After a period of depression, Paloma is exposed to a contrasting example to her belief in a set path in life.
The concierge of the apartment building, Renee Michel is a woman who has cast aside all molds and forms normally dictated by society, appearing to conform to stereotypes while instead completely subverting them.
There is hideous traffic and a sizable homeless population, both of which would be much diminished if the people who profess these liberal attitudes actually did something about the problems in front of them.
This book helped me recognize this disconnect in other people, as well as in myself.
Almost without exception, each new story gives me a new perspective on the world.
That doesn’t mean I have a profound revelation whenever I read, nothing that monumental tends to occur. Each book acts as a different tint of glasses, a new way of looking at the world.These realizations, coupled with an increased desire to be less hypocritical and help others, made me reevaluate what I want to do going forward in life.The lessons from The Elegance of the Hedgehog are but a part of the impact literature has had on me.None is ever perfectly accurate, but that’s where the multitude is helpful.All the books hammer my mind in one way or another, shaping it, providing me with additional perspective, a more holistic world view.She reads quality literature and cooks fine meals, all the while putting on an outward air of simplicity and unintelligence.This part of the book caused me to reconsider a big part of my outlook on life.I got accepted to Brown ED, and as I said in the Official results thread, I'm fine sharing them. I took out the one of where I've lived, because personal information.One person already PM'ed me about them, so I thought I'd put them on here. For it I literally stated where I was born, where I've lived, and for how long, no fancy metaphors or mumbo jumbo.Since then, I have become more conscious of what I do personally, and what I hope to do in the future, so that my actions advance my beliefs instead of conflicting with them.The pre-determination aspect of Paloma’s beliefs isn’t as applicable personally, but still has become integrated into my personal philosophy.