Tag: June

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It is June 1st, the beginning of Pride Month. We will see rainbows popping up everywhere to symbolize this month-long event, from corporate logos to flags flying over government facilities to bumper stickers and posters. Where did the rainbow come to symbolize Gay Pride, along with iterations that represent other sexual proclivities possessed by individuals? […]

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To set the tone for June’s group writing theme, “Journeys,” here is a short playlist of songs about journeys. I look forward to Ricochet members’ additions to the list in the comments below. Whatever your journey or travel plans, do stop by and sign up now for June’s theme: “Journeys.” Let’s start off upbeat, with […]

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College vs. the Love of Wisdom

 

Part I: A sad realization

While we Ricochetti may find it regrettable, the vast majority of human beings aren’t interested in ideas. In my Advanced International Relations class, we met once a week after reading a book. It was mentally electrifying. We ran the gamut of different ideas and theories and hammered out what they all meant. The teacher was superb, and it was a smaller class, so it was perfect for discussion. The class was among the most intellectually productive things I’ve ever done. Sadly, I doubt that a majority of the students were really into it. I asked my Professor why the students were so uninterested in the morality of torture and wars and Empires. He shrugged and said that while he always found it odd, it was usually that way.

Furthermore, some of the straight-A students were as intellectually stimulating as dusty cardboard. They perfectly regurgitated whatever the Professor spoke or whatever the textbook said, but they never bothered to think about anything they absorbed. My Uncle and my Dad hate this argument. They think they can force people to be intellectual and thoughtful. I never saw a lot of that on campus, did you?

Ricochet: Turning Guys Who Bug You Into Features

 

“I’m willing to believe that you’re human, or that I am. But I don’t see how both of us could be, and so persistently misunderstand each other.” Not a comfortable impasse to reach in an argument, and not the sort of impasse promising friendship rather than enmity. And yet, around here, it still does. Not always, but it can.

I remember saying the above to fellow Ricochet member @titustechera when we first were getting to know each other. Because the way we chose to first get to know each other was to have blazing rows. Every. Single. Flippin’. Time. It did not seem possible for one of us to comment on the other without provoking some sort of deep, even existential, dispute, which you’d think would be kind of hard to do on a website where members pay to join an online conversation with at least somewhat like-minded people. They were at least civil rows — constrained as we both were by the Code of Conduct. Nonetheless, that it was even possible for two people with anything in common to disagree so thoroughly courted absurdity. How could we?

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I just couldn’t do it.   Couldn’t get the June post done in time.   But see, you don’t understand.  It’s not my fault.   I’d planned on writing something about the Alumni Reunion trip down Memory Lane I’d taken, earlier this month, but that post was highly dependent upon pictures, which are still being held hostage in […]

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