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Looking For Alaska Labyrinth Essay About Myself

Hi everyone,

The other day I found the essay I wrote after first finishing Looking for Alaska, and I wondered if maybe you had written one as well. I'll put mine here and I would like to read yours too. And if you haven't written one, what would yours be about?

This is my essay. Please keep in mind that I wrote this a long time ago. Also, English is not my native language, so please excuse any mistakes.

DFTBA.

 

Life Is Kind Of Just All About Nothing (And Setting Your Own Goals)

OR: Alaska’s Question ― HOW DO WE GET OUT OF THIS LABYRINTH OF SUFFERING?

For me, the labyrinth of suffering embodies our doubts and confusion in life, the fact that we really don’t know anything at all. We don’t know why we are here or where we will go. We don’t have perfect, universal definitions for Good and Evil. There is no all-knowing guide to tell you what is the right thing to do, what is the right path to take. And as we wander through the labyrinth’s mysterious passageways, the only tool we have to decide which direction we go, which life decisions we make, is our gut feeling. We never have security, and that is our torture. So, the way I see it, the way out of the labyrinth must be finding the True Meaning of Life. I used to think that if you accomplished that, you could make it out of the labyrinth alive.  I thought that once you found The Meaning, you would be Free and Wise and live a happy, meaningful and fulfilling life. But I have quite recently changed my mind, and I guess you could say that my perception of finding our way in the labyrinth has gotten somewhat more pessimistic.
On my quest to find Meaning, I spent some time trying to figure out what the most important things in life were. I wanted to make a hierarchic list of what was the most important thing, and then the most important thing after that and so forth. Things I nominated to be on the list were love, other people, relationships, improving yourself, adding something good to the world, faith,  and improving the world. Those seemed very noble goals to me, but 1) most are impossible to achieve ―for instance, how do you know that you improved yourself or the world and made a change for the better, if there are no clear lists and definitions of good and evil?― and 2) it is impossible to list them hierarchically, because we simply don’t know what most important in life is. How can you be sure whether relationships are more important than family? Who tells you if faith has more value than helping others? Not knowing the answer to all of those questions add up to the fact that we don’t know The True Meaning of life in general. And I believe that that is because there is nothing to know. With all these uncertainties and all this room for subjectivity, there cannot be a universal True Meaning or Goal.
That being said, it is impossible to get out of the labyrinth of suffering. True Meaning is a made up concept and so, if that is the key to escaping suffering, we will never find it. But then, the questions all human beings long to answer ―Why are we here? What are we supposed to do with our lives?― are unanswered and unanswerable. But people have been asking themselves these questions for centuries for a reason. It’s because we need some sort of drive and motivation, I mean, if there’s no goal in life, what’s the point of living it? It’s like Miles Halter said about the Afterlife: ‘People can not bear the thought of death being a big black nothing’, but neither can we bear the thought of life being the exact same thing. So we set our own goals: we imagine that our true calling is spreading a faith, or raising a child, or doing our jobs. We think the Absolute Meaning of life is the girl we love, our children, our families, our knowledge or ―in stupid people’s minds― our money.
I’m not going to say that those things aren’t a good drive (except maybe making money) and I don’t mean to be condescending and say that they are insignificant life goals just made up by people who can’t accept that there is no goal, because the goals in life should be the goals we set for ourselves, as long as we don’t pretend that there is some sort of universal Meaning of life every human being should strive to Understand.
Ultimately, what we all have to do, I think, is realize that there is nothing special to reach, there is no Meaning, no ultimate wisdom or Golden Truth, no way out of the labyrinth. We have realize it, be okay with it and just set goals for ourselves. We simply need to pay attention to the things that are important to us. Love your girlfriend, raise your children, spread your faith, acquire knowledge, and, if you insist, make money. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

'That's why Gryffindors all sing, Weasley is our king!'
Even though I am a Hufflepuff. Whatever.

DFTBA

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“What is an “instant” death anyway? How long is an instant? Is it one second? Ten? The pain of those seconds must have been awful as her heart burst and her lungs collapsed and there was no air and no blood to her brain and only raw panic. What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid, and it hurts, but then it’s over and you’re relieved.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“That didn’t happen, of course. Things never happened the way I imagined them.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“Before I got here, I thought for a long time that the way out of the labyrinth was to pretend that it did not exist, to build a small, self-sufficient world in the back corner of the endless maze and to pretend that I was not lost, but home.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“I know so many last words. But I will never know hers.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“She loved mysteries so much, that she became one.”

