No. 8

  Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the

  assignment below.

  If we are dissatisfied with our circumstances, we think about changing them.

  But the most important and effective changes — in our attitude — hardly occur to us.

  In other words, we should worry not about how to alter the world around us for the

  better but about how to change ourselves in order to fit into that world.

  Adapted from Michael Hymers, “Wittgenstein, Pessimism and Politics”

  Assignment: Is it better to change one’s attitude than to change one’s

  circumstances? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this

  issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading,

  studies, experience, or observations.