Having I am sure going to.” (Also one of

 

            Having read “This Is Water, ” and
listened to as an audio file on my iPhone countless times, it has to be one of
the most prevalent and crucial pieces of work – ever.  Whenever I’m feeling down about the world, I listen
to it again and it makes me feel so much better.

The entire speech is strewn with ethos,
pathos and logos. From the beginning, there is a clear example of ethos, when
he says, “If anybody feels like perspiring, I’d invite you to go ahead because
I am sure going to.” (Also one of the reasons he wore a bandana his entire
life, he sweats when he gets nervous or uncomfortable)  He already provides the audience with comfort,
that he isn’t above them, he isn’t any different than them, he is human – just like
the rest of us.

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“If at this moment, you’re worried that I
plan to present myself here as the wise old fish explaining what water is to
you younger fish, please don’t be. I am not the wise old fish.” Here, again he is
trying to tell them and show them that he is not above them by any authority,
because we are all humans. (ETHOS)

When he tells the story of the Atheist,
the Christian having an argument about God, he says later of the Atheist’s
story of survival, when he got on his knees and prayed to this “God” and then a
bunch of eskimos came by and saved him, later telling this story he says that
it had nothing to do with God and it was just coincidence, which may or may not
be true or false. We all feel different and believe differently about certain
things. We all have our own philosophies, beliefs – and that separates us from
one another. He makes the claim that if we think one person’s beliefs aren’t
true in comparison to another’s that we fail to do the logical and ethical
thing about talking about just where our individualized philosophies come from.
We don’t know anything – and if we as humans immediately without hesitation
ascribe or believe anything, without asking why, we ultimately fail and are
shut off from any other interpretation. (LOGOS)

In the last segment of his speech, as he
is detailing our trips to the grocery store and their mundanity, he says that
if we give people, everybody the benefit of the doubt, it won’t be as
miserable. That when we are stuck in traffic and cursing about the SUV in front
of us, we don’t know if, “Some of these people in SUV’s have been in horrible
auto accidents in the past and now find driving so traumatic that their
therapist has all but ordered them to get a huge, heavy SUV so they can feel
safe enough to drive ; or that the Hummer that just cut me off is maybe being
driven by a father whose little child is hurt or sick in the seat next to him,
and he’s trying to rush to the hospital. He’s in a way bigger, more legitimate
hurry than I am – it is actually I who
am in his way.”

We have no idea what other people’s lives
consist of, we must give them the benefit of the doubt because the world does
not revolve around ourselves. (PATHOS

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