mode of interaction...If we do not call a halt to breeding, by the year 2000 there will be no room to serve dinner unless one is willing to set the table on the heads of strangers," two concerns which as of now are only a remote possibility taken to an exaggerated conclusion.
In this quote, Allen draws attention to the tendency to take a concern and magnify it to an absurd degree. He addresses the real issues of violence and overpopulation, and highlights how people worry about these issues but never once trust in humanity's ability to change in order to avert these crises. Overall, Allen refers to humankind's tendency to worry excessively about scenarios which may or may not ever come to pass rather than trust in the abilities of the human race. He compels the audience through his use of ridiculous examples to realize the foolishness of such catastrophic ways of thinking, in favour of optimism for the future.
In this speech, Allen attempts to convey the importance of having faith in humankind and the future, rather than resorting to pessimism and excessive worrying.
RA: In the article "My speech to the Graduates" by Woody Allen, he is saying that any goal is possible of achievement because of the willingness an individual has when they strive for a goals.
C: Woody Allen writes in his article "My speech to the graduates" that "We are a people who lack defined goals. We have never learned to love[...]we have no spiritual center. We are adrift alone in the cosmos wreaking monstrous violence on one another out of frustration and pain. Fortunately, we have not lost our sense of proportion".
E: In this quote, Woody Allen is explaining that although people lack many qualities in their lives that help them on their journey to fulfillment, they are not obstacles that are out of their reach. He is telling his audience that by having no proportion, they are able to take the qualities that they lack in their life and, by taking control over it, they can determine the outcome by the length a person would go to to achieve their goals. Woody Allens’ theory applies to everything a person may have the potential of in their life. This is significant because in society, people tend to lean towards being comfortable rather than achieving their full potential as humane, moral beings. Maslow's hierarchy of needs is only fulfilled when a person has achieved all their needs one by one, and that is why people have fallen victim to surviving rather than living. Surviving is completing the safety and psychological needs, and it is easier to lean toward a more comfortable life because there is no stress in a goal a person has already achieved. Living, however, is when a person knows their potential and seeks to achieve the higher needs such as love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. When a person decides to live rather than survive, they are deciding to make their lives meaningful and strive towards their goals rather than living comfortably.
S: By recognizing the difference between the two, Woody Allen is showing that humans are capable of anything if they are willing to put in the effort required.
(RA)The thesis of "My Speech to the Graduates" by Woody Allen is that society will prevail for future generations to come. For example Allen states that his speech, "... could easily be misinterpreted as pessimism", but, " It is merely a healthy concern for the predicament of modern man." Allen predicts that the future for the human race holds great opportunities but also pitfalls. (C) In his speech he provides valuable insight and sheds a light on both aspects of human society. For instance, Allen writes in his article that "... science has failed us." and "...where is science when one ponders the eternal riddles?... Did matter begin with an explosion or the word God?" This validates that science has in fact failed the human race in answering the most important questions. On the other hand, science has also advanced society remarkably. Allen addresses that science, "... has conquered many diseases, broken the genetic code, and even placed human beings on the moon."
(E) In these quotes, Allen explains that although modern man does not have all the answers, humans are well on the way to unlocking them. Like the past humans will continue to progress becoming more educated of the world around them. Only one-hundred years ago electricity was invented, a huge step for man kind. It is safe to assume that in the next one- hundred years leading discoveries in the fields of health and technology will be made. (S) In order to achieve this the key of succession will be to seize the opportunities as the worlds founding fathers did before hand and society will persist.
(RA) The thesis in the essay, "My Speech to the Graduates" by Woody Allen is that man kind is in a state of dystopia because of it's habit to use drugs, sex, and violence as a distraction from bigger problems. (C) For example, in the essay Allen states, "Instead of facing these challenges we turn instead to distractions like drugs and sex." (E) In this quote, Allen touches on key flaws that every person possesses. People cannot face the fact that life inevitably ends. Indulgencies such as drugs and sex become extremely appealing, also because people refuse to acknowledge their immortality. The idea of dying arises certain feelings that need to be fulfilled and many people think it is through drugs and alcohol. There was a time before people and there will be a time after people, and who knows, it might be tomorrow or it might be a thousand years away but the fear of the unknown corrupts people revert to sex, violence, and drugs to self glorify and make them feel more powerful than another human. (S) In his essay, Allen sheds some light onto the human kind and how they cannot face their natural fate and revert to sex, drugs, and violence to fulfill ones needed desire.
