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.