The Commoner by Alissa Garrett

Fall 2017, CP#1, Global Moral Issues Creative Project

The Commoner
Jeremy Allan was born in Springfield, Missouri in 1942. He had a supportive family who wanted him to succeed in all that he did. He was a curious soul; always seeking advice. The problem though, is that the more questions he asked, the more he felt was left unanswered. The flaw did not seem to be in his questions but in the answers, he received.
Jeremy wanted to know what would make his parents proud, and what he could do to be a“good” person. He wanted answers about what career he should pursue, or if he should join the military. The day he married he asked his father what it meant to be a “good” husband, father,and provider. His parents cared, he was sure of it, but their blank, heartless, and repetitive answer rung in his ears, “son, be rational.” Jeremy knew better than to question what rationality was,because he knew that his parents could probably not even answer the question themselves.
Spending much of his life searching for that rationality that was expected from him, he became confident in one thing. He knew that above all else he needed to give his son what his father did not give him. It was not fame nor the family business, but the soundest advice of all. Jeremy often said, “Son, do not seek rationality; seek joy, seek patience, seek truth, and seek love. If you will be happy and at peace with your decision, you know that made the right choice.” Jeremy’s son did not struggle with trying to base his actions from beliefs that he was unsure of, instead, he treasured joy.
Justification of Artwork
In the book Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo, a global protest occurred on the streets. The main character witnesses police officers chasing a man through the streets, citizens hitting the hoods of cars, and people throwing trashcans with no regard to the people laying hurt in the streets. During this chaos one of the characters said, “The more visionary the idea, the more people it leaves behind. This is what the protest is all about. Visions of technology and wealth.The force of cyber-capital that will send people into the gutter to retch and die. What is the flaw of human rationality” (DeLillo 90). The philosophical idea that I pulled from this section was the notion of human rationality. In my short story, Jeremy struggles with the idea of rationality because he does not know what constitutes as rational. Although his parents expect him to know how to make a so called “rational” decision, they do not explain to him from what they themselves base their rationality. In philosophy, human rationality “implies the conformity of one’s beliefs with one’s reasons to believe, or of one’s actions with one’s reasons for action(Robbins et al). Each person has their own definition of rationality, which denies any total conformity in the behavior of individuals.
DeLillo, D. (2003). Cosmopolis: a novel. New York: Scribner.
Robbins, S. P., DeCenzo, D. A., & Coulter, M. K. (2017). Fundamentals of management:essential concepts and applications. Upper Saddle River: Pearson.

Pakistani Cosmopolis by Asjad Mohammad

Fall 2017, CP#1, Global Moral Issues Creative Project, Uncategorized

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Justification of artwork: The picture above shows a $144,395 BMV i8 driving long one of the streets in Lahore, Pakistan.This picture perfectly captures on of the first points brought up by Eric Packer in the Cosmopolis. Pg. 10 talks about the scene when he is walking across First Avenue towards his white limousine. He liked the fact that the cars were indistinguishable from each other. He wanted such a car because he thought it was a platonic replica, weightless for all its size, less than an object than an idea. But he knew that wasn’t true. This was something he said for affect but he didn’t believe it for an instant…. He wanted the car because it was not only over-sized but aggressively and contemptuously so, metastasizing so, a tremendous mutant thing that stood astride every argument against it.” Whether its driving a limo in New York City or a BMW in Lahore, the point is that both tend to stand out. Eric Packer relished the limelight and in his tremendous mutant’ (the limo) everything else was like the outdated Rickshaw in the background to him.

Megan Pinkley, Creative Project #1

Fall 2017, CP#1, Global Moral Issues Creative Project, Uncategorized


Justification:  My artwork represents a concept that love is bound to labels which aids us in belonging to our societies. While some may find love to be natural and an unconscious pull towards another, there is a need to find the perfect match that adds great benefit to an individual’s life. Eric Packer displays this concept well in the way he chose Elise Shifrin as his wife in order to fit in with the societal norm of relationships for the wealthy. On page 72, Eric’s characterization of how their love came to be depicts the necessary requirements that were met in order for them to be a couple. Eric is rich, self-made, ruthless, strong and brilliant while Elise was rich, heir-apparent, brittle, gifted and beautiful. They very clearly complement one another, even though Elise’s beauty may have been fabricated in Eric’s mind to make the relationship work (121). In my work I depict a physical representation of how one would find their perfect match. It represents the concept that we look for the complements in our own personalities and appearances in others. The multiple cards beneath Elise, represents the notion that some individuals go through multiple relationships and possible suitors before they find “the one.” Love is not always something of a fairy-tale, but it is also a self-serving endeavor to belong in a society of perfection as well.

CP#1, Madison Maroney

Fall 2017, CP#1, Global Moral Issues Creative Project

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The Justification: My art is trying to depict the inner struggles of the main character named Eric, the man sitting on the right, seeing himself as the man who set himself on fire, the man on the left, on pages 97-100. What I see as his character develops is that he seems to be unsure about his own life and as the book goes on Eric unravels more and more. I think that this shows that the most successful people on the outside can also be unfixable beyond repair on the inside. When Eric says “He did a serious thing. He took his life. Isn’t this what you have to do to show them that you’re serious?” (100). It is in this statement that I can identify that Eric feels similarly to the struggles the man on fire. He has success in numbers but throws it all away so that people will take him seriously. Success is not everything that there is to fulfill a life and this is demonstrated repeatedly by Eric.

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Transcript for the presentation section: What I’m trying to illustrate in my art is that the main character, Eric, sees himself within the man who set himself on fire. He feels pain and mental suffering just like the man and though to an outside perspective he has a perfect life but in reality money cannot fill the void he feels. So I display the flames starting to reach Eric as he is beginning to lose himself just like the man. The man made a serious statement within his actions and Eric seems to be heading along that path as well as he throws his money away to make a statement of his own. Money isn’t everything and that message resonates throughout the book. As stated before, I found Eric’s state troubling throughout the book and I knew that what he was portrayed as was meant to teach a lesson to everyone that thinks that money is everything. Here’s a man who had it all lost it and still has the means but unravels more and more as time goes on. He very clearly is grasping to feel something more in his life that money can’t provide him, and I wanted to portray his pain compared to the act of pain most prevalent in the novel. My art overall, with editing, critique, and finalizing, it took multiple tries to get the lines to be defined right, it took me about 45 minutes to complete my piece. I like my art because I think it shares an important message symbolically. My idea came to me in the middle of class and once I made it real, it came together just as I imagined and actually made me understand the passages I highlighted more. I’ve shown my art to some of my classmates that are interested in philosophy and they were all intrigued and one classmate actually suggested that I make the flames start to fade into Eric’s side of the art to start to show his deterioration more vividly.