Living Like Weasels

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Living life as we are meant to
Life is much simpler that we make it. Life is easier than we are living it. All we need is our basic instincts to live a simple and happy life. Annie Dillard is saying in "Living Like Weasels" that things are easier when your choices are made with instinct and carried through rather than analyzed. We all know that life through an innocent, and simple mind is a wonderful thing. That might be why we remember childhood as an easier time. We grow up and things get complicated and we loose that innocence or mindlessness. “The weasel lives in necessity and we live in choice, hating necessity and dying at the last ignobly in its talons.” (Dillard 100) Choice is something that we make day in and day out. I believe that Dillard is saying that the mindlessness of a weasel is simple to the core and it only making choices based on pure instinct rather than vanity or personal motive. It is a simple mind of a wild animal that uses necessity to make its choices. “People take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience-even of silence-by choice.” (Dillard 101) We choose to ignore our basic natural instincts for personal gain that we hoard for our future needs, but we don’t ever have the time to enjoy all that we have acquired. So why do we move so fast to gain as much as possible to overlook that we don’t have the time to enjoy it.
Dillard is arguing that life is moving by to fast and so much is happening right before our eyes. We are so busy with our day-to-day life that we miss a lot that is going on. Only when we stop and pay attention and open our minds to receive everything then can we see all that we are missing. It is in our basic natural instinct to breath, eat, drink to live in harmony with the rest of nature and that is all that we really need. The weasel hunts to eat and keep nothing for later. It lives its life one day at a…...

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