You Are Dying, and Your World Is a Lie by Johnny B. TruantWhat is pain? What is discomfort? Is it something terrible, something to be avoided... or is it the very thing that lets us know that we are alive?
The modern world has sold us on a lie. The lie says that to live is to be comfortable. To live is to be free of struggle. The lie says that the ultimate existence would be to never want for anything, to never be pushed so far that it hurts. So why do some of us seek out edge experiences? Why do we flirt with deprivation, with intentional chaos? Why do some of us push toward and through our own physical, emotional, and emotional limits, just to see how it feels?
Every day, safe in our modern cocoons, we can comfortably ignore the fact we are dying. But should we blind ourselves to the truth? Beyond self-help cliches lies a painful and sobering reality: YOUR TIME IN THIS LIFE IS LIMITED... AND IT IS RUNNING OUT.
This essay looks at what it is to strive, to seek out what hurts us so that we may find out what it is to truly be human.
The rumble between the greasers and the Socs is set for 7 p. Pony slams down five aspirins while no one is looking; he is still successfully hiding his illness. Still apprehensive about the rumble, Pony questions everyone's motivation for the fight: "Soda fought for fun, Steve for hatred, Darry for pride, and Two-Bit for conformity. As the greasers gather together at the vacant lot, Pony compares the other greasers to his own gang. His gang never uses weapons and has never really hurt anyone.
Do you think hiding out was the best thing for Johnny and Ponyboy to do? Why or why not? They can't turn themselves in because then Johnny would definitely get hurt. What did Johnny admire about Dally? Why did the boys cut their hair?
Poor Johnny has a really rough life. According to Pony, sixteen-year-old Johnny looks like "a little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and is lost in a crowd of strangers" 1. When his parents aren't physically and or verbally abusing him, they're ignoring him. Johnny can stay away from home for long periods of time and nobody seems to care or notice, in sharp contrast to Pony's situation. To make things even worse, Johnny was brutally beaten by the Socs last spring and now lives in a constant state of fear and PTSD:.
On the way to the hospital, Johnny realizes that he is seriously injured, and in danger of dying. He doesn't want to die at such a young age, but See full answer.
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