sometimes i think i make a bad friend. i am very loyal but it takes a lot out of me to do emotional care. i can do practical care but i am not a nurturer, i just don’t have it in me. i think where i go wrong is when i try to be a friend to too many people. there is the reason i always end up with just a handful of friends. “good” and “bad” are moralistic indicators in the worst way, of course. but for the sake of shorthand: i can’t be a good friend to more than a few people at a time, so i should probably stop trying. this is easier to do when i remember that there are other ways to care for humans than to be their “friend.”
Q:How do you feel about the liberal-arts college model of post-secondary education?
Uh, honestly, I think it should be a pre-requisite to highschool graduation. Which obviously entails restructuring highschool and all post-secondary educational models.
But the problem of the pursuit of the humanities degree, and what it means and what it’s worth, is not especially new. Academia has been grappling with figuring out ts value since at least the ’60s. It does not seem to produce more “well-rounded” people, but the notion of cutting out ‘reflective’ education remains repugnant.
So my basic position is to incorporate a portion of it into the mandatory high school curriculum, ‘accelerating’ the existing one—Germans study Kant and the French study existentialism - surely we can tolerate introductory subjects of the like—and push post-secondary to remain, as much as possible, an elective rather than necessary ‘opportunity’. This is a messy and not altogether well-thought out position, I know; I’m especially indifferent to post-secondary education as a whole. While I don’t doubt its *value*, I do doubt its validity.
So, notwithstanding my opinion of academia as a whole, I think the lib-arts model is particularly well-suited to the sustenance of a society that relies increasingly less upon laborious personal energy and increasingly more upon developing ways of developing abstract restrictions on the general population’s applicability to engage as either homo economici or homo participacii.
Stigmata Martyr | Bauhaus
My mum and I were celebrating something today and we ran into my aunt at the pub. I told her the news and all I received was the typical dismissive “you do ______? OH right thaaaaaaaaaat” — err, you know, the fucking thing I’ve been studying the last 3 years, that you’re all totally aware of?
It’s so goddamn predictable now whenever I talk about what I do or what I’m interested in that my mum’s side of the family replies automatically in dismissive tones before checking themselves and delivering official, semirespectful replies. I’d love if there were a way to reply so equally dismissively to their feigned interest.
“The closer he looks at the child, the less he sees … The more he looks at it, there’s nothing there. He fears that the more you look at him the less you see. There isn’t anything there.” - John Hughes
heads up canadians
a lot of people don’t seem to know about bill c-10. so let me recap:
Canadian bill C-10 has actually now passed and this is, as far as I can tell, unilaterally bad news. It’s the result of our Conservative majority’s frequently classist, racist “get tough on crime” goals. Some highlights:
-you can no longer be pardoned for a crime; rather your record will be “suspended”
-minimum penalties for certain drug offences where none formerly existed
-increases the mandatory minimum penalty for growing pot
-create stricter rules regarding parole and bail
-gives the minister of citizenship more discretion to refuse to let immigrants work
Read more: http://openparliament.ca/bills/41-1/C-10/
a dude i knew in hs is planning to submit a Women’s Studies essay with the opening sentence
"I’m a really nice guy and stuff and it’s why it makes me angry that in today’s world and stuff I can’t find a nice girl who’ll come over to my house."
Not even fucking joking, i could not make this shit up