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In this essay by Walker Percy entitled The Loss of the Creature the notions of perception appreciation and sovereignty are strongly analyzed The essay brings to our attention some of the most common things around which are biases of likeness and manufactured conditioning en vogue today It is often said perception is reality Reality to us is the way we look at things see them or perceive them In this decade however with the fast growing technological innovations and the rapid commercialization of products and idea etc what we see or perceive and even come to like and appreciate are for the most part someone elses reality pre-determined and pre-package ideas ready to be consume by our pre-condition minds Our appreciation for thing become dependent upon some experts or some other strangers likes or dislikes It is exactly this event that renders the object of our desire or place of admiration less genuine and meaningful We have become so dependent upon the approval of others that we become less able to decide whats good or bad Percy provides many examples proving of such happening To begin his example of the Grand Canyon with the experience of the Spanish explorer Garcia Lopez De Cardenas in comparison with these of todays sightseers on a tour are two immensely different things He said The thing is no longer the thing as it confronted the Spaniards it is rather that which has already been formulated- by picture postcard geography books tourist folders and the words Grand Canyons As a result of this pre-formulation The source of the sightseers pleasure undergoes a shift Where the wonder and delight of the Spaniards arose from his penetration of the things itself from a progressive discovery of depths patters colors shadows etc now the sightseer measures his satisfactions by the degree to which the Canyon conforms to the performed complex 512 The quote clearly explains and proves the lack of appreciation due to
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