R+A: The main argument of Woody Allen’s “My Speech to the Graduates” is that humanity has achieved great things, deeply explored fields of science, mathematics and everything else, et the society lacks defined goals.
C: As Allen states in the text, “We have never; earned to love. We lack leaders and coherent programs. We have no spiritual center…”
E: As shown by this quote, the author’s point is that humans follow the flow of society, try to succeed in life, have short term goals that are common, without making their life too complex. Yet, on a personal level, there are no long term goals for personal development, love or spiritual experiences. Humans assume that it is spontaneous, and the only progress society needs is global, not individual.
S: Even though humanity has achieved its most desired goals, the collection of individuals that is our society still lacks the bigger, inner goals.
R & A– The thesis in “My Speech to the Graduates” by Woody Allen, is that human society is reaching a crossroads which could result in the world’s dystopian state because society is unprepared to face the future without pessimism and distractions.
C – For example, in Woody Allen’s writing, it is stated that “At no other time in history has man been so afraid to cut into his veal chop for fear that it will explode. Violence breeds more violence.”
E – This demonstrates that society is living in a pessimistic fearful state which could lead to the world’s downfall into dystopia. A place in which a person feels fear about actions which are mundane shows this person or their society is corrupt by distractions. When every act is met with a spark of negativity the actions which are truly negative are lost and all acts come with the chance of negativity.
S – If the world continues in such a way that negativity rules, and distractions from this become universally important, the world will run the risk of travelling a path leading to dystopia.
(R+A) In Woody Allen's article, "My Speech to the Graduates," the thesis is that despite the challenges of life's failures, one should live life making wise decisions. (C) For example, Allen writes how
"[people] are adrift alone in the cosmos wreaking monstrous violence on one another out of frustration and pain...it is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls [and] seize the opportunities..." (E) This excerpt illustrates the negative effect of media, incompetent leaders, and a lack of faith on the general human population. It starts affecting the insignificant before becoming a lifestyle of hopelessness that Allen portrays as pointless. Furthermore, it is demonstrated through the reality of frustration and pain that the world is flawed. However, it is also clearly stated that despite all of the negativity, there are still aspects of life that are worth the effort of optimism. (S) Finally, Allen's argument in his article, "My Speech to the Graduates," is that one should not let the pessimism in life prevent one from choosing wisely.
R/A: In Woody Allen's "My Speech to the Graduates" literary essay, Allen explores the achievements of humanity and the various accomplishments of society as a whole, but when it comes to one's own life, everyday citizens lack lit and defined goals.
C: For instance, in his final statement, the author refers to society as "adrift alone in a cosmos wreaking monstrous violence on one another out of frustration and pain." (14, Allen)
E: In Allen's bold statement, he addresses the failure of humanity to take opportunities. Within the quote, Allen uses the cosmos, as an example of humanities accomplishments, but expresses the frustration of one individual to another as imagery to the problems that everyday citizens face. The explaination goes further, when one dissects the problems of humanity. It is evident that Allen calls for change, a transformation in everyone's perspective and goals.
S: Life is short, but the future of humanity rests in the hands of everyday people. The challenge is taking the opportunity when it arise.
R&A- The essay "My Speech to the Graduates," by Woody Allen, describes the predicament of progressive society, which has neglected the tendency to act rationally towards ideas and beliefs, instead has devoted towards a justification that does not represent actuality but has been invented through experimentation.
C- " If I develop a pain in chest, I must have an X-ray. But what if the radiation from the X-ray causes me deeper problems? Before I know it, I am going in for surgery.Naturally, while they are giving me oxygen an intern decides to light up a cigarette"
E- In saying this, Allen describes how the facet of society has changed into shunning the main problem and depending on theoretical analysis. One does not speculate rationally the root of the issue, instead rely on proofs from experimentation to seek answers. This is significant to comprehend because it relates to the overall population of humankind. As humans are advancing in all fields of expertise through experimentation, they have misjudged their magnificent ability to reason. Thus, Allen explicitly highlights the need to act sensibly and not just rely on standards established through theory.
S- According to Allen, humans should not be compelled by theories and experimentation, but rather seek knowledge for themselves before following what the theory teaches.
R&A: In the essay "My Speech to the Graduates" by Woody Allen, The argument is that only a person can choose their path because science and religion can only answer so many questions in someone's life.
