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Commonness of Experience.
"... when you finally get there the supermarket is very crowded, because of course it's the time of day when all the other people with jobs also try to squeeze in some grocery shopping..." (Wallace 4).
"I've Worked really hard all day and I'm starved and tired and I can't even get home to eat and unwind because of all these stupid god-damn people"(Wallace
Everyday life is tedious
. "There happen to be whole large parts of adult American life that nobody really talks about in commencement speeches. One such part involves boredom, routine, and petty frustration" (Wallace 3).
mindfulness the trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness
"The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about people to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day."
"Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think."(Wallace 2)
Empathy... "Other people's thoughts and feelings have to be communicated to you somehow".
"...force myself to consider the liklihood that everyone else in the supermarket's checkout line is just as bored and frustrated as I am.."
"... there are different ways to think about these kinds of situations... it's not impossible"