Create your own topic drawing on this novel and weaving in aspects of your own experience. This can be either Creative or Critical.
Today I would like to draw on David’s ideas of human inquiry in relation to my own experience in discovering the world and where I fit into it. We see through Carney’s last hours that he is overcome with these questions of life, death and purpose. It would seem that most people will ask these question in a time of tragedy, in Carney’s case, his near death, yet I think it is important to look at it from Adair’s perspective where he still has the opportunity to live after these questions are asked. Through the conversation that takes place at Cerlow Creek it is clear that these questions and human angst is addressed between both characters, which very much result in a benefit for Adair. He is able to learn from Carny and the enrichment and clarity that comes from the last moments of one’s life. By spending this time with him Adiar was able to have an enriched sesne and take on life. We see this transition through the anlogy of the bread at the end of the book. Like the free bread was given to him, free lessons were also given to him by Carney. When I think of these existential questions in relation to my life I can see the advantages of being in Adiar’s position as he was able to gain detrimental insight into human purpose. i think it is also important for society more now than ever before to ask these questions throughout their life and not just at the end of it. By doing so, we as a whole society can feel more purpose, more substance to our being and be more active in the relationships we deem important. I believe that if I was in Carney’s position, it would be these relationships that are most relevant to me and through these relationships is how I would evaluate my life.