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11 November 2010 @ 08:25 pm
I am the man that arranges the blocks, that are build by the men in Kazakhstan...  

So everyone collects something; lately I've been "collecting" sunsets. My room is on the top floor of our building, and I get the most amazing view. This was tonight's sunset.

Of course, our school has to go and start planning months ahead for everything, so I've had to already to sign up for classes. Although, I have to admit, taking a class on Greek/Roman epics is pretty amazing. I hate feeling like school takes up my entire life now, but I'm at the point where I have to start really planning ahead. I need to consider what's going to be happening next year, meaning my need to get an internship, since I'll have one, maybe two classes all year, and where that'll be. And grad school, which I'll have to consider soon enough. At least where I'll be going.

There's something very frustrating about having all my friends leaving. Basically, I am younger than them, which means that they're all graduating this year. I kinda don't want to think about what I'm going to do when I need to get an apartment, considering that my parents want me to have a room mate the first year or so.

At least I'm doing alright at the moment; oddly, I was the only person on my last philosophy exam to argue that Plato was a hypocrite and a facist, when it seemed like such an easy essay compared to the other choices. (How do I know? I asked before class who had chosen, since he gives the question beforehand. No one raised their hand...) I kept thinking about the Complete History of the Soviety Union, Arranged to the Melody of Tetris. Why? Because The Republic basically describes a facist version of communism...

Which actually almost connects to a debate we had (including our professor) right before British History: We were preparing to discuss the invasion of Czechoslovakia before World War II, and how responsible British was for the invasion and subsequent World War. I brought up the opinion that no one, single person is ever responsible for war, and my professor (and some other students disagreed.) I made the argument that, even with extremely charismatic leaders people have a free will, and the power to stop something, and used the Macedonians' sit-down strike at the Ganges as an example; sure, the situation wasn't quite the same, but Alexander was incredibly well-loved, charismatic, talked his soldier into just about anything, but in the end didn't have the power to make anyone do anything.

Anyway, class was going to start, and our professor made the point that it's an interesting topic, the power of the individual vs the group in history. I don't go supremely one way or the other--it would be like choosing between an absolute monarchy and socialism, neither of which I support--but I do believe that it takes two, so to speak.

Just a thought.