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The Illusion of the Unseen

While I generally tend to agree on Mr. Conway's writing for our Discussion Forum, I feel that Mr. Conway has misinterpreted the argument that was the focus of the article entitled "The Unseen". While Mr. Conway brings up some interesting points in his rebuttal, he suffers from a disillusionment that so many students today seem to experience.

Of course, there is no possible way in which I can refute Mr. Conway's assumption that I am one of the unseen group, because an argument of my word versus his would ensue. However, Mr. Conway seems to be under the impression that being an unseen member of society is undesirable. To the contrary, the tone of the original article was meant to imply that the unseen are underappreciated. Therefore, while I can't fully agree that I fit within the characteristics of the unseen, I am flattered that Mr. Conway considers me part of this elite group.

Since Mr. Conway assumes that I refer to him in The Unseen, let me mention him as an example for my next argument. First, let me state that I in no way intended any reference in the original text to be taken as referring to Mr. Conway. If I have accidentally (through implication) mentioned Mr. Conway in the article, I apologize, as singling out any one person was not my intention. Mr. Conway, however, whether or not he intends to do so, lowers himself in his article, which seems to imply that he believes that everyone is somehow "better" than he is.

In reality, Mr. Conway could not be more incorrect. Through my experience, I have discovered that, in reality, he is not that different from most others in his grade level. While on the surface profound differences may appear to be present, he is very similar to those who he attempts to criticize in his article. Unfortunately, while Mr. Conway is a nice person, he fails to realize that, if a rude or ignorant teammate chooses to utter careless comments behind his back, nothing he can do will change those students' actions, and that he is in no way responsible for their behavior.

I have sensed this "disillusionment" because I once was also disillusioned. During my first year at the high school, most likely because I was intimidated by my surroundings, I began to fall under the impression that I was somehow different from others in my class. However, I later realized that I had a lot in common with these people, and am under no such impression today. Most members of Mr. Conway's and my age group share common hopes and fears, regardless of their peers' perception of their social standing. Therefore, why should a few students "fall through the cracks", and be treated as being something less than everyone else?

While Mr. Conway does bring up some important points to ponder in his response, he fails to see the message that my original article attempted to convey.