Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
He just can’t give up, can he? In PolyGov I learned that to not involve oneself in politics is to be un-American and possibly even sinning. Yet when the simple act of voting responsibly requires an investment of large quantities of both time and energy, it seems almost as responsible to not vote as vote on the basis of hearsay or publicity. Is voting irresponsibly worse than not voting at all? Or should we fill our obligation to vote whether we know the candidates’ platforms or not?
When does a war become a genocide? My Sociology professor, a devout Jew, mentions the Holocaust or some aspect Judaism at least once every class; today we spent over 50% of the time focused on only one of three articles to be covered because it related to a mass-killing of Polish Jews during the 1940’s. Am I insensitive to say that sociology is not all about the Holocaust, that the world doesn’t revolve around the unfairness of anti-Semitism, and that I frankly get tired of hearing about it? Then again, maybe I am too upper-middle class white Christian to appreciate the importance of all this.
Finally, in my Major American Writers class of late we have discussed The Sound and the Fury, especially the sexual aspects thereof. A boy suggested Quentin wanted a piece of Caddy’s pie. Professor Betsy Huang’s response: “Are you calling women pies?!” The girl in front of me turned around and whispered, “You want a pie in the face?”
“I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire; it’s rather excruciating-ly apt that you will use it to gain the reducto absurdum of all human experience which can fit your individual needs no better than it fitted his or his father’s. I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won… They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.” (Faulkner 76) What is the “mausoleum of all hope and desire”? How can battles be fought but not won? Is it even possible for man to forget time once he has learned to depend upon it so deeply – and should we try, if we surely will fail, and even in the struggling reveal only our own folly?
In life news, we made both cookies and Snow on the Mountain last night, and I learned that two cups of dry rice produces slightly more than one rice-cooker’s worth of cooked rice. Also I learned that if I have flour on my face Lucas will both laugh at me and run away if I attempt to retaliate. Finally, I learned that some things are more important in the morning than breakfast, but boxed macaroni and cheese cannot substitute for oatmeal and yogurt.
– KF –