Spiritual Disease in "Under the Hood"
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This paper explores the spiritual disease that Don Sharp illuminates in "Under the Hood" and discusses how this disease is a narrowness of spirit that is a reality of North American life. The paper explains how this disease is reflected in a disease of vision - an inability to discern true reality.
From the Paper:"The theme of "Under the Hood" is stated clearly toward the end of the essay. "The willingness of a people to accept responsibility for the machines they depend on is a fait barometer of their sense of individual worth and the moral strength of a culture" (Sharp 467). It proves quite ironic that an undercurrent flows through the essay concerning quality of care, which is allegorical to, but never actually connects with the health care system. In the first paragraph, Sharp refers to an 'emphysemic old vehicle'. He later writes of the service writer and customer: "I perceive in their transaction that ignorance of cause and effect breeds suspicion, and I wonder who is the smaller, the customer or the service writer, and how they came to be so small of spirit" (462). The spiritual disease which is illuminated here could be termed an emphysema of the human spirit, an inability to breathe genuine life as a consequence of preoccupation with materialist realities. Diseased vision is certainly at work.
"The spiritual disease referred to is a reality of North American life, and is also discussed in medical terms by various other writers, particularly sociologists, as pathology. Sharp mentions the burden of trust on people who place their car into his 'custody'. "A relationship of that sort is about as profound as any that two people can enjoy, even if it lasts no longer than the time required to reline a set of brakes" (462)."
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