Different people see the world from different perspectives. In our society, there will always be misunderstandings between people and those people’s reactions will differ. Some choose to mope, groan, and even get angry about the way that themselves or others are treated while some decide to try and do something about it. Still, there are others who think to themselves that maybe the best way to deal with the issues among people is to try and comprehend what they mean and just live by them. As Benedict Spinoza put it, “I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.” Authors now try to understand actions that people make instead of ridiculing them. The following explains these authors and how they have been able to identify with others.
“Under the Influence” is an essay written by Scott Russell Sanders. In this writing he tells how he grew up with an alcoholic as a father. His life was not at all easy. He had to deal with issues that young children should not have to deal with. In this essay he makes the reader understand what an alcoholic is and how the actions of one person who has this disease can affect himself and so many other people. Sanders
Staples does not actually agree with this, but he has come to accept it. Brent Staples, the author, wants the reader to understand that there will always be some kind of racial tension between African Americans and white people. An essay that clearly identifies the way in which one tries to understand people is "Black Men and Public Space". Sanders knows that the best way to evade uncomfortable situations is to stay away from anything that might initiate them. They better themselves by simply understanding why people take certain actions. No matter how "equal" the races are, white people will always see some African Americans as being dangerous and not feel at ease around them. ""She still emanates the kind of joy that !can only be achieved by living according to the dictates of one"tms own heart" (Ortiz 86). ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliography. He really did not appreciate her actions, but he started to realize some things. He learns that this is not the way to live someone"tms life, so he promises himself that he will not be like his father. Sanders understands the his Dad"tms problem was not his problem to deal with. Ortiz is showing the reader that her grandmother still loved her husband, but she had to separate them in order to achieve personal contentment. Being so religious, she could not share the same bed with her husband knowing that if she did, she was sure to have more children. As Albert Einstein once said, "Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. The family was never sure whether they would be happy at the sight of the father or horrified by his presence.