C: For example, Woody Allen demonstrates his argument by saying, "this is a very difficult question when we realize that science has failed us" and again by stating, "religion to has unfortunately let us down".
E: By saying that science and religion has failed humankind in their life choices, it forces people to rely on their own experiences and thoughts. Since religion and science has such an impact on people's lives, most of what people believe in and act upon or from their understandings of religion and science. Throughout the world people let their beliefs in religion and knowledge in science guide their lives into a false sense of security where none of the questions of life are answered.
S: Woody Allen is trying to tell people to not base their life decisions off of science and religion, for they do not always answer the questions of life.
R+A: In the article, “My Speech to the Graduates”, written by Woody Allen, the main argument is that people live in a world bound for extinction, but yet destroy it and waste their mortal lives without goals or ambition.
C: For example, Woody Allen states that, “Instead of facing these challenges we turn instead to distractions like drugs and sex. We live in a far too permissive society.”
E: He says this to express that the things that consume people on daily basis is all that which destroys them and diverts them from the important goals and questions life has to offer. The questions which have been pondered for many years with no answer, however the world has created solutions for materialistic reasons, instead of spiritual ones. Woody Allen demonstrates how flawed the world is, but that it can also be improved with determination and optimism.
S: In order for people to have meaning in their lives, they must obtain the answers to the important questions that life has to offer because after all, it is not eternal.
(R&A): In the article, "My Speech to the Graduates" by Woody Allen, the thesis is that people are able to find truth to the meaning of life given their full potential.
(C) For example, Allen asks, "How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world given my waist and shirt size?"
(E) Allen’s question on life demonstrates that the meaning cannot be found in a world of materialistic people. Throughout Allen's article, he explains that science, religion, and the government can only prove so much until people begin to question why or how. But the thought of life scares people, and so they often turn to their distractions. The goal to find the answer is not given by chance or pure luck but by the effort exerted to achieve that outcome. For instance, successful people do not become successful from doing nothing but from the goals that they set for themselves.
(S) Lastly, Allen’s article carries out the message that the truth cannot be found without effort.
R + A- In Woody Allen's literary essay, "My speech to the Graduates", the underlying point is that humanity has turned a blind eye to the conflicts of the the world as a result of the overwhelming pressure involved with solving these problems.
C- "Summing up, it is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also has pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o'clock."
E- This quote states that throughout a lifetime, one will be given certain opportunities and distractions, and it requires the right mindset to reach goals that should be met. Allen further explains that distractions have caused humanity to become ignorant in the understanding of the world. So much so that humanity is unable to address the problems that plague everyday life as a result of the inability to find a solution under pressure.
S- Humanity should not use these scientific advancements for distractions, but to use them to solve the complications that have arisen.
[R&A] The thesis of the essay "My Speech to the Graduates" by Woody Allen is that humans are so focused on finding a meaning to life in the tangible objects that humans actually lose the real meaning.
[C] For example Allen states that "the problem is: How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world given my waist and shirt size".
[E] By making a comment such as that Allen emphasizes the human quest for a meaning and understanding of what the meaning of life is through something that is tangible such as a size or an object. This is significant because it is pointing out an issue that plagues the majority of society and is present in all societies. Humans thirst for knowledge through tangible items but through these items one becomes more focused on the item than the search.
[S] In short, humanity must reclaim the path of knowledge and leave the objects behind so that focus can be maintained.
R + A - The main argument of Woody Allen's essay, "My Speech to the Graduates", is that humans rely on too many ideas they cannot control and are unprepared for the fall of these ideas, which will lead them to extinction.
C - Allen writes in his article that, " Religion too has unfortunately let us down... What we have done is made technology God".
E - Allen shows that humans have been let down by religion which has caused them to replace it with technology. But what happens when technology fails? Humans rely on technology for everything. It teaches them, protects them, and it entertains them. Without technology, humans will not be able to survive. If technology fails, then humans will too.
S - Humans should try to teach themselves ways to survive without technology, just in case.
In the Essay "My Speech to the graduates" by Woody Allen, he highlights the importance of understanding the different views in society, while staying true to one's beliefs.