― John Green, Paper Towns


“We all use the future to escape the present.”

― John Green


“I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“We are greater than the sum of our parts.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“I’m really not up for answering any questions that start with how, when, where, why or what.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


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“When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did.”

― John Green


“You can’t just make yourself matter and then die, Alaska, because now I am irretrievably different, and I’m sorry I let you go, yes, but you made the choice. You left me Perhapsless, stuck in your goddamned labyrinth. And now I don’t even know if you chose the straight and fast way out, if you left me like this on purpose. And so I never knew you, did I? I can’t remember, because I never knew.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“Alaska finished her cigarette and flicked it into the river.
‘Why do you smoke so damn fast?’ I asked.
She looked at me and smiled widely, and such a wide smile on her narrow face might have looked goofy were it not for the unimpeachably elegant green in her eyes. She smiled with all the delight of a kid on Christmas morning and said, ‘Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.”

― John Green


“Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.”

― John Green


“Suffering is universal. it’s the one thing Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims are all worried about.”

― John Green


“I didn’t know what to say to her – I was caught in a love triangle with one dead side.”

― John Green


“This is so much fun, but I’m so sleepy. To be continued?”

― John Green


“But there was so much todo: cigarettes to smoke, sex to have, swings to swing on. I’ll have more time for reading when I’m old and boring.”

― John Green


“At some point, you just pull off the Band-Aid and it hurts, but then it’s over and you’re relieved.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“More than anything, I felt the unfairness of it, the inarguable injustice of loving someone
who might have loved you back but can’t due to deadness, and then I leaned forward, my forehead against the back of Takumi’s headrest, and I cried, whimpering, and I didn’t even feel sadness so much as pain.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“I finally found something that can stop the fox. The fox cannot summit Strawberry Hill.” – Takumi”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“After all this time, it still seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out – but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it.” Chip/Colonel”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“So we gave up. I’d finally had enough of chasing after a ghost who did not want to be discovered. We’d failed, maybe, but some mysteries aren’t meant to be solved. I still did not know her as I wanted to, but I never could. She made it impossible for me. And the accicide, the student, would never be anything else, and I was left to ask, Did I help you toward a fate you didn’t want, Alaska, or did I assist your willful self-destruction? Because they are different crimes, and I didn’t know whether to feel angry at her for making me part of her suicide or just to feel angry at myself for letting her go.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“I go to seek a Great Perhaps. That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“The Colonel explained to me that 1. this was Alaska’s room, and that 2. she had a single room because the girl who was supposed to be her roommate got kicked out at the end of last year, and that 3. Alaska had cigarettes, although the Colonel neglected to ask whether 4. I smoked, which 5. I didn’t.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska



“I learned that myth doesn’t mean a lie; it means a traditional story that tells you something about people and their worldview and what they hold sacred. Interesting.”

― John Green


“I’m just scared of ghosts, Pudge. And home is full of them.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“In the dark beside me, she smelled of sweat and sunshine and vanilla,”

― John Green


“Ya’ll smoke to enjoy. I smoke to die.”

― John Green


“We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think we are invincible because we are.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“how will we ever get out, straight and fast, of this labyrinth of suffering?”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“When she fucked up all those years ago, just a little girl terrified into paralysis, she fell onto the enigma of herself.”

― John Green


“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive”

― John Green, Looking For Alaska Quotes


“And I don’t blame him. I don’t even trust me.”

― John Green


“You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”

― Jonh Green


“If people were rain, I’d be a drizzle and she’d be a hurricane.”

― John Green


“I thought it might be a fine time to say the Three Little Words. And I steeled myself to say them as I stared up at that starriest night, convinced myself that she felt it, too, that her hand so alive and vivid against my leg was more than playful, and fuck Lara and fuck Jake because I do, Alaska Young, I do love you and what else matters but that and my lips parted to speak and before I could even begin to breathe out the words, she said, “It’s not life or death, the labyrinth.”

