In his Essay :”On habit” ,Alaine de Botton concluded that “Our responses to the world are crucially moulded to by whom we are with,we temper our curiosity to fit in with the expectations of others “(64).Like Alaine de Botton and Xavier de Maistre in “On Habit”,the little girl Olivia in Adam Gopnik’s ,Bumbinp into Mr.Ravioli’s “Pays a lot of attention to ,and is deeply affected by ,aspects of her environment .
Main Question:How can stimulation in the environment affect human behavior and character in negative or distressing ways ,or is it all,ultimately to the good ?Propose your own answers to this questionin conversation with essays by the Botton and Gopnik.
Here are some questions to help you get started or to help focus your ideas:
Is it possible that such a view of the world is positive,or is it only negative as Botton sees it?
Is being confronted with new places ,objects ,or people that only way we can cause change in our attitudes ,or are there other ways ?
Can you change your behavior without changing your physical environment ,or it often too difficult to do it?
The essay should be 1700-1800 words.
The following attachments are the two essays.