Each level of primary education is its own circle of Hell, especially in the public system (my school’s architect also designed prisons, which have the intentional psychological effect of hopelessness). The administration torments students; teachers torment students; students torment students; students torment themselves. No person will emerge unscathed. The intelligent are often...
The Ripped Bag
My English teacher’s first assignment for us was a “culture bag:” five items, one bag. The point wasn’t to bring in pasta sauce and talk about how you’re from Italy. The items had to be a symbol of some deep characteristic of self. My fifth item was a mistake: I didn’t even know we needed to have five items. I thought we only needed four, so that’s...
Meaning I've Found
I walked past a woman and a man discussing another couple. From what I gathered, the other couple had no children or descendants, who might be subject to gain from the couple’s post-mortem wishes, and was considering an investment in a large house or something of the sort. The woman thought the couple’s lack of children to mean they have no future and subsequently stated,...
This Is Nothing
I have an extreme fascination with nothingness. Nothing seems to be the only reality. If a woman tells you she loves you, you cannot be sure of whether or not she is lying or infatuated. If a woman feels nothing for you, you can be sure it is true. If a man is dying but there are still treatments left, the doctors cannot be sure if he will die or not. If there are no options left, they know...
Misunderstanding Powerful Statements
As I was walking through Barnes & Noble, searching for various books on writing, a book titled Spunk & Bite by Authur Plotnik caught my attention. I am familiar with William Strunk Jr.’s and E. B. White’s The Elements of Style and noticed the play on words between the title of the former and the authors of the latter. Curious, I picked up the book to see what Plotnik...
Great People Living for Themselves
What makes someone or something great has many subjective aspects to it, but that is a discussion for another date. The following text will be based off the vague concept that a great person is one who has the chance to affect the world in a positive manner on a relatively large scale outside of himself. A problem that many great people face is the so-called limitations of self. I am...
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