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Day’s Verse:

They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Genesis 3:8

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Yesterday I crawled into bed at 8:15 pm. When I woke up at 7:45 the world felt fresh, clean, and new – until I realized I have a Rhetorical Theory paper on Ways of Seeing due soon. This paper I would be most unwise to put off, as the book has both stymied and frustrated me beyond words. I can only imagine the vast joy I will experience given the number of hours such a paper will deserve.

Yet although such a paper really does demand many hours of diligent thinking and writing, I know much of the class – perhaps up to 50% – will leave it until the day or night before. Perhaps some of the papers will even start their existence in the few hours before that noon class. What does this say about me? Last time, despite my diligence in writing multiple drafts and careful editing, the professor disliked my work, resulting in a most negative grade (and feeling when I saw that grade). Since then we have turned in another paper, which I practically sweated blood to get right; my knees knock at the thought of her handing it back to us, my damp fingers flipping to the last page, eyes skittering down to the bottom, heart sinking… So how is it that so many people throw something together at the last minute? Do they have no respect for the value of their own work? Is it laziness? Disinclination to suffer longer than they have to? Incapability to actually behave responsibly? What makes a person decide that entertaining oneself over the weekend instead of working is the wise, or if not wise at least the correct, decision? College isn’t about fun. It’s about the fact that we pay almost $40,000 a year to live and learn here, so that wasting that time playing is wasting that money most extravagantly.

Some of this view may come from my recent experiences in my ethics class. I have increasingly realized that regardless of the number of safety nets, rules, regulations, peer-reviews, and codes of ethics surrounding a topic, ultimate responsibility falls on the individual. A person of impeccable character will not need the rules to do the right thing in a difficult situation, while a person of bad personal values is sure to disregard codes of ethics anyway. I’ve just felt that the responsibility for behaving morally, accepting the necessity to live an ethical life, must come down to the individual. Personal responsibility isn’t called personal for nothing.

On a different topic, I highly recommend the flash animation of Faust, though only the trailer and Episode 1 have come out yet.

– KF –

6 thoughts on “Location, Mutation, Fragmentation

  1. I think college is about the balance of fun and work. You pay 40,000 dollars not only for the classroom experience and knowledge, but for the social experience of being comfortable around others, making friends, exploring relationships with others in order to become more comfortable around people in general, to develop social skills I guess. I personally procrastinate because I guess I don’t view classes as importantly as you do. I see them as ways of broadening my knowledge, but also as steps toward my degree, which is ultimately the ending ‘prize’ of college.

    I often find that when I’m working last minute, I’m also more motivated by the pressure. A paper due in a class is I guess just sort of another thing to me to get done, so I’ll devote my weekends to actually having free time from the school week. I don’t think that procrastinating necessarily denotes irresponsibility if it’s done in such a way that the work produced is on time and acceptable.

    I think my whole ph

  2. Oops I ran out of room. *Ahem*

    I think my whole philosophy is that in my life, college is four years of freedom to discover who you are, to develop the opinions and disciplines that you will adapt as an adult. I put personal relationships very far above work, because I know that in the end the work is not that important compared to the relationships and memories that will last far longer than after the paper’s turned in.

  3. p.s. I think whatever makes someone the happiest should be the route that they take. I guess a question to ask here would be do you feel truly happy dedicating this much time to school-related work?

    I’m definitely not trying to pick a fight or an argument. I guess our views are just very different. I see excess time unnecessary to write a good paper, but I know that you feel the opposite. i guess I feel like if it becomes my life, I’ll miss out on so much more valuable experience that will apply to my life in the future.

  4. that and I’m lazy, haha.

    wow I’ve left many comments! and I’m leaving another! I could do this all day!

    aww william’s drinking. He says hello!

  5. You raise some good points. I’m afraid I may’ve come down too hard on procrastinators, who – as you reasonably point out – have different priorities from me. That doesn’t mean that those are wrong, just not what I would do. Also you are absolutely right that personal relationships are more important than schoolwork. For a workaholic perfectionist like myself, that aspect of life easily fades into the shadows while the immediate priorities of schoolwork and finding a career inappropriately take over. It’s a balancing act, and each of us finds a different right kind of balance.

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