For example, he states, " We have never learned to love... We are adrift alone in the cosmos wreaking monstrous violence on one another out of frustration and pain." Allen explains that presently humans never stay true to themselves, which attributes to false hope in technology as well as in each other. He indicates the importance that one must become more open to different ideals instead of proving one is superior simply because they appear to be different. One has to be able to understand the different perspectives in order to grow themselves. The differentiating outlooks allow one to be able to form connection with others and develop interpersonal skills. These relations also allow one to gain new perspectives that overall enrich their life. Throughout society this lack of understanding is shown when one can not understand the justification behind another's actions, therefore issues become larger than necessary.
In the essay, Allen attempts to convey the need of understanding different philosophies while staying true to ones self.
(R & A) - The thesis of "My Speech to the Graduates," by Woody Allen is that no matter what help you can get from others, people will always have responsibilities of their own.
(C) - Woody Allen states in his speech, " Particularly when reading Thackeray. I often think how comforting life must have been for early man because he believed in a powerful, benevolent Creator who looked after all things. Imagine his disappointment when he saw his wife putting on weight."
(E) - In this quote, Woody Allen refers as life being easy during the time where the novel Thackeray was taking place referring to the past around the 1850's. During those times, people believed in one powerful creator who was responsible for everything. Allen then refers to the disappointment of the man when he saw his wife putting on weight alluding to the human's own personal problems piling up.
(S) - Overall, Allen is trying to tell people that not everything can be done with the help of other people or divine intelligence, but every human being has their own personal responsibilities to take care of.
R- In the article "My Speech to the Graduates" by Woody Allen , pessimism is necessary to make a decision between despair and extinction
A- because it forces humankind to face the very real and very important issues in society and life.
C- For example, when Allen addresses kidnapping by saying, "Violence breeds more violence and it is predicted that by 1990 kidnapping will be the dominant mode if social interaction." Although this theory may not have been a reality then, there is nothing stopping it from become a reality of the twenty-first century.
E- In this quote, Allen claims that pessimism is not the desired message, however, it remains the most effective one. In the past, humans have most often resorted to violence to solve psychological and/or political issues, and there is nothing to stop people from doing the same and more now. Allen also draws attention to the fact that society lacked positive social interactions then, and the issue has only gotten worse over time. Technology, along with violence will be some of the leading causes of the downfalls if society.
S- it is important to expect the worst and be prepared to face a dystopian future that will inevitably result in the extinction of humankind.
R/A: The main argument in Woody Allens, "My speech to the Graduates", the main argument is that society in general have been, and accomplished a lot yet we still lack defined goals.
C: For example Woody Allen states that "We are a people who lack defined goals. We have never learned to love. We lack leaders and coherent programs."
E: What Allen is saying is that we are raised to follow the flow of humanity and we ourselves do nto have goals greater then anything small. He continues to say that the human race has also accomplished a lot but yet we have no long term goals or giant expectations to come. Humanity, as a race, also lack the capacity to love completely, and the main goal is to carry on what someone did, pass on knowledge to their kids. The leaders we know are everyones leaders and most people are not leaders.
S: Even though humanity has very few long term goals, the humain race will continue to evolve little by little with the help of everyday people.
R/A: The thesis of "My Speech to the Graduates" by Woody Allen is that humankind is in a state of dystopia because of its tendency to use drugs and sex as a distraction for greater, more important issues.
C: For example Allen states, "Instead of facing these challenges we turn instead to distractions like drugs and sex."
E: This shows that people should be productive citizens that benefit society because they currently are not. People are much more concerned with minor problems in life than they should be. By putting themselves in this state of ignorance, people do not realize their potential and continue this vicious cycle of self destruction that is destroying society.
S: If humankind does not start to think on a larger scale and it continues to concern itself with minor issues, society will never make progress and the human race will implode.
R+A - The thesis of the Essay "My Speech to the Graduates", by Woody Allen, is that humankind has faced a crossroad which both outcomes lead to terrible outcomes.
C - For example Allen states, "At no other time in history...Instead of facing these challenges...been this rampant."
E - Allen connects to the thesis with this quote because he talks about in the quote that when times get tough, and the world is faced with different issues, humans turn instead to pleasure rather than doing anything about those issues. Humans are too preoccupied in pleasures (drugs, sex, pornography) which add false meaning to their lives which the media has told them makes themselves happy. The only way humans can be truly at peace, is by facing those big world problems together as a race.
S - In Woody Allen's article "My Article to the Graduates", Allen explains the distractions that are desensitizing and distracting society from important world issues.
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