In high school, I was in cross country and track. In order to do better, become faster, it is up to you to work hard, put in your absolute maximum effort, and do the best that you can do. My point is, doing the minimum, just surviving, is not worth it. Everyone has family and friends who encourage you to do your best and that is what makes life sufficient enough to live. Love from your friends, love from your family who just want the best for you which is also for you to do your best.
They are the ones that are always there for you, in both the good times and the bad times. People are curious. People want to learn. Life is worth living if you have the ability to learn what good times and bad times are like, and how you cope with them. As long as you have to freedom to do that, one should be able to have a pretty good life.
Sayid loses that ability when he is taken prisoner by the Prophet and his men. He feels no reason to continue living until Kirstin and August come and save him. Kirk does not enjoy this lifestyle since he cannot experience the different sides of life by being under this spell forever. So he disrupts the spell and gets everyone back on board.
Paradise truly is not for everyone, since paradise does not let one truly live. Most everyone can agree that there is more to life than merely surviving. Beyond the basic needs of food, water, and shelter there is something else that motivates us to get up every morning; it is the hope to find connection. Most of what we do is fueled by the desire to find these things. Though many people could satisfy their physical needs independently, we chose not to and instead, riskily, share the responsibilities of survival with others in the hope that we may find a deeper connection with those we share with, we see possibility in them.
Relationships are usually built on shared interests or perspectives. The symphony is connected by their love for performance and likely by an unspoken restless nature which propels them to keep traveling. Underneath the broad community of the symphony there are individual friendships and relationships, which are what Kirsten is willing to die for. For the entirety of the story Kirsten is searching for her friends, at first it is just Charlie, followed by Sayid and then the whole symphony save August. Though she could easily survive without any of these people she risks her life and is prepared to die to find and protect them.
Arthur is less lucky and less faithful in his relationships than Kirsten, but he is still driven by his desire for connection. Though he abandons friends and lovers easily, he does so only after being lured into what he perceives as a potentially deeper and more meaningful connection. Even after several failed marriages, and friendships that have dissipated or were only ever one sided Arthur is still hoping to be close to his son, he is ready to put all of his energy and effort into creating a life with him.
Mandel argues that human connection is needed for human life to really persist beyond mere survival and the passing on of genes. Survival is something we do so we can live. For the most part, your life would consist of the same routine each day: Eat, work, eat. The Traveling Symphony brings life back to those people, injecting emotion and passion back into the zombies the people of the settlements had inevitably become; bringing them back to life, reminding them how much they love their lives. The presence of the Symphony would remind the people of the towns to live, and rejuvenates the populace, putting a spring in their step and a smile on their face; they remind everyone about why they survive: so they can live.
Before the collapse, Jeevan Chaudhary is merely surviving. As a paparazzo, he stalks celebrities for photos from which he can make a profit, yet he despises his line of work. However, by working meaningless jobs to make ends meet, he is solely trying to survive. It is only when he becomes a paramedic, searching for the knowledge to help others, that he finds purpose in his life. In some cases, truth and beauty entail love and companionship felt by the company of others, such as the camaraderie of the Traveling Symphony.
Other times, it means the search for understanding and knowledge of the meaning of life and why we are here. For example, Clark seeks to educate others on the true history of the pre-collapse era with his Museum of Civilization. The Traveling Symphony seek to share the beauty of literature and art from a time long gone by performing Shakespeare and musical concerts.
They retain purpose and meaning in their lives by sharing the truth and beauty of the world they have lost with this new world, which they will help define. Without this search, there would be no goal to life other than merely surviving, a scary reality for those who lost everything from the Georgia flu. She says that their survival is insufficient, and that the lack of individuality makes their lives worthless, or at least, not worth living.
The context that Mandel uses is slightly different. What I believe she is trying to say is that when we do not need to spend all of our time surviving—when we have leisure or free time—we need things to occupy our time. What kind of things? We need art and culture. We need entertainment. We need faith. Some, such as the Cult, turn to religion. Some, like the Symphony, turn to theater.
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When we moved from hunter-gather subsistence living, we grew to need these things, as well as a higher purpose. This purpose could be to help others, to improve living conditions, to raise children, to invent, to explore—whatever. Both of these things are needed to have life be worth living. The love Kirsten feels for her fellow Symphony members and the very purpose of the Travelling Symphony — to provide respite, albeit temporary, from the banal and basic, unstable and dangerous world which constitutes human civilization in the post pandemic era — equip Kirsten with the desire not only to exist but to truly live.
Survival composes the base, primal instincts and urges which drive human beings: physical necessities such as food, water, shelter, and the like. Survival justifies harming and even killing others to meet these basic needs. One can get by on basic primal instinct, but it is how one takes in the world around him or her that gives his or her life true meaning. I feel that the traveling symphony did just that — they held onto Shakespeare, they held onto their music, and they held onto other artifacts from the old world in order to remind themselves that staying alive is not sufficient on its own; remnants of the past civilization made them yearn to live lives that had meanings beyond merely living itself.
