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Walker Percys essay The Loss of Creature maintains that we should recover the creature and learn to extract the thing from the package However we can never exclusively recover the creature from the symbolic package for we are in a process of continuous discovery throughout our lives and we must see the symbolic complex for more than it appears to be Percys methods of perceiving the world are in fact impossible to put into effect for we could not go about placing ourselves into natural disasters and things of the like Furthermore that would be defeating the purpose for once we set out to recover the lost creature intentionally looking for it it is lost However that does not prevent us from learning something from Percys methods of recovering the creature In his essay Percy maintains that the reclamation it and educations unspoiled beauty is endeavored by many both by following the beaten path and also by seeking another path away from the prevailing trail of tradition By embracing Walkers methods of observation we open our minds Percy reflects upon the dialectic approach of allowing oneself to see something familiar for the first time be it a picturesque view of the Grand Canyon a tiny Indian village or a dogfish The dialectic view being the viewpoint of many employing the method of seeing an issue from many perspectives rather than a singular stance Walker Percy asserts that there exists the same amount of wonder and beauty within a dogfish as there is in a Shakespearean sonnet It depends merely upon the approach of ones mind When encountering something for the first time or the twentieth utilizing Walkers manner of the dialectic view allows us to break away from the symbolic complex which has already been formed in the mind As the native New Yorker visiting the Statue of Liberty he does not see it as he has seen it every other time he has
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