― John Green


“This one’s for Alaska Young!”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“That deep, can-still-taste-her-in-my-mouth sleep.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“The pigs can’t stop the fox; I’m too quick,’ Takumi said to himself. “I can rhyme while I run; I’m that slick.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!’ he screamed.
‘So that’s Sara,’ I said.
‘Yes.’
‘She seems nice.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“Pudge: Sometimes I don’t get you.

Alaska:You never get me. That’s the whole point.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“I’m not going to be one of those people who sits around talking about what they’re gonna do. I’m just going to do it. Imagining the future is kind of nostalgia. You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. YOu just use the future to escape the present.”

― John Green


“I believe now that we are greater than the sum of our parts/”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“Someday no one will remember that she ever existed”

― John Green


“You didn’t sleep?”

“No! The dreams are terrible. In my dreams, she doesn’t even look like herself anymore. I don’t even remember what she looked like.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“If people were rain i was drizzle and she was a hurrican.”

― John Green


“When you stopped wishing things wouln’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“Yeah,” I said. “What is that? A bird? “It’s the swan,” he said. “Wow. A school with a swan. Wow.”
“That swan is the spawn of Satan. Never get closer to it than we are now.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“And I was left to ask, Did I help you toward a fate you didn’t want, Alaska, or did I assist your willful self-destruction? Because they are different crimes, and I didn’t know whether to feel angry at her for making me part of her suicide or just to feel angry at myself for letting her go.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“And as I walked back to give Takumi’s note to the Colonel, I saw that I would never know. I would never know her well enough to know her thoughts in those last minutes, would never know if she left us on purpose. But the not-knowing would not keep me from caring, and I would always love Alaska Young, my crooked neighbor, with all my crooked heart.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“When she fucked up, all those years ago, just a little girl terrified. into paralysis, she collapsed into the enigma of herself. And I could have done that, but I saw where it led for her. So I still believe in the Great Perhaps, and I can believe in it spite of having lost her.

Beacause I will forget her, yes. That which came together will fall apart imperceptibly slowly, and I will forget, but she will forgive my forgetting, just as I forgive her for forgetting me and the Colonel and everyone but herself and her mom in those last moments she spent as a person. I know that she forgives me for being dumb and sacred and doing the dumb and scared thing. I know she forgives me, just as her mother forgives her.”

― John Green, Looking For Alaska Quotes


“I thought at first she was just dead. Just darkness. Just a body being eaten by bugs. I thought about her a lot like that, as something’s meal. What was her-green eyes, half a smirk, the soft curves of her legs-would soon be nothing, just the bones I never saw. I thought about the slow process of becoming bone and then fossil and then coal that will, in millions of years, be mined by humans of the future, and how they would their homes with her, and then she would be smoke billowing out of a smokestack, coating the atmosphere.

I still think that, sometimes. I still think that, sometimes, think that maybe “the afterlife” is just something we made up to ease the pain of loss, to make our time in the labyrinth bearable. Maybe she was just a matter, and matter gets recycled.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“And if Alaska took her own life, that is the hope I wish I could have given her. Forgetting her mother, failing her mother and her friends and herself -those are awful things, but she did not need to fold into herself and self-destruct. Those awful things are survivable because we are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. When adults say “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“Could the two people who are making out please be quiet?” the Colonel asked loudly from his sleeping bag. “Those of us who are not making out are drunk and tired.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“Las cosas nunca suceden como yo las imagino.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“She’d obviously read the book many times before, and so she read flawlessly and confidently, and I could hear her smile in the reading of it, and the sound of that smile made me think that maybe I would like novels better if Alaska Young read them to me.”

― John Green, Looking For Alaska Quotes


“Why do you smoke so damn fast?”
“Y’all smoke to enjoy it. I smoke to die.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“Tuesday—we had school for the first time. Madame O’Malley had a moment of silence at the beginning of French class, a class that was always punctuated with long moments of silence, and then asked us how we were feeling.

“Awful,” a girl said.

“En français,” Madame O’Malley replied. “En français.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“…and on that thin-mooned night, I could see little more than her silhoutte except for when she smoked, the burning cherry of the cigarette washing her face in pale red light.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“It always shocked me when I realized that I wasn’t the only person in the world who thought and felt such strange and awful things.”

― John Green, Looking for Alaska


“Teenagers think they’re invincible”

― John Green


“ya’ll smoke to enjoy, i smoke to die..”

― John Green


“At some point, you just pull of the band aid, and it hurts but then its over and you’re relieved”

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