- Posted May 3, 2012 by Stormfish Viewed 3730 times
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i've been back to university lately, listening to lectures about “culture”, “the soul” and “the idea of man” - all well prepared for an open wider audience of elderly people who - like me - are dried out of intellectual inspiration by their every day life of pre- or post-labour force existence.
and while i find it odd to sit into the uncomofrtable, wooden benches of lecture rooms again, slightly embarassed to look for knowledge about things i should have compensated with life experience already more than enough, i do feel a jolt of joy about these places still existing, still fighting the budget fight against all things utilitarian, and winning not only me, but everyone's acclaim who visits there.
maybe the overarching truth about humans is not that they can produce, form and exploit nature to be the superior species in the wider vicinity of this stellar corner of the milky way, maybe it's that in accordance to survive, we MUST use discipline and intelligence, we are forced to develop strategies, techniques and understanding of fundamental principles, no matter what those aliens or all the the other creatures surrounding us do… and survive with.
human discipline is not to stand straight for hours against some instructor spitting orders into your unmoving face… human discipline is never giving up on wanting to know.
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