As her relationship with Andrew declines, Miranda relies heavily on her artwork to make life worth living Her life is fine, she is surviving, but she does not belong in the hollywood life. However, she can alway find a home in her artwork. She creates art neither for the publicity nor the pay, she creates it because she loves it; because it gives her life meaning. These sleepwalkers go through the motions of their jobs and their relationships because it is what is expected of them.
They think they experience happiness, but really they just experience distractions from the charade that is their life. However, in the post-apocalyptic world of this novel, people begin to focus on the things that give their life meaning. Kristen and the rest of the Traveling Symphony devote their lives to each other, and to creating art As dysfunctional as the group may be, the members are bound by their love for art. They share special moments together as they travel from town to town, performing Shakespeare, and share conversation.
Many of the members are identified by their instrument, because that is what actually gives their lives meaning. The group has found happiness, which, unlike survival, is sufficient. The first level in this hierarchy of needs, physiological needs, covers what it is to survive.
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When the need for food, water, and other essentials is met, this need is met. To survive is to merely exist, but to live is so much more than that. The next level of the hierarchy is safety needs, then belonging needs, esteem needs, and finally, self-actualization. It is the fulfillment of these needs that makes life sufficient enough to live. In Station Eleven, all of the post-pandemic characters seek to survive, but many of them are not satisfied with the way they are currently living.
They constantly seek more, whether it be more food, more shelter, or more people. Because one level in their hierarchy of needs cannot be met, they cannot move onto the next level. However, when examining the characters of the Travelling Symphony, one finds that all of their meets are met. They have enough food, water, and shelter physiological and safety. They all feel like they belong in the group belonging. They have respect for themselves and from others esteem. They each know their potential and actively seek to fulfill it by sharing their art and talent with others self-actualization.
The members of the Travelling Symphony find life sufficient enough to live and it all comes down to one thing: the other members. Without their cooperation, there would be no food, no caravans, no group. I would first like to make a comment about the structure of the novel. Character development and transitions in time are two of many factors that make a book interesting. Kirsten has trouble recalling most memories of the pre-world since she was so young when the flu hit, but she can remember seeking refuge with her brother and staying by his side until he passed.
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These situations illustrate the importance of family, especially in times of fear. The Traveling Symphony seems to be a sort of family. Friends are worth dying for. I would like to think that I would save a friend or family member before myself, but that situation has never arisen and hopefully never does. I would die for those close to me. People in the military would die for their country.
If you saw your parents and everyone important to you die, then it would be easy to want to die. Through their musical performances and productions of Shakespearean plays, the Traveling Symphony brought light to their own lives as well as the lives of those who watched. Media, relatives, even strangers have told me that college and young adulthood are going to be the best time of my life. I am overjoyed to be a college student, but does quality of life have to decline after graduation? Arthur, although the first to die, is an example of what adult life should be.
He dies doing exactly that. The moment is so powerful that Kristen never forgets it, even though she forgets her own parents faces. She keeps her desire to act unmarred by responsibility, as a result of the epidemic.
Jeevan on the other hand was never paid to do what he wanted. As in, it pays my rent. The Traveling Symphony has found purpose and pleasure in what they do day to day. I believe Mandel is making a statement about our society. We should all strive to be a member of our own symphony. Whatever that may be. Join Goodreads. Quotes tagged as "laugh" Showing of Smile, even when you're trying not to cry and the tears are blurring your vision. Sing, even when people stare at you and tell you your voice is crappy. Trust, even when your heart begs you not to.
Twirl, even when your mind makes no sense of what you see. Frolick, even when you are made fun of. Kiss, even when others are watching. Sleep, even when you're afraid of what the dreams might bring. Run, even when it feels like you can't run any more. And, always, remember, even when the memories pinch your heart.
Because the pain of all your experience is what makes you the person you are now. And without your experienceyou are an empty page, a blank notebook, a missing lyric. What makes you brave is your willingness to live through your terrible life and hold your head up high the next day.
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So don't live life in fear. Because you are stronger now, after all the crap has happened, than you ever were back before it started. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved. Bennett, The Light in the Heart. They should be more vivid. Here is one I would suggest: "Alcohol will turn you into the same asshole your father was.
But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody's pain. I don't take myself completely seriously. I think that's another quality that people have to hold on to Sometimes you laugh because you've got no more room for crying. Sometimes you laugh because table manners on a beach are funny. And sometimes you laugh because you're alive, when you really shouldn't be. You survive. You laugh and cry and struggle and sometimes you fail and sometimes you succeed.
You Push. Life is a jest of the Gods, Merlin liked to claim, and there is no justice.
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